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My Updated Quilting Bucket List

I have been gone most of the summer up north helping my parents and visiting as many quilt shops as I could squeeze in. I finally made it home two evenings ago and now I am sorting through my quilt purchases and attempting to create a blog organizer so that I can share with y’all the many wonderful things I saw on my trip.

Vintage Hankie Quilt

While getting myself organized I updated my list of quilts that are in UFO stage, need to be quilted, or that I have the fabric sitting here waiting to be made up. The list is alarmingly long, so now that it’s hit the triple digit temperatures, it’s time to hibernate and sew.

UFO’s:
1. Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
2. International Quilt Block Swap Sampler
3. Lemon Drops Turnover Swap
4. “For Anna” Stack & Whack
5. I spy
6. Pony Club Sampler x2
7. 1930’s Irish Chain
8. Junior’s Sweet Things quilt
9. 1930’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden
10. Diamond 4-Patch (need to finish hand-quilting it)

Needs to be quilted:
1. Autumn Squares
2. Herringbone Scrappy
3. 1930’s Baby Butterfly
4. Ben’s quilt
5. Red & Tan Double Stack Layer Cake
6. Red & Aqua Christmas jelly roll race
7. 1930’s Grandmother’s Fan
8. 1930’s 9-Patch
9. 8 Point Star
10. Dresden Plate

Want to Make (In no particular order):

1. Beach Fabrics Chevron (I plan to make it similar to the one in Jenny’s video)


2. Green Blog Quilt
3. 1930’s Pink with 2 1/2″ squares
4. Farmer’s Market Baskets (my inspiration is at Crooked Tail Crafts)
5. Farfalle (birthday gift from a great friend)
6. Rhubarb Pie Quilt
7. Scrappy Trips
8. Amish With A Twist kit
9. Amish with a Twist II kit
10. Modern Vintage
11. Hearts/Valentine’s Quilt
12. Christmas Granny Squares
13. Batik Shadows
14. Green Irish Chain
15. Nautical Quilt with a Mariner’s Star
16. Pink Paris novelty fabric using Shenandoah Quilt Pattern
17. 1930’s Periwinkle
18. Thanksgiving Strips (no pattern decided, suggest one???)
19. 1930’s Butterfly (can be found on McCall’s Quilting website)
20. Dancing Leaves flannel kit (pattern can be purchased here)
21. Yellow Strips Chevron quilt
22. “For Emma” using 1930’s strips from a swap
23. Patriotic strips quilt
24. Patriotic squares quilt
25. Lemon Meringue Pie
26. Stolen Rainbows
27. Batik Strips
28. Flying Geese
29. Taffy Treats
30. 2014 Texas Row by Row
31. 2015 Row by Row
32. Tropical Squares

How many quilts are on your bucket list? Are there any on the list that really challenge you? Please share in the comments.

 

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1930's Hexagons

Hexie Progress

It’s been a slow couple of weeks for me, but I did manage to create some more hexagons for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Our household was hit rather hard with the flu this month and I spent several days in bed watching Poirot on Netflix, surfing Pinterest and just plain sleeping. But the end result is a bowl full of hexies.

Quilting Hexagons in a bowl

This is a project that will take me quite some time to complete. I have dozens and dozens of white hexagons to make as well as the green ones to make the garden path, but it’s a good start.

Blessings!
Melissa


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Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale and Pony Club Update

This week I finished block “Fishing Boat” from the Pony Club Sampler. This was such an easy, simple block and it was so nice to be able to put six of them together so quickly.

fishing boat quilt block

Fishing Boat

This week’s mail call also sent me “Home Treasure” & “Girl’s Favorite” which are pictured below.

Pony club Quilt block Swap

Home Treasure & Girl’s Favorite

One of the members of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Swap Spot demonstrated a method for keeping her blocks catalogued and in order. How to File Quilt BlocksShe simply used clear plastic page protectors and a 3” binder. Such an easy concept, and I just happened to have those lying here in my yard sale pile. So I dug them out, found all of my squishies (a squishy is a package containing either swapped quilt blocks or quilting fabric) that were sliding off my desk, grabbed some scissors, a stack of 3×5 cards and a pen and spent two evenings sorting blocks and filing them in the sleeves.

In other news, the Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale has been experiencing significant growth this week. Apparently Facebook has been putting the QVYS in quilter’s side bar as a “Might Like”. Sales over all have been tremendous and I was able to de-stash much of my overflow this week.
What is the Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale you ask? It is a Facebook group that I formed in September of 2013 to help clean the excess “stuff” out of my sewing room. QVYS started with about 30 members, just “Friends” that I added to the group, and it has grown to well over 5700 quilters. Free to join, you aren’t under any obligation to buy, sell, or trade. We are a drama free group whose number one rule is no commercial business practices. There are a few other rules/guidelines to help everyone have a favorable experience, but not so many that the group isn’t enjoyable. Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I get rid of all this extra fabric?” or “Where is the best place to destash quilting supplies?” That’s what the Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale was designed to do. So if you have extra fabric, scraps, thread, machines, or anything to do with sewing, feel free to join. DISCLAIMER: I try to screen new members to weed out clinkers and spammers, so if you don’t have anything quilting related on your personal page or if your privacy settings are too high, I probably won’t add you. Send me a message to let me know who you are and I will add you. Just look for the logo!

Quilter's Virtual Yard Sale Cover Photo
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Linking up with Mel over at The Quilting Room.

Next week is spring break so I hope to have lots more to show you!

Blessings!
Melissa aka Nakeytoes Quilting

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Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop 2015 Quilter’s Roundup

The Texas quilting community has recently experienced a new phenomenon called the One Stop Shop Hop. It is a combination indoor shop hop and quilt show all rolled into one. And I had the great fortune to attend one yesterday in Waco called The Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop and the Homespun Quilter’s Guild “Airing of the Quilts”.

First, let me say that I almost didn’t go. Severe winter weather hit 80% of the state and that’s saying a lot because Texas is so BIG. North of the I-35 split received 1-7” inches of snow, which is major snowfall here. On top of that the entire affected area received ¼ to ½” freezing rain/ice. So when I woke up Saturday morning, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it. I live roughly three hours south of Waco, and east of I-35, so all I had to contend with was drizzly rain. And having grown up in Michigan, I learned to drive in wintery conditions. I wasn’t worried so much about my abilities, as that of the locals who don’t have the same experience.

My quilting sisters advised me to stay home, not risk it and sew all day instead. And that’s what I had decided to do. But as the morning wore on I kept thinking of all that fabric, all those gadgets and racks upon racks of patterns. Finally, about 10:00am, I made up my mind to try it. I figured I would drive as far as I could, and if the roads/bridges were icy that I would just turn around and come back home. Well, the bridges were salted really well and the roads were DRY! Woot, woot! I made it up there without any problems, and saw several southbound vehicles covered in snow and ice.

Once inside, the Waco Convention Center was nice and toasty. Enough so that I could remove my coat and shop comfortably. Admission was only $3 for the shop hop and $3 for the quilt show. Very reasonable. Once you paid your entrance fee you were given a coupon book that, in my opinion, was worth well more than the price of admission and the gas to make the drive. Each shop had at least two coupons: one for shop hop purchases and one for in-store purchases to entice you into visiting the shop. For example, Fabric Fanatics of Plano, TX had a shop hop coupon worth a FREE fat quarter with purchase AND 15% off any purchase over $50. Their in-store coupon was worth the same with an expiration date of December 31st, 2015. You can bet your bippy this coupon book is going in my quilt shopping bag and staying there!

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Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop Coupon Book

There was plenty of space to shop without bumping into other shoppers, adequate room to stand and converse with friends, and aisles wide enough to push a stroller. The shop owners were warm and friendly and busy enough that they couldn’t converse for long.

Shop Hop View of Aisles

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There were fat quarters galore, quilt kits aplenty, and more patterns than hours in the day. And I wanted to bring most of the quilt samples home with me. For a woman infatuated with fabric, color and texture it was such a happy place. If I had done my research before the show, I would have taken my scissors with me, because there was a gentleman offering sharpening services. I will keep this in mind next year! The only negative thing I can say about the booths is that I wish there had been a larger presence of rulers and thread, specifically machine quilting Aurifil.

There were 41 shops total, and each was decorated with a Western Round-Up theme. Each attendee had the option to vote for their favorite booth. I didn’t take the time, because there were so many wonderful displays that I couldn’t make up my mind. They even had a photo booth of the back end of a covered wagon that my little girl took full advantage of.

The caterer who provided sustenance for the shop hop had reasonable venue pricing and offered a lovely cranberry chicken garden salad, chicken salad sandwiches, and turkey & cheese with lettuce and tomato in a sun-dried tomato wrap. Fresh fruit cups, cookies and potato chips were the side options. I can’t comment on anything but the fruit cups (which were delicious!) because I am unable to eat several ingredients due to food sensitivities. But it all looked wonderful.

After shopping til my shoulders couldn’t carry any more, I decided to tour the quilt show downstairs. The show is a non-judged event, and right up my alley. The quilts have so much more character and you can feel the love emanating from them. These quilts ranged from 12” art quilts on up to queen size traditional quilts. And every one of them was such a joy to view.
My little girl fell in love with a wall quilt titled “Cat in the Night”. The photo doesn’t do this piece full justice. The window was blinged out with “stars” which twinkled merrily in the light. Thank you, Dawn York, for your permission to share this fun example.

A Quilt by Dawn York

Cat in the Night by Dawn York

I took plenty of pictures, but without written permission, I don’t feel that I have the right to share the rest of the photos with y’all. I was, however, able to track down a couple of the maker’s and I’m working on obtaining their okay.

I stayed until almost closing time and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’m looking forward to next year’s event and maybe I’ll even meet some of you there.

And for you readers along the Texas/Oklahoma border, there is a similar event happening in your neighborhood. If you get a chance to attend the TEXHOMA One Stop Shop Hop in Wichita Falls, TX, please let me know. The dates are March 27 & 28, 2015, Cost is $5 and the grand prizes are a Babylock Melody Sewing Machine valued at $1,799.99 and a Cameo Silhouette Cutter valued at $299.99 You can visit their website at www.texhomaonestopshop.com.

Blessings!
Melissa

Quilting Fun vs. Quilting Drudgery

So we are in our sixth month of swapping Pony Club blocks over at Farmer’s Wife Quilt Swap Spot on Facebook. And I am five months behind. Yes, FIVE. I can hardly believe it. One thing led to another and here it is February and I’m sewing like mad (my backside is screaming) to get 70 blocks made. I have managed to get half of them finished and I’m tickled to show you pictures today.

October White on White (7) – Christmas Tree: This block was created using an OOP reproduction from Moda. An easy block to make, I really do wish I had more of this green fabric.

Christmas Tree Block from the Farmer's Wife Pony Club quilt block swap

Christmas Tree

November White on White (7) – Cat’s Paw: This block goes by several names, but the most common is Bear Paw. It’s not a quick block as it has 45 little pieces to make all those HST’s, but the finished product is pretty.

also known as Bear Paw

Cat’s Paw

December White on White (7) – Children’s Delight: The end product exceeded my expectations, but I’m still disappointed that I didn’t get to use the cute novelty print I purchased specifically for this project. My mistake, it was far too large for the center square. But the little kitties and blue geometric print look well together. An easy block and all 7 of them only took me a day.

Children's Delight

Children’s Delight

January White on White (7) – Boy’s Playmate: The test block I made for this one was a huge disappointment…I was trying to use up a Robert Kaufman geometric print and it didn’t work. But it will make an awesome binding on another project!. I’m very happy with the final result and it’s simplicity.

Boy's Playmate

Boy’s Playmate

February White on White (7) – Arizona: Not a difficult block, but definitely time consuming. With 45 pieces this one took me FOUR days to complete because of all the little HST’s. Even paper piecing it was time consuming and I managed to watch one and half seasons of Poirot while sewing. 🙂

Farmer's Wife Pony Club Arizona

Arizona

In other news, I finally squeezed in the time to go to Gerline’s Quilt Shoppe in Giddings, Tx and pick up Junior’s quilt. I am over the moon at how it turned out. I still need to finish the binding, but plan to work on it over the weekend. Then maybe I can finally finish her room makeover.

Have a blessed weekend!
Melissa

 

How to Make Mitered Sashing & the First Finish of the Year

Last week I posted a shot of the fabrics that I was going to use for my daughter’s new bedroom quilt. It took me four days to complete the top, but I love, love, love how it turned out. The colors are so bright and cheerful that even on the gloomiest days there will be a spot of color in her world.

Sweet Things Quilt

Full size quilt using the “Sweet Things” Collection from Lakehouse Drygoods

The line I chose to work with is Sweet Things by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Drygoods. I found the fabrics a couple of years ago and only collected what I thought would be enough for a simple throw. Fast forward to December, 2014 and I decided to redecorate Junior’s bedroom as a de-cluttering project. I grabbed the fabrics and started looking at patterns, then discovered that I had nowhere near enough fabric for a full size quilt. Through various online quilt shops (I searched using www.quiltshops.com) I was able to find enough of the coordinating fabrics to create the top you see pictured above as well as the backing and any other coordinates I create for her room.

To construct the quilt top I basically cut the panels and sashed them using 1 1/2″ strips cut from various fat quarters. I mitered the connections to give the sashing more movement. I’m thrilled with the overall effect.

Row 3

The beginning of Junior's quilt

Mitered SashingTo make mitered sashing, I cut 1 1/2″ x 22″ strips from several fat quarters. Taking two strips lay one end across the end of the other at 95* angles, overlapping 1/4″ (see picture).

Lay strips at 90* angles.

Lay strips at 90* angles.

Using a straight edge (I found a 3×5 card to be an excellent choice), lay it on the diagonal from the top left down to the lower right. This will be your sewing line.

align a 3x5 card along the diagonalLower your needle at the top of the fabric at the edge of your 3×5 card and proceed to sew along the straight egde, being careful not sew the card. You will now have a mitered seam.

The mitered seamUsing either a 1/8″ or 1/4″ Add A Quarter ruler, trim your seam allowance.

Trimming the seam miterPress the seam to one side and you now have a perfect mitered sash. 🙂

Finished Mitered Sashing

It took me hours to pick out a border arrangement that I could live with. I finally decided I liked the look of the floating sashing. I adored the purple print and plan to paint my daughter’s room in a complimentary shade. And I loved the boldness of the outer print. If I had it to do over again, I would lengthen the bold print and scallop the edges after quilting, but alas, too late now. However, some good friends have told me that I can still do a subtle scallop. So it’s off to the quilter’s, and I have my first top finished for the year!

While I’m waiting to get it back from the long-armer, I still need to get her room painted, the full size bed in storage set up, finish de-cluttering, paint end tables, create a reading nook, shop for lamps, a new ceiling fan, storage containers and rugs. It’s going to be a busy month.

Linking up this week with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thanks for listenin’!

Blessings!

Melissa

My Weekend Project

My sewing room is chaos, but I plan to shove enough stuff aside to work on this project this weekend. There is enough fabric there to create a full size quilt for daughter’s bedroom. We went easy on Christmas this year with the thought of re-decorating her bedroom. She’s no longer a toddler and has a few years before she becomes a tween, so the Sweet Dreams line from Lakehouse Drygoods is perfect. Girly, bright, happy, and timeless.

102_3369My thought is to take the flower cluster panels and create a pieced center surrounded by various borders of coordinating fabric. Because I need to have it done by the end of January, I will let my long-armer do the quilting. And then I plan to use prairie points as the border. I have almost all of the coordinating prints and as a prairie points, the binding should look pretty amazing against a white bed skirt.

I plan to take the rest of the fabric and make coordinating items for her room, i.e., lamp shade, curtains, wall art, etc.

Early last month I started reading home organization blogs. Our house is filled with clutter and “stuff” as we have progressively been moving into smaller homes. Most of it is “stuff” we have a sentimental attachment to. My sewing room is full of such items…the buttons I inherited from my mother-in-law, the vintage tools handed down by my great-aunt, etc.  And since we had to move into a smaller house, my sewing room also doubles as an office and triples as a library. It’s time for this stuff to go.

Let me just say before I post these pictures how ashamed I am of my mess. It’s like a scene from Hoarders. And that has me scared spitless. This is not going to be an over night deal, there’s just too much. I have been trolling Pinterest looking for inspiration and I have several ideas floating in the back of my head. The final reveal will take place mid-February as I have A LOT of shopping to do in search of cabinets, storage bins, etc. And as a side note, since taking these photos I have packed up a VERY large box of books to sell as well as sorted out board games and straightened them up. My husband wouldn’t be happy if I get rid of them, because most of them were his when he was a child. But I’ve made a start and that’s what counts. Right?

Messy Sewing Space 1 Messy Sewing Space 2 Messy Sewing Space 3 Messy Sewing Space 4

So if you need some inspiration to de-clutter your sewing space, I invite you to follow my Sewing Room Ideas.

Have a Happy New Year!

Blessings!

Melissa