Sunday, October 27, 2013

Summer Camp

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry.

Another Low Volume Bundle!
 
low volume fabrics Inside Voices bundle

This is the Summer Camp Edition of the Inside Voices Bundles from Westwood Acres
My favorite prints have to be the tents and the bees!
Rumor has it that there may a new Inside Voices bundle coming soon. You better believe I'll be snatching it up when it's listed.
 
Have a great Sunday!

Leaf in Navy from Technicolor by Emily Herrick
Campground by Dear Stella
Green Leaf from Oh Deer by Momo for Moda Quilter's Linen in Silver by Robert Kaufman
Madhuri Circles in Blue by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake
Bees Created by Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love for Andover
Kensington Floral in Red by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake
Knick Knack in Grey on Cream from Baby Jane Collection by Eric and Julie Comstock
Chevron in Grey from Ashbury Heights by Doohikey Designs
Paloma Dot in Silver by Dear Stella
Maritime Modern Knotty Plaid in Citron by Riley Blake

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Navy

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry. 

I *needed* to add some darker fabrics to my stash, with need being the key word.  Haha! :)

different navy geometric fabrics in a row with a navy floral clutch purse laying on top
I've had my eye on this navy bundle for a few months now. 
As I've said before, I love Amanda's mixed bundles!!  They are some of my favorites!
I bought these right before Sewing Summit and immediately pulled out the floral for the metal frame purse class I took.  Isn't it perfect as a clutch?   I really love how it turned out! 

navy fabrics arranged in a cascading row
Anyway, I am loving navy right now.
Navy might be my new favorite dark fabric. 
Could navy be the new black?  Maybe...


Blossom Festival from Tsuru by Rashida Coleman Hale for Cloud 9 (Clutch Purse Fabric)
Metro Living Circles in Navy by Robert Kaufman
Tiny Diamonds in Navy By Dear Stella
Zig Zag in Navy by Dear Stella
Old Lace in Indigo by Rashida Coleman Hale for Cloud 9
E-I-E-I-O by Jack and Lulu for Dear Stella
Architextures Scribble Notes in Navy for Robert Kaufman
Stella Dot Metallic in Navy by Dear Stella
Petit Point in Indigo by Swirly Girls Design for Michael Miller

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall :: Patchwork

I'm blogging with only a few minutes to spare today, so I will make it short and sweet.

This quilt top was made by my sister at least a year ago.  She was making it for a dear friend of hers and then changed her mind completely, going with a different design/color scheme all together.  I rescued her finished top from the giveaway pile!

This past weekend, in a fit of creative recklessness, I basted it, quilted it, and bound it up!  Quite unusual for me as I'm usually such a slow finisher.
a collage showing a brown and orange patchwork quilt front and back side


 While still in a furry of creative craziness I decided to quilt it myself. Nothing too fancy, just an easy cross-hatch simple straight line design.  I chose not to mark my lines, just used the corners as my reference points, so I'm sure there are some parts that are not completely straight.  But my new motto is, "If you don't notice it from a galloping horse, then it's fine!"


You can see that it has great texture, though.


I also decided that I needed more practice on machine binding.  I normally hand-stitch my bindings, but was trying to get this one finished super fast, so I chose to do a zig-zag stitched binding.  While I think it turned out pretty well, I still much prefer a hand sewn binding when time permits.


Now that it's finished I'm sending it off to Margarets' s Hope Chest.
I'm hoping they can put it good use.
It's generously sized at 54" by 70".

Today I'm off to enjoy the beautiful fall weather we are having, and hang out with the lovely ladies in my quilt club.  I've got some good "show and tell" for them.
   I'll show you all next week what I've been up to.



Squares were cut at 6". 
Fabrics are a mix of creams, oranges, browns, and gray prints.
Linking up to Fabric Tuesday and Show and Tell Tuesday.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

So Happy Together -- Color Basics

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry.

Wouldn't you know, I've added more color basics to my stash.  I think I'm becoming a little too predictable, though.  Looking back on my fabric purchases from this year it's easy to see that I gravitate towards basics, and I tend to buy the same print in all the colorways. 

Rainbow fabrics featuring domino dots and arrow feather patterns

 Rainbow fabrics featuring domino dots and arrow feather patterns
 But when I see such prettiness, I can't resist.

Fabric lined up like books on a shelf in rainbow order featuring arrow feathers print

Fabric lined up like books on a shelf in rainbow order featuring arrow feathers print
Feathers from Sun Print by Allison Glass for Andover
Colors from left to right: Dahlia, Rouge, Lime, Grass, Teal, Onyx, Charcoal, Periwinkle, Ocean

Dotted fabric in a row in rainbow color order featuring a domino dot pattern

Domino Dot from Waterfront Park line by Violet Craft for Michael Miller
Colors from top to bottom: Black, Jewel, Navy, Lagoon, Starfruit, Clementine, Geranium, White


All fabrics are from Westwood Acres on Etsy.
Linking up here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Another Red Quilt

This is the quilt I made last year in connection with my Quiltmaker 100 block from vol. 7.  I had sent the quilt off to Colorado to be photographed for the magazine and to be a part of the quilt display in the Quiltmaker headquarters.  Now, after almost a year of being gone, it is finally back home! 

After a quick photo shoot I am packing it up yet again and sending it off to a dear friend.
She is a lover of red and will appreciate the surprise for her birthday next month.  ...I just hope she isn't a regular reader of my blog!

I feel like I've talked on and on about this quilt (block)
so I will just leave you with some pretty pictures. 
Enjoy!

full view of an all red patchwork quilt

a red and white quilt cascading over a wooden bench

a close up detail picture of the quilting and binding on an all red quilt

an up close picture of the quilting details on a red and white quilt

an all red quilt draped over a split log fence

 Can I just say again how much I LOVE red quilts
Well, I do!

 **You can find block directions for this quilt here.  Sashing was cut at 5 1/2 inches (finishes at 5"), with a 1 1/2 inch white border (finishes at 1"), and 6 1/2 inch red border (finishes at 6").  Finished Quilt measures 68 by 84".

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Skirt for the Birthday Girl

My youngest daughter recently celebrated her 7th birthday. 
 All she wanted for her big day was a skirt made by mom.  Easy enough!

a lime green skirt with a ruffled waist and a polka dotted hem

a detail shot of the border and hem of a lime green skirt

The ruffled waist detail on a little girl's skirt

 This little skirt was a cinch to sew up!  I think it took me about an hour from start to finish.
Miss S picked this Crafty Chloe unicorn print that I had in my stash.  It wouldn't have been my first choice in fabric, but when you are 7, happy little crown-wearing girls riding unicorns and trailing flowers is fabric choice #1!  Haha!  Besides, I know her sweet little youth is fleeting and there will soon come a day that she won't love unicorns and little girls wearing crowns.  :(

a illte girl wearing a lime green skirt and a grey shirt with lime green polka dots

 It was darn near impossible to get a decent picture of her actually wearing the skirt.  This is the hastily snapped picture that I texted my husband right before she ran off to the school bus.  It's the best I could manage.  I chopped off her head because she kept making weird faces.  Crazy girl! 

a smiling little girl getting ready to blow out birthday candles on her cake

Here she is getting ready to blow out her candles.  
Don't judge me based on my cake decorating skills, though, I don't profess to be Bakerella!  
:)
Happy Birthday, Miss S!


**Fabrics are Crafty Chole Unicorns in Green and Flea Market Fancy Flowers and Dots in Green.  Both of which you can still find on Etsy.  Polka dot shirt is from Old Navy.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

technicolor

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry.


Bright neon folded fabrics in a line featuring geometric patterns
Technicolor 
by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller

I have been lucky enough to get to know Emily Herrick personally, as we are both members of the SLMQG.  She is an awesome chick in real life, but I knew she would be with a name like Emily!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Postage Stamp WIP

One of my favorite types of quilts are scrap quilts. Something about their miss-matched style and nothing-goes-to-waste look I find so charming and beautiful.  

During the summer I started a scrappy postage stamp quilt ala Sunday Morning Quilts.
Here is the first glimpse at it's progress.  

quilt blocks in a checker board pattern using a large variety of bright colors and prints

Isn't it cute?
This will be one of those quilts with no real time line for completion, just an open-ended project that I can work on when I need a mental break from other projects.
It'll get finished eventually.  Just not sure when...