Monday, September 19, 2016

Hometown USA

I've wrapped up my summer sewing before summer officially ends, but I cut it close.  I'm naming this quilt Hometown, USA, because I'm donating the quilt to my hometown library for a raffle.  They requested a bed size quilt, I think this quilt will fit most beds, and a queen size bed perfectly.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 185
I've named this quilt Hometown, USA
I combined the patterns Summerville and Stars and Stripes by Camille Roskelley for Thimble Blossoms.  
The fabric is Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It finished at 98" x 98"
It has approximately 1,912 pieces.

The center portion of this quilt is from Summerville.

I replaced the outer border of Summerville with some pinwheel blocks.

For my outer border I used the flags from Stars and Stripes.

To keep the same feel on the borders that I added to Camille's Summerville pattern, I made my pinwheel blocks the same size as the 9 patch blocks, kept the big, small, big small, big size of the blocks in the borders, and continued the use of the 4 color star block.

All in all I think this quilt turned out very nice and I'm happy with it, but happier still to start some fall sewing, after I piece the binding and backing.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Up next . . . . .

This is what is on my design wall right now, the  makings of a Summerville-ish quilt.

I made Summerville as a shop sample last November, and enjoyed every minute, but didn't think I would ever be piecing a second one.  Well earlier this year I donated my Snapshots quilt to my hometown library for a raffle.  I told the library if they raised $1,000  I would donate another quilt  next year.  They were very enthusiastic with their ticket sales, that quit was on display for a week in every bank in town in addition to the library, it even made it on tv.  They raised nearly 3 times my $1000 goal, so now I'm piecing another raffle quilt.

It's hard to pick a project for a raffle, I want it to be something I'll enjoy piecing, but not so much that I'll want to keep it, plus I think fabric that appeals to many along with an unique pattern are also important.  So I'm piecing another Summerville with a few additions to make it a bigger quilt.  Fingers crossed it all works out, and is done by 9/21, the last official day of Summer.

I wouldn't mind finishing my raffle quilt even sooner, I have a list of Fall projects that I'm eager to start.  One project I would like to finish is something, anything, made with this Kate and Birdie family of fabric called Autumn Woods.

I've started two different projects but didn't like how they were coming together so as of now all my pieces, scraps, strips and squares are in this project box, waiting for me to find a project that does please me.  This fabric is amazing, it shouldn't be this hard to find a good project for it.  I may just make a bunch of hsts and throw them on my design wall, how could that possibly go wrong?