Sunday, December 30, 2012

Scrap Quilt

I have been sewing with scraps pretty much non-stop lately.  It's addicting. 

 I love this quilt. It's living with me, so it cheers up my grey sofa very nicely.

This block is from Sunday Morning Quilts, but I changed the color scheme to be monochromatic blocks, rather than all scrappy.  How does this barely make a dent in the scrap pile?
I quilted it with grey thread, in free form wavy lines.

I want to make more scrap quilts....

Friday, December 28, 2012

Courtney's Quilt

No fancy name for this quilt, just a bunch of pictures.  I made this one for the office manager at work for her wedding.  I followed the pattern from Modern Patchwork, I can't remember the name, and I'm too lazy to walk upstairs to look at the book...I think it's the first one....

I had some issues with this one, all those lines don't line up....but it's okay.   By the last slice, I figured out I was doing the order wrong, and it's still okay that they aren't perfect.  Only I can see it....

I quilted it in a radiating curve, from one corner....what a pain to get through the machine.  And the center puckered where I switched directions, but after washing....only I can see it.  :)

It's in her wedding colors, and she loves it. And I do too.  It will get used and loved, and that's all that matters.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: From Modern Patchwork
Various greys and purples, all Robert Kaufman Kona Solids.
3 black and white prints from stash
Border: Robert Kaufman Kona Ash (why have I not used this color before?  Love!)
Bound: Robert Kaufman Kona Charcoal with a strip of navy (since she changed her dress color last minute from grey to blue.....)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Thank you again to Diane.  She enabled me to buy all these lovely solids on sale. 

With coupons and such, it was such a good deal....

Next I'm sure she'll get me to Goodwill....

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October Love Circle Blocks

This month for the Love Circle of do.good Stitches, Rachel picked EPP stars, in "Seasonal Brights"

I hope I got the colors right.  I kind of stressed over them, once I cut everything out.

The bad news is, I'm late sending them out - they'll be in the mail tomorrow.

The good news is, I discovered that hand sewing is the one activity that doesn't make me carsick.  This is great for me, bad for my husband.  I see a lot more sewing on planes and in the car....

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Fest

It's time for Blogger's Quilt Fest - Fall 2012!

This time, I'm sharing my absolute favorite quilt I've far....

I call this one Merry-go-Rounds.  (It's dark here, and I keep forgetting to take these pictures...)

It was inspired by the Blind Co-pilot Quilt by Katie.  I got the inspiration after looking at the great book she co-authored.

Background is Kona snow, triangles are red, orange, yellow, and lime green scraps.

*Quilt Measurements: Roughly 54 x 72.
*Quilted by…Me on my home machine, in radiating diagonals.
*Best category – Throw Quilt, Scrap Quilt
*Link  Number: 487

Friday, October 5, 2012

I'm not good at fabric diets.....

Anyone want to join?    I'm not hosting, but anything that results in 280 charm squares is awesome!

Color Wheel Charm Swap


Monday, September 24, 2012

Most Normal People Take Fabric on Business Trips, Right?

Where else would I get ironing done????

And just so you know, hotel ironing boards are VERY unstable!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September blocks for do.good stitches

I finished these up last weekend, but they'll be in the mail this week.

 For September, Natalie wrote up a great wonky pinwheel tutorial

These were fun!  It was great to be able to use so many scraps too.  I don't know that I'd have the patience to do a whole quilt, but I do love how they turned out.  I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The project that never ended....

About three years ago...or mother-in-law asked for a quilt for her bed.  They have traditional tastes, and she picked a few fabrics out of my stash so I could see her colors.  Burgundy, olive, and cream. 

A hectic work schedule, and I managed to get the top done.  It sat for about a year, while I tried to figure out how to quilt it.  It was huge!  And I was too cheap to send it out.  So, I crammed that thing through my machine.  Straight line stitching only.  And very wide apart.  

Last July, I gave it to her, and she loved it.

And then I forgot to take a picture.

So, this last month, we were back to visit....and I finally remembered to photograph the quilt.

After a journey of about three years, here's the quilt.  They love it, and use it everyday, so I'm happy!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

I'm here

I really didn't mean to take the summer off from blogging.  But it was so's not fun to sit next to a hot iron, covered in a quilt....

And I lost my sewing mojo.  I'm still trying to get it back.  I've got a few quilt tops done, and I'm excited about them.

And new fabric should help, right?

Here's what I've bought so far. Why, oh why, did all my favorite designers release collections at the same time?

My favorite prints from....

Cameo by Amy Butler:
Field Study by AMH  (the poppy prints are so pretty, they are my favorite in this collection):

 And Perfectly Perched by Laurie Wisburn
Let's hope this helps, and a lot gets done in the next few weeks!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Scrap Organization

My scrap organization was pretty sad.  It all went into one giant basket.  I had no idea what was on the bottom of that heap.  In my defense, I didn't really like scraps...but, I also didn't like throwing out fabric....

And then I read Sunday Morning Quilts.  I loved it.  It made me want to horde all scraps, and do nothing but sew with them.  So, I started by doing some organizing.  And of course, I needed something to put all these newly organized scraps in...

Enter the fabric baskets.  It's the first project in the book.  And it's fun.  I love making improv fabric slabs now.  It's improv, but mostly squares, so it's a good compromise for me. 

I deviated from the instructions slightly.  I used canvas for the lining, so I didn't need interfacing.  I also skipped the cardboard inserts, and just tacked the corners to hold the square shapes.

I made one in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, and white.  Whew.  These were so fun.  It was also a great place to practice my free motion quilting, since you quilt before assembly, so you can't see the back of the quilting.  I need a lot more practice before I start in on a quilt.

If you decide to make some, I highly recommend the pattern.  Now to horde some more scraps so I can make a quilt...or is it make a quilt to get more scraps...I think this might be never ending.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Last of the Farmer's Wife?

This is the last round of the farmer's far...

If I go any farther, I need to start using templates, and I'm not sure I'm ready for that....

I plan to lay these out in the next few days, and see if I need to make more.  I was hoping for a twin size, or a large throw for the couch.

Okay, enough back story.... here's the pretty pictures....

Monday, June 25, 2012


I'm horribly behind on my homework for the handstitched class.  I'm having creative block when it comes to picking fabrics for a quilt lately.  So, I haven't even figured out what I'm doing for the main project, and I'm quickly going to be two weeks behind.

Well, I did manage to finish the needlebook project.  I love it.



Here's hoping I can pick some fabric for the quilt before I'm too far behind to catch up....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Farmer's wife

I think I have about 10 more done, and about that many cut out.  They are slowing down...I'm currently obsessing over making some fabric scrap bins, and the handstitching classwork, I'll share my finishes on those this weekend.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Farmer's Wife

Just a quick stop to share five more FWQAL.  I think I'm almost over this obsession, so we'll have to see how big of a quilt top I can make with the blocks I have done already.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June Blocks - Love Circle

I have a confession to make. 

I can't make improv blocks. 

I break out into cold sweats. 

It's terrifying. 

It got so bad, I started cutting my scraps into 2.5" squares.  If the remnant couldn't do that, it went in the trash. 

I've gotten better. 
I keep random size scraps. 
I've attempted some improv blocks. 

It still makes me nervous. 

I still end up with patchwork.

Jacey requested improv blocks in citrus colors.  Sigh. 

I did my best.  I did make a few extra, so hopefully they can work into all the other blocks.

They'll be in the mail by Friday. 

And I can go back to a block with some order.   

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Winners of the SEW MAMA SEW Giveaway!  Thanks to everyone who visited.
#46 wins the fat quarter bundle....
meghann said...
I am neither sewing nor cooking this weekend - we're visiting family instead! xo
And the winner of the charm squares was
Alison said...
I am going to finish a quilt top that I started this past week
I've contacted you both.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Farmer's Wife QAL...

I think I'm obsessed with these.  But it's just so dang easy to cut fabric one night while watching TV and sew the rest of the week.   Here's another five.