Finish It February

This month I’m dedicating to completing a very large unfinished project.

Last February I started this flying geese quilt with Amy Butler Love collection. Have I mentioned how much I love Amy Butler? Her fabric collections are always so beautiful and fun!

Piecing this quilt took a long time since I made 244 individual flying geese! I also wanted to make sure that I didn’t have too many of the same color and fabric combination.

To make sure my seams lined up straight, I pieced the flying geese in columns of four then sewing two columns together. Then I worked my way into larger then larger sections.

Here is the top all pieced together. I am so excited to see how well it turned out.

It took a couple of months to piece the top. However, once I finished piecing it I couldn’t decide on how I wanted it quilted.  Did I want to hand quilt? Or machine? What kind of design do I want? Modern straight lines? Traditional feathers? Quilt it myself or send it to a long arm? The possibilities are endless. It was just way too hard to decide.

Enough is enough and it’s time to make a decision. After spending hours checking out Pintrest and Facebook quilting groups, I made a decision on how I will quilt it! Here is the design I am going to attempt to achieve.

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A quite traditional design for a modern looking quilt. We will see how it goes. Since it is a free motion quilting (FMQ) design I am going to have to practice the design first. I have not done much FMQ, a few minutes here and there but no real practice time. So not only will February be the month I finish a large quilt that I started a year ago, but I will be learning a new skill. FMQ has always fascinated me and I have always loved the beauty it creates. Thank goodness I have plenty of scrap fabric and batting to practice. I am going to need it.

Wish me luck.

Until next time, Kelly

Mommy Life

It has been four weeks since my little guy arrived! I am not a first time mom so I know what people mean when they say “kids grow up fast” or “it goes quickly,” but oh my goodness, it never ceases to amaze me just how fast time goes.  

Here he is, my little Matthew. Born October 6th. He was a little smaller than his big brother. 

  

Big brother welcoming little brother home. He is such a happy and excited big brother.   
We hired a professional photographer to take family photos. I took a couple behind the scenes photos. 

   


We enjoyed pumpkin patch fun! Although my oldest was a little scared of the fake rats and scary decorations.    
This year, we got lucky and he only wanted one little pumpkin. The last time we went to this patch, we got a few too many pumpkins. 

 

This is also a you pick farm and get to see a goat and horse. 
   
They had rows and beautiful sunflowers and corn. 

Back to quilting. I am working on hand quilting this Dresden plate with size 8 perle cotton thread. I started to machine quilt it but was not happy with how it was turning out. This will make a stunning wall hanging!

   

More exciting news! I signed up for Periscope, an app that lets you live stream from your phone. I hope to make my first broadcast this week and hope you will join me. You can find me @kalebarre. The app can be downloaded for free. 

Progress

A lot is going on at the Homefront. With my pregnancy progressing, I’m now in my third trimester, I am making a real push to finish as many current projects as I can. I am happy to report that I just might reach my goal. 

I finished the flying geese quilt top and back. It just might get quilted before October. I am still debating on if I want to hand quilt it or send it off to a long arm.  My guess is that I might splurge and send it to a long arm.

Here is the beauty when it still had two seams left to sew. The backing is beautiful as well. I took eight half yards of the same fabric, four on a top row and four on a bottom row. 

 

That nesting instinct kicked in hard for a few weeks and I worked hard on getting things cleaned up and reorganized around the house. I mainly focused on my son’s room but I also did a little cleaning at my quilt studio, aka my sewing corner in the kitchen.  While cleaning up I found this nautical theme quilt that had been forgotten about. I love that was already almost finished. Just a few quilted wavy lines and the binding.  

  
 
To add a nice touch, I made a small pillow case to go with it. The pillow case fits a 14″ square pillow or can be used to store the quilt when not in use. I love how it turned out! It is available in my Etsy shop. I named is “Ahoy Matey.”

I am closing in to finishing the quilt I made for my son’s birth. I used ABC123 by American Jane. 

 
I love this fabric, it has a lovely retro feel about it. I got a layer cake and used half for the top of the quilt and half for the backing. I got really close to finishing it over the weekend, but I sadly ran out of thread. I will be heading back to the fabric store for more. 

I also have some hand quilting projects in the works. One is English Paper Piecing.

    I started this one in the beginning of June while away on a family vacation Lake Tahoe. I love how relaxing and portable this project is. There is something so very soothing about working on each piece individually then adding the pieces to my design wall, this one is a makeshift design wall make from clear contact paper. Watching it slowly take form. One round at a time. 

  
I’m not sure how many rounds I want to make. Once I have pieced the whole thing together, I will quilt it by hand. 

The second hand quilting project, I haven’t started yet but I will start once I’m done with my son’s quilt. It is so adorable!!! I will get photos of the fabric as soon as I’m ready to start. I cannot wait to work on this one! 

Today a friend let me play on her long arm! It was so much fun. Boy, this takes a lot of practice.  You can see how sloppy my flowers are. Takes lots of talent! 

   
This was a long blog post. Thank you for letting me share with you all my projects that I have going on. 

xxxooo

Works In Progress Wednesday

It has been too long since I last posted to my blog! Life has been keeping me busy. My now three year old is such an adorable handful. I’ve been helping my husband with his business and trying to take care of myself and my little one on the way.

A couple of weeks ago we found out we are having another BOY! We are really excited to welcome baby Matthew this fall. October seems a long way off though. My favorite time of the year will bring a a new baby boy.

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On to my current projects. I have two projects that I have already started and hope to finish by the end of the year. Then one more project I have yet to start but MUST finish before my little boy arrives.

First, I am still working on my flying geese quilt. Boy, this is taking me A LOT longer than I anticipated! But I know it will be well worth the effort. As you can see, I am assembling it in blocks. This will make it easier to assemble the whole thing so that I don’t have long rows and long columns to sew, which always seem to mess me up. Each block is made up of eight flying geese. I am keeping track of the order by working in columns and there are six blocks in each column. I am still contemplating hand quilting this but not sure if I am ready to undertake that big task.

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Another project I started a couple weeks ago I started a very relaxing English Paper Piecing project. Here is my inspiration. I found it on the blog Cabbage Quilts.

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Here is my fabric choice. Isn’t is just beautiful. I purchased the bundle at The Intrepid Thread. It is called Hothouse Flowers by Mo Bedell. I have already put together the center, with six diamond instead of the eight in the inspiration. I love that I found this great little storage container to keep all the pieces in until I assemble it. I started this project when we were on vacation two weeks ago in South Lake Tahoe. We stayed at this AMAZING cabin up on the mountain and every room had a view of the lake.

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We went for a family vacation with our parents and siblings. This is our view from our kitchen window. Isn’t this lake just GORGEOUS! My husband and I even got to have a fancy dinner out, just the two of us, at a nice restaurant at one of the casinos.

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So much will be happening over the course of the next few months, I hope I can keep you all updated on my projects. Until next time. xxxooo

Ready to Sew

Last weekend was a very rainy weekend! The rain was much needed so I decided to go for a walk to the corner burger stand to pick up lunch for the family. I felt so excited splashing in happy little puddles. Wearing my super soft flying geese style cowl. All under my brightly colored striped over-sized umbrella.

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After a hearty lunch, I decided to get started on my next quilt. I will be making it out of one style block: flying geese. My fabric of choice: Love by Amy Butler. I LOVE this collection!!! I almost didn’t want to cut it up, but just hang it on the wall and adore it. But once the quilt is done, I can lay it on my bed and adore it!

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Aren’t these fabrics just beautiful?!

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All of my squares cut and sewing lines marked. Ready to go! There are 60 – 7 1/4″ and 120 3 7/8″ squares! This will give me 240 flying geese! 240!!! I think my little squares are as excited as me. See how they are all lined up and ready to be sewn?

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If all goes right, I will be entering this one into the county fair. Last year, I entered a quilt I made in the county fair. Here is that quilt! No prizes, but I am super happy that I was able to finish in time and thousands of people got to see my quilt!

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I hand embroidered a little hummingbird drinking nectar. If you look closely, it is on the bottom right green block.

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Right now, it hangs on a quilt rack in my room. It turned out to be a bit bigger than my experience quilting, so it was quite a challenge to quilt it. Nevertheless, I am still so happy with the end product.

Now, back to my machine!

xxxooo