Saturday, January 21, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along

 Have you heard about the Patchwork Quilt Along by Fat Quarter Shop?
  
 
http://www.fatquartershop.com/patchwork-quilt-along-quilt-kit-preorder

Welcome to the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along! Join me and a smattering of other awesome quilters while we sew this collection of 12 different classic patchwork blocks to create the lovely Patchwork Quilt!
 
https://www.blacktie-america.com/online_sales/nonprofit_donation_enhanced.cfm?id=1161&campaignid=83
 
 
The Patchwork Quilt Along benefits Make a Wish. This fantastic organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. Granted wishes help children feel stronger, more energetic, and more willing to face their medical battle, and for many the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses!
 
 This year, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $20,000 of donations raised!  So help them reach that goal!
 
There are kits or you can quilt along with your own.   The blocks are free every 15th of the month. They only ask for a suggested donation of $5 to the Make a Wish campaign for each time you make a download.
 
I'm a little late posting because I just received my kit that Fat Quarter Shop today!
 
 
I'll be posting the January Block as soon as I get a chance, so keep your eyes peeled.
 

 But it is already available on the Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop's blog.  
Please also go check out the quilt requirements or check out the Kit they have already put together.  There are limited amounts available, so if you are serious about it, hurry up and grab yourself one.
 
*Psst! 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
 
 
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group! Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
 **Disclaimer:  Fat Quarter Shop has provided the full kit to me.  However, even if they didn't, I would be joining along to help such a worthy cause.****

Friday, January 20, 2017

Not So Naughty Nines {Quilt}


 This is Naughty Nines Quilt fraternal twin.  With the improv process, I ended up with two blocks.  One the reverse of the other.  They aren't exactly the same, but it be hard to tell the difference unless you have them right next to each other.


Can you see how some of the prints are flip-flopped? Especially the solid blocks.


I had to pieced the second one a little differently. The important thing about improv is that things aren't always the same each time.  I had to adjust my block sizes in order to use some of the smaller blocks.  It ended being more rectangular than square.


However, I did quilt it exactly the same.


I love how the sandstone thread calms the more gray low volume blocks to the entire background reads more beige taupe than a smattering of gray and beige.


I used the same binding also.  I did run out, so if you look suuuuper closely on the whole quilt picture, you can see a bit of solid taupe to finish it off.



Quilt Stats:
Measures: 38" x 50"
Pattern: Wonky Nine Patch Improv
Fabric: Moda Solids and a smattering of stash/scrap low volume
Quilted: Freemotion on Handiquilter Avante


The thing I loved the most was that I sorta got two quilts for the price of one!



Friday, January 13, 2017

Monster Bash {Quilt}

 My first 2017 finish....a Halloween quilt....am I early or late is the question?


To continue with the 2016 Theme of Sewing my Stash, this past October, I rummaged through my precut bookcase and found one remaining Halloween charm pack.  It was Monster Bash by Moda Fabrics I had bought to use as a backup option for quilt I made a client called Trick or Treat Quilt. However, I eventually found the original charm square pack she had requested like the original I had made.


I also pulled some stash for background, Essex Linen in Natural, and added a few leftover Riley Blake Lost & Found layer cake cuts from my Halloween Checkmate Quilts.


 This block is suuuuper easy to make using Material Girl's tutorial HERE.


Even Button became interested and very involved.  He loved "flipping" the pieces.


And he was so determined that we finish the quilt, he helped me with the piecing on the machine since he was determined to have it finished by the end of the weekend. We both agreed we liked the thin black with wider linen borders to make it larger.


I didn't have a good amount of yardage I liked for the backing, so I did purchase some fabric from Joann's.  We chose this Witches on Brooms on a gray background.


I was skeptical when I brought it home because I realized there weren't any gray blocks on the front, but went with it because I have no plans as of this moment to make another Halloween quilt since we currently have five.  I then changed direction from the original orange/brown dot fabric for the binding and pulled this black and white dot from my stash.


I have to say that I actually liked the gray background now. The white and black spiderweb blocks read that same tone.


I REALLY enjoyed quilting on the linen. In the past, I've been a bit frustrated that my quilting hasn't "shown" up and sorta blends in.  But the Essex linen played nicely.


I origianlly had intended to do spiderweb blocks and only did one small corner and changed direction with the more floral center.  The border is a wavy triangle all around.


I love that it will blend right in our more formal room, we jokingly call The Library.

Halloween 2016

I think it will bring in some color for Halloween?  
Don't you?


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 50" square
Pattern: Disappearing Four Patch (Tutorial at Material Girl's)
Fabrics: Moda Monster Bash, Riley Blake Lost & Found, Robert Kaufman Kona Black, Robert Kaufman Essex linen, Joann Fabrics Witch and Black and White Dot
Quilted: Freemotion on Handiquilter Avante


The best part?  When I finished the binding and presented it to Button? 
His response was "WE made that mom!  Great job team!" with a double high five.

He makes my day in an instant!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sew My Stash 2017

 Happy New Year!


I have been on a mission since 2014.  It's called SEW MY STASH.  It's a very interesting journey. Wonderful at times.  Difficult at times.  Wonderful at times.  Embarrassing at times.

This is the bookcase in my studio at the beginning of 2016 compared with the end.



Charm Square Packs along with Fat Eights, Fat Quarter and Half Yard Bundles reside here.
I can say that when I had a commission or a new project I really needed to get out of my system?  I shopped right in my own studio.  I also shopped my mini-bolt and un-bundled Fat Quarters bookcases for coordinating fabrics, backgrounds and backings.


I was a bit disappointed when I cleaned it up and it didn't really seem that I made a good dent.


But I have really good evidence and an eye opening reminder in all the projects I finished in 2016. 

video

My plan for 2017?   


Sew. My. Stash.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Dazzling Ornament {Crosstitch Tree Skirt}

In 1999, I made my parents a crosstitch and beaded tree skirt.


At the time, it never occurred to me to take any pictures.  This year, while we were visiting them in Virginia for the Christmas holidays, I decided to take the opportunity to take a pictures.  Since my mom keeps her village on it, I didn't want to pull them all off and only took two pictures....but I think you get the idea.


Crosstitch.  Beads.  Aida cloth.  Piping and simple muslin backing.
It was nice to see it still under her tree 17 years later.


Tree Skirt Stats:
Name: Dazzling Ornaments Christmas Tree Skirt
Pattern: #02952
Designed By: Joan Marchie


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sincere Wishes {Fidget Quilt}

"The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest nights."


Last Christmas, I made my grandparents a quilt HERE using the Sincere Best Wishes fabric by Henry Glass and the pattern called Thistle by Fat Quarter Shop's book Simply Fat Quarters.



It's a sensitive family topic, but my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago.
I hunted for information that could help him, and my grandmother, manage anxiety that it crease. I came across what is called a Fidget Quilt in my investigations.



  My former nurse self could see the value in having, what is a basically, an activity blanket for him. Textures to fiddle anxious hands.   However. I was very turned off by the idea that they looked like infant/toddler activity mats. I decided that I was going to just make them a quilt that had very subtle things for his hand to grab.



I've had a Elizabeth Hartman quilt pattern called the Kitchen Window marked in her Modern Patchwork book for a long time in mind for a memory quilt.  I was excited to realize I was going to be able to use up the rest of the original fabric bundle of the first quilt.  A matching quilt, but a decidedly more masculine pattern.



I cut all the block parts first and then raided my notions bins.  Zippers, lace, and ribbons were gathered and attached those first to any block parts that I could "hide" it in.


Never having more than two "texture" Block parts in one block.
It was a very simply constructed quilt and I was able to use stash only.  (I'm still not sure if I should be proud of that or not).


The backing had me stopped in my tracks for a few days.  I am at a point where I just don't have a lot of yardage to make backings.  Pieced backing it seemed to call for again.  This time, I realized that I could squeeze some stash into a giant block mimicking the smaller blocks in the front.  After some math crunching,  it was successful in the endeavor.



I was worried I wouldn't be able to center the giant block on my long arm, and it is a bit off, but I was pleased that I was somewhat close.


I opted to do a simple meandering since their were so many notions and bits I had to make my way around.


Lace bits and layers.


Folded fabric block parts.


And functional zippers by layering the same fabric under the zipper parts to make a "pocket".




Binding was made with my preciously hoarded Painted Canvas fabric.


Two happy grandparents who didn't even realize it was a "fidget" blanket
and were just happy for a twin to go with their previous quilt.


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 52" x 68"
Pattern: Kitchen Window by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabric: Sincere Best Wishes by Henry Glass Fabrics, 
Kona Brown and Sandstone, Free Spirit Painted Canvas in Teal
Quilted: Free motion meandering on Handiquilter Avante


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