Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Allietare quilted and bound!!


Another mystery done done done!! I'm not sure if this is my favorite quilt.
 I think it comes down to colour choice, I am just not into the 'fall' colours I prefer the bright ones! However, this is a gift and it will match the recipients colour palette. So that being said It is perfect! Most of my pictures are a bit dreary. It has been tough to get good natural light to get a good texture picture! 


I quilted with an all over freehand of half swirls I think they kids of look like waves! And as always I quilted the recipients name, and her mans name into the quilt! (I just LOVE doing that!) I signed it and this time I also quilted the name of the quilt into it!


I did debate weather or not to scallop the edges of the quilt. I have never done this and would love to skill build, however I just didn't think it looked right with this quilt!

My signature

I had purchased most of the mustardy colours just for this quilt (again not a choice I normally use) so I used what I had left of those for a bias scrappy binding! (I did not get a good picture of that)

I am so very happy to have this finished and ready to deliver! My friend lives a bit far away and I will not see her for another two weeks, so that kind of fun will have to wait!!

In the mean time thanks for visiting!!
I'm linking up with Bonnie for her final link up!!
Also linking up with Connie!!
And Quilt Story!
And feeling a bit proud of once again keeping up AND finishing!!
Thanks again friends,

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

When bowl hunting turns into fabric find!

2 3/8 yards Michael Miller 'Amped Up' for $1.20
So, is it just my house or do bowls go missing everywhere?? We have very limited cupboard space so I don't have a massive amount of dishes. It's just the four of us so why would we need more than a 10 piece place setting?? About two years ago we were down to two bowls! Because the kids are still kids I wasn't going to spend a lot on new dishes, and besides I only needed bowls! So, I purchased six bowls at a local salvation army!
Fast forward to this past weekend and someone (that would be me) dropped a bowl in the sink and managed to break two bowls! We are once again down to two bowls in the house!! So off to the Salvation Army I went AGAIN!
I did NOT find bowls and didn't have time to go to other stores... but what I did find I geeked out over all day long!!!
1 Yards Michael Miller 'Bite Me' for $.60

2 yards Amy Butler 'Love' for $.90

I found nine cuts of fabric! Good quality fabric!! A total of 12 3/4 yards and all together I paid $7.28!!

The Michael Miller fabrics and Amy Butler are unwashed! The other six have been washed and two are missing their selvages but the other four say Timeless Treasures! I have pressed and folded these gems and they are now in my stash! Oh, what will I do with them??

Plus all of these fabrics!!
I'm so happy that my hunt for bowls turned into fabric treasures! But now I have to go hunt down more bowls! I can't be with only two bowls for much longer!

I hope your finds turn into these most wonderful finds!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Frostbite Footrace 5K and race updates

My race results
So, here at Scott County Park they have a Frostbite Footrace 5K.  This year was the 34th annual running. Since the races are slim pickins this time of year we decided to run this one!! It was COLD!!! 17 degrees and 8 with wind chill!! I can't say that surprises me! I mean this is Illinois and it was January 16th! I can't say I had my BEST race, but we have not been able to run much since Thanksgiving!

I did however place!!! There were 7 ladies in my age category and I got second!! I am so proud of this medal! Even if it wasn't my best I have to say running when it is that cold outside is... and adventure!! We watched two people fall from ice spots! SO to say that I was watching every foot fall was putting it mildly! But all was well for Honeyman and myself!
2nd place!!

Oh, and it is official, we have signed up for a half marathon in Chicago June 5th and the Quad Cities Marathon (THE FULL MARATHON) September 25th!! We have all summer to train! I am just looking for the best I can do!! That's it! I can only be the best me I can be!! And I DO want to be the best me!! So, I wish me luck! And follow along with my progress!!

Thanks for listening and visiting friends!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Allietare ALMOST done!

Finished top (dog would not move!)
I have been busy at work! Busy at play! Busy with family!!
I have my top finished and SO CLOSE to all quilted! I have two more passes to finish up the quilting... and I need more thread! Story of my life!

Scrappy border!
I chose to use the yellow we already had cut to make the mustard border scrappy! I don't really use this colour so I figured since it was already cut I might as well use it! I love the scrappy!! And I had purchased this red fabric for next to nothing on clearance I love how it brought out the gold and the red! And as much as I do love a black border I just felt this worked best!

I do have to learn the art of less is more when it comes to the quilting!! (Actually I really have to get better with the pantos!) I tend to quilt fairly small and a LOT of quilting into a quilt! But darn it I just LOVE the texture!!!
I hope to get this finished up today so I can start the binding tomorrow!!

I am to late to link up with Bonnie but be sure to go to her site and check out all the other AMAZING quilts!!

Oh, and come back to see what else i have been working on!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

BHMQAL clue #5

Struggling with some of my choices!
Got it done!! It was a busy holiday weekend! But Yesterday the snow fell, Honeyman was on shift, and I was trapped inside all day! OK so I wasn't really trapped, but it was a great excuse for hanging around in my pj's and stitching all day long!

I got the whole clue finished up!

Bonus blocks!
 PLUS I stitched up these little gems with the 'bonus HST' that were trimmed off! They were TINY and I figured since I had them right there I might as well use them! Each HST came out to 1 1/4 inch! I think if I would have REALLY pushed the seam allowance I MIGHT have been able to get them to an inch and a half, but I worry when it starts getting to small!! I had a few HST in my drawer that were the same size and I threw them in there as well! It felt great to get these little buggers out of my drawer! These squares are 3 3/4 inches! CRAZY! Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet! I thought about adding to them and making them the center of a square! Who knows! Maybe I will finally use up the hundred and fifty BAJILLION I have from Celtic Solstice!! LOL

Linking up with Bonnie,

Monday, December 21, 2015

BHMQAL clue #4

half way there!!
Very interesting clue! I wonder where she is going with this one!!

I have all of this weeks clue cut, but only half way stitched up, but ALL of my other clues are 100% caught up! YAY!! I'm sure there will be plenty of time this week to get this one finished up!

Looking forward to a busy week with family and friends!

Sending out a very Merry Christmas to all!!

Linking up with Bonnie!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

BHMQAL clue #3

Clue #3
Someone (that would be ME) did NOT read directions!! OOPS!! I guess I will pay the price when it comes time to piece the blocks!! I somehow blew over the whole pressing directions! I mean after all Bonnie ALWAYS spins the seams ... right???

Oh well! She told us how to do it and I missed it in the first read!

I had to purchase fabric for this one! These are not the yellows I normally have on hand! I'm more of a bright sunshine yellow gal! But I stuck with the golds!!

I am pretty happy with getting the whole clue finished! I had a busy busy weekend!!!

I love these guys!!
We are having crazy warm weather here in Illinois! Honeyman, the Boy,
and I had a 5K this past Saturday and anytime you can do a 5K in December without winter gear... BONUS!!!
We decided the first one was so nice... why not 5K twice!!! So we did one in the morning in Geneseo, IL (cute, cute little town) and a second here in Moline later that day! The second however was an uncontrolled course and not a 5K at all! It was 3.6 miles!

A great weekend was had by all! I sewed! I ran!! I hung with my loved ones!

Linking up with Bonnie!!

Can't wait to see what everyone else is doing!