Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fabric In > Fabric Out

Yes, this week there was more fabric in than fabric out.  I purchased lots of so good safari fabric for P&B Textiles because it was on sale.  Because of the price, I bought 6.5 yards and I am still regretting that I didn’t buy more!  On the sewing side this week, I completed blocks 5 and 6 from my Jelly Roll quilt from last year.  Additionally, I spent a night sewing blocks for a string quilt from all of my scraps.  Here is the recap for this week:

See how others are using up their stash with the Sunday Stash Report, hosted by Judy of Patchwork Times.

Lastly, there is still time to enter my 1 year of blogging giveaway!

A Year of Scraps

Last night, I joined a group of quilters at my Local Quilt Shop, Fabrics on the Hill.  We did a night of sewing string quilts on muslin foundation 9″ squares.  After a few blocks, I had my rhythm down to randomly pull a strip of fabric from my boxes of scraps and piece it onto the muslin.  The key was not thinking about the color or pattern, .  I completed 20 squares out of my goal of 64 for this quilt.  The best part of using these scraps was seeing the great fabric that was leftover from quilts this past year.  With every strip, I was recalling which quilt used that fabric.  It was a great night to reflect on the many quilts.

Amazingly, at the end of the night, I felt like I had more scraps!  How do you use up your stash of fabric scraps?

Featured @ Quilt Story

Each quilt has a story.  The Quilt Story Blog is a wonderful blog that features quilters and their quilt stories….

My Dragonfly Quilt is being today on the Quilt Story Blog!

Fresh Poppy Design

Check out today’s Quilt Story Posting.  Thanks Heather and Megan!

Note:  There is still time to enter my 1 year blog celebration giveaway.

Mid-Week Progress

Happy Wednesday!  Yesterday marked my one year of blogging.  Be sure to check out yesterday’s post to enter a giveaway.

My February goal was to complete the two Quilt Alongs that I started last February.   I finished the Pinwheel Party a couple of weeks ago; however, I still have lots of sewing to on my Jelly Roll Quilt Along.  Luckily, there still are a few days left in February!

Here are my sewing updates from this past week:

  • Jelly Roll Quilt Along: Blocks 5 and 6 are complete.
  • Seminole Strip Quilting: One of the six total rows is complete, thanks to the Friday Night Sew In
  • Sliced Coins Quilt Along: Pieced back and pin basting

Check out this week’s Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Celebrating One Year

Exactly a year ago, I started my blogging journey on February 22, 2010.  My first post was the kick-off of Anina’s Pinwheel Party, where I showed a sneak peek of my fabrics for this quilt-a-long.  A couple of weeks ago, I finished up this project.

To celebrate this finish and a wonderful year of quilting, I am hosting a give away of 4 black background batik fat quarters from my collection.  You have three chances to win:  One: Leave a comment  Two: Follow my blog and leave a comment.  Three: “Like” my Just Launched Facebook page and leave another comment to let me know!  Leave your comments by Monday, February 28  to be entered.  I will use the Random Number Generator and will announce the winner on Tuesday.

I am linking up with Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday.

Fresh Poppy Design

New Fabric

Last week, I joined the Sunday Stash Report, hosted by Judy of Patchwork Times.  Here is round two:


Last September, I purchased the Botany Jelly Roll, designed by Lauren and Jessi Jung for Moda.  I will be making the Ink Pot pattern by Nellie’s Needles.  To complete this pattern, I added some new fabric to my stash:

  • 1 Yard Sashing:  Brown tone-on-tone Tic Tac Fabric designed by Kim Schaefer for Andover Fabrics
  • 1 Yard for Pieced Back:  Green Birds tone-on-tone Nikki Fabric designed by Pat Sloan for P&B Textiles
  • 3 Yards for Pieced Back: Brown Olive Rose Curves by Valori Wells for Westminster Fubers


From the Gen X Kona Swap, I started the Seminole Quilt with four of the solids: Canary, Purple, Pomegranate, Glacier.  Additionally, I pieced the back for the Sliced Coins quilt-a-long.

Friday Recap with Seminole Quilt

I am currently taking a Seminole Strip Quilting Class, which is great for learning more complex borders.  With a quick Friday Night Sew In, I was able to complete my first section, which is 72″ long.  Next up will be the Harlequin and Zig Zag.  I am using my fabric stash from Gen X Blog Kona Swap – which was perfect to get a great selection of fabrics.

Hop over to Crafty Vegas Mom’s Blog with the February Friday Night Sew In to see the Friday Recaps of over 170 participants.

It’s Wednesday

Yet again, it is another Wednesday when I try to capture my sewing accomplishments from the previous weekend and then plot out the agenda for the upcoming weekend.

Sewing consumed my Saturday and Sunday with three complete finishes:

  • A Quilt for Henry: My Sister-In-Law’s Bulldog turned 2!  Of course, doesn’t everyone give quilts to dogs? [insert sarcasm here]
  • Confetti Celebration: A “quick” stash buster — if it didn’t take 8 months.
  • Pinwheel Party: My first quilt-a-long is complete! Since I don’t have a posting yet with full detail pictures, here is a snapshot.

Other than my finished quilts, my only project update is my Seminole Sampler for my new class.  Row one is complete with the Flip-Flop.  Here is my current progress on all of my projects:

The best part of Wednesday is seeing what everyone else is working.  Clink below to see via the  Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Time to Celebrate

Last May, I started a confetti quilt with the various leftover batiks and forming 4.5 in squares.  It was a great stash busting project; however, I never finished it…..until now!  This past week, I completed the piecing, quilting, and binding.  It is a perfect size for a baby quilt.  It would have been a quick quilt, if it didn’t take me 8 months to finish!  Now, it is time to celebrate — or pull out another UFO!

A Quilt for Henry

My sister-in-law has a bulldog named Henry.  He turned 2 last week and I made him a quilt.  It was another opportunity to practice free-motion quilting with a tight stipple.  And yes, this is my second quilt for a dog!  Here is the previous one – a quilt for Dunder Dog.

Here is a picture of Henry on his birthday:

I am linking up Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations