Slowly picking up the slack

A few weeks ago, a quilty friend Yvonne with Quilting Jetgirl posted a request for quilt blocks for two very special children in her life; be sure to check out the story on her original post!

As it has been the past few months, I am behind but as of the end of this week, I will not have ONE thing that I am ‘behind’ on or cutting close to the deadline. Hooray for such supportive people in my life! Truthfully, that is all of YOU… if it weren’t for YOU guys I wouldn’t have snapped out of it as quickly. Sometimes choices in our lives are not the easiest, yet I am a firm believer that the hardest decisions are the best decisions (which is why they are so difficult to make). She should be receiving them today if not yesterday…

The request of quilt blocks were simple: (Directions from Quilting Jetgirls original post)

What kind of blocks should I make?
Older: Boat / ocean themed or dancing themed blocks using navys, teals, grays (same tones as in her block above), and pink or salmon.
Younger: Music themed blocks using blues (in the same tones as his block above), black, and white. Improv blocks in the same blue tones as above would also be appropriate.
Because I was able to see how it was coming together, I decided on using batik scraps mixed with a teal scrap piece I had and did quick HST chevron to do modern ‘waves’ for the ocean. I think the blue batik fabric helps give it motion like the movement in the water.
For the younger and music tones, I wanted so badly to do the music notes but time was not on my side. After seeing all of the other blocks, I decided to do 4 small letter L’s surrounded since there was more B&W and music notes filling it up, I thought I would help even out the pops of color. Although in person this blue looks like it would work well but in the picture it looks like it won’t… hopefully it can find a place somewhere. 
I am considering this a WIP because my contribution for it is done but Yvonne still has two whole quilts to put together. It is really a mixed sweet story behind the reasons and inspiration of the quilts, it is just another thing to love about being part of the Quilting Community! I am looking forward to seeing how she puts these together as she does do pretty amazing work! 
I am linking up and showing off at WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Let’s Bee Social w/ Sew Fresh Quilts so stop on over and show your stuff off, too!

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! 

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!