Month 5 in the Beginner Paper Pieced BOM is a larger block and instead of making four, I only need to make two. Here’s the first one DONE:

BOM 5 RW

The block is supposed to look like this:

BOM Craftsy

I didn’t love how the bottom half was cut into two separate patterns, so I made a mirror image of the log cabin portion of the block and set them next to one another instead.  I wish I had added another color in for contrast, but other than that I think it looks great.

BOM 5 close up

I haven’t fully decided on block two, but I’m leanings towards just doubling the other half of the original bottom pattern with the triangles.  It will be green and white though.  That much I know.

I’ve also found a great blog called Le Challenge and I recently finished up a mini quilt for their monthly challenge.  The theme is “Direction” and the instructions are simply to create a project in any medium using your interpretation of the theme.

Here’s a sneak peek of the backside of my creation:

Le Challenge 1 Back RW

The full reveal won’t be till mid month.  I love this quilt already.  It came together in three days, used several of my favorite Cotton & Steel prints and just makes me happy.  It’s already hanging in my sewing room (aka The Guest Room).

I’ve also photographed my new Cotton & Steel blenders for Sunday Stash and photographed three other completed projects as well.  One of these days I’ll get them blogged.  I’d love to get all caught up with what I want to share so everything from then on can be current projects.  Ha!!  Wishful thinking.  I’d rather be sewing than blogging.

Chat at ya soon(ish).

- Joanna

Linking up with Janeen at Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Friday.  Her arm is still keeping her from sewing, so please everybody say a few extra prayers for her!!!  Thanks so much.  Also Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.  Annnnnd My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

    Hi there.  Welcome.

    So my three and a half year old son asked for an apron and a chef’s hat the other day.  I’m so happy I’ve found sewing and that I’m now the kind of mom that can just whip up his request in an afternoon.

    Fox Apron 1 RW

    Okay, okay, I cannot tell a lie . . . two afternoons.  I didn’t make the chef’s hat till the next day.

    Chef Hat RW 

    My friend Beth told me she shared the pic I sent her with her husband and was incredulous such a thing could be done!  I’ve been there, Beth, I’ve been there.  Less than a year ago, in fact, I was right there with ya.  I still have a lot to learn but I finally know my way around a sewing machine enough to complete this project with ease.

    I used this tutorial for the apron, but I shrunk it down a bit.  This is the tutorial for the matching hat.

    Fox Apron 2 RW

    Yes, it’s a bit wrinkled.

    It’s been played in already.

    The backing fabric and straps are from JoAnn fabrics.  The foxes are the Fox and The Houndstooth by Andie Hanna for Robert Kaufman.  The woodgrain fabric is a Riley Blake.  The grey pocket is a Kona solid, I have no clue which one.  I used fabrics completely from my stash for this project.

    Because it seems wrong not to show you a picture of this ensemble in action, here’s my boy and his new threads.

    Fox Apron 3 RW

    Yeah, I did put it on his back.  I don’t plaster the internet with pictures of my kids.  I think they’ll appreciate that someday, don’t you?

    Don’t answer that.

    - Joanna

    Linking up with . . . Sew Fresh Quilts (hi Lorna! thanks for the nice e-mail the other day) for Let’s Bee Social

      Continuing on with the stash report of my big ol’ honking online order from a few weeks back.

      Jeep RW

      Half yard Tula Pink Humming Bird in Midnight from the Acacia line.  I’ve been wanting this fabric for awhile now.

      Half yard Carrie Bloomston Newspaper Stripe by Windham Fabrics on clearance.  Total impulse buy.

      Three quarters yard Jamie Wood Space Age by Clothworks on super clearance.  More impulse shopping.  It was cheap and we have pregnant friends working on a space themed nursery.

      Misc Fabrics RW

      Misc Fabrics 2 RW

      Annnnnd here’s my Jeep that I’ll be selling.  Insert sobs here.

      Jeep 2 RW

      Have a great day.

      - Joanna

      Linking up with Mollie Sparkles.  I’d like to think he would comment on all my posts, but alas I have them turned off.

       

        I’ve now completed all four blocks for April in the Beginner Paper Pieced Block of the Month.

        Here’s the final block for the month.

        Beginner BOM Month 4 Block 4 RW

        And the previous three blocks.

        Month 4 Block 3 RW

        Beginner BOM Month 4 Block 2 RW

        Beginner BOM Month 4 Block 1 RW

        I’m still behind in this project.  But I’ll get there.

        - Joanna

        Linking up with Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Party, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday,

          New uses for umbrellas.  Man, I LOVE this kid.

          Rain Play RW

          - Joanna

            14. June 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags: , , , ,

            Sooooo . . . the riding mower died.  Like cranking, clanking, smoke billowing, oil bellowing dead.  What we thought was a simple $300 fix has turned, most likely, into a whole new engine instead.  We’re still waiting to hear back from the mower repair guy.  The second mower repair guy.  The first mower repair guy gave up completely after three weeks.

            The moral of this story is we really need a new riding mower, a brand spanking new one with a big ol’ fat warranty.  So . . . no more fabric shopping.  I can probably squeeze in ten bucks twice a month at the LQS but anything more is strictly forbidden by the budget.  The budget has put its foot down people.  To help cover the cost of the new mower, I’m also selling my 20 year old Jeep.  To those who know me, this news will probably come as quite a shock.  I was pretty sure I’d have to be buried with that car.  But it is what it is and we all make sacrifices for our family.  It does feel good to be able to contribute some way financially.  As a SAHM I don’t often have that opportunity.

            The point I’m actually trying to make here is that my gluttonous online fabric order of 20 different prints and 4 Cotton & Steel charm packs squeaked in juuuuuuust before the bad news on the mower officially broke. Wahoo!!!  That’s not what The Husband said by the way.  What he said was “Is there still time to cancel the orders?”

            It also means I need to drag out Sunday Stash reports as long as possible amiright?  I’m right.  There’s like 20 new fabrics to showcase and I like to do things right so it’ll take me a few weeks to get things photographed.  Today I’m highlighting just one yard of one fabric because the pictures are just too perfect to get lost amid a sea of Cotton & Steel basics (which was the reason for the online order in the first place.)

            Is it just me, or is this post ridiculously long for sharing about one measly yard of fabric?

            Without further whining . . . meet the newest addition to my stash . . . BIOLOGY by Sarah Watson.

            Biology and the Berry 1 RW

            Oh hey.

            What’s that?  There, on that super cool fabric panel?

            Yes, people, that is in fact biology at work (or rather Botany I suppose) . . . on my new Biology.

            That is one crazy looking strawberry people.

            Biology and the Berry 2 RW

            I texted that picture to a few people and they all thought it was a clump of berries all together.

            Biology and the Berry 4 RW

            Nope.  There’s one normal strawberry hiding there at the top, but all the rest on this plant are weird alien looking berries.

            Biology and the Berry 5 RW

            Biology and the Berry 3 RW

            Here’s the full panel.  I love it.  I think it’ll be either a quilt with a simple border around the outside or maybe a skirt for my daughter.  It’s so pretty.  I wish I had a bolt of it.  Darn you mower!

            Biology Tall RW

            Biology by HT

            source: Hawthorne Threads

            Here’s one more of the weird berry by itself.  For funsies.

            Biology Berry RW

            Thanks to Mollie Sparkles for hosting Sunday Stash so I have a reason to share these super awesome pictures.

            - Joanna

            If you’re new here, I have comments disabled.  Thanks for reading!

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              12. June 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Paper Piecing, Sewing · Tags: ,

              I’m still behind in this project.  Here’s month 4 block 3.  I have one more to go in this design then on to May and June’s blocks!

              Month 4 Block 3 RW

              Here are the previous blocks for this month in case you missed them.

              Beginner BOM Month 4 Blocks 1 and 2 RW

              Linking up with Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Party.

              - Joanna

                11. June 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Finish Finish, Sewing · Tags: , , , ,

                That post title is misleading.  Baby Charwee isn’t a baby anymore.  She’s 15 months old.  And when I say bibs, I’m not talking tiny little cutesy baby spit up bibs.  I’m talking big ol’ honking protect her shirt as she shovels food into her mouth at an alarming rate bibs.

                Bib 1 RW

                I made four bibs out of flannel I had in my stash.  I had found the heart fabric super cheap on JoAnn’s remnant rack.  The hearts are all going different directions as I wanted to use up as much of this piece of fabric as I could.

                Bib 3 RW

                The dot fabric was another previous find at JoAnn’s, but these were a fat quarter pack.  One fat quarter is the perfect size for a bib!  Each bib is reversible and just as pretty on the back as the front.

                Bib 2 RW

                I’ve only ever sewn with cheap flannel from Joann’s and I’ve often wondered how the designer flannel differs.  I plan on finding out someday, but bibs that get food smashed into them on a daily basis aren’t going to be the way.  Cheap-o fabric will do just fine here.  It’s probably not going to be too long before Baby Charwee rips off bibs and refuses to wear them anyway.

                The reason I made four new bibs is I finally decided it was time to retire some of the old ones.  Not only had they gone though my son who will be four this fall, but quite a few of them were hand-me downs to boot.  And some?  Well, they just weren’t appropriate for a girl.

                Bib 4 RW

                My husband got a chuckle every time I put this bib on our daughter and insists we are keeping it because it’s funny.  This bib was my nephews, who is going to be seven this month.  Sorry honey, it’s time for it to GO.

                I had another fat quarter pack of the flannel dots which I turned into a baby quilt for a friend.  Here’s a sneak peek.

                Tetris Close Up Good RW

                See ya later alligator!  If I had comments enabled (here’s why I don’t) I would expect all of you to respond with “after while crocodile.”

                - Joanna

                Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Be Social, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, Quilt Matters for TGIFF (bibs aren’t quilts but I’m walking on the wild side and linking up anyway), Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday, Fort Worth Fabric Studio for Fabric Frenzy Friday, My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday

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                  I added to my stash in a big way this week.  One trip to the LQS and orders from three separate on-line stores.  Yeah.  I was bad.  In my defense I only meant to order from one on-line store, but I had to go to three to get everything I wanted.  I’m defending myself a lot these days aren’t I?  I ran across a blogger recently who proudly insisted “never apologize for your stash”  . . . so perhaps I’ll only apologize to the bank account (and The Husband) and not to you all.

                  Today I’m only going to share pictures of the LQS purchase.  It’s meager compared to the on-line ones, but it’s what I had time to photograph this week.  Also, I need to find my bag of clothespins before I can photograph the online order how I’d like.  The online order is mostly Cotton & Steel with two clearance impulse buys, an Anna Maria Horner (my first), a Sarah Watson and a Tula Pink.

                  Here’s why I actually went to the LQS in the first place.

                  Botanics with the Virginia Creeper RW

                  I picked up a few quarter yards of Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander for my paper piecing block of the month project.  I needed the green for sure and went ahead and grabbed the gold and white in the same pattern as well.  I normally don’t prefer gold, but it looks great with the grey and white fabrics in this line.  It’s a good thing I splurged too because the newest block uses bigger pieces than I have in the 10″ layer cake I purchased.

                  This little guy hopped into my bag while I was there.

                  Bunnies in the Clover 1 RW

                  I couldn’t help bringing him home.  I.  Freaking.  Love.  Bunnies.  And we have plenty of clover in the yard for him to nibble on.

                  Bunnies in the Clover 2 RW

                  Mollie Sparkles is probably rolling his eyes at the gooey mushy turn this post has taken.

                  It’s a fat quarter of Michael Miller fabrics and that’s all the selvage tells me.

                  Bunnies in the Clover 3 RW

                  I’m thinking some fussy cutting for a paper pieced polaroid picture block.  I saw this done over at the Stash Bee blog and was intrigued.

                  As is my new norm, comments are closed.  Here’s why.  Thanks for understanding.

                  - Joanna

                  Linking up with Mollie Sparkles for Sunday Stash.  Where quilters go to live vicariously.

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                    No I didn’t stutter in the post title.  I’m calling this quilt Origami Baby.  So since it’s a baby quilt, that made the post title Origami Baby Baby Quilt.  It has occurred to me that I should allow my husband the sole rights to name all my quilts as he is wittier than I am, as much as I hate to admit that.  I like to think I’m witty, when really . . . not so much.

                    Origami Baby Full RW

                    For the record, I took the above picture because I thought I was supposed to (gah, I almost never do that sort of thing.)  But isn’t that the thing in the quilting world . . . having someone hold your quilt and taking a picture with their feet sticking out???

                    Origami Baby Husband Holding RW

                    It seems to be.  I then realized I need to be true to me and do my own thing.  So I took a picture of my husband’s feet instead.

                    Origami Baby Feet RW

                    I swear he’s twelve feet tall in those boots.

                    Then to really sell the whole I’m marching to the beat of my own drum thing I took a picture of the Origami Baby baby quilt on top of the grill.  Because when have you ever seen that???  Never.  Probably never.  Note to self: wipe off grill cover next time BEFORE putting quilt on top.  Noted.

                    Origami Baby on the Grill RW

                    Okay, enough of the craziness.  Let’s get down to who I really am.

                    Origami Baby Back RW

                    Hi.  I’m Joanna and I like to photograph things in trees.  Or bushes.  Sometimes bushes.  Occasionally on moss covered rocks.  Ok, there was that one time I used the blacktop driveway to photograph cookies, but I swear I didn’t eat those particular cookies.  Ok, ok, ok, and the woodpile.  Cookies on the woodpile.  Did I mention I used to be a food satire blogger?  Yeah.  I did.  If you have no idea what a food satire blogger is . . . well, join the club.

                    Drum.   Dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum.

                    Enough of that, back to the quilt.

                    Origami Baby Boat on Electric Fence RW

                    Inspiration for this quilt came from here.  I purchased the origami boat paper pieced pattern off Etsy and couldn’t be happier!  I adore that little boat.  You saw it once before here and you’ll be seeing it again I am quite sure.

                    I’m loving the wavy quilting – I think it was the perfect choice.

                    This was my first try at applique as well and I think it turned out great.

                    Origami Baby Applique RW

                    To this day I still can’t seem to get the tension set just right so you can see the pink bobbin thread peeking through the top.

                    Origami Baby Thread Tension RW

                    Now I either utilize this on purpose for effect (I have an art quilt still to share where it actually looks great) or I just keep the bobbin thread the same color as the top thread.  It is what it is.  I’m still new at this.

                    I get better and better at binding each time I do it . . .

                    Origami Baby Side on Electric Fence RW

                    . . .but the corners still gave me some trouble on this quilt.

                    Origami Baby Binding RW

                    I finished this quilt up a few months ago so I’m happy to report I’ve gotten even better.  Here’s a sneak peek at the art quilt I finished.  I’m super proud of this binding.  Definitely my best yet.

                    Meanstreak Binding RW

                    Fabrics used on this quilt:

                    Boat:  Cotton & Steel - Arrows in Coral Metallic and All The States in Pink

                    Birds: Cotton & Steel  - All The States in Pink

                    Sky:  Moda Grunge (I think Sugar Cookies)

                    Water:  I’m starting to rethink adding this info to the blog post . . .

                    Binding: . . . cause I really don’t want to hunt down the info

                    Backing:  oh geez, it was on the clearance rack and that’s all I remember

                    Thread: Aurifil

                    And that’s all she wrote.  And by she, I mean me, because I’m done for the day.

                    As is my new norm, comments are closed.  Here’s why.  Thanks for understanding.

                    - Joanna

                    P.S.  I have finished the Rainbow Bed Runner!  I just haven’t photographed it yet.  Other than the fact I forgot to increase my stitch length on the binding, it turned out pretty well.

                    I’m sure I will link this post up to some cool places.  I’ll add links as I do.

                    Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social.  My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.  Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Friday.  Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.  Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.  (I don’t make up these link names, but I’ll try to learn how to “whoop”.)

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