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Monday, February 28, 2011

Don't look now

Some how my office/sewing room has turned into a disaster area. I would show pictures but no one needs to see how messy I can really be. It is really scary.

Ok... Fine just one


or two pictures of the disaster area I call my office.


And then there is also this guy. The reason for the piles you see above. Just look at him looking oh so cute. Do you see that somewhat guilty look in his eyes???
Well, it is because he is not (let me repeat that NOT) an oh so cuddly, cute German shepherd. He is an evil German shepherd who seems to think when we are not home and people knock on our front door and/or put stuff in it, that it means that he has to destroy some sewing/quilting related items. Not just bark at them like a good dog.
The first time this happened it  was this:


Not to bad right. This was a few months ago. So I hung it up high along with all the rulers.


But then some aurifil thread; right off of the sewing machine. He also likes to eat batting, out of the drawers that he somehow manages to open. Oh and plastic, like the plastic top to my sewing supply box. I should have got a picture of that one. Now how is it that dog that can take thread off a machine, open doors and take lids off containers. That is just not right. It is evil!

And now this:

NO! NO! NO! I just got that one to replace the old one. It is the big guy the 36 incher.

This is it, the dog has got to...

Nah, I can't. I mean he is currently under my feet saying, "Mama I love you, I am so sorry, I didn't mean to..."


"I  know what to do. I will just pout until you forgive me. I am really sorry. I know I was a bad dog, you don't even have to say it."


So instead it is time to take over the room my hubby is currently using for his office. I just can't do it anymore, I need a door. I need to not have ever thing piled up. I tried. I tried really had to make this work, but it is not working. So dear husband, who does not read my blog... Don't look now, because I am telling the whole world that office will be mine soon... Very very soon.

Friday, February 25, 2011

There is always a first

I tried my first bag pattern. Wow did a pick a difficult one! It is fig tree & co. My Paris Traveler's bag. I had my mom help me with it while she was up for my niece's b-day. I know the mistakes that I made. So if I ever try this again, I will know what not to do.



The bag is quilted first and then put together. There are very large gussets and funky handles. It took a good day and half just to make it with two people working on it.




I used some central park and sugar pop, plus some other funky print on the handles.


If you enjoyed this post please go visit me at my new blog Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative Life  where you will find more projects just like this.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Work In Progress Week #6

So it has been my week off. You would think that would mean that I have had a lot of time to work on my projects. HA! Not, so much so. I have done a lot of shopping. I was going to make my sister-in-law travel bags for our cruise in April and work on cleaning up the house. However, finding just the right fabric didn't seemed to cause some difficulties and the bag... oh the bag. The bag is why I am up this late. Anyhow, on to the week in review. Sorry no new pictures, just too late!

Completed Projects:
Scrappy Bee block

New Projects:
A Twist on Tradition Bee Block (Still just looking at the fabric and directions for that one)
Paris Bag from hell

Ongoing Projects:
I am still working on the Posh Quilt. I have all the A blocks done and 1/2 of the B blocks. I worked on these during the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild sew day. I have new pictures, but they are on my camera and it is about midnight, so you will just have to wait.  



Hexagon Christmas Table Runner/Hexagon Christmas Pillows
My mom gave me a new thimble for these. I also worked on them at the end of last week. I have less than two flowers to go.  
Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Loves Road

I didn't do anything with these:
Halloween Quilt
Peace Purse

UFOs -
Scrappy Bear


This week's stats:
New projects2
Completed projects : 1
Currently in progress - 8

Linking up to

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Work In Progress Week #5

Completed Projects:
Two Blocks for the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild January Challenge.

This one is more traditional-ish,  And I know it is missing contrast in the pinwheel. My original plan was the green, but I decided against it because I wanted the challenge fabric to stand out. Looking at it now, I am not so happy with that choice. Oh well.

The second one was more improvisation.

New Projects:
Scrappy Bee block
A Twist on Tradition Bee Block


Ongoing Projects:
I started working on the Posh Quilt again. I have 12 out of 18 blocks done for block A.


I still have this huge stack left for block A and block B
Hexagon Christmas Table Runner/Hexagon Christmas Pillows
I worked on getting some more hexagons together.
 Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Loves Road


I didn't do anything with these:
Halloween Quilt
Peace Purse

UFOs -
Scrappy Bear


This week's stats:
New projects2
Completed projects : 1
Currently in progress - 8

I finally started working on two of my quilts I had in progress. Pretty good for not really doing much.
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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild Feb Meeting

Yesterday we had the February meeting of the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild. Just a few of us were able to make it this time. No one had recently finish projects to share. For me I had just given away my last two projects (Circle Quilt and Peaceful Green Baby Quilt).

However, all of us did remember to bring our completed blocks for the January Challenge. Each of us were given a fat 1/8th of fabric and asked to create a 10 1/2 X 10 1/2 block using the fabric. Here are the ones that arrived at this meeting. Hopefully some more will come in at next sew day or next months  meeting.

It was great seeing everyone and I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our sew day on the 20th.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Circle quilt revealed

So, when I first started blogging in January I said that this would be done later in the month and you all could see. However, I missed the baby shower and had to wait until the mommy to be could see it. So with out any further delay... (insert drum roll)

Here is the circle quilt!

I love the bright blue background. It is Kona cotton lagoon. It is so bright and boy! All those circles are raw edge applique and I made many different sizes.

See this little sun. He is the where all the colors came from in this quilt. That was my jumping off fabric.

I have had it in my stash since I first started quilting over ten years ago. He may be in a little girls quilt too. I just have to track down that picture :)

And here is the back. Aren't those just perfect. It is a Riley Blake print. I really like Riley Blake fabrics :)

Oh yeah and I did machine binding on this one too. I am not too happy with it. I like binding by hand better. 

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What a nice day

It was actually a really nice day. My day started with a student bring me this.

The students were all well behaved, for the most part. Plus it was sunny. We even went outside and read out on the grass. I read aloud to some and some read to themselves. For the most part everyone was doing what they were supposed to.

What a nice day indeed!

Work in Progress week 4


Completed Projects:
Peaceful Green Baby Quilt 

The mommy to be was very happy to recieve this one.

New Projects:
Scrapy Bee block
A Twist on Tradition Bee Block
Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild Challenge block


Ongoing Projects:
Nothing. What? How does that happen. Oh yeah had to get that quilt done :)
Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Loves Road


I didn't do anything with these:
Hexagon Christmas Table Runner/Hexagon Christmas Pillows
Halloween Quilt

Peace Purse
Posh Quilt
 
UFOs -
Scrappy Bear


 
This week's stats:
New projects3
Completed projects : 1
Currently in progress - 9

Linking up to

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Finished Quilt (at last)

I spent most of Saturday quilting, while my brother and my husband put together my brothers new computer. Which by the way can give you a really good laugh from another room. Even if you know what they are doing it is still quite humorous.

Sorry I get side tracked easily. Back to my quilting story. I sewed most of Saturday afternoon and into the evening. There was the most beautiful sunset to help give me inspiration.




Well, that and the fact that the baby shower was the next day. My little helper even helped me baste it.


In the morning, I drew out my quilting design.

Then, I quilted. And I quilted. And I quilted. Finally at about 11 am I had this all done. The peaceful green baby quilt.

The mommy to be loved it. These colors are very much what her and her hubby like. I over heard her one day talking about pale green being good for the baby for some reason. Her hubby is a graphic artist who studied color theory. See I listen, to most everything :).

See loved the back too! A pieced back was something new to me, but I love the way it turned out.

*Note to self - When using a pieced back you may want to find some way to make sure that it all stays in line.


Stats - The quilt is from the pattern pattern home coming from the book Simplify with Camille Roskelley. There is some fresh fig fabric in there and that bright coral is from moda also but I can't think of the name right now. All the greens are from a sweet treat fat quarter pack I got about 10 years ago at a quilt show.


If you enjoyed this post please go visit me at my new blog Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative Life  where you will find more projects just like this.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mood Decreasing

I was making some wonderful progress on the baby quilt I have been working on. I am free motion quilting, and all is good. I only have 5 more little medallions and the boarders to go. Then my sewing machine and I got into a little disagreement. It seems to think that my tension/speed is off, and did that horrible loopy thing on the back. So after picking out the last little bit of quilting I am going to bed! We will see if we can solve our problems in the morning.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

WIP #3 better late than never

So I totally fell alseep last night with out remember to do this. I thought about my WIP post and then I went to be. Sorry no pictures, I can't seem to load them right now.

Completed Projects:
China blue donkey


New Projects:
 No new projects this week. 


Ongoing Projects:


Peaceful Green Quilt


I have all the block sewn together now all I have to do is peice the top and quilt. My deadline is Feb 5. Can I make it? I sure hope so. I am using the pattern home coming from the book Simplify with Camille Roskelley.
Hexagon Christmas Table Runner/Hexagon Christmas Pillows
I got a couple more done. I was carrying it around with me, but I took them out of my bag and forgot to put them back.


Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Loves Road

I didn't do anything with these:
Halloween Quilt
Peace Purse
Posh Quilt
 
UFOs -
Scrappy Bear - Nothing happened, plans failed by spending time with family.



This week's stats:
New projects 0
Completed projects : 1
Currently in progress - 7
Missed my chance to link up  :(

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Is it really February?

January is over and I still have nothing to show. At least nothing to show of completed quilts. It isn't that I failed to complete a quilt this month.. The problem is I missed the baby shower to hand over that quilt.  I know that the person I am giving the quilt to reads my facebook, which means she has access to flickr. That in turn means I can't share, yet. Darn that flickr now working with Facebook! I know I could probably change that, but that would take effort I am not willing to put in.

I have been working on these. I am half way done cutting and pressing. Just a little stack more to go.


This is for another baby quilt. It will be finished, and I will make this baby shower. So most likely you will see this completed quilt before the other one.

Luckily, I have my helpers.

This girl - Suzie, toy always in hand


And this big boy, Gus - Pouting as always

I would have probably finished my quilt pressing/cutting tonight if my computer hadn't decided to give me the blue screen of death. 

So, off to bed I go. A half hour late, without my project finished.  However, most importantly, my computer is fixed.