Monday, October 15, 2018

Eiko's Blue Girl Quilt

This is the 2nd quilt that I completed recently for my customer Eiko.  This one is destined for one of her granddaughters.  It's a nice mix of complimentary blocks.
I remembered this time to take a "before" picture.  I love to see the difference the quilting makes.
Finishing up the very last row is always satisfying, especially when the design spaces out so well at the bottom.

The quilting provides a lovely texture but doesn't overwhelm the piecing.
Eiko chose the Whirlygig panto for this quilt and I used So Fine in Fern thread on the top and Primo Soft in Military Gold for the back.
The backing she provided is this bright Chartreuse which gives a nice pop to the overall quilt but I didn't feel that it worked to also use for the binding so I picked a complimentary Teal tone on tone to frame it nicely.
Another nice customer finish is in the books. I'm sure she will be thrilled with the result.
There is one more quilt for Eiko to show you.  Stay tuned.

Friday, October 12, 2018

My first barn quilt

Last month, in the midst of the craziness that is the beginning of the school year, I squeezed in attendance at a quilt guild workshop and made my first (and definitely not the last ) barn quilt.
Our speaker was Suzi Parron who wrote this book.
Learning the history of how barn quilts got started and seeing her slideshow of so many very cool barn quilts that now grace buildings across the US was very enjoyable. 
Suzi was a fun and enthusiastic teacher and it wasn't long before everyone was underway creating their masterpieces.  As the class was scheduled to conclude at 2pm and I had to finish by that hour to get home and meet the school bus, I forgot to take more pictures in process but here is one.
The steps aren't hard, it just takes time, depending on which pattern you choose.  Of course the one I fell in love with was one of the harder ones she offered, the Double Aster.
Some of the guild members had left before we took this group photo but you can still see that everyone completed their project and they all are stunning.
I had a blast and I absolutely L.O.V.E. the way it turned out.  I haven't decided where it's going to go in my home but it will definitely be a place where it is noticed.
I can't wait to make more barn quilts and I've got a few ideas brewing but those will likely have to wait until mid winter to even get started.  Plus I want to convince hubby to let me make a bigger one to hang above our garage door.  There's a big empty wall there that would be perfect for one.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Eiko's Blue Boy Quilt

My customer Eiko brought me 3 quilts to complete for her, including the binding, which are to be gifts to her grandchildren.  This Blue quilt was the first of the trio that was completed.
This top was a challenge due to the fact that there was a lot of excess fabric in the blocks.
You can see it better in this picture.  The seams between the blocks were tight but the interior of the blocks had a lot of excess fabric to deal with.
Thankfully, with the help of spray starch, a lot of patience (and I'll admit - a little praying), I was able to tame the fullness pretty well.
I was pleased with my initial impression of the results when I took it off the frame but until I trimmed and bound it, the true picture couldn't be determined.
This side view certainly looked promising.  
It lays relatively flat and so I think I succeeded!
Eiko chose the Popcorn panto for this quilt and it really worked well to soften the edges of the angular blocks plus had enough stitching to help flatten the full areas.
The backing she provided was a tone on tone medium tan fabric that proved to be a good showcase for the quilting plus I had enough excess to also use it as the binding fabric.
I think my customer will be pleasantly surprise of how nicely it turned out and the eventual recipient will cherish this gift of love from his grandmother.
The other 2 quilts I completed for Eiko will be in a couple of upcoming posts.  Stay tuned.

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 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.