Monday, December 15, 2014

Gypsy Wife

Good Morning! I have started a new project, and I am very excited about it! 

It is the Gypsy Wife Quilt from Jen Kingwell. Are you familiar with her work?  Go now. Go check out her website here.  I will wait. So many amazing patterns and quilts!
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I have waited to start this as I want to take my time and work on this at a slower pace. It will be made from my scrap basket - which is over flowing-and be very scrappy. And fits in with my vision for my work in the upcoming year, but more about that in another post. For now I have blocks 1-3 to show you! 

                                                  Block 1 - lots of fun happy colors

                                  Block 2 - Lots of favorites here, Tula Pink, Denyse Schmidt

Block 3 - isn't this heart so adorable. Made with one of my all time fave fabrics from Anna Marie Horners' LouLouThi line and Heather Bailey for the background.

Lots of bias edges in these. I am using starch first before cutting which is sooo helpful.

Loving this so far... I have no idea what it will look like in the end.... but isn't that the purpose of scrappy.....let go and create as you go.

Have a great Monday... I am off to work.


PS. So sorry for the mediocre photo qualities, this 18 hours of darkness a day is the pits, and these were uploaded from my phone.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Published! Hello 2014 Fat Quarterly Christmas Issue!

I am so excited to announce the publication of one of my projects - Christmas Stars!

 This is my Christmas Stars table runner and it is in the current issue of Fat Quarterly. It features the beautiful 25th and Pine by Basic Grey. Such great Christmas fabric!

There are so many great patterns in this issue from smaller projects to full size quilts.
Fat Quarterly is an e-zine and published 4 times/yr.
This is issue 19 Christmas. If you are looking for some fun Christmas Projects, check it out!
Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Postcards From the Edge

Today I want to share a great little quilt that I finished up this weekend. Postcards From the Edge

This little quilt was made with the fun Postcard QAL hosted by Debbie over at A Quilters Table. This is a great little pattern that goes together quickly and uses fun text fabrics to look like postcards!

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I made mine with the beautiful Indelible Fabrics from Art Gallery by Katerina Roccella. These have that lovely soft, flowing quality that Art Gallery is known for and the colors and designs are just beautiful! I could easily see a wonderful top/blouse made out of several of these especially the lovely teal and grey flowery ones.

 I chose the name for this quilt based not only on the postcard blocks but on the wonderful imagery from the Indelible fabrics like this beautiful deer - so handsome he looks like he standing on the edge, just watching! You can see I did loop de loop quilting on this quilt. First time I have done this and I think it turned out well. I would use it again. It added texture and interest without taking away from the design and fabric.
This is the back of the quilt and you can see I pieced it using two different fabrics and reversed them to add some interest -fun butterflys made up of triangles and deers on the coo coo clocks.
For the binding I used the grey with small print flowers. 
Stats: 24in x 24in
Fabric: Indelible by Art Gallery
Thread: Aurifill 2600
Machine Quilted and Bound by me
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It up Friday
Happy Stitchin'

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

Happy November 1st! It has definitely came in like a roaring lion here in northern Indiana. From a beautiful 74 degrees last week end to a snow flurry filled 28 degrees last night and the wind is till blowing. So lets move on to something more fun -- a look back at last months projects! 

As you can imagine, the month was focused on Autumn and Halloween themed projects.
First up is my finished Birthday/Halloween quilt for my dear grandson. He was turning 6 and specifically request a "blanket" of Halloween fabrics.  So while this is very busy and not my typical style, I am happy to say that doesn't matter much when the little one loves it! 
Next up were my October bee blocks for That Stash Bee. I have so enjoyed being a part of this group! Lots of fun new blocks. Katie chose this one- called Maple Leaf; it is a free pattern from McCall's. you can find it here. It was very fun to choose fabrics for and sew up!
To be honest the majority of my time for the last half of October was spent making this fun tablerunner for the Handmade Autumn swap. It was one of those awesome times when it turned out just like I had pictured it in my head and sketched out. You can read more about it here if you would like. My partner loved it and that made all the work and worry totally worth it!
A quick project was cutting and sewing up my blocks for a Quilt Con 2105 Charity Quilt. I finished them up late one evening and sealed them up ready to send off without snapping a picture of them. So what you get to see is the fabrics my group chose and the trimmings. Really, we made different size HST's from all of the colors with one side snow and the other color. Now one of the group will be piecing the quilt and another quilting it. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

There were a few Oops, along the way to. But I try not to let them get me down. Like this self binding baby blanket - Oops! Obviously I cut the corners the wrong way, but it was late at night and the first time I had made this. I thought I had the corners just like the video showed--- uhhhm...guess not.  I just couldn't bring myself to make another at that time. So she will be receiving some fun, store bought baby gifts. And I will make another, another day. :)
I hope you have had a great October. I am looking forward to November and some fun projects to make and share with you!
Linking up with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day!
Happy Stitching!
11/1/14 Edited to correct a misspelled name. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Autumn Whimsy - Bloggers Quilt Festival

Today I am posting about my entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Are you familiar with this awesome event? It is hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side and occurs twice a year coinciding with Spring and Fall Quilt Market. Be sure and check out all of the wonderful creations in all different sizes and creations. And be sure and vote for your favorites in each category.

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