Friday, October 24, 2014

Vanilla and Blooms

It's been a busy month here so far. My husband had some minor surgery and we had two trips for some fun family get-togethers. One of them was to New York City. I'm actually from upstate New York and visited the city quite frequently as a kid. But it's been a long time and I took the short time we had to pop into some iconic creative shops - Purlsoho, the City Quilter and Mood. I came home very inspired and ready to sew!

Just before I left, I finished up my Vanilla and Blooms quilt.

I started with some fat quarters of Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery. As usual, I added some stash fabrics for a nice unique mix. The backing uses the hive fabric and the hexagon fabric from the line.

This is quite a large quilt for me, so I sent it off to one of our local longarm quilters, Jane Coons. I hope you can see the lovely design she quilted in each of the blocks...

One of my favorite quilts! {Do I say that about all of them??}

Be back sooner this time!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Great Granny Squared

I finished a quilt this week! One that was supposed to use up all my scraps of Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Well, that didn't happen, but it did turn into a really pretty quilt!

The pattern is in Lori Holt's book, Great Granny Squared.

I think it's always fun to mix different lines from one designer {or two in this case}. The fabrics work well together, but it gives you a different look than one line on it's own.

I really quilted this one. About halfway through I was having second thoughts about what I had gotten myself into. And maybe I was over quilting it... but after some positive encouragement from my Instagram friends, I quilted on. Now I'm really happy with how the quilting enhances the pattern.

The back is one of the large florals from Scrumptious...

In other projects... this quilt has gone on 2 retreats and the top is together. Cheerio by Thimbleblossoms.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bursting Star and a Giveaway!

If you've been around for a while, you may remember my Bursting Star/Starburst quilt, published in McCall's Magazine several years ago. It's such a striking quilt and much easier than it looks! And if you missed it the first time, it's been recently republished in the latest issue {Nov/Dec} of McCall's.

I saw it on the newsstand this weekend - so here's your second chance to get the pattern! McCall's was nice enough to send me 2 copies and I'm offering one as a giveaway today {US only}! Just leave a comment on this post. I've seen the quilt made up in so many collections! Do you have a favorite new or old collection that you'd like to make it in?

I love that they are showing a few different color ways in the magazine...

Good luck and I'll pick a winner on Thursday!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


It's a sunny, but rather blustery day here today. A good day to get creative.

I have lots of choices! Hope you do too!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Retreat Show and Tell

It's been a catch up week after being gone on another retreat last week. A group of quilty friends and I go on 2 retreats a year. This one was a bonus! We really wanted to try out the new facility connected to Sew Sweet Quilt Shop in Brunswick, MO. And, wow! It did not disappoint! If you're in the midwest and looking for a lovely place for a retreat this is it. Check out Brunswick Lodging and Event Center. And literally connected to a quilt shop - shopping encouraged!

Having been on a retreat last month and coming home with 2 quilt tops, I decided this time I would take some smaller projects that could come home finished. And it worked out great! Here's what I made:

A tablerunner from my book Simply Modern Christmas...

I thought it was about time I had one on my table. The fabric is Joel Dewberry's newest line, Birch Farm.

A mini Dwell...

pattern by Thimbleblossoms.

Super Tote, pattern byAnna from Noodlehead using Anna Maria Horner's linen feathers fabric...

A coordinating zip pouch (which I actually finished once I got home because I cut one piece too small), free tutorial here...

Three grocery totes using a pattern from Splendor Falls with fabric designed by 1canoe2...

 And some more blocks for my Cheerio quilt, pattern by Thimbleblossoms...

slowly coming together...

A lot accomplished and more importantly a fun time with friends!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Ladies' Stitching Club

I have a finished quilt to share today! I've posted some pictures on Instagram, but I'm not sure if I've documented this quilt on the blog?

Anyway, the pattern is a free one on Moda's website: The Ladies Stitching Club. It was published several years ago and I just loved the design. The pattern as written makes for a lot of fabric waste. In fact, there are directions for a second quilt using the cut-offs. I remember trying it and being unhappy with how much was wasted, especially since I didn't want a second quilt out of the same fabrics. I set it aside, knowing someday I'd be back to it.

On a whim, I bought several pieces from the Art Gallery line Indelible. This pattern immediately came to mind and I knew I could figure out a different way to piece it. And it worked out perfectly!

Here's how I did it:

I cut my triangles a bit larger than the original pattern. My strips were cut at 5 1/2". Then I used a 60 degree triangle ruler to cut all my triangles, both print and white. I cut white and solid-colored strips 1 1/2".

I sewed a 1 1/2" strip to one side of the triangle. The bottom edge is trimmed even with the bottom edge of the triangle (your 60 degree line on the ruler should match up with the edge of the triangle). The top of the strip is trimmed even with the top of the triangle also, which will be 5 1/2" from the bottom edge.

Line up your next triangle (60 degrees are great because they match right up!) and sew it on to complete the block.

Follow the pattern to make the white blocks with the colored strips in the same way. Be sure to make half the blocks going one direction and half going the other, just like the pattern!

I didn't make any special blocks for the ends. Just sewed on an extra triangle on each row and squared them off when the top was completed.

My straight line quilting zig zagged along parallel to the 1" strips...

This gorgeous print from Indelible is on the back and it's bound in Art Gallery's Squared Elements in gray. I seem to be using that print for bindings a lot lately!

Couldn't be happier with this quilt and we so enjoyed photographing it on this gorgeous day!!

I'm off on another retreat this week - bringing some smaller projects to work on. For some insta-pics be sure to follow me on Instagram! Have a great week!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Goings On...

It's been a strange week. The calendar and the school buses say Fall, but it's sure felt like Summer. For me, it's been a week of finishing some things up and starting some new ones. Do you remember the little quilt I made on retreat a month ago? It's all quilted and bound!

Last December I won a Jelly Roll of Cuzco at our STLMQG auction. I don't usually use just one line of fabric in a quilt, but this was a fun, easy project and I love how bright and colorful it is. Lots of pinks and purples - I think I'll set it aside to gift to a lucky young lady someday.

The pattern is Zipper by Thimbleblossoms. I made the small version, but you could also make the large version with just one Jelly Roll. I do have some pretty scraps left, and plan to use them in some zipper pouches.

Speaking of bright, beautiful colors, I'm also working with some Liberty of London Tana Lawns this week. As I was cutting and sipping tea, I felt very British! More to come on this little project!

The garden has passed it's peak, but Fall always seems to bring out something new. It's supposed to cool down this weekend and I hope to do some cleanup and Fall planting. Enjoy your weekend!