Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lucky 2013

End of the year wrap up posts are my favorite. It's fun to look back at what was accomplished. I did more sewing in 2013 than ever before. My goal was to complete 13 quilted projects. I was able to finish...

11 lap quilts/wall hangings
5 baby quilts
7 mini quilts
2 bed quilts
2 quilty pillows
several pillowcases
a bunch of mug mats
and assorted crafts
 (I was surprised to see I did absolutely no crocheting or knitting.)

1. Madrona Road Herringbone, 2. Olivia's Quilt, 3. Sugar Wave, 4. 4-hour Mini, 5. Emerald Selvedge Spiderweb, 6. Friendship Star Mini, 7. Low Volume/Bright Hopes, 8. Batik Arrowheads, 9. Arrowhead Runner, 10. Ninigret Raffle Quilt, 11. Mod Bento, 12. Improv Mini, 13. Ninnie Nines Swap, 14. Mollie's Quilt, 15. Dory Pillow, 16. Sea Glass Pillow, 17. T is for Tina, 18. Chevron and On, 19. Mini Geese in the Forest, 20. Pete's Album Quilt, 21. Outfoxed Baby, 22. Dr. Seuss Baby, 23. Star Fling, 24. Star Crazy, 25. Happy Stars

This year was all about Pete- Nicaragua, high school graduation, Eagle Scout, and Marine Corps. (Don't feel badly for Julia. 2012 was all hers.)

I need to finish cleaning up the sewing room to get ready for 2014!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Chevron and On

 I forgot to show you a lap quilt I finished at the beginning of December. I had hoped to sell it at the craft fair, but it came back home with me. It might show up in my Etsy shop soon.

I started this quilt on July 1st, day one of Pat Sloan's Sew Every Day challenge. The top was done on July 4. It sat untouched for five months.

Don't you love Julia's Hobbit feet?

I quilted it simply and machine stitched the binding. The backing was a piece I picked up at Hobby Lobby in July. I'm not really a fan of the crinkly, post-washing look, but there it is.

Chevron and On
Started 7/1/13
Completed 12/5/13
Pattern found in the March/April 2013 issue of Quilty
Fabrics used: leftover layer cake squares of Meadowsweet and assorted solids
Finished size: 48" x 64"

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Gifts

 Christmas was not about the gifts this year, although there were some fun ones. Julia bought Hobbit feet slippers for dad and herself. So silly! We have been more focused than ever on family and friends and being together.

We thought Pete looked sharp in the service uniform. Then he put on the dress blues! Guess who got to sew on the chevrons? The Navy tailor in Newport was backed up and wouldn't be able to get them done in time for Christmas. I was more than happy to accept this task!

The only gifts I made were little quilts for my grand-niece's new American Girl dolls. In a few hours last weekend, I had these cute, reversible doll quilts. Purple for Anna and cheetah (jaguar) for Lily, all from my stash. (I have no idea why I had three different cheetah prints to choose from!)

I had come across a tutorial at Stitched by Crystal, so I didn't need to do any math. The concept is the same as Anita Grossman Solomon's Super Sized Nine Patch baby quilt pattern, just smaller.

Lily is so smart. She corrected her dad when he asked about the doll blankets. "They are quilts!" I've trained her well. We'll need to start sewing together soon.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Parris Island

 It was a truly amazing trip to South Carolina for Pete's graduation from Marine Corps recruit training. As we were driving to the base on Thursday at 0545 for family day, I took a look at facebook on my phone and had a bunch of notifications. Oh, hey! It was my birthday! We had all forgotten.  We were all so focused on Pete and getting to where we needed to be. It was my best birthday ever! (even better than 12-12-12)

Our first glimpse of Pete was when the whole company ran by for the motivational run at 0700. 

Pete loves his new quilt, but it will have to stay here for a few months until he finishes training.

 Pete served as a lay reader for his platoon and led the Catholics in prayer every night before lights out. He and the other Christian lay reader gathered the platoon together after graduation for one last prayer. See the Marine in the foreground with the camera? Her photo appeared on the Parris Island facebook page with this caption:

New Marines of Platoon 3100, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, embrace after being dismissed from Parris Island, S.C., by their senior drill instructor Dec. 13, 2013. The Marines spent 13 long, demanding weeks alongside each other as they were molded into the nation’s finest. Today, the young men are more than training partners – they are brothers in arms.

This might be our Christmas card photo.

I'm so glad my brother came with us. He's been proud and supportive from day one. I love the shirts we wore for family day. The 3rd battalion logo is on the back.

Julia has the best shirt ever. Who needs a superhero when your brother is a Marine!
Julia got some good news on family day. She was offered an internship at the Pine Bush Nature Preserve. It is a great opportunity to see if this is really the career she wants to pursue. We knew she was perfect for this job with all of her Girl Scout experience and environmental education.

We had some time to kill before our flight, so we stopped at the Angel Oak near Charleston. 

I've always had a thing for taking pictures of my kids walking away from me. I've done it on hikes and on vacations since they were little. Here are two more for my collection: Family day on base and on board USS Yorktown at Patriots Point.

Before heading home, we introduced Pete to little Mollie. He's rocking the high and tight haircut. His Eagle Scout promotion to Private First Class went through at the last minute thanks to a very kind Master Sergeant who called me on Monday morning for documentation.

He reported to the recruiting office this morning, and I miss him already. It's hard to let him out of my sight. We're looking forward to celebrating the holidays together before he ships out to Camp Pendleton for SOI West- ITB in January.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Craft Show Progress

 I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We were so happy to meet my newest grand-niece, Mollie. She is the cutest little peanut!

I've been very focused on craft show sewing and it feels great to get things done. I made two baby quilts this week. This is a simple patchwork made from a stack of fat quarters of Lizzy House "Outfoxed." I cut 6" squares and the top went together super fast. 

The backing is a DSQuilts print from Joann's and the purple binding was in my stash.  Big loopy swirls is my go-to quick quilting design. This quilt finished at about 39" square before washing. I expect some shrinkage and fun crinkling.

I had fun playing with these Dr. Seuss prints that I've had for a while.

Straight line quilting on this one with a great print on the back and a striped binding from the same collection. This one is about 38" x 46". This fabric was pre-washed, so it shouldn't shrink much.

I made a pile of fabric boxes. (see my tutorial here) I'm stitching on the buttons at night while I watch TV. There are 8 or 9 more to finish up. It's a great little catch-all for a desk, sewing table or nightstand.

Guitar straps made from one shabby chick's tutorial. They are so much fun to make! If anyone has a use for 2" black nylon webbing, please let me know.  Amber also has a camera strap tutorial that would go great with my tote bag that isn't finished yet.

Pete is doing great in boot camp. He enters the Crucible tomorrow morning: the 54 hour final test before he becomes a Marine. I could just burst from the mix of emotions right now! Fortunately, I can head back to my sewing machine to calm my nerves.

Have a great week!