Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An Interesting Day at the Beach

I believe I was one of the odder sights at the beach we went to this weekend.

Initial Plan

Coming up on the to do list is a neutral log cabin.  So I pulled out and started arranging some tans I purchased recently.  (I must have a deadline I'm avoiding!)

First there are some darker tans.  I think I bought them planning for the floral fabric to be the lightest in this set.  However, despite the pale flowers, I think it reads a bit darker out of the store lighting.

New Plan?
So I tried laying them out another way.  There are so many different shades in that floral piece that it's hard to figure out where to put it, but I'm leaning towards this second layout.

Then there are some lighter tans.  These fell into place much easier.

Now I just have to pick a center for my cabins.  I'd like to follow the neutral theme, but I'm still not sure whether I should go light or dark.  Perhaps a cream solid would work...  Now there's an interesting idea.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and WiP Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rainbow Hand Quilting - 20%

Once again more time has been spent outside than has been devoted to quilting.  I've hiked three more mountains (for a total of 10 peaks in the last 30 days!), ran a few more miles, and I even got to spend a little time relaxing on the beach!  But my legs have now demanded a break from the madness, so hopefully there will be improved sewing progress in the next week.

There are 20 squares in the panel and I have quilted the first four.  The row with the tiger and the stripes is the center of the quilt; I work my way out from the middle.

I wasn't about to trace all those little dots!

The quilting is easier to see from the back - this rainbow thread stands out really well on the yellow flannel.

The large circle impression is from the quilting hoop.  That will relax out.

I'm pretty happy with how the quilting is coming along, but I'm quickly being reminded of why I didn't like working with this thread the last time I used it.  It unravels all over the place!  I don't know if this is a common issue with variegated thread, but I wouldn't recommend using Mettler variegated.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and WiP Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June Charity

I completed my blocks in June!  (Which is more than I can say for my June cross-stitch box.).

I loved the colors in the June palette and, if I can be honest, I've been looking for an excuse to use these colors for some time now.  And the best part of these blocks is that my husband really liked the colors too.  So as soon as I decide whether to keep the stripe or go more neutral, I'll be headed off to the quilt store to get more slate blue - a fat quarter doesn't make that much background!

So proud!  All my stripes go the same way.

The next question is whether I will be brave enough to try using the tiny triangle pieces I cut off!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quilting with a View

There's been a little quilting progress on my baby quilt.  Almost two printed squares are done now.  Whoo-hoo!  I'm really tearing!  But who can blame me for not spending more time indoors with the lake right outside my window?

Unfortunately it was a little too windy to quilt outside.  Instead I spent most of my vacation just enjoying having a boat deck and sun.

I also picked off a few more mountains.  I even got my revenge hike on the only peak I previously attempted without making it to the top.  That's 32 hiked and 14 to go!  I've started out really strong this season - 7 mountains already in 2014.

After returning home it occurred to me that if I was going to make blocks for no hats in the house's June palate, I should probably start before it's July!  The center units were made last night and hopefully I'll get the points assembled today.

I even got my stripes to play nice!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rainbow Baby Quilt - Finished Top

One small rainbow quilt top: finished!

I just stepped away from my husband for a minute to check the wash... and an hour and a half later, I had a quilt top.  Whoops!   I'm very easily thrown off course.

It doesn't lie entirely flat, but the panel had a warp in it that I couldn't get out no matter what I tried.  So instead I'll just have to ease it in.

Basting it is up next and I hope to have it done by Friday so that I can take this quilt on vacation with me next week.  I don't know how much I'll get to do, but at least I'll have it if I want it.

I'm excited to have a hand quilting project again...  and one I can even blog about!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Dix Range

On Saturday my husband and I hiked 5 mountains, 16.5 miles, and just over 13 hours.  And today I'm feeling every mile.  But it was an absolutely gorgeous day; warm and sunny with a perfect clarity of view!

It was a very ambitious hike for being the first of the season.  Regardless, I wouldn't have traded it for anything.  And now I have 30 of my 46 High Peaks!

The only downside was that the black flies are alive and thriving.  They are nasty little bugs - 90% mouth, I'm sure of it!

After all that hiking, I did manage to hobble over to my sewing room to trim up my HSTs.  This morning I laid them out around my baby panel to give them a look over.

I'm trying to decide if I want to make another orange for the top and another purple for the bottom so that I don't have transitions that occur in the middle of a colored pair.  But aside from wanting to do a little futzing with the layout, I'm loving how it's coming out!

Linking up with Design Wall Monday.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sponsored by the Color Yellow

The triangles for my border have been sewn, pressed, and are just waiting for a little trimming.

I loved how the colors were peeking out of the stack.

It seems that most of what I did this week was acquire new fabric; primarily yellow fabric.  Everything I bought has a purpose so I'm in the clear.  But I do need to get back to being good after this!

{no} hats in the house - #opgivewarmth


I had been going to piece the back of my baby quilt, but I decided that for such a small quilt it pays to go simple.  I can use a yard and a half of a pretty flannel and leave the piecing for those quilts big enough to need it!  So I went to the store and found this bright yellow flannel.

Then I couldn't resist a little high street.

And last but not least, Sarah at {no} hats in the house is calling for blocks for My Very Own Blanket.  The palette really spoke to me this month so I picked up some great colors to make some blocks!