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!




Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Old Glory {Quilted Pillows}


"....with liberty and justice for all."


I am so delighted with these pillow covers!


And better yet?  I love this time of the year because I can put my patriotic decorations up from Memorial Day through the Fourth of the July...and there is Flag Day in between!


I did not use a pattern for these, but will admit I was inspired by the many flag blocks I've seen from Thimbleblossoms Stars and Stripes pattern.  Mine is based on the size of my pillow inserts.  I used the dimensions to be able to fit four red stripes, 3 white, a rectangle of aqua, and a border for them to stand out. 

I know, I know...the "star" rectangle is supposed to be blue.  But sometimes I feel like a quilter can take a little artistic license and bend the rules. 


I had fun doing the crosshatch quilting.  
And I'm so happy with my plan to use linen for both the background and the binding.


For the pillow backs, I made hidden zippers again.  There are some dark chocolate zippers under that flap, and no one needs to know!  And in accordance with my Sew My Stash goal, I used some duck canvas in a coordinating color I had hanging around.



Quilt Pillow Stats:
Measure: 13" x 20"
Pattern: Inspired by Thimbleblossoms Stars and Stripes pattern
Fabric: Scraps of red and aqua, Kona Snow, Robert Kaufman Linen in Natural, and Joann's Duck Canvas
Quilted: Crosshatch quilting on Babylock Symphony


There are some more patriotic pillow covers in the works....stay tuned!!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sooner Spirit {Quilt}

" A mile of road will take you a mile; A mile of runway can take you anywhere."


I wish I had the photo of the graduate that this quilt is going to!
  He is a young man headed to the University of Oklahoma, Department of Aviation 
this fall and is also already a REAL pilot. 
(I know that is weird to say, but it just blows my mind that he was flying planes while in high school!)


When he was a little guy, his mom tucked him in with a quilt made by his grandmother.  He would say "airplanes UP!" to her every night.  


She requested I add a bit of that fabric to the back of the quilt headed with him this fall!


 I can't tell you how excited I was to find this fabric for his backing.  
It's called Jetsetter by Tim Holtz.


Unfortunately, I did run into a bit of trouble while piecing the backing.  
When I had originally assessed and purchased the yardage, it appeared quite non-directional at first.


I had intended to have only a single stripe on the back, but when I realized all of the commercial planes appeared to be nose diving, I immediately messaged her to let her know I had to make a change in plans.  I think I said, and I quote, "There is NO way I am giving him any bad ju-ju" 


The last time I did this quilt for my own son, I did a square meandering, but this time I really wanted to do straight line quilting. 


I did a meander around the logo so that the applique would pop, with its blanket stitching, from the background.


I went with the black binding to frame the entire quilt.
I will admit, I struggled to choose the coordinating fabrics.  OU has only two specific colors for their school, Crimson and Cream.  I was so glad the Ash gray and black didn't distract from their colors!



Quilt Stats:
Measures:  71" X 89"
Pattern: Rah Rah Rally by Melissa Corry from the Moda Bakeshop Book, Sweet Celebrations.
Fabric: Kona Black, Ash, Crimson, and Natural
Quilted: Straight lines and meandering on Handiquilter Avante


Today is his graduation and I can't wait to see his reaction to his gift!


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