Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Q4 FAL and ALYoF Goal Post

 So, you should think of this more as a wishlist to finish and not a list that I intend to complete all of. As always I have many things on my list. I know I will finish at least half because they have very specific deadlines, however I hope to finish more if possible. When looking at the list I thought, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" Here goes my 2015 Q4 Finish Along list...

#1 - Halloween Quilt - I would LOVE to have this finished by the end of the month. Thus, it is the perfect project for October ALYoF. It's one of the only things I have to work on right now so it will most likely happen. I have finished the small blocks with borders and need to do the 16-patch blocks and finish it up.

#2 Halloween Pillow - Like the quilt I'd love to have this one done. I made this block many years ago as part of a Halloween themed blog hop. It was fun but now it is beyond time for it to become something.

#3 Amelia Quilt - Technically this is my daughter's project. However, she is six and can't quilt or bind it on her own and it is nearly to that stage. Since I have to finish it up for her I'm totally putting it on my list.

#4 Ruby Flower Quilt - This one keeps getting pushed off and my poor baby just needs a new quilt. Her baby quilt doesn't cover her body any more. This needs to happen soon. I have everything but the background fabric and I can start whipping it up.

#5 Australia Pouch - I'm in a swap where we got to pick our favorite places and people made you something based on that. It's pretty fun. This is my project for my partner who is a fan of Australia. I'm making a foldover clutch.

#6 Flamingo Mittens - In one day I over doubled what I had on this mitten. I'm hopeful that it will be completed soon. I'm excited for the fun pattern and the pop of color to my otherwise drab Midwestern Winter.

#7 Knit Cowl - I love a good cowl. This yarn is so fun! The needles are size 19 and HUGE! It should make this one a fun and quick finish.

#8 Whale Mini - I won this kit online. I'm really excited to make this as my swaps are winding down and I can put up my mini wall. I wanted to wait until they were all here to hang them so this one kept getting put off. Now's the time!

#9 Dottie Mini - Same story as above. Love the idea - time to get cracking.

#10 Hello Darling Mini - I just adore the Hello Darling line. I bought a Fat Quarter Bundle of it but have no idea what I want to do with it yet. This little mini should be a fun way to play with the fabric without cracking into my bundle.

#11 Road 15 Mini - I bought a lot of this fabric when it came out for me. As it turns out I used all of it to make things for other people. This is all I have left and I'm excited for it to be my turn.

#12 Christmas Sampler - My favorite quilt shop ever, Stitch in Des Moines, has this exclusive embroidery sampler and I picked it up while in town for the AQS show last week. I can't wait to have some fun with this one! Until earlier this year I hadn't done any embroidery or cross stitching for almost 20 years and now I find myself loving it again.

#13 Christmas Quilt - Holly's Tree Farm, need I say more? You had me at the trees in the trucks. I'm so super excited for this one. It is one that WILL be completed because you don't even know how much I need this in my life.

#14 Christmas Swaps - I'm in two separate Christmas Swaps and as luck would have it my partners have exactly the same tastes. So, I'm making them the same thing. A table runner based on this pattern that I'm making my quilt from. It should be great.

#15 Kid Minis - My kids have all recently expressed the need for their own personal mini quilt for their animals and dolls. I thought it would be a fun Christmas present so I'll be turning these into simple patchwork minis for them. They should be super-fast and easy so I'm counting all five as one thing.

#16 - I won both of these charm packs with ALYoF and I'm excited to put them to good use. I'm trying to decide between two lap quilts but this will live on my couch when completed.

#17 Farm Quilt - I've had this jelly roll for what seems like forever. I don't actually know how long. However, I found some binding yardage on a crazy sale at a quilt shop last weekend and now I want to make it into something. I'm tossing around a few ideas but haven't landed on anything other than twin size.

#18 Knit Sweater - I've come to the point in my knitting where a sweater doesn't seem like a super crazy idea so I'm going to go for it. I really love this pattern and though the yarn is tiny I've used it many times before and think it won't be too awful. Maybe I should have started with something chunkier. We'll see how it goes.

#19 Care Bear X-stitch - My youngest is obsessed with all things Care Bear. This will become a Christmas present for her. I'll have to work on it when she's asleep or she will never leave it or me alone.

#20 Stuffed Pigs - I need to make two stuffed pigs out of this for my Sister-in-law. I have the pattern and the eyes all picked out and cut. I just need to sit down and do it. I'm not crazy about this project so hopefully putting it on my list will ensure it gets done quickly.
Well, that's my crazy long list. I know I will finish half of them and it will be exciting to see what else I come up with along the way. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hazel Hedgehog Quilt Finish

So excited about this finish! It is #1 on my Q3 FAL list as well as my ALYoF Goal for September. It feels good crossing things off both lists! Also, it is freaking adorable and my daughter is in heaven finally having it completed.

Here it is! I did the twin size of the Hazel Hedgehog pattern which worked out to be 42 different hedgehogs. We decided together (my daughter and I) to do it all in Cotton and Steel basics with Kona solids for the bodies and background.

Miya had fun picking all her favorite colors and prints for the spines. You can see the quilting pretty well in this shot too. I was going for a kind of spiky meander. Some bits are more spiky than others but I love it anyway. It adds fun texture.

Here's just a fun picture of it flopped over the fence. It was a fun angle I haven't tried before.

I thought these Navy triangles from Color Theory by V. and Co. for Moda was perfect for this quilt! They remind me of the spikes. You can also see my customary tag from yardage by Sweetwater for Moda. It's fun to personalize them like this.

One more just because I love this angle on quilts.
That's it for now. I have a few projects I'm also working on but I needed to get this one done for the ALYoF and Q3FAL linkups. Thanks for stopping by! I'm also linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sailor Tops

I finished up three more sailor tops this week. That brings my total made to seven, I've kept all but one. It's a fabulous pattern. I'm sure I'll even make more. I've also made good progress on my swaps and bees. I'll share that here too.

Here I am modeling my latest three Sailor Tops. I changed it up this time with sleeve and collar accents. I love the horse one from Honeymoon by Sarah Watts for Cotton and Steel. Cotton and Steel sure make some awesome prints!

Here are all six of mine together. I love how they look so different and give a different vibe even though they are the same pattern. It's been fun playing around with them.

I'm in the Quiltersbeemod bee formed on Instagram. It's been fun playing with new techniques and styles. These were much easier than expected and I got to use weird pieces left over from my tops to make them - bonus!

I shared what I made for the mini house swap last week. Here's what I got in return. I really love it! The colors are fab and the quilting really makes the houses pop.

I also got some time in to do a bit of organization. I inherited a bunch of floss but it was all helter-skelter. I also had to buy some new ones for a project. That prompted me to organize it all and wrap it up. I got the cute little cards from Hobby Lobby. They have a bunch of fun designs. Then my mother-in-law, who came for a short visit, helped me wrap several of them as we chatted. It was a really fun and relaxing time together. Also, my floss looks amazing now!

Here's my next project. It's for the Back to the Future swap I'm in. This is actually attempt two. The first try the fabric was too light and there was zero contrast between it and the Delorean. This is actually a light blue that doesn't seem to photograph well but the contrast is there.
That's me for the week! Thanks for stopping buy. I hope to make good progress on the Delorean this week as well as finish up the Hazel Hedgehog quilt. It's my September ALYoF goal and I've not missed one this year! Until then I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mini House and Crochet Hat Finishes

I am amazed at what I accomplished this week. I made four crochet hats and finished off my Mini House quilt for a swap. I also nearly finished three Sailor Tops from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I love them all and enjoyed crossing things off my Q3 FAL list and adding new items to my Etsy shop. Let's start with the mini...

I am so happy with how this turned out! This crosses off #5 from my Q3 FAL list. It's so much better than I thought it would be. Some of my low volume background isn't as low volume as other things but I love it anyway. I enjoyed the process with this one even though those houses were not quick.

Check out this adorable print for the back! When I saw it I knew it would be perfect for this swap. I got some for the back not even knowing what the front of the mini would look like.

Here's a peek at the quilting. It was a teaser for my partner. these are 1/4" ish lines and were pretty fast even though I ended up having to do almost one hundred of them.

At the risk of getting into overshare territory here is my favorite block. I love everything about this one.

This tag from yardage by Sweetwater for Moda was pretty perfect for the back of this mini.

Moving onto the hats. !!! I can't believe the cuteness of this Hippo hat! You can find it listed in my shop here.

Here it is off a person. Wouldn't this be adorable paired with a Sandra Boynton book as a present? I'm also really liking these colors for it but it would be adorable in grays or blues too for a boy.

This was a custom order Sleepy Owl hat from my shop. The customer wanted it in all white except the lashes and the beak. My usual beak color looks pretty bold but the gray I had just didn't look right. It was so different from the colorful owls I usually make and a fun change.

This crab hat is by far my most popular hat. I just love it in all the sizes. It's adorable for a baby and just hilarious for an adult. This baby size is a result of an order from my shop.

In an effort to refresh my shop selection I also added this new hat pattern. This Monster hat was so fun to make and I'm sure will make a great addition to my shop.
That's me for the week! Thanks for stopping by! I was hoping to get my tops finished so I delayed my post but it's not happening. Got to save something for next week, right? Until then I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Knit Mittens and ALYoF Goal

I've had a busy week of marking things off my lists again. I finished a pair of knit mittens and a quilt top. I also made great progress with my daughter on her quilt and a mini for a swap. Today I'll show off my mittens and make my September ALYoF goal.

First off I finished these fun mittens for myself. I made a red pair last year that I loved but were a tad too small in the fingers. It was my first pair of mittens and I didn't know that I'd need to increase to fit better. Lesson learned I went back to the pattern with these in blue. The yarn is Knit Collage Pixie Dust Mini.

I was also able to finish up my Hazel Hedgehog top. LOVE! Seriously, a million times over. For September ALYoF I'd love to get this quilted and bound. I already have everything I need to do it but time. I did this in Kona solids and Cotton and Steel basics and I am so happy with how it turned out. This is for my oldest daughter, Miya. She picked the layout and I love how it's balanced. She decided on the first two virticale rows then flipped and repeated them. It makes the middle the same across but the rest are scattered nicely while keeping a pattern.

My middle daughter started her first quilt this week. She's doing simple patchwork with a layer cake in Canyon by Kate Spain for Moda. We're web piecing it and she has all the rows finished and just needs to stick them together.

In other news I finish got all my HSTs trimmed for my Color Dive quilt. This is going to be so awesome! Once I finish up my swap package I think I'll work on this a bit more.

Speaking of swap package here is a sneak peek. This is one of twenty. The pattern is Outhouse by Carolyn Friedlander. This will be done for show and tell next week. I'm so excited about it and can't wait to see them all together.
That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Crochet Hat Finishes and Quilty Progress

I feel like I have my hand in several different projects this week and while I have two crochet finishes I only have quilty progress to share. I am excited about what I've been working on though. The crochet things were hat orders from my shop. I also started my middle daughter on her first quilt, finally I was able to finish up the Hazel Hedgehog blocks and make some great progress on my V. and Co. Color Dive quilt. First up, the hats...

This Sleepy Owl Hat is one of my favorites in the shop. My Sister-in-law ordered this one and as is her custom only told me it was for a baby girl. I always have fun with her projects and they lead me to do what I'm in the mood for at the moment. My daughter was wearing an owl shirt that day in these colors and I thought it would be so cute to recreate in a hat.

This Crab Hat is for another customer order from my shop. It is for her baby for Halloween. I love seeing this hat in any size. The baby ones are so cute and small and the adult ones make me laugh every time.

Now on to the quilty projects.

I finally finished these Hazel Hedgehog blocks. I love her patterns but they include so many little pieces. The blocks always take me  longer than I expect them to. I'm excited to have these done also because they were my ALYoF goal for August. I still have a bit to see if I have time to make them into a top but the goal was just the blocks finished.

So this lovely bunch of awesome is my collection of fabric by V. and Co. for Moda. When Vanessa came out with her Simply Colorful lines the idea struck me to do a Color Dive with her fabrics. I was so excited when I was able to get Simply Colorful II early and got started this week.

I am making the king size version. I know I have enough prints to make it happen and I just adore large quilts. I drew out the color pattern and decided how many I needed of each color. There are 574 total squares.

I was also able to make the HSTs for the color dive and started trimming them. I'll be at this for a while but cannot wait to pick the layout! I know I keep saying it but this is going to be EPIC!

Also this week my middle daughter (age 6) started her first quilt. She's doing simple patchwork with a Kate Spain Canyon layer cake. I'm so impressed with her skill and can't wait to see this one come together.
That's us for the week. I hope to get the hedgehog and color dive quilts larger and maybe even finish the tops before my next Friday post.The kids go back to school on Monday leaving me home with the two year-old. We'll see how much sewing she lets me do without her siblings to play with her. Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF.