Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Letter softies

Party favors for wyatt's birthday:

O is for Owen

And w is for Wyatt

Monday, March 28, 2011

Today's sewing

Got the borders on a Qov & the backing ready. Will go to the quilter soon.

And I'm working on getting a round robin kit ready to pass around at guild next week.

Here are a couple reasons I didn't get more sewing done today:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My name in flames

My name in flames, originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.
I'm a firey one, you know...

All I Wanna Do...

is sew.

But there's not much time for that today, I'm afraid.

Sent one kiddo with the daddy to his parents' house already... The other is pretending to nap (translate that to playing with his toys and talking about all the things that are happening outside his bedroom window) while I'm supposed to be cleaning the house.

Got sucked into watching Hoarders... You'd think that would get me off of my rear!

And also looking thru pictures on Flickr.  Love the inspiration!

I have a mess in the corner of the living room.  A sewing mess.  I want to spend some time finishing up a few projects I've brought downstairs.  Mostly Quilts of Valor stuff.  I have two quilts that need borders and ironing.  And a medallion that I need to finish assembling... And a stack of blocks that need to be squared up and made into a kit for someone else to assemble.

I also need to work on finishing some pillow covers for my grandmother's couch.  We are going to Little Rock to give my cousin a baby shower later in the week.  I'd love to have the pillow covers finished before we leave.  It's do-able... Must focus.

But I also have to clean house.  Wyatt's birthday is coming.  My mom and step-father are coming from Texas for the festivities.  I have some sewing to do for that, too.

Tonight, I'd like to get the kitchen cleaned up and swept and mopped.  It's sticky.  Needing to wipe down surfaces and polish stuff.  Might reward myself with a little sewing time if I can accomplish that.

The best part?  My hubby is taking BOTH kiddos to his mom's this afternoon for supper, so I can sweep and mop without my sidekicks trying to "HELP"...

I'll take a minute this afternoon to take some pictures of the products of my machine quilting class from yesterday.  So much fun!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Machine Quilting Class

Today I'm taking a machine quilting class with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law at Harper's.  Now that I have a machine that I'm comfortable with, I'm looking forward to doing more of my own quilting.

My mom is visiting in a couple of weeks and she's giving me her dining room table and chairs.  It's actually a little smaller than the one I currently use.  My current dining room table will be moved up to the attic and my plan is to set up my machine in one corner of it.  Hopefully I can manage to keep it cleared off... and it'll give me lots of surface area for when I quilt.

More details and pictures to come!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bee vintage wonky log cabin

I'm making a wonky log cabin out of vintage sheets & feed sacks. Here's my progress so far:

I made these 3 blocks tonight. Don't you love em???

For the backing I want to make a giant wonky log cabin. These are my favorite sheets, so I'll likely use one of them & maybe find another sheet to coordinate.


I'm starting to get blocks back from the lovely linen bee & I am SO smitten with this quilt!

I could play with it for hours.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

KC Scrappy Bee

Tonight I finished a top!  My friends in the KC Scrappy Bee are all members of the Kansas City Modern Quilters' Guild.  My month was last June and I'm just now getting around to finishing my quilt top...  I gave each of them the focus fabric in the center of this block with the stipulation that they could make any type block as long as this fabric was in the center of the block.

I am using only fabric from my stash to finish this quilt.  I bought a bolt of this purple and green gingham when a local quilter who has an online shop decided to downsize.  There's enough for a backing, too.  Might be a little boring with this same fabric for the backing, but it's a good way to use it up, so that's what I'm going with.  I was happy that I could tone down the pinks somewhat by using the purple/green print.  I promise those pinks aren't as obnoxious as they appear to be in this photo.  The top right corner is a solid pink block that will be a signature block for each of my bee members to sign.

Wyatt's upcoming 4th birthday party

Wyatt turns 4 in April.  My sweet and quiet thinker.  Always eager to give and receive affection.  Spends most of his time imagining and pretending.  He is really into the alphabet, sounds and counting.  I've decided to have a birthday theme of ABC's for him.  We'll use magnetic letters on his birthday cake...  I'll rent some time at the local scrapbooking shop to use their fun dye cuts for letters to put out on the table... Each child in attendance will get a softie letter that corresponds to the first letter in their name as part of their party favors.  Tonight I made two:

J is for Jackson, Wyatt's first cousin

And K is for Kyle,  our good buddy

I still have 4 or 7 more to make, depending on RSVP's.  For sure, I need to make a N for Nomto, an A for Altan, a W for Wyatt and an O for Owen.  Might have G, M and another A to make, as well...

Quake quilt

My next few new quilts are going to help me weed through my scraps. You have seen my spider web wip. This is the beginning of my quake quilt. More to come....

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pillows for Memaw

I'm making a few pillow covers for my grandmother. Here are the latest ones I'm working on:

A finish! For Jayden

My sister is in the process of trying to adopt Jayden.  He's their 3 year old foster son.  This is the quilt that I've made for him.  It's taken me longer than I'd expected to finish it.  I used some satin ribbon binding that I had.  This is a first for me.  It will make this quilt an extra soft and snuggly one.

Friday, March 11, 2011

For Hallie

My first cousin, Kristen is going to have a baby girl soon. Her name is Hallie. This is the second butterfly baby quilt I've made lately. Such a fun pattern!

I finished the binding today. Such a rewarding feeling to have a finish!

Another Picture

My entry, originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.

Please ignore my cheesy smile.

This picture has a better view of my bag.

Kaufman Solids Challenge at KCMQG

IMG_6645, originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.
We were given a charm pack of solids a couple months ago (donated by Robert Kaufman- Thanks a bunch!) and challenged to make something with no prints.

I made a bag to store those big sheets of paper that my kids use on their easel for painting. I also keep completed "work" inside it.

I cannot tell you how many FABULOUS quilts people made for this challenge. SERIOUSLY.

I took a bunch of pictures. Check out my Flickr photostream. You will be so inspired.

Sunday, March 06, 2011


I've been busy organizing my stash. It was upside down before yesterday and today's work.

Check out this

I've been meaning to share this with you guys.  A few months ago it was shown at Blue Valley Quilters' Guild.  Hand pieced, hand quilted TINY perfect hexagons.  A serious work of art.  Antique, too!  I wish I'd gotten a better picture.  It was the most spectacular quilt I've ever seen... or maybe the second most spectacular.  Really well-done!

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Went to Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence again today.  An expensive habit.  Needed some quality time with my best friend so the hubbies kept the kids while we had a day out.

I've been picking up a spool of King Tut thread every time I am at a fabric store that sells it.  I have quite a collection now. :)  Tomorrow I'm going to put some satin binding on a quilt for my nephew.  He's actually my foster nephew, but I think my sister will be able to adopt him soon.  Good news!

The brown polka dot fabric is flannel.  I'll use it to bind Owen's big boy quilt.  I'm about to take it to the quilter.

The primary colored fabrics are so much fun.  I don't have any particular plans for them yet, but I'm thinking on it.

The blue Fandango print will be used to finish my grandmother's pillow covers.

And the gray Denise Schmidt is a print I've been coveting for some time now.  I don't have much gray in my stash, so I justified getting some today.

$71 later, I left the store.  Bad habit, I tell you!

Asian fans

A couple weeks ago, I bought some fabric to use to (hopefully) complete the blocks for my Asian fan quilt.  Isn't this rich!?!

Now I have to try to make templates for the two pieces.  Am nervous.  I'm using a pattern, but I've modified it enough that I'll have to wing it.  Worried I'll mess it up & waste fabric. :(

I'll be brave. Just not today.

KC Scrappy Bee

Back in June, my fellow bee members in the KC Scrappy Bee helped me to create these blocks.  I bought some gray fabric to use with them, but it wasn't working for me, so I put them on a shelf.

Tonight I dusted them off and decided to use what I had in my stash to finish this quilt.  I have almost a whole bolt of the green checked fabric that I bought for $1.00 (!) per yard about a year ago.  I have plenty for the backing, too.  What do you think?

I might put a light pink border around the quilt (I'd have to buy the fabric) to frame it.  I'll probably use more of the green fabric to bind it, too.  In the dark pink block at the top, I'll have all of my bee members sign it.  Here's a closeup of the fabric:

Yellow & orange vintage sheet summer quilt

I participated in a vintage sheet fat quarter exchange last summer and I got a huge assortment of vintage sheets.  I decided to chop up the yellows and oranges to create myself a summer quilt.  I'm finally getting around to finishing the top.  I did half of this quilt (cutting and all) tonight.

This is one of my very favorite vintage sheets.  It will be the backing.

I may even be brave enough to quilt it myself!  We'll see...

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Early Morning Sewing

My helper, Wyatt. He threw up in the night and decided we'd better go downstairs. He likes to help me quilt.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


Spider!, originally uploaded by nkiblueeyes.
Spending time in the cafe at the gym. Not working out. Kids in childcare. Embroidering spiders on Wyatt's spider web quilt blocks.

Doesn't this one look real?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A pillow cover

For my grandmother's birthday, I'm making new pillow covers for her couch. This is the first time I've attempted anything like this. I like it so far...

The front

The back (a pity this won't show)

Central park by Kate Spain. Moda