Creative Update

DSCN4954I think it is about time for an update on all my WIPs. Blogging is just not what it use to be anymore. I have sat down intending to write a post so many times and then just started doing something else. I am really getting into the Instagram as far as keeping up with people that share my interests. What I like the most about Instagram is how much time I save compared to blogging. It really is instant. It is nice to get immediate feed back and to know someone has seen what you have posted. If you are on Instagram and want to see what I am up to use the link on my side bar or look me up under tiki_tami or click this link http://instagram.com/tiki_tami I think I will continue to post to this blog to keep track of my projects, but can see the posts being few and far between. Anywhoo, lets get to the update. First up is my Designer Mystery Block of the Month 2013. Yes This started back in 2013 and I am just now getting started with it. I decided to make 2 quilts at the same time. Here is a photo of the first three months for the quilt. The top three are made with the fabric they sent with the pattern for each block. It is Avalon by Fig Tree. The second quilt I am making with 30’s reproduction fabric from my stash. For the back ground on this one I am alternating between Baby Pink & Pastel Blue by Bella solids. The very first block in the top left corner I need to pick apart. I did not realize that the back ground cream has a definite front and back. The back is slightly darker than the front. So I sewed a few of the pieces facing the wrong way. It is not as noticeable but I think since I am aware of it I will always know it is wrong and it is just easier to fix it and move on. I am just glad I realized it on the first block and did not continue with all the blocks wrong. I have already received my last month so I am completely behind on this one. The final quilt is amazing and I just love the Avalon fabric.

 

DSCN4973Here is my quilting bee blocks for June. Our queen Daisy from Ants to Sugar requested blocks with a butterfly theme and also wanted a bit of low volume fabric in the mix. I loved having so much creative control on the blocks, plus a butterfly theme was perfect sewing for summer. I am looking forward to see how she puts all her blocks together.

 

DSCN4942I have completed 16 of my six point star blocks. This is all the diamonds I had cut out. So now I am back in my stash and have pulled out a new stack of fabrics and am currently cutting out diamonds. I think I might go ahead and sew these 16 together and then continue to sew the new ones on in small groups. I think if I waited till I had enough 6 point star blocks to make a whole quilt I would be overwhelmed and never sew them all together.  Still in love with this project and it gives me something to do while my husband has control of the TV remote control in the evenings.

 

DSCN4946Still chugging away on my Mirabilia cross stitch “Under the Friendship Tree”. I completed the chart on the top all the way across. It will be nice when I can get down to some of the other colors.

 

DSCN4646I took a local Hawaiian Quilt class and had a blast. It seems like this is the first time I have done something like this for myself since before Chloe was born. I love Hawaiian quilts and even have several Hawaiian quilt books. I just have never taken the plunge and tried it on my own. So when I noticed the local shop was having a class I did not hesitate and signed up. The class was like 6 hours and had a handful of ladies and none of us had ever made a Hawaiian quilt block. I learned so much and feel confident that I could possibly make a quilt. My block is the top left blue and white one in the turtle motif. I did not get a photo of everyone’s block but was able to get these few. They all looked amazing. I liked the red and white one and thought it would be cool for Christmas. There was a pineapple motif example quilt block the instructor brought that I think Might be one I will try. I have a zillion mistakes on mine and I might start over using what I learned. Overall so glad I took the class and pretty confident I will be making up some Hawaiian blocks some time soon. We are taking a family vacation this year at the end of summer to Maui and I plan to take a bunch of photos of any Hawaiian quilts I see for inspiration.

 

DSCN0215This is what I am working on right now. This is a kit I bought several years ago I recently found called American Wave. It is a wall hanging that comes out at 19″ X 27″. When I bought the kit I did not realize it had curved lines. It was one of those moments where you look at it and say what was I thinking, I don’t know how to sew this. On my want to make quilt list is the Single Girl quilt by Denyse Schmidt and it is all curved lines. I thought if I tackled this wall hanging it would build my confidence so I can finally make the Single Girl quilt. Summer Time I always feel like sewing patriotic stuff so I am feeling this at the moment and hope to get it done before the end of summer. If you have any tips on sewing curved lines let me know.

 

Amish With A Twist IINow for the thing I am most looking forward to. This is my next Block of the Month Quilt I recently signed up for that starts in July. The quilt is “Amish with a Twist II” by Nancy Pink in Marcus Brothers fabric. I don’t know what it is about this quilt but I could not get passed it. I would never pick out these colors or think of putting it all together like this. I am star struck and would totally hang this up on my wall. I am so excited for this BOM to get started next month. This is a mammoth beast and will consider myself to move up a notch on quilting experience after this one.

Well that will wrap up my crafty creative stuff at the moment. We have been in full swing summer around here. Never a dull moment with a five year old.

Quilt Show 2014

DSCN2800I snuck away last Friday to check out the Cobblestone Quilters Guild Quilt Show. This quilt above was the one on the flyer advertising the quilt show and is why I decided to go and check it out. This quilt is titled A Quilters view of Charleston. This landscape quilt was made by Lynn Gettelfinger. It was amazing to see in person.

 

DSCN2797This was my favorite quilt. It is the one I could see throwing on my bed and dragging around the house cuddling up with. It looked so cozy and pretty with all of the pretty plaid fabric. This one is titled “Hours of Waiting” Made by Enid Edgeworth. Here are some photos for a closer look.

 

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I need to make a bear paw quilt. This one took the quilter from 2008 to 2013 and she mostly stitched it by hand in Hospital waiting rooms. Love it, very inspiring. Here are some more quilts that caught my eye as I walked around aisles and aisles of hanging quilts.

DSCN2775“Stars by Magic” made by Freida Kinard

 

DSCN2777“Stars Over Fort Sumter” made by Mary Patterson

 

DSCN2780“Decade Plus” made by Nancy Coleman

 

DSCN2782“Quilt of Many Scraps” made by Linda Knutson

 

DSCN2790“Clowns for Oscar” made by Katherine Abrams

 

DSCN2792“Redwork in Brown” made by Ginnie Lebosse

 

DSCN2795“Mandy’s Surprise” made by Janica Felsher

 

DSCN2798“The Pink Tree” made by Keri Davidson

 

DSCN2802“Rocky in the Garden” made by Kathy Aparicio

 

DSCN2805“Mostly Charleston Calico” made by Christine Taylor

 

DSCN2807“Paradise Island” made by Brenda Rakowski

 

DSCN2810“Organized Chaos” made by Libby Law

 

DSCN2813“Celebrate” made by Susan Clark

 

DSCN2816“Le Jardin” made by Kathryn Masuga

 

DSCN2818“Spooky Boo” made by Mary Pease

This last one I was taking a picture of and then someone else wanted to take a photo and told her friend to stand in front of it. I jokingly said put your finger out and point at it so it looks like you made it. Then the lady said I did make it. We laughed. I told her she did a great job and should be proud. Then I forgot to take a picture of Mary in front of her quilt. After getting my fill of seeing all the wonderful quilts I then started exploring all the venders and picked up some quilty loot.

 

DSCN2882On the far left is a fabric panel it has 6 pictures total: Flamingo, crab, dolphin, 2 turtles and a pelican. I love fabric panels. On the top is a bundle of precut wool squares and a half yard of flannel plaid. Also a cute fall table topper or wall hanging pattern “Crows & Pumpkins”. Bottom center one yard fabric of the big flower print. In the center is a Spell it with fabric pattern book showing how to piece out the alphabet by Moda. The rest are fat quarters most of them $1 a piece. Lovely hall of goodies. I could have went crazy but I was trying to hold back. Overall so glad I was able to go and experience the quilt show. I will keep a look out for more crafty things to attend that might be driving distance.

 

English Paper Piecing

DSCN2485I have been working on my 6 point star quilt blocks using the English Paper Piecing method. Slow and steady as she goes. I am trying to decide if once I get a handful more blocks completed if I should start sewing them together as I go along. I love how this is looking so far. I am going to link up with the In Hand EPP Link party.

 

rollerrentalRemember these babies. I was a kid in the 80’s and spent a lot of time with my girlfriends  in a pair of these and went to more roller rink birthday parties than I can remember.

 

DSCN2525 windows phoneChloe turns 5 in March and one of the things she has asked for her birthday is a pair of roller skates. She had never worn skates before. So I decided its time to bring her to the world of roller skating and found a rink in our town. Today was the second time we went and she is doing great. She falls a lot but laughs thru it and gets right back up.

 

DSCN2513Refueling with some nachos. I was surprised at how busy this place is.  Then after thinking about it this is a great activity to bring the kids. It cost less than going to the movies and you can stay as long as you like. It is great exercise by getting the kids and your self off the couch or your computer chair. I think this will be a regular fun activity for us to share together until she gets to old and doesn’t want her dorky  Mom embarrassing her when she is hanging with her friends. Too bad, I am going to be the Mom that is there and sure enough if they start blaring the YMCA song I will be out on the floor skating around doing the arm motions.

 

In Hand EPP Link Party

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WIP Wednesday

DSCN2477I have several works in progress or shall I say a few I am actually working on at the moment. I decided to take a reality check this year on my long list of incomplete quilts. I printed out a photo list of all my wips listed by oldest to newest and hung it up on my cork board. This quilt is my oldest wip. It is the first quilt I ever made. I made this quilt top in 2003 after I lost my beloved cat “Pusskins”. It was kind of my therapy at the time. I had no pattern all I had was a few books on quilting and I also watched a few shows on PBS. One of the shows was on applique and that is how I got the idea to use a cat and heart motif and applique them onto some of the blocks. My cat Pusskins was a black cat so naturally I wanted the cats to be black. All of the fabric in the top I found at JoAnn fabrics. I just kind of made it up as I went along. I set up my quilt station in my kitchen on the little table in the corner. This is when I discovered the rotary cutter and mat. Little by little I pieced this thing together. Then when I got to actually making it into a quilt is where my troubles began. I bought a big thing of acrylic high loft batting. I also was not confident in my quilting so I bought clear acrylic thread. When I made my sandwich I just laid it out on the bed and pinned it all together, not knowing I should have secured the backing on a surface before putting the batting then top down to pin. I did my quilting by stitching in the ditch around the square blocks. What a nightmare. It was a total mess. It was so thick from the batting and the thread was awful. I ended up rolling it up and putting it in the closet for the next 10 years, always thinking I would fix it. Now I know a little bit more about quilting. So fast forward to 2014 and me finally deciding to clear out all those old wips. Last week when we were all kind of iced in from the big winter storm of the south, I pulled out this quilt and began to hand pick out all the quilting and separated the top from the batting and backing. It took me three days and it is ready now for some proper cotton batting. I am going to switch up the backing fabric a little too. I am so excited that this quilt is on the mend. It looks like Cosmo is already staking claim to the quilt once I finish it.

 

DSCN2469Still working on my nephews quilt made using the economy blocks. I plan to make another strip of bricks for in between the last two rows using a few of the fabrics from the top row of blocks. I am using a light tan as my neutral for around the blocks and outside border. I am thinking of appliqueing my nephews name onto the top border. His 1st birthday is tomorrow so I should deserve a few spankings for being so slow on this one. I blame my design board. Every time I make a block or complete another stage of the quilt and put it on the design board, I sit and stare at it. Seriously long moments just staring at the board and thinking about how I might put it all together. I love how this is turning out.

 

DSCN2322Here is the progress on my Woodland Sampler cross stitch. I just have the last month left. I ran out of the brown floss that is used to outline each block. I ordered some and just received an email that the floss has shipped. My goal is to get this one done by the end of the month. My fingers are itching to start a new cross stitch pattern.

 

DSCN2395Here is the biggest Work in Progress in the house. Koda is 9 months old and is as big as a horse, or at least it feels he is that big. He is lucky he is so adorable. He is all puppy and bad dog rolled into one, lets just say he is a work in progress.

Linking up

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Summer Update

DSCN0645This has got to be our busiest summer ever. I thought I better do an update before I loose the few followers that I have. First up Koda our puppy is growing so big. He has at least doubled in size in the last 30 days. He is starting to loose his puppy fur so I am finding clumps of fur around the house and am starting a dust bunny farm. The potty training is going well. He is definitely in his puppy chew mode and I am due to stock up on some more rawhide since we are a little low.

DSCN0612I think the biggest thing and most time consuming of this summer is we moved. The home we were in was a rental and the owners called and said they were thinking of putting their house on the market and wondered if we were interested in moving earlier than the end of our lease. Chris is currently building a dental office about 50 minutes away from where we lived so we decided to find a place closer to his new office. We were lucky enough to find a home to rent in a nice neighborhood and not to far from the new office. So we packed up and moved. Can I just say the moving process blows. Right now the house is about half unpacked and I am still surrounded by many boxes. I am excited about my new office/ studio. I took the room downstairs that has French doors. The downside is it has no closet. You know how it is when you have a ton of craft stuff along with piles of fabric and quilt and sewing gear. The room is a bit bigger than I am use to and the lighting is amazing. I will just need to be creative in storing all my junk in a nice neat way, especially since it is the first room you see when you walk thru the front door. No time at the moment to unpack my sewing machine and get organized, my family feels there is other priorities as far as unpacking the house.

DSCN9095This was the last quilt I was working on before packing up my sewing machine. It is the Giant Vintage Star quilt pattern by Jeni Baker. I am using a fat quarter stack of Grand Hotel fabric by Jenean Morrison. This was a super easy quilt to put together. I think I am going to put a border around it, not sure yet.

DSCN0177A new project I started up this summer I am obsessed with is making these sweet 6 point stars. I am paper piecing the diamonds. No sewing machine required just a lot of couch time in front of mindless TV. The fabric so far is a bit of Sweet Shop calico candies & also some Atsuko Matsuyama. I plan to just add fabric as I find it here and there if I see something that will go with the vibe I started. I think putting these stars together for a quilt will take forever so I am giving my self no time limit and am just enjoying the process.

DSCN0178I love these and am so glad I started them. I just like looking at them. I think I need to make a mug rug out of one of these. Might be the first thing I whip up when I unpack my sewing machine. I have several of these 6 point star blocks made but they are still packed up. I will take a pick and share as soon as they are unpacked.

DSCN0188I am still working away at my Mirabilia “Under the Friendship tree”. I was starting to loose sight trying to follow the chart. I blew up some copies of sections then I highlight the squares when I have completed them.

DSCN0190I am behind on my Woodland Sampler. Made it thru June so I am half way thru the year. July is adorable so can’t wait to get started on that one.

DSCN0486With all the hustle and bustle this summer we still managed to get away for a long weekend to Myrtle Beach. This was our first time there. Great beach and lots to do. Since it is only a few hours drive for us I think we will be back many times. Well that about wraps up what has been keeping me busy this summer. I hope all of you are having a wonderful season. I am looking forward to autumn and cooler temperatures.

Vintage Schnibbles Hat Trick

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I completed the top of my Schnibbles “Hat Trick” pattern. Just in time for the vintage schnibbles parade at the beginning of next month at Sherri’s blog A Quilting Life or at Sinta’s blog Pink Pincushion.

DSCN7862Here is the fabric I started with. I did not end up using the little pink hearts print.

DSCN8004I realize that I could have done this a lot easier if I had cut fabric into strips and made the 9 patch blocks. At the time I was wanting to enjoy the process of cutting up the little squares and sewing them together.

DSCN8007It took a long time to get those mini 9 patch blocks sewn up. Here is the color combos I came up with.

DSCN8989I decided to put the blocks with the brown in the center of each 5 block combo. I wanted to balance it a little and planned to use the brown fabric for my inside border.

DSCN8991For the outside border I sewed together 2 1/2 inch wide strips by 5 inches long. Then I cut this in half for both my top and bottom outside border.

DSCN8997It turned out light bright and perfect for a Spring/Summer table topper. I still need to go thru my stash and see what I will put on the back and also choose a binding fabric. Overall I am happy with how it turned out and am anxious to see what fabric choices others have made in the group. I wonder what Vintage Schnibble pattern will be chosen for May. Tootles.

My Quilt WIPs for 2013

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This is the first quilt I ever made. I made this quilt top back in 2003 when I had lost my beloved black cat Pusskins. I had sewn my whole life clothing and stuff for around the house and had always wanted to make quilts but did not have a clue where to start. Back then there was not as much available on the internet as there is now. This quilt I just made up as I went along. I found 2 wooden blocks at a craft store one of a cat and the other of a heart. I used them for my applique part. I went down to Jo Anns fabric and picked out a handful of fabrics I liked and thought would go together. Then piece by piece I made up some blocks and figured out an overall design for the quilt. Some of the things I did with this quilt I have no idea how I could have done them with the skill set I had at the time. Making the quilt was great therapy and helped me thru my grief of loosing my cat. The part I had real troubles with was sandwiching the quilt and doing the quilting. I used real crappy polyester batting and chose a clear nylon thread. After outlining all the blocks I was not happy with how it was going so I folded it up and stuck it in the closet. Ok so last year we moved and I found the quilt while cleaning out my stuff. Now I know so much more about making quilts and I know exactly how to fix this thing. So this quilt is on my wips list for 2013. First I need to pick out all the quilting, OMG! Then I can get some proper cotton batting and go from there.

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This is my Pinwheels in the park quilt. I love this quilt top it is so cheery and lovely with the Japanese Lecien Flower Sugar Fabric. I finished this top in 2011 and sandwiched it all up and had it in a roll in the closet. Now I need to un pin it iron it and get this baby sandwiched quilted and bond. This is a great quilt for the summer so putting this one on my list of Quilt wips for 2013.

DSCN7380This is my Christmas table topper I did using a variation of a 9 patch block. I love it. Unfortunately I finished the top right after Christmas of 2011 and lost my holiday mojo to get it quilted up. So this I am putting on the list to finish up so I can use it this holiday year.

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These are my Half Square Triangle Blocks from the Block of the month last year. I stalled out after 7 blocks due to moving and what not. So I have 5 blocks to complete and get this puppy in the completed pile. I am using all reproduction 30’s prints, love it.

DSCN7381Last year was my first Quilting Bee. My month was October and I chose this block pattern and wanted everyone to do the same block with their choice of red and white fabric. I have 12 of these blocks and I need to get them all out and ironed. I have already chosen some fabric for sashing and am still drawing up a design for my quilt. I want to get this one done this year and share photos with my lovely Bee members that all helped in making this quilt.

DSCN7864It is impossible for me not to start some new quilt projects due to all the wonderful quilts and fabric I see daily in all the blogs I follow. I am seriously late to the party on this one. I have been wanting to make a granny square quilt every since seeing them pop up everywhere on flickr. Jolene from Blue Elephant Stitches updated her free pattern found at the Moda Bake Shop to be made using a jellyroll I was excited to finally start mine. I had a jelly roll of California Girl in my stash and was able to find a little yardage in the same line for the border fabric and the binding. I will be using Kona Cotton in white for my background. All ready to start cutting into that beautiful fabric.

DSCN7862Last but not least Sinta of Pink Pincushion and Sherri of A Quilting Life  are starting back up with their Another Year of Schnibbles along. Once a month they pick a schnibbles pattern for all of us to make and then at the beginning of the next month they have a parade of quilts on their blog to showcase everyone’s quilts. I put a button on my side bar if you are interested in the details. This month the pattern is Hat Trick. It comes out to a table topper size of 26″ by 32″. The pattern is made up using charm squares, so if you have a bunch of charm packs in your stash these patterns are great for them. My goal is to use only fabric I have in my stash and this is what I pulled out to use.

Well that is what my Quilt WIP list looks like for 2013 or at least the ones I have at highest priority this year.