Friday, October 18, 2019

La Passing Time

My La Passacaglia has been helping me pass the time for quite a while now.

I don't know how I would have made it through all Audrey's activities without something to keep me occupied.

I started this project Audrey's freshman year of high school so it seems fitting that I completed my last rosette at Audrey's final basketball game.  It's hard to believe I won't be watching her cheer anymore.

I was hoping to get this done in time for graduation but didn't quite make it.  It becomes a lot less portable as you start putting it all together but I started with quadrants and then kept joining.

I spent many road trips appliqueing everything down to the background this summer.  Those star points are tough.  If I did it again I think I'd take the time to hand baste around the edges before stitching it down.  Also, I didn't do a good enough job basting this to the background so it doesn't lay as flat as I'd like.  

It feels like the end of an era now that it's finally all together.  Of course I still have to quilt it...  we'll see how long that takes me;-)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Coastal Cabin

It's always sunny somewhere!

I became totally obsessed with these Sunny Isle prints as I worked with them for the Shimmer QAL so I was determined to use up every last bit.  Since I already had a lot of long skinny leftover strips it seemed like a fine time to tackle a log cabin block.

There are a million different ways to make this block but since I was working with such small strips I chose to paper piece them using this free template.

Rather than using paper I used this lightweight foundation.  It's printer ready so I could print directly on it and I didn't risk stretching my blocks (and my sanity) tearing out all the little bits of paper.  The finished blocks are a bit stiffer than normal but for a pillow cover it's fine and actually makes it feel a bit more polished.

4 1/2" blocks are no joke!  With 20 pieces per block this was a rather time intensive project.

It also didn't help that for some reason I thought I was making 12 blocks when I really needed 16.  Fortunately it's fairly mindless sewing so I got to binge watch a couple more episodes of The Great British Bake Off .

And as I hadn't gone insane so far I decided to do a densely quilted crosshatch.  What's a few more hours?

Totally worth it!

And since no scrap could be left behind I used up even more to make a matching wall hanging but somehow for got to take a single picture of the process.  Now my foyer will always be sunny;-)

Dreaming of getting away to a Sunny Isle with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 18" x 18"
Pattern: Free templates for Paper pieced 4 1/2" log cabin blocks by Generations Quilt Patterns.
Fabrics: Sunny Isle bundle by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit, Bella Solids in Ash.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in  Arctic Sky (2612).

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 23" x 23"
Pattern: Adapted from this Broken Herringbone Block tutorial by Freemotion by the River.
Fabrics: Sunny Isle bundle by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit, Bella Solids in Ash.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in  Arctic Sky (2612).

Friday, October 4, 2019

Shimmer and Sunshine

Things are about to get all Ghastlies around here but I'm still holding on to summer!  Back in January my dear friend Aimee invited me to join her for the Shimmer block-a-long hosted by Cluck Cluck Sew.  I figured this would be a good way to get back my sewjo and it worked (for me at least).

Since this wasn't a project I had actually envisioned I just dug around in my studio and found a bundle I thought would work, in this case Jennifer Paganelli's Sunny Isle.  Since this is a bright and busy (in the best way) collection I matched up solids from my stash for the center spokes to calm things down a bit.

The pattern is very clear and Allison also shared some great tips for making these blocks.  That said, these are rather fiddly and each block has a lot of pieces.  I worked out a system for batch processing them based on which foot I prefer to use.

This probably would have lingered in my TBQ pile but I had some free time and a credit about to expire at Burlington Electric Quilters so I was able to get in at the last minute to quilt this.

And since it's football season it made sense to slap a binding on to have something to keep me entertained and my hands out of the snack bowl.

I'm such a sucker for a striped binding!!!

Holding on to summer with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 56"x70"
Pattern: Shimmer by Cluck Cluck Sew.
Fabrics: Sunny Isle bundle by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit.  Bella Solids Ash.  Michael Miller Cotton Couture: Kryp, Azure, Raspberry, Carribean, Isle.  Free Spirit Designer Solids: McCaw, Aqua.  Kona: Carnation.
Pantograph: Happy Times.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: King Tut Morning Sky #960

Friday, July 19, 2019

Camp Life

With all the fabulous summer weather I haven't been sewing (or blogging) much but this week we had an unseasonably cold and rainy day which inspired me to get back in my studio.  I was on a roll getting things done and decided it was finally time to make these pillow cases to match my Going Coastal quilt.

I used my go to burrito method by The Seasoned Homemaker.  I love how quickly these go together and how professional they look with all the enclosed seams.

Camp life at it's best...

The perfect addition to Dex's room at the camp!  And now it's back outside to enjoy a beautiful day at the lake.

Pillowcase Stats:
Finished pillowcases are 30" x 19"
Pattern: Burrito Method Pillowcase by The Seasoned Homemaker.
Fabrics: Going Coastal by Emily Herrick.  Michael Miller Cotton Couture: Tangerine. Kona Cotton: Storm.

Keeping blogging alive with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Buon Viaggio!

It's time for April Vacation here in New England and this year my daughter is taking off for Greece and Italy.  Of course a vacation is just another excuse for me to make stuff.  I paired up my precious Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs with Blossom Essex Linen to make her this travel set.

I started with this little laundry bag.  This is In Color Order's Lined Drawstring Bag in the project size, perfect for a week's worth of socks and undies.

Next I made a coordinating zipper pouch to hold her passport and travel documents.  My go to zipper bag is based on Noodlehead's Gathered Clutch.  I just skipped gathering the front panel.

And since I couldn't bear to waste a precious scrap of this fabulous Bon Voyage print I went ahead and made another Tiny Lined Drawstring bag for cords.  This are awfully fiddly to make but so cute.

Of course no adventure could go completely smoothly.  I was literally 2 inches from being done when I ran out of bobbin thread;-(  Hopefully this will be the only mishap.  Ciao Bella!

Blog hopping with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty and a big thank you to her for including me on this week's highlights reel.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Octopus's Garden

I can't believe I still have friends who are having babies when mine is about to head off for college but I do and I needed a last minute baby gift.  I'm not going to lie, I completely stole this idea from schnigschnagquiltsandmore.  I loved hers and had all the same fabrics so it was a no-brainer.

I've used this Garden Fence pattern by Hyacinth Quilt Designs before for A Walk in the Park - Just as easy as I remembered.  Strip piecing the outer edges helps this go together so fast.

For the quilting I used big swirls.  I'm never pleased with the shape of my rings but it seemed perfect for this quilt.  I tried to let go of my inner perfectionist and just embrace the effect.

Gratuitous basting shot because I always like to document when I do my least favorite part of the process.

I've learned the hard way that it's always best to make a test block before I cut all my fabrics for a new pattern.  My BQF talked me in to joining her for the Shimmer block-a-long so I decided to use my scraps and make a companion pillow.

And here they are together ready to be delivered.

Sharing the love and keeping the blogging world going with this week's Brag About Your Beauties Pageant by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 34" x 45"
Pattern: Garden Fence by Hyacinth Quilt Designs.
Fabrics: Coral Queen of the Sea by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in  Light Juniper (2845).

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 18" x 18"
Pattern: Shimmer by Cluck Cluck Sew.
Fabrics: Coral Queen of the Sea by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient.
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in  Light Juniper (2845).

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).