work in progress
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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Hi there! With just a couple of weeks of summer left, in these parts – I’ve been doing my best to live it up, and have fun with my kiddos. Last week we spent most of a day at a water park, and came home entirely exhausted, but full of excitement to go again – they are all at the perfect age to really enjoy going places like that, and actually have fun! No pictures though – water and electronics don’t mix, and I’m accident prone enough that it could be a problem :)
I’ve been working on this hexie table topper in the evenings. I started with the solid in the center, but I’m thinking it needs to come out, and eliminate the solid plans that I had. I love the “value” hexies, and plan to continue growing … Read More »
Sometimes slowing down and doing handwork can be so rewarding! Not only does it go everywhere I go, but it helps me to slow down and take time to think about the stitches, but also LIFE in general. I feel like summer is getting away from me and hope that I can enjoy the last few weeks with my kids, and have a little stitching on the side too.
I pulled out a couple different groups but ended up loving the vibrancy of these prints! The papers are from Three Kitchen Fairies, and lovely to work with!
I’ll keep you updated as I stitch. Any handwork in your life right now?
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Last week I finished all my Dancing Stars blocks and was so excited to put them together into a top.
It took me a couple nights of intense sewing (the best kind, right?) and multiple episodes of Parenthood on Netflix – I have a quilt top!
98 blocks 6″ each, set on point; the top measures 60″ x 68″. I actually started piecing the blocks in March, and worked on it when possible for four months.
The prints are a variety from my stash, with a white on white print from Architextures, and this Chambray print by Rachel Ashwell, I love the touch of texture the print adds. I’m adding this top to my quilting cue, and hope to get to it soon!
You can make your own Dancing Stars quilt too … Read More »
When I originally pieced this quilt top, I called it my Scrappy Solution…four years later it’s quilted! This pattern actually made it’s way into Modern Basics, as Twisted Bars, if you are interested in making your own.
I had thought I would add a binding then show it off, but it won’t be happening this week. Getting all the details into posts for Blogger’s Quilt Festival is taking up my sewing time. Here’s a few details in the quilting -
I did loop-de-loops over the main area of the blocks, and in the corners where the square is formed I tried a few different things, before I decided to quilt the graduated loops. I’m having fun quilting with the Crown Jewel! Of course, I did pin this top three times before I … Read More »
Hi friends – I’ve been having fun quilting, and wanted to share a few pictures with you, and a great sale happening online this weekend!
My days are choppy with Owen in Kindergarten, so I worked on this for two afternoons, while he had fun playing with Lego. I had to look back through my archives to find when I pieced this top – I’ve had it hanging in the closet for a while…turns out it was four years ago! I plan to add a scrappy binding soon, and I will share more photos.
I cut and prepped pieces for a new tote for Market too! PB&J is super soft and I had just enough to cut all the pieces – more soon.
I’ve been working on Dancing Stars blocks as I can … Read More »
Life is full, and I am blessed! It just makes it hard to keep up with everything ;) So I thought I would share a couple of highlights from the last few days.
This is a peek at a Christmas quilt in progress – a first for me. I’m excited to see it come together!
I have been adding to the space around the longarm too. My collection of mini quilts from various swaps add inspiration, and a good dose of color!
The quilt draped on the longarm includes some new fabrics from my friend Emily – more on Technicolor soon!
Are you ready for Blogger’s Quilt Festival?
Many have asked – with multiple linkys will multiple quilts be allowed?
Thinking about it more, … Read More »
Melody and I were busy all last week piecing 30 Dancing Stars blocks – I’m working toward the throw size, which includes 99 blocks total. Each block has a different print in the star, I love the variety!
I thought I would share a few tips for chain piecing these blocks.
First, I pieced the background with the white fabric in the second position. Then, I pulled prints out to add them to the mix, in the second or third position. I chain pieced all the pieces that I could at one time, then trimmed and pressed them together as well. I alternated the fabrics as the pieces dictated and sometimes, one or two of the sections would sit out while the others were pieced. In the last phase, I pieced the background fabric, … Read More »
Hi there! This time of year is so hard – the days are just warm enough to hint at spring, and I find myself drawn away from the computer screen! I hope you have some sunshine where you are at too! Our kids and I are really looking forward to Spring Break next week – They just want to sleep in and play outside all day, I’m looking forward to more time around the house, and hopefully some sewing too!
Recently, I’ve been rushing through some sewing. The quilt above was shipped off last week, after a rush job with Natalia, and a quick binding.
Immediately after that finish, I started on these blocks. This one is for Market in May – I’ll share more once it’s quilted.
Last night I … Read More »
Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend – ours was relaxed with a sick boy, and a touch of spring in the air. Sunday afternoon, I realized that I had a couple hours of free time, AND my deadline for this week is as far as I could get it. Yay! I pulled my Asbury charm pack from my Quiltcon swag, and found some solids to mix with it.
In about an hour of sewing time I had a vibrant, and fun table runner top for our kitchen table!
I could have pulled a rainbow of solids to mix with the prints, but decided to stay in the yellow/green family to let the other colors stand out a little more.
I’m pretty pleased with the results, and can’t … Read More »
Hi there! I was amazed to fly into Seattle last week, to clear skies! My parents and sister met me at the airport and we made the most of the day in Seattle. We visited Quiltworks, then headed toward the water. (The question is later in the post – read on)
The Seattle/Bainbridge Ferry, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. I always forget how much I love the water until I see it again.
Stumbled upon this shop, selling marimekko fabrics, dresses, and accessories. Everything in the shop was beautiful, and beautifully made, but left me wishing for a fuller wallet!
On our way to dinner, my sister snapped this pic of the Space Needle, and was kind enough to share with me. Always iconic Seattle, and a fun … Read More »