Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Snapshots Quilt Along for a Cause

Kimberly and the great staff at the Fat Quarter Shop have announced their 2015 Quilt Along for A Cause.  The quilt is this adorable pattern called "Snapshots".  The cause is St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The theme of this quilt is snapshots of happiness in our lives.

I'm planning to participate in the quilt along and I hope you join me.

Here are a few reason why you may want to join in the fun.

1.  The Fabric - the fabric for this quilt is Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I love the prints and colors in this line, I think you will too.

2.  The Pattern - the quilt consists of 12 blocks that finish at 12" x 16", cute blocks, really cute blocks.  Can you pick a favorite?  I can't, I love them all, and that's just from promo picture, once these finished blocks start popping up in blogland I think they'll look even better and be even harder to resist!  (I even like the cat block and I'm not a cat person!)  The quilt finishes at 66.5" x 88.5".

3.  The Fat Quarter Shop - If this would be your first block of the month from the Fat Quarter Shop you are in for a treat, if you've participated in some of their prior BOM's then you know what to expect, a cute package shipped on time, generous pieces of fabric, excellent and easy to follow directions.

4.  The Cause - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  The patterns will be available for download the 15th of each month starting in January.  The patterns are free, Kimberly is asking for a voluntary suggested donation of $5 for each pattern.  The Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match the donations we make up to $10,000.  Kimberly also plans to auction the quilt with the proceeds going to St. Jude.  St Jude Children's Hospital is known for its research and treatment of children with cancer and other life threatening diseases.  No family ever pays for St. Jude care.  This is due to the donations the hospital collects.  It's a cause I have supported in the past and am happy to support through this promotion.

5.  Fun and Success - Some of my favorite quilts are projects I made sewing with others, and even though this quit couldn't be any cuter,  I think sewing along with friends will add to my enjoyment and keep me on track so that I piece my block every month and finish this quilt with everyone else.  Cute monthly block kits aren't nearly as good as cute finished blocks.

Here's a link to the kit details, click here, there is even a cute backing kit available, don't pass it up.  The FQS is currently taking pre-orders, the kits will ship in February.

Here's a link to an introductory video featuring Kimberly and Bonnie and Camille,  click here.

So what do you think, want to join the fun?  I sure hope so!!

PS - The blocks are totally pieced, no appliqué was used in the making of the Snapshots quilt.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Christmas Finish

I've finished piecing Garden Lattice.  Picking out my fabric sets was harder than piecing the blocks.  

The pattern called for 35 blocks, 7 rows of 5 blocks, I'm working through a square quilt phase so I made 25 blocks, 5 rows of 5 blocks.

This is lifetime quilt number 147
The pattern is Garden Lattice from Cindy Lammon's Simply Modern Christmas book. (If you missed Cindy's blog post showing her latest project, go check it out now, it's very clever, Hyacinth Quilt Designs in my blog list)
The fabric is all Kate Spain for Moda, different families from my stash.
It finished at 64 1/2" x 64 1/2"
It has approximately 457 pieces.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this pattern.  The fabric added to my Christmas spirit while the simple directions didn't add to my Christmas stress.  I think this pattern would work for any style of fabric and could be a great stash buster, keep it in mind as you plan your projects for 2015.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Christmas Sewing

It's December, so that means I'm sewing another Christmas quilt.  This is the month I usually sew my Christmas quilts.  Last December I made a Christmas Round and Round and the year before that I made Vintage Holiday.  While I'm sewing my Christmas quilts I also listen to Christmas music or watch old Christmas movies on TV, it really is the most wonderful time of the year!!

I don't have much in the way of Christmas fabric, it is usually released in July, and I'm not in the mood to buy Christmas fabric in July.  I do however always buy whatever Kate Spain designs for Christmas so that is what I have to work with, her Solstice line and some scraps from prior year lines.

So I spread all my fabric all over my sewing table hoping that would help me decide on a pattern.  And several good ones crossed my mind, Seven Letters, Cheerio, and Norway are tops on my current To Do list.

But then I decided to go with a pattern from Cindy Lammon's book, Simply Modern Christmas.

This book has several patterns that I like, patterns that would work for Christmas or any time of year and any style of fabric.  If you don't have this book,you can look at all the patterns on Amazon, click here.

I decided to go with the Garden Lattice pattern because I think the blocks look like presents. 

As a matter of fact, Cindy's version doesn't even use traditional Christmas fabric, she just went with an assortment of red and green fabric from her stash.

And here are  my Garden Lattice present blocks.

The pattern calls for 35 blocks, I'm not sure how many I'll make, but right now, I'm enjoying making every block and can't begin to pick a favorite.

Ah December, I love this month.  I hope you're able to squeeze in some sewing time this time of year!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Another Red Letter Day

Happy December!!

I've been doing the normal December activities, like shopping and decorating, plus I've had a little time to sew.

Every  now and then I've been piecing Red Letter Day blocks.  The blocks are huge, over 22 inches, and they go together easily.

Before I knew it I had pieced a whole wall of Red Letter Day blocks.

I made a few extra to cover my brother's king size bed.

This is lifetime quilt number 146
The pattern is Red Letter Day by Camille Roskelley for Thimbleblossoms. (available here)
The fabric is by Sandy Gervais for Moda, a mixture of a couple of her fall lines.
It's currently 90 1/2 inches square and has approximately 1,168 pieces.

If you need a big quilt this pattern is a great choice,

I've been getting my Christmas quilts out, if the sun ever shines I'll take and share a few pictures.  I've decided you can't have too many Christmas quilts and plan to spend the rest of this month working on  another one. Currently I have no plans other than the them, Christmas.

I hope your decorating and shopping are going well and that you're able to squeeze in a little sewing too!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sticking with that Autumn Theme

Thank you so much for all the pineapple love, your timing was perfect, I was needing a little quilting love this week.

So for the last couple of months, when I wasn't working on tearing my house apart or putting my house back together, I've been working with this Autumn Woods fabric by Kate & Birdie for Moda.

I loved the fabric group the first time I saw it, but it was that tree line border fabric that really called to me.  I immediately thought some geese flying between the trees was just the way to go. I also thought the geese should be flying in some sort of pattern but I wanted it to have a random feel to it too.  So I started making geese, and some more geese and even more geese, until I had a basketful of geese.  Flying geese are the best block to work on when you have limited space and limited time.  Some days I would maybe only finish 5 geese, but at least I accomplished one thing, adding more geese to that basket.  Once my design wall was up I could hardly wait to see those geese randomly flying between those rows of trees.   Which led to this.

And while I do have to admit that this is pretty much how I pictured my project to look, it looks way better in my head.  I'm not sure I can even put my finger on what's wrong with this quilt top, I just know it doesn't look good.  I still love that tree border but the geese just don't look right with it. I'm not sure if they need to be bigger or smaller.  And even if they were a different size I'm not sure that background fabric is the way to go.

After the first couple of rows I had a feeling it wasn't working out quite right, but I've had that feeling while in the assembly stage of other quilts, and have usually been happy when they were done, so I kept making those geese blocks.  I even made a couple of blocks for that last row, 5 more blocks to piece and it would be done, close, so very close.

But it just doesn't work for me.  I tried putting the geese on point, changing up the border, but nothing really came together.  So for now my Autumn Woods project is packed up in a project box.  I'll give it some more thought.  At first I was disappointed that I hadn't been able to create the most clever pattern to go with that border fabric, and disappointed that I had spent so much time making geese, who enjoys the feeling of failure.  But I did enjoy working with that fabric, and I enjoyed making those geese, they were the only relaxing part of some of my days.  So if all I get out of this project is a basketful of geese, they at least kept me from pulling out my hair, yelling at a contractor, or crying as I tried to find a pair of decent shoes and somewhat presentable outfit in my garage full of boxes and clothes racks. Quilting is my hobby, my passion, my release, it's not my job.  I don't have to finish this project.

The good news, I already have that loving feeling back, and all it took was some fall Sandy Gervais fabric and Camille's Red Letter Day pattern.   My sister-in-law has been strongly hinting about wanting a king size quilt for their bed.  I'm out of the king size bed quilt business, I have even said so on this blog, but I'm making one last exception.  The original pattern calls for 9 blocks, but I'm adding an extra block and extra row for a nice size quilt using 16 blocks.

I only need 15 more of these blocks, a border fabric, and I'll have a quilt.   And when I sent the picture of this block to my sister-in-law she was thrilled.  That's the best thing about having a family of non quilters,  the simplest of blocks looks like a show quilt to them.  It feels great to be back on solid ground.

Oh, and one last thing, I'm already working on the next great pattern, and it looking pretty good, in  my head, lol!!  Sometimes it really is about the journey and not the destination.

Thanks for stopping by,