Nouvelle Skipping Squares

This quilt has been finished for several weeks. I have never gotten proper pictures but decided to share what I have anyway. I used the Skipping Squares pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. I'd seen this pattern before but when she recently posted it with her new fabric line, I ran over and got it. Have you seen her new line made in this? Beautiful! The fabric is Nouvelle by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.

This pattern uses 10 fat quarters so it was perfect for an Art Gallery collection. It was fast to cut and simple to put together. I used a lot of white scraps in this one. Sadly, when I took it outside, I noticed some pieces at the bottom must have been Bella white 97 instead of 98, ugh. I didn't even notice when sewing that they were different.

For the backing I used a print from SAS fabrics in Phoenix. Right when I saw it, I knew it would match Nouvelle perfectly and it did! At 3.00 a yard, I'm glad I took the chance. I was pleasantly surprised to open the fabric up and see that it was 58" wide, score! No piecing the back :)

The binding is a print from Nouvelle as well.

I tried something new with the quilting. I used the scallop stitch on my machine. I do love the texture it created. However, I don't think I will be using it again. There's a few places on the back where the tension just wasn't consistent, bummer.

It finished at 50 x 65. I've never been able to get an accurate 1/4" seam, no matter what I adjusted. I got a new foot and wow, what a difference! It sews right on the money so maybe I will quit losing inches on my quilts now.

This was the only place I could find to hang it and get a picture of the whole thing (mostly all of it), so excuse my husband's mess in the background. His dog tore down all the blinds in his garage, so he shoved cardboard up for the moment, ack!

Along with the tension issues and the whites being off, I mis centered my label and some of it is under the binding. Never done that one before, grr. I also stuck myself and didn't realize I was bleeding...on the white of course! So this one will get washed and rolled up to put in my basket for the grand kids to use :) Thanks for stopping by!

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Posy 16 Patch

I had cut the squares for this quilt many moons ago from a big stack of layer cakes I'd bought on ebay.
The inspiration for this quilt came from Lauren at Charlotte's gRACE for a Cure 
She was totally ok with me copying her sweet quilt :)

I won't carry on and explain why these pictures are less than stellar. Just trust me when I say, the struggle was real. This fabric is also really tough to photograph! I ended up using my iphone camera. The last quilt I made with Posy was the same way. The shades want to show so much darker than they truly are. I'm going to try again when I go to town. I just really wanted to get this post up since it's been done quite a few days now!

It's simply twenty 16 patch blocks made up of 2.5 inch squares. Sashing is 2.5 inch strips of Bella white 98

For the back I had found my favorite print from the line at Stitch Sanctuary and they also had a print I used for the binding and filling in the backing. I used Aurifil 2435 to attach the binding and it matched perfectly.

It finished at 40.5 x 50.5 before washing. I managed to get one shot that shows the true colors, and of course it had to be the one of a quilt roll!

I love this sweet little quilt, it reminds me of Easter. I do miss that Aneela Hoey is no longer with Moda, boo!
It will go in my Etsy store when proper photos are obtained.

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Jingle Stars

I finished up my Christmas quilt on Monday. Shortly after my last post, we decided my daughter was coming to get me for the holiday. I was gone a few weeks so it is late but that's ok!

I used the Moda Bake Shop tutorial Gooseberry Star Patch Quilt by Peta Peace. I decided to leave the borders off because I just wanted to be finished. I honestly hate doing borders, even though I think this quilt really needed it. It still finished at 51 x 71 so I'm ok with it.

The one and only thing I've learned about my new camera is that the auto mode really distorts the true colors. I still have lots of learning to do...

I have the Janome 6600P sewing machine and it doesn't come with the popular serpentine stitch. My friend Moira directed me to a Facebook group where someone had posted the exact instructions to program this stitch into your machine. I was thrilled to finally have this option. I don't think this quilt was the best pattern to compliment the serpentine but I couldn't wait to try it out! I quilted lines about 2 inches apart and wish I would have done one inch, but again, I wanted to finally have a finish.

For the back I just added Bella white to the strip of print, my usual go to backing.

For anyone unaware, the fabric is Jingle by Kate Spain for Moda. Her Christmas lines are always so bright and fun. I really love traditional red and green in Christmas quilts!

So, there you have it, finally a finish from me. It was so satisfying to sew that last stitch on the binding!
Have you guys seen all the amazing Christmas lines coming out in May?! (I'm a sucker for anything Christmas) I hope everyone had wonderful holidays!!

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Home At Last

Hello friends! It's been 3 long months away for me. I have so much to do and catch up on. I wanted to put a quick post up before I get any more lost in cleaning, sewing, etc etc. I am doing some better and hope to accomplish a lot this month!

I'm working on a Christmas quilt. I really love this Jingle fabric by Kate Spain!

I had purchased a Jolly Bar from The Fat Quarter Shop and wasn't sure what I'd do with it. Then I remembered this lovely quilt I saw on Moda Bake Shop. I love elongated stars :) So, the Gooseberry Star Patch Quilt it is!

The day after I got home I made up these potholders for a Christmas gift. The recipient likes bright and dark, so I think they will fit. I used my own tutorial, you can see it here

I have said this before but need to say it again. I'm so incredibly grateful for the friends I've made on my quilting journey. I have to give a huge thank you to Cristina and Lara for always checking on me, listening and being so supportive. When you get so down and low, knowing someone cares means so VERY much. I love you both to pieces!! I had  a wonderful surprise from my good friend Jasmine when I got home as well. This pretty little pouch :) I love it and have so many use ideas that I can't decide what it will house yet. Thanks again Jasmine for your kindness and friendship!

And last but certainly not least. Thanks to a few readers that sent me emails asking if I was ok because I hadn't posted for so long. We are all so busy and life keeps turning, I didn't think anyone would notice my absence and it was really nice to know some did :) The quilting community is so awesome and I'm so thankful to be a small part of it! I've peeked in your blogs here and there as I've had time but have a lot of catch up there too. It's good to be back :)


Hillside Houses

I wanted to share a quick post of my Hillside Houses quilt along top finish with you all.
I'm a little late in the game but my top is finally finished! In case you missed it and would like to make your own, you can visit Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts. She shares free instructions, the links are on her blog!

I figured out using so many different brands of solids in one top can render things a bit off. I'm not sure what caused it, but things didn't all line up so well in this one. Perhaps different shrinkage or stretch when steam pressing. It's pretty straight forward piecing and usually things end up pretty good for me. It was frustrating but I still love this design and I'm happy to have a finished top :)
I have been working on a few different things. I completed a few more blocks of the Farm Girl Vintage sew along. I am waiting on my last two blocks from the Feed Company BOM and it will be almost ready to complete. I also got all my rows of the Ambleside jelly roll quilt sewn. I just have to join the rows. I'm trying to complete a few things before starting anything else. I don't work well in disarray!

I, like most of you, try to keep my blog a happy and sewing related place to visit. However, life does happen to us all sometimes. I'm going to be gone for 2-4 weeks for a new doctor visit in Dallas, TX. The truth is, I'm just not getting better still. If anything, I've continually gotten worse. I've studied and done all I know to do and decided it was time to get some real help! Please say a prayer that when I return, I have answers and I'm improving...it's way past time for me to be well again :)

I missed posting a two year blog anniversary giveaway, so be on the lookout for that when I return! Take care friends and thank you again for following along with me and for the wonderful friendships I have made :)


The Enchanted Road

I have a baby quilt finish to share today :)

I love the Road To Tennessee pattern and I had just enough fat quarters to make this little quilt. I used some prints I had won from The Intrepid Thread quite some time ago. They are from the Enchanted line by Sarah Fielke for Windham Fabrics. I paired it with some Moda Bella baby pink solid.

I didn't follow any specific pattern. I started with 5 inch prints and 2 inch solids. This quilt was really tough to photograph from a distance. I am happy with how this turned out and the photos just don't do justice to this happy little quilt.

The backing and binding are also prints from the same fabric line. I quilted alongside each square and down the center of each "x" print.

It's so nice to have green grass this year! Typically we don't get much rain and it's so drab and brown. We are fortunate to have received lots of moisture this year.

The quilt finished at 36 x 45.

Thanks so much for stopping to visit. I hope everyone is having a great summer!

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Vintage Sheet Quilt

I found this cute truck at JoAnn Fabrics in the 70% off section. It reminded me of my Feed Company and Holly's Tree Farm fabrics so I couldn't resist :) It will make a cute Christmas decoration with a little tree or something fun in the back.

I never did share my sheet quilt finish. I escaped to Phoenix again for a month and just returned home. I forgot to photograph my quilt before I gifted it! So, I only have a couple pictures I received on my phone.

It's simple 8.5 inch cut squares. I only quilted it on each side of the seams, I wanted to keep this super soft. I used the cuff off of a yellow vintage pillowcase to cut the binding strips. This was my first use of polyester batting. While I love the feel of a quilt with polyester inside, I didn't love that my basting spray didn't stick to it well. I used a microtex needle to piece and quilt this and I really loved how smooth it went!

 You can see on the back that it's baggy from the spray not sticking. I was so disappointed when finished, but in the end, it's soft, it's pretty and super comfy. So I just chalked up the polyester/basting spray combo as a lesson learned and I love it anyway :)

When I arrived in Phoenix my daughter had these huge scissors for me. I absolutely LOVE them! They have hooks on the back for hanging. The lady she bought them from said they were from Pottery Barn.

 While I was gone I did keep up on my Farm Girl Vintage sew along blocks. There's a button on my side bar for anyone that may be interested in participating. I'm determined to use as many scraps as possible. I'm amazed at what such small pieces can create! These are only 6 inch blocks. Sewing these tiny pieces is definitely new for me!

I should be home for awhile now and hope to have more to share soon!