A Whirlwind November

December, where did you come from?!

November flew by in a whirlwind of doctor appointments, a birthday, Thanksgiving, our anniversary, a broken toe, conferences, Cub Scout meetings, delivering popcorn & wreaths, karate, & trying desperately to figure out how to make my headaches & tummy problems go away.

I did manage to finish up my May quilt for do. Good Stitches.  Yay!  It felt lousy to keep seeing those beautiful, sunny blocks sitting on the shelf, waiting for me to have time for them.  I’m happy to have found the time to sew this happy quilt together!  May quilt

We used the Positively Perfect Nap Quilt tutorial & I asked for pink, red, yellow, & orange blocks.  I hope this quilt puts a smile on the face of the child who receives it.  I know it makes me smile!  🙂

XOXO, Naomi

January Quilt

Hip-hip-hooray!

I finished the January quilt for my do. Good Stitches quilting bee!  I’m so happy to have this off my list of things to do.  Not that I haven’t enjoyed it, I have, it’s just that I have been extra busy or unmotivated lately, so it seems like it took FOREVER.

January stars

Do you like the circle quilting?

back of january quilt

The back has an aqua hounds-tooth print, Kona ash & medium gray, the yellow is a DS Quilts print, & I used the triangle scraps from the ribbon star block I made for the front.

detail of back

I really like how this turned out.  I was very unsure of how to quilt it, but decided on the circle quilting.  It was pretty fun to do, I’m glad I tried it.  I will be boxing this up & getting it in the mail soon!  I hope some sweet foster child loves this quilt!

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Have a great day everyone!

XOXO, Naomi

WIP Wednesday 3.14.2012

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy Wednesday!  The biggest thing I have been working on lately, is a big, fat, crab-a$$ attitude.  Not sure why.  I want to be positive & happy, productive & inspired.  Instead, I am negative, crabby, unproductive, & REALLY uninspired.  ANYTHING sets me off, for example…

At the gym on Monday… Ugh.  The class schedule has changed for the millionth time in the last year.  The changes in the past have been lousy, (my favorite TurboKick instructor quit due to management issues, class times have changed, teachers have come & gone…) but last week my favorite class was removed from the schedule.  Yes, removed.  It was replaced with a class that is kind-of similar, but not really that fun, plus the instructor is one of the most irritating, condescending people at the gym.  She is so irritating to me that I dread the thought of being in the same room with her (if you know me at all, you would know that I can put up with most people, it’s hard to be so annoying I wouldn’t want to be in the same room). Anyway, I thought I would try the class, try to be open-minded, besides my BFF took the class the week before & thought it was good.  5 minutes into the class I wanted to scream.  She was teaching everything backwards, saying left, but doing right.  It was the most difficult class I have ever taken because I could not follow her!  I must have been unable to hide my frustration because she called me out & had me go front & center so I could “see better”.  Again, if you know me at all, you would know that I am not the kind of girl who goes front & center in front of everyone, especially when I haven’t the foggiest as to what I am supposed to be doing, so being called out in front of everyone was extremely fun for me.  She then spent the rest of the class pointing out everything I was doing wrong.  I should have walked out.  I wish I would have.  But I was trying to be polite & keep trying.  Halfway through the class, I decided all my punches should be directed to her face, that made the class worth-while.  🙂  When I got home from the gym, I sent a message to the management about my disappointment about the schedule changes.  I hope they change something, or I am quitting.

  Sorry!  I got all mad all over again!  Normally I would have let all that roll off & it wouldn’t have bothered me.  I definitely wouldn’t have emailed anyone about it!!  So what’s up with my crab-a$$ attitude??  It’s really ticking me off!  🙂

So here is the very small amount I have accomplished lately…

Finished:

organized fabric

Fabric Organization – I finished this up a little while ago, but haven’t had a chance to show it off.  I used comic book boards (found them on Amazon) to make mini-bolts out of my fabric!  I LOVE & ADORE how neat all my fabric is now!  (Well except that I ran out of boards, so my solids & linen aren’t neat & tidy yet…)

In Progress:january do good quilt ready for binding

January Quilt for do. Good Stitches – Very close to being a finish!  I just need to hand sew the binding on.  One good TV watching evening should do it!

scraps ready for march blocksMarch blocks for do. Good stitches – I have only gotten as far as cutting out my paper foundations & gathering some scraps for my March blocks.  We are using this tutorial to make 8 – 6.5″ blocks, with a red center.  I’m looking forward to trying these out next week!

No Progress:

Senja’s Quilt

Cut-Loose Quilt

Machine cover

Summer Sampler

Swoon-along

Christmas Quilt

Orange Triangles

Completed Tops Awaiting Quilting:

Sliced Coins

W’s Brick Quilt

To Do:

March blocks for do. Good Stitches

Quilt for my bed

Shower curtain

Pin cushion for me

 Head over to Lee’s Blog, Freshly Pieced, to see what everyone else is working on!

Birth of a Quilt

July was my month to be the quilter for the Peace circle of do. Good Stitches.

 I wanted to make a quilt that an older boy could love.  So I scoured Design Seeds in search of a palette that would work.  After consulting with all the boys in my house, I settled on navy, aqua, yellow, khaki, & some brown.  Then I made an inspiration mosaic, in order to convince myself that this palette was going to work!  I asked my fellow bee-mates to use the Rectangle Squared Tutorial.

 July mailEveryday in July I eagerly awaited the mailman’s delivery of my packages!

blocks for julyLook at all these lovely blocks!  Good job ladies!

block layoutI couldn’t wait to start working on the layout.

rectangle squared quilt topA complete quilt top!

quilt backThe back.  (Never mind the crazy-tan-lined feet!)

I basted this quilt & had to let it sit for longer than I would have liked. 😦

finished quiltLife has been insanely busy, so I didn’t have time to consider the quilting too much.  I would have liked to have done something more interesting but I also needed to get it done!  I got a new sewing machine last week (Janome Memory Craft 6600) & immediately tried some easy straight line quilting on this.  My old machine couldn’t do free-motion quilting (it could barely do straight line quilting!), so I will practice that & hopefully my next quilt will be FMQ’d!

rectangle squared quilt doneAll crinkly after washing!

back of rectangle squared quilt I decided after looking at this picture, that a small strip of teal (like the binding) around the white would look great!  It would really make things stand out.  Oh well.  There’s always next time!

favorite blockThis is one of my favorite blocks.  I think I may have to do another project with navy, aqua, & yellow soon!

Our group donates the quilts we make to My Very Own Blanket a charity that gives blankets to kids in foster care.  I hope this quilt is well-loved & gives some sweet child some comfort during the ups & downs of life.