Just a little of what I've been up to this summer. What about you?
I absolutely LOVE whatever this print is that I used on the outside. Seriously.
And it's got so many zippers! I think inside the pouches is the same pink as the binding. I like the insides of my bags to be solid for some reason. Helps me see what's in there, I guess!
I finally finished a quilt! Woohoo! This jelly roll race quilt top has been sitting around for almost two years now... oops! I even started quilting it over six months ago, but I got frustrated after breaking three needles in a row and sat it aside for a bit. Okay, more than a bit.
But now it's done! I did some fun loops going across each strip of the quilt. This pattern would have been a lot easier on a longarm machine, but I managed on my little home machine.
I used a fun hombre print for the backing, and bound it in some Kona Cerise, which I love. So glad to be able to call this one done!
The Houston Modern Quilt Guild did a "small items" swap in March. I'm still new there, so I thought I'd finally join in on a swap this time! I like making bags and pouches but don't feel like I get to enough, so I decided to try out the Noodlehead Open Wide Zipper Pouch this time.
It turned out pretty cute! I really love the bright gold on the inside. It's a nice surprise!
This was a fun pattern to make, and I think I'll revisit it in the future. It was very easy to understand and follow!
I finally finished my woodlands sampler!
I meant to use the 2013 pattern for the final block, since I did most of my stitching in that year, but after re-doing the border again, I used the wrong pattern for the second time. I certainly didn't want to do it a third time, so 2014 it is!
I really love how this whole thing turned out. Each block is fun and speaks so well to the month it represents.
The next challenging part is going to be framing it, as it is quite an unusual size. I've been procrastinating on framing most of my recent cross-stitch finishes, so it's time for me to get started!
For this month's do. Good Stitches blocks, we were asked to stitch up two Sun & Surf blocks in coral, mint, and low volume prints. I really, really love this color combination, and this quilt is going to be gorgeous!
One of my good friends had a birthday recently, so I Pinterest-stalked her, found this adorable paper-pieced pig that she had pinned, and new that it was exactly what I wanted to make for her. So here's how it turned out! Too cute, right?
He's got a little curly embroidered tail, but don't tell him how much the quilting looks like bacon. He may not be too happy about that. This was my first mini quilt too, so I'm really excited about that! I included triangles in the corners on the back for hanging like this. I am happy to report that she loved it!
The paper-pieced pattern is from Bubblestitch, and she has a ton of other really cute animals too. I'm thinking I really need a paper-pieced squirrel on my wall. For real.
I finished my Feathers quilt-along top! Woohoo! The paper is still on the back of each block, which is why it looks a little ripply at the moment. I'm not looking forward to tearing all that paper off, that's for sure! I think I know how I want to quilt it, though, so I should probably get started on that.
All in all, this was a pretty fun quilt to put together. I'm not sure that I'd do another full quilt that requires paper piecing thanks to the work it takes to rip all of the paper off, but who knows. I'll probably forget all that trouble and do it again anyway. Especially for something like these fun stars!
This month for the Imagine Circle at do. Good Stitches we were asked to create four improv-stripped flying geese in warm yellows, browns, and creams with a solid red triangle using this tutorial. These were really easy and fun to make - this is going to be a gorgeous quilt! By the way, isn't that hexagon print to die for? I think I got it in a scrap pack at some point, and I don't know what it is, but I want more!
I finally finished December in my Woodlands Sampler a few weeks ago. The home looks quite cozy in all that snow. Though now I'm wondering if I missed a trunk on one of those trees...
I've gotten a little on the last square finished, but I think I'm going to rip out that banner and do it in another color. I knew I wouldn't like it when I started, and now that I see it in these pictures, I like it even less. It's just too bright to sit next to everything else.
As I was taking these pictures. it dawned on me that I have a bit of the woodlands in my own backyard.
Here is one pine tree in our backyard,
and here is the other. Kind of amazing, isn't it? I've never lived in a place with pine trees before (at least since I was very, very young), so it's pretty neat to have these sitting so close to us. They really are quite beautiful.