What I Did This Week #7 – WIDTW

Beginning last September, I joined Cheryl with Meadow Mist Designs with her Foothills Mystery Quilt Along and it is unfortunately almost done. Do you ever experience the feeling of while you are working on something you are anxious for it to be complete but when it is complete, sometimes you are sad to see it end? That’s kind of how I feel with this one. It has been fun connecting with everyone who has taken part of this as Cheryl did a lovely job with the entire QAL. I am hoping she does this more than once…. (here is to crossing fingers). I didn’t write too many progress posts about it unfortunately as late last year was super busy, but if you are curious of my thoughts, they are here:

As I stated, it has come to a near end as February was the instructions for piecing the entire top together. I would have never guessed the design to be as it is. This was most certainly kept very well a secret throughout! Job well done Cheryl! 
I originally chose to stick with one fabric for each of the specified A, B and C fabric groups; however when I received the December instructions, it called for piecing together squares, which in turn would create another square that should really be ‘scrappy’ per-say. Because I didn’t know the ending design of the quilt, I began to panic within myself if I was going to have enough contrast with different fabrics and if really I should have done different greens but with a solid background and all sorts of other things questioning in my head. I also had questioned that if I were going to stick with the green squares and turn them into larger squares, I would rather purchase more of the Kona Sprout (green) fabric (of course I would be low or out of it) and cut the squares so there are less seams… but then I was back where I started and wasn’t sure if I should now add more contrast. I contacted Cheryl just for her advise in the matter and she said either one would really work. I like scrappy and thought adding a scrappy look would be nice, so off I went to put together some scrappy 4-square blocks. 
I really didn’t like it when I put it up on the wall. Right away I knew I needed to change back to the solid, but then I would have all of those seams when really I could have cut just one larger square (ugh). Thank you OCD. I figured before I sewed everything together I needed to see how I liked it with the solid green color and as you have seen, I loved it. I ended up finding a true appreciation for the scrappy once all was said and done and liked how it looked, but I didn’t think it was best suited for what I was going for with this quilt top. I like that I stuck with the solid color and allowed the ‘star’ shapes to really show rather than get lost with the 4 patch square since everything else is done in one fabric. 
I really love this quilt design that I actually intend to make another one… that one will be scrappy. I am not quite done with this one yet, as I would like to make it a bit bigger. I have ordered more of the Kona Sprout so once that comes in, I can get to really finishing this top. This top here was the big finish of the week, but I did accomplish some other things, as well as get spoiled more by my #beehiveswammara ladies!
I am really appreciating what WIDTW has helped me with; that I have accountability each Friday as well as what it forces me to do throughout the week or at the end of the week. I have already experienced the week of feeling I did nothing when in fact when I look back, I very much so did and this week each day I came home from work I almost had no enthusiasm to sew and when I would convince myself to hold off, in the end I realized that if I didn’t then I really wouldn’t have anything to post for my weekly link up! I am loving the benefits of this and hope to continue to grow with it and hopefully everyone else does, too!
Now that I just showed my week off, show us all something or all of what you did this week! 

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WIP Wednesday and Frogs

I absolutely LOVE frogs… have I made that obvious yet? If not, I have completely failed at the true love I have for frogs. I am constantly asked why I love them and I truthfully wouldn’t have an answer for you. I often find myself asking the very same thing. The only thing I can remember last from any memory early on is after my parents separated and my mom bought a new home in 1993, my younger sister and I were able to decorate our bedrooms with the whole shebang. I remember telling her all about green and frogs, but I didn’t want a green room and I was not into all of the ‘fancy’ (prissy) colors (pink, purples, aquas, etc.); my mother told me how much a soft pink would look great with the green and all of the frog items. Looking back on it, how much I literally despised pink most of all, I have no idea how she convinced me to do so. Low and behold… my room was pink full of green and frogs. What I also remember, was going shopping for decor in the room and my favorite piece was this Silverchair Frogstomp poster. The best part, you ask? I nor my mother knew who they were, it was just perfect because it had a frog on it. I don’t know what happened to that poster but I definitely need to get another one. 

So following my absolute obsession and love for frogs, when I had seen Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts newest QAL had a frog block in it, I was all over it! Unfortunately I kind of found myself stuck on what fabric to use for the block as my idea was to use my vintage-y and older fabric in my stash. I had already used some pretty awesome fabrics to make super cute elephants for the #Elephantparadeqal but found myself not liking any of the fabrics for the frog block. There were tons of ideas, but nothing for the feel that I was going for in the fabric selection for this quilt. Until my wonderful #beehiveswammara ladies came through… with their generous giving of fabric scraps and frog fabric… one had sent me this adorable story time frog fabric and some other scraps (of course, mostly green). 
Once I had remembered about this, I immediately got to figuring out the rest… which wasn’t that hard as she had sent me scraps from her block that was made for me and it had the perfect green fabric for the legs! Off I went to sew one of the most adorable frogs… EVER! Isn’t he the cutest!?! I am obsessed with him! I love the frog sitting reading… I love the fabric on the legs… I love the eyes (which were another great steal from scrap fabric of mine that had those awesome circle designs on them) as they work perfect for frog eyes! 
I have plans to make lots and lots more of these amazing frog blocks! Thanks Lorna for these, they are going to be used tremendously by me! 
I am linking up and showing my stuff off today with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off, too! 

What I Did This Week #6 – WIDTW

Good morning and welcome to another week of WHAT I DID THIS WEEK! How has your week been? If you are anywhere but on the West side, you have probably been experiencing a nice cold chill this past week. I live in Kansas City and we got a bit of snow on Wednesday, most of it has already melted. We haven’t gotten too much snow this past winter and I know one of these winters we are bound to get it pretty good. Until then… I will relish in what a lot of KC Native’s say, “We’ve had pretty good winters the past few years” because I dearly miss my ocean. Enough about my boring weather report, lets show off our week!

First up, don’t forget I still have the giveaway that I announced earlier this week! It ends tomorrow some time early evening! Be sure to hop on over to my Instagram and find the original post with the below picture and enter!

The next up and really, for me… the most exciting thing that happened this week! Well, one of them, but I’ll show you the other one next week. I have already shared it over on at Instagram if you follow me. This was something I had personally been waiting for for a couple of weeks. I avidly read Sew Fresh Quilts blog and love her fresh attitude and designs. Plus, she is really nice. With that being said, she is on her mission for her 100 quilt labels that she ordered whenever ago from Ikaprint. I have enjoyed watching her progress as she counts down. I had played around with designs of my own for about two months and finally after up-doing my blog a little while back, I finally decided on a layout I was happy with and content with to mark as ‘my logo’. It feels exciting and odd to type say that. Aren’t they just super awesome!?! I can’t wait to use my first one!

Satin: 1” x 3/4” in Cream

That was pretty exciting, right? I really encourage anyone to do the same, even if for just bags, purses, mug rugs and all of the other fun stuff we make, these are the perfect little tag labels for them! There are other cute ways, don’t get me wrong… but if you’re like me and lazy in the way of just wanting to sew it right into the project, then this is the perfect fit for you! Plus, their pricing is really reasonable! No complaints!

I also joined Patch the Giraffe with Chelsea and From Bolt to Beauty with Michelle second round for a Charm swap! Last year it was all low volume fabrics. I enjoyed participating so much last year that I definitely had to get on the bandwagon for it again! This round is a selection of Art Gallery Fabrics! I still haven’t done too much more than what I started a few months ago with the low volume charm squares, but I was thinking about it last night so I know it will be is the foreseeable future! I have just been dreading unpicking all of that quilting in that one large square! (ugh) There are just a few more spots left, so hurry on over and join! All it requires is ONE yard of fabric and for you to cut it into 56 charm squares and send it on its way with a pre-paid envelope!

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My selection for the swap

Now to recap the week! It has been fun, even though I really didn’t do much sewing. Sunday I started feeling the kink/pinched nerve on the right side of my neck start up again and it has slowly been creeping up even more throughout the week, making it almost impossible to sew as your neck is bent down a lot. I’ve had to take a seat this week to nurse it back to health without going back to the Dr. Last time I ended up in the Emergency Room as it got so bad.

My #craftybirthdaybash1 gift was received by the January birthday girl and I really need to make one of those fun Let Them Eat Cake pillows for myself! Along with that the Schnitzel & Boo Swap also was received which was the Color My Heart mini which again, yes… I need to make a version for myself now. Why do I have such a hard time making something for just me yet when I make something for someone else I want to keep it. haha. I did also receive my gift on the Schnitzel & Boo swap which was the UH-mazing mini which matches my logo on my blog (and everything else really)!!! She did such a great job and it hangs perfectly in my sewing studio! The last thing I sewed this past weekend was the Elephants for the Elephant Parade QAL with Sew Fresh Quilts and a block for another swap I am doing. I also showed off the awesome quilt I received as a gift for my 30th Birthday from a co-worker made by his grandmother and mother. Even though not much sewing from me happened, a lot of other fun stuff happened! The exact purpose of these weekly posts… because even when you don’t feel you have had a purposeful or successful week, I really did!

Now that I showed off my week, show off your week or something from this week and let us all see it! Don’t be shy! Make sure that when you share on Instagram you use #gettingquiltywithit. 

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Elephants!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you have seen these dumplings already. I’m not sure if you heard or not, but Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts is doing an Elephant Parade QAL. Even though I have plenty going on, I couldn’t help but jump on the band wagon for this simply ADORABLE quilt she created! I really do love Lorna’s creativity and seeing where it all comes from and how it is then portrayed in her quilts.

When I decided to join the QAL I immediately decided that I would USE MY STASH! I have quite a collection of some older/vintage fabrics that I love to hoard but yet I don’t see me using them. I decided this would be the perfect QAL for it because of the prints and how old and ‘vintage’ I find Elephants to be. They are so graceful and elegant in their own form. I immediately fell in love with the larger Elephant and so I couldn’t just stop and not make some of the babies!

Come on, they are killing it with the cute factor, right!?!? Needless to say, I am eager to make the remainder of them and their additional friends (which even includes a FROG!) for part of the quilt. These are extremely simple to make and Lorna write really clear instruction for them. I was able to cut, sew and iron all of 3 of these in an hour or so. After I was done with these, I finally had to get back to what I was doing which was working on the “Spongebob Square Pants” block swap. I decided to do these with two other wonderful ladies last June (OH MY! Don’t judge). They have both sent their blocks to one another but I have yet to them and they have yet to me. ??? In any case, I finally got around to cutting the fabric for it and even got a block all sewn! The colors are beautiful!

I do have that block all sewn up now and I love it… now I just need to make 17 more! I don’t feel too terrible for not having these blocks done, as I had originally purchased 5 yards of fabric of that grey but then somewhere in re-doing my sewing studio I lost it and it has yet to be found. I finally gave up the cause for finding it and purchased 3 more yards of it. Progress is happening!

I am linking up today with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off!