Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Finish: Bubbles Bee Top

I'm on a roll with finishing bee quilt tops!  Here's another from the MCM Bee.

  In June I requested Aylin's bubble block from the MidCentury Modern bee in the 12.5" size.

Gorgeous colorful blocks arrived in my mailbox and then brightened my design wall until recently when I added strips, log cabin style, around the blocks to make them 18.5". 

With only the twelve bee blocks I have a nice 54"x72" quilt!   Thank you to all my bee friends!

My daughter helped me get photos before I handed off the quilt at Wednesday's guild meeting to quilter Frank!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts this fine Friday!
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, October 26, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2015

Welcome everyone!  It's quilt festival time again.  I am sharing Fifty Kisses, the quilt I made my sister for her 50th birthday.

The quilt consists of 50 5.5" cross blocks using fifty different Cotton+Steel prints plus one oversize block (11" representing one to grow on).  The binding is the Melody Miller view master print.

Carolyn Friedlander crosshatch in blue was used for the background and the same print but in black was used for the backing.

Guild member Frank Palmer quilted this beautifully giving the quilt such a nice texture that came out nice and crinkly after washing and drying.

My original post can be found here if you want more details.  Thanks for taking the time to visit my Blogger's Quilt Festival post.  Please leave a comment so I can say hi back!  

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Finish: Dresden Blocks Top

I have a lot of friends to thank for this one!  Thank you MCM Bee friends for the blocks; thanks to several quilty friends who put up with my constant texts asking for background fabric and layout advice; our guild secretary took the only photo I have of the entire top; and a big thank you to Frank and his polling random salon customers to weigh in on the background color!  It takes a village....ha ha!

blocks patiently waiting....  
These gorgeous Dresdens have brightened up my design wall since last December while I contemplated their fate.  In the end, I decided to stitch them randomly on a widescreen print by Carolyn Friedlander in Pacific blue.  It's difficult to capture the color on "film".  You will notice it looks different in every picture here.

my block...still without the center ;-)

My friends may have selected the background color (between Pacific, Flame, Yarrow), but Max had major input on the block placement.  I wanted to complete the top before Wednesday's guild meeting for show and tell and completely forgot to get a picture with all the blocks stitched down.
see what I mean about the color?
Ede was kind enough the share the photo she took at the meeting.  I think we were holding it up sideways :-))  It's on the large side to fit the bed in my guest room.

There is so much negative space and my shoulder is still giving me trouble (that's my story and I am sticking to it!), so I have outsourced the quilting.  I'm excited to get this one finished!
I won't forget to take pictures once it is quilted!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Finish: Even More Pincushions

I may have become a tad obsessed with making pincushions.  Besides the three pincushions made during the Good Neighbors Pincushion Party, I made three others with Amanda Jean's pretty fabric!

Since I am also a big fan of spiderweb projects, I made a spiderweb pincushion following Amanda's mini spiderweb measurements.

Isn't the selvage tag so cute?!  I love those coffee cups, and of course they are blue which make them even cuter!

The carry-all pincushion is from Anna's Handmade Style book.  During the blog hop, Holly made a beautiful version with Amanda's fabric

For mine, I paper pieced tiny flying geese from my Good Neighbors scraps using an aqua linen for the background and side panels.  The sides are X's in teal and the ends are Dots in tomato. 

 There are so many pockets for storage in this pincushion!  I love that!

Have you noticed scraps beget scraps?!  

So with scraps from the spiderweb pincushion, which came from scraps after making the others, I made a different version of the spiderweb block and turned it into an oversize deluxe pincushion from Heidi's book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl.

Whew!  That's a lot of pincushions, and I doubt that's the end of my making them.  I think there may be some pincushion gift giving at Christmas time ;-))

Again, the wrap up of the Good Neighbors Pincushion Party can be found on the Connecting Threads blog.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts!  Have a great Friday and thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Giveaway Winner

A big thank you to all who took the time to leave a comment on my pincushions and giveaway post.  Veronica is the lucky winner drawn randomly (i.e. "Ally pick a number between....."!) who commented "I like the Leaves Array print in sea breeze." and will receive a charm pack of Good Neighbors Fabric from Connecting Threads.

This blog post from Connecting Threads has a recap of all the party participants with pictures and links to all the pincushions.  Also, they are giving away a fat quarter sampler of the Good Neighbors line.  The contest is open until October 4th, so head on over and enter!

Happy stitching,

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party {and a giveaway}

Welcome to the party!  Have you been following along this month with the Good Neighbors Pincushion Party?!  If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you will find direct links to the stops before mine.  The pincushions made with Amanda Jean's (aka Crazy Mom Quilts) new fabric line from Connecting Threads have all been fantastic.  It's no wonder given the beautiful prints to work with!

When Amanda told me about her new fabric line, I was SO happy for her.  When she asked me to participate in the blog hop, I didn't hesitate to say YES!  When I started blogging in 2009, Amanda's was one of the first quilt blogs I discovered.  Her generous spirit of sharing her love and knowledge of quilting with others hooked me from the start (not to mention the gorgeous scrappy quilts she makes).  She is just as sweet and generous in person too, as I am fortunate to experience at least once a year at retreat.

Amanda's first line of fabric is the perfect combination of happy, cheerful prints and lower volume fabrics that all play well with each other and mix beautifully with other fabric lines.  There are so many possibilities, and I immediately wanted to chop up the charm pack and start with scraps!  However, I took some time thinking about what type of pincushion I wanted to make before pulling out my rotary cutter.  I may have gone a little overboard in the pincushion making made more than one pincushion before settling on this design to share with you today.

It's difficult to pick a favorite print, but I must say these teal blue colors speak to me.  I love the bright yellow center here to break up the blues and how it all looks stitched down on the gray stripe.

The Peaks print is available in five bright colors.  I selected four of them for the hexies in this cushion.  All the pincushions are stuffed with crushed walnut shells.  I like the weight the shells provide.

This EPP block is stitched onto one of the lovely X's print.  I ordered a couple of yards of this in the teal color way!  I see this showing up in quite a few quilt projects.

And a third pincushion with dots, stripes, X's and peaks stitched onto a linen background.

Amanda Jean's Good Neighbors fabric line is exclusive to Connecting Threads and can be found here.   As you can see above, the line offers a great variety of prints in cheerful colors as well as "low volume" fabrics.  I love that one of the prints is available in 104" wide, making it perfect for quilt backs.

The Connecting Threads site also has a free download, patterns, quilt kits, fabric bundles and coordinating solids for the Good Neighbors collection all in one handy link.   I think I need the coffee cup pattern!

 When preparing this blog post,  I noticed these cushions didn't use the cross stitch print.  If I had to pick a favorite, the teal cross stitch print would be mine.  I must have used it in one of the other three pin cushions I made!

Connecting Threads has generously offered a charm pack to one of my readers (open to U.S. and Canada).  Leave a comment below and I will pick a winner on September 30th.  I would love to know which Good Neighbors print is your favorite.  Again, the entire line can be found here.

Congratulations Amanda Jean!  You knocked it out of the park!  Be sure to check out the other lovely pincushions made.

September  1     Amanda Jean  -  Crazy Mom Quilts
September  2     Anna  -  Noodlehead
September  3     Mary  -  Mary on Lake Pulaski
September  4     Svetlana  -  S.O.T.A.K Handmade
September  5     Debbie  -  Esch House Quilts
September  6     Holly -  Bijou Lovely
September  7     Carla  -  Grace and Favour
September  8     Faith -  Fresh Lemon Quilts
September  9     Vanessa  -  V and Co.
September 10    Anna  -  Thimbleanna
September 11    Krista  -  Poppy Print Creates
September 12    Erin -  Why Not Sew
September 13    Lee  -  May Chappell
September 14    Alex  -  Teaginny Designs
September 15    Cheryl   -  Naptime Quilter
September 16    Penny -  SewTakeAHike
September 17    Amy  -   During Quiet Time
September 18    Debbie  -  A Quilter's Table
September 19    Anne  -  Springleaf Studios
September 20    Melissa Corry -  Happy Quilting Melissa
September 21    Amber  -  One Shabby Chick
September 22    Nettie -   A Quilt is Nice
September 23    Adrianne  -  Little Bluebell
September 24    Cindy  -  Live a Colorful Life
September 25    Amy  -  Diary of a Quilter
September 26    Chase  - Quarter Inch Mark
September 27    Rene'  -  Rene' Creates  {that's me!}
September 28    Erin   -   House on Hill Road
September 29    Nicole  -  Modern Handcraft
September 30    Teri  -   Connecting Threads

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Finish: Quilt Top

Happy Friday everyone!  I have a finished quilt top to share with you today.  The design has been in my head for a while and is based on an airport lounge window of all things.

Does anyone recognize the airport?  We have had more than one layover here, and each time I find myself looking at this window and thinking "quilt".

Delta Crown Room
It was difficult to get the entire flimsy in one picture.  The top measures 56" x 84" and consists of all Carolyn Friedlander fabrics.  Other than having to order more of the black crosshatch for the background, all came from my stash.  Think this is the third all-Carolyn quilt I have made.

Today on Instagram I saw a video of Carolyn's new fall fabrics.  Guess I need to sew faster! Or maybe buy less fabric?!

 Any suggestions on a name for this quilt?  I keep calling it MSP (airport code), but it needs a better name.  Ideas?

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Be sure to come back Sunday for a chance to win a charm pack of Amanda Jean's new line of fabric from Connecting Threads.

 Thanks for stopping by,