Friday, October 31, 2014

Finished - The Pink Quilt

You might look at this quilt and wonder why I am calling it a "Pink Quilt."  After all, I'm not really a pink gal and there really is not a lot of pink in this quilt.  Nor is my dear friend that I gave this quilt to.  But she is a breast cancer survivor.  And one amazing woman.
 This was a great quilt for using a jelly roll.
 I wanted to keep this quilt soft, so I just did a little loopy quilting.

To tone down the colors a little I used a grey print from the collection for both the backing and the binding.

This bright, happy quilt is not even close to your effervescent personality (particularly in light of the year you've just had!).   I love you Jean and hope you enjoy a snuggle or two under this quilt.   

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Cross Terrain by Lee Heinrich (pattern is here)
Fabric:  Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille

Finally, something to share with Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday linky party!
Happy Halloween!

PS I did this entire post on my new Mac (thank you Melissa for the help!).  Cool.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Little Finish to Share

OK, so I know it has been a long time since I have had a finished quilt to share with you.  Please be patient.  I have a few in the works.   ("Famous last words" my mother would say.)  Here's a little finish:
My sister is a HUGE Olaf fan (the best part of the movie IMHO).  For her birthday (one short of 50!) I made her this open wide pouch (Noodlehead pattern) and she was appropriately over the top thrilled with it. I love the lining fabric.

I know I am making excuses here but fall in New England is my favorite time and place to be. Last weekend we brought in the row boat for the winter.

That is my husband rowing in the distance.

It was indeed a beautiful day.

However, Sunday afternoons do provide the perfect combination of football game watching and sewing.  Look!  I see another I Spy quilt in the works.
And the low volume quilt, well, maybe it won't be so low in volume after all.

The biggest WIP news to share with you is this:

WHAT?!  One day I woke up and realized I had been sucked into the Steve Jobs' vision with my iPod, iPad, iPhone and two dysfunctional PC's that needed to be replaced.  The awful PC performance combined with the raging heat from the CPU tower (being held together by duct tape) forced our reluctant selves into the Apple store and into the world of Mac computers, iCloud synchronization and so on.

We have A LOT to learn (why does scrolling down require fingers to move up?) about this New World.  Stay tuned.

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Few WIP's

A rainy day every now and then is great for playing in the sewing cave. These 120 blocks are ready to be assembled.
My collection of selvages is about to overflow.  Time to make more selvage blocks.

The backing and fleece are ready for basting the John Deere quilt.

And then I must build a quilt front for this panel.

I'm working on finishing this pink quilt in October.

I think it is safe to conclude that I have overcome my linear "one project at a time" approach to sewing!


Monday, October 20, 2014

A New Quilt Project

All this talk of low volume quilts has motivated me to cut into my little collection.

Add in a little blue and yellow and I have this lovely pile of blocks ready to become my first low volume quilt.

Now that the weather has started to chill, I hope to have some finishes to share soon!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Tula Blocks #71 to 81

A couple of months ago (honestly) I cut the fabric for these blocks.  Today I finally got around to sewing the blocks.  These represent most of the square blocks from Tula Pink's City Sampler book.
 So many beautiful Tula fabrics!  Really I don't have a plan for all these crazy blocks.  I have faith that it will all come together...somehow.
Beyond the elegant simplicity of this block, I love the colors.   It deserves a full quilt in this colorway.

Even when the sun isn't shining it is beautiful outside and tremendously distracting from sewing.

Happy Thanksgiving to those in Canada.  Happy Indigenous People Day for those in Seattle and the rest of the United States.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Back to Sewing!

It is wonderful to be back to sewing. Taking a little break does reinvigorate the sewing mojo! There are a few projects in the plans. The fabric has been ordered and the plans have been sketched out.

Here is a sample of what I am working on.
Aren't those cats adorable?

Linking up with Lee's Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday and Lorna's Let's Bee Social!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

I'm back!

I am slowly getting back into the sewing swing of things.  Remember the fun embroidered blocks my sister in law made for her grandson?  After some research I found some John Deere fabric and have completed the twin size quilt top.
The fleece fabric for the backing has been ordered to finish this quilt for an adorable little man!

This is a little table topper made from scraps of one of my favorite quilts.  I think it works fine in the dining room with the new light fixture.

October is my favorite month.  I hope you are off to a good one!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

States #28 and #29

Hello friends!  I am back from an amazing 17 day trip that included:

  • 12 different hotels
  • 5 states
  • two new states to cross off our 50 State project 
  • 767 pictures.

We landed in San Francisco just long enough to pick up the rental car and head north up the scenic and adventurous Route 1.

Continuing up the California coast, we drove through the Avenue of the Giants on the way to Idaho (#28).

The 6 hour detour to Crater Lake National Park was well worth it. Spectacular (I've done no editing to these pictures.)

Heading west to the beautiful Oregon coast including fun in the sand dunes.

 Astoria is lovely and fun.
 After a few days in Portland, we ventured to Mt. Hood.
 Then we took a couple of days to experience the Columbia River Gorge staying in Stevenson, Washington.

 Then off to Idaho (state #29) to beautiful Coeur d'Alene with adventures that included hiking, renting a boat and a sea plane ride.

Leaving the west coast and flying back to Boston necessitated a stop in Chicago, IL to see our son, who valiantly sat through all 767 pictures of the trip.  

It was indeed a successful trip full of diverse and dramatic scenery, tasty local food and beverage, interesting people (both local and fellow tourists) and new adventures.  Now, it is time to dust off the sewing machine and make some progress on those WIP's and new projects rolling around in my mind.  I can't wait!!


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