Friday, November 18, 2016

More Halloween City Sampler blocks

I have never neglected my blog so much as I have in recent months and it really bothers me.  I truly enjoy keeping up with what is going on in the quilting world.  Thankfully the busiest months for my Girl Scout Troop Organizer role is winding down so life (and sewing) can get back to normal.

My family took a much needed vacation last week, got home Saturday afternoon and my new-to-me longarm was delivered on Sunday.  The room is still under construction and I promise to share pictures very soon.

In the meantime, I'd like to share the small amount of sewing that I have accomplished recently.  These are all blocks for my Halloween version of Tula Pink's City Sampler.  This Purple block is number 24.
Next up is block 24.  It is fun to pair up different fabrics to achieve just the right look.
Then I completed block number 25 and that finished this group for that chapter.
The next chapter is about triangles and this is my version of block number 41. (I don't know why the colors are so off in this picture).
The happy monsters became the feature in this block number 42.
Block 42 was perfect for the larger witch print.
And block 44 worked well for the pumpkin and candy corn prints.
Last but not least in this triangle group is block number 45.
I then moved onto the rectangle chapter so here is block 61.
Continuing on the roll that night, I quickly finished block 62.
And the final one for this post is block 63. 
With these additional 11 blocks done I've got 48 total completed.  The last evening that I was able to sew I really wanted to get to the half way point but once I start the serious yawning I know that it is time to quit for the night or mistakes start happening.  Hopefully I'll have this quilt done by next Halloween.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Voyager 17 with Dekked Out Quilting upgrade for sale

 For sale:  Voyager 17 with Dekked Out Quilting upgrade
I have exciting news.  I am upgrading to a bigger machine and frame so my Voyager "Penelope" needs a new home.

She includes: a Hinterberg Stretch frame set at 10 feet (length can be changed), Red Snappers, an extension base for ruler work, a new ruler foot plus the standard hopping foot and a fat foot, 50+ bobbins, 4 extra bobbin cases, industrial bobbin winder, Towa gauge, front laser stylus, an extra belt, (3) 118" zippers, timing needle, machine oil, (2) DVDs: I've got a longarm (and I'm not afraid to use it) and Longarm and Fabulous, and the balance of the 5 year warranty on the upgrade (from June 2014) which includes maintenance.
This is a great machine for the hobby quilter or someone that wants to get into longarm quilting but doesn't want to spend tens of thousands to get started.  She runs beautifully and I've enjoyed quilting my own quilts with her but now it is time for her to find a new owner who will love her too.
Price: $6,500.  Buyer is responsible for disassembly, transportation, set up and all associated costs.
Located in upstate NY, the Albany area.  She'll remain set up so you can come and try her out.  Email me if you'd like to schedule a visit.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Very little sewing happening

I'm sure I'm not the only one that isn't a happy camper when there's no time to sew.  That is what my life has been like over the past 3 or 4 weeks.  Between a family vacation, the kids starting school and activities, my own Girl Scout troop meetings beginning for the year and my responsibilities as the area troop organizer, the only sewing I've been able to get in lately is some patches on Girl Scout vests.
My Christmas Tree wall hanging has been languishing on my frame.  I started the quilting on it in early August but my shoulders were aching then and so I took a break from it.  I haven't been able to get back to finish it since.  Hopefully very soon.
Not so patiently, I'm waiting for some pretty fabrics to arrive. I'm excited to get started remaking my Merry Jingle quilt and get the pattern written.  I've received lots of emails from quilters are waiting for it's release.  This is what the new version will be made with.
I think the new version will be gorgeous and can't wait to see it all put together.  Stay tuned for some sneak peaks.
The weather is starting to get cooler and that means more time indoors.  Keep your fingers crossed for me that it will also mean lots of time at the sewing machine is coming.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

A 100 Good Wishes Quilt for Alana

Our summer fun is winding down and the kids start school on Wednesday.  I'm sure many of you are wondering if I fell off the face of the earth recently but be assured that I'm alive and well and have just been very busy with summer activities such as Girl Scout Cookie Camp and a family vacation.

I'm excited to get back to having some sewing time but I have managed to finish another quilt during the summer.  This one had been waiting to have the binding finished for a while and I'm glad that it is now complete.  I present:

100 Good Wishes for Alana
 This quilt is for a little Alana, a friend of the family since the beginning of our adoption journey (not to be confused with big Alana who is an adult friend of the family).  Hubs and I met her and her mom a couple of months after she came home from China and we ended up using the same adoption agency as they did.  Her mom knew nothing about the 100 Good Wishes Quilt tradition and I've always wanted to make one for her.
I chose the Garden Frills panto and it suited this quilt perfectly, giving it just enough swirly interest for a 12 year old girl.
 As her mom never collected fabrics from their friends and family, I was able to make this quilt through the generosity of another adoptive mom who had tons of extra squares that she sent to me to use.  Most of them are darker colors so I think this layout with all the white helped to lighten up the overall look well.
For the backing I decided to use up a bunch of FQ and half yard cuts from my Asian fabric stash. 
 The Red thread on the back doesn't overpower the light fabric and blends in well with the others.

Thankfully we've had some really nice weather days recently so I was able to get the photos of this before it is delivered.
I can't wait to give it to her.  She has always held a special place in our hearts and at times we think of her as our 3rd child.  May she always know that she is loved and cherished.

Monday, August 8, 2016

More Halloween City Sampler blocks

My graphics designer is working on the cover for my patterns and I'm waiting for the fabric to come out that I want to use for the remake of my Merry Jingle quilt.  So in the meantime I'm working on a few other things, one of them being my Halloween Tula Pink City Sampler blocks.  It was fun to get back to making these and coming across the #100blocksin100days in Instagram didn't hurt either to get me motivated.  Here are the blocks that I've completed recently.

This is #76 and it completed the first 5 blocks from Chapter 5 Squares.
Then I was onto the last chapter, the Haiku blocks. This is #86.
I used a fabric that I recently purchased (the off white) for block #87.
I like the way block #88 turned out.
For block #89 I was finally able to use one of the fabrics that has bigger motifs.
Block #90 was perfect for featuring the flying witch fabric.
Then it was back to Chapter 1 Crosses.  I will admit that I'm glad I'm making 5 blocks from each chapter and then moving onto the next as it has really helped to keep me from getting bored.  This is block #6. 
Block #7 is next.
I decided to use all spider fabrics for block #8.
Block #9 was another one that was good for a larger motif fabric.
And block #10 finished out this batch from Chapter 1. 
Chapter 2 is all about Rectangles so here is my version of block #21.
I decided to use the hearse fabric in block #22.  Isn't it fun?
Here are all 37 of my blocks so far.  Having them all visible on the wall helps me to better make sure I don't make too many of any one color plus it is fun to look at them all together.  I have a little room down on the right of my project bookshelf but after that I'm going to have to clear off the left side of my design wall.
I don't know how much time I'll be able to work on these in the coming week but I'm going to try to sneak in a few blocks every now and then.  Are you working on a Tula Pink City Sampler too?  Check out the hashtag #100blocksin100days and share your blocks too.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Twelve Windows - a quilt finish

Back in March my friend Katie of Karma Willow Designs put this orphan quilt top up for "adoption" as part of the Quilty Orphan Adoption hosted each year by Cynthia of Quilting is more fun than Housework.  It's a great idea for passing on quilty items that you aren't in love with any more.  I commented that if Katie sent it to me I'd quilt it up and send it onto a charity group.
I'm happy to say that Katie's simple quilt top has turned into this.  I'm calling this one

Twelve Windows
I think the bright colors and bold patterns of the fabrics will be absolutely perfect for a teen girl.
I was able to get it on the frame in mid May and Juno obviously thought he needed to keep a close eye on my quilting to make sure I was doing a good job.
He even performed a snuggibility test after it was done and off the frame.
Although this quilt top would have been great for a bunch of custom quilting, creating lots of fun designs in each block and in the sashing, I just didn't have the time to devote to doing that so a edge to edge it received. I used the Whirlygig panto and used a pale green thread to blend the best on the front.
Katie was very generous in that she also sent a pieced backing along and I used a thread that blended with the bigger purple section.  I think a teen will like the way it shows on the green side.
It sat waiting for the binding to be completed for a while but I'm happy that it is now done.  Some light Pink leftover fabric from another project was the best choice for that.
The label has now been attached, it will get a wash to make it all soft and crinkly and then it will be ready to send off for some young girl to snuggle under.
Thank you Katie for sending it.  I think that together we will make some young teen very happy.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - my Merry Jingle quilt

Happy Thursday and welcome to my stop on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by my friend Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.   It has been a really long time since I've been able to participate in any online events like this one and I'm really happy that this time I did.  Thank you so much Sarah for the invite to participate.
Confessions Of A Fabric Addict
Before I show you my project, I want to remind you to make sure you also visit today the other blogger today, Jan Ochterbeck over at The Colorful Fabriholic to see what she is sharing with us.

Since I hosted the Kate Spain Christmas Charm Swap last fall, I certainly had plenty of Christmas fabrics to work with and knew immediately that I would make a quilt for this blog hop.
What I didn't know initially was that I wouldn't end up making the quilt I originally planned to which was a pattern by someone else. I ended up creating something totally new and I'm 100% thrilled with how it turned out.  I'm excited to introduce:

Merry Jingle

 It is hard to believe that what started out as a bunch of simple 9 Patch blocks ...
... became this beautiful quilt that I just adore.  The tricky and deceiving  thing is that the construction isn't what you'd likely guess it was.  It is truly a little bit of slight of hand magic.
This one came right down to the wire (as some of you probably saw on Instagram) and the final stitch in the binding was completed about 5pm.  But when I got this idea, I just had to run with it.  As soon as I picked up the kids from summer camp, we drove right over to the town park to snap the pictures while there was still daylight.  Of course the wind always proves a challenge.

The sun had started making it's decent and although it proved difficult to showcase the actual quilting some of the lighting I was able to capture was simply beautiful.
The backing and binding fabrics that I chose are from Kate's Jingle line.  They are just perfect.
I can't do a photo session in the park without taking one with the quilt draped over one of the benches.  It does seem odd to be showing off a Christmas quilt among all the green grass.
The blocks for this quilt came about because of a "what if" idea that popped into my head.   Luckily I actually had the time and was able to try out my whim to see what resulted.  Though I might be a bit biased, I think this particular whim idea works. :)
The slightly shadier area in the park provided the opportunity to get some photos that really show the quilting nicely.
I used the Holly Berries pantograph recommended by my online friend Kathy of Tamarack Shack.  It turned out to be just the look I was searching for on this quilt and it stitched out quickly.
Here you can almost see the great texture on the back that the quilting provided.  I used So Fine Snow thread for the top and Glide Cardinal for the back.  I love that combo together and it works really well in my machine though usually I have the Glide on the top and the So Fine in the bobbin.
Here's the part where I get to reveal my exciting news.

I'm going to develop this into my first pattern for sale so although it will take a little while until it is ready to be released, the ball has already started rolling on all the steps that need to happen for that to become a reality.
Honestly this quilt is a surprise to me.  I had no clue when I got my whim of an idea that it would produce such a fantastic pattern.  I know that just 3 or 4 blocks would create a great table runner (of course I need to make one of those too), one block with a border could be a pillow cover (yup a couple of those are needed also) and 9 blocks would be the perfect size for a baby quilt.
So stay tuned and hopefully everything will fall into place relatively fast and I'll have a pattern soon for all of you that want to make one of your own.
Thank you for visiting today and enjoy the rest of the blog hop days to come.