I feel like things are settling down here from summer and I’m going back to a bit of a routine. That is a nice feeling. Yesterday I made my Twice Around the Block September bee block for Jen. She asked for Drunk Love blocks (ala Denyse Schmidt) and sent a collection of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. So fun!
I am also pulling out some UFOs and getting to work. First up is my Parisville quilt. (Excuse the bad camera phone photo.)
I really can’t believe I’ve had this one sitting around for months. Yesterday I finished all the blocks for the top and hopefully today or tomorrow I will have a chance to start sewing them together.
September 21, 2011 14 Comments
Today is our first Mini Quilt Monday and I am excited to share my first wonky star quilt. I’m not sure what took me so long to make these, they really came together quickly! I followed this tutorial on The Silly BooDilly. On this quilt, each section/square of the star is 3″ unfinished. I laid out my stars the same way as a plus quilt, starting in the middle and working my way out to the edges.
I don’t have much of Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy, but I decided to go ahead and cut into some of my small stash. I’m really happy I did. Fabric is made to be used and enjoyed. I love the bright colors of this line, and am excited that Free Spirit will be rereleasing some of the prints this winter.
Initially I planned to use the solid color fabric for a scrappy binding. But once I had it laid out around the quilt, I thought it would really add a nice frame to the the quilt as an additional border.
I also tried something new with the quilting of this mini. I quilted around each star using my walking foot. I like the finished effect…but it was a lot of quilt turning. I definitely wouldn’t do it on something larger than this. It seemed like it took forever and honestly I didn’t really enjoy it.
This quilt measures 36″ x 36″ and is listed in the shop.
Besides the quilt, did you notice I updated my blog header? Also trying something new there. If you are reading this through Google Reader, come on over and check it out.
So let’s see what you’ve created this week! Link ‘em up and grab a badge! Don’t forget, it can be a work in progress. Just something new you are trying to challenge yourself!
September 5, 2011 34 Comments
Please tell me this has happened to some of the other quilt bloggers out there. You make a quilt. You find the perfect spot to photograph said quilt. Your loving husband drives 15 minutes to the location after work with you, kids in tow, and holds the quilt for many photos. You get home, very excited to see the photos, and realize the quilt was held sideways the entire time (front and back)? I know there technically isn’t a correct direction for most quilts. And no one would really notice. Except me.
I do love this quilt though. I used the latest fabric collections by Denyse Schmidt, Picnic and Fairgrounds, found surprisingly at JoAnns. Did you hear she has another collection coming out there later this summer called Sugar Creek? Can’t wait!
I started these blocks shortly after buying the fabric. Each block focuses on one of the 16 prints I bought from the collections. There are a couple small exceptions for added interest, but not many. I then used a variety of Kona solids from my stash.
The back (also sideways in this photo – yellow should be top right) contains mostly my favorite print in the collection, Picnic – Floral on Texture. I also included Modern Texture in yellow and Modern Ditzy in red. The binding is Modern Texture in blue. I quilted it with straight lines, about 1/2″ from the side of the block seams and then diagonal through the blocks as well.
I really love the colors in this collection. They are right up my alley, thus earning this quilt a prime spot hanging on the wall in my sewing room. Now I can look at it all the time.
And just so I can sleep tonight, here is a photo of the quilt in the orientation that I envisioned when I made it. Phew, I feel better now.
June 9, 2011 20 Comments
It’s done! No, this block wasn’t meant to be a quilt…well not a traditional quilt anyway. I found this really cute frame at Home Goods not too long ago. It was actually a framed bulletin board. I thought it would be cool to find a bunch of different frames and use them to decorate my sewing room. (More neat finds later!) I decided to removed the cork board and sew a mini quilt to fit (10″ x 18″). Removing the cork was harder than I anticipated – it involved scissors, a knife and pliers!
I thought this mini quilt would be a fun project to try some new things. I added some embroidery to the block. Although I was pretty conservative and just went along with the design mostly, so it’s not that easy to spot unless you see it in person.
I also didn’t want to bind it because I was afraid that would add to much bulk for the frame. So I finished it like a pillow, sewing the back to the front and flipping it right-side out.
I am really excited to get it hanging in my sewing room. And make a few others as well!
May 27, 2011 19 Comments