4/09/2015

Daysail Finish


I'm so happy to be back with a finish! I love this fabric and this quilt but had a heck of a time getting decent pictures. Now that I feel like I'm able to be back to sewing, a camera is back on my list of must haves.
The fabric is Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. The aqua in this line is so perfect! I purchased my fabric from Lori at Stitches N Giggles. The pattern is by Live.Love.Sew. I really like the way she writes her patterns. Very easy to follow. For the solid I used Moda Bella white 98.


The pattern uses a 4 x 5 layout but I chose to do 3 x 4, allowing me to only use 12 fat quarters and still have a decent size lap quilt.



I used a 1.5 yard cut of one of the prints for the back along with the white. This has kind of become my go to layout for backings. I absolutely love pieced backs but hate doing them. This allows one of the prints to be incorporated without spending a fortune. And it's fast and easy!


I quilted straight lines in a 2 inch grid over the entire quilt.


The binding is one of the navy prints from the same line as well.


It finished at 52 x 69



Now it's time to catch up on my BOM and some small things that have been waiting. Thanks for stopping by :)
Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday

3/24/2015

Feed Company BOM and The Latest

The first of my Sweetwater Feed Company Block of the Month Quilt goodies from Lady Belle Fabric arrived today! The first thing I did was make one of the recipes :) My husband thought I was joking, I was not!


I'm so excited to have gotten in on this BOM. I thought I had missed out when Sweetwater closed their sign ups. I was thrilled when I saw Lady Belle post on Instagram that she had spots open, woo hoo!
I went missing after my last post, but for good reason. On a whim, I cancelled all my doctor appointments for the following two weeks and went to Phoenix to visit my kids and grand kids. It was nice to get away from everything. I got to do a few things I hadn't been able to do the last few trips, I was just too sick. I went to Jo Ann fabrics and got some needed pins and etc. Those half off coupons sure are nice! We made a trip to IKEA. I got a few small things for my sewing room and a new cutting table. I love the table, perfect size 30 x 59, and it looks awesome! However, I learned to be careful what you buy there. The top is pretty crappy made. I now need to go to Lowe's and buy some L brackets to attach the top to the legs better. I still love it however! It has adjustable height and I love this. My old table was too low and it killed my back. Please disregard the ugly rental house carpet...


Those two cabinets in the back, my daughter got them both free from her employer! They are HUGE. I really wanted all my fabric out of the light and dust. They are wonderful. Someday when I move they will be painted white. The bigger one is so heavy it's crazy. My husband was not a happy camper so I won't be moving it out to paint anytime soon :)

I hit the closest Goodwill and found some great vintage sheets and pillowcases. That always makes me happy :)


Anyhow, I am home again and back to work on my Daysail/American Honey quilt. I just have the top two rows left to add on my blocks and they will be completed. I'm really loving this quilt a lot!!


I also finally got my blog/quilting stuff switched to Gmail. I'm hoping this solves the notification problems for my blog and the ones I visit. I can comment again and you actually will know it!

Have a great week everyone :) 


2/23/2015

Slowly Getting Back To Things

Hello friends! I made it through surgery 3 weeks ago today. It's not been a fun time, but I am finally seeing improvement! I wanted to share some quilty things since my last post.


I made this little needle book up last night. I used some scraps from my Vintage Frogs quilt. I had a "what were you thinking" moment when I attached the snaps before sewing and turning. So I wasn't able to top stitch all the way around. Luckily, this is for me so it's all ok. I know better for my next one! I did some fun stuff with the inside that I will share when I have a couple more completed.

I finished my Road 15 mini wall quilt top the night before surgery. I hung it up to get it out of the way and it's still there. I can't decide how to quilt it. I knew my roof tops were going to be cut off before I started and I was ok with it. If I made a regular size quilt, I would use a different pattern. It was fast and easy, and that's what I needed at the time :)


While I was down, I loaded a few books onto my Kindle. I recently purchased an Ambleside jelly roll with no plan of what to do with it. This fabric is beautiful! I found a pattern I could use along with a roll of Kona white skinny strips I had won a very long time ago. I ironed all the strips so it's ready to go.


I did the ironing while I was waiting for this fabric to arrive from Stitches n Giggles. I had the white all cut and ready. I'm downsizing a little from the original quilt pattern American Honey.

I think Daysail is my favorite line from Bonnie & Camille so far. It is just gorgeous! The aqua is just perfect. I'm going to cut the fat quarters up today and get started on this one. Love, love, love it!!

 I ordered this cute Moda tea towel from Donna's Lavender Nest. I'm not sure if she has any left but I had to have one. I love old flour/feed sacks and I wanted this to hang in my sewing room :)


Last but most importantly, I want to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who stops by my blog. Thank you to the wonderful friends I have met on my quilting journey. A few of you have been so supportive, checking on me this month, and offering an ear and being there for me when you probably have better things to be doing! Some of my days have been pretty dark and an email from you always brightens my day and I can not thank you enough!! I had this wonderful package from one of you when I arrived home from the hospital. Quilty mail from wonderful friends sure can brighten your day!


This picture is not very good at showing how awesome that bag is. I LOVE it so much. I believe it was made from a vintage tablecloth if I remember right. If you've been around here long, you know I love vintage sheets and linens. It is so pretty in person and I truly love it, I love it ALL!!

Sorry for the long and scattered post. I just wanted to catch up. I will be back with Daysail progress. Thanks again to all of you!

1/20/2015

Building Houses, FMQ and Paper Piecing

One of my quilty friends sent me a charm pack last year of Sweetwater's Road 15, thanks again Moira! I instantly knew I wanted to make a wall mini house quilt. I love Sweetwater, they will always be my favorite designers I think!



I originally was going to use a tutorial from Moda Bake Shop but I wanted doors. I found a super easy tutorial on you tube. It uses only charms and 2.5" squares. These were so fast to cut and easy to sew. I will share more when it's completed.

I really didn't make any resolutions this year. I have been struggling more each week with my health. Finding answers has been a long road. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a couple weeks ago. My testing has shown a mutation that can indicate a more aggressive strain. I'm just in the beginning of all this, so there's many unknowns still. I don't think this is the whole of my problems but I'm hoping I am at least on a path now of getting back to better at some point soon! I decided this year I want to focus more on doing things I WANT to do in quilting. I love house quilts so that was first on my list. I also tried free motion quilting for the real first time! I think I did pretty good you guys!


I know I need lots of practice but I was pretty darn happy with my first go and I can totally do this someday!


I did enough that I know what speed will work good for my machine. I only had one issue and it was only in a couple places, what I think they call "eyelashes" on the back. I can't remember what causes that so I need to go back to my Craftsy class and look that up. Or I'm sure one of you have the answer :)

 Next I tried a very simple paper piecing. Twice. And I failed. I learned that you have to start with pretty big scraps until you get more experienced. I followed directions (what I thought to be) exactly and two of my pieces still ended up going the wrong direction. I will get it figured out because I love the beautiful quilts that can be made with this technique. Another one of my goals this year is to make harder quilts. Ones that may take twice as long but will be worth the effort!
I wanted to share something I found at Big Lots. They had these newsprint packs on clearance for 75 cents! I bought the last 3 they had hoping it would work through my printer and it did, perfectly! I had to trim them slightly to fit through my printer but they worked great for printing my paper piecing patterns. I may need a lot of them...


Anyhow, if you paper piece and have a Big Lots near, you may want to raid the clearance aisle!


1/06/2015

Christmas Quilt Finish

I love holiday quilts. I have never made one! I decided it was time.


I wanted something fun, simple and with traditional colors. I think this quilt fits those things. Sorry for the dark pictures. I forgot to get photos until it was almost dark. Our snow won't last long!


I see lots of Christmas quilts in this design and I love them :) I bought some 1/4 yard cuts from Fort Worth Fabric Studio of this cute line, Home For The Holidays, by Riley Blake Designs. I was determined to not use any solid white in this quilt. I use so much white that I'm getting bored with it. For the back I used the main print in white (there's that white again!) and added scraps to the left side.

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 I love how it turned out. I only have one disappointment. Half way through the piecing, I realized I had figured way wrong with my blocks. It ended up much smaller than I'd wanted. Only 47 x 60. I was going to put it in my store but decided it's big enough for the grand kids to enjoy next Christmas :)


I have other fabrics to make 3 more Christmas quilts. I plan to work on them throughout the year instead of waiting until the last minute. Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

12/31/2014

The Last Finished Top For 2014

When I woke up today, there was beautiful frost on our trees. Probably not exciting to many of you, but we don't get pretty things where I live too often!


I was hoping to have this quilt done, but a top is all I have for my last work of 2014. I had to take advantage of the snowy ice to at least grab some pictures. Below zero here with the windchill is very rare, so if the pictures all look the same to you, sorry!



And one more that shows the quilt a tiny bit better. I sort of forgot it was the quilt I was trying to photograph and not the trees!


I purchased my fabrics from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and I believe they are on sale right now!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! May it be full of health and happiness :)

Linking to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

12/19/2014

Dreamin' Daisies Finished

I have a finish! It was actually done a few days ago but I was so worried about my Christmas quilt I forgot to share it :)


 Awhile ago I bought a fat eighth bundle of Dreamin Vintage by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics from Pink Castle Fabrics. I saw Jeni had a cute little 2 sided pattern, Lazy Daisy, on her website. You can see them all at In Color Order. I realized I had a vintage sheet that was new in the package, that would match perfectly! If you are unfamiliar with Jeni's work, she loves vintage sheets also. So I knew the combo was meant to be! 


 It's simple patchwork squares and this pattern could be made with 2 charm packs and a solid as well.


I found a 9 yard bolt of Pellon white cotton batting online at WalMart pretty reasonable and this was my first time using it. I like it but I still like my big roll of Soft N Crafty better. However, I wanted white with this quilt.


The white is Bella solid white 97. I used the last of this and ordered more Bella white 98 (it is brighter white) from Thousands of Bolts. I found them to be the cheapest on Bella solids. They sent me a free spool of Mettler cotton thread. I used it on this quilt and discovered the 3,000 meter spools of Gutermann I buy from JoAnn's actually works better, in my opinion. I had a lot more lint in my machine from the Mettler than I do with the Gutermann. When on sale it's only 10.00, so you really can't beat that!


The binding is a print from the line and purchased at The Intrepid Thread.




I received 2 free quilt labels with my fabric purchase from Pink Castle, a nice surprise! So I used one on this quilt. I'm really loving handmade labels on quilts that I'm keeping or gifting. It just feels more personal. I literally picked the name as I wrote. Dreamin from the fabric line and Daisies from the pattern. Not very original I know, but that's ok :) I put a heavy stabilizer on the back this time but it didn't help my writing any. I know I need to get a bigger tip Micron pen. The .01 just doesn't feel heavy enough to write smoothly. If anyone uses this, which one do you use? I'm thinking the .03 or .05 may help with smoother writing.


The quilt finished at 57 x 70. I lost a few inches from the pattern, but that's nothing new for me...


I've started cutting a Christmas quilt. Yes, I know, a little late. Better late than never is my motto these days!

Linking up to: Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation