What I’m Working On…

Things here are little crazy.  Like everyone else I am doing the typical holiday hustle and bustle but beyond that, we are getting ready to host a graduation open house for my daughter Kalissa who graduating from high school at semester which is at the end of the month.  I should be cleaning but decided it’s really too early to be worrying too much about cleaning yet so I am sewing…crazily sewing to make up for the time I won’t be able to at the end of the month.

I didn’t feel the best on Saturday but today I felt really good so I spent some time organizing things yesterday.

Here is Pineapple Crazy from Bonnie Hunter’s book, String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!.  My space is all cleaned up and ready for action.  I got new papers cut too.  Working with those little pieces can sometimes be REALLY messy.

I started a UFO.  This is Criss Cross Applesauce from Bonnie Hunter’s book, Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green.  I had this cut out but not a stitch sewn.  It’s sat for over a year!!

I continued working on Perkiomen Daydreams from Bonnie Hunter’s book, Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-pupose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”.  We are on row #12!!

This is Bonnie Hunter’s mystery Easy Street.  I am not quite done with clue #3.

…but that didn’t stop me from cutting out another.  UGH.  What was I thinking??? This one is going to be dark colored neutrals, cheddar, brown, rust and green.  I have the pieces all cut out.

My birthday is on Friday and Kelli took sometime off work.  We are planning on sewing on Thursday and Friday.  I can’t wait!!

To see what others are  working on check out Patchwork Times….and to see other Easy Street progress check out Bonnie’s linky party…Oh, I have a giveaway going on too.  You can find that here.

What Jo is Working On….

Earlier today Kelli chimed in and let you know what she was working on…now it’s my turn.

I am working on four projects right now…I have one baby quilt ready for binding.  I have one quilt on the quilting machine for Addyson’s benefit.

I have my Maverick Stars quilt…

I currently have 29 of the 120 star blocks completely finished.  I have others in the partial finished stage.

I have this box of star points that are sewn.  See the small stack.  Those are the trimmed ones.

The larger pile all needs to be trimmed…  It’s actually a job I don’t mind doing.  I just turn my speaker phone on when someone calls and trim away.  I trim when Hubby comes in late from field work and is eating his supper.  I just squeeze some time in here and there and do a dozen blocks if I can.

Last night I got going on my fourth project.

Hubby came in for supper late so I broke open this pack, ironed the pieces and made a test block.  Oh..I am in love.  I love the fabric colors…I love the design.  I would show more but…it’s for Moda Bake Shop.  Hopefully in a month or so, I’ll have it finished and then you’ll see all.

To see what others are working on, check out Patchwork Times.

What I’m Working On…

Guest Post from Kelli…

Mom and I work quite well together.  Things that she doesn’t like–math, pinning, arranging Perkiomen Daydreams blocks–are things that I love.  And things that I despise–quilting (on the old machine), designing, binding quilts–are things that she’s just fine with.  This had never been a problem…until today!

I was trying to overcome some of my designing issues, and mom told me that a lot of the quilts that we find really interesting have a secondary pattern after putting the original blocks together.  Using her wisdom, I designed a block with a simple center with an outside pattern to create a secondary pattern as she suggested, using navy blue, cheddar, and neutrals.  I brought it home and showed it to her.  We both were in love with the block and mom said that she would continue working on it and put it together to make it into a whole quilt design.

Fast forward a few days–Mom called me and told me to check my email because she had emailed me the block made into a quilt with a really cool border.  I opened up the email and saw what she came up with.  Needless to say I was amazed!  It was gorgeous!  Unfortunately though, we can’t show it to you quite yet as it has become a top secret project.  But don’t worry, we will show it to you as soon as possible.

After looking at the design closer, I began plugging the block and border block requirements into Excel to figure the yardage.  After a little bit of work, my jaw hit the floor.  This quilt that I was so excited about requires 2,592 triangles cut using a easy angle ruler from 1.5″ strips.  And this was after telling mom “Sure, I’ll make that quilt.  I really like little pieces.”  Needles to say I’m kicking myself now!

So for the past week, I have been cutting, ironing, cutting, and ironing some more.  And if any of you were wondering what 2,592 triangles cut using the easy angle and 1.5″ strips, here you go…

Amazing, right??

Stop back later and get a peek at what mom is working on and if you want to see what others are working on, check out Patchwork Times.

Sleeping Beauty…Love it, Pin it, Win it!

Here’s the sleeping beauty.

While I was quilting away on my next Moda Bake Shop quilt, she was snoozing on the pillows…

Speaking of Moda Bake Shop you may want to check out their Love it, Pin It, Win it campaign that they have going on.  There are lots of ways to win fabric….one of them is to write a blog post about your favorite Moda Bake Shop project…

That’s easy for me…I would pick my daughter Kelli’s project Battle March! I saw it in person and wanted one of my own then.

My second project I’d pick is my friend Michelle’s, from Michelle’s Romantic Tangle,  30’s Barn Raising.

There is always lots of fun projects at Moda Bake Shop.

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