Thursday, August 10, 2017

Two - Zero - Niner

It really wasn't such a big deal fixing this quilt.  Plus I know myself well enough that not fixing it would have driven me crazy until the end of time.   I did enjoy the comments I got from quilters who would have probably not noticed the difference or not corrected the top.  Lucky you for being so casual and easy going, I envy you, and I'm guessing you'll live longer than me.

So here it is,

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 209
The pattern is Bits and Pieces by Midcoast Cottage Design ( I did change the pattern just a tad)
The fabric is an assortment of Carolyn Friedlander's fabric for Robert Kaufman
It finished at 79" x 85"
It has approximately 792 pieces

I've been obsessing about the quilts still on my 2017 To Do List, but today ran across a bit of advice and it said when your To Do  list gets you down, sometimes thinking about your Done List cheers you up.  I could not agree more.  If I don't finish another quilt this year it's already been a very rewarding, fun, and productive sewing year.  But really, how much longer can I put off that Double Wedding Ring quilt, tick-tock, lol.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Next Up

Do you remember how one of my 2017 sewing goals was to work on my Carolyn Friedlander stash and then I made this top that only used 12 of my fat quarters?  Not much of a stash buster.

Then I saw this pattern and thought I would give using up that fabric another go.

The pattern is Bits & Pieces by Midcoast Cottage Design.

First I cut a few strips from each fat quarter in my stack, which was perfect, I'm using a good portion of my Carolyn Friedlander fabric but not all, so for future projects I will still be able to mix in some of her new prints with the old.

I did change up the pattern a bit.  The pattern uses the same number of strips in each strip set with two different widths of strips.  I decided to change up the number of strips in the sets and cut the sets several different widths.   My goal was to make it super scrappy while also using as much fabric as possible.

So this is usually the happy ending section of my blog, where I give you all the finished quilt specifics and myself a pat on the back for a job well done.   Not this time.

Once I got all the sashing and borders on my rows the bottom of the quilt measured 3/4" wider than the top!  WHAT!! I don't think I was as careful as I should have been with my pressing. Those rows have a lot of give.  So I'll spend my weekend taking the borders off, squaring it up again, then putting the borders back on.

But even with this little hiccup, I'm still loving the summery look of this quilt top.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July

Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to play with Sweetwater's Hometown Christmas fabric for a Christmas in July theme for Moda.

This picture was actually taken in July, so it was literally  Christmas in July for one morning at my house.

I put together two blocks, a background center block and a print center block.

This is the background center block, or Block 1.  The amazing quilting is by Connie Lancaster, the owner of Quilts Plus in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This is the print center block, or Bock 2.

The pattern is a breeze, I went with 3 inch fabric squares and 3 inch half square triangles, but really you can go with any size that you like.  You can also piece as many blocks as you like, no rules here.

The family of fabric has some great prints but the plaids were my favorite.

And here's my finished quilt.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 197
I 've named it Christmas in July
It finished at 88' x 88"
The fabric is Hometown Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda.
It has approximately 1,573 pieces.

Carrie Nelson and the nice folks at Moda have written a pattern for this quilt and it's available for free on the Moda Cutting Table blog.   I think there may also be a giveaway, so check it out today. click here

Thanks Moda for the opportunity to create a fun project and bigger thanks to Carrie Nelson who helped wth the design and all the pattern work.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Good Melon

"At that moment I knew.  I knew the way you know about a good melon".  

That quote is from the movie When Harry Met Sally, one of my all time favorite movies that I've watched countless times.  That line played through my head the last couple of weeks while I worked on this project, which I've named Good Melon.

Earlier this year Joanna from Fig Tree offered a curated bundle of fabric made up of melon color fabrics with a few tans.  The color combination really called to me, I rarely work with tan and thought it looked so nice with the melon toned fabric.  It reminded me of cantaloupe, thus the When Harry Met Sally line running through my head.  The fabric came with a split rail pattern that was fine but I thought I could do better.

While looking through my stack of patterns I ran across this one,

Scarlett Queen by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  A pattern that's been on my to do list for ages.   I think's it's the red that always appealed to me, but thought maybe it would look great in melon too.

I did change it up just a tad.  My center blocks were all melon, with some 4 patches but more not.

 I thought those corners in the pattern were a little fussy but after piecing the blocks knew I needed something, so I went with this instead.

I didn't really have the fabric I needed for that pieced border and gave this a try.

But in the end went with this, again, less fuss, just cleaner and simpler.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 208 - Good Melon
It finished at 64 1/2" x 64 1/2"
The fabric is a mix of several different designers but all Moda
The pattern was inspired by Scarlett Queen by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co
It has approximately 895 pieces

Monday, July 10, 2017

Red and White Finish

One of my quilting goals for 2017 is to piece a Red and White quilt.  And this is my go to bible when it comes to red and white quilts, and one of my favorite quilt books.


I have at least 20 pages of quilts marked with post-its that I would like to make at some point, so it was just a matter of selecting one of the 20, which was easier than I expected, mainly because I know this is not my last red and white quilt.

So this is the quilt top I decided on, first, because as you know, hsts are my favorite block, and also because this is one of the quilts in my Red and White Tribute Quilt.  I think it would be fun to have life-size versions of all the mini quilts in my tribute quilt.

I pre-washed my Moda Bella Solids, and I used a color catcher for the red,  it didn't pick up any color at all, way to go Moda.

And Voila!

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 207 - Red and White Lady of the Lake
It finished at 66 1/2" x 74 1/2"
The red fabric is Moda Bella Solid Christmas - 9900-16 - the white is Moda Bella Solid 9900-98
It has 645 hsts for a total of 1,290 pieces.
The large hsts are 6 1/2" and the small ones are 2 1/2"

I miss-counted my 2 1/2" blocks and ended up with 125 extra, plus the pieces for even more.

That's OK, that's just a jump start on the next one, sometime down the road.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sugar Shack

I don't think I've ever met a house quilt pattern that I didn't love and Martingale has created a whole book of them, I think it's just for me, because it's the Year of Thelma!

Luckily you can buy the book too.  I Love House Blocks has 14 different house patterns by a variety of designers.  The styles are a nice variety too, and whatever your taste in fabric you'll find a pattern that's a perfect match.

I plan to make several of the patterns but first up is Sugar Shack by Tonya Alexander of Eye Candy Quilts. 

I decided to break into my Carolyn Friedlander stash of fabric for this pattern.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 206
The pattern is Sugar Shack by Tonya Alexander from the book I Love House Blocks by Martingale.
If finished at 60" x 64"
The fabric is Crosshatch by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman
There are approximately 336 pieces.

I prepped all my Carolyn Friedlander fabric before I decided to use the Crosshatch prints, so while I have all that fabric out, and since it's ready to go, I think I'll make another quilt top using her fabric.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ombre Star - From WIP To Finish

One of my 2017 Year of Thelma Quilt goals is to end the year with no WIPs.   One WIP was Zipper, which I finished earlier this year, another is this Ombre Star project which I started February 2016.  

I made these 4 blocks, liked them, but didn't know what to do with them, so I put them in a project box.  I recently decided to do something with these blocks so I could just consider this project done.  And I wasn't even sure what to do, so I just pieced more blocks.

And when I got to nine blocks I decided that was enough.

Then I decided to set the blocks using the gray ombre fabric. It's hard to tell from the photo but the center is dark gray and gets lighter as it proceeds to the outer borders.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 205
I've named it Ombre Star
It finished at 50" x 50"
The blocks are paper pieced and the pattern is from issue 16 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine.
The fabric is V and Co's Ombre fabric by Moda
It has approximately 976 pieces.

For the rest of this year, if I finish each project I start, I will end the year with no WIPs, fingers crossed.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stars and Stripes

While piecing my Hometown USA quilt top I made a few extra flag blocks.  Then recently I remembered that I was sitting on a few flag blocks, made a few more, and put them all together, hopefully just in time to get the top quilted so I can enjoy it the month of July.  I made it exactly like the pattern,  because it was perfect just as it was.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 204
It finished at 56" x 71"
The fabric is a mixture of Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It has approximately 138 pieces.

The pattern is only $5 and you can make this top in a couple of afternoons.

And speaking of my Hometown USA quilt, Emily Waterbury was the winner of the raffle.  Here she is on the left, getting the quilt from Twilla Coon, the director of the library.   The library collected nearly $3,500 in ticket sales, what a great effort.  Thanks to all who supported my hometown library by purchasing tickets.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lady Bug Hug

This was the perfect welcome back home project.  The fabric was cheerful, the appliqué a nice challenge, but not too challenging, and the piecing a breeze.

The downside of a kit, there's not enough fabric to cut directional fabric all going the same direction.

I normally would have fussy cut that outer border fabric where all the designs were facing the same way, but in the case of the yellow fabric, I like the stripes going in different directions. 

I added a few pieces from my stash, like the snail parade above.

And the elephants in that outer border.  

The flower pot block was made using templates, 

and came together perfectly.  

I'm not crazy about the red dot print peeking through my appliquéd flower, but oh well.

For the circles I used Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles.  I may only use those circle templates once or twice a year, but am always so happy that I have them in my notions drawer.  If you don't own them get them, both sizes, you'll be amazed how often you need a circle, and the circles made with these templates are always perfectly round. 

I saved the ladybugs for last, and they were fun.

For the antennae I used a decorative machine stitch, for the circles on the ends, I punched out black fabric using a hand held paper hole punch.  

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 203
The pattern is Ladybug Hug by Barbara Jones for Quilt Soup
The fabric is by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass
It finished at 50" x  60"
There are 139 pieces 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy to have gone, happy to be home

Every year I am fortunate enough to get to go on vacation with my daughter, last year we visited Italy for the first time and we fell in love with everything, the food, the history, the people.  We had such a wonderful trip we decided to go back.  This year we visited Rome and Florence, as we had last year, but instead of Venice we went to Milan and Lake Como.

We visited some sites again, but mainly visited new ones.

We toured The Vatican at night, which was a wonderful change of pace, the crowd was easily 1/3 the size we dealt with last year during our day tour.

We also saw the Trevi Fountain at night, I could sit and stare at the fountain day or night, there's not a bad time to visit.

Since our last trip to Italy was so amazing, our attitude for this trip was that anything we did was just icing on the cake.  We did have two main goals, to eat more gelato and drink more espresso.

And we did.

Since we were more comfortable with our surroundings we did a better job of getting out more on our own and walking everywhere.

We visited St Peter's first thing in the morning and had the place to ourselves.  Here's a great picture of me in front of one of the alters, it gives you a good sense of the magnitude of this building.

In Milan we were lucky enough to get to see the Last Supper.

Only 1,000 visitors are allowed in per day, and in small groups of 30, and also for a limited time.  It was bigger than I expected but the colors were less vibrant, I was in awe all the same.

At one restaurant we asked for our serving utensils and were instructed to open the drawer under the table at our seats, what a clever idea!

When I'm at home I pretty much eat the same thing every day, but I do enjoy trying new food, we were very adventurous on this trip, and I was never disappointed that I tried different food.

We usually went with the tasting menu which would give us a small portion of 6 to 8 different items.

I saw quilts everywhere we visited.

I sometimes think I was looking more down at the tiled floors than up at all the amazing things around me.

As is always the case, the best part of my vacation was getting to spend time with my favorite daughter.  She is the best traveling partner, we pretty much enjoy the same things which makes planning and enjoying a trip so easy.

I've been home a week, I'm finally caught up on my sleep, laundry and mail and am back in my sewing room.

While I was on vacation I found out I needed to make a baby girl quilt for a very special mother to be, I've been hoarding this Ladybug Hug kit since 2009!  It think it's the perfect project  to help me get back in the swing of sewing and a great quilt for a sweet new baby.