Monday, August 25, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Another (and The Last) Star Wars Quilt

I have no more Star Wars scraps.

 What I didn't use in this quilt top I gave away.  I am done with this franchise for a long while.

Miss Sadie had to get in the picture.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lost Chevrons

My Scrap Management System is still evolving.  The current version involves keeping together the scraps from a project under the theory that if they worked well in a quilt, certainly these pieces should stay together in their scrap after life.  Therefore, I have bags of scraps from many of the quilts I have finished waiting to be used.  For example, you remember this quilt (blogged about here);
Indeed, this project left me with a lovely little bag of scraps.  It turns out I need a new table topper to update my dining room.
 I have done a few chevron projects and wanted to make this a little more subtle.  
Perhaps I went a little crazy with this.  Can you see the chevron?

Perhaps I will quilt this to reinforce the chevron pattern.

On non-quilting adventures, my husband and I are planning a two week trip to the west coast in the fall.  We are flying into San Francisco, headng north along the coast to Oregon and over to the northern corner of Idaho (two more states for our 50 state challenge!).   I have done some initial research on fabric stores and there certainly seems like there are a LOT of them in that part of the country!  Unfortunately, we will not be going near Sisters, OR as I know that is venue for quilting fans (sounds like an excuse for another visit!).   I would love to hear any recommendations for must-visit quilt shops in this area!  I'll take recommendations for sights to see, restaurants, vineyards, hikes, etc.!  As you might guess we are so excited about this trip!

Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social and Lee's WIP Wednesday.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Finished - S'Mores Love Quilt

The challenge for this project was to see if I could make a quilt out of one charm pack.  My original post is here.   Now that the new home quilt is finished, this little one was next to be quilted.


Again, I had fun with the quilting.  A leafy motif seemed apropos for a quilt intended to be used on the porch at the lake.  Quilting borders is a challenge for me (lacking practice as I seldom have borders on my quilts) but that doesn't stop me from experimenting.

Isn't this backing (and binding) fabric just perfect for this occasion?  The fabric is  Frolicking Forest by Heather Rosas.

This one finishes at approximately 50" square, the right size for a little warmth while reading a book on the porch this fall.

Apparently I am in a free motion quilting mood as I have completed quilting three quilts over the last three weeks (a new record for me!).  In addition to the new home quilt and this one, I finished quilting another quilt top for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild's Quilts for Boston project.  A few weeks ago I quilted this one with a simple loopy meander.

I thought after this quilt I would be done with swirls for a while but I do love the texture of this style so I swirled this second Boston quilt.

Now, off to enjoy this glorious New England summer weather while watching my son recuperate from yesterday's oral surgery when SIX wisdom teeth were extracted!  I always encouraged my sons to excel in their endeavors!  I wonder what the going rate for the Tooth Fairy in the case of a 25 year old and six extracted wisdom teeth is?

Linking up with crazymom's finish it up Friday party.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tula Blocks #61 to 70

I am continuing to work my way through Tula Pink's City Sampler blocks.  
 As I am sure you can deduce, these blocks are all from the stripes section.
 In general, it is summer time and the sewing pace is a little slower for all the right reasons.  I have had a little time to catch up on some quilting.

This might mean I have some finishes to share with you soon.  On the other hand, the rain has stopped and my kayak is ready to launch.

Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social and Lee's WIP Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Embroidery Blocks Questions

I have a sister in law who also happens to be a First Class Grandmother.  She has asked me for some help constructing a quilt for her grandson.  This little guy is a John Deere fan and she has embroidered twelve tractors for the quilt.
Each block is 18" square.  I have never included embroidered blocks into a quilt before.  I'd love to get your thoughts on these questions:

  1. I plan on pre-washing the blocks and all the quilting fabric (as you can see I have started to acquire John Deere fabric) as the embroidered blocks are a light cotton fabric.  I am afraid this will shrink and potentially misshape the tractors.  Is there anything I can do about that?
  2. I will need to do some quilting within the 18" block as the maximum stitching distance on batting I can find is 8 to 10" (and that is on the cotton I normally use).  Any suggestions as to how I can quilt the embroidered blocks without messing up all the hard work she put into the embroidery?
  3. Any other cautions or advice for incorporating large embroidered blocks into a quilt?

Thanks so very much!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finished - Vintage Sampler Quilt

It's been a big week for our family.  Our oldest son and his wife purchased their first home.  It is the perfect house for this modern couple.  An 1830's house with a large barn on Main Street in a small New England town.  And have I told you before that my daughter in law is a historical preservation consultant?
 Of course I needed to make them a quilt for this occasion.  I searched my Pinterest pins, quilting magazines, blogs and books for the perfect quilt.  And I think I found it.  Vintage Quilt Revival is a beautiful book with 20 classic blocks created in a modern style.  Further, I love making sampler quilts and when I read that sampler quilts became popular in the 1830's, that sealed the deal!  I had a plan.

Deciding on the fabric was the next challenge.  Flea Market Fancy was my inspiration fabric.  To me this line is the perfect modern take on traditional style fabrics.  I combined FMF with other bright and happy fabrics from my stash.

Many of these blocks are foundation pieced.  This was my first experience with paper piecing where the pattern authors provided the size of the fabric to cut as compared to my just estimating the proper shape and size for each piece.  The alignment of pieces was much easier and scrap was a minimum, not to mention the precise piecing results.
(Full disclosure:  not all the points are this perfect but many are!)

There are some gorgeous blocks in this quilt.  I cannot decide which is my favorite!

20 classic blocks and 30 spacing blocks later, it was time to baste.  This is the largest quilt I have basted (72" by 90") using the table basting approach.  So much better than crawling around on the floor.

For the backing, I found this modern paisley print (again mixing a new and old element).

I like to add a little something special to each quilt.  This is the house they purchased:

This is the house block I put on the back (or a modern interpretation of an 1830's Victorian!).
I sketched out the house on graph paper, cut out all the pieces, added a 1/4" and pieced it all back together. 
Piecing this block into the back gave me an opportunity to practice matching patterns.  Glad I slightly over-purchased fabric for the backing to account for the large repeat of the pattern!
Faith Jones made this quilt for the book and if an allover meander was good enough for her, well for sure it was OK with me.  I am not a stippling fan (actually trickier than it looks) but I do love the texture this quilting pattern creates.

A short debate with my husband about binding colors later, two nights of movie watching and the binding was sewn on.

Finally, a label for historical purposes.

I couldn't be happier for this very special couple.   Sorry for the long post but I hope this explains the couple of weeks of silence on the blog!

Linking up with Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday linky party!  And acknowledging my tardiness, I am linking up with the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilt Along.


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