Sunday Morning Quilts

Sunday Morning Quilts

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Stuff

Not a catchy title, I know, but that's all I got today. I have spent the week noodling around in my sewing room. Jumping from thing to thing and not finishing any projects at all. And I don't feel a bit guilty. Here is what I have done:

 Fiddling around with feathers. One of the projects I am doing for my middle daughter. I always wanted to try my hand at these and now I am. I'm going to try a few more in other colorways.
Then there's this. A Geranium dress for Miss N in Sarah Jane's classic Children at Play. I have wanted to make a dress out of this since it first came out. And now I have.
 Then I started playing around with a few fabrics in a Plus quilt. I have wanted to try this one before and now I have. Dark blue...?
or light blue...? Or...
 Both!! And a border of the dark blue. Just took one day to do, but no real plan in mind and this is how it ended up.
 There are some really cute fabric prints in here. Love the little tiger kitties.

And last, but not least, my HSTs for the Summer Solstice QAL. I have them all sewn up and am trimming away on them. One third done, two thirds to go. Hope to have them all done by the end of the afternoon. So, How has your week been?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Long Time WIP

I have several WIPs that I started years ago. I still pick them up occasionally and try to finish them. I know you have some too. Everybody does. Here is one I just picked up again today and now I have a plan to get it done.
 I know I started this about 7-8 years ago at least. I got the fabrics at my LQS. I don't often use batiks. I thought this would look so nice on the couch I had at the time, which was blue denim.
 The piecing went fast and I had decided to hand quilt it. I wasn't doing too much machine quilting then. So I got started. I did work on it a lot in the beginning.
 The only way I might be able to date this quilt is the backing. I think this is a Heather Baily print and I love it so much. This is the back of the quilt.
 I surrounded it with a dark blue marbled fabric. This quilt is about a lap size, but I haven't measured it lately.
 Look at how beat up the batting is. I have to get this done, just to save the quilt from the ravages of time at the very least. It's very wrinkled.
 The centers that are quilted have a Celtic design. It's hard to see here. That is what slowed me down. The small squares are almost all done. So I am changing gears. I am going to do a simpler design in the rest of the centers.
 I need to get this thing done, bound in lord only knows what. I know there is not any scraps from this now.  I will keep you posted and let you know when it is done.
 Not bad for someone who hasn't hand quilted in a couple of years. I forgot how much I love the look.

Wish me luck. Here I go...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Solstice QAL Progress

Chugging right along in the QAL by Melissa of Happy Quilting. This week's assignment was flying geese blocks. Here are mine:
 I am making 4 of the 40 inch blocks for a queen sized quilt for my bed. I had some Mendocino fabrics and found a few complimentary colors in my stash. I am so excited about this quilt.
You should take a look at Melissa's method for making the flying geese blocks. So easy and NO Wasted fabric. Zero. Can't wait for the next installment next week.

Friday, July 1, 2016

And the World Will Be a Better Place...

...for you and me. If you put a little love in your heart. I loved that song from the sixties. There were lots of songs about love for your fellow man in the sixties. Maybe we need more songs like that today. Are there still any folk singers out there?

Any way, my heart quilt is finished. I am so happy with it. It is bright and cheerful and I filled it with lots of love to wrap around someone in need.

 Freshly washed and all crinkly from the dryer. My favorite way to see a quilt.
 I quilted it with a wiggly line in rows about a half to three quarters of an inch apart.
 The backing is two chunks from my stash. The one on the left is the last chunk from a quilt I made about 15 years ago.
 One of my favorite fabrics here. A reminder of the happier days in life.
 The wonderfully colorful binding. I love it and was so happy to have found a use for that fabric.
And next week it is off to Orlando! I feel so much happiness at being able to contribute to such a cause. Put a little love in your heart. Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Solstice

I'm loving the long days since the solstice last week. I am using the time to cut my fabrics for Melissa's Summer Solstice QAL. I just finished it up yesterday. I am so excited to see this one come together.
 Here are all my prints cut and labeled. I love how organized this whole process is.
 And here are my solids for the background. That was a lot of cutting, let me tell you. Over 6 yards of fabric to cut. I am making a queen size.
 And this is the whole stack. Fun to see where we start on a project isn't it? Next week, we sew!
And with that done, I am back to quilting my Heart Quilt #quiltsforpulse. I should have this sweet quilt finished today. I am so pleased with it. Have a lovely summer day. Talk to you soon.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Happy Friday to you. I have finished my quilt top for the #quiltsforpulse. It came together so fast and I am loving it. I spent lots of time thinking about who might receive it and hoping they would love it and feel all the love I am putting into it. It cannot take away the grief they feel, but hopefully can offer some measure of comfort.
 This is before I sewed all the blocks together. It took a bit to get a final arrangement.
 I don't particularly like using pins, but it helped all the hearts to come together so much easier, especially the little hearts. I threw those in for interest.
Every fabric in here but three is from my large pieces scrap files. I love the idea of making this with bits from other love filled quilts. So how about you? Can you put a little love in your heart to help out? I will see you soon and show you the finished quilt. I need to pick out a backing. The binding is already finished. Have a great weekend. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Conversation with Myself

I work in such a noisy environment that I enjoy the quiet when I am at home. Many days I don't even have background music on. I don't know about you, but when I am sewing I talk to myself...a lot. Not always out loud, sometimes just in my head. Where is this leading? Hang in there with me for a moment.

I saw all the blog posts last week about making rainbow heart blocks for Quilts for Pulse that is being headed up by the Orlando modern quilt guild. I always want to help out in these cases. So my first thought was, "make some blocks to send".

 So I started pulling fabrics from my stash and making blocks. At first I though I would make a rainbow of seven blocks, ROYGBIV and pack them up and send them off. These are my first seven blocks. I took a break for lunch and as I had my sandwich at the computer, I read more about the victims and what the Orlando MQG was trying to do, and even though they said that every single block would help, and was greatly appreciated, I felt that my seven little blocks were pretty small.
 So I went back and started pulling more fabrics and sewing some more. As I sewed I thought that I could sew a bunch of blocks and send them. I told myself I couldn't possibly sew a whole quilt top. Then I asked myself "Why not?: I told myself "Charlotte, you do it all the time. You have done it for friends with cancer and you have done it for friends in need and it doesn't take that long to make a lap sized quilt." So as of this writing I have 13 large hearts and two small ones up on my design wall.
I took everything else off the wall. I have no idea where this will end up, but I feel compelled to keep going right now. I even found a bright piece of fabric I had forgotten about and I made a binding. So I guess that means I am making a whole quilt. And trying to sew love and hope into every block. I will keep you posted on my progress.

If you feel compelled, sew up some blocks. We need all the love we can get to send to these survivors and first responders and putting lots of love out there in the world is a beautiful thing. Talk to you soon.