Wednesday, July 28, 2010

distracted projects

I did it! I finished my queen sized quilt top. Must admit, I was inspired to finish due to Amy's challenge, and then wasn't linked up properly to receive feed from her new web page and couldn't enter the lovely giveaway - but I am still so happy to have been inspired to finally finish this top. My husband told me it looks pretty easy, but I have informed him that sometimes quilts that look simple are the hardest to make. Curved little scraps sewn together is not a simple quilt. He is duly impressed now. And then that wonderful husband and I went out this weekend and bought new bikes. I'm so excited to ride with the kids! So of course, I had to make new little bike buckets for them (which wouldn't have taken quite so long to make if I would have appliqued the first alligator to the front of the bucket instead of the back - then had to go and put another one on the front - a very decorated little thing and lots of applique practice for me). I'm thinking that maybe if they carry around snacks and a drink in a cute little fabric basket, they won't notice that I'm keeping them out riding so long.
And the kids are completely caught up on their quilt blocks.

And due to my stray sewing this week . . . if you want to see my progress in my personal QAL, you will just have to scroll down to a previous post. I'm hoping to catch up soon, but there's just all these distractions - so many things to sew - so little time!

Friday, July 23, 2010

my day is officially made!

I am a giveaway winner, and am so excited! I signed up for a (darling) pattern giveaway on the Quilt Story blog, and this morning, when I was scrolling through all of my favorite quilt blogs - I saw my name listed there as a winner - yippee! I never win giveaway's, and that just made my day - thank you Quilt Story! (And for those of you who haven't checked out that blog yet - you should go look at it. I love how the real stories of quilts are shared - the challenges and love behind the scenes.)

And, for those of you wondering how all of the other projects are going, hopefully I will have a photo soon to explain what I've been working on that is putting me behind in my quilt-a-long. I will catch up soon though!

Yippee for today!

Friday, July 16, 2010

who's on track?

Well, I must admit that if I don't get in gear this week, I am going to fall behind in my quilt a long project. It's not that I haven't been sewing - quite the opposite in fact - it's just that, well . . .

Our kids are also doing a quilt a long. It's a nice and simple one, and they are so excited. It will turn out a little different in the end (their seams are closer to 1/2 inch, so the blocks are all turning out different sizes), but they are loving it.

I'm so proud of them.

Friday, July 9, 2010

week 5 - check! and a little inspiration

Well, it's not the best photo, but I am up to date with my quilt-a-long. It's growing! Okay, with all this time I have in between QAL postings, I am getting a lot done. I currently finished baby quilt design that I plan to submit to Moda Bake Shop - but not quite yet. I want to finish the queen size Denyse Schmidt quilt that I'm making for our bed first. Then I have to help our kids finish their summer QAL. Then I want to piece my sisters quilt top for Christmas. Then I will finally get on to ... more quilts.

How do you think this would look in a quilt? I think this will be my next design. Got to think about it a little first, and find the perfect fabrics too.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

hooked on hexagons

Unknown to my husband, I snuck quilting into our minivan for our road trip to Denver. I had never sewn hexagons before, but frantically spent the last hour before leaving searching the Internet, printing up, and cutting out hexagon templates to take with me. Boy was he surprised when his quilt addict wife pulled this box out! I came home with this . . . . . . and now I'm hooked. What else can you pack up in a shoebox to take with you everywhere?! Dance class and soccer practice is so much more useful now!