Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Throwing & Village

This beauty is finished!
I loved everything about this quilt when I saw a picture of it. So I made it pretty much just like the original.
Throwing with wavy quilting pattern
I used leftover HSTs for part of the back, along with some other fabrics I had in the same color families, and finished it with yardage of "circles."


Pattern: "Throwing", Zen Chic / Brigitte Heitland
Piecing Fabric: exactly as called for in the pattern - 3 charm packs of True Blue; Contrasting colors: Moda Grunge in Geranium and Papaya, and Bella Bleached White;
Backing and Binding Fabric: True Blue Admirals Blue Circles
Size: 60" x 60"
Started: Fall 2017
Completed: January 2018
Machine Quilted by: Melissa Heys, The Completed Quilt

I also just finished Village*, in Table Runner size, by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. Love this!
Village table runner
The fabric was purchased when I was visiting California in October 2017 - SS took me to this great shop in Montrose, CA, called Quilt' n' Things Fiber Arts. The owner Lana really gets my taste in fabric! 

I did all the quilting (not my 1st love) - trying different stitching for each house, and mixing up doorway looks too.
X marks the door!
Some straight line quilting on this block.
I like the peaked roof which I did on each house (sorry about the shadow on the left).
I'm going to do 4 more of these little houses to make a square-ish wall hanging; I'll use the same fabric line since I like it so much.

Pattern: Village*
Piecing, Backing and Binding Fabric: fat quarters and a little yardage from the Maker's Home collection, purchased at Quilt' n' Things Fiber Arts
Grey sashing and background: one of the grey Grunge shades, maybe this one?
Size: 15.5" x 55"
Started: November 2017
Completed: January 2018
Machine Quilted by: ME!
Village is a Charm Pack mash up from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co, by Carrie Nelson.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


I gifted my SIL's quilt to her for Xmas. She loved it!

It's a twin-sized quilt for her home in Geyserville, CA. She wanted something bright and a little folk-art-ish. These Alison Glass fabrics seemed to fit the bill. My SIL is very devoted to hearts so I had Melissa use an overall heart quilting pattern. The back & binding fabric, from the Me & You collection by Melissa Averinos, also has little hearts on it.

It looks pretty good on my SIL's guest bed too!

Pattern: Kite Runner from "Big Blocks, Big Style, simple quilts with a Scandinavian flair" by Gudrun Erla (purchased at Quilted Threads)
Piecing Fabric: Chroma by Alison Glass (purchased as a bundle at Tumbleweed Quilt Shop during 2016 Retreat), and some additional A.G. fabrics in my stash.
Border fabric: more from the Chroma collection
Back fabric: Yummies by Melissa Averinos Made in Bali collection
Started: Sept/Oct 2017 (did most of the piecing at 2017 Retreat)
Completed: December 2017
Quilted by: Melissa Heys

Friday, November 10, 2017

Add to Wish List

- Table Runner (LA)
- Calico Swing by Denise Schmidt
- Gingham Girl Stars by Amy Smart

Keep working on Fussy Cut Sampler
Start My Small World (finish block 5 and/or 6 by 1/16/18)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017 FInishes

Bringing my finishes up-to-date, here is GLOW. The pattern, by Samantha Green, was released in Issue 15 of Make Modern magazine. My friend S.S. in L.A. and I challenged each other to use all scrap fabric for this pretty quilt - and I succeeded! I did a deep dive for most of the pieces, and played with the coloration of each square. Lots of fun to put together (which I did at a Guild retreat). 
Front of Glow
It was quilted with a overall "coil" pattern using a pale grey/silver thread.
Close up of Glow
And I was able to use some really big pieces from my stash for the pieced back as well!

I also finished Play a Card back in March. The pattern is by Brigitte Heitland and Zen Chic. I used assorted Asuka fabrics, by Dear Stella. I wanted the fabric to really stand out in this one. I used Insignia by Alison Glass for the back (no photo).

Isn't the fabric cool? This one is already being used on our bed!

Playful (Chelsea's Crosses) from Scrap Patchwork by Sandra Clemons.
Playful (Chelsea's Crosses) from Scrap Patchwork by Sandra Clemons
When we had a fabric "yard sale" at a guild meeting this year, I bought a bag of 2 1/2" squares that Chelsea had cut out. She said she cuts the squares from her leftover fabrics kind of mindlessly while watching TV; it was a pretty big package of little squares, and this quilt barely made a dent in the pile I bought.
I used snow white Grunge for the negative space, and a piece of grey I had in my stash for the backing. I think it's a very happy quilt! Squares of fabric; swirls of quilting stitches.
Into the "finished" pile it goes, for when we want a happy quilt to keep us warm!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vacation Sewing

I finished a tuffet! It was a really fun project.I used fabrics from the "Around the Block" collection (Cloud 9 Fabrics) by Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx fame. I love this collection. With the skinny strips on the tuffet top some of the details on the block prints don't show, but overall it's still a great look.

And I used materials from Tuffet Source, including their instructions. It seems daunting when you first start out, but it's really very easy once you get into it. My only issue was having enough fabric for the button cover. The instructions tell you to create 2" strips from all the fat quarters, but you need a wider piece than that for the button. Next time I'd cut the button cover piece out first and set it aside. There would still be plenty of fabric left to do the strips needed for the top.

Here's a closeup of the feet.

The tuffet doesn't have a home yet, but I don't want it to be very far away because I love it so!

P.S. It's hard to get a picture of a tuffet when it's on the floor! I ended up putting it up on a table so the details would show.

Vacation project #2 was a child-focused quilt top. It's the Thicket quilt, using the Thicket fabric collection (designer Stacy Bloomfield of Gingiber; the fabric is hard to find now since it's mostly sold out of stores). 

It was a pretty easy project, and I liked that each block was a bit "freeform." The centers of each square can be positioned towards the top, bottom or either side of center. So when it's finished and quilted, the middles will look off center and unaligned. The animal panels add a bit of whimsy; everything has a white background except for the owl panel (beige). Just to mix it up.

I love her drawings.

Some day this will be quilted up and given away.

What a great vacation.

I found the name!

Remember this one? It's called Cutting Corners, by Susan Strong.
It was published in quilty magazine, Fall 2016.

These came back too -
- Glow, made entirely from stash
- Play a Card, a huge piece from a bundle of Asuka by Dear Stella Fabrics
- Playful (Chelsea's Crosses) from Scrap Patchwork by Sandra Clemons

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

At the quilter

Two pieces are at the quilter now:
- Glow, made entirely from stash
- Play a Card, a huge piece from a bundle of Asuka by Dear Stella Fabrics

Didn't make Guild meeting last night, but saw from photos that some charity blocks were turned in. Can't wait to put this all together!