Thursday, August 27, 2009

As if I need another project right now...

But I couldn't help myself. Sinta and Sherry are teaming up with Carrie Nelson (THE Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's fame) to bring the quilting world A Year of Schnibbles. I don't know if you've seen these patterns, but if not, they are *adorable.* If you don't believe me, look here, here, and here.



I just picked up a couple of the patterns (X-Rated and Dulcinea) at the AQS Expo in Knoxville last month, so I figured it has to be fate that a month after I buy a couple of patterns, there's a year-long event celebrating these miniature quilts.

So, if like me, you have enough charm squares to outfit a California King bed (twice), hop over to Sinta or Sherry's blogs to read more and sign up. Registration is free but hurry - it ends September 1, when they announce the first pattern. (eep! I'm probably way too excited about this, considering all the other junque that has to be taken care of.)

In news un-related to quilting or anything crafty, the photographers posted the online gallery for our engagement pictures this week! We're so excited but also slightly unnerved to see SO MANY photos of just the two of us. We're hoping we won't be quite so self-conscious about our wedding photos, since there are going to be lots of other folks in those pictures. Here's a sneak peek of the session on the photographers' blog. They're amazing to work with, and we've been so incredibly pleased with the results of their arduous labor so far!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Roman Woven Stars Quilt


Roman Woven Stars Quilt
Originally uploaded by meganalayne
Mom says this one is her favorite out of all of the quilts I've made thus far. I almost agree with her. I think there are others I like more - like this one or maybe this one. But anyways, the pattern for this quilt came off the Moda website. Sadly enough, they only keep up so many free patterns at a time, but if you're interested, I can send you a PDF of my black and white copy with all my scribbles on it.


My favorite thing about this pattern didn't come to light until I was about half-way done with the piecing - since the stars are smaller than the blocks themselves, I DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY about all those points coming together. Genius, pure genius.


The centers of the stars came from a few charm packs of Roman Holiday wovens. the background of the blocks and the star points came from various Moda collections, and the polka dot border came from Peace on Earth from 3 Sisters. (I <3 3Sisters!)


Started: February 2009
Finished: June 2009
Machine-pieced, machine-quilted

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

1974 quilt!


1974 quilt!
Originally uploaded by meganalayne
I had so much fun pulling this quilt together. Pinwheels are my absolute favorite block, and each year, I have a quilt that has at least one pinwheel somewhere in it. This pattern came together so quickly and easily, I might just have to run out and get another layer cake and make quilt again, well I might have to wait until next month when the Fabric Allowance rolls over and starts again. I admit, I do have a couple of un-cut layer cakes sitting in my closet, but I've got big plans for them.

The fabric is 1974 from Urban Chicks, and it was a lot bluer than it looked in its layer cake stack. For the quilting patterns in the blocks, I used a template from Follow the Line Quilting Designs (http://www.amazon.com/Follow-Line-Quilting-Designs-Full-Size/dp/1564778177/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251226531&sr=8-1), and then for the big green border, I traced around the medallions and stippled inside them.


Started: May 2009
Finished: August 2009
Machine-pieced, machine-quilted


It seems like so many folks are having giveaways these days, and I haven't really participated in any of them due to the busy life (see previous post). But there's one going on right now that's just too exciting to ignore. Heather's giving away two whole stinkin' quilts that she herself made AND a stack of charm squares to 3 lucky winners. She does all her own quilting for the sample quilts in her books, and she is a-mazing. Be sure to go check it out - http://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/1621/.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Menu Plan Monday, 8/24-8/28

Monday - "Chicken", Spinach, and Goat Cheese Pasta
Tuesday - Creamy Orzo and Broccoli
Wednesday - Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas
Thursday - Potato Soup
Friday - Frozen Pizza
Saturday - Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans


For more weekly menus, check out OrgJunkie!


Life has been so hectic lately, I feel like I've barely had time to stop and relax. Last week, work was pretty busy, and I had absolutely no energy to do anything except fall in bed after I made dinner and cleaned up. We went to the parents' house this weekend to start our marriage counseling and for a church ladies' shower.


The final wedding countdown is officially on: 33 days, well 32 1/2 days, I suppose. We're getting excited, but it's become glaringly obvious that we still have quite a bit of last-minute tasks to take care of: marriage license, final headcount to caterer, DECIDING ON CAKES, and not losing/gaining any weight so my wedding dress still fits, (I'm relying on my FitDay account to keep me in line.), etc. etc. etc.


In the midst of all this, I've finished quilts. I know, I just whined about all the stuff I have left to do, but I'm still finding time to quilt and keep myself sane. Be on the lookout this week for photos.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Menu Plan Monday and Mini-Quilt Parade LAST Day


So this should be the final quilt for this parade. The fabric came from an assortment I had in my stash, and the pattern came from Donna Kinsey's Strip Happy: Quilting on a Roll.

Started: May 2008
Finished: November 2008
Machine-pieced, Machine-quilted

Food for this week...


Monday: Spinach-Stuffed Shells, Broccoli
Tuesday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup
Wednesday: Bean Burritos, Salad
Thursday: Tortellini Salad and Chilled Avocado Soup
Friday: Frozen Pizza, Salad
Saturday: Green Curry
Sunday: Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Sweet Potato Biscuits


I might have to shake this up a bit, since the heat's supposed to be in the triple digits at the beginning of the week. Odds are, I'm going to go out of my way NOT to turn on the oven if I can help it.


For more menu plans, check out Org Junkie's website.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mini-Quilt Parade, Day 5


And the parade drudges on...


Today's quilt was made in honor of my brother, who is a pretty big fan of LSU sports. Notice I didn't say I made it for him. I thought I would make it for him, but after he saw the top, he decided that his favorite team had some pretty girly colors. About the time I started putting this quilt together, Mom was kind enough to pass along her Pfaff Grand Quilter, which is/was blazin' fast compared to my other machine. I was shocked, shocked I tell you, at how quickly I could piece and quilt my quilts.

For the quilting, I did a loose all-over stippling pattern. I was still getting the feel of the new machine.



Started: April 2008
Finished: November 2008
Machine-pieced, machine-quilted

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Mini-Quilt Parade, Day 4

This is another one of my favorite quilts I've made. I always think I don't like orange in my quilts, but every fall, I end up buying a collection with orange in it. With the exception of the red sashing around the blocks, all this fabric came from April Cornell's Sonnet collection a few years ago.

The pattern was one of Block Central's BOMs - Nine-Patch Nirvana - back in 2006. This has been my first and only BOM quilt I've done thus far. It was fun to have a variety of blocks to work on, but I kind of missed seeing the patterns emerge from one or two repeating blocks. On the other hand, I got a chance to make lots of neat blocks that I would love to make again as their own quilts.

Started: June 2008
Finished: October 2008 (about 2 weeks before I had to turn it in for the DOQ quilt show)
Machine-pieced, Machine-quilted

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mini Quilt Parade, Day 3


Today's quilt was my first "leftover quilt." I had so many blocks leftover from yesterday's Roman Holiday quilt that I had plenty to make yet another one from the same collection.



Taking a lesson from Sharyn Craig, I took the leftover blocks, turned them on point to make a bigger quilt, and used a Roman Holiday print I found on super-sale at one of the local quilt shops, Plain & Simple Quilt Shop (that place is adorable!).



I'm especially fond of the borders. For the inner border, I pieced a bunch of itty-bitty rail fence blocks from the leftover nine-patch sashings. Then I cut my remaining fat quarter scraps into charm squares to use as an outer border.

Started: April 2008
Finished: August 2008
Machine-pieced; Machine-quilted

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mini Quilt Parade, Day 2


Today's quilt is one of my favorites I've made so far. When I first started getting serious about quilting, Mom was so excited that she bought me a little something from any collection I mentioned to her, even in passing. When I told her how much I loved the Roman Holiday collection from 3 Sisters, she picked up something from the collection every time she wandered into a quilt shop. I ended up with 3 charm packs, 1 jelly roll, and a half-dozen or so fat quarters.

I used it on my twin bed when I lived in the tiny apartment, but I think I could get away with putting it on a double bed, also.

A close-up of my less than stellar overall stippling. But I love the fabric and the scrappiness of the quilt so much that I can handle some less than show-quality quilting.


Started: March 2008
Finished: July 2008
Machine-pieced, Machine-quilted

Monday, August 3, 2009

Menu Plan Monday and a Mini Quilt Parade

We hit the Tomato Festival at the University Mall Farmer's Market this past weekend. I'll admit, it wasn't all that festive, except for the Russian guys playing the accordian and mandolin on a makeshift stage on one end of the market. But they didn't really have much to do with tomatoes. We DID buy lots of fresh tomatoes and bell peppers, so I'm trying out new recipes (Wednesday and Thursday) to use up the fresh produce.



Monday - Spinach Lasagna and Asparagus
Tuesday - Green Risotto and Salad
Wednesday - Tomato and Feta Sandwich, Broccoli
Thursday - Baked Orzo with Fontina and Peas (except we'll substitute cut peppers for the mushrooms - bleh); Green Beans
Friday - Frozen Pizza
Saturday - B-Day Party

Another tasty recipe - Roasted Red Pepper Spread Sandwiches

For more menu plans, see Toni's website.


In quilting news, when I was straightening up the extra bedroom, I discovered that I've slacked off in posting about finished quilts, which was the whole point of this blog in the first place. So I've decided to have a mini quilt parade of sorts this week to display all my finished quilts from the past, oh, year or so. Enjoy!!


Today's quilt was made from a charm pack of Simplicity (3 Sisters) fabric, along with some yardage from the same collection. This is a pattern I've made 3 or 4 times already, using charm packs. It uses up almost all the squares in the charm pack, and I usually buy 1.5 yards of a few of my favorite prints from the collection to frame the charm squares and as a border.


This was the first quilt where I used tracing paper to quilt the design, instead of directly drawing the design on the quilt top.
Ignore the couch, please. Yes, the photo needs to be tilted, but since it's a square quilt, I'm hoping it doesn't matter too much.


Started: September 2008
Finished: January 2009
Machine-pieced; Machine-quilted