Toy Story – a Finished Quilt

 

Just in case you thought I only made t-shirt quilts these days…sometimes I finish up really, really old projects.

Like this one from 2012. It is the simplest of quilts – some border fabric and coordinates, just four patches and pinwheels. And yet it took two years to make the top. {Obviously not consecutively.} Then it took our friends’ new baby boy to finally get it quilted. I have plenty of baby girl quilts for fast gifts, but people insist on not choosing their babies’ genders based on this information.

I busted out my best Quilt Kisses impression and quilted each row differently. Some better than others – I like the pinwheels a lot, but my wishbones are…not quite right. But hey – it’s practice and it’s NOT LOOPS. {Okay, some of them are basically loops. But not all over loops!}

I like this row because the loops are in the fabric, too. And my orange peels are far from perfect, but I really love doing them.

In shocking news, CC continues to be a brat.

The backing is minky from Joann’s, and I adore the pattern. Just the right colors, and the quilting is barely noticeable. {You know, in case I screwed it up!}

The binding is the same yellow dot from this t-shirt quilt. It’s always nice to nearly use something up before it heads to the scrap bin! And yes, I know, I’m going to fill out the label. I promise.

This goes to the new brother of this quilt, born almost exactly the same day two years later. That’s some decent family planning!

36×42″

See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Tips and Tutorials TuesdayOh Scrap!Finish Along {list}

March – Big Events for My Boys Month

I haven’t posted in two and a half weeks…gosh, I wonder where I might have been! 😉

If you need a hint, “Eolmana ma?” is how you say “how much for a yard?” at a Korean fabric market. Sort of.

And this is what 15 yards for $45 looks like.


And that other thing we went to Korea for…I think that went well. Honestly, I’m not going to breathe again until we get initial approval. But, we met the Little Man and he flopped right down on the quilt I made for his foster mother and hugged it, so I like him already.

Sewing


Both long-time UFOs, so good to knock those off the list.

Some smaller projects…

…a table runner for a friend…


…a pillowcase for the Dude…

…and a birthday table runner. For my NINE YEAR OLD.

Quilted

Central Park Sudoku / Reverse Hearts – Hearts is now bound but not all the threads are buried. CPS is waiting for binding.


Piecing

Spin Cycle – adding a few blocks every week. By the way, who bet on 2.5 months before Little Miss Fluffy Tail ripped the design wall down?


Bedtime Monkey {my NewFO} – done to the applique. I can’t decide if the monkey ought to have shoulders. He looks a bit weird without them.


Striped Tablerunners – I took a class on these at the beginning of the month and whipped together a few more. Only the birthday ones have been quilted so far.

Weekly Churn Dash – quickly polished off the last two {bottom row} this weekend. The darker teal is from Boardwalk, and the other is, of course, my most favorite fabric ever, the Lovely from my Celtic Solstice. {Does it count as a scrap if you’re not done with the quilt yet?}

And speaking of Solstice, I didn’t do any sewing on it this month. In fact, I unsewed. I decided the pinwheel centers in Block B were too distracting, so I used the 12+ hour plane rides to rip some seams, and the down time in Seoul to sketch out a plan.

And I dug out Toy Story 1 and discovered it was a whole six seams from finished. So now it’s a top.

Linked:

Weekly Progress – Serious Progress!

We are finally getting into a routine and getting life into a rhythm, and I got tons done this week!

Finished: 

Bad Romance – finally!

Fifteen Minute Challenge – Organization
Slow and steady, I am getting my sewing room under control. I did my fifteen minutes every day this week: sorting scraps, folding bigger scraps, filing patterns and keeping the flat surfaces clear.

I want this to be a Christmas gift, so I talked to my quilter and scheduled it to go to her on Nov. 15. Deadline!

UFO Busting
Leah’s post last week was about the snowball effect – working on little things to free up more time to work on the bigger things. So I looked at my stack of flimsies and picked Bad Romance because it was already halfway quilted.


Next, quilted a wall hanging for my mother. Binding is on and handstitching has begun.

Now I’m at the point that the next quilt done will probably be my Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilt….so I want it to be a good one. But also one that has a back picked already…which kind of limited it to Skorca! 

Blocks
 
Grandmother’s Choice, block five. It’s a little chaotic, but I like it!

I found six of these blocks {leftover from Sunkissed Jewel Box} and made four into a pillow-sized block. Once I quilt the quilt version, I’ll use leftover backing to finish off the pillow. The other two blocks…I don’t know. Probably make a notebook cover or something.

Other
 
Toyland Row Quilt had a few of the rows sewn together. I’m not in a hurry to finish it…only to add it to the quilting pile.


No picture, but I finished another t-shirt quilt to the quilting stage! I should finish that off this week.

And finally, I started making these as leaders/enders, thanks to a tutorial on the Sew Lux blog.

Weekly Progress – New Additions

We’ve had some new additions to the family!
This little guy joined in the beginning of September. His name is Victor, he’s a crowntail betta, and I’ve yet to find the cats in the Dude’s room looking at him. Hunting instinct, thou art dead.

 And I got a new sewing machine! Well, not really. I got a very, very old sewing machine. It’s a Wheeler & Wilson No. 8, and this guy wrote a good history on the company. My machine is, based on the serial number, from about 1880.

It needs a new belt, and someday a good cleaning/retouching, and the cabinet could stand to be refinished – but it works. 132 years old, and it works! 
{And yes, I totally sold the idea to my husband by mentioning it doesn’t need power in case of the zombie apocalypse.}
Fifteen Minute Challenge – Organization
Thanks to realizing I have 18 flimsies that need to be quilted, I got down to some serious procrastination! Nah, actually, I did my fifteen minutes of organizing by getting things ready for quilting – cleaning off the sewing table and putting things away instead of on the cutting table. Cleaning off my cutting table. Cleaning out my scrap box until I found the binding fabric I knew was in the bottom.
…and moving things around so I could fit another sewing machine in the room! {Clearly, I need to find a place for that pile of batting behind it, though.}

Design Wall
No change – I did no piecing, and therefore no leaders/enders, this week. Toyland waits… 

Finished:

The first of four t-shirt quilts before the holidays.
{Finished post here.}

UFO Busting:

 I made friends with my walking foot and got Bad Romance finished up. It had all the lines in one direction, not the other. So it really didn’t take all that long to finish up, and the binding is all ready to go. Finishing a quilt is almost as much fun as piecing.

So there will be TWO finished posts this week!


Weekly Progress – On The Little Things

Lots of little updates this week!

 First, William’s first birthday was Sunday. And this part of adoption? Really sucks. Oh well – we will celebrate his second and onward with him!

Second, this old fat boy is doing well. Stitches come out today, and hopefully we’ll figure out a diet that prevent the stones coming back for both cats! No easy task, since they get stones for opposite reasons.

Third, since I have a picture of almost all my other kids… I took out my minky scrap box to show to a client. Someone loves minky.


Fifteen Minute Challenge – Organization
Another week with no organization. I really need to get back into the fifteen minute habit, because the flat surfaces are getting covered again!

Design Wall

The Toyland row quilt is pretty close to the assembly stage. It’s been a good leader/ender project – I’m going to miss it! Oh wait, I have another one just like it.


Finished
{How to tell if you’ve exceeded your design wall space}
 My second version of Raspberry Dessert! Full post later this week.

I also finished a wall hanging for my mother, in PEO colors.


And now I really need to work on the to-be-quilted pile!

Blocks

Weekly Progress – On the Garden, Not Quilting

My in-laws are currently visiting, which means there’s been a lot of yard work and not as much quilt work. Which is okay – this is the only time I like Oklahoma weather, plus the landscaping really need a good fall cleanup so we can sell next spring. And my mother-in-law is the expert for this kind of stuff!

We also had a scare later in the week with my poor Wedge trying to rival other pet emergencies. Took him to the vet for a suspected UTI, his third in the three years we’ve lived in Oklahoma. 
An x-ray was ordered and bladder stones were discovered, followed by surgery to remove them. And there were a LOT of them. And they appear to be the exact opposite composition of Tycho’s bladder stones.
I won’t scare you with pictures of his stomach, because a shaved fat cat’s stomach is truly hideous. Seriously. And he keeps laying on his back and forcing us to look at it. Dang cat.

Fifteen Minute Challenge
Not even once this week! Yeah, organization is falling to the wayside for a little bit.

Design Wall
To thank my MIL for her landscaping skills, I’ve been teaching some basic quilting skills while making a second version of Raspberry Dessert. This one is actually dessert-y, like rainbow sherbet.
And on the bottom right, the row quilt is still moving along as a leader/ender. 

Progress:

Polaroid Swap blocks came back! And I’m in love. There was a flamingo block right on top. Love. Debbie did good!
Grandmother’s Choice (2/3 blocks) – redid the second block and it’s better. Points aren’t perfect, but better. I paper pieced it and redrafted it without Y-seams. 

No Progress:

LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center)
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)

St. Paul’s Cross (2/42? blocks)

Fat Quarter Stars (7/? blocks)
Boardwalk (5/? blocks)
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (21/36 blocks) 

Quilting/Basted: 


Adoption:
Application Submitted – 2/12 
Home Study – approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork – mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea – 6/12
Referral Accepted – 6/12

New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0

Weekly Progress – Block Party

I am still in the middle of a large t-shirt quilt project, so my normal sewing was limited to random blocks, even though I spent plenty of time at the machine this week. {And plenty of seam-ripping time. Sigh.}

Fifteen Minute Challenge
I did my fifteen minutes of pressing three times this week! Which doesn’t make for much progress. I did graduate to a larger box, though, so I’m getting there.

Design Wall
 
All the four-patches are up, and the pinwheels are starting to fill in. I actually have a pile of them to press and trim…I just don’t want to!

Progress:

 {Rob Peter to Pay Paul – which I thought was a curved block?}
{Windblown Star – which I really wanted to like, but I killed the points on every single flying goose}

LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (21/36 blocks)

Boardwalk – five blocks done!

Fat Quarter Stars (7/? blocks) – I always intended to mix blocks from my 2011 Shop Hop Sampler with the Fat Quarter Stars. So I finally sat down, looked through the patterns, and did!

A few of them need to be re-drafted to the proper size, and a few won’t work at all, but this 12″ log cabin star was the perfect restarting point.

 
Grandmother’s Choice (1/2 blocks) – block one, I loooooooove. Block two, I haaaaaaaate. I’m going to try paper piecing it, with different color selections, because it came out so very bad.

No Progress:

LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center)
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)

St. Paul’s Cross (2/42? blocks)


Quilting/Basted: 

Adoption:
Application Submitted – 2/12 
Home Study – approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork – mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea – 6/12
Referral Accepted – 6/12

New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0

Weekly Progress – One Last Trip

I am insanely behind on blogs and emails, mostly because of this:

One last trip for the summer, out to Disneyland to collect my Coast-to-Coast Half Marathon medal. Oh, and to do the half marathon. I convinced my mom, with three weeks notice, to do it with me – I’m so proud of her for finishing!

But, not much of the sewing this past week.

Fifteen Minute Challenge
No pressing. No folding. No organization. Sigh.

Design Wall
Almost all the four-patches are up, and I did use my flight time to draw lines on the HSTs that fill in the other rows. So some progress!

Finished:
My running costume! I appliqued the Incredibles logo on the shirt.

Progress:

{Star Puzzle – not the way I prefer making flying geese, and it shows in the horrible points…}
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (19/36 blocks)

 Boardwalk – three blocks started


No Progress:

Fat Quarter Stars (6/12 blocks)
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center) 
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)

St. Paul’s Cross (2/42? blocks) 

Grandmother’s Choice (1/1 blocks) 

Quilting/Basted: 

Adoption:
Application Submitted – 2/12 
Home Study – approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork – mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea – 6/12
Referral Accepted – 6/12
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0

Weekly Progress – Back to School

{Dad doing the wake-up via Skype}

{Second grade? WHAT?}

So the Dude is off to school and I suddenly have masses of free time. Which is filled with PTO already. Woo!

Fifteen Minute Challenge

 Pressing and folding all my fat quarters. Slow and steady progress. Benefit: I could find my Poetica fabric! {See below.}

Design Wall

Four-patches as leaders/enders for a little toy quilt. There will be pinwheels in the empty spaces. Eventually.

Finished:

Superhero Squares

Progress:

{Grandmother’s Choice – Churn Dash – Thrifty}
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (18/36 blocks)
{Check out more BOMs!}

New:

I’m working on quilting a HUGE t-shirt quilt, so when I needed a break and didn’t want to do complicated piecing, I put a couple of these together. The pattern is Boardwalk by Fig Tree. It’s one of those blocks that looks ‘eh’ set regular {right} and ‘WOW’ on point {left}.

No Progress:

Fat Quarter Stars (6/12 blocks)
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center) 
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)

St. Paul’s Cross (2/42? blocks) 

Quilting/Basted: 

Joining:

 Grandmother’s Choice – I know. I KNOW. But, I decided not to do the Vintage Christmas QA, because I really don’t need another Christmas quilt. And a long term BOW is nice to have around. And I really want to use my Poetica! {But I need to buy a smidge more now… Oops!} 

Japanese Charm Swap – I did one of these a year ago, so obviously I need to add to my collection. There’s a few spots available still {maybe!}

Adoption:
Application Submitted – 2/12 
Home Study – approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork – mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea – 6/12
Referral Accepted – 6/12
New Projects: 1
Completed Projects: 1
In Progress: 11