I’m excited to get started today on the Quilt-A-Thon. My ironing board is packed with projects for the sewing storm that is about to ensue! I have the pinned the “sets” from last night, as well as some 5.5″ x 5.5″ squares that I am using to make another quilt from Jane Broket‘s Book, The Gentle Art of Quilt Making, and a few more pieces of The Olivia Lee quilt that Allie C. and I are working on together.
The magazine featured is an issue of Simple Handmade. Sewing. It is a magazine I purchased last year. It has great projects for the home and gifts to give away. I plan to test out an apron pattern today in hopes that I will be able to make several as Christmas gifts ( I can almost hear the bells jingling already ! ).
This is my gorgeous pile of apron fabrics that I can’t wait to iron and cut into. They were washing and drying last time and now it’s almost time to play!! They are prints from the DS Quilts Collection for Fabric Traditions as well as one print from the Cloud 9 Fabrics Collection – a line of 100% organic cotton. The top two are flannel prints that I want to start brain storming lap blankets for the winter season.
I’ll let you know how far I get in Sunday Stitches Part II……stay tuned! Happy Quilting.
I arrived home tonight after work and a few errands and decided to start quilting, several hours later I thought perhaps I should host a mini Quilt-A-Thon on my blog for the weekend, since that’s what I’m looking forward to this weekend! I figure I’ll post several time this weekend to fill you in on what I’m working on while plugging away at the Madmen series on Netflix!
Currently I am working on several quilts all at once! This includes several quilts made from the scarp pieces of a previous project ( can you tell I LOVE to do that!)
These pieces are 2.5″ x 5.5″. I am planning on sewing them together into strip sets of 5 rectangles each. Then perhaps either framing or seperating with a solid for a modern type vibe. I figured the easiest way to do this at random ( which I think adds some speed to the process) would be to take my stack of fabric rectangles and put them into 5 different piles. ( My original pile is on the far left.)
I then take one of the piles and put it to the side so that I can use them as the “tails” of the strips of four that I plan on making while pinning two rectangles together as a “set” and then sewing two “Sets” together and adding the “Tail” piece to make a line of 5 rectangles.
The picture above shows the pile of “Tails” to the left, the large pile in the middle in the stack that I will create “sets” from, and the pile beginning on the right will be for sets that I have pinned together that will wait to take their turn going through the machine.
And then a pile of pieces to be ironed is created!! I was lucky that my bobbin didn’t run out on me. I have taken to trying to use up some of my bobbins with older threads on them if the color seems to fit. I don’t mind using a different color bobbin thread with white thread as my top thread, every once and a while you will see a bit of the colored threads peaking out while you are ironing!
I got a nice rhythm down for ironing these pieces and the task was done in a flash!
- I call the mess in the back my “creative comfort zone” I’m sure we all have one of these in the house!
- Of course I am also working on a few other things at the same time….
This is a much smaller version of what Jane’s pattern suggests. I have made the “Beach Hut” pattern before and have a California inspired version that is currently in the “To-be-quilted-(please!)” pile. Its a great pattern for scraps and comes in handy if you want to flex your wings at being more flexible with randomness. I found that I was able make 4 different repeat points… I usually stray away form doing this but I think it helps the movement in this smaller quilt.
I’m not sure what to do with these two extra blocks…any suggestions?!?!
And there’s always something spinning in the dryer! A quilter must always be multi-tasking when ever possible
Those are a bunch of new DS prints from the DS Collection. I am hoping to make some aprons tomorrow…Christmas is calling!
This quilt has been given a new name, “Purple Pop”. Named after the Kaffe Fassett shot cotton used as a thin border to frame the quilt as well as a binding strip to make the mixture of different purple tones, values, and prints balance out and pop off of one another. It was hard to choose a name for it since it has been rolling around in the “To-Be-Quilted” pile for a few years now. It started as pattern that went all wrong, to a potential dog bed blanket, to being completely torn apart, re-cut and re-sewn! Now it is a sweet and cozy addition to add to the collection of quilts I have been finishing lately. I purchased the back and binding fabrics at Center Diamond Quilt Shop in Cannon Beach, OR.
Fall is approaching and it seemed like a good afternoon to finally get some projects finished instead of cutting new projects to keep my mind busy with numbers, math, and patterns. This is a quilt that I made up the block pattern for while trying to use scraps from a quilt my dad created for my older sister and brother-in-law. While shopping a little too much fabric was purchased… so far 1 king, 2 queens, and this lap size quilt have been made from the scraps!!
And there are more scraps to be cut as well as another quilt in the works – its amazing how much you can create from your scrap bins! I have been working on the stitch in the ditch method for quilting so far but am hoping to branch out more this fall season.
Its been fun making this quilt because the color palette of these scraps is really different than what I would regularly buy for my own projects. When I was first trying to think of a way to use these scraps my mom and nephew were really into reading the “Little House On the Prairie” series.
For weeks I would get the updates on the story of the Ingels family from my nephew. The colors of these scraps reminded me of the fabrics I would imagine people creating quilts out of during the pioneer days. Therefore the “Brown Prairie” Quilt was born.
The brown patch in the center reminds me of the small plots of land the families would build their cabins on. The matching brown patches would be the four corner stones of the houses while the surrounding color rings reminded me of the logs and beams they would stack to create their homes. Its a Mid-Quilt Monday for me while its getting late and my bobbin thread just ran out – guess that means its time to call a quits for today! How many quilts have you made from a stash you intended to use for just one project?! ?! I love when one project suddenly morphs into a brand new one! Happy Quilting Everyone.
There are new additions to my blog! Please check out some new photos of quilts I have made on my brand new page – “Sewn Together”. As these summer nights stretch on I am trying to get myself caught up again with my blog postings. I will be posting some more photos of my vacation projects over this weekend. Check back in to see what I have been working on
I’m headed to the beach next week – Cannon Beach, OR specifically – and I can’t wait to breathe in some fresh ocean air, drink some local cups (coffee, beer, wine, take your pick ), and of course do some fabric shopping! I have a lot of work ahead of me though. I have been cramming quilt sandwiches through the machine on a daily basis in hopes of getting a few done to sell outside the house.
I am getting excited to meet with people walking by and talk about the quilting process. People close to me know that I could literally talk about quilting all day – seriously!
I love planning out which projects will be the beach projects. Its so relaxing to brainstorm and sew when you are away from home – what a luxury. One quilt I hope to work on is an absolutely precious quilt I am helping my best friend to finish. She has named it the “Olivia Lee” and its too cute to go un-quilted. We will be hand-dying some fabrics on Saturday so I may need to post more pictures since I’m sure the process will end up being a hilarious mess!
Cannon Beach is also one of my favorite places to do some fabric shopping! They have two great local quilt shops in the area. There is the Center Diamond in Cannon Beach,OR and Creative Fabrics in Wheeler,OR. Both shops are cozy, cheerful and packed with great fabric choices and very friendly staff. If you are ever in the area you should definitely visit both!
Back to the sewing machine for me! Another quilt sandwich waiting to be finished is calling my name. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks on avoiding puckers when quilting on a smaller machine – I have been needing to pluck out entire rows of stitches to get puckers out! I have only quilted a hand full of quilts myself and its all been over the course of the past 3 months so I’m still on the learning curve. Any tricks would be greatly appreciated! Happy Quilting everyone.
Of course I was excited to hear the rain pitter-patter on my window on a lazy June night in Seattle. The sound of rain always seems to complete the content feeling of staying in to quilt on a summer night… and in Seattle these flash storms can be quite common! So tonight there was soup and sewing!
I have been working on some alternative options for my Sandbox Quilt scrap squares. I began piecing and ironing several new blocks over the past week.
Just when the thunder begins to ring and the rain begins to pour dinner is served…pantry sausage soup and home-made cheese biscuits.
You can find the recipes for the Sausage Pantry Soup and Cheese Biscuits on my “Comfort Bites” Page.
I hope you enjoyed your rainy June night as well. I will be looking forward to laying out my newest Sandbox Dolly Quilt in the summer sun…when ever summer decides to start in Seattle this year.
I just created my blog on Saturday June 22,2013 and here I am writing my first post. How exciting! I have been thinking about starting a blog for the past few months now with the help of two friends guiding me through the process ( I’m a bit of a granny for my generation , but grannies can learn new tricks too you know!).
I have been working on this style of quilt for a few years now. It can be described as a basic 9 patch or a checkerboard pattern but I like to call them my ‘sandbox quilts’ due to the cheerful nature of the prints I use and the mixture of all colors and different white-on-white fabrics to balance the child-like prints. It reminds of being a child and playing in the sandbox with all the different toys scattered all around.
I just finished quilting and binding this small size quilt in 4 hours yesterday! That does not count ironing, sewing the back, and actually making the quilt sandwich ( probably my least favorite step so far! ) For the back I chose a solid green with a 1/4 yard cut of green bunny fabric from the Toy Box collection (2009) by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabrics. The binding is a pink fabric from my stash with a little pink solid on the corner since I ran out of the pink flowered fabric – time to improvise!
Looking forward to posting more as I explore the ins and outs of WordPress - you can create your own blog for free and join the fun!