Friday, July 25, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
I just popped these blocks in the mail along with a handful of pink charm squares.
Friday, July 18, 2014
First up is a cute patchwork iPad sleeve for my friend, Rachel. Rachel's gramma recently passed away unexpectedly and I wanted to do something to give Rachel a little something to smile about. She told me she likes green, blue and purple and a few hours later I had the finished product. I used Kristin Link's tutorial (from Craftsy) with her alternate measurements for the iPad size (from Sew, Mama, Sew website).
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
It has been a while since I have posted any pics of the studio. Construction has been substantially complete since early last fall with the exception of finishing off the drywall etc on the interior west wall. I am completely settled in now and I have to say that the studio is definitely my 'happy place.'
Of course it could always be bigger but the truth is I have room for everything as long as I keep organized. The studio is all cleaned up now in anticipation of some company coming this next weekend so it was a great time to take some photos to share.
My husband gets all the credit! The studio is a converted porch on our new barn. The space is approximately 10' x 40'. Hubs did all the construction work including installing my gorgeous white oak and cherry floor. Of course he had a great helper (me)! The energy efficient windows let in a huge amount of light. The ceiling fans and overhead lighting are also perfect. The studio is heated with a pellet stove and having lived through one winter already, I can say honestly I was never cold.
Hubs also built me a custom table with a slot for my Bernina PE350. The top is made from ambrosia maple to which he applied a red dye. It is really stunning in person! He aslo made a custom cabinet for my long arm thread which is so convenient. The shelves along the south wall under the windows house my fabric stash. I love having everything where I can see it.
The studio also features a very large design space on the north wall. I have some completed quilts displayed there now and can easily fit several large projects. I have to use a step ladder to reach the top!
The chalk board signs are a reclaimed bed frame that I bought at an antique store. I think they add just the right touch!
Enjoy the pics!
After getting caught up on some deadline projects I am finally making some time to work on the American Hero Quilts that I volunteered to quilt. I am almost finished with the first of two.
It was requested that the quilting not be a large meander and other than that no instructions. The panel style quilt top really lent itself to some light custom work so that's what I did. Each border has its own design. I did some outlining of the central eagle and faux patchwork stars, along with a bit of cross hatching.
Full Size Quilts
- (Big) Lone Star - not touched in a loooooong time
- Pink/Green Diamonds - not touched in a looong time
- PoD - back burner until my next paper piecing bender
- Quatrefoil Hexies (Q3) - need to order a background fabric for this
- CMM - have made 2 of each block for all months except June
Other Misc. Projects
- Palette Bag (Q3) - still need to trace pattern for second side panel
- Blossom Bag - a few pieces cut out, a ton left
- (Another) Sew Together Bag - idea fermenting and some fabric pulled
- Outdoor cushions (Q3) - started cutting!
- Tie Dye Pillow (Q3) - see pics below!
- TTF Bunting - nebulous idea, no fabric pulled, needs to be completed by Saturday...eek!
Monday, July 14, 2014
As a member of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild I was fortunate enough to receive a small pacage of Michael Miller fabrics and to be able to participate in the challenge. The rules were simple; use only the fabric provided alone or along with any solid, or any other Michael Miller fabric, and the item must be quilted.
This left things pretty wide open and there are some AMAZING completed projects showing up on the MQG site, Instagram and Facebook.
After suffering from a bout of zero inspiration ever since I brought the fabric home, I finally had an idea! I was standing in line at the PO to mail my mini quilt swap box and I noticed a rack of greeting cards. One was designed with just punctuation marks and I thought how cool it would be to re-create that as a quilt. And then I said, "aha!" Why not do that with the Michael Miller fabrics?
I printed out some punctuation and then traced them onto lightweight fusible web. Then I chose a black background and randomly fused the pieces in place. I have been wanting to try matchstick quilting and that solved the problem of how to stitch, or even whether to stitch the applique in place.
For the quilting I used different weight threads in coordinating colors. Some is Aurifil, some is poly quilting thread and some is Mettler embroidery thread. The quilting was extremely time consuming (it took several hours using a high speed machine and this is a small piece) but I love the effect!
I applied a faced binding which I also love and some small brass rings for hanging. The finished mini is about 14" x 20".
I posted a few days ago about the mini quilt I made for the Schnitzel and Boo Instagram swap and I wanted to show you the quilt I received.
I hit the jackpot! My partner for the swap was Patty Sloniger (@pattysloniger) a licensed fabric designer for Michael Miller. The mini quilt she sent is absolutely gorgeous and I love the colors! She used some of her new fabric line Emma's Garden, and also sent me some of the scraps. Woot woot!
Also included in the package is a darling quilt themed watercolor which is already hanging on the wall in my studio (as is the mini quilt).
The box of goodies was fabulous and just the pick-me- up I needed last week.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Such fun! I just participated in the 2nd round of the Schnitzelandboo mini quilt swap. Partners were randomly assigned and we were set loose to 'stalk' our selected recipient on social media and then create a mini quilt for them.
I had grand ideas for a unique quilt featuring rainbow colors since that is what my partner likes. During my week of vacation in early June I set to work. I selected fabrics. I cut circles. I set the circles into blocks. I sliced the blocks into quarters. I made 'sprouts' and stems. I pieced in white for the background and voila! The top was complete after a day and half of steady work.
And then....OH NO! I re-read the Schnitzel and Boo rules. The minis were supposed to be no bigger than 24" square! Mine measured in at almost 36" tall....DRAT!!!!!!
Back to the drawing board. The second version took much less time since 1. I had already picked the fabrics, 2. The pattern was too small for set in circles so I just snowballed the corners to make the little sprouts and 3. I had some experience in how to assemble the columns and white background from the first attempt so not as much brain work was involved.
So, several hours later I had a smaller version that complied with the size guidelines. They look soooo cute together!
Now for the quilting. I did a small meander in the white background with white thread. In the colored colums I quilted a different pattern in each and all the sprouts have a small feather. I used coordinating color threads. My FMQ skills are improving on the Juki! (By the way, I LOVE my Juki!)
The binding is a small text print which I think adds a nice frame without being overpowering.
The last step was to grab some goodies to throw into the package. I chose some rainbow ric rac, washi tape, skittles, clover binding clips and a new seam ripper (which I knew my partner needed since she posted about it on IG!). And the package was ready to go.
I just found out this morning that she received it. I am still waiting (not too patiently I might add) for my package to arrive. This is definitely the hard part! I had so much fun with this swap that Iimmediately signed up for another - the Strawberry Swap (IG #thestrawberryswap).