Monday, 22 September 2014

Quilting, teething, 'bee'ing

Well, it's been a fairly productive past little while, considering.  I finished up the quilt top for the Celestial Star QAL.  This is an...interesting top.  I do love how it turned out but it's a little goofy.

I ran out of the grey that I was using for the background from the first four, so I ordered more.  Or so I thought.  When it came, it was very much different colour.  Well, not a problem there, I could just do five blocks with a dark grey I had on hand for a nice contrast.  Well, I only had enough for three blocks.  So, I did two setting blocks in the grey that I accidentally ordered.  Oh well!

I knew I wasn't going to get 9 star blocks done in time for the QAL, so I chose to do setting blocks--good thing too because I have used almost every scrap of the fabric I had for this.  Although I kind of butchered them and I'm not joking when I say not a single point lines up.  Distance (and hopefully quilting) is my friend!

All in all, I do love it.

Celestial Star QAL

I also whipped up my bee blocks for September.  We were to make whatever we wanted, so hopefully these will do! The scrappy one I just did, and the other block is a tea leaf block from the Vintage Quilt Revival book.

Canadian Bee blocks

Below is the current state of the quilt for my month as bee leader.  I made the one with the pearl bracelet print on the navy and it is driving me nuts.  I'm going to use the star on the back and get rid of the irish chain block (I don't really thinks it's a stand alone block) and replace them with something different.  I thought I would be ok with the contrast, but I'm just not.  My plan is to have it finish at 5x4 blocks.  I'm just waiting for one more pair to come in the mail, and then I will make the rest.

We Bee Canadian

Meanwhile, someone is going through some raging teething--diaper rash, the runs, fever, and all!  Poor little thing.  Although this is the only time she will sit still and cuddle, so there is that.


I will be linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

WIP Wednesday

It's been a little while!  Between going back to working shift work, and being plain old lazy, I haven't been up on getting things blogged--but I think that you'll all be just fine with that.

I did manage to get my pillow quilted with the Celestial Star pattern.  I did spiral quilting to test it out, not sure if I want to do it on a quilt.  It suits the block, but I'm not really sure it's for me.  Maybe if I did it a bit more spaced out.


I made another block for my Celestial Star QAL quilt.  I am just about done the next one and then I just need to make setting blocks.

I made two more blocks for my bee quilt that I am "hosting" as it is my month.

Bee Blocks
I also received a few in the mail, This is a little sneak preview of the layout that it will be.  I chose to go with navy stars and Irish chain blocks, and then have the ribbons around the stars be in the aqua/blue/teal family.  So far I'm loving it.

Canadian bee blocks

Abby turned 1!!


She got her own mini pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing.  It was a big hit.


Here she is in her birthday dress that I made her.  It's called the Lulu dress by craftiness is not optional, and I love it!  I used a knit from Girl Charlee for the top, and the skirt is palos verde voile from fabricworm.

First Birthday!


I love that little pocket!


It's suitable for searching beneath couches...




Exploring cabinets...


And here is is sans model.  I also made matching knit capri leggings.

Lulu Dress

And here is a nice, picturesque family photo taken at a wedding we went to.  I had to share my husbands ridiculously long flowing locks.