A little bit of all of us

March 28, 2014 § 9 Comments

Woohoo!  I finished the quilt top, backing & binding for this quilt. I just need to make a a label today.

It was started by my mom, finished by me… going to be quilted by my sister-in-law and then given to my youngest brother.  There is a little bit of all of us in this quilt. I wish we had done more of this collaborating while my mom was still around. But she continues on in our memories and in fabric as we finish some of her projects that we knew she was making for other people.

And this makes me want to finish & sew for other people even more.  Sewing for the sake of sewing is nice. But when the purpose includes giving to others it is even better.  It makes my heart glad.

Tap, tap… anyone there?

March 20, 2014 § 13 Comments

Red-Chamblie

I know, I’ve been a bit of a stranger lately.  I miss my sewing machine. I miss my blog.  But I hope to be back into a normal routine again within a week or so.  Whew!  That was a long stretch.

So… what’s this red & white quilt you ask?  It’s a potential block of the month that my local quilt shop is thinking about doing.  The pattern is Star of Chamblie by Marsha McCloskey that I recolored in EQ.  And have you seen that Clothworks has created a new line of solid fabrics called American Made Brand?  I used Light Red, Dark Tomato, Light Cream & Light Kahki to recolor this pattern.  How cool is it that not only is the fabric made in America but the cotton is grown in America.  Let’s support our own local economy!

And… today is the first day of Spring!!  We are forecasted to have some sunny skies this weekend.  Woohoo!  I am in need of some sun & some fresh air. I miss my bicycle as well!

Samurai Sewing

March 4, 2014 § 10 Comments

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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?

On my wish list

February 8, 2014 § 12 Comments

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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 silhouettesdouble wedding ring, pineapple blocks, combining stitching with fabric, and so much more!

What’s on your wish list?

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Done & Delivered

December 23, 2013 § 3 Comments

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green-christmas-quilts

red-christmas-quilts

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!

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