Wednesday, April 23, 2014

An Oldie, But a Goodie for WIP Wednesday

Have you ever bought a quilting book, just because of the picture on the front of the book? I used to belong to a craft book club and I bought several books that way, because when they sent you the catalog each month, there was always a book or two that looked really cool.  This is the story of one such book.
 I bought this book in 2008. Those petals on the cover, as well as the colors really drew me in. I am sure there was a little blurb about the book too, that intrigued me. And when I received it, it did not disappoint. Most of the samples in the book were made with batiks, however, and while I like batiks, they are not really very present in my stash.
 This was the quilt on the cover of the book that intrigued me so. I loved the pinks and the oranges, and the shapes of the petals really makes me smile.
 Then, further back in the book there is this one, called Stella Blue and that was the one that convinced me I had to make this quilt. The process is sewing strips together and then cutting out the blocks, or in this case, the petals. Now, what you need to know about this, and me, is that this was before I discovered the modern quilt movement and quilt blogs. I didn't find all that until about 2 years later. So I was trying to follow this pattern and I couldn't seem to get around the backing fabrics. I thought I would just cross that bridge when I got there. But I never did get there. I found all my petals and the book and extra fabrics tucked away the other day, still not a backing fabric in sight. I decided to pull it out and see what I had so far.
 I have almost 40 of the petals made, in my two favorite colors: yellow and blue. There are a couple of batiks in there, but lots of tone on tone prints and I know I still have a few of these left to make more petals.
 I love the pretty yellow print with the few tiny blue flowers in it. It seems to tie the whole thing together. So, I am going to grab the rest of my fabrics and make just a few more petals.
I am much better at taking a concept and making it my own for a quilt now, than I was back in 2008. I will figure out a lay out and find a backing fabric for these beautiful petals and this quilt will become a finished project finally. The applique process is just machine blanket stitch and since I have my Bernina, which I didn't have back then, It will be a snap. Look at those lovely blues!
I know I have a lot of other quilting projects going on right now, but I am very excited and re-energized to give this quilt the finish it deserves. Do you have any quilts in progress like this? Maybe it's time to dust them off, and give them a second look. You might be sitting on a real treasure.
Happy Wednesday. Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stash #15

Good morning and Happy Easter to you. I hope you have some lovely plans for your day today. I think mine will be a quiet one, and that's okay by me. So this week's Sunday stash I have been very excited to share. I waffled on buying this fabric since the day it came out. Should I? What would I make with it? But everyone's buying some. Wait, maybe I don't need it. WHAT? Scratch that. Of course I need it. I am a collector. So here it is, a carefully selected few pieces.
 Sara Jane's Wee Wander! I looked at it on line so much and I really loved the pink colorways but I know I am not really able to use a lot of pink. I have grandsons and also, many of the folks I have sewn baby quilts for in recent years are having boys too. This colorway can be for boys or girls with the right additions to it.
 The illustrations on this are just fantastic. I think each of Sara Jane's lines is better than the last one.
 The firefly in a jar is my favorite. What kid never did this? It brings me back to summers growing up.
And this one reminds me of a tree in the park where I grew up. My sisters and I spent many hours playing in that tree. We called it the monkey tree and it was the best climbing tree ever.
 This one was the hardest to find. The horses print in every colorway is sold out or on reorder at many of the shops I frequent on line. I bought all my pieces from Hawthorne Threads which is usually my go to fabric source. I really wanted the blue colorway of this. I felt that it was very necessary to the collection, but I couldn't find it. Then, at Lark Cottons I found this. So I grabbed it. This was my first ever order from Lark  Cottons, but it won't be my last.
The service was so fast, I had this in my hands 3 days before the rest, and Hawthorne Threads is pretty quick when it comes to shipping. But what I want you to see is the edge. This baby is pinked so there is no raveling. I have never seen that before, but with the pinking blade on a rotary cutter, easy peasy. GENIUS!!!
Just a side note, I really wanted to see this fabric before I bought it, but my LQS did not have it. I asked, and they said they had ordered it, but they didn't know what prints had been ordered or when it would come in. I checked back weekly for 3-4 weeks and finally gave up and bought on line. I try to support my LQS whenever I can, but many times they disappoint with what they choose to carry. I did not want to miss out on this one. And just so you know, it is so soft! I am going to love sewing this up. Got an idea already. Well, enough rambling. Have a great Sunday and I am linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.http://www.mollisparkles.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's Sewjo Saturday

I have to admit, I am loving these Saturday posts. Everything that happens during the week is great and fun to read about, but the weekends were a little dull before now. I am so inspired by other people"s talents and this is what keeps me going through the weekend.  I am doing as much sewing as time allows, but pictures are harder to come by. This is my current project, well, one of them.
 This is V's Rocket Age quilt and though the pictures are not much yet, it's going to be fabulous.
I am at that phase in the quilt where the piecing is just beginning and even with chain piecing, it takes a bit of time to get enough done to show real progress in pictures. I plan to really give it a go this next week in my spare bits of time so that by next Saturday, they might be much more to show. Have a great Saturday. Linking up with GoGo Kim for Sewjo Saturday.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Finish-Times Two

This week's Friday Finish is not one, but two quilt tops. I have a friend who is having fraternal twin boys this summer, and rather than wait until the last minute, and since I have so many other quilts in progress, I hurried these along. I hope to get them quilted soon.  So here they are:
 I wanted to use up some scraps I have had from another baby quilt from about 10 years ago. And since the family lives in Ohio, of course, the Ohio Star came to mind.  I also wanted the quilts to be different from one another.  So one became very scrappy, with a small Ohio star on it.
And the other became a nine patch with 5 larger Ohio Stars on it.  I just need backing now. I am going to try and pull it from my stash if I can. I have until late July to get these quilted, but I am thinking sometime in the next few weeks it will get done. They shouldn't take too long to quilt. And I just found out that another good friend is expecting identical twins. Here I go again!! Hope you have a great weekend. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday...cutting, cutting, cutting

This weeks WIPs are mostly about cutting out pieces for quilts. I do have some I am sewing on, but they are in the back seat for a bit now.
 Got all my strips selected and ironed for my SMQ Bee blocks for April. My bee mates have both requested low volume for their blocks this month. Can't wait to see how these come together. I love this bee. This is year 3 and it always stretches me to make these blocks.
 This is a new project for a blog hop coming in May. I am really excited about this one. Lots of squares to cut out.
 I decided to make it 50 inches square, more or less, so I need 441 squares, all 3 inches, for this one.
 Still a bit more to cut...but I am about half way there.  Woo hoo!
And this sweet print that I want to incorporate will probably, maybe, be my border. We'll see when we get that far.  Here is a peek at my potential lay out. Just threw these up on the design wall.
Enjoy your week. Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Stash #14

Well, it seems that winter is firmly behind us now, here in North Carolina. Not only are the days warmer, and more of them are not rainy, but the nights are warmer too. And the scourge that is the yellow pollen from the long needle pines is going full blast. One of the up sides of this is the light and weather make it so I can take my photos outside. These were a bit late in the day, so a little shadowy. It seems I have forgotten how to do this, but don't worry, practice makes perfect.
 This lovely stack of half yard cuts, I blame on Julie at the Intrepid thread. These are Essentials by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. So soft! She showed these on Facebook and I fell for them. I showed them to my hubby and he loved them. I have a plan in mind!!
 Then, there is my love for Charley Harper fabrics. I resisted for awhile, but I finally gave in. I am trying not to go fabric nutso this year, so I very carefully selected just a few prints.
This cheater cloth is my favorite. I love the birds the best and this one has several different ones.
 Isn't this just the sweetest little birdie pair? Still thinking about how I'm going to put these together.
The last one is one I hemmed and hawed about buying. The alternate colorways of this wonderful Riley Blake print were being shown as sewn items everywhere, but I loved the red, white and blue the best. I bought a full yard and think I have come up with the perfect idea for it. You'll have to wait and see. Hope you have a lovely spring Sunday wherever you are. Linking up to Molli Sparkles' Sunday Stash.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sunny Saturday Sewjo

It is so sunny and warm and beautiful today. I did spend much of the day inside at work, but I'm home now and the doors and windows are open wide! I was tickled to see what Kim shared today, because my share is a storage thing and it works in with hers pretty well.

 I bought this cute little box after I saw it on Kristyne's blog, Pretty By Hand.  It is made from pieces of yardstick and stained to look older than it is. I keep some of my embroidery floss in it, as it is the perfect size and designed for this.  But then I got to thinking(uh oh) Hey, I could make this. And so I did.
 I bought some yard sticks for 98 cents each at the hardware store and found a piece of scrap wood in the shed, so I didn't need to buy wood for the bottoms of the boxes. I put them together with wood glue after I cut the pieces. And then, I stained them.
 I made 4, in different sizes and they are just perfect for keeping all the little things in that are in a sewing room. Thimbles, buttons, small scissors and spools of thread all fit in there nicely.
 This one is more square-ish so it holds a bit more and is less awkward.  The construction isn't perfect, but that's okay, because it helps with the aged look.
 The others are sort of long and narrow. They are the width of the scrap piece of wood, while the larger one is two pieces glued side by side.
I am so very happy with how they came out and the will be living in my sewing room holding all my little items.
 Maybe now things will be less likely to get misplaced. Probably not, but I am trying here.
Make some up for yourself. They would also make great gifts for friends.  Have a great rest of the weekend.  Linking up with Kim at Sewjo Saturday.