Friday, September 15, 2017

Patchwork QAL: Block Nine

It's September. 
 It is raining and the temperature dropped to 54 degrees this morning. 
 I think I'm ready for fall!

Grandmother's Choice 


This block wasn't the easiest of the bunch.  Such tiny triangles to work with!!
The blue blocks are probably still my favorite of the bunch.
I can't believe there are only THREE months left until we have a finished quilt! 
 
 
  The list above is so long!  I really can't believe it!
See everyone else's!!!!

The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Friday, September 8, 2017

Texas Flag {Quilted Pillow}

"Houston Strong"


It's been very hard the last two weeks, watching our dearest of friends and family enduring Hurricane Harvey.  


It's very hard to sit watching, helplessly, as they hunkered down, evacuated flooding waters, and now clean out all the water damaged homes.  


Houston was where we lived for 15 years.  
Where we made very close friends.  Where we thought we may live forever.  
I won't say that its been the easiest of moves to Salt Lake City, Utah.   It was hard to leave Houston behind.


I made this pillow in the early spring for my husband's office.   It was a bit of "home" just for him.


I used old upholstery and canvas fabrics I had from my one of my son's bedding and window treatment make-overs.  It makes me smile and think of our time there whenever I walk in the room.

Pray for our Houston family.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Patchwork QAL: Block Eight

School is about to start around these parts and I think the name of this block describes the way the year is "rolling" away from me.  Soon, Fall will be upon us with a vengeance!

Rolling Nine Patch


This block kept to the square and rectangle construction that many of the previous blocks had.


It's hard to believe that the stack is growing so high. I think it will soon be higher than the crate I've been collecting them in!


I feel like a broken record, but it never too late to start this quilt.  

 
 
These blocks come together very quickly!  See everyone else's!!!!

The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quilting on the Go....English Paper Piecing {Book}

 


When Sharon Burgess asked me if I would participate in a book tour of her new book, I couldn't contain my glee.  We "met" early on in my blogging years and I've was extremely lucky to receive a creation of hers during a swap, a beautiful hoop piece.  Her work is impeccable and her recent patterns she has published have been stunning!


When the book arrived on my doorstep from Tuva Publishing, I opened it up and had a moment of "which ONE am I going to do".  I started to be greedy and had the idea of making a BUNCH of them for the tour.  But alas, summer is wrecking havoc and I only completed one of the projects in her book.

When I settled on the Summer Star Table Runner, it was because the colors of hers reminded me of the need for some Fourth of July pillows in my family room.  I have pillows that I have covered in the past for Halloween and Valentine's, but not for the American holiday.


I am one to make my own papers.  It is something I enjoy, but if you are looking for some paper kits, Paper Pieces have some available!


I also don't glue baste, so it probably takes me a tad longer than most to get an EPP project completed quickly, but I sure do enjoy the process.


I won't pretend that I'm a perfect EPP quilter either! Just one that loves to do it!


I loved the way Sharon quilted her runner, but I really like doing matchstick for my throw pillows when I can. I haven't had the guts to do it on a large quilt yet, so I take advantage when I have smaller projects like this.


And really? It makes it easier for me to run a vacuum over them when my pugs get their hair all over them. Haha!


I love the final product!!


I love how the star changes when you change the placement of color. 
They are similar, but the eye gets drawn different ways.


I still have to finish the binding on the second pillow cover...
I'm telling you, the summer is KILLING me!

Next project?  I can't decide.  The Clam Shell Dilly bag?



Or the Zipper Pouch?

Yes.  The projects in the book are THAT good!
 If you want to see more projects and the different variations...
hurry up onto Sharon's blog Lillabelle Lane.  

Some amazing variations like the zipper pouch above are being done!!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Patchwork QAL: Block Seven

It's hard to believe that we crossed the halfway point, where the number of blocks to be made are less than the blocks we have!

The Propeller Block



This block instantly made me want to hop on a vintage plane with a silky scarf wrapped around my head and the ends fluttering behind me!

After seeing the seven piles of blocks...



I couldn't resist laying them out to see them all together this month.


I'm so excited!!!! 
If you haven't started it, it isn't' too late.

These blocks come together very quickly!  See everyone else's!!!!

The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Patchwork QAL: Block Six

We are HALFWAY there!!! It's June and time for block five!!

The Round the Corner Block



Another block with teeny tiny squares and HST's....well....at least tiny for me!


I will admit, I kinda grit my teeth when I start out with the tiny bits, but then I start chain piecing them and I end up with six blocks!!


I just added this stack to my bin and realized we all should have 36 blocks now!


Isn't this stack just gorgeous!! 
If you haven't started it, it isn't' too late.
These blocks come together very quickly!  See everyone else's!!!!

The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
 
 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Superstar {Quilted Pillow}

 "Don't listen to them, you're a superstar!"



In January, a package arrived from Riley Blake Designs.  I was surprised to see the fabric bundle, until I remembered I had signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild 2017 Fabric Challenge with Riley Blake. 

The fabric line is called Creative Rockstar.  I really do love the two colors of Orange and Aqua/Teal, but  I felt like I needed another color to balance them.  However, I really didn't want to use more fabric than they sent.  I had presented a secondary challenge for myself. 


I knew I wanted to play with the words of the fabric line and the word star kept nagging at me. 
Then, I remembered that I had designed a star pattern a few years ago for my boys' bean bag cushion in their room that might work.


 I didn't want to make a mini because I'm really into making small quilts that are functional in my life, so settled on making a quilted pillow cover.  I set aside two of the fat quarters they had sent for the back of the pillow and then started with my star center...crossing my fingers I would have enough. 
 

I started adding colors strips around it.


At first, I tried to be very specific in my color choices and strip widths.


But then it became very improv and fun because I only had a bit left.  I even miscalculated the amount of fabric I had set aside for the binding and had to make it scrappy also.


The quilting was simple, I outlined the stars as best as I could, since the outer widths started to vary greatly.


Then I added my hidden zipper backing and scrappy binding.


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 18" square
Pattern: Superstar (still writing up the pattern)
Fabrics: Creative Rockstar by Riley Blake Designs
Quilted: Straight line outlines on Babylock Symphony



The pillow now lives in my chair at my desk in my studio.  It didn't win the challenge, which made me very happy that I didn't spend more money on fabric AND I have a functional project for myself!




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