Monday, September 3, 2018

Guild Pinwheel Churn and Dash Quilt

My guild's charity quilt coordinator was happy when I said I'd be willing to quilt the larger (twin and up) tops that she had waiting to be finished.  She gave me 4.  The first one on the frame was this pretty Pinwheel Churn and Dash.  I'm trying to remember to take a "before" picture of each one.
This is the "after" though the lighting isn't the best.  After waiting through days of rain and/or wind to take the pictures, I gave up and laid it on my living room floor.
The texture from the quilting was just enough and didn't overpower the piecing.
I picked a panto that I hadn't done before for this.  It's Expression and I think it suited this quilt well.  I used Glide Khaki thread on the top.
The quilting shows nicely on the pieced back.  The thread is Omni Light Tan.
This completed quilt will be turned in next week at our first guild meeting of the year and it's nice to know that it will be keeping someone warm and cozy this coming winter.
Stay tuned to see more of the completed customer and guild quilts I've been working on.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Susan's Double Irish Chain quilt

My friend Susan's daughter is getting married next month and about a year ago she asked me for a pattern suggestion other than a Double Wedding Ring quilt so I suggested a Double Irish Chain and she loved it.  Here's her finished quilt.
She did a great job piecing it and quilting it was a breeze. Susan chose the very appropriate Hubby Love panto for this.
Since she knows that this quilt will be taken on a lot of picnics and other such adventures, Susan used mostly darker fabrics.  I think her fabric combo looks great.
A solid Blue was her choice for the backing with So Fine 473 Brooke thread.
Susan also wanted the quilting to show up on the front without overwhelming the piecing so Glide Cool Gray was her thread choice.
The rush is on for Susan to get the binding complete before the wedding but I know her well so I'm sure it will be done in time.
Thank you Susan for trusting me to quilt this precious gift and I know your daughter and her new hubby will cherish it always.





Friday, July 27, 2018

Recent happenings

The kids have been out of school for a few weeks and I've been able to do some sewing here and there recently.  They've been home with me up until this week but now they are going to some local camps so I've been able to get some things done.

A few weeks ago I finished quilting and binding this charity quilt for our guild.  I need to take a full set of pictures of it so I can post about it.
 Two moms in my Girl Scout troop have new baby news...one that delivered a sweet baby boy recently and one that is expecting a new little girl towards the end of the year.  Of course I'm making both of them quilts.  This is the top I pieced for the boy.
I decided to use up the leftovers from Jammer's Sound the Alarm quilt.  It will have to wait to get quilted as I have customer quilts to complete first.

At the end of June I joined in on Moda Bakeshop's Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt Along.  I decided to combine my Kate Spain Aria and Canyon layer cakes and I got started working on my center medallion.
 I chose the Dresden Peak path.  This is how far I got before we went on vacation.
I wasn't able to continue with the next round as I had to wait for my fabric order to arrive but it's here now so I need to get working on this so I can get caught up.
I'll be sneaking in some time in between customer quilts.

While on vacation I started on this new counted cross stitch project.  
This is my progress so far.  I only worked on it during the drive south and then again back north and haven't gotten back to it since returning home.  Another road trip is coming up so I'll be taking it with me then to work on.
So that's the current creative happenings here lately.  Plans are also underway to finally painting the kids' bathroom and the kitchen.  We've been in this house 7+ years and both of those rooms are still builder white.  Trying to do it with them home was impossible so them going to camp will be a good thing.  Stay tuned to see the befores and afters.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Marylou's French Roses quilt

Fellow Girl Scout leader Marylou asked me to quilt her French Roses quilt that she made as a gift for the co-leader of her troop. 
It is a raw edge applique pattern and once it is washed the loose edges will curl up and make the flowers "bloom."
Marylou requested simple basic meandering but I also echoed each flower.
Choosing a thread that worked the best across all the colors in this quilt was challenging but I found a cone of King Tut Luxorious that was perfect.
The quilting added much needed texture to this pretty top.
Marylou was thrilled with the result and I'm sure her co-leader will treasure it.
Thanks Marylou for letting me quilt this for you.  She's already brought me another top to quilt (an adorable baby quilt) and hopefully that one will up on the lineup and on the frame soon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New goodies acquired

Since there hasn't been as much sewing going on here in recent months, I've had no reason to buy a lot of fabric or other quilting goodies but I did snag a few things that I'm excited about.

I attended MQX East again this year (I love that the show is only 3 hours from me) and although I was only there for a couple of days it was enough to see all the pretty quilts and to take some great lecture classes.  One of those classes was Margaret Solomon Gunn's Dense and Dainty and I was so impressed with what I learned that I decided to purchase 2 of her books.
Oh how I love thread so of course I had to get some of the new Innovatech thread to try.
More thread....a few cones of Bottom Line (which I don't use much of yet) and a few cones of So Fine 50 in colors my stash was lacking.
And a few more cones of my favorite Glide and Hab+Dash's new Glide 60, which I could only buy 1 cone of because they were sold out.
I never miss adding every single Kate Spain fabric line to my stash and her Voyage line is no exception.  These pretty charm packs came home with me from MQX.
I recently read on someone's blog about using this small laser marker instead of having to draw lines across squares when making half square triangles so I ran over to my local Harbor Freight to get one.  I haven't had a chance to use it yet but I'll report back when I do.
I added a few more Kate Spain charm packs to my stash...this time her new Bungalow line.
Have you seen the Hoffman Dream Big panels that everyone is quilting up in so many beautiful ways recently?  I fell in love and wanted one too but two ended up in my cart as I couldn't decide between them.  When finished one might end up in Sunshine's room.  

And lastly I fell in love with the Moda merit badges so of course I had to have them. :)  I am a Girl Scout after all and badges are our thing! I used some gift money I received and bought every set. I just had to have them all!
I haven't decided what I'm going to do with the badges yet though I have a few ideas.  If you've collected the badges too and have actually done something with them I'd love to see your project. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Charmaine's batik star quilt

I just realized that I hadn't published this post yet though I thought I had. Oops. Between end of year events for both of the kids, Jammer's Boy Scout troop and my Girl Scout troop, things around here have been just a tad bit busy.

This is the beautiful blue batik star quilt that I quilted for Charmaine. This is the "before" picture.
All loaded on the frame and ready to go.  Truth be told...she picked a different panto to use but right before I started working on this, I put the tracing sheet of that panto on the quilt and didn't like it.  It took over and the gorgeous piecing was overwhelmed so after some texts back and forth with pictures of other options with Charmaine we agreed on a different panto.
Here is the quick "all done" pic.
I had to lay it out on the floor in my great room to get a full shot of it.
It's a nice cuddle size of 75" x 75".
The quilting makes such a difference and adds such great texture.
The panto we agreed on was Whirlygig.  I used So Fine 434 for the top thread and Hab+Dash's Primo Soft in Rock Navy in the bobbin.
Of course the quilt inspector insisted on invading the photo shoot.
Charmaine brought this pretty blue batik for the backing.
We both agree that the Whirlygig panto softened the piecing lines just enough while still letting the pattern shine.
Once it was washed I'm sure this was super snuggly.
Thank you Charmaine for letting me quilt this beauty for you.
She entered it in our guild's recent show where the theme was "Stitch Upon a Star"and while Charmaine didn't have it judged, it received many wonderful comments from those who attended.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Charmine's baby quilts x 3

My friend Charmaine emailed me at the end of January and asked if I would be able to quilt for her a few baby quilts and a bigger quilt which she wanted to show in our guild show at the end of April.  I knew that my insane cookie life wouldn't take over for 5 weeks so I said yes.  Here are the baby quilts all finished.

These 2 quilts are the same except that the long blue strip is opposite.  The pattern is a cute one and suitable for featuring a number of fun prints while also using up leftover bits you might have stashed away. 
My quilt inspector had to check out my work before he was able to declare them acceptable.
Charmaine chose the Shooting Stars panto for the baby quilts and it suited them well. 
I used my favorite Glide thread in Cool Gray on the top and So Fine 503 in the bobbin. 
The Gray thread barely shows but there is nice texture all over.  It's surprising how often a pale Gray thread works when others don't.  Isn't the elephant print just adorable?
For the backing for all 3 quilts she brought me this cute elephant print fabric.  I honestly had never heard of piecing a backing diagonally before but I just might give it a try sometime.
Lots of pretty texture with the pale Gray thread.
The 3rd quilt is made with bright fabrics, which of course I love.
The same thread was used and it worked just as well to not overtake the piecing.
I love the feature fabric on this one.
Here they are all ready to be picked up. Charmaine was thrilled with the results and even brought me another top to quilt for her. 
Thanks Charmaine for letting me quilt these adorable baby quilts for her. I had fun.