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!)