Friday, July 3, 2015

the beach!

My family is wrapping up our annual trip to the beach.  We rented a home in the NC Outer Banks in Corolla.

Have you ever heard of the wild horses in NC?  They roam free just north of the fence in the photo above.  Every morning, I walk up and climb through the fence hoping for a peek at the horses.  Saw one on top of a dune but he moved before I got a photo.

I've spent hours looking for sea glass and found a couple of pieces so far, including 2 brown ones and 1 green piece - first time I found something that wasn't just clear glass.   Walking slowly through scattered shells and shell fragments, hoping for a treasure!

We've seen dolphins swim by most days.  (And thankfully, no sharks.)

There are a variety of birds that keep you entertained as they dive into the ocean for their meal.

The guy on the front post is busy drying off his wings... or perhaps showing off his beach physique!

My son was able to join us which has been really nice.

I brought my sewing machine along but didn't get as much done as I usually do.

Hope your week has gone well.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Getting ready for the 4th!!

This mini finishes 13" high by 21" long.

It was fun to assemble my flag.  You can make your own with this tutorial I published on my Elm Street Quilts blog.

I outlined the USA in black using my FMQ foot and black thread.  I traced over it a few times to get a fun outline.   The background fabric was done with a basic stipple.  The map is not quilted - it is fused to the background.  I did secure the stars stitching in the ditch around the block.

Hope you have wonderful plans for the 4th!!  Summer is here - temps in North Carolina hit 100 degrees multiple times in June!!

Happy Stitching!

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Star!

Sherri from A Quilting Life and  Michele of Island Life Quilts have started a monthly sewalong called Mini Quilt and More.   

The assignment for June was Summer Star Mini.

I used a mini charm pack from a Sandy Gervais Red, White & Blue.  It was a lot of fun to work on my fabric placement.

I quilted using my walking foot and did wavy lines - so much fun to do.  

There was a mix of sun and shade when I took the photo above and the colors aren't true to life.  The photo below gives you a better view.

Minis and More replaced the Another Lovely Year of Schnibbles which I really enjoyed.  I'm hoping a Schnibble will sneak in to the mix along the way!

Are you playing along?  So fun to make a mini!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hello Moon

I had a lot of fun finishing this quilt.  To quilt, I stitched in the ditch around each block and then did FMQ inside the block.  I think I'll also do FMQ (stipple) in the lattice strips as well.

These blocks were finished all the way back in January 2014.  They were from April Mae Design's Hello Moon quilt along and blogged about them here. 

I had this piece of flannel (Kate Spain Fandango) in my stash that is perfect for the backing.   I still have to put on the binding - I'm going with the red from the stashing - but need to order some more of Bella Scarlet fabric.

This ever happen to you?  You've managed to keep wrinkles and puckers out of the backing but a little piece of fabric comes along for the ride!  Should be easy to remove.

Now I just need a cute little one to give this to!

Assembling this quilt top was my June goal (post) and  I'll be linking up at Another Lovely Year of Finishes .  Another set of blocks turned into a quilt!

I'll also be linking up here.

Happy Stitching!