Thursday, January 23, 2014

More from the Milky Way

I made another Milky Way block. I have decided that I am going to make one in each color of the rainbow (give or take) and then put them together in a rainbow sort of order. I know, very technical and thought out :)
 
I have 99% of my sorting and folding done. And that makes me so happy. I now have space for more (cause I really need more, right?) and I can see everything that I have.
 

 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Milky Way blocks...kinda

I am still working on sorting and folding my entire fabric stash and somewhere along the way I have also been working on a couple blocks. I found a copy of the Milky Way quilt pattern and after looking it over I decided I did not like the size of the stars. Mostly because I have an insane number of 6 1/2 inch squares cut and stashed in my closet. So I tried my hand at adjusting the size of the required pieces for this quilt and it turns out that I kinda like it and I kinda want to make a quilt with the Milky Way stars in blocks instead of the traditional way. (cause I am weird like that....)
 
So here are the first two blocks that I have finished. I am going to put sashing in between them and try to make it a bit of a scrappy rainbow maybe. We'll see....
 


Friday, January 3, 2014

New Years organization

When I unpacked everything in our new place I set aside all the space on these shelves for my fabrics. Well I never really got around to making them neat other than sort them by color. So I have started folding everything larger than 3/4 yard so that they will fit neatly on each shelf. And so far it looks so much better!
 
As you can see from the top left corner compared to the rest ;)
 
 
Now I just need to get the rest done!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

This year's goals are to get at least 12 new quilts done and to finish up my WIP pile :)

Here's to an awesome 2014!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Finish it up Friday (a day late)

     I put the top together a few years ago but I wasn't able to get it quilted until this summer. I was going to finish up the binding right after it was quilted but I got busy with packing and the whole going to Africa thing.

     I had it sewn on and pinned in place but I didn't get it done till yesterday. Instead of doing it by hand, I decided to sew it on the machine. I think it turned out really nice. Especially since it started with some clearance fabric from Wal-mart, of all places.
 
 


 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I am back!!

Back in July I left home for a deployment to Africa. It was a long couple months that were exciting and worth it, but I am back now and ready to share more of my work with the world :) I took one project with me so that I would not totally lose my mind with the lack of a sewing machine. It was a colorful elephant fabric with a handful of matching solid/prints to create an English Paper Pieced baby quilt. I hand cut all the hexagon and diamonds because in my rush to pack I forgot the original template that I had cut. The hand cut templates were not perfect and that shows a little in the way the pieces connect but I am happy with the way it turned out!

I had planned to have it finished before I got home but I over estimated the amount of time that I would be working on it. So the top was finished a few days ago and then I added the yellow boarder. I am going back and forth about the color of the backing because I want it to have the same amount of blue as pink since the baby it is intended for has only been known about for a few weeks and it will be a long time before we know the gender :)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Scrappy Mess

I have been collecting 4 x 4 inch squares for what seems like forever. Last month I decided that I would finally do something with them. Here is a little peak of a disappearing 9 patch quilt top called "Scrappy Mess". Right now its long enough to be a twin size but it needs more width. So either some solid on the sides or lots more blocks!


 
 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Where have I been?? And a quilt top from the past (#3)

 
I really wanted to be a blogger who posted at least once a week, maybe even 2 or 3 times a week. But I have been so busy for the past couple months that I have not been able to sew as much as I want and that means that I have nothing to post! I was in Yuma for a few weeks, then vacation in Orlando, and now I am in California. I have decided that I am going to stop traveling for the rest of the year and once I finish moving (yeah, I am doing that too) I will concentrate on sewing!
 
Until I have new stuff to share, I will leave you with a quilt top from the past. This is something that I put together from some clearence rack fat quarters that I found at Joann's.
 

 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Black, white and red!

I've been pretty busy all summer with traveling and I haven't had a lot of time to work on quilts. So the other night I pulled out a project that I had started a year or two ago just so I could get my sewing fix. I had most of the pieces cut already so I just needed to finish cutting a few new fabrics that I wanted to add to it and then start putting it together.
 
Here are the blocks laid out as I was playing around with the layout. I was one block short (you can see the open space at the top) so I took the top row and created a pillow cover with it. I don't have pictures of that one, but.....
 
 
I do have pictures of the other pillow cover I created with the extra 5 inch squares I had laying around.
 
 
Here is the back. I had a couple squares with roses on them so I used them to extend one side of the flap (its an envelope pillow cover)

 
I ending up moving some blocks around as I was sewing it together. I ran out of time when I was about halfway done so its still laying in the middle of the living room. I'll finish it next time I am at my house....which might be a week or two...


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Marine Corps uniform lap quilt

While I was cleaning out a few months ago I came upon some of my old uniforms that were no longer usable. I cut up some simple 6 1/2 inch squares and randomly put them together. Its a small lap quilt or baby quilt size but much better than all those uniforms taking up space. There are even a few pockets saved from one of my ex's dress uniform shirts.

It's backed with a plain tan cotton and bound with the old style desert uniform that makes up almost half of the squares.