Monday, July 29, 2013

A Whirlwind of Activity!

Oh boy, have things been super, crazy busy around here. I survived the 1000 mile drive down to Florida with a toddler in the car. It went smoother than I anticipated. After staying in a hotel for 4 days our things arrived and we were able to move into our rental house. Thus began phase 2 - to get things in order as quickly as possible. I got the kitchen and the basics of my son's bedroom in working order within the first 24 hours. After that my focus shifted to the master bedroom and bath. As much as I would have liked to get my sewing room done, I've had to save it for one of the last things since it's the technically the dining room and that's where a lot of the boxes initially ended up. While my son was napping this afternoon I got most of my sewing stuff unpacked and set up. I hope to be up and sewing sometime tomorrow!

And did I mention that in the 9 days we've lived in Florida we've somehow found the time to go to Disney World 3 times (annual passes are a beautiful thing) AND went home builder shopping and signed off to build a house! The thought of moving again in 5-6 months doesn't thrill me but at least this time it will be local and well worth it!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Heading South!

The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind of boxes, tape, cleaning, and list-making. Spent the last night in our Ohio home last night and had our belongings packed onto a truck today that we won't see for a week. That was the easy part. Now to drive for 2 full days with a toddler in the car. Okay, maybe that's the hard part. I'll let you know if I survive.

My son, excited to help put some things on the truck.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Split Quarter Square Triangles

I'm getting down to the wire. We're planning to visit with family and friends over the next 2 days and the movers pack up the house on Tuesday and load the truck on Wednesday. That doesn't leave me much time for quilting or anything else for that matter! I'm determined to finish up block #3 in the QAL but I'm struggling finding the right fabric. Below are my first ever split quarter square triangles. So excited that they actually turned out! I have another set that I need to make with the remaining green and white half square triangles and I want to bring some bluish tones into it. The larger flower print will suffice but I'm hoping I find something better when I visit my aunt tomorrow. She has some fabrics for me (hooray!). Either way, I won't get to finishing this block until Monday night sometime.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Friday Finish - 2nd Quilt Block Done!

Somehow amidst the chaos of relocating to Florida in less than a week I've still managed to get caught up on the Accuracy QAL.

I'm really starting to feel the stress of this move and focusing on something other than my infinite lists involved with moving has really helped. The 3rd block came out today and I'm hoping to get that one finished as well before I have to pack up my sewing machine. We'll be living out of a hotel for about a week and I'm truly contemplating putting my sewing stuff in the car instead of having the movers pack it! Of course I know I'm not being realistic so I'll just have to settle with knitting, reading, and surfing the internet. Who knows, maybe I'll actually finish my sweater!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

1st Quilt Block - Done!

Not 24 hours after deciding to participate in the Accuracy Quilt-Along, I have my first block done. I saw that the finished measurements were 15.5" x 16.5, but seeing it done - wow, it's a big block!

Mine is a bit off in measurement, less than an 1/8th of an inch so I'm hoping it will still fit with the other blocks to come. After all this QAL is all about accuracy! I'm pressing all of my seams open for this quilt so that is new to me. I learned to always press seams to one side but there were some interesting articles about how pressing seams open may improve accuracy so that's why I'm trying it. We'll see. Now to start figuring out my fabric choices of block 2.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Aiming For Accuracy Quilt-ALong

Last week I was thrilled to be approved as a "quilting blogger" on the Quilting Gallery website. Their site keeps a directory of over 5000 blogs from around the world that are specifically about quilting. (You'll notice the Quilting Bloggers logo that I added to my right sidebar). A day after being approved I received an email with their latest newsletter encouraging me to join the Aiming For Accuracy Quilt-Along that was starting. It looked like so much fun and would really challenge me.

I was a bit behind and the thought of choosing fabrics always makes me panic but I figured why not. So I downloaded the first 3 lessons (2 pre-lessons about recommended products, cutting tips & tools, and the first block lesson) and joined the facebook fan page to keep up with everyone else doing the quilt-along.

I feel like we have a million things on our plate right now - our house just went up for sale, we have an upcoming move down to Florida, lots of car maintenance stuff to get done before driving 1000 miles, moving company quotes and relocation services to coordinate, last minute medical stuff to deal with, and a toddler in the mix just to keep it interesting. Where am I going to find the time to participate in a quilt-along?! So last night I posted on the facebook page that I was going to have to be a stalker/bystander and sit it out for a while, hoping to catch up in August or September. But it's really bothering me. I woke up this morning and tossed in bed for an hour, still thinking about this QAL and what fabrics I had that I could get started with. I don't have all of the required fabric (24 fat quarters plus contrasting fabric) but I have various yardage and an idea of a color scheme of purples, blues, and greens with a white background. Despite my best efforts at being logical and NOT participating right now, I think I NEED to do this QAL right now. I'm just going to have to set priorities and figure out a way to sew with everything else going on.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Perfect for Fall & A Friday Finish!

I love it when I can finish knitting something relatively quickly. I'm sure that is why baby clothing is my favorite thing to knit. It doesn't require as much time commitment as a full sized garment plus it usually doesn't require gauge. I figure if I can make a baby item before the baby is born, there's a good chance that he/she will be able to wear it. I never make anything smaller than a 3 month size according to the pattern and usually opt for 9-12 months just to be safe.

Baby hats are so quick and easy, and this one is by far the cutest thing!

I made a few for my son, including one with earflaps but he's since outgrown them. In fact, he's gotten so big that I can't use him as a model for my baby knits so I have to resort to the Mouse from the "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" books. 

Linking up today to Link A Finish Friday over at Richard and Tanya Quilts & to Whoop Whoop Fridays over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I started another Christmas project this past weekend, another set of placemats. I had some cute black/gray/white floral fat quarters that I decided to piece together into a basic patchwork. That was the easy part. Now comes the hard part, for me anyway. I want to try my hand at appliqué and add some yellow flowers or butterflies but I'm not sure where to start. I don't actually have a pattern or the yellow fabric for that matter. I thought I'd also bind them using yellow just to give them a pop of color (the intended recipients have a gray and yellow kitchen).

So, any suggestions on appliquéd flowers or butterflies?  Anyone?

Linking up to Work In Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Monday, July 01, 2013

One of my favorite knits!

We have a major move from Ohio to Florida in the next few weeks so there's been a lot of cleaning, painting, and stress in our house right now which doesn't leave much time for creative endeavors. It's been easier this last week to knit because of its portability. This is my absolute favorite hat to knit.  Any guesses as to what it will be?  :)