Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Finishes

Yesterday was a day off for me and I sewed my brains out from dawn until bedtime.  I LOVE days like that!

After making the blocks for the Avalon quilt, I set them aside to make block #10 of the Fat Quarter Shop Mystery Quilt and decided I might as well get blocks 1-9 sewn together.

I changed the flying geese setting by alternating the direction of the strips and adding a few different prints. This is such a cheery quilt.  I can't wait to finish it up.  Two more months.

I finished a couple of little projects that were floating around my sewing table.

One of my favorite quilt shops to visit in Michigan is Guildcrafters in Berkeley.  They have a great selection of fabrics and wool, wonderful kits, and a series of irresistible little pincushion kits.  I bought this pincushion kit some time ago and I don't know why I didn't make it sooner because it was done in a flash.

I also made this little card holder that came with the February issue of Mollie Makes.  I couldn't resist this issue with the little fox and raccoon.  

Edgar Poe looks like he was meditating.  Maybe he is thinking of more new quilt projects like I am.

Probably not.

Probably dreaming of kitty treats and yogurt.

Hope you have a great weekend.  It's supposed to be chilly and rainy here all weekend. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day a Little Late

Well we are way behind on all the quilting festivities here in StellaBellaLand.  I missed Worldwide Quilting Day (March 16) as I was working a double shift at Starbucks.  I also missed the Greater Atlanta Shop Hop and Silver Thimbles Quilt group this past weekend.  I did not miss out on the fun, however, because my quilting friend Sarah (no blog) came to visit me at Starbucks, filled me in on the shops she visited and what was happening at Thimbles, and even showed me some projects she is working on.  Thank you Sarah!!!  It was great to see you and your beautiful projects and I was so happy you came by to visit!!

Somewhere in there was also St. Patrick's Day, which I didn't blog about but celebrated with corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes.  I'm still celebrating that with leftovers tonight.

There probably is some other stuff that happened that I am forgetting.  Anyway-----

Today is a day off so I am belatedly celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day by working on the Avalon quilt from my last post.  After eeny-meeny-miney-moeing a couple of different projects in both Schnibbles books, I decided to make the large version of Lincoln.

Star blocks are done.  I am using some Moda Bella solid in Fig Tree Cream for the background. 

(P.S. If I had a Moda Bella solid named for me, it would be Gretchen Gray and would be the perfect shade of cool gray with a hint of blue, a hint of lavender, and no pink or taupe or yellow.  Similar to Moda Zen Gray but better.  Just sayin' in case Mr. Moda is reading.)

I made cutemous little bonus half-square triangles from the trimmed flying geese parts.  Adorable.  Don't know what I'll do with them but they are in a little baggie ready for a cutemous little project. 

The rail-fence blocks are halfway done.

I went searching through my blog to find the small-size Lincoln that I made and found out that it was nearly three years ago that I made that one. How funny.

Here is the post. (note: it's still not quilted and bound.)

Here is a recent Remy photo for all you Remy fans out there.  He was "helping" change linens on the bed and I was lucky to snap a few photos while he was running around and under the covers.  Here he is posing with his overly long tail on my version of Bonnie Hunter's Orange Crush quilt.  I did mine in Mardi Gras colors and it is one of my favorite quilts.

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I was greatly dismayed to see Google is killing off Google Reader in July.  How am I ever going to keep up with the gazillion blogs I follow?!??!!?! And like many blog readers, I'm searching around for a good replacement. Still doing research but for right now, I'm checking out Bloglovin' and claimed my blog there. See link below to follow me if you've switched over to Bloglovin'

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Brings...

Thoughts of new quilt projects.

Oh, I should be working on projects that are already in progress on my sewing table,


the UFOs scattered around, in boxes, and in piles


spring cleaning


a thousand other things,


the sun was shining,


Joanna of Fig Tree & Co. has a new line of fabric


a new project jumped out


couldn't be resisted.

That's my long run-on sentence and I'm sticking to it.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Back from Michigan

I had a very quick and much to short long weekend trip to Michigan this past weekend.  It was niece Mackenzie's 3rd birthday and I met nephew Cameron for the first time.   Cameron is the cutest little guy!  He is 5 weeks old and the sweetest thing (I'll check with my SIL and see if I can post a photo). He is a very mellow baby and was happy to be held when I wasn't busy playing with Mackenzie.

Cameron's quilt was delivered to him.  And so Mackenzie didn't feel left out, I finished my "T is for Thelma" Schnibble quilt and gave it to her.

"T is for Thelma" Schnibble 

scrappy back
 Excuse the wrinkles, it was rolled and stuffed in my suitcase.

Mackenzie is faster than the fastest camera setting

 Mackenzie is in a "no photographs!" phase (she never stands still either) so this is the best photo I could get with her and her quilt.

Reminds me of Remy hiding under things.

I'm a sad auntie today missing the kids.  Hope to see them sometime this summer.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March Blocks

I am keeping up with the (several) Blocks of the Month that I'm working on this year.  Here is block 3 for Barbara Brackman's Dixie Diary quilt.

The Country Threads sampler with blocks in two sizes is lots of fun.  I am making mine in colors that remind me of each month.  For March, of course, green for St. Patrick's Day with some vaguely shamrocky looking fabrics .  

March 12" block
March 6" block

March is also Women's History Month so I used Jo Morton's "lady" fabric for the second 12" block.

Block 9 for the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery quilt.  I better get hopping on the finishing kit and get some rows sewn together.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Blustery Day

photo from Winniepedia (who knew there was a Pooh Wiki?!?!?)
The past two days have been very blustery in Atlanta.  We don't have many really windy days but whenever we do, I think about the Disney film "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day."

The wind howled last night and all the cats were snuggled deep in the quilts (I was too.)

The March Blogger Girls Block of the Month was a fun one to make.  Here is version one.

And version two.