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.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Totally Jelly

I started this one last summer but was keeping it under wraps because I wanted to surprise my parents with it for their 50th wedding anniversary.  Well they'll really be surprised because I blew that deadline and now they'll finally be getting it for the Christmas after their 51st...  you can never be too careful;-)

I got a great deal on these Kaffe Fassett jelly rolls at Marden's and paired it with a couple of Bella jelly rolls from my stash.

It was so nice not having to cut all those strips but I've trended away from precuts because of the lack of consistency.  This drives me nuts!!!

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville has the go to tutorial for making a Scrappy Trip Around the World but I also relied on this variation by Woodberry Way (and also the pressing directions from Hyacinth Quilt Designs).  I think adding the white helped calm down all those crazy Kaffe prints.

This is a great project for when you just want to sew without having to think too hard.  Other than remembering which seam to unpick it goes together pretty easily and it's nice to have big blocks.  Mine finish to 16" but I still needed to make 54 of them to get make a queen size quilt.

There was no way I was going to quilt something so massive at home so I finally booked an appointment at Burlington Electric Quilters.  Louise has kept things very much the same as they were with Laurena so in no time I was able to get this loaded up and quilted.  I used this Wildflower pantograph to soften the straight lines of this quilt.

And after a lot of time tacking down the binding I finally got to deliver this one.


Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 80" x 100"
Pattern: Trip Around the World.
Fabrics: Kaffe Fassett Collective Hot Design Roll.  Moda Bella Solids Bleached White jelly roll.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.  Backing Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Lake Blossoms.
Thread: Superior Threads King Tut in Sunstone (982).
Quilting: Wildflower pantograph by ClothWerx.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Fifi & Fido

Now that this has been delivered I can finally let the cat out of the bag and share...  I love this simple Disappearing 9 patch pattern for a quick baby quilt that looks complicated!

I'd picked up this sweet Fifi & Fido collection at Marden's.  I'm really trying to bust my stash and now that I don't have a LQS grabbing more fabric means driving or waiting.  Fortunately I have more than enough fabric to shop on my shelves;-)  My original plan was to use the green print for the crosses but I think it really pops as the accent.

It takes such a leap of faith to cut up a perfectly fine quilt block!

It's been such a long time since I've done FMQ so I kept it simple with this loopy meander that echoes the design of the novelty print.

I completely planned this out to make the biggest quilt I could using all of the cat fabric.  I love how this stripy binding ties it all together.

In an attempt to use up every last scrap I made this matching pillow.  I think these are so sweet as a nursery set.

Note to self: quilting with black thread on black fabric is really hard on the eyes!  I don't know why I didn't think to use a buttonhole stitch with Aurifil 12 wt. to give it more definition like my bunny pillow since I used the same wash-away applique sheet technique.


Sharing the love again with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 40" x 53"
Pattern: Disappearing 9 Patch.
Fabrics: Anna Griffin Fifi & Fido.  Crazy for Dots & Stripes - RJR.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50 wt. Aurifil in  Light Peony (2437).

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dotty For Dresdens

It wouldn't be October if I didn't whip up something Ghastly!  Since I've been on a roll with the Dresden plates I decided that was what was missing from my Ghastlies collection.

I'm out of practice so I didn't remember to take pictures of my process.  This is another one made using the Easy Dresden Ruler by EZ Quilting.  I dug thru my stash of Ghastlies and Spellbound and chose a mix of fussy cuts and all-over prints for the wedges.

I wanted this to match my Ghastly Beauty pillow so I stuck with the same background fabric and again used Aurifil's Lana wool to quilt it.  I love the extra dimension the chunky thread adds.

It's been awhile since I did a zippered pillow cover so I needed to review my favorite zipper installation tutorial by s.o.t.a.k handmade.  Still the best one out there!

And here are the Ghastly siblings together.  I feel like I did a better job using fabrics that contrast on this one.

  And now we have a Ghastly entrance ready for trick or treaters...  enter if you dare!

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 21" x 21"
Pattern: Dresden plate using the Easy Dresden Ruler by EZ Quilting.  If you've never tried one check out this fabulous tutorial at Amy's Creative Side's  or Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock's Dresdens Decoded Tutorial.
Fabrics: from the Ghastlies collections by Alexander Henry, Spellbound by Cotton + Steel
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient
Thread: Aurifil 12wt Lana Wool/Acrylic in Faerie Pink (8464), 50wt Victorian Rose (2445)