Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More Short Line

Here's my progress on Short Line.  I'm not breaking any records for speed, but I am loving working with this fabric and how my design wall is shaping up.

I'm 1/4 the way there, and that's ok, it's not a race, it's my hobby.

The fabric is Sanibel by Gina Martin for Moda, the pattern is Short Line is by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Snapshots Time! Block 5!

Are you ready for a new Snapshots block?  It's that time again!!  The months are just flying by, we're only one month away from half way there.

So about this time every month, in this section of my blog post, I say, "this is my latest favorite" and I truly mean it.  Unfortunately I have been dreading the apron block.  It was easily my least favorite block in the whole quilt, for the last 4 months I've been thinking what I could make to replace that block, and here's why,  I don't like to cook.  I don't like anything about it, from the grocery shopping to the cleanup, and every tedious step in-between.  If I lived by myself I would survive off of sandwiches, lean cuisine meals and cereal, and when my husband travels, I do just that.  So when I saw that apron block I immediately thought of work, not play, and this quilt is supposed to be about the fun things in life.

Since the Fat Quarter Shop was kind enough to ask me to participate in this sew along, I didn't think it would be polite not to make the block.  But a funny thing happened while I was piecing my apron, I didn't think about all the tedious tasks associated with the daily grind of being the chief cook and bottle washer, I started thinking about all the times my daughter and I have cook together, and we always wear aprons.  Those are very happy times. It usually just happens at Thanksgiving and Christmas, which makes those times even more special.  So while this block still isn't my latest favorite, I do like it, a lot, I think you will too.

I made a few changes to my block.  I used a different Bonnie and Camille family of fabric, I used Scrumptious. I wanted a pick frilly apron and that fabric fit the bill.  I also swapped out the one big pocket for two smaller ones, because that's how my apron looks.

This block is not hard, but you need to pay close attention to each step, there's a lot of right, left, top, bottom sewing going on.  For the first 4 blocks, I cut out the pieces then just looked at the picture, for this block I read and followed the instructions.  I had no issues, and the block went together easily, just don't start on this one when you're in a hurry or not in the mood to pay attention to the details.

I am thrilled that the FQS has already surpassed it's initial goal of raising $10,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and its new goal of $20,000. The last time I checked the amount raised was over $22,000. Great job, give yourself a pat on the back!  As a reminder, the monthly patterns are a free download, a donation is up to you, the suggested donation is $5.  Here is a link to the pattern, instructional video, donation page, and everything else you need to know.  (click here)  

Here are a few more folks participating in the sew along, be sure to check out their aprons.

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Pat Sloan of The Voice of Quilting
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios
Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse

And finally, be sure to also check out instagram, #fqssnapshots for some great blocks and inspiration, there were some heartbreakingly cute puppies last month.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gathering Pieces Update

Remember when I blogged about my summer hand work project, Gathering Pieces? (click here)

Well this is what I've accomplished over the last month.  Not as much as I expected, 

but I'm still having fun.  I can't believe how different my version looks from the pattern, I think it's the organge, that I still really like and intend to stick with.  Someone on Instagram thought the blue blossom looked like cupcakes, I now agree, and crave Sprinkles Cupcakes every time I look at it.  Luckily for me I am 200 miles from the closest Sprinkles Cupcakery.

After some trial and error I have learned that needles and thread make a huge difference in the ease of connecting the pieces and the look of the connected pieces.  I'm using Superior silk thread and Clover Black Gold Needles #12.  

It's not too late to think about or start what you want to do with your summer sewing time, just make sure it's fun!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sanabel Short Line

So remember that Sanibel fat quarter bundle I picked up in Paducah? I think I've found the perfect use for it, already.  This bundle is gathering no dust.

Sanibel is by Gina Martin for Moda.  I was drawn to the colors of this collection of fabric.  You know how with some fabric, it's all about the prints, the designs, and the colors?  And how you sometimes don't want to cut up those designs?  For me, Sanibel is all about the colors, and while the designs are nice, I want to cut them all up so the focus stays on the color.

To accomplish this I'm using the Miss Rosie's Quilt Co pattern Short Line.  There are two versions, one that uses 2 1/2 inch strips and one that uses 1 1/2 inch strips, I'm going with the 1 1/2 inch strip option that only requires 436 strips, if you're using fat quarters, which I am.

My friend Nicole, at Sisters Choice, made both the quilts that you see on this pattern.   They've been on my To Do list for years.  I'm so glad I waited for what I think is the perfect fabric.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Goodbye AYOS

Sinta and Sherri have decided to quit hosting their monthly Schnibbles sew along.  I am so sad to see it go.  Even though I didn't participate every month, I always looked forward to the parades the first of each month.  But hosting any sew along is a lot of work, I congratulate them for hosting the sew along for over 7 years, committing a great deal of their time so we could all have fun.

I started my blog about the same time the sew along started.  It helped me meet new friends and made me feel like I was a part of the blogging community.

What I liked best about the sew along is how it appealed to so many quilters for so many different reasons.  Newbies improved their piecing skills and finished projects they never thought they would start.  Friends met and sewed their monthly projects together.  Busy quilters were able to complete at least one project every month.  To others it was the opportunity to experiment with new fabric choices or combinations.  For me it was the challenge of using the pattern as a starting point to create something different.   So thanks also to Carrie Nelson, for creating so many wonderful patterns and cheering us all on from the sidelines.  The prizes were pretty great too.

Here are a few of my favorite finishes.

I made my Dulcinea a little bigger and added some handles to my pinwheels.

This was my experiment using black background fabric, my only quilt with black background, but I'm so glad I gave it a try.

I lobbied to change Bibelot to "T" Stands for Thelma,

and won, well temporarily anyway.

For Carrie's Summer Day I added a few dots and a border and named it Summer Fun.

I think this is my favorite project, a combination of Madeline and Good Fortune for a king size Madeline's Good Fortune.

 I am a better more creative quilter because I participated in the AYOS sew along, thank you doesn't seem like near enough, but Sinta and Sherri, thanks just the same!

Update - Sherri will continue to host a sew along, details to come, continue to check her blog for an update.

For details on any of the projects shown, go to my First 100 and Second 100 quilt tabs.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Change of Pace

Did you happen to see any of the  yellow and white quilts made for the Under the Garden Moon Quilt Retreat?  There were several lovely quilts, but there was one Blossom quilt that really appealed to me, so I ordered some yellow fabric and bought the pattern.

I used Joanna Figueroa's Blossom pattern from her book, With Fabric and Thread.  (available here)

For  my yellow fabric I chose the Moda Bella Solid 30's Yellow, 9900-23.  It's just the yellow I wanted, a very pretty happy sunny yellow, not a bright lemon yellow or pale weak yellow.

The pattern calls for 9 blocks, all the same color.

I decided to reverse the fabric for my center block.

After the bold colors of my flowering snowball quilt, and the hectic week in Paducah, I was ready for a calm project, in color and difficulty.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 156
The pattern is Blossom from Joanna Figueroa's book With Fabric and Thread
The fabric is Moda Bella Solid 9900-23, 30's Yellow and 9900-28 Bleached White
It finished at 84" x 84"
It has approximately 606 pieces.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fabric Questions and Answers

I've received several requests for the fabric detail for Coastal Lily.  I didn't use one family of fabric, or even one manufacturer,  and I can't even identify some of the fabric but hopefully here's enough information to help.

The top and bottom border fabric is Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille.

That fabric was pretty much my inspiration for the entire quilt.

The stems and leaves are scrappy grays.  The flying geese are a mixture of navy blues and grays.

Here are the Happy Go Lucky blues I used for the flying geese.

Here are the other navy fabrics I used.

The first three and 5th are by Tsuru by Cloud 9 fabrics.  The 4th is Avalon by Fig Tree for Moda, the dot is Sarah Jane for Michael Miller.  

There are 36 lilies in the pattern, I used a different print for each lily.

These prints are by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

They are all Happy Go Lucky except one Vintage Modern piece.

I also used quit a few pieces from V & Co, Simply Color, for Moda.

I used the greens and oranges in different prints.

And I used these prints from Honey Honey by Kate Spain.

That's all the families I used, the rest are just random pieces.

like these,

which is how I got to here.

The grays I used were just an assortment of lights and darks.

Happy Go Lucky is hard to find these days, I pieced this quilt in 2013.  But Miss Kate has the same colors as Happy Go Lucky and is still available, I think it would be a nice substitute.

I hope this helps.  I sure would like to see your Coastal Lily, send me a pic!

And don't forget, the pattern is by Minick & Simpson and available here.

Happy May Day!!