Showing posts with label School Yard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label School Yard. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WIP Wednesday: A School Yard Finish

Although I showed this to you yesterday, here is my grand finale post shouting out to the world that I've finished a quilt!

School Yard
The Details:
School Yard
Pattern: Square One from Simplify with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home.
Fabric: Punctuation by American Jane for Moda Fabrics - top, back & binding.  Sashing on top is Snow Bella Solids.
Size: 61" x 53"
Pieced and bound by me
Quilted by: Karen Kimmel - a long arm quilter from my guild who brought life to this quilt.
Started: January 2011
Finished: Sunday, February 25, 2012
Who is it for: Initially this quilt top had no intended recipient, but sometime in the middle of last year I participated in a Crafty Pay-It-Forward Challenge on Facebook and a lovely Kindergarten teacher friend of mine played along.  So School Yard is for her and it will go perfectly in the decor of her house.

Here are a few more photos:









What else am I working on:
The T-Shirt Quilt - plan to post T-Shirt Chronicles Part III by the weekend.
Sew Happy Quilt QAL - a week behind...need to catch up.
Mug Rugs - yesterday in class I doodled a bit and designed a thank you mug rugs for various friends & family who've been very supportive this past three weeks.

I'm linking up with Lee from Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and Jenna from Sew Happy Geek for Manic Monday.

Happy Leap Year Day - hope you have a fun and productive day,
Susan

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

T@tT: PBCC Cookies & A Quilt Finish

I love to bake cookies.  Cookies, to me are instant gratification - Ingredients on hand, mix in a bowl, bake them up and enjoy.  The classic Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookie recipe takes me about 20 minutes to go from ingredients in the pantry to a hot cookie on the counter.  I have vivid memories of my mother teaching me how to make them when I was so young that I had to stand on a stool to see over the counter.  I was such an active child (not unlike now) that I was always falling off that stool and boy would she scold me to "calm down".  I treasure those those memories.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sunday night while watching the Academy Awards (in between commercials), my younger son and I made Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  This is a Hershey Kiss recipe (go here for the recipe) which after the cookies comes out of the oven, an unwrapped Hershey Kiss is placed in the center while the cookie is still hot.  So fun to come back two minutes later or so and see how the bottom part of the chocolate has melted into the cookie but the top of the chocolate retains it's shape. As you can see from my photo those are not Hershey Kisses - I actually had two huge Hershey Kisses on hand so I chopped them up and placed big chunks into the cookies.  By the way, as my younger son is a male version of me, guess who is telling him to "calm down" in the kitchen?  Too funny.

Huge quilting news....Last night I finished a quilt!  I'll have all the details and better photos tomorrow but for now here is School Yard!

School Yard - 61" x 53"

My quilter did an amazing job. 
A label!  Now I just have to write on it.  
I'm linking up with Debbie at her Tuesday at the Table Feature...she posted about Hostess Cupcakes!  Silly me giving up sweets for Lent...I want one of her cupcakes NOW.  I'm also linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story - go see what others have linked up to today.

Yea it's a school day for me!
Enjoy your Tuesday,
Susan

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Another Saturday in Pictures

The gorgeous weather we are having today pulled me out into the garden earlier this afternoon to see what I could find - I've added potato harvester to my resume. 
Potatoes & Tomatoes
I completed the Fireflies Block (block 6) of the Sew. Happy. Quilt. QAL this morning.  So happy how this one came together.   
Fireflies Block  12" x 12"
 And here are all six together:
 Two weeks ago I gave a local long arm quilter my School Yard quilt top and the pieced back.  Guess who had not made the back wide enough?  
School Yard enjoying the 80 degree weather
 Thank goodness I had more of this fabric (it's blue&white pinstriped) so as I was about to sew on another panel to the side I thought to myself - I need to piece in a label and make this right.  I found some leftover binding fabric and set in a fun ticket label.   


My first pieced label!  
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, hope you are having a great day~
Susan

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday: An Inventory

My creative juices have been running very low lately with most of my brain power going toward bookkeeping audit work (which is most thankfully, almost done) so I thought I would take a photographic inventory of my quilting works in progress to jump start my plan to finish these up before the summer ends.  

Fat Quarter Shop 2010 Designer Mystery BOM - seven blocks completed, five to go.
FQS 2010 Designer Mystery BOM
Sliced Coins Quilt Along with Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy.  Needs backing, binding and quilting.

Sliced Coins
School Yard made from Square One pattern in Camille Roskelly's Simplify  Have backing and binding, needs to be basted, quilted and bound.
School Yard
Italian Sorbetto made with the Block -a- palooza Quilt Along.  Needs backing, binding and to be basted, quilted and bound.
Italian Sorbetto
Supernova Quilt Along from Lee From Freshly Pieced.  Five blocks completed, one in progress with three more to go.  My favorite of the whole lot...got to get this one done.  

Supernova
Summer Sampler Series hosted by Faith, Katie and Lee.  Finished Block 4 yesterday morning and am so happy with the results.  Katie had suggested that we cut our fabric into 3 inch blocks and then once we pieced the HST's, cut them down to 2.5 inch blocks.  That method worked well for me as this block came out almost perfect - a first for me!  

Summer Sampler Series Block 4
Off to do some obvious quilt back/binding shopping, a wonderful lunch date and an evening spent sewing away while my people are off playing soccer and sailing.  

Go see what other's have on their WIP's list for this week with Lee at Freshly Pieced.  
Ciao,
Susan

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quilt Top Finishes and Mac-N-Cheese

Although quiet here on my blog, my life has been far from quiet.  The stunning events in Japan have held me transfixed for a week now - I'm going to do something to help but have not decided what to do yet.

Observing in classrooms is awesome.  This week I hit 10th grade World History, 11th Grade U.S. History and 12th Grade Economics.  I'm becoming emotionally invested in the students that I observe  - I just can't help it.  A few of them know that I am the sister of another teacher at the school but it seems to make little difference - they are all great kids.  I have now completed 20 of the 45 hours required for the course.  I'll finish up with 30 at the high school and then move on to do the remaining 15 at the middle school level.  

A few quilt top finishes this week:  
School Yard top is finished.  I have backing and binding - may tackle spray basting for this one.

WooHoo!  Sliced Coins top is finished!  LOVE IT.


Picked Broccoli, Cabbage, and Green Onions on Monday. 

Back for Open Windows quilt for my son.  Just waiting for the binding.  
Yes, this is the biggest floor space in my house - barely fits this XL twin size quilt.

Birthday Cake for my 15 year old.  
I like boxed cake mixes especially Duncan Hines (my mother thought they were the best so I follow her lead) but I usually think bought frosting is especially disgusting.  I whipped up a batch of Cook's Illustrated Chocolate Frosting and then used a carrot slicer to carve shavings from a Milk Chocolate Bar for the shavings on the top.  Looks great until the one blowing out the candles blows the shavings across the table!

Mac-n-cheese for the birthday boy. 
Made this from the Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook by Ina Garten.  You can go here and get the exact recipe.  Very yummy!

Just uploaded Episode #5 of the History Quilter podcast so go listen!  

One last thing....I've been working so hard to finish existing projects so I can participate in this!


I'm so excited about the Supernova QA with Lee of Freshly Pieced.  The design is amazing and I can't help but love the name.  A little Muse inspiration perhaps?   Easy to jump in and say yes but hard to figure out which fabric to use!  The Flickr group has photos from people who have chosen fabrics and the ALL know what they are doing. Time for more learning.  

Got to finish this up so I can go cut fabric!  I'm home alone and ready to sew up a storm. 
Ciao!