Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chocolate Covered Strawberries {RSC February 2016}

This month in the 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge our color is brown with pink accents -- that is perfect for February and Valentine's Day! It makes me think about chocolate covered strawberries!

Here's my brown scrap stash:

This is actually more than I thought I had, so hopefully I will make a big dent in this! Here are my fabrics sorted into light, medium, and dark with my pink accent pile pulled too.

This month I'm making blocks 12-22 of the 1920s Farmer's Wife blocks. Unlike January where I only paper pieced one of the blocks, since a good chunk of these have odd angles or are set on point, I plan to paper piece the majority of these blocks this month.

I think adding the pink in keeps the brown from being too drab, and I am planning to use more pink this month as an accent than I did last month with the purple accents in the blue blocks.

Here are the first 2 blocks:

#12 - Broken Sugar Bowl and #13 - Buckwheat

These turned out so cute! The pink is a great accent. The one on the left is cut and pieced as normal, and the one on the right uses the paper piecing patterns and it turned out great!

Now on to making more of these!

Linking up at Scrap Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cross Stitching {Peacock Plumes}

My first real crafty love was actually cross stitching. I spent a lot of years making samplers before I started quilting but then drifted away from it about 6 years ago when I got more into quilting. So as I mentioned in my Snowzilla post, I got myself a cross stitch kit to work on during the snowstorm as a quiet couch sitting project. Here's the one I picked out:

Here's the day by day progress I made from (1) Saturday AM, (2) Saturday PM, (3) Sunday, and (4) Monday during the snowstorm:

Since then things have gone a little slower since, you know, I had to go back to work and be a responsible adult and not sit on the couch and sew most of the day. Here's what it looked like last night.

The next step will be continuing with the flowers (the peach areas scattered around the bottom) and the neck of the bird. 

Happy Tuesday! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sew Solid with the Fat Quarter Shop: Castle Bow Holder Tutorial and Giveaway!

I am excited to be joining in for the Fat Quarter Shop's first Sew Solid hop of the year! Today we're showing off the new Castle pattern!

Click here to see the video tutorial! They have kits all ready to go for you to make your own pillow in the pink "queen" colorway above or in a blue "king" colorway!

When I saw this castle pattern, I immediately thought of all of the little princesses in my life and set out to make something especially fun for a little girl's room -- a princess bow holder!

To make it, you'll want to follow the cutting directions in the castle pillow pattern, but omit the pieces set aside for the pillow backing. I used teal blue, yellow, and pink fat quarters for my castle.

Once you've constructed your castle, layer with your desired backing and batting, then quilt. I used an all over meander for mine. Trim as if ready for binding.

I then cut 5 pieces of pink ribbon slightly longer than each of the places that I wanted to add ribbon. I folded the ends under and sewed the ribbon to the mini quilt with a few forward and backward stitches across the width of the ribbon. For each of the four short pieces, I tacked the ribbon down at each end. For the long piece of ribbon, I tacked the ribbon down at each end and at two places along the length.

Add a hanging sleeve and bind as desired. I used a pink, yellow, and blue print from my stash.

And voila -- your princess's bows have a royal place to stay neat and organized!

Check out all of the quilters participating in today's hop!

Interested in making your own Castle Pillow or just feeding your fabric addiction from the Fat Quarter Shop? Comment below with what is on your quilting wish list for a chance to win a $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate!

Edit: The giveaway is now closed and our winner is #34 Patti!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stitched Stars

I've been able to make a little bit of progress over the last week on quilting my star quilt -- two more completed! Last week I did the two stars on the "left" side of the quilt.

Left column #2
Outer star: A combination of Shadow Waves and Striated Earth

Left column #3
Center star: Lightning Bolt
Outer Star: Mussel Shell

This week while I've been snowed in, I got one more large star done.

Right column #3
Center star: Pointsettia
Outer Star: Originally invisioned this as Sea Algae but it ended up more like Cucumber Vine

These patterns were all fun to do! The lightning blot gives some very fun texture and it might be fun to try it on a little larger scale. I'm getting a little burned out on all of that pebbling so I've had to take some breaks from it. The next section I will be working on are 8 small stars.

Linking up at WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social!

Monday, January 25, 2016


On Friday, you might have seen me post this picture on Instagram:

I was standing in line at the cutting counter line at Joann's to get flannel cut for the backing of my Summer Breeze baby quilt. I also picked up a cross stitch kit as a quiet project so I didn't drive my sweet husband insane with the sound of the sewing machine. Totally normal pre-snowstorm prepping activities.

I'm in Frederick, MD -- which is an hour northwest of DC and an hour west of Balitmore -- and the snow here started at 2 PM Friday and finally quit around 10 PM Saturday night. Here's what it looked like at 6 AM on Saturday in our parking lot:

And here's what it looked like Sunday at 7 AM:

Here's some pictures I took while we were digging out our cars later Sunday morning:

But being snowed in since Friday ain't bad when you're a quilter. I started working on the blocks for my Rainbow Mini Swap:

I have all of my little rainbow wedges sewn together so hopefully you'll see more of these string hexies very soon!

Stay warm and stay safe!