August Star Crazy Blocks

Here are the August blocks for the Star Crazy BOM. Eight months done, four more to go.  This month was 9 of the 6 inch blocks for the border.
Here are all of the 6 inch blocks that I have done so far.  Coming along nicely!
I also went to take some pictures of my garden today. This is my clematis.  I have had this for about 5 years.  Last year was the first time it bloomed.  Only one flower.  Look at what is happening this year!!  This is only one side of the plant.  There are about 30 flowers this year.  Yea!
This is a lily that I planted last year.  I love the colors.
And one last picture of a rose that is blooming.  This is a Tropicana rose, it smells wonderful.
Have a great day.


Another mystery solved

Yea!! I have finally gotten all of the pieces of the Yankee Pride Spring 2010 mystery quilt together.  We had a very nice Vermont summer day here which was helpful in the final push to get this done.  Along with the nice temperature we did have a windy day, which presented a challenge in keeping all of these pieces oriented in the correct direction.  I still have an inner and the outer border to still put on, but I love this quilt.  I have to say, this was a complete mystery for a long time.  The only thing I knew was that there were what felt like a million of those little burgundy 1 inch squares. 

The other finish that I have to show is another baby quilt.  A coworker of mine is having a baby any day now.  Maybe this weekend?  We will see if she is at work tomorrow.  When I started the quilt I didn't know if it was a boy or a girl, so I picked neutral colors.  I hope the baby enjoys it.  I was very happy with the results.

I will be back soon........Kristin


Star Quilt Installment

Time to get caught up with my blocks for The Quilt Show BOM - Star Crazy quilt.  I was able to knock June an July off of the to do list this weekend.

Here are the June blocks. There are also a bunch of half square triangles that I have finished, just no picture of those.
Here are the July blocks.
Then I decided to put all of the blocks that I have done (January through July) up on the design wall.  Since I am making all of my blocks from my stash, I wanted to check the color balance of what I have so far.
Last, but not least, I realized that I have all 13 of the center stars completed.  I wanted to get an idea of how my center would look.  There are still quite a few of the Irish Chain blocks left to fill this in, but I really like how the center of the quilt is shaping up.
I have started another baby quilt today.  Another woman that I work with is expecting a girl mid-August.  I made good progress today, and will enjoy the extra day off tomorrow to keep on plugging away.  

Happy 4th of July! 


Catching Up.....

So, did you miss me?  I sure missed bloggin!  April was a blur of a month.  Easter, school vacation, and little league started.  Whew...and now it is the middle of May?  How did that happen?  This weekend was a very productive few days.  I have finally made some big progress on my "to do" list.  Here are a few snaps of what I was working on. 

First up, the Star Crazy BOM from The Quilt Show.  These are the April and May blocks.  I also made 96 half square triangles to keep me right on track.  Now I can breath and wait for the June directions to come out.

Here are all of the blocks for Star Crazy for the year.  I love how this is coming together.  Still a lot more to go, but I think this is off to a good start.
Next up, the last 3 blocks for the 2009 Fat Quarter Shop Mystery quilt.  I have been working on the setting blocks, so hope to hve this one put together pretty quickly.  We will see about that though.
I also spent A LOT of time getting caught up on my Yankee Pride Spring 2010 mystery quilt, but those pictures will be for another day.

I also am working on getting the vacation pictures in order.  Here is a preveiw of what I have been looking at.  We made the big trek from Vermont to San Francisco for school vacation week.  It was awesome.  We had a really great time, saw the sights, and enjoyed the weather.  What a fantastic city.
Well, that is for tonight.  Need to head off to the land of nod.  Good night all.


How an Accountant solves a math problem....

If my books for math in high shcool had been based on quilts, it would have been a lot more interesting.  I can just imagine how cool Dr. Gorfin's geometry classes would have been if they had been about quilts!  Well, I just have to make my own entertainment with math.  I have been working out some math for a quilt that my Mom and I split.  So, the math comes in with trying to figure out how to best layout half of the blocks for each of the months of the year.  I didn't want to make this a 12 row long and skinny quilt because that just doesn't fit the walls in my house.  Here are the blocks (Mom made all of them and then sent me half, yes I am lucky). 
For a while I have been pondering how to best layout the blocks to suit my house.  I have finally decided to put two months together on each row.  This will make the quilt approximately 58" to 60", before borders, wide.  That works.  So, how does an accountant solve a math problem like this one?  Well, thank you for asking.  The answer is, of course, Excel.  I have plotted each of the blocks/rows out in a spreadsheet!
This is what math looks like in my mind.  Ahhh... the balance just makes me happy.  Well... that is what I am up to.  Have a great week...


March Update

Hi, I am back.  I had to go to San Antonio, TX for business.  It was nice to see another part of the country, and even nicer to be back home.  I thought it was going to be warmer in Texas, not so much.  But it was nice to see the sun.  Traveling is not easy at all these days.  I had 4 flights total (two there and two home), of the four flights, three were oversold.   I got bumped from one of them.  What a hassle.   Oh well. 

Here is what I have been up to in my sewing world since I have had time to focus.  I have completed my latest month for the Fat Quarter Myster Quilt.

I have also finished the March homework for "The Quilt Show" BOM.  I really love how this is turning out. 

That is it for now.  Have a great week.



Mystery Solved

I have finished my Yankee Pride Fall 2009 Mystery quilt!  I feel like I have had a very productive President's Day around here.  I have put on the 3 borders and completed the backing.  I had to piece it because I wanted to use what I already had in my stash. 
The next mystery series starts in 2 weeks.  Whew, piecing done just in time.  Now, I have to focus on getting quilts done this year, not just piecing the top. 

Well, that is it for today.  I will be back soon.


Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day.  This is what I have made for my sweetheart(s).  The cookies that still need filling will get either raspberry filling or black cherry filling.  Both of these are favorites of my husand.  The others with the sprinkles are form my son.
The next thing I have to share is the Yankee Pride Fall 2009 Mystery quilt.  Next weekend is our reunion where we bring our completed tops and see how different they all look.  It is the big reveal.  That meant it was time for met to get cracking on this.  I haven't touched this since December.  Here is the top put together.  This quilt is for my husband.  I haven't made him a quilt in a very long time, he was due.

Here are the inner and outer border laid out.  I hope to get to that tomorrow since I am lucky enough to get President's Day as a holiday.  Wohoo!!!
Next up, my February assignment for the Star Crazy quilt that I am doing.  I love how this looks already.  The colors are a lot of fun.  The one inch squares were not even a pain to work with, I was worried about all of them when I was reading the directions.
And my final picture is of a new reading or TV watching area that we have created in the master bedroom.  Moving the furniture around turned into a painting project too.  The color is very similiar to what we had before, but a little darker shade.  I really love how this has turned out.  New paint, new book shelf (kind of hidden by the chair), and new chair.  Today we finally hung the pictures up.  Only took us five years of living in this house!  The only thing I still need to get is a floor lamp so I can see to read or stitch at night.
Well, that is all I have for now.  I will update with pictures of the borders on the mystery quilt when they are done.  Time to settle in and watch some Olympics. We were very excited to see a Vermonter win the first USA gold last night!  Go team!!


Woodchuck Day - In Vermont at least

Woodchuck Day for Vermonters, that is what the Governor said.  The press release from Gov. Jim Douglas today was "Vermont Governor vetoes Punxsutawney Phil's forecast - says VT woodchucks confirm 12 more weeks of winter."  Nothing like dashing a girls hopes.  Well, I guess that just means more time to sew without a worry of it getting to hot to even think if quilts.

On that nice wintery note, I was able to work on the quilt I have been making for a friend of mine.  Her husband has been deployed to Afghanistan.  I really wanted to do something for her and her girls.  I thought a comfy place to snuggle together might help this next year pass just a little more quickly.  

This was a pattern that I found at the Moda Bake Shop.  A FREE pattern to boot.  The directions were very easy to follow and I am very pleased with the outcome.  I was able to give it to my friend this morning. She was very surprised and I got a big hug, a very nice way to start the day.

The only other news around these parts is the twins that we have been awaiting at work arrived 1/25/2010.  A boy and a girl, everyone is healthy and happy.  Ah.....baby watch over, quilts DONE.  Wait just a minute....that was on Monday, on Wednesday we found out another woman in our group is going to have a baby in August!!  Yep, another baby quilt to get cracking on. 

Well, since it is Februray I need to get my thoughts together for the next installment of The Quilt Show BOM that I am working on.  Stay tuned for an update, hopefully next weekend with those blocks.


Star Crazy - Month 1 Done

Today I took advantage of the freezing cold tempatures outside, to stay inside and quilt!  I have gotten the first month of the Star Crazy blocks done.  This is the first of the 12 months for a block of the month from The Quilt Show that have decided to do.  Yea, like I really needed another project. 

I really love the bright colors so far.  The blocks this month were two 8" stars that will go in the center and six 6" stars for one of the boarders.

I have also started another quilt.  This one is for a friend at work.  Her husband has just deployed to Afghanastan today for a year.  She has two little girls and a more than full time job.  Her husand is also a co-worker of mine.  I have been trying to think of something that I can do for them to give them some support during this difficult time.  I thought a good start would be a quilt.  I hope that this can provide some comfort for them during the next year.  Maybe a place for them to snuggle at the end of a day. 



How about a look at a few quilts I have been working on while absent from my blog? 

2009 seemed to be a baby boom at work.  Here are the last two baby quilts for the year.  A co-worker and good friend is having twins!  A boy and a girl, they should be making their arrival by the end of the month.  Knowing my friends tastes, I really didn't want to make the quilts using the typical baby fabrics.  Instead I decided to use bali fabrics in a traditional block.   I used the same pattern for both the boy and the girl quilts.  I really like how they turned out.  Hope the babies do too!

The other top that I have been able to get together was the Fall Mystery quilt from Yankee Pride, my local quilt store.  This is for my son and he picked out a lot of the fabric.  I have to say, by the time I was done with this I had seen enough orange to last me quite a while.  He loves it which is what is important.  Now I just need to get it quilted.

Well, that is all for tonight. 



Happy New Year - 2010

Well, it is high time that my unplanned and extended absence from my blog end. What better time to get back in gear but a new year. I have been plugging away on projects even though I haven't updated the blog. I will get caught up on pictures over the next month.
So here is what I do have for recent updates. First, I have used the holiday break to clean and re-organized my stash. Here is my closet now. I didn't take a before picture, but this is much nicer...trust me.

Now that my stash is in order I can work on finishing projects that are in the works. I am also starting a new project. The Quilt Show offers a block of the month project to its members each year. This year there are two free BOM projects, one pieced and one applique. While I love both of them, I am going to make the pieced quilt called Star Crazy. I have seen this mentioned on some other blogs today too! Cactus Needle and Canton Village Quilt Works both have great posts about the BOM if you are curious to see more. I was able to get some time today to sew. Oh right, that is because we have gotten 30 inches of snow in the last 24 hours!!!

So what does our yard look like with the greatest single snow fall on record? That is saying something considering we live in Northern Vermont. This was first thing this morning.

And this was at about 4 pm. Yes, it is STILL snowing.

Quite a birthday present for me. Oh, really mother nature, you shouldn't have!

Well that is it for now. It is nice to be back.