Monday, August 4, 2014

#65 50th Birthday Celebration

My husband turned 50 at the end of July. What better way to celebrate than with a quilt!! So I made him a fantastic quilt with batiks! I had been working on it for a while starting back in 2013, but since finishing the top I tucked it away (out of sight out of mind) and was able to get it quilted and bound while he was away for a few days!!
As some of you will know from following along on my quilting/long arm journey, I have not had a great experience with my long arm quilting machine. I have now connected with the right person, and quilting my husband's quilt has been the most fun, the best turn out, and fingers crossed the beginning of a great friendship with my machine!!! lol Thanks Greg!



Let me tell you I was doing a very excited happy dance right here!!! First quilt I have finished without any major quilting issues!!!! The first of many, fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!






 This quilt pattern is made from Jelly Roll strips and the video tutorial can be found here.

I had to share some of the celebration food too!! Especially the cake, that my friends sister made!!

Marinated Veggie Salad  Really good! I made it 2 days ahead, yum!!
 Couscous Salad
 Orzo and Spinach Salad from The Art of Home E-Magazine if you aren't getting this free magazine, you should check it out!!
 and some iced coffee steeping and simple syrups to sweeten it with.  I made regular, vanilla and cinnamon!!
 And there's my friend Kellie (miracle baby's mom!! lol) giving Dave his cake!! My husband owns a 1964 Suburban, thus the cake!! It was a homemade cherry chip cake, that tasted as good as it looked!! Thanks again Stephanie!!!!



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#64 RJR Fabric Quilt Finish and a Give Away!!!

So if you have been following along with my Lagoon Malam Batiks quilt project, this is the last post till after it is quilted and bound!!
I can't tell you how thrilled I am with this quilt! The pattern my husband chose from Amy Smart's new book, Fabulously Fast Quilts (which I call Fast and Fabulous!!) showcases these Jinny Beyer Batiks from RJR Fabrics perfectly!! So without any further comments from me here are the finally pictures.......Ok maybe one last word, don't forget to read or look right to the bottom so you won't miss out on the Give Away!!












RJR Fabrics is offering a Malam Batiks Pixie Strips in the Lagoon line to one lucky person.  (The roll contains 40- 2 1/2" by 44" long strips) Good Luck everyone!!


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

#63 Part 2 of RJR Fabrics On My Cutting Table with Fabulously Fast Quilts

A few days ago I put a post up of the new quilt project I was working on. Well let me tell you I have a lot I want to share!!! (I'll try to keep it short, but with lots of pictures!!lol)

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart
 I have looked through the whole book , multiple times,  trying to deciding on which quilt to make. Anyone who read the last post knows I actually let my husband decide, because I couldn't choose.

So the first thing I want to tell you,  I love the look of each of the quilt projects, and can see myself making more of the quilts, maybe all of them, at some point. The title is so accurate too, this quilt is coming together amazingly fast, but you could easily change the title to Fast and Fabulous and it would be spot on as well!!!
Just a thought, I think Square Deal (the quilt patterns name) would make a great sewing retreat or weekend project!



 Second, I made some rookie mistakes, I don't know what it is with me and Log Cabin type blocks, but I seem to mess them up every time! So after I ripped one full row off of 3 blocks (3 out of 4 blocks would be an epic fail if this were a test, lol), and put the strips on the correct sides, because it makes a difference, I finished the remaining blocks without anymore problems!! (lol, probably because I was so afraid of making another mistake, I checked and triple checked every strip!!)


Third, a refresher for anyone new.... I used Jinny Beyer Batiks, and Cotton Supreme Solids from RJR Fabrics to put this quilt top together, and here is the center of the quilt complete!! All that's left are the 2 borders and the top will be finished...... and doesn't it look great next to the pool!!







Thursday, July 17, 2014

#62 RJR Fabrics Are On My Cutting Table

So I am finally getting to the Jinny Beyer Batiks project!!! with some Cotton Supremes thrown in for good measure!!
I put a tease out on Instagram about the project I was choosing..... and finally here is the full scoop!!




I'm using the Lagoon line from Jinny Beyer Batiks collection (with a light Sumatra and a dark Java thrown in for fun! ( the other 2 lines in the collection)), along with Bora Bora, Emerald City and Tiffany Box from the Cotton Supreme collection. I am loving the colours the feel and the names of these solids!!  




I knew I wanted to try a project from Amy Smart's new book, but couldn't decide on which one, so I handed the book to my husband, and let him choose!! 
I had one moment of internal panic, lol, right after handing him the book. For the life of me now I don't know why???......... He chose........Square Deal!!!



All the  pieces are cut and paired up, now all I have to do is sew!!!!!!!



 Here's the first block.

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I think this is going to be amazing!!!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

#61 Summer Mood...Mode?

Seriously there is so much I want to do this summer, I made a list and everything......but I just can't seem to stay focused.
Is it the intermittent sun and warmth we are getting, along with what we have started to call, "Tornado Tuesdays"!!
Or the pool that was relined only to have the pool heater fritz out!!
Or kid (adult, really)  and the stuff that comes with....
Or continued quilting frustrations....
Or the internet bill that arrived, that was 4 times its normal cost......
I don't know, but I am seriously needing a jolt, to bring me out of this slump!!! (bad mood, lets be honest, lol)
So I am hoping that writing it down and putting up pictures of the things I have got done will make me smile!! Hope you like it too!!

Here's What I've Been Up To:

Made Home Made Spray Starch: I don't have a lot of experience with starch, but It works great as far as I can tell, and a whole lot cheaper.
Recipe is here


Finished the 4 Nested Churn Dash Blocks and some extra single ones


Finished the Moda Trifle Dish Rows, with Kate Spain SunnySide!! I am loving this quilt!! Now to decide on borders!!




 Summer+Sandles=Manicure (cute little daisies on my big nails!! :)









 This happened....what, WHAT?? Oops row 5 forgot two end pieces; row 2?? OOPS, so need to read instructions better, missed trimming my blocks! Which also explains why the pattern didn't join up properly, along with the fact that I appliqued my petals wrong (eek)! So my pattern became a flower instead of an orange peel!! lol Sometimes you just have to roll with it!!
But it all worked out in the end with a few revisions!! I couldn't be happier, and in a few years won't even remember that mine isn't exactly to pattern. Lol

Bought my first spools of Aurifil!! My machine loves it, which means I love it too!!!!! Got rid of the tension issues I was having with my sewing machine, which makes me over the moon!!

And I won a Tshirt!!! so excited to wear it!! Thanks to the Online Fabric Store

I also received the 3 books I won, participating in the Mini Medallion QAL!! Thanks to SewMamaSew and Stash Books!!!
The last of my churn dash blocks are together so now I need to get that top sewn together!! Excited about this one too!!
 And next project will be......From Amy Smart's (Diary of a Quilter) new book, with fabulous RJR Batiks (Jinny Beyer Lagoon line) and Cotton Supreme Solids!! Whoop Whoop!! This is going to be awesome!!

Ok, it's working, I'm already feeling better and smiling!!  Thanks for dropping by, hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter for my down under friends) and a great 4th of July for my southern neighbors!! I enjoyed my Canada Day by relaxing and you guessed it, some sewing!!!