Thursday, March 4, 2021

Some More Merriment and Merrily

I've been sewing more frequently this year but not with much enthusiasm, but that's OK, I'll get there, and I am finishing some projects which always feels good.

After I pieced my Wooded Whimsy tree quilt I noticed I still had a lot of Merriment and Merrily fabric by Gingiber for Moda, particularly the animal panels.  I couldn't think of another quilt that I wanted for my house using that fabric, and I already pieced 3 quilts for family members from those lines, but I do get requests for quilts for auctions and raffles and the like so I decided that making a donation quilt would be a good use of my time and the fabric.




For the pattern I decided to use Starry Eyed by Angela Mitchell.  It's a free Moda Bakeshop pattern from 2011!


This is my first Starry Eyed quilt using Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda.  One of my top 10 favorite Christmas fabric lines of all time. 



I added a few of the small animal panels to Starry Eyed II because they're my favorite aspect of these lines.  That Gingiber really knows how to draw some  endearing winter forest animals. 


So here is Lifetime Quilt Number 296
I've named it Starry Eyed II
The pattern is by Angela Mitchell and available here
It finished at 80" x 80"
The blocks finish at 16"
The pattern called for 5 rows of 4 sixteen inch blocks (20 blocks total), I went 5 x 5 (25 blocks total), because I like square quilts. 
It has approximately 951 pieces. 


Here's Starry Eyed I, Lifetime Quilt Number 78!!!  It's still one of my favorite Christmas quilts and gets used every holiday, an oldie but goodie.  It's hard to believe I've pieced over 200 quilts since piecing this one.  

I used some of the bigger animal panels for the backing of Starry Eyed II, it's ready to be quilted and when someone says "Hey Thelma, do you have a quilt to donate to our cause?", instead of panicking and sewing 20 hours a day for a week and begging a quilter to quilt the top to meet a deadline,  I'll happily say, "why yes I do".  

I am so behind on my blog but am determined to get all my quilt finishes from the last couple of years documented, so be on the lookout for some posts about quilts you may have seen on Instagram but not here.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Finishing the year with a finish

I finished a quilt!

This was a fun project, great pattern, Christmas themed stitching during the month of December, and allowed me to continue my current obsession with trees, but even with all those pluses it still took every ounce of concentration and focus that I could manage to get it done.  I don't think I ever sat down for longer than 30 minutes anytime I was in my sewing room. But now it is done and I'll have a new Christmas quilt to enjoy next year. 


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 294
The pattern is Wooded Whimsy by Coriander Quilts by Corey Yoder
The fabric is a combo of Merriment and  Merrily by Gingiber for Moda
It finished at 65" x 65"
It has approximately 1,029 pieces. 


This is the pattern.


The pattern has 6 rows.  You may have noticed my version has 5.  Hello, my name is Thelma and I'm addicted to square quilts. 

I have no quilt plans for 2021,  no long lists of quilts to make, I've never been so lost in the 15 years I've been quilting.  I'm thinking  I'll start off the year with a good sewing room reorg.  Maybe I'll look through all my books and patterns and come up with that list and a plan.  It's been ages since I've participated in a sew along, maybe some camaraderie is what I need.  Whatever it takes I am determined to make 2021 better.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I know my posts have been infrequent, I'm hoping for more enthusiasm for everything in my life in  2021. 


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Yellow and Grey Color Cuts Play - Two Finishes

Did you buy any of the Moda Color Cuts bundles?   They were a very clever idea, one color way of fabric comprised of different Moda designers.   

It was an easy way to get a scrappy look from one color.  I think there may have been a couple seasons worth of these precuts, I only nabbed the first set.  I've been playing with these grey and yellow fabric strips for months and enjoying every minute. 

My first project was this aglow pattern by Modernly Morgan.  


Search Aglow quilt online or Instagram to see some amazing versions of this pattern.



This is Lifetime Quilt #288.
I've named it Socially Distanced Aglow.
The pattern is Aglow by Modernly Morgan click here.
It finished at 58" x 58", this pattern has several size options. 
The fabric is all Moda, from their Color Cuts collection.
It has approximately 890 pieces. 


I named it Socially Distanced Aglow because I decided add some sashing for space and stars for fun. 

This pattern didn't use up much of my yellow and grey color cuts, I didn't get to use some pieces at all, so I decided to keep playing with the yellow and grey fabric and started piecing 7" sampler blocks. 



I went with 7" because I have some 6" sampler block quilts and wanted a change, plus a math challenge. 


It took some time to get to 25 blocks, which I thought was just enough. 



This is Lifetime Quilt # 289.
I've named it Yellow and Grey 7" Block Sampler.
There's no pattern, I just made some of my favorite blocks from past projects.
The fabric is all Moda, from their Color Cuts collection.
It finished at 51'"X 51".
It has approximately 912 pieces. 

So I've gotten my fill of yellow and grey fabric, next up, something that feels like Fall, Cider!

Monday, September 21, 2020

Basketweave Star - A Finish

Well it took awhile but was worth every minute.  This project reminded me of an old quilt saying, "quilts take a long time, when you don't work on them".  That was definitely the case for this project.  


I made this basketweave star block in 2016 using some Sundrops honeybuns.  I liked the block but was not in the mood to make more blocks so I threw everything in a project box.  Every now and then I would  open the project box and mull over my options of finishing, tossing, or doing nothing.  Doing nothing won out until this summer.  


Having very little motivation to work on any project I thought, "if not now, when?"

So little by little I pieced these 12 inch blocks


And decided 16 was just the right number of blocks.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 287
I've name it Basketweave Star
The pattern is Basketweave Star by Nydia and available here 
The fabric is Sundrops by Corey Yoder/Coriander Quilts for Moda
It finished at 52" x 52"
It has approximately 1,033 pieces.




I really like that secondary star pattern created by the background fabric.

I am among the most fortunate in the coronavirus crisis, my loved ones are healthy and we are sheltering at home.  But like everyone else my life has changed dramatically.  I love the amount of artistry, sense of purpose, and perseverance being shared on social media by this wonderful quilting community.  I look forward to the day that my creative spirit is recharged and that my sewing time is my happy time, until then thanks to all who continue to brighten our days with their creativity.  

Monday, July 27, 2020

Salute to the Red, White and Blue . . .

Memorial Weekend I was inspired to piece a new quilt for my July quilt parade.  There are so many amazing stars and stripes quilt patterns out there I had a hard time deciding what to make, so I made two.

First up is Betsy Ross.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 283
The pattern, Betsy Ross, is by Katie Malan Designs.  (available here
My version finished at 52" by 64"
It has approximately 285 pieces

I added an extra row of white fabric on the bottom of the pattern to better fit the space where I planned to hang it. I think the red binding pulls it all together just fine. 

Abby at Latimer Lane Quilting finished it up beautifully with wavy lines.   



The blue fabric is by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and was from their Happy Go Lucky line, I bought a bolt of that blue dot fabric and have used it in so many of my Bonnie and Camille projects. 


The red is another Bonnie and Camille print, Little Ruby, I didn't buy a bolt of this one but should have, you know me and red!


The second top that I pieced is Stars and Stripes, a free Missiouri Star pattern.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 284
The pattern is Stars and Stripes by Missouri Star Quilt Co (available here)
My version finished at 54" x 64"
The fabric is all Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It has approximately 240 pieces

We used wavy lines for this quilt too, my go to for patriotic themed quilts.

The Missouri Star pattern used 11" star blocks, I thought that was an odd size, given the strips finish at 2", so I pieced 10" stars instead.  Most people would probably never notice the stars not lining up symmetrically with the stripes in the original pattern. It's all even Steven, debits equals credits happening in my brain all the time, so it was a simple swap.  I like the way it looks, and my brain is happy.



Both patterns were easy, I had them pieced and off to Abby  in less than a week and back just in time for the 4th of July and my July quilt parade.  I'll be sad to pack them up at the end of the month.