work in progress
A week ago we went camping. Came home, and unpacked everything but the camera. Thankfully pictures stay on the camera, until I’m able to get to them! This summer has been all about keeping up with my kids, while trying to get my work done too. Camping was great, because I could no longer work, and just enjoyed our family time. Here’s a bit of a picture overload for you – it was beautiful up in the mountains! The stream we camped near: Big climbing tree on our campsite: The meadow we were camping in: Fishing in a nearby lake: Bald Mountain, above the treeline at 10,000 feet: I love the play of light and shadow:
Just a few of my favorites :)
I hope your week … Read More »
Last week, I decided I needed a project that was just for me, and that hand work would be better than machine sewing for right now. So I went to my library, and pulled all the books I could find with some hand appliqué projects included. I was a little shocked to find so many books already in my stash! (I’ve listed them all below)
Fresh Picked Posies: 12 Quilt Blocks to Applique from Piece O’ Cake Designs
The Rose of Sharon Block Book: Winning Designs from the EQ6 Challenge
A Batch of QuiltSoup: Fun Patchwork and Easy Appliqué Patterns
Home Sweet Quilt: Fresh, Easy Quilt Patterns from Jillily Studio
Scrap-Applique Playground: Turn Quilting Scraps into Fun Applique Fabrics
Hand-Appliquéd Quilts: Beautiful Designs & Simple Techniques
Hand Quilted With Love
All of these books have a slightly different method, and directions – I’m learning that it really is … Read More »
Happy Friday! This week has been full, and I’m excited to share my Star-Crossed quilt top with you!
I made it with Botanique by Joel Dewberry, and Bella Eggshell (281). Star-Crossed is from my second book, Modern Basics II and a great project for large scale prints!
Now I’m looking forward to quilting up that negative space with something fun! Let me know if you have any ideas! I spent the week working on this, and one other secret project so that I would be ready to manage this box of fabric :
50 pounds of sample yardage, of fabric that I designed! I’ll share more about it as soon as I can. On the docket this weekend :: I’ll be sewing up patterns to go with the fabric, … Read More »
Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend – it’s been warmish here, with lots of sunshine (45-50F) and the outside time has been beautiful! Along with family time, I found some late night, and early morning sewing time, to work on my Star-Crossed remake – which I’m super excited to get into a top this week!
Here’s the stars for the centers ::
Strip pieces for the edges ::
And my first completed block ::
I’m loving the colors in Botanique – I pretty much have the whole line represented in this quilt, which is always fun!
I’m headed back to the machine and will share the top soon!
What are you working on this week?
I was looking through my blog over the weekend, and realized that I never shared my finished quilt top for the #apqquiltalong project! I had a few little deadlines pop up on me and I folded up the top before I got it posted here – sorry! My quilt measures 75″ x 93″ – which is a great size, and it would be simple to add or subtract blocks to make it the size you would like to snuggle with!
Making this quilt has been a journey! I will mention that using an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance makes all the difference in these blocks, with so many seams, it would be easy to have problems.
Thankfully, my quilt top lays flat! It’s not a difficult quilt to make, I suggest anyone that wants to make one to go … Read More »
I was contacted by the Quilt in a Day office to see if I would be willing to try out a new ruler that Elenor Burns has produced. I can’t resist a new gadget, and said of course! I collected jelly rolls to use, since it is super jelly roll friendly, and had a blast sewing my blocks up!
Fabrics pictured : Joel Dewberry – Bungalow, and Kona Sandcastle Roll up.
I don’t always love to sew wonky blocks, preferring to have a plan, and decisions made beforehand, but I really enjoyed this project! The pattern booklet has lots of diagrams to show you exactly how to use the ruler, and all the options for layouts. It’s hard to mess this quilt up, and using jelly rolls really takes all the hard … Read More »
If you’ve listened to the most recent Quiltcast, you know that I had a little bit of a freak out moment last week! I looked at my calendar of deadlines, and realized that I had a number of little projects to get finished, and a couple secret projects to start. So I spent three days sewing like mad, and took this pile of pieces –
to a finished blocks, and eventually -
a finished quilt top!
I still need a great pic of the entire quilt, it’s been rainy. Rain on top of snow is a big mess…so I’ve been organizing the inside spaces, as well.
I always find I’m more able to focus on my projects, when I can find, what I need, when I … Read More »
I’ve come down with a cold, and there’s no one to blame but myself! I’m finally starting to feel like myself again, but have zero energy.
Instead I’ve caught up on some email, and sat on the couch with a pretty pile of fabric.
I have a pillow for my Pillow Collective tutorial, all planned out, and hope to sew it today. . . now that I have all the pieces together, and enough energy to hold my head up!
I hope you will join us next week for Pillow Collective – there are some great tutorials in the works!
What have you been sewing lately?
More soon -
Last week I shared my Quilt-along progress, and I’m excited to have even more progress to share today!
I sewed up the block centers – and love the way the colors are coming together, the varied blues, with a touch of green is just right!
I also did some strip-piecing, and trimmed them up for four-patches -
Sewing at night makes for challenging photography, but I do love the colors!
Up next, I have more strip piecing and segments to cut, before assembling the blocks.
Are you quilting along with us yet? You can find the pattern in the current American Patchwork & Quilting; just look for this cover :
I’ll be back tomorrow with some info on Pillow Collective -
I turned in my book on Friday, feeling happy and excited about all the work. Yay! After spending most of the last month at home, working, I requested dinner and a movie out with the family, so we headed out to see Frozen and had a nice dinner in Park City, together. We had a really fun night out, and the kids all enjoyed the movie.
A couple of weeks ago, I had gone through my stash, and pulled a lot of fabrics to sort into color groups, so I decided to tackle that much later in the evening. While I found it very relaxing, my husband looked at me incredulously, asking, “What, did you forget how to relax?” There might be a tiny bit of truth in his question, but I had fun anyway, and the piles are so pretty … Read More »
Last week, I finished quilting on 3 quilts! Two are twin sized, and another queen sized – what was I thinking! Anyway, I spent Friday preparing bindings and attaching them, then Saturday and Sunday stitching. I have finished bindings by machine, and I’m sure I will continue to do so on some occasions, but I do love the act of hand-stitcing a binding in place. Even when I don’t seem to have the time.
Stitching the binding down, gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and snuggle with the quilt too. It does help that I’ve gotten rather quick! I just have half of one of the twin quilts to finish.
I’ve been working on the nuts and bolts of my book too. Fabric calculations usually require an extra cup of … Read More »
The hard part about writing a book, is not being able to share the quilts I’m really excited to be making! Over the last month, I’ve completed tops for 9 of the 10 projects in my next book, but I saved the most laborious for last. I wanted to be able to focus, and not mix things up, which I haven’t done yet (knock on wood)!
The project includes some strip piecing – which I like to use a shortened stitch length for. This keeps stitches from unraveling when I cut my segments.
Any guesses as to how many half-square triangle units are here? I cut all of these with my Go! cutter last week, there’s a few quarter-square triangles too. Then I spent two days of sewing to get to a … Read More »