Sunday, April 28, 2013

April




It seems like just the other day I couldn't believe that April had already arrived--and now it's nearly over! During April we have beautiful weather here in southern Nevada, so I'm trying to take a little time each day to sit outside and enjoy the spring before it's time to hibernate inside for the summer. Many of the days have been a blur, though, with a lot of market sewing and paper grading going on over here. I've officially finished my market sewing, and on Friday night I finally had the house to myself and some time to make one of those "it has been on the 'to do' list forever" kind of projects. Now, I've already made two Swoon quilts; I pieced the original Swoon sample for Camille in the spring of 2011, and before the first block was even finished I had fallen head over heels for her pattern.  So I made one for myself (you can see it in the center photo of my blog header) and have loved it. But, you know Swoon is one of those patterns you can't seem to tire of, and I've wanted to make one lone Swoon block for quite some time now.


Part of the reason it took me so long to piece this block was the fact that I couldn't decide on fabrics (isn't that always the case?). Finally I chose my favorite floral and the terrific gray dot on gray from Happy Go Lucky. I'm hoping to add a small white border and then get this quilted and hung in the sewing room this week.


I also worked a little this weekend on my "Small Plates" quilt (from the book Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman). I'm using Tula Pink fabrics from several of her collections and finished up 20 more blocks yesterday.


This brings my total to 60 blocks with only 20 left. Some more Tula fabric is on the way that should let me finish up the quilt top in the next week.



Finally...a little sneak peek at some of my market sewing. Pictured above is one of the adorable blocks from Joanna's pattern "Cherry Pie" which will be available in a couple of weeks. She shared a sneek peak of one version of this quilt the other day on her Facebook page and said I could share this on my blog. Joanna's version uses some of her older collections while I got to sew with her new line, Honeysweet. If you like cherries you'll definitely fall head over heels for this quilt. It is a good sized quilt that goes together quickly. The cherry pieces can be made from charm squares, so it's a great stash quilt as well.

International Quilt Market is approaching quickly, and I'm so excite--I can hardly wait! My last class at the college is the day before I leave, so the timing couldn't have been better. I still have a few things to prepare for that as I'll be giving a SchoolHouse presentation on my book A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home and will also have a book signing to do while I'm there. If you're planning on attending market, I'd love to know!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Solids Along Post Three




Hello! Welcome to the third post in the Solids Along (a series of quilt block posts using the Moda Friendship Block patterns)! I hope you're planning to make some or all of these blocks with your favorite solids--it will be so much fun to see the finished projects in the parade. This weeks blocks are some of my favorites...



Really, I love all three! But I must admit I have a favorite...



Bonnie's Moda Friendship block just might be my absolute favorite so far. Well it is at least for now. Download the pdf directions here. I used Bella Gray (9900 83) and Bella Mango (9900 222). Did I mention I really, really love this block?!



Next up is another favorite, the Moda Friendship Block by Blackbird Designs...pdf directions found here. I used Bella Cobalt (9900 227) and Bella Summer House Lime (9900 173).



And finally, Camille's Moda Friendship block (I had to do Bonnie and Camille's on the same day)! Camille uses an easy method to create her friendship stars. I used Bella Gray (9900 83) and Bella Bright Turquoise (9900-226). Block pdf found here.



And here are the first 9 blocks! (Remember you can find links to the other six blocks on this post).




I have my next three patterns picked out, I just need to decide on fabrics. It helps to take the photos for my blog since I can better see which colors I might need more of through the "eyes" of a photo.

The next "Solids Along" block post will be on May 15th.

I'm also over at the Cutting Table blog today talking about Bella solids that coordinate with Lario, Happy Go Lucky, and Summer House--all recently released (or soon to be released) Moda collections...see you there!






Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Craftsy (and a little sneak peek)






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Since I'm frantically trying to finish up the last market quilt, today seems like a good time to mention some of the things going on over at Craftsy. I've been writing articles and posts on a variety of quilting topics, and many of them have now been posted. Here is a link to the quilting category page where you can browse a variety of topics related to quilting and then click to access the individual topic pages.

Here is a direct link to the page featuring quilting articles. I've written a few of these (you might even recognize some of the photos).There are posts on a variety of topics with more being added every week.

There are several authors currently writing on a variety of "crafty" topics. The blog author page is found here; this page also gives a link to the author page for each individual writer (mine is found here).





Well...I don't want to leave you without a "quilty" photo...so here's a sneak peek of tomorrow's "Solids Along" post!

Thanks so much for stopping by...okay...back to sewing for me!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Whirlwind



It was one of those whirlwind weekends...crazy and busy in a fun way with lots of time with friends and family! The beginning of this week is going to be more of the same as I'm finishing up the last of my quilt market sewing. (I can't believe I'll be leaving for market in just over three weeks! I can't wait!) I have one more quilt to make using Joanna's new collection for Moda, Honeysweet. This collection is gorgeous...


And the dreamy reds have to be my favorites!

 
 
I'm also finishing up a market quilt for Lori using her new collection, Bake Sale. This collection has been super fun to sew with...but it has me wanting to fill my kitchen with vintage Pyrex. I might have to do some thrifting after finishing this quilt!
 
Thank you so much for all of the lovely comments on my Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt...I'll be getting to my e-mails later today!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!





 


Friday, April 19, 2013

The Scrappy Trip Along Again


I hope you are okay with still another post on this quilt. It arrived back from the quilter this week, and I had to take some photos. It really is one of my favorite quilts of all time.



There are so many of my favorite fabrics in this quilt. I think I know either the designer, manufacturer or collection for every piece of fabric included (and in most cases I can name all of the above)! Some of these fabrics were from quilts we love and use in our family, and some are from pieces in my stash that I was saving for "perfect projects."



Within 30 minutes of unpacking this I had the binding machine-stitched around the edges. I think I'll be binding it before my other quilts on the binding "to do" list!



I used a fun print from Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill collection for the backing (got it on sale at a really good price). And I decided to go with my scrappy binding...it's been really fun to see the fun fabric combinations!



I decided a fun, "not too busy" all-over pattern would be best for this, and I'm really happy with how it turned out!



Now all that is left is to finish hand-stitching the binding and to put it in the wash for that "crinkly" look. Then this quilt will be staying in my family room and hopefully being used every day!

Details: Started: January 2013
               Finished: April 2013
             Size: 72" x 72"
             Fabrics: Fabrics I heart from my scrap bin and stash
             Backing: Joel Dewberry Notting Hill
             Binding: Scrappy

By the way, I have to give a shout out to Abby who did the machine quilting. She was wonderful. She has terrific rates (.01 an inch for all edge-to-edge designs) and has a 72 hour turn around time.

Thanks so very much for stopping by!




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday



The other day I pulled out a work in progress from 2010. At least I think it's from 2010--the pattern is Elizabeth Hartman's "Small Plates" from her book Modern Patchwork which was published in '10.



When I started work I had twelve completed blocks, and now I have forty blocks! They go together so quickly, I'm not sure why I haven't finished this up before now. The pattern calls for 80 blocks, so I'm definitely at the half-way poing unless I decide to make it a little smaller. All of the fabrics are by Tula Pink; I started with a charm pack of Plume and Neptune and added in a few fat quarters from some more recent collections. (I think finishing this quilt is going to require an internet search for more perfect Tula prints to add in)!



Here is one of my favorite blocks...I just love the aqua with the center floral.



And I love the navy with the aqua and pinks.



This is another combination I really like.



And the almost lacey damask type print looks beautiful with the dark navy.



Okay...last one...since I love the ocean the anchors are another favorite!




I'm going to finish this quilt this year...how can I not...I love it! The simplicity of the pattern really makes the fabrics stand out. Of course I'll have to figure out the perfect back and binding fabrics, too...decisions...decisions!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS Congratulations to Lynne Tilley who won the Sew Fabulous Gift Certificate giveaway!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tidbits on Tuesday



I have two quilts to bind this week...yay! Maybe I can find something to watch on television while I get these two bound.


Some Happy Go Lucky arrived at my house last week; I shared it on Instagram but never shared it here. As you can see I've already pulled out two fat quarters from the bundle for a project (maybe I should just untie that string, but that is always so hard for me to do--the bundles are so pretty as they are)!

 


My first "all the way finished" project this year is actually a long - term work in progress. I started it (and shared it on my blog) several years ago when Snippets by American Jane first came out. I used charm squares from snippets, left over half square triangles from other projects, and even some odds and ends from my 30's scrap bin. This was actually one of the first quilts I ever made without a pattern. I made a big mistake with it (you can see my mistake from the photo below--I left out the sashing and posts at the ends of each row), and it hung in the closet for years. But every time I looked at it, I realized I really did love the quilt, regardless of its imperfections. In January I got it quilted up and finished binding it the other night.

 
It's now in my laundry room sharing its bright and cheery colors with me every time I walk in that room. I don't know why I didn't finish it before--I guess because I thought the mistake was too big. However, I really believe it's okay to have quilts that show a little bit of our quilting journey--including our mistakes. This quilt also became the inspiration for one of my book quilts, Pinwheel Picnic, which is essentially this quilt with a straight setting. Yes, I heart this quilt--imperfections and all!
 
Do you have any thoughts on this topic?
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Solids Along



Hello and Happy Monday! As you can see I've been making more Moda Bella solids blocks and having a lot of fun! I appreciate all the input from this post and this post--and I've decided to have a solids along parade. I'll post the links to  block directions along with the color combinations I've used twice a month--on the 15th and 25th. Feel free to make one block or all three using your favorite solids. We'll have a parade of solids projects this summer. You won't be required to use all the blocks in your project to participate in the parade and can make a pillow, table runner, or quilt for your entry. I think it will be a lot of fun, and there will definitely be some prizes for the participants!



Here are the blocks I made for today...I used just 4 colors this week--Pistachio (9900 134), Pink (9900 120), Lemon (9900 131), and Clementine (9900 209).



This is block 2 by Minick & Simpson (block instructions found here). Have I mentioned I love flying geese?



And this is the Fig Tree block (instructions found here).


And the last block for today is Mary Jane's block (instructions here).



I'll  also give direct links to the first three blocks I shared. Starting in the top left is Aneela's block (found here), then one of the bonus blocks (instructions here), and finally Julie Comstock's block (found here).

I hope you'll join in for the solids along...it will be so much fun to see a parade of solids sampler projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS I'm blogging over at Moda's Cutting Table blog today where Pat Sloan is visiting to talk about some of her favorite Bella solids!