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.






Saturday, July 25, 2020

Red and White Bow Tie Quilt

Every year I piece at least one red and white quilt to add to my red and white quilt collection.  For 2020 I decided to piece a traditional quilt block, the good old bow tie block.



My bow tie blocks finish at 4 inches


I decided 100 was a nice even number of blocks and added a wide border to showcase them.



This is Lifetime Quilt Number 282
I've named it Red and White Bow Tie
The bow tie blocks finish at 4 inches
The white border is 8 inches 
The red fabric is Moda Bella Solid Christmas Red 9900-16 and the white fabric is Moda Bella Solid 9900-98 Bleached White
It finished at 56" x 56"
It has approximately 604 pieces
I think it's my 16th red and white quilt finish, maybe I should name it Sweet Sixteen.


Friday, March 27, 2020

HST Palooza . . . .


I have to admit to being a little pleasantly surprised by this finish.  I had no vision, pattern or even much direction when I started piecing this quilt top.  I just knew I was in the mood to make blocks made up of 16 half square triangles using only two pieces of fabric, I started with large blocks first.  Size didn't really matter, in the beginning, I just made pleasing looking blocks and threw them on my design wall.  As I progressed I had to adjust sizes to fit the holes.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 287
I've named it Only HSTs Need Apply
It finished at 72" x 72", my favorite size
The vast majority of the fabric is by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda
It has approximately 2,338 pieces.
The largest block is 18", the smallest is 4", there are 72 sixteen hst blocks. 


My goal was to fill the top with nothing but 16 hst block squares, and I did get close, but I refused to make hsts with measurements smaller than 1/4" or blocks smaller than 4", so I did need to fill in 5 places with just a row of hsts.  Now that it's done I think maybe the top would have been more interesting if I had added more random hsts to the mix, maybe next time.


Out of the 72 blocks I pieced 4 did not make the cut, not a bad average.  The block in the upper left annoyed me the entire time it was on my design wall.  I like the pattern and the fabric combo but in the end I think it's the granny roses in that print that did not appeal to me.  I'm a very picky floral person, it's a shame because when I was piecing it I was focussing on the butterflies, which I liked,  but after it was pieced all I saw were those blooms.  Upper right just didn't pop, the green was too muted, I like the fabric and the pattern but it just got lost with the other colors when it was on my design wall.  Lower left, I like the fabric but not the fabric combo and lower right, that block is 4 1/2" and I just couldn't live with the lack of cohesiveness with the fabric, it just doesn't match up well, looks sloppy.

I have not been able to concentrate while in my sewing room these last two weeks.  That's a very unusual occurrence for me, my sewing room is my happy place and I did enjoy piecing all these blocks, but some days I was lucky to piece just one block.  My husband is working from home, and does have his own office, but it still throws off the rhythm of the house and my routine.  I'm hoping next week will be better, or he'll go back to the office, either works for me.  SANTY NOW, please.

My heart breaks daily with all the sad news being reported, my thoughts are with the healthcare workers and other folks doing their jobs to keep us fed and safe, and of course prayers to all the people infected with the virus.  I'm cutting myself some slack on my lack of productivity, being kind to others starts with me.  Please be kind to yourself too, and be safe.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Winterberry

I've made some progress on my goal of making some winter themed quilts this year and I think this may be the last one, for now at least, Spring is just around the corner and I'm ready to play with some colors.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 276
The pattern is Winterberry by Erica Arndt for Erica Made Designs.  
It finished at 65" x 71"
It has approximately 1,372 pieces
The fabric is my go to red and white, Moda Bella Solids, 9900-16 Christmas Red and 9900-98 White.


The mitten blocks were quite a challenge for me.


It took me several attempts to get enough pieces to align how I liked.  I've made this block before and don't remember the struggle.  The directions were perfect, it's not the pattern, it was me.




But now that's it's all put together I'm feeling much better about the whole project.



The pattern is available here.

A couple of weeks ago I visited a girlfriend in Arizona, she took me to a pottery shop where I fell in love with all the bright colors used in the wares, I'm planning to jump start my spring inside by working with the same color palette. I think a simple 16 block hst sampler will be a fun and easy project after Winterberry, no more mittens for me!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Memories of a Masterpiece

The first of every month I swap out the majority of the quilts that are out and about in my home.  The beds, a few walls, the banister, the loft, they all get a new look.  I have some quilts that get used year round and are always out, Cooper has two.  It's a fun day and I look forward to it.  But I only piece the tops, I don't quilt them, and without the help and support of some amazing quilters there would be no quilts to play with each month, a fact I never take for granted.


This month I've really been enjoying Memories of a Masterpiece on the guest bed.  I was piecing this quilt this time last year, and now here it is all quilted and looking amazing.


Linda Hrcka at The Quilted Pineapple quilted this top for me.  Whenever I send a quilt off to be quilted, regardless of the quilt, I only have two words of advice, "no feathers".  Linda thought perhaps I should break my no feathers rule and she was right.  The design and size are perfect for this top.  


It only takes looking at this before picture to really appreciate the the difference quilting makes.

Linda is blogging about quilting this top on her blog today, pop on over to get her take on quilting this top.

This is Memories of a Masterpiece, Lifetime Quilt #243, click here for more detail.


Friday, February 7, 2020

Number 5

This is the fifth year I've pieced a top to be raffled by my hometown library.  The library works hard on this raffle, displaying the quilt at local banks and grocery stores to generate interest and sell tickets.  When I decide on a project for the library's quilt I like to pick a pattern and colors that will have mass appeal and more importantly, won't break my heart if it ends up in the back of a pickup truck as a dog bed, lol.  Some people buy tickets because they like the quilt, some buy tickets just to support the library, I just never know what type of quilt owner will be the lucky winner. 

Social media is also a big help on selecting a pattern, if a quilt is popular online it will probably be popular in my hometown.  Last year I went with a Fig Tree block of the month, it was a huge hit.   This year I selected Sweet Escape.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 271
The pattern is Sweet Escape by Camille Roskelley for Thimbleblossoms
It finished at 80: x 80"
The fabric is an assortment of fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It has approximately 1,216 pieces. 


The log cabin blocks finish at 10" and were a breeze to piece. 



Abby at Latimer Lane Quilting has already finished quilting this top, we went with a Baptist Fan pattern and I'm happy with the look.  For the binding I parted with the multicolored flag design from Happy Go Lucky, one of my favorite family of fabrics.

Fingers crossed this quilt raises a nice little sum for a well run and used library with a small budget.




Monday, January 27, 2020

Houndstooth Round Up . . . .

First, thank you for all the welcoming comments on my last post, it felt great to get back to blogging but even better to hear from so many blogging friends, thank you for your support and kind words. 

The last few months I've gotten on a houndstooth quilt kick.  I've always loved the look of houndstooth quilts and had several different patterns for this block but it was the Missouri Star Houndstooth Made Easy YouTube video that convinced me that this was a quilt I would enjoy piecing, and I did!  



This is Lifetime Quilt Number 270
I've named it Red and White Houndstooth
It finished at 57" x 70"
The fabric is Moda Bella Solid 9900-16 Christmas Red and 9900-98 White Bleached.
It has approximately 437 pieces.


The Jenny Doan video goes with  5 inch blocks for her houndstooth quilt.  I went with 3 1/2" blocks and used 1 3/4" strips for the diagonal stripe block and trimmed them to 3 1/2".

 A request for a houndstooth baby quilt started this whole journey and this is my first effort.


This is Lifetime Quilt 267
It's named Riley's Houndstooth
It finished at 45" x 45"
I used the Missouri Star Houndstooth Made Easy video for my pattern
The fabric is the heart fabric from The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
The blocks finish at 3"
There are approximately 561 pieces

I wanted to make a personalized quilt for the new baby but couldn't figure out how to add a name to the houndstooth pattern, so I made a second quilt.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 268
I've named it Oh Baby - Riley Elizabeth
The pattern is by Anka's Treasures from her Little Quilts 4 Little Kids book.
It finished at 42" x 50"
The font for the letters is Sign Painter

Riley Elizabeth is a beautiful and healthy addition to a very good friend's family. 


Nothing makes a me happier than pictures of babies on quilts! 

So after I made two houndstooth quilts I figured out how to add a name and keep everything looking neat and not losing the feel of the houndstooth design.  I also cleaned up the partial block pieces on the outer edge, I prefer this cleaner look.  



This is Lifetime Quilt Number 275
It's named Parker's Houndstooth Quilt
It finished at 51" x 51"
The blocks finish at 3"
The fabric is The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille
It has approximately 660 pieces
The name font is Sign Painter 



Navy and grey seem to be very popular nursery colors this year, for boys and girls. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

I'm Back!

Happy 2020!  I'm so happy to be back blogging.  

Last summer I started having trouble updating my blog.  Things limped along until November when I was finally unable to do anything at all with my blog.  I thought this would be a good time to just stop blogging, so many quilters have.  But then, on a whim around the first of the year, I looked back on the quilts I made during the last decade, and enjoyed reliving all the ups and downs of each finish and realized I enjoyed documenting my quilting journey, even if I was the only one reading it.  So I hired some professionals who fixed the behind the scenes issues and I sprung for a facelift while they were at it. 

Everything seems to be working great now, and I have some finishes to catch up on, but I thought I would kick off my first post of 2020 with my latest finish.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 274
I've named it Sweet and Swell Mr. Snowman.
It finished at 53" x 53"
The fabric is Sweet Christmas and Swell Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda
It has approximately 770 pieces. 



 The whole project got started when I saw this pillow kit by Chrissy from Sew Lux Fabric.  I loved the green stripe fabric with the snowman.  So I ordered the kit.



I did't really need another Christmas pillow so I ordered more snowman and green stripe fabric.


And made this.

It took me a couple days of looking at my design wall before I decided to add the geese and the outer border.  I had a limited amount of Swell and Sweet fabric, scraps really, to work with, but in the end I think that forced me to create a simpler top, which I'm really happy with.

I don't really have many winter themed quilts, I look forward to having this one hanging in my sewing room next January.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope this is the first of many more blog posts this year.