Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Quilts as Presents

Hi! I actually have still been sewing!  I completed my Layer Cake 1-2-3 quilt from Katie Jump fabrics. 

I made both my daughters quilts from my stash of this line for Christmas and had started this one for me, however, my mother saw it and commented how much she liked it, so she got it for Mothers Day. 

I apologize for the resolution, I don't know why these pictures are so bad.  
Since I already gave both quilts away I can not re-take them. 

The second quilt is a scrappy log cabin I completed for my nephew as a college graduation present. 

The backing is flannel wood grain print, super snugly!

Friday, April 11, 2014


This quilt has been sitting for a couple years, half done.
I am not sure why I was putting off working on it, I love the material in this line, Acadia by Moda,  and I added several others from my stash, mainly some Joel Dewberry prints.

The back was a great deal I found at Joann's and I love how it coordinates.
This is the 3rd of 5 quilts that I have completed and sitting on a chair waiting for me to sandwich, quilt and complete.  
I got a tad distracted and started cutting on my horded stash of Bonnie and Camille yesterday before moving on to the next quilt in the waiting pile. 
I am trying to make a deal with myself that I can finish cutting, but must then clear the table and sandwich/quilt one from the pile before I start sewing something new. 

Monday, April 7, 2014


It rained this weekend, a perfect time to settle in and get a quilt done!  This had been sitting on my table for many weeks, half quilted, waiting for me to complete.  Happy it is done!

This may be my favorite block....

Or maybe this one....

It finished out 60x70, made from the original Lush line and Lush Uptown as well with solids.
Backing is the paint by numbers from the original Lush line.
I now only have 3 quilts paired with backings sitting on the chair next to my table waiting to be quilted! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Scrappy Trip Along...

Never so happy to finish the last stitch of quilting!  I did not time it, but I did see at least 6 episodes of Dowton Abby plus a couple other shows, so my estimate is over 9 hours.

There are 1764 squares on this ScrappyTripAlong  top which I completed Jan 18, 2013.

The border and binding are Kona Cotton Ceries which is a perfect berry color. I need to get some more as I used every last bit.
It backed with a zebra print that my mom de-stashed to me, with a strip of solids pieced to make the backing big enough, as this quilt is a biggie, 95x95, perfect for our queen sized bed.
Someone besides me likes it too!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lush Economy Block

I have obsessed before about my love of the Lush line by Erin Michael.  I collected quite a few of the prints and the similar Up Town, and recently was able to add to my collection the elusive paint by number deer print with the reprint named Lush Uptown.  The only problem was that I could not bring myself to cut into the fabric until I found the perfect pattern that displayed the large scale deer print. 

Have you seen the #economyblockalong
These are all over instagram and some of my favorite blogs as well.  

There are lots that are being made at 6.5 inch squares, mine are 12.5.

The larger blocks are perfect to show off the deer and use some of the various accompanying fabrics as well, and a stack of random solids that seem to match well.

This is what I have so far, I figure it will end up 6 rows, so half way there. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Macaron quilt

Can you see it?  Why I named my new low volume quilt Macaron?  This was a box of Macarons that we got on our recent trip to New Orleans and I think it picks up all the wonderful colors!

This quilt is the 'cousin' to the low volume quilt I made this summer
As has happened a couple of times,  when sorting scraps and cutting more squares, I had a pile of strips left over which morph into quilt number 2, the cousin of the first as it is related, but not the same.
It is rainy and cloudy this morning, but I think the colors show pretty well.  There are a couple pops of red/pint that show through as well as a couple darker prints.  I used a pale Heather Baily print from the Fresh Cut line for the back and a creamy linen texture print from Riley Blake for binding, all from my stash. 
Shout out to my helper, the best quilt holder in the house.  He has the distinction of being the tallest in the house which helps establish his superiority in the task.
Sharing today at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
If you want to see other great projects go check out her linky party!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bring it on!

 Bring on the winter cold and quilting!  I am prepared!

Last year I DVR'd and watched the initial 7+ seasons of NCIS and all of Burn Notice, watching most of them while sewing and quilting.  At one time I had 78 episodes on NCIS stored on DVR! Since then there have been issues with the DVR (piece of junk), but have been managing through the fall using on demand to see a couple series, entertaining me while sewing, but got inspired today and decided to branch out! 
In addition to jumping on the Downton Abbey band wagon, I also got season 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones.  After some research, determined that 'season 1' (Dr.9) is the place to jump into Dr. Who! 
BBC America graciously had a one hour special on what you need to know to watch the Dr. that explained enough that I think we are ready to go...  wish I had watched it first and I would have jumped in at Dr. 10, but I plan to watch Dr. 9 while sewing and if it is as good as its supposed to be I will bring hubby in at regeneration. 

This is the Arcadia quilt that I dug out and will be the first in the video series.  Just a note to myself and anyone else who may benefit, when setting aside a project for hiatus, make a little sketch or notes on what your plan was.  I spent 20 min looking at the blocks and trying to figure out what I was doing before being able to pick up progress.
Last,  a shout out to the serger, great little thing.  She will be headed to the sewing machine spa tomorrow for a long overdue cleaning.  Best I can figure I have had her close to 20 years and have never had her serviced/cleaned.  I have been using her to give a clean finish to quilt edges after quilting before binding. The spot on the front is glue from the name emblem that melted and dripped when we moved here 10 years ago.. I expect a little WD40 will take it off, but have never gotten around to it. My hope is that when I get her back in a couple weeks that will be gone and I will have 3-4 quilt tops quilted and ready for her to zip around.