Sunday, January 15, 2012

challenge complete!

Thank you all for your kind comments about my mom's Orca Bay quilt.  I'll be forwarding comments along to her and I know she's going to be overwhelmed by the positiveness from total strangers.  (Well, you're total strangers to her!)

I sewed at her house yesterday and will show that in a bit, but first wanted to address the One Week, One Thing Challenge since I did finish my challenge.  My challenge to myself was to get this stack of fabric turned into the start of a baby quilt - choose a background and cut out the owls.

I feel so lucky to be working with such a beautiful stack of fabrics.  (Usually they're more boring because the quilt is for a grown-up.)  They've been chopped up and cut into shapes, but this is where I am right now:

Not the best photo, but I forgot to snap one until it got dark.  It does that far too early for my liking, but this shows I met my challenge.  And...the three orange owl bodies are sewn down!

So I sewed all day Saturday at my mom's.  I should have taken photos of what everyone else was working on, but I never think of it.  Too busy sewing!

I worked on my log cabins for the January UFO challenge.  They're ALL done!  All 80!

Just goes to show what I can accomplish if I set my mind to it!  And there's a third empty spool that could be in that photo!  (To be fair, that little one was nearly gone, though I didn't realize it and had to raid my mom's thread stash to finish.)

My mom has a pretty good design floor (my dad is working on making her a design wall, but he's also busy finishing the rest of the basement in their house and he's very active with the Boy Scouts in his area, so it's slow going!) so I set these out so you can see how the blocks will end up going together to make a star in the center.

This quilt is going to be fun to look at later.  I can tell you about a dozen quilts I've made that have contributed leftovers into this one.  Maybe when I post the top, I'll also post photos of quilts that share the same fabrics?

And a couple of fun photos. 
This first one is for A Left-Handed Quilter:

She showed a bolt of this fabric on her blog not long ago.  I said my mom also had some of this fabric and as I was trying to get the cats to let me sleep in this morning, I spotted this block in the quilt that's on my bed.  It's been on my bed since my senior year of college, but I'm not telling you when that was!

And this is what happens when you bake cupcakes (not so good recipe, so not sharing), make bread (Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day) and do laundry all Friday night and then go sew somewhere else all day Saturday...this happens while you unpack groceries on Sunday morning:

Tucker (in the middle) often gets on the counters and I let him stay so long as he's not in my way (unless I'm cooking for others) - he's actually pretty good about it.  Emma (front) and Luka (back) are not usually that naughty.  No idea what they were thinking, but it was funny.  Please pardon my messy kitchen.  It's usually a little better than this, but it's been a crazy week!

Happy quilting,


Marsha B said...

I can't wait to see the owls as you progress, the fabrics are so yummy. That looks like a really fun quilt to work on, I have looked at buying that pattern a number of times. The red and gold quilt is gorgeous, too. I love how it is progressing. Your Dad is involved in Scouting, good for him. I volunteered during my son's Scouting years and ended up putting in 15 years myself. I was in 5 years after he made Eagle and graduated high school. The memories of all the fun and all the friends are priceless, some of the best years of my life. Your Mom should be pretty excited with all the compliments, she did a great job on her quilt. I love the kitty picture, everyone is ready to help!

Barb said...

That is a beautiful stack of fabrics...the owls are going to be awesome!

---"Love" said...

The owls will be fun and cute, but those red/gold blocks are the most gorgeous log cabin style blocks I think I've ever seen! Can't wait to see that one finished! You go, Girl! ---"Love"

Debbie said...

So funny about the fabric from your college quilt...I didn't recognize it so I guess it's not in my stash! Love the kitty's so nice to be adored!

canuckquilter said...

The owls are cute and will make a fun quilt, but I just love those log cabins meeting in a star. The colors are so rich!

Liriopia said...

The owls are really cute and I love the log cabins! Stunning color combo there. Kitties look like they are waiting for a hug and a kiss from mama,LOL!


Snoodles said...

Gorgeous fabrics....looking forward to seeing how the owls come along. I love how those blocks will make a star! I'm your newest follower!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Love your owls - they are going to be so cute! And your log cabins are really looking good, too - I'm with everyone else - those stars in the corner really twinkle! And thanks for the photo - what a hoot that you have THAT fabric in a quilt on your bed!! That is so funny!! And my bolt says December 1993 - so I'm guessing 1993??? ;))

Beth said...

Katie, your owls are just adorable. I love the colors and the background. That will be a very lucky baby.
I agree that your log cabin is the prettest ever, I love the stars in the center.
Your kitties seem to be watching you carefully. They do not want you to leave the house again. (Least not right away). Such cuties

Habibti at Home said...

The owls are adorable and I LOVE the stack of fabrics you choose. Such a happy quilt! All in one week, AMAZING!!! Good job!

a good yarn said...

Funny kitties. Looks like you had a big bag of treats they were keen on. Those log cabin blocks really pack a punch and I like the star. With those fabrics how could those owls be anything but cute. ann :-)