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 Blocks & Cross Stitch

DSCN2933March was a busy month with family visiting and Chloe’s birthday. I will share more of her celebration when I get the photos together. Right now I would like to share all my Work in Progress and a finish. This quilt block is for my quilting bee. This is the March block requested. It is a four square block consisting of two square in square blocks and two 9 patch. She wanted solids for the square in square and scrappy for the rest. I love how this turned out and can’t wait to see all her blocks put together. This is a great quilt to use up all that stash.

 

DSCN2604This was the February block for the Bee. Colors requested were green and blue. The block type is a modified bento box. I think her color choices are very calming and the blocks should all look good together.

 

DSCN2608Still working on that baby quilt for my nephew. Maybe it will be done by the time he graduates high school. I think I am stalling because I plan to do a strip of applique letters for his name across the top and have not taken the time to print out some letters and pick my font. They are planning to move with in the next 2 months so that buys me some time to finish and send after they have moved.

 

DSCN2935I finished my Woodland Sampler. Woot Woot! I changed up the colors on the house in December, now it feels more like a house I would live in. I love the last block indicating the year and the little birds are so sweet. I think I am going to try and frame this myself. My Mother-in-law framed some art work last year and she has given me hope that I could possibly frame my stitching and it look half way decent. I think I will go to Hobby Lobby when I have some time to hang out back in the frame section and see if I can figure something out.

 

DSCN3187After finishing my Woodland Sampler I pulled out my Mirabilia “Under the Friendship Tree”. This one is slow and steady The rose border along the top is lovely but I can not wait to get to those little girl dresses. Right now this is my only cross stitch in progress. I like to have 2 going so I can switch back and forth according to my mood. I have decided on my next pattern to start and will be kitting it up soon.

 

DSCN2605Here is a little something I have been working on to hang up in Chloe’s playroom. It is a handful of yo-yo’s I sewed onto a piece of fabric spelling out I Love You. I just need to sew on a border and make a backing. Well that is my update for March. I am looking forward to April and hopefully some warmer weather. Take Care.

The Economy Block Quilt Wagon

DSCN2312I am not immune to all the economy quilt blocks that are popping up all over Flickr and instagram. They are all just so stinkin adorable. It just so happens I have procrastinated an entire year on making a baby quilt for my nephew, a year and a half if you count when my sister-n-law was pregnant. Well my nephew Trevor turns one years old at the beginning of February and these economy quilt blocks will make a perfect baby/toddler blankie.

DSCN2258Here is what I am using. I am using a fabric panel titled “a fun day in the jungle” along with pulled fabric from my stash. I don’t have an exact quilt design plan yet. I will make up maybe 12 of these blocks and see if I need more or not. For my economy blocks I am using a 5 inch fabric center with a 4.5 inch middle round and outside is 5.75 inch trimming as I go. I prefer to make larger triangles then necessary that way I can trim them down to square up. My block size squared up are coming out at 9 1/2 inches. If you are interested in making some economy quilt blocks you can find the tutorial at Red Pepper Quilts blog

DSCN2301Here is my January block for my quilting bee. I joined the Stash Bee for 2014. There are actually 12 hives this year and I am in Hive #8. Kat is our Hive Mamma and also our Queen Bee for January. She blogs over at FlutterKat. She requested a Tonganoxie 9 patch block in colors of grey & aqua. I enjoyed making this block and am looking forward to seeing all the blocks our hive members request. My month to be the queen bee is May. I have a few ideas we will see how many times I change my mind by the time May rolls around.

DSCN2217We just had a 3 day weekend and spent the majority of it in our pajamas. My little Minnie me insisted on trying out some hair curlers after seeing me with hot curlers in my hair. Yes I am 41 and still play with my hair. Yes for no reason at all I plugged in the old hot curlers and rolled them up in my hair just see what it would look like. I had not curled my hair with curlers in many years and yet I have a linen closet with random bags of curlers and 2 hot curler sets. I had fun rolling Chloe’s hair and telling her all about when I was a little girl and going to bed with curlers in my hair and how we would sit under a large weird object with a dome and holes that blew warm air drying your head full of curlers.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

My Quilting Bee 2012

In 2012 I joined a Quilting Bee. We were 12 members and each of us got a month where the others would each send us a quilt block of our choosing from the quilt book Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods. Here are the blocks I made in 2012. I still have 2 more blocks to make for the bee that will end in February. The red and white block that is in the first photo was the block I chose for my month in October. I have a whole pile of the red and white blocks in all kinds of red and white fabric sent to me by my bee members. I plan to stitch them up into a quilt this year.