Easy Addition Quilt WIP

I need a new quilt project and I've found one I'm really excited about. I'm working on the fabric selection and this is my start. I like taking photos of the fabrics to see how the colors blend. They always look different in photos. So far I like how the prints compliment each other and the floral theme that is coming through.


Space Quilt

I finished a cute outer space quilt using a fabric panel. I'm not that fond of panels as I never know what to do with them. I decided to frame this one in patchwork and then add a border.

Once it was done I liked the patchwork but not the border. The fabric I chose for the border looked like outer space and coordinated well but the result was a pretty dark quilt top. So I used bright solid flannels on the back to add some pop.

The quilt will go to Quilts for Kids. I do have another space panel and I will try something different other than patchwork. Maybe I will applique some stars on the next one.


Memory Craft 6600

I did the craziest thing. I purchased a new sewing machine. I didn't need a new machine but I really wanted a Memory Craft 6600. I've been using one at the local senior center and fell in love with its sturdiness. It's great having a second machine. I have the 6600 set up for sewing patchwork and my Elna set up for free-motion quilting. I feel very spoiled.

Line Dance Baby Quilt

All that was needed to make this cute quilt is a charm pack and some yardage in just one color. I used a dinosaur-themed charm pack and some royal blue solid fabric to complete this baby quilt. I had purchased a dinosaur print at a quilt show a few years back and it worked perfectly as the backing to finish it off. The pattern is from the Moda Bake Shop and is called Line Dance. The instructions to make this can be found here.


What's on the design board?

I'm currently working on a quilt top that incorporates this planet-themed panel. I like my fabric choices so now it's just a matter of a layout. I am binge-watching Stranger Things while I sew these days. During 2017 I've finished up all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls and all 5 seasons of Switched at Birth. That's a lot of binge-watching while sewing!

I am also working on a quilt for a contest. I signed up for this back in November but I seriously doubt that I will be able to meet the deadline for completing it. It was a tough year for sewing during the holidays. I will try to get this project done in time but I am not going to lose any sleep over it if I don't. After all, this is my year to do what I want - ha!

Happy 2018!

I woke up this morning to a chilly day - the temperature on our weather station reads -12. I wonder what it is with the wind chill. Since it's new year's day, there's nothing to do except watch college football. And boy is my husband ready!

I've been slowly putting the Christmas decorations away so things are looking a lot neater around here. The tree will come down at the end of the week so I will get to enjoy it for a little while longer. 

I did get a new piece of furniture for the dining room and that gave me the incentive to clean out the entire room. I now have a box of housewares ready to go to Purple Heart. It sure feels good. Which reminds me, I plan to do the 30-day de-clutter challenge as one of my new year's resolutions. I'm going to start this morning. There's a 2-drawer night stand in my bedroom that needs to be cleaned out first.
When I look back at my resolution from last year, there were 6 things I wanted to make. Of those 6, I completed 3, started but did not complete 1 and the other two never even got on the radar. Oh well.

As for this year I am reminded of a Seinfeld episode called "The Summer of George".  I want my own "it's all about me" time. Even though it didn't go so well for George, I am hopeful. I want to do some quality family things and enjoy time with my granddaughters while they still want to spend time with me. So I will be scaling back on some of my volunteer duties for a little while and take the time to create memories with them. I am in the process of booking a Disney trip right now.