tiny treats

for party favors, i made the cutest things ever: tiny treat totes (pattern by the Happy Zombie.)


i pushed myself to get this quilt top done.

normally when my interest level dips, i put the project aside and work on something else. but, i persevered and worked straight through on this one from start to finish with no specific deadline. i can't pat my self on the back just yet because this one went up on the hanger since i don't have the backing fabric. in fact, i don't even have an idea of what i want to do for the backing. solid? another print? flannel?

the bigger question is what to work on next. finish that sweater that just needs another inch of knitting before seaming begins?

yeah, i think i should work on that so i can put it to use this fall/winter season. although, i do have an itching to start on a christmas-y quilt!


patchwork squares progress

i've been making progress with my 1-square, 4-square, 9-square patchwork quilt.

so far, i am not sure i am loving it. i have been hoarding these French General fabrics for a couple of years, occasionally pulling them out to admire and pet them. i've finally pushed myself to cut into them and commit to a pattern and now i am just 'meh' about it. 

i had always intended on using the blues and greys together in one quilt and save the reds and creams another project, but for whatever reason i decided to throw them all into this one and i think that is what is throwing me off.

the rows layed out above have since been added and the quilt top has grown another two rows in addition all around since the photo above, so it's getting to a nice size.

i've also been distracted by another long term wip, a hugs and kisses quilt using prince charming by tula pink.

i've used up all the fabric i had in this line, so this is the size it will be. i typically like my quilts a bit larger so i am contemplating adding a couple more borders, what do you think:


what's wrong with this picture

this morning i continued with sewing my strip sets to make more nine-patches, and when i got to the tenth strip set in my chain i noticed something wasn't quite right.
that's right. i sewed my strips wrong sides together. i looked back, and the first of the ten strip sets was sewn correctly, right sides together. but the other nine? you would think it was my first time sewing these things! SMH


on the boards

i haven't had a finish yet this summer, bnt i have made progress on a few things. i even started another new project with some fabric i have had in my stash for a couple of years. i have this obsession with French General and have several in-progress projects at various stages using their fabrics.

most recently,  i have started on this layout inspired by a mini quilt by primitive gatherings. (my second favorite shop next to french general).

little progress has been made to the chateau rouge quilt:

mostly because it was put on hold as i started working with esprit de noel:

now that i have these additional projects in the works, can i get one done before the end of the year? i do have a few more projects planned with fabric from my stash, not to mention the knitting i want to get started/finished now that fall is around the corner!


a late post

this one has been done for a few weeks, i FINALLY added the binding.

i've been continuing work on the grey & mustard quilt although i've lost my steam with that one. i partially blame a recent trip to French General which resulted in the purchase of a lovely stack of Esprit de Noel cuts. i've been going back and forth on quilt patterns to start on for these lovelies and my rotary blade is rearin' to go.


another WIP

i know that i said i was going to get to the projects already in progress from last year (and even from 2011 !!) but i just couldn't resist cutting into this pile that has been sitting in my stash. i was having visions of mustard and grey.

i actually pulled these blocks out and had them on my table for a few days. i wanted to continue work on this quilt but after staring at the blocks for a while i just couldn't find the inspiration. i had a specific design in mind when i started these but i am having a hard time visualizing a finished quilt that i am going to love. not to say that i don't think the original design i had in mind would work out nicely, but i am just not feeling it at the moment.  

i still have these blocks out and the fabric is in my line of sight, but for now i'll continue working with chateau rouge. let's see how far i get...


finally a finish

first finish of 2013.

it's been a long time coming, what with so many starts in 2012. these were started in January of this year and finished just Monday, in time for some quick photos on Tuesday and onto a plane for Belgium on Wednesday. it feels like i haven't started and finished anything this quick in a long time.

two quilts, for our nieces...one loves aqua and the other, well let's just say she loves to eat sweets. the pattern is based on the Squares and Strips Bed Quilt by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew. this pattern is very easy, fun and quick to make.

I am glad to hear that the girls loved them and were excited to use them. even paulin wanted in on the fun...he already has his own!

now that these are out the door, I've pulled out one of my WIP's, one that was started sometime in February of last year. while looking for that one, I came across the flying geese quilt and guess what...all it needs is the binding! what the heck am I waiting for with that one?!?


2012 was a year full of many starts and hardly any finishes.  i started a sweater for my baby nephew and then gifted it to him within a few weeks when he came to visit from belgium. sadly, no photos of the finished object nor of baby nephew!

my list of W.I.P. that were started in '12 is astounding, i am thinking that I should take inventory to guilt myself into finishing some things up before starting in on something new.

with that said...what i am working on now, are two quilts for my neices in belgium.  these were started in 2013, and are in various states of completion.

the novelty sweet treat quilt is ready for binding, and the aqua one is about 25% done with quilting.