December 6, 2013 § 18 Comments
The other day I was wishing that Asteria was already quilted. We have been having a cold snap this week. It feels like Holiday Festivities everywhere. And this would be the perfect quilt to put on our bed right now! Next year for sure!
You can see how big this quilt is. My whole shed is covered. My husband says he likes the stars in the corners. I don’t know if it is because I made this quilt predominately red & white, or because it is the season, but to me they feel like they could be Christmas stars.
I’m quite happy with this quilt and glad that it helped me find my way back into the sewing room again.
Updated to Add: You can find the Asteria pattern over at Needle in a Hayes Stack. I eliminated blocks 5 & 7, modified block 3 and added the red inner border to make a slightly smaller quilt that will fit our bed. It finishes at 95-inches square.
December 2, 2013 § 7 Comments
Over the weekend I made a few more flying geese blocks and stitched together the center of my Random Sampler quilt.
When I started this project I never intended for it to be a medallion quilt, even though Gwen Marstons’s lovely example is a medallion. But when I started adding orphan blocks from other quilts this snowflake was begging to be a medallion center. The snowflake needed a tiny little filler border to make it 24-inches and big enough for 8 flying geese blocks. Some of the flying geese blocks were left over from the Isabella quilt that I made for Clothworks and my Bloomin’ Pinwheels quilt. And the cornerstones are the 16-patch blocks from Month 4 in the quilt-along.
Next, I plan to add a small border of that green Brandon Mably fabric. Then, fill in the Random Sampler blocks and others around the outside. I’m crossing my fingers that it is going to all work nicely together!
November 30, 2013 § 6 Comments
The last seam on the Asteria quilt was sewn. I promise, I will get a photo of the whole top soon. It looks much more Christmas-y than I thought it would.
We tried to take a Christmas photo with Charlie & Stella. They were not amused. This is one of the outtakes. We set the camera on a tripod & shot with the remote. I think the cats got at least half the bag of kitty treats in hopes to bribe them into submission.
Next up on the design wall: my neglected Random Sampler quilt. My deepest apologies for letting this one slide to the back burner.
What did you do over the Thanksgiving holiday? (or last week, if you live outside the U.S.) We ate turkey with friends and had a lovely, relaxing holiday.
November 25, 2013 § 3 Comments
November 14, 2013 § 2 Comments
This week I am thankful for flannel jammies, fires in the fireplace and new friends that I’ve made at church. It is winter out there! And I’ve seen people posting the number of days until Christmas. Eeeks!
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These are my hubby’s new flannel pj bottoms that I made for him. We found the fabric in South Dakota two summers ago during our road trip back to the Midwest to visit my family. Yes, sometimes the fabric needs to “age” a little before it gets used. He loves them! His family used to fondly call him Gare Bear growing up. So of course he loves bears. (Start here and move forward to read about our vacation or go to Flickr to just see the photos)
The pattern is Kwik Sew 2388. I used black cotton fabric & cotton cording to make the piped cuffs.
November 11, 2013 § 7 Comments
Asteria blocks 3, 4 and 8. Block 3 was finished at the end of October. Block 4 was finished last week. And I just make block 8 this morning. If you have been following along, in my effort to make this quilt a little smaller I am eliminating blocks 5 and 7. You can find the original pattern over at Needle in a Hayes Stack.
I still have block 6 to make. I’ve been holding that one until last because it uses the light floral fabric and I’m debating whether it will work or not.
I like where this is going!
I think I may resurrect the Random Sampler QAL after this…. only one more block to go!
What are you up to?
November 7, 2013 § 4 Comments
November is traditionally the month to give thanks. But it’s also something that I want to make a better effort at doing regularly, through the good times & the bad times. Life is hard sometimes and it is good to focus on what we can be thankful for rather than the difficulties. The difficulties will pass even though in the midst of the moment it doesn’t always feel like it. This has come up a few times in conversations recently with friends and in things I’ve been reading. So here’s my first installment of Thankful Thursday.
This week I am thankful for being able to visit my hubby’s family, our rascal cats (love those guys even when they are naughty!), and this beautiful view we caught as we drove across the state last weekend.
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The photo above is just west of Ritzville, WA taken with my iPhone. (Click on the photo to see a larger version) There was a sun break between showers & freezing rain as we were driving across the state last weekend. In my imagination this is what southern Italy might look like. Someday we want to see Italy in the flesh. My husband’s ancestors came from southern Italy.