work in progress
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?
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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 »
Hi friends! Since wrapping up Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I’ve been sewing non-stop. I have a book due in January, and with the holidays nearly here, I’m rushing to finish as much as I can now! Like, all of the piecing.
The way I tend to work, takes over the kitchen table, and I would love to be done setting up and putting away (daily) for a month, while I quilt everything downstairs.
It’s a lot of work, but I always enjoy the bits of frantic energy!
Even if I do question my decision when it’s time to trim things up. It’s not always perfect but it is getting done!
Next June I will be teaching at the Small Town Quilt Show, right here in my little valley! High Valley … Read More »
With fall setting in here, I’ve got lots of little projects that I want to get to, along with the things I have to get to, before the holidays. I’ve saved a pile of wovens, and linen fabrics for napkins, that I still haven’t touched, but I have started a few other things!
Last week I pieced this quilt top with some adorable AdornIt fabrics, and had to bust out the new roll of batting, to quilt it! Love all the possibilities that this bolt represents :
Fyi – it’s a 90″ x 40yd bolt of Warm & Natural
Shopping last year before Christmas, I found this crocheted garland, and fell in love. It’s been on my mental list of to do’s ever since.
Yesterday, I got started by practicing my stitches again. It’s been a while since … Read More »
I’m working on a little of this, and a little of that lately. Friends at AdornIt asked for a quilt (in a hurry) with these sweet prints, and thankfully I had just the project in my files already! I cut it out in an hour, yesterday, and look forward to sewing it up this week.
Last week I was having fun sewing up a new table runner pattern! It will be a free pattern available next month via Baby Lock. I’ll let you know when the pattern goes live!
I wanted to show the versatility of the pattern, and sewed it up twice, and I’m still trying to decide which is my favorite.
With the cooler weather here in the mountains (we had our first snow last week!), I’ve … Read More »
As you might recall, I’m working on my next book. I’ve spent time over the weekend organizing my thoughts, and selecting fabrics that I would like to use for each of the projects. I always try to work out a balance of colors and styles in the fabric choices, so that it is widely appealing and something that I’m proud of!
These pretty piles represent the first of 10 projects I need to sew in the next few weeks. I always get excited with the start of each project, I love when I’ve finished all the hard work of calculating and cutting, and can sew and enjoy watching the progress.
Random question for you : Do you have quilt patterns that you’ve never made, because you want to alter the size/borders/layout slightly?
I’ve got another … Read More »
Thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway last week! I love reading about your favorite colors – it sends me to my color card to check out all the different shades!
Linda is the winner – I have an email out to you Linda, please reply to claim your prize :)
I’ve been working on this quilt, over the last few days – I don’t seem to have enough hours in the day, but it has been fun to work on! It’s not black and white, just took the color out until I can post the finish – any ideas on the fabric line(s) included?
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