Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Really Big Finish

Finally!!!  The Seaglass quilt for my master bedroom is done!  Angst about fabric and pattern selection, hours of piecing and assembling, 12 bobbins of thread needed for quilting and three nights of TV watching to sew down the binding was all worth it!  I am so happy with the result!  (Sorry not the best pictures...such a thing as a too sunny day?)

 The info on this quilt:

Finished size (before washing):  88" by 80" for my queen bed
Pattern:  Garden Trellis Modern Quilt by Faith of Fresh Lemon Modern Quilts (I made more squares to size up to a queen).
Fabric:  Oh boy, lots of beautiful pieces that I collected over months with Kona White and Ash.  If you have a question on any specific fabric, I can search for the selvage.
Quilting:  Stippled on my Viking

I am working on coordinating pillows for the bedroom and will share pictures of the renovated room soon!  Another Saturday when I am sneaking in under the wire on Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday!  

PS  As a north of Boston townie, I am overwhelmed by the response from the quilting community (and others) to the awful recent events in Boston (if you haven't seen this, please pop over to Boston Modern Quilt Guild).   Wicked awesome.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Making progress!

It is finally spring here in New England.
So nice to plant some flowers.
The beautiful flowering azalea bush outside my bathroom window.  If a plant can be special this one is.  It was originally planted by my father at my parents home.  When they passed we uprooted this plant; it reminds me of mom and dad every time I see it.

After a couple of weeks of traveling, I am back to my sewing machine!  Yeah!  Here is the next project:
I had no particular goal in mind here, just to work on some happy fabric...and Vintage Modern certainly fits the bill!
Drawing diagonal lines across 288 squares (half of them are 1.5"!) is slow but a lovely mindless activity.

I am thrilled to be back working on the Seaglass Quilt...
12 bobbins of thread and I think I have worn out the tips of the quilting gloves!  Yikes!
I've even started to work on the coordinating pillows!  Hopefully I will have a finished quilt to share with you, that is A LOT of binding to hand sew on!

I am on a fabric-abstinence BUT I just couldn't resist this (for OBVIOUS reasons):

Fabric is part of North by Northwest collection.  What should I do with this???

So happy to be back chatting with all of you!  Linking up with the fun linky party at Freshly Pieced!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Have a great day!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fun with Dr. Seuss

Do you remember the very first quilt that I finished?  That quilt was for Savanna's grandmother (my daughter-in-law's mom) for her first Mother's Day as a grandmother!  Well, time flies by so quickly and little Savanna celebrated her First Birthday yesterday!  We were so thrilled to be invited to the birthday shin-dig and seeing the Dr. Seuss party invitation, well, I just knew what I had to do for the adorable Miss Savanna.

I found the pattern on the Moda Bake Shop, Easy Pezzy Crib Quilt.  by Allysa at Pile O Fabric. i have been wanting to do a simple squares quilt, being impressed with the dramatic results seen from others.  Given the nature of this fabric (yikes!), I thought a simple pattern would work great to highlight the fun fabric.  The rectangle for the name was a nice addition.  The quilt is small enough that one cut of fabric works perfectly for the back, no piecing required.  I quilted this with a 1/4" allowance on both sides of the seams with some smallish stippling to highlight the letters.  I am not super happy with the machine applique of the first attempt.  I just purchased a book recommended by the wonderful Nicole at Mama Love Quilts on machine applique that I am bringing with me on this weeks trip to California (I know, again to the Left Coast!).

Most importantly, the party was so much fun!   Savanna greeted us at the door:
 Proudly sporting her "Thing Three" shirt!
 Savanna has the same beautiful eye lashes as her aunt (my son's lovely wife)!
 Savanna's other grandmother made this amazing cake...oh yeah, different flavor for each layer.
My husband and I with the birthday girl who was an amazing good sport with all the people, cameras, and Seuss-acle excitement!

Another trip to California, another quiet week at KayakQuilting!  Rest assured, all this airplane time is perfect for percolating quilt ideas!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

California Trip Report

It was a great week in California!  My niece, Sarah, played in the annual USA Hockey National Championship in San Jose.  It was impressive to see so many strong young women competing at such a high level.

Between ice hockey games, we were able to play tourist including day trips to San Francisco, Muir Woods and Santa Clara.  I even managed to squeeze in a special adventure to a local quilt shop!  Oh and did I mention that the shop was Intrepid Thread!  Yes, the same Intrepid Thread that sponsors so many of my fave bloggers. I had a wonderful time browsing the shop and chatting with the lovely folks there, including the owner Julie.  The result:
Two new collections that I have been wanting to play with.
Three lovely selections from Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill collection.  A bag maybe?

2wenty Thr3e by Cosmo Cricket.  The patterns and colors in this collection have so much potential!  Gray/gold in my sewing room?  Something movie themed for my son the film critic?
And sometimes for no reason, beautiful fabric MUST come home with me.  And that describes the next six choices.  Heather Ross, Nursery Versery, Piggies by Kokka.  Really you have to touch this fabric, the texture is very distinct.  Next (as if I haven't had enough of green/teal combinations) is Tula Pink Lady Bugs. Adorable.  On the right is Michael Miller's Stitch Square in, yes, teal.

Of course you recognize Rashida Coleman-Hale's cranes.  Another fabric that has a lovely, unique feel.  I really should buy more organic cotton.  To the right of the cranes is another great stash addition, Urban Mod Triangularity.  Last but not least is the bottom fabric...aren't those wild animals great?!  Indian Summer Menagarie designed by Sarah Watson.  I am afraid this is going to be one of those fabrics that is SO special it will sit in the fabric stash too long ("is this project worthy?").

What a lovely shop with such nice people ready to help!  It is a good thing I brought the extra empty bag!  Great ice hockey, Pacific ocean fish, sourdough bread, redwood trees, cable cars, piles of sea lions, beautiful fabric and, most importantly, a week with my niece and her was a very successful trip!

BUT I did miss my sewing room.  So, as soon as I arrived home in Massachusetts, to stay awake after the red-eye flight, I started a new project!  I would love to share this with you but we'll have to wait a few days.  Stay tuned!

It's Wednesday, therefore:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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