Sunday, September 13, 2020

Masks Managed - Hanging Baskets

 Anyone that really knows me knows that I'm a bit of an organization nut.  As my mom drilled into my head as I was growing up "a place for everything and everything in it's place."

I had been getting frustrated with the mask situation in this house.....which ones were clean and which ones weren't, who's are who's and the stacks of them on top of various tables and countertops all over the place.  With school starting next week, I had to come up with a solution that would solve these issues.

I found a tutorial online for these cute fabric hanging baskets that are the perfect size and they're now on the wall in our mudroom, right next to the door everyone uses to head out in the morning.


Of course, I tried the pattern first with one for me to see how difficult it was (it wasn't at all) and to see what the finished size was.  It turned out to be 8" tall, not counting the hanging loop, 6" wide and 3" deep.  It's big enough to hold more than a dozen masks.


Sunshine was home at the time so I had her pick out fabrics for her bin next.  I was surprised by her choices but it turned out cute and she's happy with it.

Once Jammer got home that afternoon, I had him pick out fabrics for his bin. I don't have much in the way of "guy" fabrics so he picked these Blue and Green prints.
Hubs was at work so he didn't get to pick his fabrics.  I used the one "guy" fabric that I found in my stash.  Although he doesn't sail, it works for him.

I'm thrilled how well this little project turned out and even more thrilled that now I don't have to deal with masks being left all around the house.

I even came across Jammer's old baby hamper that's now right inside the door from the mudroom for everyone to drop their dirty mask into the minute they walk in the house from school or work.  Once live returns to a time when we don't have to wear a mask everywhere we go, I'm sure I'll find another use for these hanging baskets.  My crew are notorious for just putting things down where ever when they walk in and that just doesn't work for me.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Blue & Green Charm Pack Cherry Quilt

 A while back, around March 2018, I pieced this quilt top using Blue and Green scraps leftover from a multitude of projects.

The pattern is Charm Pack Cherry from the Fat Quarter Shop and it's a free download.

At some point, I didn't track when, I quilted it and then put it aside to do the binding later. I used the Popcorn panto for this one.  

Later became a long time after.

While finishing quilting up the last of the guild charity quilts that I had in the house, I decided to get this finally done and add it to their donation pile. I had a bunch of blue fabric leftover from another quilt that worked perfectly for the backing.

The binding didn't take long to complete and now this pretty scrap quilt will wrap someone up cozy and warm this coming winter season.

If you're looking for an easy pattern to use up charm squares, I highly recommend this one.  You can use any color palette and you can make it bigger or smaller, as you need.  I'm sure I'll be using this pattern myself again in the future to whittle down my piles of scraps.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

My Back Porch table runner & Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along - Blocks 11-16

I've gotten behind with blog post over the past few weeks for Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along so today I'm posting links to blocks 11 through 16.  I'm also sharing what I made with the blocks that I designed for the quilt along.

Patriotic designs speak to me of Summer, not just to celebrate the July 4th holiday.  With my Moonlight and Firefly blocks created for the quilt along, I decided to add one more block and turn it into a table runner for our kitchen table.

The size worked out perfectly for our smaller kitchen table.

I'll admit that initially I wasn't going to add the Ladybug fabric border as I really liked it with the darker Blue outside border, but it wasn't quite as wide as I wanted it so I took the chance. 
When I went to quilt this on my longarm, I thought I would naturally use one of the designs that featured stars but whether or not it was because I had recently used star designs a lot for customer quilts, those designs didn't feel right to me.  I chose the Wildflower design and I'm really happy with the way it looks on this table runner.

For the back, I was determined to use up the last bits of the fat quarters of Back Porch fabric that Moda sent to me for this quilt along and I was successful, having to just add a bit of White from my stash.

This table runner has graced our table all summer long and it will be a little sad to put it away but Red, White and Blue really doesn't work well with Fall decor.  I'll look forward to bringing it out next June to welcome back the warmer weather and all that the summer fun that entails.

Here are the links to the rest of the blocks for the quilt along.

Block #11 is Ice Cream Churn designed by Lisa Jo Girodat.

Block #12 is so fun.  It's Blue Ribbon, designed by Anne Wiens.
Next up is block # 13, which is Picnic Star.  It is designed by Susan Vaughn.
It's not summer without some kite flying so block #14 is a perfect block to add to this quilt along.  It is Summer Kites by Lisa Jo Girodat.
The next to the last block is Star Flower, designed by Christine Weld.
And the final block design is Farmhouse Star by Susan Vaughan.

 Tomorrow the completed quilts will be revealed on the Moda Bake Shop and you won't want to miss it.  They are simply beautiful.  It's also been a great joy to see all the fabulous blocks that have been shared on the Moda Bake Shop Bakers Facebook group.  I can't wait to see all those blocks sewn together and the gorgeous quilts that have been created.

Participating as one of the designing chefs for this quilt along has been a blast and I'm already thinking of ideas for the next Moda quilt along....the annual Countdown to Christmas.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along - Blocks 9 & 10

Yesterday afternoon the next 2 blocks for Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along were revealed.  Block number 9 is Millennium designed by Becky Thompson. Her blog is Power Tools with Thread (fun name).  Instructions are here.
Block number 10 is actually my other contribution to this quilt along.  It's called Firefly and you can find the details for creating your own version here.
I've taken my blocks and created a fun small project with them so check in on Friday to see it.

I'm really having fun seeing all the versions of the blocks on the Moda Bake Shop Bakers Facebook page.  If you aren't already a member, join us. You'll see so much inspiration that you'll want to sew along.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Guild Scrappy Christmas Quilt

This scrappy Christmas guild charity quilt was been completed recently.
As usual, I took a "before" photo once it was loaded on the frame.
This is the "after" shot.
With charity quilts I get to choose the design and threads so for this one I used Flirtatious with King Tut Malachite thread on the top and So Fine Fern in the bobbin.
A bright green print was supplied for the backing and a dark green binding finished it off.
I'm sure this sweet holiday quilt will bring someone much comfort this coming winter.
I have one more to finish for the guild and then I'll drop them both off to the comfort quilts coordinator. I expect that the guild has a lot of tops waiting to be quilted now because members have been keeping busy during this extended  time home. It will be interesting to see what I end up with to quilt next.

For anyone that has tops that need to be quilted, my current turn around time is fairly quick...3-4 weeks max.  I have over 160 designs to choose from so there's something for everyone.  Check out the design pages via the tabs at the top of the page and Quilt Preparation Instructions. Contact me to discuss putting your quilt on my list.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along - Blocks 7 and 8

Oops!  I missed posting yesterday about the next 2 blocks in Moda's Summer in the Country quilt along that were released Monday afternoon. If you are following along, you've probably already seen these but if not, here they are

The first block is Summer Basket by Nicola Dodd of Cake Stand Quilts. The details are here.

Next  is the Picnic Table block by Lisajo Girodat of Neverland Stitches. The instructions are here.

And now that it is August, I'm anxiously waiting for my layer cake of the feature Back Porch fabric by Me and My Sister Designs to arrive so that I can get started on my own summertime quilt, while it's still summer.  I won't be making the quilt along quilt but it will still be pretty.
What are you planning on making with Back Porch?

Friday, July 31, 2020

Charmaine's Six Pack of Tumbler Baby Quilts

Charmaine is always bringing me multiple baby quilts to stitch up for her and this time when I looked in the bag, there were six of them.
All six of the quilts are made with tumbler blocks and she used 3 different border colors.  This trio includes 2 with Orange borders and 1 Red border. 
She provided this flannel stripe and Yellow duckie fabric for the backing on this group.
The quilting provides just enough texture.
Charmaine requested her favorite panto, Shooting Stars, for all these quilts.
The other trio included 2 quilts with Purple borders and 1 with an Orange border.
For this group she sent this adorable pale Gray giraffe flannel backing.
All 6 baby quilts were quick to stitch and were ready for her to pick up.
When she stopped by we were able to enjoy a nice little social distancing catch up on my patio.  I know she's piecing together even more baby quilt tops so it will be fun to see how many and what design she brings to me next.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along - Blocks 5 & 6

It's been so much fun seeing everyone's blocks so far for the Moda Summer in the Country Quilt Along.  I'm already anxious to see the finished quilts.....but I'll have to wait for that.  The reveals in September will be terrific I'm sure.

The next two blocks have been posted on the Moda Bake Shop.

Lemonade is the name of this block by Jessica Dayon.

 Goose Pond is by Susan Vaughan.
Just click on the block name to be whisked to the instructions for both blocks.

I've preordered a bit of Back Porch and I've got a fun project planned for it.  Hopefully it will arrive soon so I can get to work.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along - Blocks 3 & 4

The next 2 blocks for Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt along have been revealed.

This is Hay Baler by Anne Weins of Sweetgrass Designs.  Detailed instructions can be found here.

And this is Evening Star by Jen Van Orman.  Instructions are here.
It's been exciting to see all the versions of my Moonlight block and the Pinwheel Parade block from last week and I can't wait to see the fabulous versions of these blocks that are created.

If you aren't a member of the Moda Bake Shop Bakers Facebook group yet, you should definitely join so that you can see all the wonderful sharing that happens there.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Joanne's Christmas Quilt

My customer Joanne brought me another wonderful top to quilt for her.  She actually made this one for her hubby so he chose the quilting design and threads used.
I've been good about remembering to take a "before" photo so you can see the difference the quilting makes .  What starts out as a pretty quilt top....
...turns into a fabulous almost completed quilt.  Binding is the only thing needed now.
Her hubby chose the design Hubby Hubby, So Fine Ivy for the top thread and So Fine Toast was used in the bobbin.
Joanne made a great off set pieced backing with leftover fabrics from the top and a really pale Tan, almost Cream, tone on tone print that really shows off the quilting beautifully.
Her hubby was thrilled when he picked it up and I know he'll enjoy snuggling under it when the cold weather returns to the Northeast.
I look forward to seeing what fun quilt top Joanne brings me next to quilt for her.