Monday, November 4, 2013

Baby steps to a finished quilt

I'm still chugging along on my Marcelle Medallion.  Since my last update I managed to add the flying geese, cut, piece, and add the brick border, pick out fabrics for the next border, and organize stuff for the crosses (border after the next border)!  Plus, I made a Halloween costume before Halloween (what?!?), made name labels to iron on clothes for daycare, and made/modified a couple of bibs.  Whew! (If only I could get some pictures and write real posts about all of that!)

Anywho, here's where I stand:
I really wanted to push to get the top completed by Thursday, since I go back to work on Friday.  But the reality is that I'll probably be too busy sobbing about having to return to work sans baby.  (I've considered just wearing her like an accessory and acting normal...I mean, no one would notice, right?)  Now to distract myself, I'm going to go peruse the other beauties in the Marcelle Medallion Quilt Along - you should seriously go check them out - they're stunning!!  Also, special thanks to Jenn (a.k.a. Penny) for hosting!  Even though I could not keep up to save my life, it was so much fun to quilt along and the perfect project for these early days of nap time sewing!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Still moving

I'm woefully behind on my Marcelle Medallion Quilt Along project, but still moving forward so I'm calling that success!  In all honesty, I've been running around like crazy going to exercise classes, and mom groups, and meeting up with new mom friends, and hanging out with the baby and the mister (including a couple of snuggly naps - the best!)!  So even though I haven't had a ton of time for sewing, I've been having fun just living life!

I did manage to get border 2 attached just after my last post - and I decided to wait on attaching border 3 until I finished making border 4...you know, just in case my piecing skills left something to be desired...I figured I could always use the solid borders to make up for any deficiencies!

So here's my crapalicious cell phone pic of my progress so far:

I made my flying geese borders and any day now I should be able to attach them! (Hey, 2 month old baby!  If you're reading this, you will need to take good naps in order for me to get this done.  And I can only assume that if you're reading already, you can probably understand my desperate pleas for you to sleep...so no more excuses! K? Thanks!)  Now, if I were up to speed on this, I would be attaching the next two borders.  TWO!!!  I need to get in gear!

Quick notes about my flying geese
1. I started using Best Press spray when I ironed my fabrics.  I should have done this for border 2 to avoid stretching, but I didn't think of it until after I attached my slightly wiggly border pieces.  Whatevs.
2. I made foundation paper piecing templates after Jen (Pinkbrain_here) so brilliantly thought of it!  It took me approximately 1000 tries before I got the measurements right.  (See plea for sleep above.)  I'm going to try to write a quick post in the next few days with my template in case anyone is interested in using it but you should feel free to ask about it if I forget (very likely!).  The piecing went pretty quickly though and my border pieces are beautiful and perfect, if I do say so myself!

Even though I'm really behind schedule, I'm soooo super happy with how this quilt is shaping up and I can't wait to see it finished!   

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Slow and steady...

wins the race mostly keeps up with the quilt along.

Apologies for not warning you that I might post something 2 weeks in a row.  If you were not sitting down, you probably just got woozy.  If you were sitting down, you may have fallen out of your chair...making it somehow worse than standing.  It was thoughtless of me. 

This one will have to be short and sweet - my little snuggle bug is up from her nap and I probably only have about 60 seconds before the "feed me meltdown" begins - but by some miracle, this week I managed to attach border 1 and piece most of border 2 for my Marcelle Medallion!  

I just have to pick a color for the corner blocks and I'll be able to attach border 2!  I used an acrylic template to cut the equilateral triangles and both the cutting and the piecing went pretty quickly.  (I cut small rectangles of each print and then stacked them in groups of 4 to cut the triangles...otherwise I would have dropped dead of boredom...right after my neck and shoulders fell off from hunching over for so long...imagine what an ugly death that would have been.)  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the strips aren't too wiggly though - I bought some Best Press after I pieced the triangles together...yeah, that's about right for me!  Oh well - it will still be handy for the flying geese that are coming up. 

I'm pretty psyched that at the end of week 2, I'm still hanging in there with the QAL!  And I'm kind of in love with how everything is turning out so far.  Now the race is on for the next round of borders!  Now I'm going to go save the planet from a baby meltdown and you go check out everyone's progress.  We'll meet back here next week.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Big news and a big project

Hi Everyone!  I know I've been M.I.A. for quite some time...like about 2 trimesters.  But it took a while to finish this WIP:
Our daughter Catherine was born on August 9!  She's pretty friggin' amazing too, if you ask me!  We've been enjoying the past month of snuggles and tiny toes and funny faces and all of those awesome new baby moments!

I actually spent the last 6-7 months making tons of quilts and quilt tops and even a couple of baskets.  What I did not do was immortalize said quilts and quilt tops and baskets in photos.  But I'll see what I can pull together by way of evidence of my productivity!

For now, I've clearly lost my mind and I'm joining in on the Marcelle Medallion Quilt Along hosted by Penny Poppleton (Flickr group here).  That's right...1 month old baby + Marcelle Medallion...is there any way I can pull this off?  We'll see, but so far, so good!  Thanks to the awesomeness and generosity of my girl Lisa, who sent me foundation piecing templates, I got the center star pieced!  WHAT!?!
I'm using this bundle from Westwood Acres as my color palette (I've been hoarding it forever!)
 And this giant mess is my fabric pull for the quilt (I know...it's out of control...whatever...)
So this week we add the first two borders.  I really, really, really want to make this quilt and keeping up with the quilt along might be the only way for that to happen...so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that I can find enough sewing time in between baby snuggles!  (So far, the baby snuggles are winning though and I feel pretty good about it!)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I'm still alive...and claiming my blog...

So y'all know I'm a giant procrastinator.  And as such I have left my search for a Google Reader replacement until the very last second...I figured I would just wait and see what everyone else liked and use that.  But since there doesn't seem to be a clear winner, I'm in the process of playing around with Feedly and Bloglovin' and whatever else I have the patience to try. 

So for now, I will claim my blog.  Here goes...  Follow my blog with Bloglovin   Wasn't that exciting? 

And hopefully I'll stop being lame and come back soon to talk about sewing and baby stuff and generally bloggy things!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday

So what have I been up to lately?  Oh, you know...just growing a human! 
We had our second ultrasound and it's a girl!!  A squirmy, wiggly little girl who already appears to be talking with her hands.  (I'm sure I don't know where she gets that!)

So of course we immediately went shopping and spent a paycheck at Carter's. We got everything from pjs to a party dress...(yeah...I know...but they're so cute and tiny!)  And then I spent waaaaay too much time putting together potential color palettes. (I mean, what could be more important than picking a color palette and displaying it in mosaic form, I ask you?!?)  For the moment, I'm thinking of this one (it looks better with the actual fabric swatches):
Light gray walls, white furniture, aqua, turquoise, yellow, and just about every, single shade of pink.  Although if you ask me again in 5 minutes, it could be totally different!

So here's where I stand with the WIPs:
~ Growing a human: in progress
~ Filling a closet for said human-in-progress with clothes that will probably be outgrown before we can cut the tags off: in progress
~ Picking a color palette: in progress
~ Approximately 1 bazillion sewing projects: in progress, 1 itsy bitsy finish (stay tuned)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lost: 1 Mojo

So over the course of the last few months, I seem to have misplaced my sewing mojo.  I mean, there have been times that I wanted to work on something fun and quilty, I just haven't had the energy to actually make it happen.  But I have a pretty good excuse.....


Now that my energy is back on the rise, I'm hoping to be able to bang out a couple of WIPs.  (I need to get all of my basting done before the bump turns into a prohibitive beast!  I also need to get everything checked off my list before we find out the sex...because I'm going to be a baby-quilt-makin' machine once I have my color scheme!  Mwwaaaahahahaha!!)

Oh, and you're probably wondering about our super-awesome announcement cards.  If you're within driving distance of Granby, MA, you NEED to check out April Eve Images!!!  She is SO freakin' amazing and fun to work with...we already have plans for birth announcements, Christmas cards, and 1st birthday photo shoots...and a photo album...and some prints...  I'm not kidding.  I loooooove April and her style...and let's face it, if I don't plan that stuff out now, I'll be throwing my baby into a photo booth at the mall trying to get last minute pics to send out to the grandparents.  Either that or our Christmas cards would be made with sad, poorly lit phone pics in which our baby has the demon eyes...  All my planning doesn't seem to crazy now, does it?  Anyway, April is awesome.  Check her out.  Right now.  And I'm going to spend some time being crafty for a change!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

They started it!...

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!  Christmas just flew by again this year and somehow I find myself having to go back to work tomorrow.  Boooo!  I managed to get a lot of sewing done over the past week or so, which is good since I have about 5,000 projects I need to finish!  However, thanks to the pop-up Instagram quilt along started by Megan, Brenda, Katy, Rita, and Lindsey, (and egged on by nearly everyone else) I have neglected ALL of those 5,000 projects over the past few days and started a new one. 
It's super addictive and the blocks only take about 30 minutes each! 
Come on...just try it...everyone else is doing it!.... (#scrappytripalong on Instagram and Flickr group here...just sayin'!)