Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sew Sisters

Our Gruber's retreat group formed a Sew Sisters quilting bee with the new year and we are off to a beautiful start!

oversize bear paw block
Terri started us off in February requesting a huge (27.5") scrappy bear paw block.  I had a great time selecting fabrics which had a special meaning for her.  There are some Anna Maria Horner (one of her favorite designers) prints, martini glass, Florida flamingos, kitty cats tigers, music themed, and scraps obtained while on retreat.

Dresden 

Cindy requested colorful dresdens with a black center.  I'm in the MCM Bee group with her too and made a different color way for that one which I will show in a later post.
Large x-plus block

For Doris, we made oversized x-plus blocks with text/low value backgrounds.  It's always fun when I can use these Riley Blake glasses.  I also cut into my recent purchase of Makower iron print fabric.  I should have bought more of this.  Love it!

Michelle has requested us to make our favorite quilt block for her month of May.  I'm still thinking on this one.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by,



Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Spring 2015

Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  It's the perfect time to showcase a favorite quilt, and best of all no sewing on pesky quilt sleeves is required!

"Soar" flying geese quilt
This time around I am sharing the flying geese quilt I made for my son's college graduation quilt. As soon as Carolyn Friedlander's Doe fabric was released, I bought every print in every color way with a quilt for my son in mind.   I eventually went with flying geese as it seems appropriate for this milestone.  I have to say though, family members (the nonquilty ones) were confused as they didn't see any geese pictures in the quilt;-)!

This ledger print is one of my all time favorite fabrics.
While most of the fabric in this quilt is from Carolyn's Doe line, there are also fabrics from her Architextures and Botanics lines.  The binding is a ledger print and the backing is the wideback widescreen in black.
{{How cool that the fabric for his Florida State University graduation quilt is designed by Carolyn who is a Florida local?}}

Accuquilt for cutting
I cut all the flying geese blocks with my AccuQuilt Go!  This was a huge time saver.

wall basting
After playing around with various design ideas, I went with a basic alternating columns of geese going up and then back down.  I originally wanted something more unplanned if you will, but in the end it just looked a mess.

 I pin basted the quilt on my wall.  Has anyone ever tried that?  This was a first for me, and I really liked the method.  If anyone is interested I could do a more detailed post later.

The quilt needs to be in the picture too?!
 I used my walking foot and Aurifil #2846 40wt to quilt organic lines going down the quilt.  Matchstick quilting was my first choice, but as I was determined to bring this quilt with me to graduation, the lines were spaced a bit further apart ;-)

Photo shoot on campus
Quilt stats:
Name:  Soar
Pattern: Flying Geese block
Finished Size:  54"x 72"
Fabric:  Carolyn Friedlander Doe, Architextures, Botanics; binding Architextures Ledger print; backing Black Widescreen
Quilting: Organic lines with my walking foot; Aurifil #2836 40wt for quilting; Aurifil #2021 50wt for hand stitching binding

Contemplating the universe
I bragged about my son in yesterday's random post in case you're interested.  I'm linking this post to Blogger's Quilt Festival {large quilt category} and Crazy Mom Quilts finish it up Friday.  Be sure to check out all the beautiful finishes in both locations.

Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Really Random Thursday: Celebrations

I'm so happy Cindy has reinstated her weekly random posts.  My life is a series of randomness!

Saw this on Instagram...I NEED this!

This past week we celebrated Mother's Day, a couple of milestone birthdays and my middlest's graduation from college.

Proud family!
We weren't all together on Mother's Day Sunday, but the next best thing was seeing the grandparents attend Eric's graduation.  Here we are at the Honors Medallion Ceremony prior to the graduation.

Vanilla, Italian Creme and Red Velvet
Making the honorees serve their own cake
A few days prior to graduation was cousin Zach's 16th birthday...a few days after graduation was Ally's 16th birthday, so it was only natural that we celebrate with three cakes!

I think that's Eric!
Back to the graduation...our son is right there...can you spot him?!  Not content to graduate Summa Cum Laude, he was only one of thirteen that graduated with a perfect 4.0 (did you know an A- is not a 4.0?...crazy).  He worked extremely hard and earned every one of those A's.

He did it!
Thank goodness for the jumbotron when it came time for him to receive his diploma!

Class of 2015!
Eric's ceremony took place at night, so we had to get the classic picture in front of Westcott Fountain another day.

The school could make a lot of money by providing professional photographers here.
We waited until Sunday when the line wasn't that long.

Throwback Thursday to when I graduated from FSU.
Thirty-one years ago the line obviously wasn't an issue.  I told my husband we started a trend...ha!

Found on Facebook
At another college graduation ceremony there's a trend to decorate the caps.  I scrolled through quite a few to find our friend's son's cap and found this one that is my favorite.

Throwback Thursday to when Max was a cover boy
Oh, and Max also had a birthday.  He's a whopping 11 years old.

Hilarious!
Clever book title spotted at Barnes & Noble while gift shopping.

experimenting with the meme generator
If you made it this far, I thank you!

Tune in tomorrow....
Come back tomorrow for blogger's quilt festival where I reveal pictures of Eric's graduation quilt.
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

QuiltCon 2015 = New WIPs

It seems I am always on the go which prompted me to take classes at QuiltCon that would provide portable stitching skills.  As a matter of fact, out of the four workshops I attended only one required a sewing machine.

embroidery class project
First up was Embroidery with Alison Glass.  I pretty much knew the stitches taught, but it was a nice refresher and I was inspired to pull out some old embroidery WIPs and plan new embroidery projects.

two sample class projects
Another workshop I took with Alison Glass was Modern Appliqué.  We learned four techniques, but by far my favorite was the reverse appliqué using jersey knit.  I love the nice surprise when the knit is cut away and you see the gorgeous fabric underneath!

this WIP also served as my blanket on the train...super soft!
This inspired a bigger appliqué project that I recently took with me on my daughter's orchestra field trip to NYC by train (23 hours each way!).  I used Deep Dark Ocean for the top, Sahara Sun for the back (both new jersey solids from Art Gallery Fabrics) and Melody Miller's Playful from Cotton+Steel for the middle.  Circles, squares and triangles are traced on the top which will result in a shapes themed blanket for my grandson.

good times!
My sister and I were in class together with Katy Jones learning English Paper Piecing.  We both had a blast in this class...laughing, learning, chatting with our table mates, and of course eating chocolate.

EPP class progress
making hexies
Skills I learned in Katy's class came in handy when making the hexie Flower for Eleni and are nice when I join my friends for Crafty Tuesday.

improv piecing
Basic Improv with the Gee's Bend Quilters was the only workshop I used a machine.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories of Gee's Bend and did not do much sewing.  That's OK as I can sew at home any time, but the opportunity to listen to the ladies of Gee's Bend is rare!

So there's my latest WIPs added to my existing, long, and always growing list!  
Since I haven't really done a post QuiltCon recap, here are a few more pictures from my workshops:

love Alison's stitching setup
another reverse appliqué project with all quilting cotton
 The stitches learned in Embroidery were useful in Modern Appliqué.

Class photo from Modern Appliqué 
looking and listening - Gee's Bend
Selfie with the sweet Vicki aka America's Best Friend 
Susan and her daughters in Embroidery class with me 
Overachievers in EPP -  Melissa and Kristy
Teacher's pet!
picture with China Pettaway
Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Finish: spiderweb pillow

It's been quiet here on the blog, but I'm here today and with a finish to share too.  Woo hoo!

spiderweb pillow
When I made my spiderweb quilt, I overestimated the number of wedges needed and have been using them as leaders and enders when piecing other blocks.  I'll put them on my design wall and rearrange them this way and that.  They brighten up my studio, but it's nice to now have them sewn together into a cute pillow.  

the back
Amy Butler LOVE fabric from my stash was used to make the envelope style pillow back.  One of these days, I'll add a binding when making a pillow.  It seems I'm always in a rush to finish though and tend to say "next time"....

gift making
This pillow will be put aside for a Christmas gift.  After last Christmas sneaking up on me (and the year before that and the year before....), I decided this year to make one gift a month so I would have at least twelve gifts come December 25th.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Have a wonderful weekend and Easter too!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Friendship Star

It's my turn to select our guild's Block of the Month.  Since the OrlandoMQG is starting its sixth year, I thought the Friendship Star to be most appropriate!

Friendship Star
I have made this block quite a few times, and just love its simplicity yet boldness.  I also can't seem to stay away long from scrappy, low value backgrounds.  I cut into my new Cotton + Steel Playful for the center square.

The tutorial we are using is from Sew Happy Geek which also includes a tutorial for double pinwheels which I am using for a bee block .... stay tuned.