Monday, July 13, 2015

2015 Finish Along: Halfway There

I don't seem to be getting the hang of this!  I've been dutifully listing the things I plan to finish each quarter for the 2015 Finish Along but things really haven't been going as planned... Even scaling things back for Q2 I had 1 measly finish.  Not that I didn't finish things, just not the things on my list.  Hope springs eternal so here I am back for another go with the plan for Q3...

Slipcover supplies
1.  Cover It Up:  One of my goals for the year is to make new slipcovers for our living room couches (yes, there are 2).  Mark at Fabric Corner gave me a fabulous deal on this raspberry twill but it's been sitting in the corner of my studio for the last month while I muster up the resolve to start cutting.  This time is now!!!

2.  A Walk in the Park:  This one keeps showing up on my lists and I have been chipping away at it.  I've quilted flowers in the centers of all the squares but now I want to do some dense vines in the printed areas to make the brick pathways pop.

3.  Houndstooth: Another one basted and ready for a quilting marathon.

Out to Sea Penny Patch Flimsy
4.  Out to Sea:  Last fall I started working on this Penny Square quilt.  I wanted to size it for my daughter's bed at our house in Maine but since we'd already closed up for the year I had to wait for Summer to roll around again.  Now that I've had a chance to see it on her bed I've decided it needs another row on each side and another on the bottom.  I'd really like to get this one on her bed before we close up again!

5.  Beatrix Potter:  This one just keeps lingering but rushing hand quilting defeats the purpose.  With all our road trips I've been making progress on this one so maybe I'll really finish it this time:-)

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
I'm keeping this one short and sweet.  Are you more productive in summer or less?  Either way, join the fun at On the Windy Side!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: Still At It

I've been on a bit of a break from sewing (and blogging) these last few weeks.  It's something I rarely do because sewing really is my passion and not something I need a vacation from but with the end of the school year and a week in Maine there just hasn't been time...

Perfectly Matched Seam
I'm home for a brief visit so I'm trying to jump back in to my current projects.  I totally impressed myself with this seam.  I found this perfect nautical backing for my Houndstooth quilt at one of my new favorite quilt shops, Saltwater Fabrics.  It's on the way to our house in Maine, the perfect stop for a little lunch and shopping on our way North;-)

Here it is basted and ready for a quilting marathon.  I've definitely learned that quilting large quilts isn't the best summer time activity but I'm sure there'll be a rainy day or two.

La Passacaglia Progress
I did make some more progress on my La Passacaglia on the drive...  my goal is to prep the next couple of cogs before we hit the road again.  How do you keep your projects moving forward in the summer?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Still sewing along with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)

Friday, June 26, 2015

The New Girl

Normally this time of year I'd be frantically making teacher gifts but this year Dex's teacher is expecting so we organized an end of year baby shower for her.  The kids each decorated a onesie and contributed a gift.

Still an excuse to go handmade:-)  I'd gotten so many positive comments on my Oh, Baby Wet Bag I decided to make another one, this time with a science theme.

This Joel Dewberry Heirloom laminate coordinated perfectly with the Good Chemistry print and I found the perfect zipper in the stash of ZipIt prize pack I scored on retreat.

And I threw in some coordinating burp cloths because let's face it, you can never have too many burp cloths.  We can't wait to meet the new girl!

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wrapping Up

After all those snow days this winter we are still going to school here.  One of Audrey's final Social Studies projects was to create a visual representation of the influence of religion on art in Eastern cultures.  Much to my surprise she decided to make a quilt.  She had a clear idea of what she wanted to make so I was just there for technical support.  We started at Quilter's Way where Donna did a fabulous job helping us find fabrics that matched Audrey's vision.

I did the cutting but Audrey pieced together the top and quilted her background.

From there she used fusible to attach raw-edge applique motifs which she then quilted around.  I love the effect of the gold thread and this blue/gold cross weave we found in my stash was the perfect choice for the binding!

The finished piece is stunning!  I don't know the symbolism behind all her choices but I love her arrangement.  I'll turn her into a quilter yet:-)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sunkissed Pinwheels

If you follow me on Instagram (and you really should;-) you've seen this one slowly coming along.  It started as a way to use up bonus triangles from the Strawberry Fields quilt I started on retreat (still unfinished while I source more low volume fabrics).

It's really monotonous densely quilting all these straight lines in the sashing.  I tried to just work on it section by section whenever I had some free time.

In the end it was worth it.  I love the way it emphasizes the chevron pattern!

I don't usually work with orange but I love how cheerful this quilt turned out.  For now I'm using it as a table topper and I always smile when I walk by the dining room and see it.

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 36" x 36"
Fabrics: Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda,  Bella Solids Bleached White. Backing from DS Quilts Collection.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient Bamboo
Thread: Aurifil 50wt. in Natural White (2021)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Visit with V and Co.

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend a class with the adorable V and Co.  Vanessa is every bit as sweet and adorable as she seems on her blog.

I wasn't sure what to expect from "How to Work with Ombré Gradients".  Vanessa presented 6 different ways to use Ombré fabrics for unique effects.  It's amazing how you can create complex looking designs using a single fabric.

My favorite are these wrapped roses.  I see a pillow in my future!

A huge thank you to the fabulous Erin of Daley by the Yard for bringing Vanessa here.  I can't wait to get more ombré!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: On the Go

Now that summer is unofficially started the road trips to Maine have begun.  I don't have much time in my studio but I have lots of time for handwork.  I'm making good progress hand quilting this Beatrix Potter counted cross stitch quilt.

La Passacaglia is perfect for traveling.  I've finished the stars for my second cog...

And I'm adding the next round of hexies to my large cog.

Check out that matching.  I love this!!!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
On the go with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)