Friday, July 21, 2017

Sweet and Delightful {Quilts}

I sometimes feel that quilts have "personalities" and these two quilts became Sweet and Delightful fairly quickly in the process of making them!

Yes...I said two.  
The first one is above and the second, with just oh so slight variation. Can you see them?

I made this quilt with Leftover jelly roll strips and Kona Sand background I had in my stash.

from these two  Summer Aria quilts.

  If you are sensing a theme by now? Yes.  I've been making a lot of "twin" quilts lately. I'm just love making two nice sized lap quilts we will use as a family versus one large quilt no one will use around these parts.

I fell in love with this backing fabric I picked up at Joann Fabrics.

I HAD to use the Glasswings pantograph pattern again.

The Sesame Seed Omni Thread by Superior Threads blended in perfectly with the background, jelly roll fabrics and backing.

And I still had enough of the Aria pink fabric to use for the binding of both quilts.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: 6th Grade Quilt from the Precut Primer book by MeandMySistersDesigns
Fabric: Aria by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics and Kona Sand by Robert Kaufman
Quilted: Glasswings Pantograph with Sesame Sead Omni Thread on HQ Avante

I adore these quilts on my chairs and I really do call one Sweet and the other Delightful!

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 (@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


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