Friday, July 29, 2016

Christmas Morning

Looks like I'm only going to finish two quilts for my big "Christmas in July Sewing Marathon".  Not much of a marathon, but it's been a busy month, and I am happy with the two tops I did complete.  I'm also happy July is almost over, Christmas in July sewing is not really my thing.

To make this block I started out with Cindy Lamman's Garden Lattice block, from her Simply Modern Christmas book.  Then I made it bigger and swapped out Cindy's center square with that pinwheelish center.  I've had a few requests for the block details, I'll work on a tutorial over the weekend and post it next week, so you can make your own Christmas Morning quilt.  I named it Christmas morning because we open our presents Christmas morning, and I think the top looks like a bunch of presents just waiting to be opened.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 183.
I've named it Christmas Morning.
It finished at 72" x 72".
The fabric is by Kate Spain for Moda, several different families.
It has approximately 460 pieces.

Now on to some summer themed sewing, I bet I can finish a couple of quilts before summer officially ends.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christmas in July

I've got my first finish for my Christmas in July sewing marathon.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 182
The pattern is Round and Round by Camille Roskelley for thimble blossoms 
The fabric is Mostly Manor by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for Marcus Brothers Fabrics
It finished at 72" x 72" (my favorite size)
It has approximately 634 pieces.

This is my second Round and Round finish, I made this quilt in December 2013,  using Kate Spain Christmas fabric.

I really enjoyed all the white space after my last project.  Now on to the next, I'm hoping to get at least one more Christmas quilt done, two more would be better, I'm just not sure how long I'll be able to stand working with Christmas fabric this time of year.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I was needing a little color

One of my goals for something like the last three years has been to piece a Kim Diehl quilt.  I own every book she's published but just never found the right pattern at the right time to go with the right fabric, until now.

The quilt on the cover just caught my eye, it's Pie in the Sky.  A great pattern for my stack of Bonnie and Camille leftover fabric.

The pattern has 8 rows of 6 blocks, but I'm still in my square quilt phase so I went with 7 rows of 7 blocks.  

I ended up using a little over 100 different prints.  It was really fun mixing up the different families of fabric by Bonnie and Camille.  This is my favorite block, 

a little Happy Go Lucky, with a little Hello Darling and some Vintage Picnic,.

It's very rare for me to piece a quilt with no background fabric, but this pattern just suited me.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 181
It finished at 76" x 76"
The pattern is Pie in the Sky by Kim Diehl from the Simple Graces Book.
I've named it Wild Child.
The fabric is all Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It has approximately 1,629 pieces.