Friday, September 5, 2014

Welcome September!

Fall, I love this time of year!  I love the cooler days, the foggy mornings, the harvest in the fields and most of all the brilliant changing color of the leaves as the trees prepare for winter.So even if Mother Nature seems to have her dates mixed up today as the forecast calls for 88 degrees, humid and thundershowers, we know those days are limited as we are already seeing the leaves begin to change colors. In honor of that I present "Fall Forever," my Modern Maples quilt!

I began this quilt last how time fly's....when I joined Debbie at A Quilters Table Falling for Modern Maples group QAL. Now I was a bit late to start but loved everyones so much I couldn't resist. I was inspired by Lorelie (Mermaid Sews) version here and I just love Di's (ylmommyx4) version here. So I finished the quilt top early this year and it sat in my WIP pile for a bit. I finally decided I wanted to send it off to a long arm quilter and not risk my more organic
FMQ'ing ;)

I used fat quarters from my stash and mixed up designers such as Anna Marie Horner, Denyse SchmidtViolet Craft and even Kaffe Fassett. Then I sprinkled in some smaller blocks using Kona Solids and finally I used many, many 5in charm squares that I had from participating in several Low Volume charm swaps on Flickr. I love the results! It is a riot of saturated, fun color! I laid the blocks out in a somewhat chronological pattern for the life of a leaf, from the green of summer to the brown of late fall......and the purple, well the purple was a creative design decision!  I love it in this quilt!

As for the quilting,  I asked for swirls, reminiscent of leaves as they fall from the tree or as they swirl on the gusts of wind. She did a great job! You can feel the movement when looking at the quilt!

Forever Fall is backed with the beautiful yellow Key Tree by Tula Pink - a treasure that I found at a local quilt shop earlier this year which was just too perfect for these leaves! The binding is from DS Quilts at JoAnn's - I love the orange plaid with just a bit of blue and turquoise as the binding - it complements the colors of the quilt while adding just the right pop of color to frame it. I am very happy to have this quilt back home and finished just in time for snuggles in front of the fire on those chilly fall evenings!

So sorry for the poor photo quality, my camera had died - and my phone obviously does not take pics that can be resized without distortion. Please leave any suggestions for a new camera if you have one you love!

Name: Forever Fall
Block: Modern Maples
Fabrics: FQ's from Stash and LV Charms from Swaps
Size: 60 in x 60 in
Thread: Pieced with Aurifill 2600 50wt (my fave)
Quilted by Cathy H. of Quilting Memories Ft Wayne Indiana

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF


Friday, February 14, 2014

Love in the Middle of Winter

Hi! Yes, I am still here, admittedly it has been pretty quiet on the blog.
I hope life is treating you well. Life got pretty crazy towards the end of the year and with so much going on at work and home something had to give and that something ended up being the blog posts. But if you follow me on Instagram or on Flickr you know that I never quit sewing. Lots of fun stuff! If you have a chance stop by and take a look.  And today I wanted to introduce you to another quick and fun pattern! 

It is Snow Tires by Chrissy Lux of Sew Lux Fabrics. She asked if I wanted to test this pattern for her and I immediately said "sure!" This pattern was quick and easy to piece - there are no Y seams!  It is made up of squares and HST's. The most important part is your planning or layout. Chrissy includes a great coloring sheet in the pattern to use and very specific instructions on labeling each block so you get the placement you want. This pattern makes a great scrappy quilt or its perfect for a coordinating line of fabrics too. I used my stash of Amy Butler's Love line. I needed that wonderful saturated color to brighten up the oh so cold and snowy winter we are having here in Indiana! Now I am waiting for my backing to arrive and I will be able to turn this top into a beautiful finished quilt! It is indeed Love in the Middle of Winter...ahhh.

Head on over to Sew Lux Fabrics and pick up your copy of Snow Tires!

Happy Stitching!
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2013!

It is that wonderful time of year where so many wonderful quilts and projects from across the blogging universe are shared!
If you are looking for inspiration just take a peek at all the pretties being entered over at
Blogger's Quilt Festival -

This year I am entering my Good Luck Star in the Wall Hanging category. This mini quilt wall hanging was made for the SewSewModern 3 swap on Flickr. This group has so much talent! It really challenges my creativity and sewing ability - which I love.

This project is scrappy and paper pieced. I used darker, more saturated colors for the star along with a lighter shade of the same color to off set the swirl and give the star movement.

I then used a variety of grey based low volume prints to frame the star. Many of these were charms from swaps and a few were from yardage, but the combination is unique and allows the saturated colors of the star to stand out against the background. Again I tried to place darker and lighter greys so that your eye moves in a circle around the star.

I then used the lighter shades to make an inside border - if you read my earlier post on this quilt here - you know that this ended up being the most difficult part of the process. I wanted a border with color but something that allowed the star to shine and be the center of attention!

The back showing the great Cloud Nine fabric (available at JoAnn's) and the quilting done with my favorite Aurifil #50 pearl grey thread.


Here is the completed quilt just before sending it off to my swap partner! I just love the Architextures binding - it was the perfect finish for this quilt.

I loved everything about this quilt, it challenged me and turned out just like my vision - and my partner loved it which is just the icing on the cake! Win! Win!

Name: Good Luck Star
Size: 19in x 19in
Pattern: Good Luck Star by Banner Creek Designs available on Craftsy
Technique: Paper Piecing
Fabrics: working from Stash - including Architextures, Half Moon Modern, Tsuru, Silent Ciniema, Squared Elements, and a variety of Low volume prints
Quilting: In the Ditch/Straight line/Stenciled Chain by me and my Janome Horizon
Thread: Aurifil #50 Pearl Grey

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure and check out all the amazingness over at the festival and vote for all your favorites.  

Happy Stitching!


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ode to Fall

Today we interrupt the usual quilty good programming to pay homage to a beautiful weekend here in Northeast Indiana....

I know I promised I would post about my SewSewModern 3 swap and improve piecing and I will, I promise - the post has already been drafted!

But it has been a gorgeous weekend here. DS #1 has been here and we have been working on cleaning up the yard, lake toys, and getting ready for winter in general, which we know is coming. But in between cleaning up we have had time for grilling out and one last boat ride. Here are some scenes from our day. It is days like these that leave me in awe and give me a deep sense of contentment. Days where I count my blessings for a great family and the beauty in this world. Enjoy!

                            A Great Blue Herron looking for a fresh fish lunch in the shallows.


                                                          My dear faithful friend, Tucker.

And what am I doing with all this inspiration?

Welcome to my soon-to-be Modern Maples quilt! I was struck by the changing autumn colors last week as I drove back and forth to work. I had seen these gorgeous quilts on InstaGram and around the web and knew I just had to join in! Debbie from A Quilters Table has fun Flickr group Falling for Modern Maples here! There is still plenty of time to get in on the fun. There is no time limit, join and quilt as you can. Yes, this weekend just confirmed it.....Modern Maples here I come!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Friday!

Hi Everyone!
I am over visiting one of my favorite blogs today. I am guest hosting over at Ellison Lane today for Jennifer's excellent Back To School Series. I am presenting a tutorial on Reusable Snack and Sandwich bags. These are quick, easy and oh so fun. You can use up some of those scraps that keep multiplying in your scrap basket!

Have you stopped by and checked out the all the great tutorials this week? It's not just for kids, most of the projects can easily be used by grown ups too! So cruise on over and say "Hey" and check it out!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Little Paper Piecing you say? SewSewModern3

Do you like to paper piece?  Some call it foundation piecing. I do. I pieced a pineaple mini quilt, back in the day and remember how sharp it made the corners. In the past year I have been sharpening my skills again. In the past month I have been working on a project for my Sew Sew Modern 3 swap partner.....

Yep, it's just a bit of paper piecing. It is my large item for my SewSewModern3 swap partner. It is now finished and on it's way to my partner. I hope she likes it -- really I hope she Loves it!! I do. I used a variety of fabrics trying to bring prominence to the swirl of the star by alternating light and dark in the same color family. I used a variety of low volume fabrics for the background, and that great Ledger print from Carolyn Freidlander's Architextures for the binding.

This is called the Good Luck Star and is by Banner Creek Designs. It is available for purchase on Craftsy. Here is how it all came together:

 I thought the paper piecing would be the most time consuming, but I had more trouble picking out the borders. I actually had 3 different sets of borders on this beauty before I was happy with them. It took a whole Sunday! Who would have thought...

The problem was I wanted the focus to remain on the deeper, saturated colors of the star. To let the swirl and movement stand out. I had envisioned using HST's made up of the fabrics used in the star and a low volume counterpart. I even made all these 2 in HST's. But alas I pieced one border piece and knew it was not going to work. It competed with the design too much, too much going on.

So then on to plan B. I envisioned using the coral pearl bracelets as a simple 1inch border all the way around. Nope, didn't work, too dark and really grabbed your attention amidst the quiet low volume fabrics.

 Next I thought about using the teal as the 1 in border....darker... quieter,  just a bit.  No that wasn't going to make it either.

So finally I pulled all the lighter colored fabrics from the star and made a simple pieced 2 in border....and finally the borders "felt right."  Whew! Who thought borders would be the challenge on this project??
 I used a great Cloud Nine organic cotton print (available at my local JoAnn's) for the back. I loved the color but I wanted to make sure the back was busy enough that it helped hide any flaws in my quilting. And it did. Actually it almost hid the quilting too much. I used a soft pearl grey 50 wt Aurifil cotton thread for both the piecing and quilting, my favorite color and weight for this.

And I went with stitching in the ditch vs. FMQ on this piece. I wanted to outline each and every piece of this geometric wonder. It is not perfect, I did not have a master quilting plan but just went at it and actually worked from the larger outside diamonds in towards the smaller center of the star.I spray basted this with 505, which is a great product! I have never had problems when using 505 (as I have with other basting sprays). On the first border I did simple straight lines and on the second border I stenciled a chain pattern and quilted it. My curves on one side of the chains are much smoother, flowing than the other side, but again it is a learning process.

So there you have it. I must say this project pushed me in my design and  technique, and best of all it turned out just as I had envisioned. I have learned you can't make a quilt or project into something it is not. It always evolves. Sometimes you have to stand back and listen. It will tell you who it is, and  who it isn't...

Stats: 19 in x 19in
Pattern: Good Luck Star by Banner Creek Designs
Technique: Paper Piecing
Quilting: in the ditch
Thread: Aurifil 50wt cotton in soft pearl grey

Thanks for stopping by. Next time I will show you the cute journal cover that was the small item that went along with this for the swap.  UPDATE: I see my partner posted that she had received a package from me -- eek! So excited!

Happy Stitching!

PS. Did I mention my secret swap partner was the talented and lovely Elizabeth Dackson from "Don't Call Me Betsy" ?

Edited to remove some duplicate text at the bottom of post.

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