Tuesday, May 29, 2012

There's Something About a Sampler...




This weekend I decided to set together the blocks from my Fat Quarter Shop 2011 Designer Mystery Block of the Month Quilt (Fabric Strawberry Fields by Joanna Figueroa for Moda).  As I sewed, I kept thinking that there is just something about sampler quilts...especially those that might take a year to put together.



It's kind of bittersweet to finish up a project like this...a few months ago when I picked out my sashing post and border fabric, I couldn't wait to have the last block completed so I could have another finishl



But this weekend there was no rush. I so enjoyed putting the blocks together and savoring the sweetness of fabrics and designs. I remembered thinking how beautiful each block would be back when they arrived. The blocks in this quilt were pieced together over a year's time...a very busy year for me. I wondered if I had appreciated this quilt the way I should in the mix of all the other projects.




The binding is made, and this quilt will be off to the quilter this morning. I think I'll take my time sewing the binding on this one.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Some Friday Night Sewing!



It seems like it had been forever since I got some "sew what I want to sew" time...so I took good advantage of some free time yesterday!



First I got caught up on Jackie's Blogger's Block of the Month. This month's block was presented by Cathy of Cabbage Quilts.  Her block is one of my favorites!



Then I started a new project using Marmalade...this is going quick, so I should have a finish to share soon!


I also started some other Marmalade projects (I have three design boards, each with the parts and pieces shown above)...can't let any of this amazing fabric go to waste!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Farmers Wife" Sewing



I finally had a chance to work on some "Farmer's Wife" blocks using some of my Tapestry scraps!

 

Block #36, Flower Garden Path, is one I've been wanting to make for awhile...I really love this design and would love to make a whole quilt using this block!


This is Block #30, End of Day.


And I also made Block #57, Morning.  This was another fun block to make!



I counted the blocks after finishing these 3...I've made 78 and have 33 to go to finish all 111! Although sometimes it seems like this quilt is taking forever...I am really enjoying the journey. It's going to be hard to find a replacement project when I finish!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Also...congrats to Missy Shay who won the $50 gift certificate from Sew Fabulous Quilt Shop!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Family Quilts: Makers Unknown




It was a whirlwind weekend for me; however, I wasn't at quilt market.  A couple of months ago I realized that the Nevada State Track Championships (to be held in Reno) were the same weekend as market. I was pretty sure my son would qualify in at least one of his four races, and so I planned all along to be in Reno last weekend.  Sure enough...my youngest qualified in all four of his events and even came home with 3 medals! We drove 16 hours in three days, watched a lot of races, and got to visit with family.



My Mom asked if I wanted a couple of family quilts to bring home...of course the answer was "Yes!" I was given two beautiful quilts...the only problem is we aren't sure who made them! We are pretty sure they were either made by my great-great grandmother, Emma Acelia Wakefield Fitzgarrald, or by a great-great-great aunt, Mame Bice. Mame made her own quilts and often did the hand quilting for two of my great-great grandmothers.




Both Mame and Emma were prolific quilters...it's amazing how many family quilts there are spread through the many branches of our family tree! I love the fact that both quilts are patterns that I would make in a minute! This star quilt might be one of my favorites!




Because I love polka dots it's always fun to find them in these old family quilts.


This faded pink print is absolutely lovely.


And of course...I love this polka dot star as well! These quilts are all hand-pieced and hand-quilted. While there are perfect corners and points, there are also ones that are cut off.


The Dresden quilt is missing a few dresdens...it seems that some of them were made from loose-weave fabrics which just didn't hold up to years of use and washing.


This is one of my favorite blocks...it's not missing any fabric...some of the background fabric was used to make additional Dresdens.  I'm wondering if this ancestor was a little like me and often used whatever she had on hand in order to hurry up and finish a project?!


I'm trying to decide if I should leave this quilt as is...or if I should repair the missing Dresdens?!


I have fallen in love with both of these quilts already and am so happy to have them home with me.  I just wish I knew for sure who made them! This is such an example to me of why I must make labels for my quilts!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS...Because I was gone this weekend I'm keeping the SewFabulous giveaway for a $50 gift certificate open for another day...go here to enter!



Monday, May 21, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day





Welcome to my stop on the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!




Today I have 2 charm packs of Sentiments by 3 Sisters for Moda. Sentiments is a gorgeous Christmas collection with gorgeous prints and colors! Just leave a comment to enter to win! Giveaway closes at 5 p.m. on May 25th.

Stop over at Sew Mama Sew to see all the other giveaways available!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Edit..congrats to Elizabeth who won the charms!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sponsored Sew Fabulous Giveaway





Today I'm happy to announce a sponsored giveaway from Jenny at Sew Fabulous Quilt Shop! She is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one of my blog readers!

To enter this giveaway CLICK HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Twelve



Number 12...finished! This month's block (the final installment of Fat Quarter Shop's 2011 Mystery Designer Block of the Month) was designed by Sandy Gervais.



What is it about twelve finished blocks that just brings a bit of happiness? Is it the accomplishment of a year's work on one project?


Or is it the endless possibilities for setting the blocks together that inspires us? Whatever it is...I'm just going to take a moment and savor all twelve...just like this...just for today!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bee Blocks...and a Winner

First, thank you so much for the wonderful comments on the Sunwashed and Marigolds quilts post...I'll be responding to comments and questions today!



More Bee Blocks have arrived in the mail!  I love this flying geese block from Sinta!


I also received this gorgeous block from Calli...love this one too!


Seems that each time one arrives I have to get them all out and look at them together...is this normal...they're just so cute together!


And...I finally got to work on a block for the group.  Amy requested square in a square blocks with the fun fabrics she sent.  I added in a few things from the stash...including some Marmalade and Sew Cherry! This is my 12 1/2'' block.




And here is a 6 1/2'' block as well!



I hope you like them Amy...I sure had fun putting them together!

Also, I need to congratulate suemac who is the winner of the SkyeReve giveaway from last week...


Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Sunwashed and Marigolds

(Lots of pictures on the post today...just couldn't decide which ones to use...so I used them all!)



So...today I can share a little of the behind the scenes sewing...and the pictures on this post were all taken by Joanna, so you're in for a real treat photographically! Over the last couple of months I shared some of my progress while working on my California Girl version of Joanna's pattern "Sunwashed."  Well my quilt is now quilted and back home! (You'll notice there is no binding on yet in these pictures...I've been working on it since it arrived yesterday--I'm using the blue stripe, and love it)!



Diana, who quilts for Joanna did the amazing quilting on this quilt. I seriously heart Diana's work!


This quilt is going right on the sofa in the family room...it soo reminds me of the ocean...and while we're suffering here in the one hundred and teens and twenties this summer, the quilt is going to remind me of the cool ocean breezes!


There's also a little story to how this quilt came about.


Recently, I was also able to piece Marigolds for Joanna.  Marigolds is one of her new patterns that will be debuting at Spring Market made out of California Girl (shown here) and Tapestry (photos coming soon--I was also able to piece the Tapestry version).



You might have already noticed the similarity between the two designs; however, while Sunwashed involves very simple applique',  Marigolds is a pieced version made with a couple of charm packs and a little bit of yardage.



While working on "Marigolds," I remembered that I had been wanting to make Sunwashed,and California Girl seemed the perfect fabric to use! As soon as I finished Marigolds, I began making Sunwashed.


Of course, now I need to make my own version of Marigolds, too...I'm definitely going to use Tapestry for mine!


And here are some photos of the original Sunwashed, shown here made with Whimsy.



I really love this pattern...not sure if it is the pie shapes, or the circles...or just the nautical feel...but whatever it is...I love it!




Be sure to head over to Joanna's post about these quilts...she also has pattern availability information.  Because you might need to make both of these quilts!

Thanks so much for stopping by!