March 4, 2014 § 8 Comments
Time is flying by way too fast at the moment! While I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with my freelance work, I decided that I needed to start interspersing some sewing time with my computer time. You know… a little sewing as a reward for a little computer work. I’ve made a few alphabet blocks from the Spell it with Fabric blog hop from Moda. I’m working on my Do.Good.Stitches quilt. And I today I dug out this quilt above.
This is a quilt that my mom had started but not yet finished. I took it home with me when we were back home for her memorial service. My sister-in-law and I suspect that she was making it for my youngest brother. (Don’t worry. He doesn’t read my blog so it will still be a surprise to him.) And so I wanted to finish it for him. I only have 18 more blocks to make and then assemble them into a quilt.
The pattern is Samurai Squares. The blocks are quite easy & fun to make. They are all from 2 1/2″ strips of fabric. And I think it may be possible to make the throw size from a Jelly Roll plus some yardage for the accent color, setting triangles & borders.
It felt good to get back to the sewing machine.
How are you all doing?
February 8, 2014 § 12 Comments
Everybody has quilts that are on their wish list, right? Lately I find that I’m drawn to quilts that are a little more than a basic weekend quilt. While there are times that I love the therapeutic aspect of chain piecing the same block over and over and finishing something quickly, right now I am longing to spend more time studying a process or an idea. I feel like I need to make a relationship with my quilts. As Carrie Strine said over on her blog about her medallion quilt, “Slowly savoring each stitch of this project brought me a unique intimacy with my materials.” I think that is what I am craving. Intimacy with my materials. And maybe learning a few things along the way. About myself as well as about quilting.
These two quilts are from two different issues of the magazine QuiltMania. They often have photos of quilts from various exhibits at the very beginning of each issue. There is usually one or two that really draw me in. I really want to explore adding more things (blocks or applique) to the empty space around a traditional quilt block like these two quilts. Some other quilts on my wish list are applique silhouettes, double wedding ring, pineapple blocks, combining stitching with fabric, and so much more!
What’s on your wish list?
December 23, 2013 § 3 Comments
Two quilts… made for two little boys… delivered over the weekend just in time for Christmas! The word on the street is that they were a hit.
The pattern is free over at Quilt Gate. You just need to add seam allowances. Finished size is approximately 51″ square. One has a red backing & the other has a green backing. The fronts are identical. A friend of mine who does long-arm quilting let me rent her machine and quilt this programmed pattern. They were super fast and super easy to put together. Hooray!
December 6, 2013 § 20 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.