Friday, September 19, 2014

Another Friday Finish

Seems like I am just humming along here lately. For so long I was working on things and now, I am getting things completed one after another. Here is today's finish:
 This quilt was not long in the making. My daughter bought this orange fabric several years ago and wanted me to make a quilt for her. Well it sat in my sewing room for all that time, until a few weeks ago when I pulled it out and said "let's get this done!"
 She shopped my stash for the blue and green fabrics for the accent stripes and the backing. The quilt design was chosen to match a quilt she had gotten from a friend a number of years ago Her friend was an art student and had spent some time studying with Denyse Schmidt. That quilt was so striking to me that I thought of it as the best way to use this orang fabric.
 An all over quilting pattern of swirls in a deep blue green Isacord set it off beautifully. I almost used the rest of the spool for all these swirls.

 And for the back, she chose this Amy Butler Alchemy print which we added a bit too. Sorry I can't remember the name of the purple dandelion print.
 She hasn't seen it yet, but after she picked the back, I had to add this green strip to get the length. It is from a Sweetwater line. The binding is more of the blues and greens pieced together.

 This will make for a cozy, colorful throw for the couch for this winter. Both sides I think are equally beautiful.

Have a great weekend. Linking up with Crazy Mom for Finish it Friday. This week's other finish is here. Take a look.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wip Wednesday

Every time I make a finish, it spurs me on to keep working on those WIPs. Here is what is on my machine right now.
 A couch throw quilt for number 1 daughter. She bought this orange years ago for me to make a quilt, then recently selected the blues and greens from my stash for the stripes. It was quick piecing.
 And sew now I am doing all over swirls. I will show you the back when I get it finished. She picked that out from my stash too. Love using the stash.
 These wonderful pieces of Jungle Avenue were a win from a giveaway. Great colors.
Have a great rest of your week. Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Wedding Quilt Finished

Finally got around to finishing and photographing the Fall Wedding Quilt for my daughter and her husband. They had planned to be married this October, but circumstances made that not work out, so they went to the courthouse last February and tied the knot there. Fall is her favorite season and she wanted a quilt that would really bring that out. So without further ado, here it is:
 This first shot is so funny. My hubby is standing on the picnic table and is still not big enough for this queen size beauty.
 So we laid it down on the grass.

 This is Aria Lane's Concerto pattern. I made one change to the original by adding a fourth color to the squares on the left side.

 Here you can get a glimpse of the beautiful quilting. I have a wonderful long arm quilter here locally and whenever I have a large quilt, I take it to her. Suzan did a wonderful job helping me to select this all over pattern to give the feel of blowing leaves. Her studio is called Singing Stitches and they certainly do sing!
 The back was a fabric I chanced upon during Christa Quilts sale when she was closing her on-line shop. I think I paid $4 a yard for 5 yards!

 I threw it on my bed here. Fits pretty good!

 A close up of the quilting here. She used a variegated thread on the top, which was just perfect.
So, here it is my darling daughter. I hope you and T enjoy it for years and years together. Happy wedding!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Stash #28

No fabric to show this week, but I did get something sewing related. I joined a Massdrop for some lovely Gingher scissors and they arrived this week.
 The original drop was for 3 pair, but it was later reduced to just 2 pair, still a great bargain in my book. We were given the choice of opting out for a full refund, but I really wanted and needed some good scissors.
 This is what came. A pair of 5 inch scissors and a pair of 8 inch dressmakers shears, both with a sheath to protect the blades.
And the handles are the cool part. This is the Eve designer series. I love them but have not yet cut anything with them.  I know they will get lots of use. Linking up to Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Quilt is Not a Weapon!

So says my daughter upon my giving V and B their new quilts, which they we quite delighted to receive. I loved that line so much, I just had to share it and these three quick pics I took with my phone:

They seem to be pretty happy to have them. It makes this Grammie's heart happy.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Finally a Friday Finish

I feel like it has been hard getting to this Friday's finish. I started this before vacation, and it should have been easy. But things kept getting in the way. This week I decided to buckle down and get it done.
 This is a quilt top for a quilt for my great niece, V. This girl needs a quilt of her own. I made one when she was born, but she is a big 7 year old now and she loves to cuddle under quilts so much, she keeps "borrowing" other quilts from the household.
 She loves all things girly, like pink and purple and she loves cats too. This great fabric line by Aneela Hoey is all those things. I won this jelly roll last spring and was saving it for just the right project. When I heard the story of the quilts V borrowed and why she needed them, I knew this was it.
I was able to get a couple of yards of the flower print fabric to make the back. That's next on the list.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Linking up with Crazy Mom for finish it Friday.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rainy Days and Mondays

On this dark rainy Monday, since I didn't have to go to work, I thought it would be a perfect day to sew. There is almost no place as cheering to me on a dark rainy day, as my sewing room. And I have a very cheerful project too.
 This is the beginnings of a new quilt for my grandson J. He is 7 and is very interested in science and all things scientific. He has a particular fascination with the periodic table. So when I saw this collection, Science Fair from Robert Kaufman, I knew it was "the one".
 Here is the first block. See what I mean? Perfect. The star points are all made with shades of Crosshatch Sketch by Timeless Treasures. I comes in a wealth of colors and goes so well everything.
 Here is the second block. I love all the beakers and test tubes. More shades of Crosshatch Sketch. I am sure this is going to be such a fun quilt to make and I just know J will love it.
And for me, a bit of crocheted comfort. Working on a blanket made with Blue Sky cotton yarn.  It is so soft. So how about you? What do you do on a rainy Monday?