Friday, August 31, 2012

I Wish I Could Show You :(

So, I have been working on projects for other peeps lately that I can't share until future dates :(  Here is a glimpse...

Yes, it is made with the same fabric I used for my Retro Flower Quilt.

I can tell you that it will be posted on October 23rd ;)

I can also say that it was SUPER fun to make and I have never made one like this before :)  I made it for a friends birthday that is today.

Tomorrow I am working on another quilt that is top secret too....  I promise to make a quilt next week that I can take too many pictures of  :) ....and tell you ALL about!!!

Have a GREAT Labor Day Weekend!  Next week I have a TON of fun things coming up.  Be sure to check out my Monday post so you can see the special days :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Flimsy for Hire

A few days ago SUPER AWESOME quilter extraordinaire, Emily Herrick over at Crazy Old Ladies Quilts contacted me about making a top for her.


 I of course agreed and have been happily quilting along all week.  The pattern is Best Friends by Emily.  I really love the pattern.  It was super easy to do.
This quilt is made with Michael Miller's Cotton Couture line.  It is super yummy fabric :)  SO soft!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blocks, blocks, blocks galore! All trimmed and ready to peice... but first I have to blanche, cut and pack 29 and a half dozen ears of corn!!! YIKES!!! ....please pray for me!

Making blocks. Sewing with the Payson Quilt Guild ladies. Loving life. Having a BLAST!

Monday, August 27, 2012

I Know What I Am Going To-Do Today...

Happy Monday Everyone! :)  I hope you have an AMAZING and productive week!!!  I plan to, but first, let's review this past week. (how's that for getting down to business? ;)

This weeks list:
#1 Finish TOP SECRET QUILT :) DONE!! :)  The BIG reveal will be on September 9th :)  Mark the date, you don't want to miss it ;D

#2 Melissa's Messenger bag DONE!! :)  And boy is it cute :)

***BONUS FINISHES****  Two very cute pincushions :)
These are my first attempts at English Paper Piecing hexagons or anything for that matter :)  The first time (the grey Flea Market Fancy one) was not very fun.  I felt like a blind, arthritic old lady.  My hands could not hold the hexies right and I couldn't see the stitches or what I was supposed to be stitching.  I felt like I was all thumbs AND blind!  My 43 year old eyes are making me grouchy!  The second attempt went much smoother :)  I read a few tutorials and chilled out.  It went together really quickly and smoothly.  I am pretty sure I will be making myself a little sewing pouch for hexy travel and storage :)

#1 Emily's quilt and/or quilts.  Emily Herrick over at Crazy Old Lady Quilts has enlisted my help to get some quilts finished for her :)  Super fun!  Hopefully I can share my work... I'll have to see ;D

Chrisann's quilt (the AWESOME kindergarten teacher)
Will's birthday quilt (due December)

Back Burner Purgatory.... lol!!! ;)'s GROWING is STOPPED, by order of ME!!!! :) !!!!
Mario Bros. QAL
Mini Quilt for Konda's Blog Hop
Alyson's Living room Quilt
Alyson's Bedroom Quilt
Mandy's quilt
2 Twin Size applique quilts for my nieces
The April $29 girl quilt 
the May $29 quilt
the June $29 quilt
My bed quilt
Challenge quilt for next year's quilt show
"Letters to my Daughter" block of the month
July $29 Quilt
So, what are you up to this week?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Melissa's Messenger Bag & a Pincushion... BONUS!!!

So first off, let's start with the bonus finish for the week :)  I had wanted to make this pincushion for my moms birthday last week but didn't get it done :(

It is based off of the Hexagon Ring Pincushion from Jeni at In Color Order, with a few modifications :)

Here is the back.  Bright, orange and HAPPY!  I have to say that this time around, I enjoyed the hexy process a TON more :)  I think there may be more hexies in my future!

 Now for the official, planned finish, may I present to you, Melissa's Messenger Bag!  My daughters other BFF is headed off to college in a week and this is her special present :)

Melissa chose these fabrics MONTHS ago when I made my daughters bag for Easter.  Better late than never...or should I say, better right before she leaves for college than never ;D

I fussy cut this cute tree and hedge hog from Aneela Hoey's Little Apples.  Little Apples was my first fabric crush :)  It pretty much ROCKS!!!  Putting Little Apples together with a Dresden plate just makes it darn near PERFECT!!! :D

Inside along the bottom there is one long divided pocket...

..and on the other side, a large square pocket.

 Hopefully this bag will haul her books around with joy and efficiency ;) ...accent on the JOY!!

ps- College was SO MUCH FUN!!!  Remember?

I can't find my camera :p So this phone shot of Melissa's Messenger bag will have to do until I can find it :) Have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Day #3 & #4 were spent watching Psych and working very slowly on the messenger bag ;) I am off to an over night with my 15 year old :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Day #2...More Sewing :)

It's my bff Jill's birthday Wednesday so I thought I'd try my hand at some epp (English paper piecing).  I am copying a pin cushion I saw on someones blog during the Hexy Festival thing-ie.  For the life of me, I can't remember who's blog it was :(  Just know that I am giving credit to someone else for the COOL idea!! :)  THANK YOU!! :)
*** I found the blog :)  It's from Jeni over at In Color Order blogged HERE****

I am not sure I like making hexies...

The back of the hexies look HORRIBLE!  My stitches were not very pretty :(  I forgot to take a picture of the mess :p  Good thing the mess if all on the inside :)

Happy Birthday, Jill!!! :)

Next came the sewing of the binding for the Top Secret Quilt :)

I went scrappy :)

Scrappy makes me happy!

Swinging in the trees.

My daughters name.

The year.

The Back

The Quilting.

The End ;D

PS-  I stayed in my pj's until 1pm ;) ...and I didn't clean the house until 4pm :O

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On the First Day of School the Mommy Got to SEW!

My boys [and 15 year old daughter] all went to their first day of school Tuesday :) first day alone (for more than an hour or two) in more than 20 years!

I tried to break one of my rules and not get dressed.
I cleaned up the house.
...I lasted in my jammies until about 10 when I couldn't stand it anymore.
I showered, got dressed and got to sewing :)

First off, I needed to make the back for the Top Secret Quilt.  Hmmmmmm... I knew that I needed a MineCraft Creeper on the back.  

This is a MineCraft Creeper
I knew that I had NO $$$ to go buy more minky.  What ever shall I do?  So, I just did what every self respecting fabric stashing cheap-skate would do, hit the scrap pile!  I found 3 pieces of minky that fit perfectly on the back and the colors were perfect too :)  Yippee for me!!!

So the next problem to be surmounted was how to affix the Creeper face to the back.  I decided to just applique it with a wide zig zag stitch.  It's not great, but it's on :)

The center minky is spring green with white polka dots and a creeper face :)  The left panel is cream minky and the right panel is pale yellow.

Now the big dilemma was how to baste the Top Secret Quilt.  Should I get brave and try using the 405 spray?  And, how would the spray basting work with minky on the back?  How do I do it with minky backing vs. regular quilting fabric?  I looked all over blogland and didn't see any thing :(  So, I just put on my big girl panties and went with my gut.

I decided to pin the minky to the carpet just like I do when I pin baste.

Once the back was pinned to the carpet, taut but not stretched, I got the beach towels out and bordered the quilt with them to protect the carpet from over spray.  I also opened all of the doors and windows because everyone on line said the fumes are horrible (I didn't think they stunk at all).

Next I laid the batting on the back, smoothed it down and then spray basted the batting down, one side at time and a little section at a time, starting in the center.  Then I did the same thing with the top of the quilt; smoothed it, sprayed it a section at a time.  It worked BEAUTIFULLY!  I think I may have used WAY too much spray, but the quilt sandwich is secure :)

Now for the quilting.  What fmq pattern to use?
I settled on what I call "pixelated" fmq.
It looks like an old 8 bit video game :)

The spray basting held everything together PERFECTLY!!

No puckers anywhere!!!

Of course, my name, the year and my daughters name is hidden in the quilting :)

Here is the quilt all ready for binding tomorrow!

I am off to bed with DH :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop... my turn :)

Welcome to My Quilt Diet :) ...please note there is a bit of a giggle when I put quilting together with dieting :)

Grab your favorite beverage, sit in your most comfy chair and get ready to enjoy (hopefully) a nice [LONG] post ;D

My name is Marion and I am a 43 year old SAHM to 6 fantastic kids and wife to one sweet husband.

I named the blog when I first started quilting in January of this year.  I started quilting because my husband was about to have another major surgery and I needed a hobby to keep me sane and out of the cupboards while he recuperated for 6 weeks in bed :)  Little did I realize at the time how sucked in obsessed I would become with quilting.

My first quilt.  blogged HERE.
I decided to blog about my quilting almost instantaneously.  I was sending pictures from my phone to my sisters, friends and parents constantly, so blogging seemed to make sense.  I figured with blogging, my family and friends could check out my progress without getting 100 texts from me a day ;D

Quilt #2 ...a KING sized HST quilt :) named The Brown Quilt Blues. blogged HERE 

Now for a bit of my process.  As I finished my first quilt, I was talking to Heidi, a good friend, and asked her who she had quilt her quilts.  She gave me the name of her TOTALLY AMAZING QUILTER, Konda of Moose on the Porch Quilts but then added that she quilted her own quilts now. {Side note- Konda Lukau is a FAMOUS and extremely TALENTED quilt designer, unbeknownst to me at the time.}  But on with the story, I thought, "Wow, I wish I could do that!"  Well, that night I dreamed about quilting all night long.  When I woke up the next day I thought to myself, "God made me brave for a reason; I am going to quilt my own quilts!"

#3 My Valentine Quilt blogged HERE

All I have to say is thank goodness for the internet and hundreds of talented quilters who are willing to share their talent and skill freely. ...accent on the FREE ;D   I took some pointers from my friend Heidi and tons from the internet and dove in head first... straight into the deep end, according to Konda ;D

#25 Dad's Civil War Quilt blogged HERE

My first quilt was a full/double size quilt.  I did some straight line quilting and FMQ too.  I had it all finished by the time I was supposed to deliver it to Konda for quilting ;)  As for the quilt size, I have a motto, "Go BIG or Go HOME!!" ;D

# 19 The Retro Flower Quilt blogged HERE

The rest is pretty much history ;D  I started my first quilt on January 18th, 2012 and as of today I have completed 31 quilts.  I have quilted all but one of them. (Quilt #2 was going to KILL me, so Konda and I agreed that I needed a time out from that quilt and so I had her quilt it for me.)

#30 Granny Square Block Swap blogged HERE

HERE is a link to all of my finished quilts.

#29 Anne's Quilt blogged HERE

I have been sewing off and on since I have been married, but in the last 6 months, I have been enjoying a resurgence in my interest in sewing other things as well :)    THIS is a link to all of my finished sewing projects.

My Mom's Table Runner blogged HERE

I have also learned how to knit in the past few months :)  I have never been able to figure out knitting until my brilliant friend Suzy taught me to knit continental style.  My yarn exploits are HERE

So, do you know enough about me yet?  I gather that I am supposed to do a tutorial at this point in my post. I have been debating on what to share with y'all.  I get asked a LOT how I get so much done each week.  So here is my tutorial on how I get so much done ;D

Tutorial on How I Get SO Much Finished:
aka- pearls of wisdom, desperate tactics and other odd habits ;)

#1 Your baby can not actually be a baby.  My baby is a smart, independent 6 years old :)

#2  Have several teenage daughters who are very helpful. ...not too sassy... and do their chores [mostly] without being asked (please note the "mostly" should be DRAMATICALLY emphasized).

#3  Have three little boys, ages 6-11, who are very self reliant and do their chores [for bribes] and will play outside for hours [to avoid additional chores].

#4  Have a husband who NEVER complains when he runs out of [clean] underwear or when dinner is [VERY] late. ...or that I am binding a quilt every time we watch a movie. ...holding hands and snuggling is WAY overrated!

#5  Remember, laundry is magic and only has to be tended to for 10 minutes every hour or so.  You can get a TON of sewing done in between switching loads :)  (see Rule 8b, it works here to help with keeping on top of it)

#6  All chores (except laundry) must be finished before quilting may begin! ....almost always... Exceptions: in the middle of the night when you cannot sleep, when the quilt is the present for the party at noon, when the person the quilt is for is on their way over, if some one is leaving town and the quilt needs to go with them, or if you are feeling rebellious because the family just messes everything up anyway and you just don't give a [crap] :p  * the gist of this one is that I am WAY more productive [and less guilt ridden] when my house is clean.

#7 You must get dressed in real clothes [and shower] before you can quilt.  I am not sure how this helps with getting quilts finished really fast, but I think it may have a lot to do with why #4 is true.

#8  ALWAYS fix dinner.  This may sound really 1950's but much of why I can spend so much time sewing is because my family doesn't care what I do so long as they are fed, the house is [mostly] clean and the clothes are cleaned. ....more 1950's, I know...  ***now please don't think that I am really good at #8!  My family will protest that "dinner" is a [very] loose definition of what is made for them to eat in the evening.  I have a HORRIBLE saying that my family HATES (but it's true), "No matter what I fix, you are just going to poop it out later!  No matter what it is, it all comes out EXACTLY THE SAME WAY!!!"  Gross, I know, but true.  Sorry :(  ...the saying does not help their attitudes when we are having cereal or sandwiches for dinner :(

#8a  Have an 11 year old who REALLY wants to learn how to cook :)  He's doing a GREAT job and it makes him really happy.  Down side, my 18 year old is REALLY tired of spaghetti!

#8b  USE TIMERS!!!  Quilting minutes are not the same as REAL minutes.  Quilting minutes are kinda like football minutes.  Stuff cooks [and burns] in REAL time, so save yourself heartache [and cynical remarks from your family] and use a timer.  You can cook [safely] while you quilt, just get out that timer.

#9  Sew what you like and what appeals to you!!!  Seriously, if I don't like the colorway and fabrics it takes me FOREVER and tons of will power to get the quilt finished.  Have a small crush on your projects, it helps a lot :)

#10 LOVE the whole process.  Embrace the cutting out.  Cherish the pressing.  LOVE the piecing.  Get over it and become one with the hand binding :D ...yes, I am a HAND binding freak!  I just LOVE it ALL :)

#11 Learn to fmq yourself.  Expense is one of the biggest hurdles for prolific quilting.  Aside from the expense of having your quilts quilted professionally, I also like my quilts to be ALL MINE!  I feel like the one I sent out for quilting should have an asterisk by it. ( I am NOT dissing professional quilting, I am just saying that by doing my own, I can afford to do MORE quilts :)...and I REALLY like that I have done ALL of the work)

#12   Finish what you start!  There may be a rare time when you just need to cut bait and move on, but for the most part, JUST DO IT!  And once again, JUST DO IT!!  Did I mention, JUST DO IT???  :D

#13 The thrill/high of a totally 100% finished quilt is AWESOME!!!  It ranks up there with almost anything.  I LOVE finishing quilts as much as I like chocolate... seriously.  Just imagine if I could eat chocolate AND hand bind at the same time... heaven on earth!!!

#14  Make a list of priorities and work from it.  Evaluate your list frequently and don't be afraid to change things around if needs be.  Lists are a great way to keep you organized and they keep me from becoming over whelmed.  ***now for those of you who have seen my Monday list and HOW LONG it is, you may ask yourself..., "Seriously, that list is enough to make any sane person NUTS!"   All I have to say in response is, I NEVER claimed to be sane ;D

#15  Have a designated sewing area/space and keep it clean [almost all of the time].  Blogged HERE.  My sewing area is not fancy or big, but it works for me.  I can walk away, or run if my 8 year old stabs himself in the thumb with an Epi-Pen and it gets stuck in the bone and we have to drive to the Dr's office Mario Andretti style to have it removed with pliers. True story :(

#16 Buy and iron that shuts off automatically when left unattended just in case you have to run off because your 8 year old stabbed himself in the thumb with an Epi-Pen and it got stuck in the bone and you have to drive to the Dr's office Dale Ernhardt style to have it removed with pliers.  OUCH!!!!

THE LAST AND MOST IMPORTANT THING-  Be totally obsessed with quilting and you will find a way to get the time to do it.  I really love quilting and can't believe it took me so long to fall head long in love with it :)

Thank for READING this incredibly long post!!!

PS- Not everything that works for me will work for you [and your family], but I believe that women (as most reading are) are especially blessed with insight to know what is best for ourselves and those we care for.  Quilt when you can and be grateful for what you can do :)  ...and NEVER, never, NEVER compare yourself to anyone else, we tend to compare our own worst traits to the best traits of others, and that just isn't fair!

Don'f forget to visit the rest of the blogs for this week :)

Aug 21
        Marta from From Marta with Love
Aug 23
       Ginny from Fish Creek Studio
       May from Confessions of a Fabraholic