Monday, July 13, 2020

Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along - Blocks 1 & 2

The first 2 blocks for Moda's summer quilt along this year, Summer in the Country, are live today.
The Pinwheel Parade block was designed by Susan Vaughn and the instructions are here.
 The Moonlight block is the one I designed and the instructions are here.
 If you haven't yet seen the setting suggestions, you should check them out.  I love the Grandstand setting by Anne Wiens.  All the details can be found here.
 The other setting option, Country Picnic by Lisa Jo Girodat is just as wonderful.  You can get the details for it here.
Part of me wishes I was making the whole quilt but I knew that I didn't have the time for it then.  Instead I've ordered a layer cake of the line when it comes out next month and I'll be sewing up my own summer picnic quilt with this adorable fabric line.  

I can't wait to see the blocks as everyone starts to make their own versions.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Teller's Firetrucks Quilt

Sometimes making a quilt just to use up leftovers turns out to be a good thing.
Last year, after I made the Courage Under Fire quilt for our friend Pete, I didn't want to put the scraps back in my stash or scrap bins yet again so I hunted down an idea to use them up.  I came across The Long and Short of It by Barbara Esposito on the Moda Bake Shop and decided to use that pattern, though I opted for the optional layout.  FYI...Moda recently moved the Bake Shop off that platform so the instructions for the pattern are still available via the link but the pictures are gone.  You can  find pictures of both the original and the optional layouts on Pinterest.

After I got the pieces laid out, I knew that it was a jumble visually and needed help.
I wanted to use only what I had available so I added Yellow sashing between the blocks.
This is the "before" quilting picture. You can just make out that I also pieced the backing.  I truly kept this to a Zero cost project and was happy to have the fabric put to good use.  I still have a small amount of the fabrics left but they've been cut up into charms and smaller pieced and will get used in future scrap quilts.
Here it is after it was quilted. While I was finishing up the 100 Good Wishes Quilt for Ellis, I got to feeling sad that her younger brother Teller wouldn't have a quilt of his own.  When he was adopted, collecting fabrics for 100 Good Wishes Quilts weren't all the rage anymore.  Then the idea hatched in my brain to send this one to him. 
I picked the Steam design for the quilting.  The thread on the front was Glide Cardinal and So Fine Hot Chilis was used in the bobbin.
I totally forgot to take the glamor shots before I shipped it off to Kris (oh well), so this draped over the frame shot will have to do.
I know from Kris that Teller was thrilled to receive his own quilt and based on her description of him, I'm sure that it is getting plenty of quality of snuggle time.  I'm happy that this "use it up" quilt now has a home and is bringing a little boy so much joy.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

American Beauty table runner fnish

I finally made time to quilt and bind my American Beauty table runner and now it's gracing my dining room table for the summer.
This is an old UFO that started with these patriotic Blackford's Beauty blocks for the Celebrate Red, White and Blue blog hop way back in July 2012.

Almost 8 years ago to the day I put the blocks together and added the borders for the blog hop photo shoot.  Sadly, this wasn't my oldest UFO.
I even got my little helpers to hold it for a pic.  They were soooooo little then.  Jammer was 5 and Sunshine was 3 in this photo.
At that time I had no idea how I wanted to finish it so I put it away to marinate for a while.  Who knew that it would wait for so long.  But in all honesty, it ended up on my "To Be Quilted" pile and then forgotten about until recently.

I auditioned a few different quilting designs but in the end, decided to keep it simple with the Shooting Stars panto.  Glide Cardinal thread on the top and So Fine It's a Boy in the bobbin.
Even the backing fabric marinated for a long time.  I purchased this piece from who knows where many years ago and I'm still love it for this table runner.
It could even serve as a double sided piece if I so chose.
I'm thrilled to have it completed and even more happy to cross it off my UFO list.
Now I'm motivated to get more older projects finished and crossed off the UFO list.  This summer just might prove to be productive at least on that front.

Today the 2nd post showing the other setting options for the Moda Summer in the Country Quilt Along will be available. Check it out. 
Then every Monday through the rest of the summer 2 new blocks will be posted.  My block will be one of them featured next Monday, July 13th.

On September 7th, the bonus blocks and the completed quilts by 4 of the designers will be revealed.  I can't wait to see them all. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

A 100 Good Wishes Quilt for Ellis

My longtime blog readers know that I started quilting because of the ancient Chinese 100 Good Wishes Quilt tradition and because of that, I've been able to make a number of 100 Good Wishes Quilts for the daughters of friends.

This one was for Kris' daughter Ellis and it was a birthday gift this year.
It's always the layout for these quilts that takes me the longest to do in order to have the colors spread nicely across the entire top.
Once the sashing was sewn between the blocks, the blocks sewn together and the outer border added, it was ready to go on the frame.  This is the "Before" photo.
The "After" photo.  To this day I'm still in awe of the difference the quilting makes.
Kris found onlinethis absolutely gorgeous Plum Blossom fabric for the backing that she purchased and had shipped to me.
I love this backing fabric so much that I'm strongly considering buying some of it for myself.  For this quilt it truly was the perfect choice. Her Chinese name means Plum Blossom. 
Kris left the binding fabric choice up to me and once I had the backing in hand I was able to take it to one of my local quilt stores to find something that worked.  I fell in love with the Green print which matched so well with the Green Plum blossom branches.
This is Ellis when she received the quilt.  I think she's happy.
These 100 Good Wishes Quilts are truly an honor for me to make.  I so understand all the pent up hopes and dreams that they meant as we all waited to bring our children home. 
I'm thrilled that Kris finally sent me her squares so this quilt could be created.  None of the squares we all collected during that time should sit in a box waiting.  At least these squares aren't waiting any longer.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Summer in the Country quilt along starts tomorrow.

I have exciting news to share.  Tomorrow a brand new Moda quilt along called Summer in the Country starts and you won't want to miss it. The posts will be on the Moda Bake Shop site.
Last summer or the summer before, did you join in on Moda's summer quilt along?  I did the Summer 2018 Choose Your Own Adventure quilt along and loved it.  I recently finished the quilt top and can't wait to get it on the frame and quilted.

We all used Back Porch by Me and My Sister Designs.
 The prints are sweet and I'm strongly tempted to get a layer cake or a fat quarter bundle and make myself a summer picnic quilt.

New posts will go live every Monday through August.  I am one of the block designers though I don't know yet what dates my blocks will be posted.  While I'm not making the entire quilt, I did turn my blocks into a completed piece that I will share at a future time. Also don't forget to join the Moda Bake Shop Facebook Group to see all the beautiful blocks and quilts made by others.  It's truly addicting.

I hope to see you join in on the fun.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Susan's Blue and Green Log Cabin

My good friend Susan always brings me great tops to quilt for her.  This one is for her youngest daughter.  Since the older two sisters were recently married and received wedding quilts, the last daughter also asked for a quilt. Susan just happened to find this completed top that she forgot about from many years ago waiting to be finished.
The "Before" shot.
This is the "After" photo.  What a difference!
This time Susan chose the Tickle Too design to soften the edges of all the straight piecing.  I think it worked well.  Glide thread in Khaki was used for the top.
Susan always likes the thread to show on the back so she picked So Fine Evergreen this time for the pretty Navy batik.
Now all three of Susan's daughters have a quilt.  Eventually the youngest daughter will get married and many grandbabies will arrive so there's bound to be many more tops coming my way to get stitched up for her.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Pink and Brown Rail Fence Quilt for Guild

This is the Pink and Brown Rail Fence quilt that I stitched up for my guild's Comfort Quilt program.
The before picture (when I remember to take one) is always a great way to see just how much more the quilting adds to the top.
The stitching brings the whole thing to life.
The fun part of doing charity quilts is that I get to pick the design I use and for this one I chose the Cascade panto.  Glide thread in Pink Lemonade was used on the top and So Fine 402 Pearl was used on the back.
I typically get the larger projects to quilt for the guild because most of the smaller ones are done on domestic machines or are hand tied.  This one is 72" x 90".
The guild sends fabric for the back that I have to piece together and for this one they sent a combo of the Cream solid and the Pink print.  The quilting really shows nicely on the back.
I'm sure this quilt will bring lots of comfort and warmth and the person that receives this pretty quilt will treasure it forever.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Castles on the Horizon quilts by others

I'm always thrilled when I find out that someone has liked my pattern so much that they want to make their own version.  That feeling never gets old and I love seeing all the completed quilts.  Each one is unique and beautiful.

These are the Castles on the Horizon quilts that have been made (or are in the process of being made now) that I'm aware of.  Each creator has given me permission to share the photos, either in the past or recently. 

The first one was a Christmas version made by my friend Katie who blogs over at Karma Willow Designs.  She named her version Castles at Christmas. I really like the effect with the dark background.
A group of friends on Instagram who call themselves the Charmpions has a QAL and chose my pattern.  Celine, who is a busy blogger over at Espritpatch, made this gorgeous version for a friend's 40th birthday.

What Cindy Did (on IG here) started this one but I can't find pics anywhere that she shared of the completed quilt.  I'm sure it was stunning.  Cindy if you are reading this and have finished this quilt, I'd love to see a picture of it.
This pretty quilt was made by Katrinahodgson1969, who lives in the UK.  She gifted it to her mom.  Besides sewing, she's been doing a lot of crocheting lately.
Lesley, the Cuddle Quilter made her quilt using the same Horizon fabric line.  It turned out so pretty. Unfortunately her blog is no longer in existence so I can't share the link with you.
Cathy Ewbank created her version with this lovely fabric line.  Cathy's on Instagram here.
Brooke aka The Quilty Ox (on IG here) was creating this one using a fabric line with lots of Southwest type colors.  I'd love to have a picture of the completed quilt.
Britta, greatbritten66 on IG made this pretty version which she then gave to her parents.
Margaret aka maggles67 on IG added narrow sashing to her quilt.  What a great idea!
Tanya started this new version 8 weeks ago.  You can follow her on IG at mamatots.
Lala (lhoff67 on IG) also made her quilt using the Horizon line by Kate Spain.
I hope these fabulous quilts inspires you to create your own Castles on the Horizon quilt.  If you do, please share a picture of it with me.  I'd love to see it!