Around 3am this morning I put on the last of the rows on this awesome quilt top! It was sooo stinkin easy to put together, it would be a GREAT beginner quilt top for someone that was looking to start quilting - or just try it out.
Its called "Snapshots" from Atkinson Designs book Happy Hour. I used 12 fat quarter (one of the FQ was less then 18" & then I needed to substitute another color) to make this lap size quilt. I did a 6 X 6 row lay out. The blocks are 9" square. TURNED OUT AWESOME!!
We (Brian and I) had to wait for it to stop raining to go outside and get a picture.. sure shows off the seams in the picture.. he he
So, here is the quilt top for the BearPaw Sampler. I found the pattern online - here. And thanks again to Sindy @ FatCat Patterns for offering these monthly blocks!
This pattern provided such a challenge to me! Alot of thinking and planning when into the quilt blocks, and it turned out awesome! And I had a joy working on it! I still need to get the batting and backing fabric and I will get quilting on it, and attach the binding. I think I'm going to do this pattern again in the future, but using flannels!
Here is EEK & Creepy from the Lizzie*Kate Halloween Double Flips - stitched with the recommended fibers.
(Stitching the frog wasn't that bed, and it wasn't that creepy! I'm thinking I need to stitch R.I.P. on the headstone, just doesn't seem to stand out.)
Each block measures 14.5" - so they are pretty big already! For the sashing, Im just going to cut the sashing 2" to give it a 1.5" sashing strip.
Thinking Im going to take alittle break from sewing for a bit - my back hurts, and Im thinking its from ironing and cutting so much. It only seems to bother me when Im working at the ironing board and cutting.
Well, yesterday I was looking at the LQS newsletter, and they had a class for Moda Bakeshop purse. So I googled to see if I could find some thing that would resemble the purse. But I came across this pattern instead - Charming Handbag. Of course, the pattern is suppose to be used with the charm packs. Well, what a fabric charm is, is a 5" cut. Well, the pattern said to cut the fabric down to 4.5" square.
That's when my brainwaves go moving! I thought, this would be perfect for the bag for my sister. She was online last night, and I asked if she would be interested in the bag, and I showed her the site. She said she would.
So, about 10pm last night, I had pulled out the fabrics for the bag. I only had 3 different fabrics to chose from that were in the pink John Deere, and I used a basic pink for the 4 fabric. I cut it all out.
Sewed the blocks together. Had a new learning experience with the adding depth to the bag.. that was fun!
I did the quilting in a brown to match the brown in the John Deere emblem. Love it!!
I emailed a picture to my sister, and she said she loves it.. and I will give it to her when I see her next in a few couple weeks.
So, here is the finished bag. I ♥ it!
And dont worry, this wont be the last you see of these bags. I couldnt believe how easy they were to put together. Will be making one for myself in a northwoods theme, of course!
Pattern source - Moda Bake Shop - Thanks to amandajean for her contribution of the pattern!
The moment I had seen its release it was a must have, must stitch, must finish, must frame, must display. Well the must frame and display, I have to work on.
I was just stitching on it here and there, and mostly in the past couple weeks I was able to finish it up.
I stitched this must stitch using the supplied fibers, and the fabric was picked up in Branson when we were there in April. And thanks to Vickie - she was able to help me pick up the pattern pack from her LNS (Thanks again Vickie!). So this pattern has been well traveled, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin, since its purchase.
I loved stitching on this design. I did make a word change, see if you can spot it.
Our Dad was selected to be the honoree for the fireworks, and from the word - the whole show was in honor of him.
I, of course couldn't go down state as I had to work this weekend, and I had wanted to see the display. Well thanks to technology - I was able to view the video within 2 hrs of the fireworks show. I was in tears when I saw it!! To hear all the cheering and clapping, the tears just came rolling out (like they are doing now).
Check out this AWESOME video of the fireworks honoring our Dad last night, in Winneconne. Thanks Winneconne, and thanks to Doug Nelson for his great job!!
And I have to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Frank - my wonderful video guy, who so graciously took the time to upload the video to Youtube, so I could share the display to the world. So please take a look, its only about a minute long.
Direct link to Youtube.com - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgo2p9-WG_4
Yes at the end of the video - you can see the boat driver scooping water, fireworks were landing in the boat.
Fabric bits hoarder?
Just never know when they will become useful again! You should see all the fabric I saved when I made the QSnap Huggers. They just lay in the bag suffocating, waiting for their day to shine. I see something coming out of it.. but I have more and more fabrics to cut in my stash. Someday.
Oh yeah, and I'm the only one that has "Cupid Shuffle" going thru the head, for the second day?!
Of course I saw this pattern I think in October or November. Well I got an email yesterday stating that the BOMs were uploaded and available for download. And that the last one in this series will conclude the BOM. And I was like eep!
For each block, you are just given the size of the blocks, and the rest is up to you. I was given a calcuation of amount of fabric to use, and that the blocks would be 14 1/2" No finishing instructions were given. Well I wanted to cut out the blocks all at the same time... so that brought out alot of paper, calculator, pencils with alot of erasers on them, and off I went.
I was able to purchase my fabric ahead of time, doesn't it look like S'mores?! LOL
Well, I was up till like 4am one morning, a couple weeks ago (I do my work best during the wee morning hours.), figuring out the measurements and how many blocks I would need of each size and the what not(s). I was VERY happy with my math calculations, as I was very accurate in my cutting, and figuring out of the material. And since I could look at the 12th block, I was able to do my numbers with that block by just looking at it.
So, this afternoon, I ironed and cut out all three of the fabrics, and laid out the pieces and sorted them out by each block. I put them in quart size ziploc bags and put them on a ring so they are as easy as grabbing a bag and making a block any time I want. I labeled each bag to go with the numbered blocks, so I just have to find the directions and the correct bag and to the machine I can go!
And I cant wait to start my blocks of the Bear Paw Sampler!!
BTW - if anyone else cares to do this BOM - let me know and I can send you the directions for the amount of strips, and cuts and subcuts you will need, cause they are tried and true.
Our family is very excited to have our Dad nominated, and selected to be honoree person of the community, during the 4th of July fireworks in Winneconne.