Friday, July 19, 2019

Camp Life

With all the fabulous summer weather I haven't been sewing (or blogging) much but this week we had an unseasonably cold and rainy day which inspired me to get back in my studio.  I was on a roll getting things done and decided it was finally time to make these pillow cases to match my Going Coastal quilt.

I used my go to burrito method by The Seasoned Homemaker.  I love how quickly these go together and how professional they look with all the enclosed seams.

Camp life at it's best...

The perfect addition to Dex's room at the camp!  And now it's back outside to enjoy a beautiful day at the lake.

Pillowcase Stats:
Finished pillowcases are 30" x 19"
Pattern: Burrito Method Pillowcase by The Seasoned Homemaker.
Fabrics: Going Coastal by Emily Herrick.  Michael Miller Cotton Couture: Tangerine. Kona Cotton: Storm.

Keeping blogging alive with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Buon Viaggio!

It's time for April Vacation here in New England and this year my daughter is taking off for Greece and Italy.  Of course a vacation is just another excuse for me to make stuff.  I paired up my precious Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs with Blossom Essex Linen to make her this travel set.

I started with this little laundry bag.  This is In Color Order's Lined Drawstring Bag in the project size, perfect for a week's worth of socks and undies.

Next I made a coordinating zipper pouch to hold her passport and travel documents.  My go to zipper bag is based on Noodlehead's Gathered Clutch.  I just skipped gathering the front panel.

And since I couldn't bear to waste a precious scrap of this fabulous Bon Voyage print I went ahead and made another Tiny Lined Drawstring bag for cords.  This are awfully fiddly to make but so cute.

Of course no adventure could go completely smoothly.  I was literally 2 inches from being done when I ran out of bobbin thread;-(  Hopefully this will be the only mishap.  Ciao Bella!

Blog hopping with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty and a big thank you to her for including me on this week's highlights reel.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Octopus's Garden

I can't believe I still have friends who are having babies when mine is about to head off for college but I do and I needed a last minute baby gift.  I'm not going to lie, I completely stole this idea from schnigschnagquiltsandmore.  I loved hers and had all the same fabrics so it was a no-brainer.

I've used this Garden Fence pattern by Hyacinth Quilt Designs before for A Walk in the Park - Just as easy as I remembered.  Strip piecing the outer edges helps this go together so fast.

For the quilting I used big swirls.  I'm never pleased with the shape of my rings but it seemed perfect for this quilt.  I tried to let go of my inner perfectionist and just embrace the effect.

Gratuitous basting shot because I always like to document when I do my least favorite part of the process.

I've learned the hard way that it's always best to make a test block before I cut all my fabrics for a new pattern.  My BQF talked me in to joining her for the Shimmer block-a-long so I decided to use my scraps and make a companion pillow.

And here they are together ready to be delivered.

Sharing the love and keeping the blogging world going with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 34" x 45"
Pattern: Garden Fence by Hyacinth Quilt Designs.
Fabrics: Coral Queen of the Sea by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in  Light Juniper (2845).

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 18" x 18"
Pattern: Shimmer by Cluck Cluck Sew.
Fabrics: Coral Queen of the Sea by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in  Light Juniper (2845).

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sew Outta Here

I can't believe another BostonMQG retreat has come and gone!  After 8 years I've learned that cutting on retreat is a bad plan.  I am much better at just sewing or quilting.  That said, I may have gone a bit overboard with the retreat prep...  I started with my March Shimmer Block-a-Long blocks and then dug back in to my Liberty stack for a quilt I've been meaning to make for ages.  That probably would have been enough but with too much energy on a snowy day I started picking fabrics for zipper bags.  Of course you can't make just one and I kept finding fabric combos I loved so somehow I ended up with six.

I started with the zipper bags as a warm-up.  I only got two done before I got bored making them but it was a nice low pressure way to start things off between conversations and cocktails.

The next day I got right to work on my top priority, my March Shimmer blocks.  These aren't hard but they are a bit more fiddly than I anticipated and it took me most of the day to make all four.

Of course that may have been because I spent way too much time socializing and then there was that horrible moment when I realized I was missing 1 square.  Fortunately I also had my prepped April blocks so I could swap.

With those out of the way, I did my guild duty and paper pieced this cute block for this year's charity quilt.  I love how this one is going to come together, I may have to steal this idea for myself!

Finally with all my "obligation" sewing out of the way I let myself start something new.  I'm so in love with this combination of Kaffe Fassett smoky shot cotton with Liberty Tana Lawns from the Westwood Acres bundle of the month club.  10 hearts down and only 30 left to go but for now it's back to reality.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Chasing Away the Winter Blues

alidiza: Chasing Away the Winter Blues
Finally, a Friday finish!!!

The great thing about winter is it certainly inspires me to hole up in my studio and make stuff!  I'd started making these Broken Dishes blocks with scraps from my Blue Plate Special Dresden quilt at last year's Boston MQG retreat.  Everything was already prepped so on one of our frigid January days where I couldn't think of anything else to do I grabbed the stack and finished these up.

There are a ton of layouts for these blocks but I fell in love with this one by Hyacinth Quilt Designs .  It's a perfect layout for a table runner.  After a mindless day of sewing blocks together I got this one basted and ready to quilt.

The perfect opportunity to quilt this came when we took off for a sewing weekend in Maine.  Straight line quilting is so much easier when you have this view.

alidiza: Chasing Away the Winter Blues
I kept it simple but I think the straight lines really add to the whole effect.

Another snow day and I was able to tack the binding.

alidiza: Chasing Away the Winter Blues
Just the thing to chase away the winter blues!

Quilt Stats:
Finished table runner is 33"x87"
Fabrics: Quilts for a Cure Fine China Blue collection by Bonnie Benn Stratton for Northcott.  Essex Linen - White.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: Aurifil in  Natural White (2021).

Sunday, February 17, 2019

In the Studio

X-Wing, Big Swoon, Toes in the Sand, Houndstooth, City Sampler
I'm off to a slow start this year but I'm finally getting back to sewing and blogging.  Here's the state of the studio...  I had fairly modest goals for last year, a good thing because I didn't do much quilting.  The good news is I didn't add anything to the UFO stack so it still stands at 5.  Once again my City Sampler is at the top of my list - hopefully this is the year!

On the WIP front I'm still plugging away at my La Passacaglia.  I've prepped my final rosettes and am just a few sporting events away from having them all assembled.  Of course then I'll have to sew them all together and figure out where I'm going with it from there.

I've also got these broken dishes blocks that I started making at last year's BostonMQG retreat to put together.

And the first 15 of 48 blocks from the Fussy Cut Sampler QAL2 by Elisabew Quilts.

I'm still struggling to get my Sewjo back so I'm keeping my goals for this year simple.  Ultimately I still just to make pretty things and put a dent in my stash...  we'll see how that goes.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Year in Review

2018 by the numbers...

7 quilts - I haven't really been inspired to create this year so it was good to make some gifts to keep me going and it's so great to finally have Blue Plate Special out of the UFO pile.  Even if I don't find my Sewjo next year I've still got enough of a backlog to keep me busy.

3 pillows

My Instagram #bestNine2018

My 8th Boston MQG retreat which was the only meeting I made it to all year.

1 Kid accepted to college - how did that happen!!!

153 books read - Favorites: Tangerine by Christine Mangan and The Wife by Alafair Burke.

I love this week between Christmas and New Year.  It's such a great time to relax and recharge.  I've spent a lot of time reflecting on this last year and making plans for the next.  2018 is going to bring a lot of changes but I welcome this opportunity to flourish.