I wanted ridiculously bright and happy.
56" x 56"
My husband makes room in his life for driving me to fabric stores. Seriously. Driving to and from our recent ski destination included stops at two fabric stores.
I stocked up on dots! They go well with another recent acquisition, this Hey Dot jelly roll by Zen Chic.
I began with this pattern called Over and Down Under.
I liked the "woven" look of the strips, but the quilt looked a little too dark and dreary to me.
I wanted ridiculously bright and happy.
56" x 56"
My abundant quilt supply readily accommodates quilt donations.
This month I happily donated six quilts.
My church received four pieced tops. Three are pictured here; one of the four, Pottery, I failed to photograph, so I'm showing you a picture of the pattern. My quilt looked fairly similar.
These four tops will be completed and either sold at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale or sent overseas for another MCC relief need.
Wrap Them in Love Foundation received two quilts. This organization based in the state of Washington distributes quilts to children worldwide.
I am thrilled that these quilts now have the opportunity to do what they were made to do...keep someone wrapped and warm.
Am I getting better at machine quilting?
At least the quilt is square!
I began stitching in the center and wound my way around and around gradually reaching the edges. You can see how I did this by looking at this small practice piece I made before starting on the bigger one.
I continue to have issues with keeping the stitch lengths even while feeding the bulk under the walking foot; I broke one needle, bent two others, and spent quality time with my seam ripper as well.
But as I sewed on the binding I felt more comfortable that this quilt would actually reach a satisfactory conclusion.
60" x 60"
This modern log cabin pattern and fabric from several different collections were designed by Brigette Heitland of Zen Chic.
Friday I retrieved Alphabet Song from Three Sisters Fabric, where it received diagonal plaid finishing.
I love the plaid quilting.
Saturday I relished each binding stitch I put in by hand.
Sunday I revisited the pictures I took while making this quilt, and I took more pictures.
Each one inspires me to make another.
57" x 66"
Cottage Lane, a top that I pieced in 2015, became the first to be quilted on my new machine.
Not exactly a smooth first time effort.
I taped the back down on the floor, layered the batting and top to make the "sandwich," and began pinning...
noticed a mistake. (How does this happen with all the pressing and checking and pressing and checking?)
Do you see the turned section?
Here it is.
I unpinned, fixed the mistake, and continued pinning.
Ran out of pins.
Went to the store and bought more.
Ran out of pins again.
Finished pinning anyway with fewer than desirable pins.
Began machine quilting.
Ripped out the first four rows for tension issues.
Went back to the store and bought quilting gloves. And more pins.
Continued to machine quilt.
I chose straight line quilting because I thought that following the walking foot guide and sewing straight lines would be an easy way to begin. Not so much. The blocks in this quilt were set on point, resulting in me having to stitch straight lines across the bias. Now there are many wonky lines. I am okay with some wave, because in my mind that does not hurt the over all look of the quilt. Too much wonkiness? Yes, but let's just call those wonky lines design elements. And I am not going to let you look that closely. The quilting advice I read online was to never point out your mistakes. I have no problem following that advice.
The pattern is Country Lane by A Quilting Life.
The fabric is Whitewashed Cottage by Three Sisters.
It measures 54" x 68."
I welcome the spring vibes resonating from this quilt during these short days of frigid temperatures.
Meet Seven Letters.
I couldn't be happier with this quilt top!
The Seven Letters pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company and the Wordsmith fabric collection by Janet Clare work perfectly together.
This shows one of thirty-six blocks consisting of seven by seven squares. Put these together with pieced sashing, and you have a quilt top!
If you decide make a postage stamp style quilt, you want to choose this pattern. The instructions clearly describe the necessary strip piecing;
and the pressing instructions, if followed correctly, means you will never need to use a pin. I didn't at all!
74" x 74"
Oh! Happy Christmas to me!
This week I eagerly chose a simple project to sew and learn.
What could be more simple than a black and white Christmas pillow?
I am ready for 2017!
Happy New Year!
Someone Shook the Snow Globe, the title that entered my head as I pieced this quilt top, shortened to Snow Globe.
(Thanks to my sisters' advice.)
Oxbow Park is my favorite place to photograph my quilts.
Snow Globe radiates warmth on this bleak day.
68" x 68"
Thank you for visiting on this Christmas Eve.
May your home be blessed with warmth, peace, and joy.
Early this month I began a quilt using red and white printed fabric.
The blocks have a wonderful Christmas-y feel.
With six of sixteen blocks finished I may not be done by Christmas,
but I will enjoy the colors and the spirit as I continue sewing.
The quilt combines Miss Scarlet fabric designed by Minnick and Simpson with a pattern called Fireworks by Thimble Blossoms.
My version does not look like fireworks to me.
As I continue sewing I hope to come up with a new title.
This block suggests the title Someone Shook the Snow Globe, but that is maybe too long to be considered?
I am open to suggestions.
If a quilt could talk, this quilt would relay to you the frustrations it had with stretching and fraying like crazy.
Notice how lumpy and bumpy it hangs.
Inspired by Photo Finish, a quilt designed by Joanna Figueroa and featured in the August 2016 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting, I chose little-did-I-know-how-difficult cross weave fabrics for my background.
I LOVE the texture they add to the quilt.
But these fabrics are not your regular quilting cotton, let me tell ya. While I read that they could be challenging, I needed to experience it to really understand. Yes, they fray! Yes, they stretch!
Even though I prewashed the fabric to see how it would behave, I am concerned about how it will quilt;
and even more concerned how it will eventually come out in the wash.
The top row shows the five fraying cross weave fabrics.
The second row shows closeups of the five tans I chose.
From the left, the first two are from Jen Kingwell's Behind the Scenes collection. The next two fabrics are left over from my Steampunk and Fox quilts respectively. The last one on the right? I found in my fabric box and have no idea where it came from.
I am hoping this top survives machine quilting and the laundry.
Then it will have a nicer story to share.
58" x 58"
Approximately 585 pieces
My daughter and I brainstormed and shopped for solid fabrics last August during her Indiana visit.
After she returned to Seattle, I received her emailed vision for the completed quilt...designed as only an architect could...
with geometry, parallelograms, and simplicity.
Andrea approved quickly.
Can I really do this?
I dove into production.
What else could I do ?
She texted encouragement in response to every picture of progress.
She approved the name Halcyon.
A discussion with Tammy at Three Sisters Quilting resulted in several machine quilting possibilities.
During our conversation, I sketched this option, and decided it was the one to go with.
Notice Tammy's excellent machine quilting!
Only she could interpret my sketchy ideas.
What quilt wouldn't look terrific at DeFries Calendar Garden?
Finally, the finished quilt traveled to Seattle...
where it looked even better.
I am pleased to present Halcyon, the first quilt designed and constructed by this mother/daughter team,
pictured here in her sweet Seattle studio apartment.
Flipping the quilt gives her an entirely different option.
96" x 109"
If your husband departs for a four day football weekend, you may choose to sew pumpkin quilt blocks to celebrate/console yourself...
like I did.
These pumpkins almost put themselves together.
Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew designed the pattern and if you try it, you will love it...
Perfect for fall!
Unfortunately I made a huge and frustrating mistake in sewing the rows together.
Do you see what's missing?
I determinedly ripped apart each row and added the forgotten sashing. Now I love it all over again.
When this one is quilted, the pumpkins made with one piece of fabric will have the needed texture to look terrific.
I'm not sure when that will be.
Maybe during another one of my husband's escape weekends?
58" x 72"
A, B, C, D, E, F, G
H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P
Q, R, S, T, U, V
W, X, Y, and Z
Now I've sewn my ABC'c...
Next time won't you sew with me?
The Alphabet Song includes inspiration from Summerfest by April Rosenthal and Spell It With Moda.
It measures 60" x 64."
What kindness! Thank you Dawn from First Light Designs for nominating my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Having never heard of the award before, it was quite a lovely surprise! This award is given by someone who has been previously awarded, a means for bloggers to show appreciation for others. Here is a link to Dawn's blog.
Now I will nominate others for the One Lovely Blog Award.
My first nomination goes to Thelma at Cupcakes 'n Daisies. I have never met Thelma, but I know that we have at least one thing in common. We both like to re-imagine a quilt pattern in a new direction, making it unique. So satisfying.
My second nomination goes to Sinta at Pink Pincushion, another blogger I haven't met. Amazing quilts pop up on her blog, let me tell ya.
My third nomination goes to Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew, and you guessed it, I have never met her as well. Allison designs fabric and patterns in a simple modern style that I love. Any one who can come up with such an inspired blog/business title has to be a winner, don't you think? Her writing style can simply be described as fun.
Many thanks to these quilters!
Voices is finished!
It is the biggest and most traditional quilt I have made,
and I love it for many reasons.
Historically, a quilt like Voices was created to commemorate a special occasion like a wedding, remember loved ones who were deceased or geographically moving away, support a political cause, or express a desire to continue an artistic cultural tradition.
Or in other words, they had a voice.
Making Voices fulfilled my desire to recreate many various quilt blocks of the past and to hone my piecing skills.
This quilt includes the nontraditional...
Tammy and Allison of Three Sisters Fabric are technical experts in combining my/our ideas with their computer software.
Tammy even caught and fixed two of my mistakes.
How did this happen?!?!?
Even the back!
I couldn't ask for better machine quilters!
The story of making this quilt ends when I gift it this Christmas.
I hope it collects more stories as it is used.
90" x 101"
Approximately 2660 pieces
I found I could say things with colors and shapes