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7/21/2014

The summer of the quilt top

As my summer slowly grinds to an end, I look past my sewing machine to a pile of quilt tops I made these past 6 weeks - six of them!  I hadn't planned on making top after top after top but who can deny it's fun to make a quilt top?.  Before one is completed, I'm already thinking about the next one.  It's hard to find time to stop and quilt!

Here's what I've been up to these past 6 weeks.  Back to work on August 1st - let's see how many I can quilt before then!

This table topper I did with the Posie Block from  Moda's Trifle Sew A Long.  33" square


Orange Peel blocks on black: - top measures 43" square



Rainbow Brick Block:  54" x 57"



Sponge Roll Blocks:  45" x 48"


A multi-color brick block top - 44" x 53"

The summer started out with playing with a color wash idea.  I made 4 large blocks and put them together.  Currently it measures 56" x 60".  I had plans to keep making large blocks and adding on to this.  Maybe that will be a fall idea.



And up on my wall is this:  90 - 4 1/2" squares. 



I've got a few things to do before I head back to work.   Let's see how many of these I can get quilted between then and now.

Happy Sewing!



 



I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

7/04/2014

Playing and planning


I have been working on the latest Moda Sew-a-Long  - Trifle Dish and now that it's all been put together - it's sooooo busy.  The last step is to make a brick border.  I made it out of the fabrics I used in the main piece.  But as you can see from the image below, it just adds to the busy- ness!!!



Don't get me wrong, each block (row) was a great opportunity for me to practice matching seams, points, making hour class, pinwheels, etc.


But when it's all said and done, it's just too darn busy - for me, anyway!  I may take the rows apart and come up with another plan.  Individually, I like the blocks.  It's just the mash up - I'm not too keen on.




So, I've taken the brick border blocks and am planning on a smaller lap quilt with these blocks.  I think I'll add some black sashing and go from there.




I even put together a few  monochrome brick blocks - not sure where it's going but I do like the look!



Off to do some more planning.

Update:  I did get the sashing around the brick blocks - just need to find a piece (or two) for a backing..



Happy Sewing!

Eileen


I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

6/30/2014

Fabric Basket


I've been meaning to make one of these for  a long time.  Today I finally found the time.   I followed Pink Penguin's easy tutorial.  Made out of 2" and 3" squares with a piece of linen on the bottom.  



 The one on the left, I used 2" squares.  On the right, 3" squares.




I used linen for the bottom and handle.  Ayumi's (of Pink Penguin) tutorial is easy to follow.  Fabric Basket Tutorial

Happy Sewing.



 



I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:


Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

6/24/2014

Trifle Dish

For the past week or so I've been following the Moda Bake Shop's Trifle Dish Sew-A-Long

I'm using all scraps - and boy am I ever making a dent into them!

1st block - Cherry Spools and Lady Fingers


2nd block - Orange Peel


3rd block - Pinwheels


4th Block - Strawberries


5th Block - Jewel Box


6th Block - Posies


7th Block - Sponge Roll


 8th Block - Butterflies


Then these are the blocks for the border - brick block


Here is it is with the border layer carefully at the top.  Some of the blocks I like better than others.  It's rare for me to make blocks so this is a quite a challenge for me.  Happy to have made it this far.  Not sure it will all end up as one large quilt - let's wait and see on that one!

Check it out - all tutorials can be found here:   http://www.modabakeshop.com/search/label/Challenge


Happy Sewing!



 



I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

6/16/2014

From quilt to pet bed



This is a small table top quilt I made several years ago.  I added a back to it and stuffed it with fabric scraps.


 And turned it into a Pet Bed!


 Kramer spent the afternoon  enjoying his new bed!





 



I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

6/12/2014

Small Blue Bag

I grabbed a small piece of a pile of recently acquired upholstery/decorator fabric and tried making a small bag.    I didn't use a pattern.  I looked a couple of bags on Etsy that I like and gave it a try.

I left the edges raw and zigzagged with monopoly thread - including the strap.



I didn't need to add a lining as the wrong side of the fabric was just a nice as the outside.  
I tried my hand at hand embroidering - 
a blanket stitch all around the bag and the strap with a blue/gray thread.


The bag measures 7" x 6" - great for a wallet, cell phone and a set of keys!!!

Happy with the way it turned out.

Hope you're having a creative day!!!



 



I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:


Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

5/28/2014

And it's not even my birthday!

But it sure did feel like it when I came home to find this on my doorstep:



I bought this Accuquilt Go! a week or so ago online and have been anxiously awaiting it's arrival.  I was hoping I'd have it before Memorial Day weekend so I could just play for 4 days but it arrived yesterday.
Came with 9 dies and 3 cutting mats and I purchased an extra die.

It occurred to me after I made this colorwash block, I wanted to make more of them, maybe another 8 more!  BUT I had cut each one of those squares individually with my rotary cutter and ruler -ugh, the thought of cutting all those squares!  I surfed the internet, I read and then I bought.

I'm standing in the possibilities right now and can't wait to get started!   I'm about to begin my 10 week summer stretch at  home.  Heading to the beach on Friday but return on Tuesday - I have a feeling it's going to be a productive summer!

Thanks for stopping by!




 




I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Fabric Tuesday @http://quiltstory.blogspot.co.uk/
Sew cute Tuesday @ http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Show and tell Tuesday @ http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/
We did it Wednesday @ http://www.sewmuchado.com/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.co.uk
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

5/22/2014

Denim Flower

I took a workshop recently with Hollis Chatelain at my local guild.  She spoke the previous Thursday evening and brought some of her beautiful quilts.  Unique isn't a big enough word.  Her work leaves you speechless.  If you have a chance go to her website and look through her gallery.  Look at the quilts and then look again at the detail of her free motion quilting - the quilting tells it's own story.  She brought this quilt.  This piece is beautiful piece of art alone but if you look at the quilting - there are dozens of faces within this piece.  Incredibly beautiful. 

She has a collection of patterns "Sew It's Denim".   This is the piece we worked on in the workshop.  I'm not crazy about the piece itself but I enjoyed learning from her about the technique. 




Thanks for stopping by.  Have a creative day!



 





I may not do it every post but I tried to link to the following:

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
Sew Many Ways @ http://www.sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Really Random Thursdays @ http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/
Canoe Ridge Creations @ http://www.canoeridgecreations.com

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