Wednesday, May 29, 2013

W.i.P Wednesday: Tiptoeing Along

How fabulous are these pb&j fabrics from basic grey for Month 2 of Jaybird Quilts Toes in the Sand!?!  I just love this combination of navy and teal with hints of coral!

 The Hex N More ruler is awesome for cutting both the triangles and hexagons but I did find this block a little more challenging.  It's hard to get your points to match on all those intersections!

But when it does come together the results are beautiful!!!  I've been hosting the BOM at Quilter's Way and it was so amazing to see all the different ways people chose to put this block together.  The fabric placement really makes a huge difference.  It's so fun to see this coming together month by month:-)

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: British Invasion

I was lucky enough to get to go to Quilt Market a few years ago so I'm feeling a little sad that I wasn't there again to see all the new fabric that's coming out.  Fortunately, Amy gives us Blogger's Quilt Festival to inspire us to use all the fabric we do have:-)  For my second entry I had to go with my current fave, British Invasion.

I'm entering in this in the Quilt Photographer category.  Not that I consider myself a great photographer but I did spend a morning freezing to get these pictures and it's a beautiful location.  The Old North Bridge in Concord, MA is the site of the first American victory in the  Revolutionary War, the perfect place to photograph this quilt!

The Grave of British Soldiers commemorates the 3 British soldiers who died at the bridge.  I pulled a massive pile of fabrics from my stash for this quilt based around a Lecien Flower Sugar bundle I scored at Sample Spree.  I love that this uses fabrics by some of my favorite designers...  Jennifer Paganelli, Tanya Whelan, Heather Bailey all playing together quite nicely:-)

British Invasion
I actually made this for a friend and it looks totally fab hanging in her house.  In some photos from Spring Market I saw Lecien has released an adorable new Flower Sugar collection so I may have to make another one for myself:-)

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, Tanya Whelan and more.
Sashing: Spot On by makower uk.
Binding: Pilgrim Stripe by Lizzy House .
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient
Thread: Aurifil 2000

Sharing this at Amy's awesome Blogger's Quilt Festival in the Quilt Photographer category.  Be sure to visit all the fabulous quilts over there and be inspired!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The blob

It's hard to believe this 16" square has consumed most of the last year of my life:-) I guess that's the difference doing things entirely by hand.

 I started working on these last August with the fabrics I used for the BMQG/Quiltcon challenge, That's So Random.  There are tons of great tutorials on how to make hexies but I make mine the way the awesome Jaybird Quilts does it... all 110 of them.

The one tip I will share is to use YLI silk thread when you stitch your hexagons together.  It's a pain in the a** to work with but your stitches will be invisible!  This shot gives you a great sense of the scale.  These are all 1" hexagons.

For the quilting I started with an offset hexagon around one of the hexagons and then just echoed that shape out to the edges.  For the smaller hexagons I just eyeballed it but as I moved out I got pickier and used masking tape as a guide.  I loved working with this orange pearl cotton!

Quilt Stats:

Finished quilt is 16" x 16"

Fabrics:  Kona Cotton Cyan, Azure, Candy Green, Lime, Chartreuse, Buttercup, School Bus, Tangerine, Medium Gray, Coal, White.
Batting:  Quilter's Dream Orient
Thread:  YLI Silk 224, Valdani Pearl Cotton(12) - 204

Sharing this at Amy's awesome Blogger's Quilt Festival in the hand quilted category.  Be sure to visit all the fabulous quilts over there and don't forget to vote for your favorite;-)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sending All My Love to Boston

I'm pretty sure I don't really need to explain where these are headed...  how cool is it that I can say (along with a zillion other fabulous quilters) that my art is hanging at the MFA;-)   The quilting community is absolutely amazing when they come together.  These flags have been flying in literally from around the world.
For these two I used a reverse applique technique.  I made my flag from two pieces of fabric according to the tutorial.  Then I stitched around a freezer paper heart and very carefully cut out the top layer of fabric inside my stitching line.  Obviously your background fabric needs to be double sided.  The result is lightweight enough to blow in the breeze:-)

For this one I dug in to my carefully hoarded stack of Out to Sea from the adorable Sarah Jane to make a nautical flag.  In case you're not up on your yachting lore, this is inspired by the maritime signal flag for the letter B.

This one if my favorite!  A love letter sending all my love to Boston:-)

A huge thank you to Berene Campbell and the rest of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and my fabulous friend, Amy Friend, for making this happen!!!  There's still time to participate... you can bring yours to the May BMQG meeting this Saturday the 18th or mail them directly to Amy by May 21st.

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

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Me Time

I was so lucky to carve out a little "me" time this Mother's Day and piece together this top for quilts for Boston.

 The incredibly fabulous gang at gather here invited the BMQG to use their awesome annex to start assembling our quilts for Boston blocks this weekend.  They even saved this machine just for me;-)  Thanks, Virginia!!!

It was a wonderful afternoon of sewing with friends.  It's so unlike me to stop socializing long enough to get something done but we were on a mission;-)  There's still time to participate in this amazing project so share some love and make a block.

Quilts for Boston

Friday, May 10, 2013

Washi Dress

There's a rumor that Lilly Pulitzer never wore anything under her shifts... this dress feels so good I'm tempted to do the same;-)

In case you didn't recognize it, this is the fabulous Washi Dress by Made by Rae.  I picked up the printed version of the pattern at Quilter's Way and used this awesome Denim yarn dyed Essex linen. This pattern is extremely easy and goes together quickly.  That said, I totally did it wrong but somehow still managed to pull it off :-)

For the sleeveless version there should only be three pieces.  I missed the instruction to tape the back pattern pieces together and did it in four but must have at least understood the intention and added seam allowance because it still matched up.  It's a little bunchy in the back but I think if I had done it correctly or added another row of shirring it would have been perfect.

One of the best things about this pattern is that Rae provides tons of extra tutorials on her blog for customizing the fit and making variations.  I wanted to do a full lining with this adorable Little Folks voile by Anna Maria Horner.  It was a piece of cake after I watched her videos.

I made a size large and there's just a bit of gaping at the neckline.  Possibly sloppy cutting on my part but next time I'll cut the neckline and armholes for a size medium.  I also had to shorten it by about 3" but at 5' 2" that's pretty standard.  My most favorite thing, the pockets!!!  I've already bought fabric to make another one and will definitely be making the maxi version.  Be warned, I am going to be living in these dresses this summer!

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

W.i.P Wednesday: April Showers Bring May Flowers

It makes me so happy that spring is finally here but it also means we're busier than ever.  With the end of the school year rapidly approaching I'm thinking about those handmade teacher gifts:-)  Audrey is finishing up 6th grade and last fall I had the brilliant idea that her class should make their teacher a Hexy MF quilt as a graduation gift... you know, because hexies have 6 sides:-)

I'm not feeling quite so brilliant anymore;-)

The kids really did a fabulous job!  We had two sessions where the came to make their flower.  All 26 kids had to make at least 2 hexagons, one in their chosen print and the other in yellow which they then signed.

A few over-achievers made all their hexies and sewed them together.  Some of the other class Moms are helping me finish the flowers and assemble the top but I've still got to get it quilted and bound before graduation...  I see a movie marathon in my future!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

W.i.P. Wednesday: Diving In

I can now add quilt teacher to my resume.  Last night I taught my first class at Quilter's Way though "taught" seems like a bit of an exaggeration.  Jaybird Quilt's instructions for Toes in the Sand are so clear I really didn't need to add much but it's always more fun to sew with a group.

Block 1 whips up so easily with the help of the Hex N More ruler.  Everybody was able to make both their blocks while we were there.  I loved seeing everybody's blocks go together just a bit differently.  Fabric placement makes such a huge difference in the final effect.

We're off to a great start.  One month down, eleven left to go:-)

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