Summer Recap

Where did August go?  Can you believe it’s September?  I feel like this summer has come and gone quickly.  Many great things happened this summer that I want to share.  This is a heavy picture post.

Some times you have to stop your projects and just play in the mud.  He doesn’t care that you want to listen to the last 20 laps of the Indy 500, there is playing to do.  The kid had two baths that day.

summer recap 4A few weeks later we venture back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indiana Tour de Cure.  My husband works hard all year to make this a successful event and fun for cyclists.

summer recap 1 summer recap 2In our down time or free weekends this took place.  We have some amazing friends that put many hours into our kitchen.

summer recap 3Amid the chaos you need to escape and relax.  Off to Ithaca we went to celebrate my brother in laws wedding.  Four days at a lake house with an amazing view, great party, and lots of family time.

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Yeah, that's the Stanley Cup and Dustin Brown on the other side.

Yeah, that’s the Stanley Cup and Dustin Brown on the other side.

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During our time in Ithaca I got to meet any the babies, now toddlers, that I have made quilts for.  I enjoyed meeting all of them and hearing about their quilts.  Feels great to know your quilts are loved.

When we weren’t traveling or working on the kitchen we logged some miles.  Thank goodness it’s a tag team effort.  Feels like you’ve ran an extra half mile to a mile with a jogging stroller.

summer recap 10We continued our efforts to spend time with friends in the most remote locations.  Middle of nowhere Pennsylvania we went.  The kids loved being outdoors and playing in water.  My friend Missy did a wonderful wrap on her blog about the trip.

Not the best picture of me.

Not the best picture of me.

summer recap 12 summer recap 11Back at home Rob has done an amazing job with our garden.  We were unaware that the mini watermelon seeds were going to basically grow into something that covers our entire deck.  The watermelons are delish so it’s a toss up.

summer recap 15 summer recap 14Let’s not forget lots of sewing happened this summer.

summer recap 17 summer recap 13Best of all the kitchen was completed.  We are fully functional with a number of small details left to finish.  The dishwasher may be my new favorite part.  More to come on the kitchen.

summer recap 16It’s been a summer of fun and I’m looking forward to what fall has in store for us.

 

Mormor Baby Quilt

When the Mormor line came out from Lotta Jansdotter I quickly picked up a fat quarter bundle.  The colors and prints I couldn’t resist.

I got a request for a baby girl quilt from my brother in law.  It’s for a little sister of a quilt I have made in the past. However I needed this quilt quickly.  Guess what I made?

mormor quilt 3A disappearing nine patch of course. Love the way this works.

mormor quilt 2The back of this quilt is a combination of pink and gray solid.

back of mormor quilt

The binding was put on this quilt and handed to the new owner.  For the binding I went with the solid teal in the bundle.  mormor quiltThese colors work together so well.

I have some fabric leftover and I feel more a boy version coming soon.  Considering maybe a plus quilt.  My neighbor is expecting and they have an adorable nursery.  It just needs something patchwork.

Linking up with Finish Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Scrap Organization Round 2

It has been a while since I really sat down and tried to organize my scraps. There were two large bags and a box to be sorted.  Here is how I decided to sort to get through the first sort.

scrap stash bag 2 scrap stash bag 1Throw away:

  • Those little bits or fabric I’m just over.
  • Didn’t take a picture but it was only a plastic grocery store bag worth.

Donate:

donation fabricPrecut squares or yardage that I don’t want anymore but could still be used in a good home.  I donate my fabric to Indy Upcycle, they are a local store that takes craft donations and then re-sells them.  It’s a pay what you want basis.

Solids

solids scrapsPrints

prints stash fabricNovelty and Holiday:

  • Kid’s prints mostly in my stash and left over pieces from holiday projects.

From here I start cutting down most, except solids and novelty, to 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″ and 5″ squares.  There are some strips that I will keep as well.

Indy Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a yard sale at this month’s meeting.  I will be taking some of my fabrics there.  Now off to sort more of my stash and figure out what’s really going to stay.

Thursday Treasury Feature

Hubby and I have been working to finalize most of the kitchen.  We still have a bit to do, but I can confidently say we are 95% done.  Everything has found it’s place in drawers and cabinets.  We have even tackled clearing out the back room.  There are a few cabinets left that I plan to put back there to help with storage.  Soon the reveal will happen.

This treasury caught my eye because it’s a POP of color.  From my pillows post a couple of weeks ago I mentioned liking items that provide a pop of color in a room.  The geometric pillows below are inspiring me to dig through my scraps and make something with solids.

‘Bright and colourful housewares’ by slostudio


Colorful Flag Triangle Garla…

$7.5

Picture Frames Bright Colors…

$69

Art Deco “Boldly Bright…

$69

Bright Geometric Pillow Cove…

$40

Potholder Set Mexican Fiesta…

$12.5

Bright and Cheerful Triangle…

$25

Bright Lattice Chevron Clean…

$14.25

Pretty Thumbtacks, Flower Pu…

$14.5

Bright Geometric Cushion Cov…

$37

11-1/2″ Serving Platter…

$41

Pineapple Ananas RUG Hot Pin…

$48

Pink & Yellow Wooden Breakfa…

$70

TEA TOWEL : Large Bright Geo…

$19.95

Bright Linen Large Dinner Na…

$45

Bright purple orange green b…

$23.5

Framed CHALKBOARD Sign Hoste…

$36

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Pink and Green Scrappy Baby Quilt

This summer I have been trying to really use the fabrics in my stash and scrap bins.  From bee and guild blocks all the way to baby quilts.  It’s refreshing to go back and see the fabrics used in different combinations.

I had a request for a pink and green baby quilt, possibly with bass guitars.  The pink and green fabrics were no problem.  The bass guitars were going to be a challenge. Here are some of the charms I pulled from my scrap bins.

pink scraps green scrapsI wanted something that looked scrappy but not disorganized.  So I did a random placement with white charm squares.  As I laid out the quilt I realized it needed something else.  I mixed in a few light blue charms too.  I think it worked well.

pink and green scrappy baby quilt 4With a quick pin paste it was ready for the machine.  I put 1 pin in each square.

pink and green scrappy baby quilt 3I found music note fabric at Jo-Anns.  It worked great, plus I found a pink guitar patch to add the name on the back.  The pieced scrappy back and pieced binding lined up perfectly at the bottom.  Yep, I’m pretty proud that it happened naturally and that it worked.

pink and green scrappy baby quilt 1The straight pink line quilting is a nice compliment to the front.

pink and green scrappy baby quilt 2I foresee a few more quilts like this to help bust through my scraps this fall.  What do you think?