Let It Snow…next year!

Let it snow — well, next year!  I am done with snow this year and it looks like the snowperson quilt will move into the closet to hibernate until next winter.  Spring is here and if I put the quilt away, maybe the weather will start acting accordingly!  I finished the quilt at what I thought was the tail end of the season.  We only had several major snow storms after putting the quilt on display in the living room.  To see the progression of this quilt, check out my previous post, Building a Snowman.

5 Quilts in 2013

Over the weekend, I sorted through all of the baby pictures to dig up the few pictures of my quilts that I finished in 2013.  I made 3 quilts last January.  Then, I went on bed rest, delivered Johnny a couple months early, spent over a month in the NICU, and I didn’t turn my sewing machine on for 4 months.  Over the course of the year, I somehow completed 2 more, bringing my grand 2013 total up to 5!

As I sorted through pictures, it was evident that my blog has a real back-log of content.  With the new year, my sewing machine took over my living room.  With its new location, I have been sewing almost every day — even if it is only for 10 minutes!  It is only February and I already have nearly 5 finished quilts — including two large ones.  I have lots to share!

 

Building A Snowman

…and it is another snowy day!  It has been 4 years and my husband has only requested one quilt — a snowman wall hanging.  I finally found the pattern at the Oak’s quilt show this past fall. It is Art To Heart’s “Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow” pattern.

Even though I saw a sample of the pattern and read the directions, I didn’t notice the enormous size of the snowman until I made two and then realized that they were snow giants!  I adjusted the pattern layout and made an entire wall hanging with one lonely snowman.  I wish that I determined that I would only have a single snow person before I cut and assembled the crazy number of rectangles involved with a second!

The evolution to this snowman started with a Philly Modern Quilt Guild’s Last Stitch Sewing Night back in December.  In just 5 hours, I cut up too many rectangles and created the 2 main snowmen.  Since then, I have been making snowflakes and this past week, I determined a layout and finished it off with a few trees.  I added all of his accessories — a carrot nose, buttons, and even eyes.  It is comical that I sew all the time, but when it comes to buttons, I still have to resort to you tube videos for a refresher!  It is all basted and ready for some creative quilting.

It actually may still be winter before I finish this creation!

Mother’s Day Sew Day

It was a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Johnny came home early April.  He is doing very well.  Here is a picture of Johnny, with his two friends – Duck and Goose!  Between keeping up with Jimmy and Johnny, there hasn’t been any sewing in this home.  For Mother’s Day, my mom and I spent the day quilting!

About two years ago, my mom and I bought a star burst pattern and specific fabrics to go with this project.  This weekend, we broke into the project for a Mother’s Day Sew Day.  My fabric theme is batiks with a black background.  My mom’s theme is also batiks with various teals from a jelly roll.  With a dozen pieces in each block and 48 total blocks, we spent most of the day sorting and cutting.  We are now set to sew!  I am looking forward to seeing this quilt evolve.

Lastly, I finished the backing for the triangle quilt that I started back in January.  The pattern is  the Chopsticks Quilt Pattern.  It is all basted and ready for quilting!  Maybe I will make some progress one of these evenings.

Happy Birthday Johnny

2013 started off great with all of my quilting projects.  In fact, I even finished several quilts just in January.  Then, at the end of January, I was went on bed rest.  Although I spent lots of time thinking and planning about quilts, I wasn’t able to sew.  Sadly, my sewing machine sat idle for over 5 weeks.  Then, this past week, I delivered my son – Johnny.  He had an early arrival by 9 weeks and will be spending several weeks in the special care nursery.  I don’t know how much sewing I will accomplish over the coming weeks, but there may be some updates, as I am finally able to work on his baby quilt!  In the meantime, I will post some Johnny pictures with updates.

 

A New Round of Triangles

This week I finished up the Car Mat Quilt and the Second Frogs ‘n Triangles Quilt.  Also, I started a new quilt and surprise…it used triangles.  Back in August, I completed my Circles and Triangles Quilt using Jaybird Quilts Chopsticks Quilt Pattern.  This week, I started round 2 of this quilt pattern but had to improvise a bit.  I didn’t have enough blue for the background, so I added some yellow.  Also, I ran out of one of the prints, so I threw in another print to complement the other fabrics.

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.  There is lots of creativity posted, so check it out!

More Frogs

Here is round two of the Frogs ‘n Triangles Quilt.  The pattern is the Floating Triangles Pattern from Julie Herman’s book, Skip the Borders.  After completing the first pattern, the second one flew!  My quilting even improved, as I used the same design, inspired by Angela Walters.  If you missed my first quilt, check it out here.  I am now contemplating completing a third quilt to use up the extra green squares and other colors using scraps.

Here are my link ups this week:

Zoom – A Quilted Car Mat

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom — what a busy city with lots of quilted detail.  This weekend, I  wrapped up this project by adding the solid back binding.  I found this quilt panel back in November 2010 on a Local Quilt Store Shop Hop — actually, my husband found the panel and knew that it would be a fun play mat!  This one is staying at our house for Jimmy.  I  used some Richard Scarry fabric for the backing with a Busy Town design.  Inspired by Angela Walter’s book (Free-motion Quilting with Angela Walters), I incorporated many designs into this quilt – pebbling for the roads, pointed zig zags for the grass, chain squares for windows, wavy lines for roofs, wishbones for siding on buildings, swirls for the pond.  The dense quilting took a very long time, which is why I took a break from the project last August.  Now that Jimmy is playing with his cars more, I finished this car mat just in time.  You can see that Jimmy’s current cars are a tad out of proportion, taking up the entire road.  That will change over time as his cars will shrink to the matchbox size!

Here are my link ups this week:

The Sewing Machine Hums

It has been yet another weekend of sewing!  I had a couple of hiccups, but I was able to finally hear my machine hum.  I was supposed to meet up with the Philly Modern Quilt Guild for an all day sewing day on Saturday.  I was completely packed with intentions of completing a couple of quilts and getting a start on a new one.  As the day turned out, I hung out my little man while my husband spent the day recovering from some virus.  Luckily, during Jimmy’s naps, I was able to put in some sewing time.  I first turned on my machine and it ate my quilt!  I cleaned and oiled it and still had issues.  I was on a mission to quilt and pulled out the screwdriver to check out the innards.  After more cleaning and lots of determination, I was very proud to hear my sewing machine hum without having to take it in for service!  It continued to hum all afternoon, as  I completed the free motion quilting and binding for my second Floating Triangles Quilt, the binding for Jimmy’s car, and the cutting of a new Chopsticks quilt.  I will be sharing my finishes this week, but here is a glimpse of what I worked on this weekend.

This week I used up a yard of black fabric for the remaining background squared in the Floating Triangles quilt, as well as 3.5 yards of fabric for the Chopsticks Quilt.  With the addition of 4 yards this week, my fabric usage this year is up to 11.5 yards of fabric with still no new 2013 purchases.  Linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times.

 

The Current Quilting Projects

Just to complete the Pickle Dish Quilt, I had to focus and limit myself to only working on one quilt at a time.  It is not my style, but I had to finish the quilt!  With the new year and the Pickle Dish Quilt completed, it was great to start new projects.  I already started and finished up my first 2013 quilt with frogs and triangles using a Jaybird Quilts pattern, Floating Triangles.  I really enjoyed making this quilt that I started a second using the same fabric.  This week, I sewed my small squares.  Now I am off to iron them so I can form the blocks.  I also completed the quilting on the car mat quilt and picked out the binding from my stash.  It is still a work in progress, but it is all part of the process!

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.  Check out the other quilting projects that are forming in the blog world.