71" x 84"
I selected watermelon, salmon, peach, and nectarine fabrics for making Sunflare by Meghan Buchannan.
A Sunday walk along Lake Michigan granted me an opportunity to take fun pictures of those vibrant colors.
71" x 84"
Liberty of London fabrics also dazzle on a black background.
Enough scraps remained from Liberty One to piece nine blocks for Liberty Two.
Simple diagonal line quilting complements the fabric.
Liberty Two inspires me hanging next to my sewing machine.
32" x 32"
My collection of Liberty of London fabric originated more than three years ago with a purchase from Drygoods Design just off Pioneer Square in Seattle. Very few shops in the states sell this fabric, but I managed to purchase some scrap bags online. With additional fabric gifted to me from my daughter last Christmas, I had enough small pieces of this dear (and by dear I mean heart-warming and three times the usual price per yard) fabric for a quilt.
What makes Liberty of London unique? The fabrics are made with fine, high-count yarns which make them luxurious and silky to the touch. Most of their designs are comprised of intricate, multi-color florals. They have been available in England for over 135 years.
Feels amazing. Looks amazing.
I chose the pattern Round and Round by Camille Roskelly.
White worked well as the background color.
This is Liberty One, ready for quilting. It currently measures 68" x 72."
I may choose to add white borders to make it bed-size.
Perfect for a ten year marriage celebration.
Happy Anniversary to the best son and daughter-in-law ever!
After two years of inhabiting the second dresser drawer (where my quilt tops go to be ignored), this one begged for attention.
Well, not really. I needed a gift. A wedding gift.
I pulled this pieced top out and moved the kitchen table.
(I needed floor space).
I taped and pinned...413 pins to be exact.
Then, this neglected quilt top received hours of attention under my machine's needle...
and under my handheld needle...
and emerged as a gorgeous finished quilt/wedding gift.
The pattern for this postage stamp quilt Seven Letters was designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. The fabric collection Wordsmith was designed by Janet Clare.
74" x 74"
approximately 2,401 pieces
Stacked Stars is a quilt found in Casual Classic Quilts by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs. The appeal of this design comes from its use of traditional stars in a contemporary setting. I hoped by using only two main colors-blues and grays-I could create a look of timeless charm.
Once I started piecing and laying out the blocks, I stepped back and took a look. Perhaps it needed some medium volume blue fabrics to achieve the effect I wanted. It worked for me to add two more fabrics to the mix...the second and third from the left in this photo.
As the growing quilt top moved from the wall to the floor, I grew excited.
Of course in my excitement, there was an oops. Do you see it?
Now it is fixed and finished.
89" x 69"
Approximately 1624 pieces
I have spent the last month NOT sewing in my existing bedroom/sewing room to allow some extreme renewal...renewal involving wall and ceiling paint, new carpet, a larger ironing board cover, a design wall, and thanks to IKEA, a blonde cart and a black cabinet that go perfectly with an existing IKEA black and blonde table and black chair. (That long, long, long sentence illustrates the long, long, long time I went without sewing.)
After new paint and carpet, I added a handy cart, and I welcomed a design wall that is actually a wall and not a "design bed" or a "design floor."
I expanded my ironing surface by adding a quilter's ironing board.
My new spacious quilt cabinet completes this space.
I LOVE that I am back to work in this renewed and inspiring room!
Because pink was Mother's favorite color...
Because she once made an appliqued dahlia quilt from the book Aunt Martha's Favorite Quilts (published ca. January 1953)…
Because I wanted to take handwork on our road trip to Savannah...
Because as I stitched I thought of her...
Because I treasure her quilting inspiration...
Because one dahlia was not enough...
Because I have siblings who also loved her...
And because I think they all would like a pillow...
I made seven.
Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, Washington, where I purchased the book Oh Scrap! by Lissa Alexander
Fabrics chosen after reading pages 11-15 on cohesive design or "how to avoid a hodgepodge of everything but the kitchen sink" when making a scrap quilt
(These pages alone make the book worth buying.)
A sampling of the required 760 half square triangles posed on the book
The beginning of the first quadrant
First and second quadrants finished
Close to the end
Quilted clamshells for texture by Tammy of Three Sisters Quilting
Binding in oh-so-happy orange
The requisite outdoor photo
56" x 56"
I began in March 2017, and now twenty months later...
it feels amazing to have three scrappy style Ocean Waves quilts completed. These may be the quilts on which I have spent the most time ever cutting, sewing, and squaring up half square triangle blocks.
I used greens, blues, and neutral low volume fabrics...some from my scrap box, some from precut fat quarters, and some from a few small pieces of yardage purchased at quilt shops along the way.
I chose this pattern to make three quilts for three reasons.
As usual after a quilt finish, it was time for photos.
This time I also researched the history behind the design.
Early American New England coastal living inspired the original Ocean Waves quilt pattern. Through the years the pattern gained in popularity. Many midwestern quilters made Ocean Waves quilts, pioneers took them along on their westward journeys, and the pattern eventually reached the Pacific coast.
If you search for images of Ocean Waves quilts, you will find a gazillion variations, colors, and sizes.
It seems to be an authentic American traditional quilt pattern.
Each of these quilts has a different color for the back, and I used the leftover backing fabric to make the bindings.
My grandsons sleep, cuddle, stay warm, make houses, drag around, camp with, and play on the quilts I have already given them.
(What more could a Nana want?)
For Christmas they will each receive one more.
Such. Limited. Sewing. Time.
Seriously. With grandsons in town and traveling...
At least I have had some time to shop.
And in the state of Washington!
I first visited Quilted Strait in Port Gamble.
I purchased Oh, Scrap! by Lissa Alexander...most likely for this quilt...
Next I visited Dry Goods Design in Seattle.
I purchased my first Liberty of London fabrics.
Aren't these awesome!?!?
I will be hoarding them.
Often my process of piecing a quilt top follows the same pattern.
Isn't this a great quilt?
I looked at the fabric requirements and matched them with the possibilities already existing in my fabric boxes.
Layer cake? Check. Background fabric? Almost enough.
Does almost enough stop me? NO.
If I switch the layer cake requirement to the background, I can cut color scraps to make almost enough substitution layer cake blocks.
Does closer-to-being-enough stop me? NO.
I started sewing, cutting, and trimming half square triangles.
I drew up a sort-of maybe plan.
Notice the edges and corners are not complete. That is where I'll need to get even more creative and find more scraps. I can do this.
The grid is 19 by 23 squares. Only 12 by 17 fit on my design wall (bed).
Along the way my long suffering sister puts up with some ridiculous pictures and texts.
Why did I start this?
These colors are so bizarre.
This confuses me.
Okay. I'll finish it.
Do I love it?
I love the fabric combinations and how they play with each other.
I love the motif.
Do I love the quilt?
I almost hate to admit it, but yes.
And perhaps when it's quilted it will be a picnic blanket with bread, cheese, and wine...or a quilt to snuggle under on a snowy evening with a glass of wine...you get the idea.
86" x 71"
I am over the moon with a new idea, a new book, and new fabric.
My idea for this quilt is mostly white. None of the blocks in the book include white. I plan to make only some of the blocks, maybe some of them twice. I plan to make them in random order.
Here is a sampling of what is in my head.
The month my son, his wife, and my three grandsons moved 1,424 miles to live 1.9 miles from my house.
In spite of that sweet distraction, I have been sewing.
As I walked this week at Oxbow Park I noticed tiger lilies blooming.
Orange reminded me of the two quilt tops I completed this month that I had not blogged about.
So I traveled back to the park and took quick mediocre pictures of them.
Wrinkles and all.
This is Home Again inspired by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique.
Quilting will help immensely I hope. And it is not nearly as washed out as this picture makes it seem.
This is Contrasting by one of my favorite designers Brigette Heitland of Zen Chic. (I just may be one of her biggest fans.)
Again, quilting will help.
And better photography too of course.
This is some of the fabric I am using for an online quilt along called Blockheads 2. Every Wednesday a free quilt block pattern is posted on the Moda Fabrics website. I may or may not make every block, yet I have made two of every one posted since it began four weeks ago.
For one set of blocks I am using black, white, and gray fabrics;
the other set will be oranges, corals, yellows, and pinks.
I am not the biggest fan of sampler quilts, (which this exactly is!),
but I am going to make an effort.
I can imagine two very distinctly different quilts, not only in color but in block setting and size as well.
Incidentally, the pineapple block you see is not part of Blockheads.
One "oh-I-have-an-inspiration-from-a-picture-I-just-saw" day,
it just happened.
One more quilty thing happened this month.
My sister donated the quilting and finished the binding on French Quarter Christmas, a quilt I finished oh, about three years ago, or so.
This one will eventually be donated, where and when to be determined.
It turned out great!!
I found I could say things with colors and shapes