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The Granddaughter’s Housewarming Present

Mister’s granddaughter, who I proudly claim as my granddaughter too (even though she’s actually old enough to be my daughter… Or rather, I’m young enough to be her mother. Nevermind, that’s probably a story for another day. Or not. Annnyyyyyywayyyyy). She turned 18 in November and graduated from high school shortly thereafter.  6 months early! This granddaughter is a highly motivated, independent and smart young woman. And she is taking charge of life and planning/organizing/living it well.

While we have enjoyed watching her grow up these past few years that she has lived near us, we recently had the privilege of being invited to her first “this is my own place” for a housewarming party.  And I immediately decided to make her a set of four placemats and napkins.

Placemats & Napkins

Placemats & Napkins

I only had about three days to decide on a pattern, buy fabric, and get everything made.  On Tuesday night I discovered Elizabeth Hartman’s Color Block Placemats + Napkins sew along on Sew Mama Sew.  On Wednesday we had errands to run, shopping to do, and appointments to attend to, so I all I was able to get done that day was a run to Hobby Lobby to pick up the fabrics, and then pre-wash and iron them that evening.

Hobby Lobby fabrics

Hobby Lobby fabrics

I am NOT a fan of the Hobby Lobby material.  But I did not have time to order any from my usual shops, so I had to make do.  They had some nice looking fabrics in colors that the granddaughter mentioned she liked (darker neutrals and neutrals), so I picked them up and hoped for the best.  I also found some Kona in the Sand color there, and added that to the bundle as well.  There is such an obvious difference in the quality of fabric that after I assembled the placemats I fused some Pellon SF101 to the back just to add some sturdiness to them.

Napkin

Napkin

The first day of sewing I was able to get all the fabrics cut, and the napkins done.  The second day I pieced the placemats, quilted them and completely finished the binding on two of them.  On the third day (the day of the party) I finished handsewing the binding to the back of the placemats.  I actually had about 4 hours to spare… which seems to be the norm for me. *sigh*  One day I’ll do better at planning ahead!

Quilting on the reverse side of the placemat.  Also, I remembered to add my personalized label!

Quilting on the reverse side of the placemat. Also, I remembered to add my personalized label!

I think the granddaughter liked the placemat/napkin set.  It looks fancier than I wanted, and I had to tell her that they were meant to be used. Hopefully she’ll use them! I actually like this pattern so much that I may make some for the house here.  I also may make them for some Christmas presents too.

Way to go, granddaughter!! We are so proud of you and so happy for you!

“Gramma C”

 


The Modern InstaBee 2014

Quite an amazing thing has happened on Instagram the last few days.  IG users @brazenlisa @lisaquiltslikeaboss & @jessicaquilter decided to start a Modern Bee on Instagram and it exploded!  Within a few days’ time they have managed to organize 10 Hives with 12 quilters in each hive.

Modern Insta Bee

By the time I found out about it and asked to get in on the fun, I was assigned to Hive 8. I found out who my bee-mates were yesterday.  I’ve been having a lot of fun getting to know a bit about them as we introduce ourselves and get organized.  Some amazing ladies are in our hive, and we have a range of newer quilters to very experienced quilters; and those who’ve participated in a Bee before and those who haven’t (like me!).  I’m in an extremely friendly group of Hive members, and I am SO excited to be participating in this with them.

All of us are using the book Modern Bee  by Lindsay Conner for our quilt choice.  I should be getting my book Monday or Tuesday, and I’m scheduled to be Queen Bee in November. Since this is my first bee, I’m super excited and nervous at the same time.  I don’t want to mess up!  Eeek!

instabee hive8

One of our Bee-mates has already created a blog button for us.  I love it!  I’ll be putting it in the side bar, and it will link to Tagboard which will show any #moderninstabee2014hive8 tags on the internet.  That way you can see what our bee is working on.  If you’re on Instagram, you can follow along with our bee using the aforementioned hashtag or along with the entire bee as a whole by searching the hashtag #moderninstabee2014. It’s gonna be awesome… so be sure to follow along!!

Have you seen all this activity on Instagram?  Did you sign up?

If so, which Hive were you assigned?


Skillbuilder BOM 2014

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Last year I participated in the Skill Builder BOM by Alyssa Lichner of Pile O’ Fabric.  I learned so much, and had so much fun creating the quilt last year, that when I discovered Alyssa was doing another Skill Builder BOM for 2014 I signed up right away!

Final Skill Builder Fabric Pull

Final Skill Builder Fabric Pull

Alyssa is a great teacher, and started us off with lessons in color theory, and choosing our own color scheme (if we wanted to do something different than the colors she chose for the BOM).  I enjoyed this process a lot.  I am trying to stretch myself in this area, since I am not very good with colors. I took the time to select the colors I liked, and then I printed the coloring sheet and spent quite a bit of time painstakingly coloring it in.

My coloring sheet looks a lot more vibrant in real life!

My coloring sheet looks a lot more vibrant in real life!

I wanted to get my MQG Riley Blake challenge project finished before doing any of my January BOM’s.  I decided yesterday that I had some time to get the two January blocks done, and still finish my challenge project on time.  I started making the blocks yesterday and finished today.

Ruler Block

Ruler Block

The ruler block was a lot of fun to make.  The Kona Charcoal fabric was not in my original plan for the ruler markings, but I wanted the ruler to actually look like a ruler.  I think adding the Charcoal was a good choice.  Although Mister asked me if I was making piano keys… Hmmmm.

Thread Spools Block

Thread Spools Block

I have a feeling this block is going to be my very favorite of the whole quilt.  I LOVE Aurifil thread, and I was so excited that Alyssa included a block that looks like Aurifil thread spools!  I sew exclusively with Aurifil, and sewed these blocks up with #2021 in 50 wt.  I chose the Kona Glacier to mimic the look of the Aurifil 40 wt green spool. I know its not the same color of green, but those Aurifil spools are unmistakable and I’m sure this block of spools won’t be confused with any other brand!  I enjoyed trying to make the variegated thread look, and the freedom to not have to sew the lines perfectly straight in order to mimic the winding of the thread on the spool.

Well, now that I’m caught up on the Skill Builder blocks, all I have left to do is my Sugar Block Club for January (almost finished!), and then I’ll get back to work on the Challenge quilt.  I’ll make January’s Bag of the Month in February sometime.

If you’re interested in participating in the Skill Builder BOM 2014, just click the button in the sidebar or at the top of this post.  Once you have signed up for the class, the content is there for you forever and you can work at your own pace!  It’s still early enough that you can catch up in a jiffy too!


Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along Week 1

If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ll notice it looks different starting with this post.  I have been wanting a cleaner look to the blog since starting it, but didn’t have time to figure out how to make colorful headers on a plain background.  Until yesterday.  Seems like I could have done this ages ago, now that I know how!  Hope it feels a little less cluttery to you now.

Last week‘s Sunday Stash post showed the bundle I chose for the Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along.  I picked up some Modern Solids 2 and I am telling you this fabric is wonderful to work with!  I decided to buy the lighter grey to use in place of the white called for in the blocks.  I’ll still be using the darker grey (Metallic) as sashing and other background where I think it’s appropriate.

VQR Tea Leaf

VQR Tea Leaf

I wasn’t going to start these blocks until after I finished my MQG Riley Blake Challenge project, but after some hang ups this week with that project I decided to take a much needed break and go ahead and get these blocks done.  Since it’s a 2-block per week block-along, I didn’t really want to get too far behind.  My other BOMs are okay to wait another week or so.

 

VQR Double Z

VQR Double Z

 

These were easy blocks to get done… Pretty much just HST’s.  I wish my mind had not been so busy elsewhere with other issues, and I had really paid attention to what I was making.  I ended up just following the instructions and actually cutting squares in half rather than just making HST’s the easy way by sewing down both sides of the line and then cutting them in half.  I also have also found that if I want a 3.5″ HST, I only need to cut a 4″ square and I won’t have a lot of fabric loss in the trimming.  I trimmed A LOT of fabric away doing it as instructed.  (Cutting 4.25″ squares in half, sewing a background and a color half together and then trimming to 3.5″.) 

Oh well, I suppose the easier “just follow the instructions” route was better, given that I’m dealing with a non-motivitated and refusing-to-speak-to-the-mean-mom teenager this week.

Linking up with Sukie!

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along