Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gettin' Foxy

As I mentioned in Sunday Stash a few weeks ago, I've been working on a new disappearing nine patch project that I've dubbed "Foxy" after the main inspiration fabric.

I followed the tutorial over at Cluck Cluck Sew for my D9P, but here's some photos to give you an idea of how it works.  I went with 5" squares, but I suppose you could pick whatever size worked best for you.

1) Create nine-patch blocks

2) In this case, you make 11 blocks
3) The scary part - you cut your big blocks into quarters.  This leaves you with 44 smaller blocks.
4) Reassemble your small blocks, 6 across by 7 down for your quilt!
I tried not to mess with the layout too much, but I wanted the colors/whites at least somewhat evenly distributed.  Even with all my efforts, I have still found places I should have shuffled some more.  Oh well, hopefully the recipients won't notice.

You notice I said "recipients" in the plural?  That's the best part about Foxy - I bought enough fabric to make two quilts - maybe Foxy and Foxier? :)

One quilt on the wall, and one still in squares!

Bathroom updates

Two steps closer to a semi updated master bathroom!

First up, and relatively simple, was swapping out the former master bathroom faucets for the slightly cooler/funner faucets that used to be in the upstairs hall bath.  Best part?  This was a free upgrade!

Before - former faucet with icky acrylic handles.
After - slightly more fun/updated faucet.
The lighting situation has also been dealt with.  There was a very boring, very dated, very GOLD light fixture in the bathroom previously.  It took a little patching, sanding and painting after the old fixture was removed, but now we've got new, swanky fixtures!
Before - ugh.
In progress - already an improvement!
After - much better!

The finish on the light fixture turned out to be a lot darker than the rest of the metal in the bathroom, but at least it's not gold!  One step at a time, right?

ALYOF - September goal complete!

Finishing my Quesy quilt was my September goal for ALYOF.  I also had some extra motivation, as the link-up for the Purge finishers over at Stitched in Color ends this Wednesday as well.  So I busted my hump to knock this one out.  I did the back (all pieced from stash) last weekend, and then basted, quilted and bound it yesterday (and I'm paying for it today - man, am I sore - quilting should count as an upper body workout!).

Quesy - the front
Quesy - the back
I did simple, straight-line quilting over the top, going diagonally through each 4-patch.  I added to the scrappy look by using four different thread colors for the quilting - teal, apple green, light blue and a buttery yellow.  It went pretty smoothly, other than ripping out 8 lines of the yellow because I neglected to check the tension on the underside...won't make that mistake again!  At least it was a loose tension problem, which made it pitifully easy to rip out.

Teal and yellow quilting

Attempted artistic shot :)
I also used pieces of leftover binding to use up some additional scraps, in addition to piecing more (yellow) binding from a strip I had in stash/scraps.

One corner, five fabrics worth of binding.

Obligatory rolled quilt shot.

I think I've got a recipient in mind for this crazy, Quesy quilt - it's my first finished Christmas present for 2014!  It was also one of my fastest finishes to date (still a few months, but that's pretty good for a mostly weekend quilter).

Linking up with the other Purgers, other ALYOF September finishers, and weekend Whoopers!

Sunday Stash #23 - Ikea fun!

I've wanted this fabric since I first spotted this tutorial for a dry erase coloring place mat.  I have a a few littles in my life that I like to make fun presents for, and this seemed like a good one.  There are a lot of different "scenes" to keep it interesting.

Ikea TIDNY fabric
The problem was, I live in Louisville, KY and the closest Ikea to me is in Cincinnati, OH.  It's only about an hour and forty-five minutes away, but that's a little too far to just drive up and buy some fabric (because of course, it's only available in store).  However, a couple weekends ago my brother- and sister-in-law were headed to Ikea anyway, so I asked them to pick me up two yards.  (I also asked about the Britten Nummer line, but they didn't have any in-store.)

Super cute scenes for coloring!

In hind site, two yards was probably too much, as this is home decor weight and extra-wide width.  I see a LOT of place mats in my future - maybe one for home and one for travel for each kid?  :)

Penny for size comparison.
Linking up with Sunday Stash!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Stash #22 - more doggies :)

Apparently I have a weakness for doggie fabric.  Katy (I'm a Ginger Monkey) spotlighted this fabric in her weekly roundup last Sunday, and I restrained myself for a whole day before buying some.  I made my purchase from Starlit Quilts' Etsy shop:

The top is the Dog Park print from Here Boy! (also available in a lime green, red or black background) and the bottom is the multicolor bones print from the same line.  Cute, huh?  I went with half a yard of each.

AND I got a little surprise from the shop!

A Candy pack of LOL (cute and girly) and a pen with a stylo tip!  Love me some (unexpected and therefore even better) freebies!  The service was also pretty quick and the shipping seemed reasonable ($5 for my envelope).  The item prices were also competitive ($2.25 for a quarter yard, $30 for jelly rolls and layer cakes).

No plans for any of this stuff as of yet.

Linking up with the other Sunday Stashers!  Also wishing the fabulous Ms. Molli a happy 2nd blogiversary!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Stash #21 - Foxy

A while back I found this adorable fox (and owl, but the fox is cuter) print in the remnant section at JoAnn's.

I pulled these fabrics from my stash before I decided on a plan.  The dark teal is from JoAnn's, the teal circles are Zen Chic, the swirly teal is from Kristel (WIP girl), the orange is Chicopee (I think), the green is Kona Taragon, the white (actually a white on white print) was given to me and the brown is from JoAnn's.
After having them sitting on my sewing room floor for a while, the idea of a disappearing nine-patch quilt came to me.  I knew I'd need more fabric, so took my Foxy print to my LQS and went huntin'.  I thought I had enough teal, so I focused on brown and orange/red.

From left to right my FQ are: Geometric Red from Bobbins and Bits, Chirp Chirp Leaves in Sunset from momo, Tonal Orange from Bobbins and Bits, Fan Leaf from Soho Chic, Marble Bittersweet from Soho Chic, Brownie Shades and Avant Garden in Dot Earth.

Here's my whole bundle!  I'm gonna try and finish up Quesy before I get started cutting on this one.

Linking up with the other Sunday Stashers!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Purge progress #2 - finishing the top

I somehow found myself Purging Along with Rachel over at Stitched in Color.  My first step was to make 168 four-patch blocks.  I then tossed them up on the design wall, moved a few around to try and balance light and dark...and hated it.  At first.

But never fear, it's grown on me!  It even has a name - the Quesy Quilt (kind of after the Scrap Vomit phase from a while back).  I also have some favorite that wrong, to like some more than others? :)

I'm in the process of sewing the blocks together and am realizing Quesy isn't going to be very big.  And since I don't know that I can give it away, I decided to use borders to make it bigger (because I'm kind of tired of four-patches), plus we're supposed to be purging, right?

I have enough of this weird pink snakeskin to make a 3" inner border, but that's not much bigger.  So I started pulling larger pieces to make a thicker outer border.  The olive-y one was given to me, the middle one is Joel Dewberry Tartan from Notting Hill and the right one is from JoAnn's.  What do you think?

It might be pushing it, but I think finishing this Quesy guy up is going to be my September goal for ALYOF!

Also linking up with the other Purgers!