Super Sunday

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Today was a huge day. I got so many things completed or close to complete. I am pretty proud of myself.

I started out the morning with trying a recipe that I saw on Pinterest.  If you are not on this site, you should be. It is more addicting than StumbleUpon so consider yourself warned. I saw this recipe and, of course, I didn’t actually pin it so I improvised this recipe.

I placed one can of flaky biscuits in a bundt pan with plenty of brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon on top. I poured melted butter over the sugared biscuits and then baked them. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. I had to hide the last one to take to work for breakfast in the morning. I served the biscuits with apple sauce, yum!

I jumped right into working on a “Love” quilt that I am making. This was really just a procrastination of doing what I needed to do, which was finishing the “Love” wall hangings that I have been working on.

I finally got myself motivated to finish these up after wasting some time graphing out this “Love” quilt on graph paper . These projects were another Pinterest find. It was a great find too because I found this great blog and started subscribing to it in my google reader. Sew Mama Sew has a great site with tons of freebies and helpful information, be sure to check her out.

She teamed up with Kelly from Kelbysews to offer a tutorial and a few free letters for a True Love ~Love Mini-Quilt. The mini- quilt uses paper piecing. I am new to this skill but it keeps cropping up in my projects recently so I thought it would be fun to make a couple of gifts using the free pattern.

I made the first block using up the decorator fabric samples that I have been trying to work through and some green cotton that is probably older than I am from my Grandma’s stash.

This turned out so cute and I felt so good about actually being frugal that I made a second one out of some fabric that I purchased to make my roommate at the time, an apron. The apron got procrastinated and then I didn’t have a sewing machine. When I finally sat down to make the apron. I cut it out wrong and ruined the pieces to finish.  The fabric was still fine, it was just too small to make an apron without a seam in the middle. The whole project was shoved into a Rubbermaid container just waiting to become something lovely. I thought that it was only appropriate to use the fabric that I purchased for my roommate to make something else for her. I made her this love block using the non-traditional valentines colors. This is labeled as a “Mini-Quilt” but I thing that it would make a really nice wall hanging to put up in February.

I am not sure why the block looks so mis-shaped, It is actually a nice rectangle but I think that the ground  under the pic made it look lumpy. Sorry about that.

I liked this colors in these blocks so much, I made a second set for myself. I am currently working on turning it into a quilt, along with some other heart blocks. That is another post.

After finishing these and eating lunch, I set out to taking a shawl off the blocking board. I started this shawl, seriously, two years ago. I recently set out to rid myself of knitting UFOs (unfinished objects). This was on the list. I started it two years ago to give as a gift and luckily enough, that person’s birthday has not happened yet this year so I can still give it to them.

For the shawl, I used Citron which was published in Knitty in 2009. This is my second time using this pattern. It is a lot of fun to knit until you get to the end and then it takes forever.  I did like how the yarn pooled on this pattern. The stripes get smaller as the shawl gets bigger which makes for a pretty fun effect. I am happy with the result.

Continuing in the battle against UFOs I found a lone sock in project bag with some yarn. I finished the second stock today. These are a two year old birthday gift for a friend from work.

This evening, I was feeling pretty accomplished but still motivated. I started on quilting the baby quilt that I am making for baby Lawson. I will have a whole post on that when I complete it. This will be my first quilt doing the quilting as well as the piecing. I will let you know how it goes.


Star of Mystery

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I finished the fourth quilt block in this Solstice Stars Series quilt along. The Star of Mystery is another paper pieced block and  I am really enjoying working with my new paper piecing skills. This is my second paper pieced block and I have used the paper piecing in other projects that I have been working on. I really like how precise it allows me to be without having to pay a ton of attention.

I am pleased with how the quilt is coming together. Fresh Lemons has one more block in this series so I will finish that block and then hopefully find another star block or duplicate one of these blocks to round out six blocks for a lap quilt or baby blanket or something. I have not really decided what the end product will be yet. Please leave me a comment with your suggestions.


Orange Border Baby Blanket

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This is the third blanket in a series of “Sisters” that I made. I purchased way too much fabric for the first blanket that I made. I guess it is good that I liked the fabric because I ended up making three blankets from it so far. (Yes, I have more left)

I got inspiration for this blanket from a series of jelly roll blankets that I had seen while looking for patterns for Ashley’s baby blanket.

I improvised this pattern using the 5″x5″ squares that I had from Ashley’s baby blanket and a background fabric that I picked up on the sale rack at Hobby Lobby. I cut the background fabric into 5″x5″ squares and the pattern fabric squares in half to create 2.5″x5″ rectangles and laid the pieces out to create the diagonal lines that make the pattern in this quilt.

I then sewed the blocks into long strips and simply sewed the strips together.

I was pretty happy with the result but I thought that this blanket needed a little color to finish it off. I found a really bright orange at a local quilt shop that match the orange in some of the print fabric and attached a 3″ border.

I do not have anybody in particular in mind for this blanket but I have lots of friends and family with babies coming so I know that it will go to a good home. This quilt top along with the other two “sisters” are at the quilter getting finished, currently, once I have them all back, I will post a picture of the finished quilts.

 


Another Star Quilt Block

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I finished the third block in this star series that is being put on by Fresh Lemons. I am really enjoying the quilt along so far and I am learning a ton. I have even been able to incorporate some of the skills that I have learned doing this quilt along into my other projects. If you are enjoying following my renditions of these patterns please check out the Fresh Lemons Flickr page as well as her blog.

I am still in the process of using up my stash of decorator’s fabric so I am trying to keep this in mind when I am picking fabrics for each block. I have about about 12″ x 12″ so I am limited on size. I think that I have done pretty well so far keeping them matching.

I am getting ready to run into an unforseen issue and that is running out of my background fabric. I am going to need to go to the fabric store and see if they have more. I would really like to finish the quilt with the same background fabric since the pieces may not be as cohesive as I would have chosen.

 


Uh Oh… I lost my 9 Square

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I have been experimenting with different quilting techniques. This was my second attempt at a quilt after the one that I made using a jelly roll technique for my cousin, Ashley. This quilt is based upon a free tutorial from Quilts and ATCs.  She has all kinds of “disappearing 9 square” tutorials so be sure to check her out.

I started out using the same fabric from my jelly roll quilt which was cut into 5″ square.

I did have to cut a few more of the solid white pieces to fill in but this was a great way to use up my extras (I bought WAY too much fabric on the first quilt).

These pieces are then sewn into a simple “9 Square” which is just a block that is 9 of the 5″ put into a 3×3 matrix

The next step is to cut your 9 square in the middle both ways. You will have four pieces.

You then turn two of your four “blocks” 108 degrees in the same direction.

You can see that the top right and the bottom left got turned 180 degrees. This is looks more confusing than it actually is. I tried it with paper first so I could play with my colors and patterns to understand how it was going to work. The confusion will not be helped by my post because I was not careful to document my movements. Please see the Quilts and ATC’s post for a better tutorial.

After you sew these “blocks” together, you will have disappeared your 9 square and end up with a full block that looks like this:

I put four of these blocks together to make a small baby blanket. A guy that I work with, and his wife, are having a baby. I think that I will finish this quilt top for them.


A Shower for Rilynn and Ashley too

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My cousin Ashley had her daughter, Rilynn last week. Please see the Puppy Hats post for all baby pictures and other things to make you coo.

My cousin Carla had the great idea to host a baby shower for Ashley back just before Christmas. I know that I am late getting this posted but here goes anyway.

Ashley did Rilynn’s room in a pink and grey theme and we decided to continue that for the shower but add a winter wonderland twist. Yes, there was a lot of thought that went into this baby shower. Carla is an overachiever. I was in charge of the cupcakes, the invitations and the baby blanket.

The cupcakes came from a local bakery here in Coffeyville. The ladies at Utopia are amazing. They are super friendly and I go there way too many mornings in a week. The food is great, the coffee is great and the people are even better. (shameless plug) I go to them for all my baking needs. They are so much better at it than I am and I love working with them. They made this beautiful cupcakes that went perfectly with the shower.

Carla had this great idea to use twigs that she spray painted to decorate. She put adorable sparkly snowflakes on them and they looked great!

 Before I get into talking about the quilt, here are a few more pictures from the shower. 

Another cousin (yes, there are a lot of them), Kristin, was in charge of the food and she did a great job. She had sandwiches, fruit and gobs of other wonderful things to eat.

These are the pink poinsettias that I picked up to decorate with. I loved their color so I took a glamour shot.

The gift table turned out really pretty. I will have an entire post dedicated to that quilt on the end so consider this a teaser. I took all these pictures before anybody really got there so this was less than a fourth of the presents that ended up there.

The shower was a big hit and we all had a bundle of fun. Ashley ended up with a couple car loads of presents and Rilynn was sufficiently welcomed.

I will leave you with a cute baby pic. This is my sister and Carla’s daughter. They are both hungry.

 


Puppy Hats

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My cousin Ashley requested that I make her a couple of hats for here wee girl that look like her dogs. She has a sweet little pug named Tanner and a great dane named Gracie. They are great dogs and good friends of my own pups. She requested this about 4 months ago. I just finished these last night. I procrastinated.

Ashley had her daughter on February 2, 2012 and named her Rilynn Leigh. Rilynn weighed 5lbs 2oz and was 18 inches long. She is the more perfect beautiful baby if ever there was one. Rilynn is a lot like her momma, and every other woman in our family, in that she does things her own way and she could not wait to get into the world. This totally foiled my plans of having her puppy hats done in time for her to wear them when she got here, that is fine though, we are glad to have her.

I was really excited to knit this beautiful baby a couple of hats that look like her puppy friends but I was a little taken aback by the task. It is hard to make a hat look like an individual dog let alone two dogs that are so different in looks, size and shape. I took a stroll around Ravelry to find a hat that I could modify into being the perfect pug or dane hat.

The dane was the first one that I did and the actual knitting was the easy part on this one. Finding a yarn that matches the coloring of Gracie was a different story. Etsy came to my rescue, again, and I found this beautiful yarn by TheKnittedLoop.

This turned out to be the perfect yarn to match Gracie. I used a pattern by Keri McKiernan called Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat. I heavily modified this by adding ears and a nose as well as stitching on eyes and I ended up with a very cute “Gracie Hat”.

I was pretty happy with how this one turned out so I jumped right into the pug hat. I used some Misti Alpaca yarn that I had stashed that was pretty close to a Tanner color as well as some silk blend sock yarn I had stashed as well. I started with a pattern for a little turban that I found on Ravelry.  Lazy Daisy Dress-up kit by Anna & Heidi Pickles is the pattern that I used, the kit is a pattern for a really cute little dress but they also have a pattern for a little turban to go with it.

This is the original pattern with credit for the image going to Anna & Heidi Pickles. I knitted the hat as directed in the pattern and then added a little nose and eyes and ears. I think that it turned out really cute and the Alpaca made the hat so soft and snuggly. I cannot wait to see it on little Rilynn!

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Whirling Star Quilt Block

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I finished the second block in this online quilting bee that I have been participating in. This block used a method that I had not used yet in quilting, paper piecing.

I found paper piecing to be really challenging to wrap my head around but once I watched a few tutorials on you tube (Here is the one I found most helpful) and dove right in, it was a lot of fun and produced a great result. I am looking forward to exploring that method more.

So far I am having a lot of fun participating in this quilt along. I am also using up all these pesky fabric samples that I cannot make myself just throw away. This is probably limiting the creativity that I can have on the fabric choices and is making me use less modern prints but waste not want not, I guess.

If you are interested in participating, Fresh Lemons Quilts has some great tutorial and a great group on flickr to look for inspiration.

Here are the two blocks together. I am trying to use fabrics that will coordinate from the stash that I have. This is proving to be more difficult that I originally thought because each sample is less than 12″x12″, this does not offer a lot of flexibility so we will see how it turns out.