Friday, March 22, 2013

Pretty Little Pinwheels

I finally knocked something out from the UFO pile:-)  I don't even remember when I pieced this top!

I dug in to my massive stash of repros and used this awesome Pinwheel Baby Quilt pattern by Jodi at Pleasant Home for the Moda Bake Shop.  I just had to make it when I saw the little prairie points in the border!!!

Remembering the lesson that I can usually shanghai my BMQG friends in to helping me baste, I took this up to our retreat last weekend.  Conversation and a glass of wine makes crawling around on the floor pinning so much more tolerable!

I used this as a chance to practice some new FMQ.  In the center I tried the Loop & Double Loop Swirls from Free Motion Quilting with the amazing Angela Walters.  For the outer border I went with my usual heart paisley.  I did some dense rows of straight line quilting in the inner border but I wish I'd done the same on the edges of the outer border.  Live and learn;-)

Best of all I had already made the binding when I pieced the top so all I had to do was slap it on.  A cozy night of TV with my DH and I can call this one done!!!

Quilt Stats:

Finished quilt is 36" x 44"
Pattern: Pinwheel Baby Quilt pattern by Jodi at Pleasant Home for the Moda Bake Shop.
Fabrics: 30s Repros from Stash
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton - Request
Thread: Aurifil 2021

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

W.i.P Wednesday is Washi Day

Yesterday we had yet another snow day...  I took this as a sign it was time to start making a sun dress:-)  I LOVE maxi dresses so when I saw the Washi variation from Made by Rae I knew I had to make one.

This isn't the maxi version, I want to test the pattern at least once before I commit that much fabric:-)  I'm making this one with Denim yarn dyed Essex linen.

I went with the fully lined bodice version and used some long hoarded Little Folks voile for the lining and pockets.  It's all together and just needs some finish work.  Let's see if I can get it hemmed before it's warm enough to actually wear it...  I may have until August!

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Check out what everyone else is up to at Lee's wonderful W.i.P. Wednesday:-)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Quilter's Paradise

This weekend I escaped to the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk Maine on a Quilt Retreat... 4 days of unlimited sewing time with the amazingly talented BMQG gang.  I may have been a bit ambitious about how much I was going to get done;-)

As usual I spent lots of time socializing but I did manage to piece my Enchanted top.

I also was having some tension issues but Father Frangelico helped solve those...

so I was able to finish quilting this baby quilt from my UFO pile;-)

Of course no trip to Maine would be complete without a trip to Marden's.  I think some of my "friends" may have stripped the shelves but I still managed to score a few fabulous fabrics... definitely what I need after being so inspired by much creativity.  I can't wait to start planning my next project!!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

British Invasion

I've posted so much about this quilt in progress I'm not sure there's much left to say now that it's finished.  

The Old North Bridge in Concord, MA is the site of the first American victory in the  Revolutionary War, the perfect place for a photo shoot!  I started working on this quilt last August and joined up with the Baby Brit QAL hosted by the fabulous dream quilt create.  Thank you so much to Cynthia for helping me stay on track!!!

The Grave of British Soldiers commemorates the 3 British soldiers who died at the bridge.  Almost all of the fabrics in this quilt were pulled from my stash with a just a few final additions from the awesomely amazing  Sew Deerly Loved and the simply perfect bias striped binding from gather here.

British Invasion
I actually finished piecing the top back in October but then got stalled piecing the back and basting, my least favorite parts of the process.  Neither task was the chore I had imagined, hopefully a lesson I'll remember.

Once everything was together the quilting went pretty quickly, helped along by several well-timed snow storms.  

A huge thank you to my fabulous husband for patiently playing the role of quilt rack on a cold, windy morning and managing to keep my quilt out of the mud (and the river)!

Quilt Stats:

Finished quilt is 63" x 70"
Pattern: Victory Garden by Busy Bee Quilt Designs
Fabrics: Lecien Flower Sugar.  Stash by: Heather Bailey, Ann Kelle, Jennifer Paganelli, Joel Dewberry, and Tanya Whelan.
Sashing: Spot On by makower uk.
Binding: Pilgrim Stripe by Lizzy House .
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient
Thread: Aurifil 2000

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

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Just 3: March towards Spring

After accomplishing nothing in January I did pretty well delivering on my plan for February.  The plan:

1.  Finally finish my Victory Garden quilt...  it's done:-)  I want to give it to my friend before I post pictures but it really is awesome (if I do say so myself!).

2.  Make something for the BMQG Madrona Road challenge... also done.
3.  Quilt my Hexie Blob...  well 2 out of 3 ain't bad.  Gymnastics season is in full swing so I'm sure I'll have plenty of opportunities for hand work;-)

I have high hopes for March!  I've finished all my "active" projects so I get to start some new stuff and I'll have 4 glorious days to sew at the BMQG retreat.  So here's the plan:

1.  Turn this stack of pretty fabrics in to something.
2.  Finish something from the UFO pile.
3.  And seriously, quilt the Hexie blob:-)

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Keeping focused with the fabulous Just Three at traceyjay quilts.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sewing with Friends

Audrey and her friend Erin learned to sew at the amazing Create! Sewing Studio.  Since then, they're always looking for new projects to try.  This weekend they found this fabulous Pick-a-Pocket Purse tutorial by the awesome Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie.

A quick trip to our wonderful LQS, Quilter's Way, and we were ready to go.  Erin paired these beautiful Alexander Henry Vivienne prints with some Robert Kaufman Spot On.  Audrey also used some Vivienne with Dear Stella's Fair Isle and Ann Kelle Remix.

I'm still not ready to turn them loose with a rotary cutter but they do all there own pinning, pressing and sewing.

And a couple of hours later they were ready to show off their fabulous new bags:-)