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 fabulous 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:-)