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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Happy Thursday, y'all!  I'm still hitting the books, so no sewing progress to report from me!  So, let's just jump right into highlights from last week!

Soma, at Whims and Fancies linked up this whimsical kite mini.  It is so happy!


Hydee over at Splish, Splash, Stash showed off her progress on her Gypsy Wife, and isn't all that fabric variety yummy?


and Conni at My Creative Side shared this lovely hexie quilt.


What a fantastic week!  Once again, because my studying actually started before last week's party, I didn't get a chance to leave comments, but browsing through the links was such a wonderful way to finish the evening while laying in bed, just before drifting off to sleep.

Your well wishes for my studying and test over the past couple of days has brought a big smile to my face.  I'm so thankful for you!  So, even though I'm not quite as visible right now, y'all just keep right on partying!


1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

**Please remember to be sure your post includes a project.  I would appreciate it if you would not link to giveaways or other parties unless your post also includes a project you're working on!  I really don't enjoy deleting links!  :)




Monday, April 7, 2014

A Glutton for Punishment

Remember the exam I took several weeks ago?  Well, I got my scores last week and completely forgot to share that I passed with flying colors!  I don't know if I've mentioned this on my blog or not, but I have a Masters degree in Literacy Instruction, but I never took the test to become a Reading Specialist.  I have always been content staying in a regular elementary classroom, particularly while my son is in elementary school and gets to come to school with me.  Reading Specialists around here travel to various schools, and I just didn't want to do that.

Anyway, there are lots of changes going on in my school district right now, and I figured that this is a great time to go ahead and get the formal Reading Specialist endorsement in addition to the test I took a few weeks ago.  Yes, I really am feeling like a glutton for punishment.

All of this is to say that I'm in manic study mode again, and this test is much tougher than the last!  The test is on April 19th, and I'm staying disciplined and not sewing during these next couple of weeks until it's behind me.

You know this is killing me because I have these lovely citrus shades all picked out for the Triangle QAL going on right now at the Sassy Quilter.


Sigh...they will just have to wait.  I'm hoping I can catch up with the group when my test is over.

Just so you know- I will still be hosting NTT this week and next, but other than that, I'm afraid I'll be absent from the blogosphere.  Send some great study vibes my way, because y'all know I'd so much rather be quilting!




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NTT, a Finish, and an Honor

Woohoo!  We're on the downhill slide of another week.  Spring Fever has hit my students hard, and now that I mention it, it has hit me too!  I finished up my Two Four Six quilt just last night, and because the days are getting so much longer, I managed to snap some quick photos after school today.


 Since the robin's egg blue and chocolate brown are in such stark contrast, there was no way for my thread to blend in, so I decided to quilt with a wide stipple in a chocolate brown thread.  I was a little worried that it would make the quilt look too busy, but I like the effect on both the front and the back.


Of course all of the scraps went into the backing, and I found this really awesome sketch print for the binding.  It's two shades of brown and I think it's really cool!


This one is for my wild thing's teacher, and of course, I just couldn't help myself- I took it to school today to show her.  They are right next door to my classroom, so I just couldn't resist!  She really loved it, and I am so glad!  I have a quilt guild meeting this weekend, and I want to take it for show and tell, but I'm sure she'll be snuggling with it pretty soon after!

With spring in the air, I decided to call this one Robin's Nest.  The calm blue with the earthy brown is such a pretty color combo in nature and in a quilt (photo courtesy of bodmindspirit.blogspot.com).



By the way, I always quilt through my labels, and I have people who are using my label tutorial ask me from time to time whether it obstructs the view of the message.  Even though I have used brown thread and the label is on Kona White, I can honestly say that it doesn't make the writing illegible to me.  This label is about 3x3 inches including the borders, and the quilting doesn't bother me.  Perhaps if the quilting was much tighter it would.


My next bit of news is such an honor for me.  You might remember that last year I made four different memory quilts from my grandfather's western shirts.  He had Alzheimer's and passed away in December.  The quilts are a keepsake for my dad and his three brothers.  Well, the current issue of Quilt-It Today has an article on memory quilts, and they contacted me to include one of my quilts!  I put it on my (left) sidebar some time ago, but the issue just went on sale last week.  My Dad's Western Kaleidoscope quilt is on page 26!  It is so cool to walk into JoAnn's and see them on the rack!


Whew!  I feel like talked your ear off today!  Let's get onto some highlights from last weeks party!

Elise at Lovelea Designs shared this gorgeous medallion quilt.


Julie's Quilts and Costumes linked up this patriotic beauty!


and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework showed off this scrappy, happy quilt!


Can't wait to party it up this week!  Bring it on, ya'll!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

**Please remember to be sure your post includes a project.  I would appreciate it if you would not link to giveaways or other parties unless your post also includes a project you're working on!  I really don't enjoy deleting links!  :)




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Two Four Six

Oh, ABC Family Harry Potter Weekend, I simply cannot resist you.  It does not matter that I own all of the movies and could easily watch them whenever I want sans-commercials.  I inevitably get sucked in every single time and revel in Harry Potter love while I get lots of sewing done.

This weekend, my Harry Potter obsession afforded me the time to put this quilt top together for my wild thing's teacher as an end of year gift.  I make a quilt every year for his teacher, and give them the choice of color palette (or if they prefer, a Christmas quilt).  The colors in this quilt will match her decor.


I think the blue/brown color combo is pretty traditional, but it leans toward a modern feel.  It definitely doesn't feel rustic to me.  As such, this quilt needed a simpler, more modern pattern.  I decided to pair up the blues and browns and sew the blocks together with 2.5 inch strips running through them.  Rather than center the strips, I decided to offset them to make it a little more interesting.  The finished parts of the square are 4 inches and 6 inches on each side of the strip, hence the name- Two Four Six (the block finishes at 12 inches).  It was quick and easy, and I like it's simplicity!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Welcome to NTT!

It's Thursday again, friends!  It must be spring, because lately, more and more of my family's time has been spent at the baseball field- enjoying friends, sunshine, the smell of burgers and hot dogs on the grill, and cheering for my wild thing's team.  Baseball around here is about as all-American-apple-pie as it gets, and between baseball and my parents' visit last weekend, I have gotten zero sewing done.  Zero, zilch, nada.  It's all good though, because I wouldn't miss these experiences for the world!

I also have to confess that I haven't been able to leave comments on last week's links either.  I visited each and every link (and thoroughly enjoyed them), but didn't get the opportunity to comment on how fantastic they are.  I always browse through the links in bed on my iPad, but use a computer to leave comments later.  (It gets tough to use the iPad for 70ish comments)  So, for that I apologize.  Please know that NTT would not be what it is without you, and I am truly thankful for you joining in each week.  A party's not a party without friends!

So, without further ado, let's get right to last week's awesome highlights!  Jess at Quilty Habit linked up this Radiant Orchid showstopper.  It rocks- front AND back!


Ella and Nesta's Little Room shared this low volume quilt, and I love the large single block, and the soothing feel of the low volume fabrics.


and Amanda at The Cozy Pumpkin showed off this bright, happy rainbow quilt!  The "scattered" look of the stars is so neat!


Let's get to the party, shall we?

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

**Please remember, I've added a request to the party from now on!  I'd really like for your link to include a project you're working on (in any stage), or a tutorial you'd like to share, rather than just a link to another party or giveaway.  I absolutely LOVE giveaways and link parties (who doesn't?), and if your post includes a project as well as a giveaway or linky, then bring it on!  Thanks for helping to keep NTT a place to find awesome inspiration and fuel for your creativity!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Louisiana Courtyard

I had a wonderful visit with my Mom and Dad this weekend, and I finished up my latest quilt on Thursday night, just in time to give it to my Mom when she arrived.


The brick layout of this quilt, along with the colors and prints remind me of the secluded courtyards and patios that you find tucked away in some homes in Louisiana.  Here are a couple of pictures (courtesy of tripadvisor.com) that give you an idea of what I mean-



Red bricks, scrolled wrought iron, and lush plants create a gorgeous space where I think this quilt would look right at home.


Somehow, the wooden deck, iron chair, and brick on my house don't create quite the same ambiance, but hopefully you get the idea!


I used every bit of the layer cake in the front of the quilt, so there wasn't any left for the backing, or even the label.  I used a tan tonal paisley for the backing, and as a bonus, it came in an extra-wide bolt, so no seams necessary!  I also had to find a fabric for the label that would blend well with the French General for the label, and decided to go with a red and tan gingham to keep the French-country feel.  The binding is Kona Espresso, and I just love that rich brown with the reds and shades of beige and tan.


My mom absolutely loves her quilt, and I am so glad.  I just know it will look perfect in their home in Louisiana.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Link Up Time!

Well, Spring Break is over and I'm back to the grind this week, and let me tell you- I am thrilled to be in the home stretch of the school year.  Don't get me wrong, I love my students, but this is the time of year that I just long for summertime.

I've been working on my Mom's quilt, and am planning to finish it up before Friday.  She's coming for a visit this weekend, and I really want her to be able to take it back home with her.

Last week's link ups were (as always) SO inspiring!  Megan at Tales of Ineptitude shared her progress on this lovely quilt, and I just love the colors!


Talking Lunchbox Quilt shared this bright, fun quilt-


and Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties linked up this amazing quilt!


I love all of the bright, fun colors I'm seeing around blogland these days.  It's like a super-dose of spring!  So, let's get down to it!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

**Please remember, I've added a request to the party from now on!  I'd really like for your link to include a project you're working on (in any stage), or a tutorial you'd like to share, rather than just a link to another party or giveaway.  I absolutely LOVE giveaways and link parties (who doesn't?), and if your post includes a project as well as a giveaway or linky, then bring it on!  Thanks for helping to keep NTT a place to find awesome inspiration and fuel for your creativity!


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