Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: Fussy Cutting

My friend Shelly has a wonderful new tutorial up on the Riley Blake Designs website.  The quilt is called Rollin' Along, and you can download it here.

Rollin' Along blocks
I had fun making a few of these blocks.  I decided to play around with some new fabric for the centers and use bright scraps for the spokes.

peace block
Actually, for some blocks the center was a scrap and the spokes were cut from some "new" fabric.  This one features peace signs (Michael Miller Peace) in the center and for the spokes I cut into my Moda Half Moon.

eyeglasses block
I love the orange spokes made with Carolyn Friedlander's metallic Botanics fabric and these cute glasses from Riley Blake Designs.

The center here is some Japanese fabric I purchased from City Quilter on my girls' trip to NYC.  Is it weird that I can remember that?!  The spokes are alternating scraps of some tone on tone green that I can't remember and leftover Technicolor from the {Hugs} Hexie Quilt.

What do you think? I believe the glasses block is my favorite....or maybe the sewing machine one....
 I may need to make a few more of these!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bee Blocks

I've been caught up with my bee blocks for a while now.....just need to put them in the mail.

asterisk blocks
For do.Good Stitches, Erica requested asterisk blocks.  I have made these once before for our guild block lotto.  This is a fun block to make.  I like the larger size - 9.5" rather than 6".  I am doing better about cutting into my treasured fabrics.  Here I used some precious Hope Valley and Anna Maria Horner.  The black strips are from a quilt I made years ago for my oldest son.
spiderweb block
Cindy is doing a spider web quilt in solids with texty, low volume centers for our MCM Bee.  I think I could make these blocks in my sleep by now!  I already had the centers prepped for my blocks, and coming up with strips of solids was no problem.  I had to resist cutting into my "bolts" of solids when I have plenty in my scrap basket.  As a reminder, the spiderweb block tutorial can be found here.

churn dash block
Carla's block was put in the mail a while ago, but I neglected to post a picture.  She is continuing with her juicy fruit churn dash quilt and requested more blocks for that.  I love these little churn dashes put together in a bigger block.  She has the best tutorial for making these if you are interested in making some yourself.  

I am so happy to be a part of two wonderful bees.  What about you?  Do you participate in any online bees?  If so, what's your favorite block made so far?

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mini Monday: Pencil Roll

How is it March already?  Hope you are enjoying St. Patrick's Day!  

colored pencil roll
I have a quick finish to share today.  This pencil roll (pattern from Pink Chalk Studio) makes a quick and easy gift.  

optional flap

stitching with Aurifil #5011
I used scraps of colorful fabric for the pencil dividers, Field Study by Anna Maria Horner in home dec weight for the exterior, natural linen for the pocket, and quilter's linen for the flap.  

all rolled up
Aurifil #5011 is the perfect color thread for stitching on linen and makes a nice stitch line on the exterior AMH fabric.  A button and ribbon are used for the closure.

Like I said....a fast and fun gift to whip up.  
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Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Finish: Pillow Challenge

I don't know about you, but I am SO glad it is Friday.  Today, I actually have a finish to share with you.  A quick gift was needed and I remembered how fun the holiday llama pillow was to make, so I decided to make another pillow cover using this same tutorial.

quilted pillow
I started with four leftover linen triangles (still have plans for the others) from the spiderweb mini quilt I'm still working on (almost done...just needs to be quilted) and added wide strips of the Riley Blake Challenge fabric around the three sides to make the blocks.  

pillow cover
The scraps of Riley Blake fabric were put through my AccuQuilt Go cutter using the triangle die.  I pieced those triangles for the outer border leaving a strip of linen on two sides.  Linen is also used for the inner border.

organic quilting lines
For Christmas, my mom gave me an Aurifil thread set and the spool of #5011 is a perfect match for the linen which is what I used to quilt organic lines using my walking foot.

quilted top
For the backing I used a print from IKEA which I love and bought by the bolt but forgot to photograph ;-)  The pillow cover measures 22" square and I stuffed it with a 24" pillow form to make it soft and squishy.

gift for a friend

This one finish counts towards my Riley Blake Challenge (a little past the deadline), Amy's Pillow Collective, Amanda's finish it up Friday and a gift for a friend!
I'd say that's sewing smart ;-)

Happy Friday and happy stitching!  Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quick Update

I am still working on Carla's bee block, but I finished Linda's house block.  Just need to fill in my siggy block and put it in the mail.

mod house block
 Debbie made a really cool mod house block which really caught my eye.  Do you ever see something and say to yourself, "I wish I had made that!"?  Happens to me all too often ;-)  Happily, there was a second mod house tutorial on Flickr.   I think the two will go nicely with the other blocks Linda has received.

podcastart 1400 copy
Modern Sewciety podcast

A few weeks ago I posted about listening to quilt podcasts in the car.  Last week I discovered a relatively new one called Modern Sewciety just in time for a road trip to visit my sister.  I am only up to episode 8 (think the podcast is up to 13), but I am thoroughly enjoying Stephanie's style.  If you enjoy listening to podcasts, I recommend you check out hers.  She also has a series of Downton Abby chats, but since I have just now finished Season 1 I am not listening to those....yet.

My road trip was to attend a baby shower.  Regretfully I did not gift anything handmade, but my mom did. Here she is with her grandson (and father-to-be) holding the quilt she made for her great-grandson.  Yes, she's awesome that way!  Check out those prairie points.

giveaway gift
 I won this cute mini quilt from my Instagram friend KatieTKQ.  I just love it!  Thanks so much Katie.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: Quilty Stitching

While I was away I worked on two more Mid-Century Modern Bee blocks - Linda's house block and Carla's churn dash blocks - but couldn't complete them because in each case I was missing just one piece of fabric.  So much for my planning ahead, but at least I am almost finished with them both.  

mini spiderweb quilt
November was my month and spiderweb blocks from my bee mates are cheering up the design wall.   At a recent guild sew day, I took a bunch of background squares and scraps to make additional spiderweb blocks for my quilt.  Well, again so much for planning ahead.  I had cut all my background squares too small.  Doh!  Instead, I took those smaller squares and made a mini quilt.  It's basted and ready for quilting.

triangle scraps
Seems a shame to waste these triangle shapes cut from the web blocks.  I have a plan in mind for these scraps.

working in the airport
The night before we flew home, I made my husband take me to Michael's so I could buy supplies for LMS's  Quilty Stitches Sampler (cross stitch along).  I sat in the airport coloring my block and prepping my fabric.  My daughter got a chuckle at my excitement of pulling out the colored pencils and coloring!  Good thing my folder design was rulers - used that for measuring the starting point.

a little progress
My mom introduced me to cross stitching a long time ago, and I love it!  I have many framed cross stitch projects hidden away in a closet somewhere.  I was so happy to see this stitch along, and a sampler of quilt blocks is just genius!  I haven't made any Swoon quilt blocks, but I am loving the cross stitch version.  I don't have to worry about matching seams and cutting off points!

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: NOT skiing

It's winter break for my daughter's school, and we are back in Montana for the week.  My injured hand has been the perfect excuse to get out of skiing and spend time sewing.  There are other families here from school so my husband has friends to ski with and everyone is happy!

ready to sew
I keep a little machine here in what I call my sewing closet.  It's not my favorite, but I love being able to sew when I am here, and it is fine for block making.

gathering supplies
This month I was invited to join the Wish circle group of do.Good Stitches {a charity bee}, and I am super excited to participate!  February's blocks are quilty cross blocks made with masculine fabrics in orange, olive green, royal blue and navy.

do good stitches
A few days ago I received an email reminding me of the approaching deadline for the ALL SHIRTS. no shoes. swap.  Oops....forgot I had signed up for that!  I brought supplies enough to make ten shirts but stopped after making one.  Think my Juki is better equipped for sewing over the bulky seams when joining the two halves together.  I don't think one shirt is worth swapping though.

shirt block
For Christmas I received this lovely quilt rack and it is finally put together.  Thanks Mom!  I love having a place for my quilts.  They have been getting used quite a bit this week.  

Christmas gift
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