Friday, March 18, 2016

A Streak of Good Quilty Luck

Oh my, where do I start?  Of course, with fabric acquisitions!! Actually it started with attending my first New Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  Although it is a 1.5 hour drive from home to the meeting location, I intend to attend as many meetings as possible.  As with my experience in the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, I was so impressed with the energy in the room, the talent evidenced in the show and tell and the warm reception I received as a newbie.  It was wonderful to meet Chelsea of Patch the Giraffe (we've been following each others blog for some time).  I even won one of the door prizes, a lovely bundle of Paperie fat quarters, a collection I have been admiring.
Before I left for the meeting, I was rapidly flipping through my blogs (OK being honest here, sometimes there isn't time to read every word in every blog I follow) and I saw this post from Sew Mama Sew.  At the meeting, someone shared a beautiful patchy quilt and I thought "gee, she looks familiar."  

Yes, one and the same Michelle Cain of From Bolt and Beauty.  Here is her blog post about that lovely quilt.  The next day I got back into my little car and drove south again, this time to Massachusetts for a couple of appointments.  Between appointments I stopped in at Quilters Way in Acton and who do you think I ran into there?  Yes indeed, the lovely Michelle Cain.  We had a long chat and I am sure it is a great omen of many wonderful quilting discussions in the future!

I even managed to  buy some fabric!  The next room in the lake house decorating plan is the family room downstairs.  Hopefully a navy blue, aqua/teal, mustard color combination will add some life to this wonderful beige space!
And I won a fat quarter by finding the hidden fabric heart in one of the fabric bolts.  At this point I should have run out to purchase a lottery ticket!
Meanwhile I continue to make progress on quilting the 2012 Craftsy quilt.  I promise a full recap when completed.

Today was declared ice-out on our lake, the earliest in recorded history.  I am ready for spring.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Splendid Sampler Update and Quilting Surgery

Much to my surprise, I am keeping pace with the release of The Splendid Sampler blocks.  Here are blocks #1 through #7 using fabric from the scrap boxes.
This little block made with needle turn appliqué took the longest to complete but I am the  most pleased with.  Interesting.
I have serious doubt as to whether I will be able to maintain this pace for the next 93 blocks, but you know, I really am OK with that!

You might remember these Bernese Mountain Dog pillows I made for friends of ours.  Well, one of them came back to me this weekend...sort of.

It seems that Cody (the white dog) might have been jealous that he did not have a pillow with his image on it.

Actually Cody is the sweetest dog and just had some fun with the pillow.  I probably did not make the pillow sturdy enough!  I like a challenge though so I am onto making this an even patchier pillow!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Another Room Finished - The Sunroom

After the family bedroom, the next room to get some decorating attention is the sunroom.
This room was a screened in porch before the renovation.   It was a room that people loved to hang out in.  Coffee in the morning, card games, beverages in the afternoon and long chats into the evening  made this a very popular hangout location.  As part of the renovation the space was made year-round with a design goal of keeping the porch feel.
It is a separate room off the kitchen, making it cozy but easily accessible and part of the flow of the house.

Over the last month we added a rug, the round table and lots of pillows on the sofa and the sunporch for comfort. Here is the link to my first pillow post for this room.

Importantly, all the fabrics in this room (with the exception of the two round bolsters) are made of durable Sunbrella or comparable outside fabric.  I don't want to worry about wet bathing suits, dogs or spills. At this point, I've made all simple pillows, most with piping.  I make my own pillow inserts (much cheaper than buying pillow forms) and put zippers with a flap closing on the back.

I love how this room came out.  It feels cozy, bright and easy to relax in.

Next room:  the family room!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Few Things I'm Working On

In my last post, I mentioned my intent to contribute quilts to David's House as part of the local guilds' donation work.  The world is small.  It turns out that my son's girlfriend's father and David were cousins.  Now I really, really must make some quilts for David's House!  Here is the first quilt top finished:
 Thanks to the very generous Weeknight Quilting, all the math was done for this Minecraft icon and it was a fast cut up of fabric on hand and a chain piecing party to make this top.

Yes, I have joined the thousands that are participating in the Splendid Sampler.  My plans is to use only my scraps and low volume prints in each block.  Here are #1, 2, 3 and 5.

The fourth block involves needle turn applique and is accompanying me on a trip this weekend to see my niece play ice hockey in Buffalo and then onto Ottawa to look at a university for her.

And I'm slowly making progress quilting block by block that oldie but goodie from 2012!

Hope you're having a wonderful week!
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