Thursday, February 7, 2019

A February Finish

So I saw a panel of Farm Fresh by Gingiber for Moda somewhere. I knew I had to get it. My oldest daughter loves chickens and I knew I could think of something to make her with the panel. And, since I was ordering the panel, I ordered some of the accompanying prints to match with it. I pulled a couple of fabrics from my stash and the result was this:
I made it with the idea that she could hang it on an open wall space in her kitchen. I thought it would really jazz up the space a bit.

 After I pieced it, I quilted it with red thread in a criss cross pattern across all the squares. I knew I wanted to do something different on the roosters and chickens, but what?
 My husband suggested chicken wire, to keep the birds in (ha) but how to do it? I ended up drawing the design on a piece of Sulky iron on stabilizer, ironing it on top of the birds and quilting with short stitches. Then I carefully removed all of the stabilizer just as you would for machine paper piecing. It worked like a dream, so I did them all that way.
 I loved the red gingham so I used it for the border. I don't very often put borders on my quilts anymore.
And for the back a found a piece of Bonnie and Camille's Vintage Picnic red bias gingham. I didn't have quite enough, so I just added some red and whit fabric I found in my stash.
 Add a label and I was done. I am so very pleased with this little wall hanging quilt.
And now that it is in my daughter's hands, I can share it on here with you. I have a couple of other projects using the pieces of this panel that I will share with you when I am finished with them. The panel also includes pigs and cows so I am making something up with them as well.
Happy Thursday friends.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Firefly Finish

I bought the pattern for the firefly quilt this summer. Only the second ever solids quilt I've made, but oh so striking. I just couldn't resist. You know, we don't have fireflies here in California like we did in the midwest and back east. I never knew that before I moved here.
 Last weekend was all pin basting. I wanted to get that part done because crawling around on the floor is the toughest part for me anymore.
I figured once that was done I could take my time with the quilting. But seriously, this went so quickly. I began on Saturday and I think it was done on Tuesday.

Here is the finished quilt. All crinkly from the dryer, this will be going to my oldest grandson, V. At age 12 I am thrilled he still wants a new quilt for his bed. I know enough about pre-teens to know that may not always be the case.
 I quilted with a large stipple and a few loops here and there. I also added random asterix here and there to simulate the blinking of the fireflies. I used a bright lime green Isacord thread for the quilting.
The backing is a blue cross weave I got from Pineapple Fabrics. It was a three yard cut of 108 inch backing that I used on another quilt, and had just enough to piece together the backing for this one.
And of course, one of my new labels from Dutch Label Shop to finish it off. It is now winging it's way across the US to V. I can't wait until he gets it.
One of my many "next" projects is another 36 patch quilt. I made one about 7-8 years ago with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts and I still love it so much. I have always wanted to make another one, so I started, with no deadline in mind. I am going to use all my most favorite fabrics for this one, instead of scraps. I have already chosen some Heather Ross and some Sweetwater to begin. Because one cannot have enough in progress projects, right?
Happy weekend friends.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What's Up?

I have almost sat down to write a post here several times in the last week or two. I am finding it hard to stay motivated in that vein. I either don't have the photos I need and don't feel like taking them or would rather do other things. I need to get organized here people. I really do want to blog. So, what am I up to?
 Well, I finished crocheting this lovely blanket. This is the Summer Ripple blanket from Lucy at Attic 24. I chose to use the cotton yarn instead of the acrylic and I love the weight of it. It is wonderful on chilly nights and the colors really make my heart sing.
 This is my 100 Days 100 Blocks quilt, all sewn together. I finally cut a border and have it ready to attach so I can get it ready to quilt. My oldest daughter helped me to figure out this arrangement and I am loving it so much.
This is the beginning of the Bonnie Hunter Good Fortune mystery quilt. I made I think the first four weeks and then had to travel for the holidays and got behind. The last couple of blocks haven't gotten made yet. I became very frustrated with this project and decided to just forget it. But then I saw the final product on her blog and I love it. So, I downloaded all the rest of the steps and I will finish it after all...in my own sweet time. Getting rid of deadlines on this has helped me with my desire to finish it.
I am currently working with this lovely yarn to make the Sweet Pea blanket with the Attic 24 CAL group and loving the beauty of this. Crochet has become my evening go to project. And sometimes my during the day project while watching football on the weekends.

I have a list of projects for the coming year, and I am starting to make them happen. I will, hopefully be back very soon with some more shares of my work.

Have a lovely week.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Reset...it's 2019

Every year, we reset our lives. We make promises, resolutions, and wishes for the year ahead. This year is no different. Last year wasn't so bad. I did have to look through trees to see the forest, but it's there. I try to find gratitude whenever possible. If it was not for the hard times, how would we recognize the good times. We need that basis to compare and to appreciate. I have to remind myself of that often. This year, I have a few plans, but no real resolutions. I do have wishes, but most of those are for friends and family who could use some extra love and happiness this year. I am doing okay.
So I thought I would do a look back on this past year and see what I accomplished in my crafty, sewing world.
January's biggest finish was my Penny Sampler quilt which I spent all of 2016 working on. One section per month and it was quilted and bound in January of 2017.
 February was the month I finished my QAYG clam bake quilt that I started in 2015 while I was not working and doing my cancer battle.
It was also the month I fell in love with the Ombre Confetti Dot fabric from V and Co. This might just be my all time favorite fabric.
March was the month I made this sweet bird quilt, which now lives in my daughter's house.
April was the month I made two quilts for Hands 2 Help for a children's charity.
May was the month I made this quilt for my niece who lost her father rather suddenly. It is remarkable how interesting is the simple Churn Dash block.
 June was the month of the Kingfisher Quilt Along. I fell in love with hexies after thinking for years there was no way I would ever do that.
And I signed up for the 100 Blocks 100 Days quilt challenge. I finished them all, and have since added a border to the flimsy. This year it will be quilted.
July was the month I started the Firefly quilt. The flimsy is done and will also be quilted this year.
August was the continuation of many of the above projects and the addition of this small wall hanging for my sister. She has a teacup collection. This was a Christmas gift.
September saw more Christmas projects get started, including some of these tiny houses for a wall hanging for my daughter.
October was busy. I was gone the first week and had still lots of Christmas sewing to do, but it also saw the start of this quilt for a friend in great need.
November was full of Christmas sewing. There were ornaments to be made and gifts to finish and wrap.
 December saw the finish of this beauty, which was happily received and is being loved and enjoyed on a daily basis.
And the finish of this dress for Miss N for Christmas. We traveled to NC for Christmas this year and came home with a lovely pair of colds, so nothing is happening here until I feel better.
I also decided to join up with Bonnie Hunter for the Good Fortune Mystery quilt and now I am two weeks behind due to traveling. I hope to feel better in the next couple of days so I can work on catching up. But if not, it will just be a mystery a bit longer here.
I hope you had happy holidays and that you have an abundance of good in the new year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Good Fortune All Caught Up

Well, week 3 sorta kicked my butt. I did have other things going on, but still. I struggled a bit with getting blocks to turn out with the correct dimensions. Once I got that down, wasting only two blocks, I moved on. I want to make as much of this quilt from my scrap bins as I can. This slows down the cutting process quite a bit, but no matter.
 This is the box  am using for all my block so far. Week 3 is right on top there in the green. I am still having counting issues, as I had about 30 extra green rectangles when I was done.

Everyone is pressed, but I still have dog ears to trim on about 100 of the HST bonus blocks. I figure I can do that later.
And here are my week 4 blocks. I made about 3/4 of them one solid rectangle and did a bit of strip piecing for the rest. Orange is a color I don't have a lot of, especially in my scrap bins. But now I am all caught up.

That will not last, as I am traveling for the holidays, and when I come home I will have two weeks worth of clues to catch up on, but, no matter. It will get done. It always does somehow.
Happy Tuesday before Christmas.
Linking up with Bonnie Here.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Christmas Dress

So much of Christmas sewing is secret, but the dress I made for Miss N is not. Her mother knows about it and as an almost 3 year old, N doesn't read my blog, so I can show it to you here.
I used the Geranium Dress pattern with the expansion pack for the collar, sleeves and the sash. I have long wanted to do a dress with a sash. I loved sashes when I was a little girl. The fabric is Sarah Jane's Peter Pan line. When I first saw it, I just knew the plum and pink had to be a Christmas dress for N. It's hard to tell here, but there are also gold metallic stars on this fabric.
 I found the perfect fancy buttons in my button jar. They add a bit more holiday sparkle to the dress. You can see the gold stars better her.
 And here is the lovely sash all tied up in a bow. It gathers at the side seams where it is attached to the dress. I also had just a bit of pink left so I put a small border around the bottom of the skirt. I love that detail.
And of course, there had to be pockets. My girl loves pockets. I cannot wait to see this on her. We will be there for Christmas this year, so I will get to see it in person.
Have a great Thursday and I'll see you soon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Swoon Worthy Finish

I have finished another quilt. This was one of those quilts that needed making for someone in need. As I have often done when a friend or co-worker has had a great need due to life's circumstances, I decided to dive in and make my friend a quilt. This friend is also my daughter's friend and so my daughter told me what colors would be best for this quilt. So we started with that.

We chose brown and blue. Once I got home from NC, I searched my stash for as much brown and blue as I had. I also had decided on the way home that I wanted to make a Swoon quilt. I had made one years ago, but I wanted to make one with 16 blocks in a smaller block size. Camille has a pattern for Swoon 16, so I went to her shop and bought that.
 Then, once I had the pattern and knew the amounts of fabric, my husband and I headed to our local quilt shop to find more fabrics to supplement my stash.
My husband is very good with selecting fabrics and finding the colors I needed. And as a bonus, he helps me carry all the bolts to the cutting station.
 I spent about four or five days cutting all the pieces for the blocks. I only assembled the first one before I cut all the rest. I stuck it up on my design wall for inspiration.
I wasn't very far into things when the quilting motif presented itself to me. Swirls...lots of swirls.
 Once the blocks were done, we decided that the sashing needed to be blue and I ordered it on line. A Moda marbles shade of blue. After the main quilting was done, I decided to quilt the border in infinity swirls. That is what I call these.
 And when I was almost to the first corner, I had to find a way to turn the corner, so I did this double circle. I like the way it turned out.
I found this extra wide backing at Pineapple Quilts. They sell lots of interesting wide backing fabrics. You can buy by the yard, or you can buy a 3 yard cut for one price. At the time I bought this, I believe they were having a sale on the 3 yard cuts. It is so different that I just knew it was the one.
 Back to the quilt store we went to get a brown for the binding. Once the quilt was all quilted, I knew brown was the choice and I didn't have enough of it left. Gosh, I loved making this quilt.
I used one of my new labels from Dutch label shop and sent this baby out priority mail. It got there super fast and made my heart sing when I knew it had been received. For me that is the best part of the quilt process. It is a hug from across the country. Having been on the receiving end of this just 3 short years ago, I know how it feels. It feels great.
Have a lovely Wednesday my friends.