Life gets busy and before I knew it I hadn’t pieced anything in ages. My casual, part time job took front stage over my quilting time and add a few other commitments and life became way out of balance. Suddenly something happened that truly forced me to stop and catch my breath and to re-evaluate my priorities.
A little over a month ago I was invited to an amazing quilting retreat. Three days of uninterrupted sewing, all meals were were amazing and best of all spending the weekend with kind nurturing and supportive quilting friends helped to spark my joy in quilting all over again!
It’s not that I had lost interest it was just that life had taken over.
I started the weekend putting my kaleidoscope blocks together
I spent a few hours working on my scrappy 16 patches
And finally began working on my Fatquartershop designer mystery block of the month from 2012! It had been patiently waiting!
I had seven blocks completed when I got home and it didn’t take long before I had all 12 finished and moved on to the finishing kit!
My Mojo has returned! More to come!
Alva never fails to amaze me with her use of colour and the different patterns she finds and makes as in finishes too! I quilted this for her using the Pantograph Leaf Pile.
Lorraine is another prolific quilter, I love the colours that she used in this quilt. It was quilted using the pantograph Waterworld.
I’ve caught up on my blocks for the Fatquarter Shop Mystery BOM! I’m really enjoying this years blocks.
After my daughters outgrew their bunk beds, I used one of the bed boards to make my design wall, it’s covered with white flannel and has served me well. I like putting new projects up to look up at when I’m working on the longarm.
I love doing the Designer Mystery Block of the Months from the http://www.fatquartershop.com/ each month I receive a nice little package in the mail with more than enough fabric to complete the block and by the time I’ve completed the quilt there’s enough left over for some more fun!
After a busy day yesterday, it was time to break this out. This years quilt is using the Vintage Modern Collection by Bonnie & Camille.
I also had a lot of fun playing with some freehand quilting.
I fell in love with the Strawberry Fields Collection by Fig Tree as soon as I saw it. Then when I saw that the Fat Quarter Shop was using the collection for the 2011 Designers BOM I decided to give in and join in. Well the other day I noticed that I’d received 7 of the blocks and maybe it was time to get started.
There was a reason though that I hadn’t started. You see I don’t like the method for making the square in the square block that was used in the pattern. I have never had any luck getting my blocks perfect.
I know it doesn’t look too bad in the picture but it’s off when put under the ruler.
I recently tried and demonstrated a new to me ruler for a quilt group called the Square2 which I fell in love with
Deb Tucker’s Square2 I love this ruler! Deb has wonderful tutorials check out her tutorial for the Square Squared ruler
and here is the result, my first block is finished and it turned out perfectly.
Looking at the next block I see the Deb Tucker Trimmer will come in really handy!
I’ve been playing with this collection of charms (Home Town by Sweetwater for Moda)for awhile first working on this Schnibble (Sweet Spot) using a common background fabric. (Just in case you don’t know about Carrie of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co who designs these wonderful little patterns click on the Schnibble link and go have a visit!)
I really couldn’t believe myself but when I made the flying geese for this project..and I mean all the flying geese for the border, and I was laying them out on my design wall I realized that I’d made them wrong..where was my mind I ask??
here’s my excuse
sometimes Liam likes to hang out with Grandma in her studio..he is such a handsome distraction!
Thankfully I had more charms so I made the geese over again and correctly the second time and the wrong geese?
have become the star points in a slightly changed version of the Madeline Schnibble pattern. I like this little quilt so much that I’m thankful for that “little” mistake!
Another little Schnibble (Plan C) I’ve been working on. It’s been living on the design wall like this but today started changing it around
and right now it looks like this
I think I like the second version best but I’m still playing any suggestions or opinions?
and on to really important news
Its Graduation season and my Daughter Emma had graduated with her degree in Psychology and is continuing on working towards her Masters. Emily has always loved school and is an excellent student! I’m so proud of you Emily!!
Erik has 2 daughters graduating this year, his oldest is now an RN!! way to go Shilo and his second daughter Ashton graduated today with a diploma in Dental Hygiene but like Emily she is continuing her education and will be entering the Education Program University.
We attended Ashton’s grad this morning.
Its been extremely quiet here this last week, all of my girls have been away. Of course Sarah is always away now that she lives in Texas. Emily, Dave and Katie drove down for Jerry’s first birthday. I’m waiting for more birthday pictures…
This was one of Jerry’s first pictures as a cowboy
and a year later at his party!
Yesterday I finally re-quilted my original Summer Wind quilt. I really wish I’d taken some pictures of it to show why I decided to re-quilt it. I had used a panto that wasn’t as dense as I like and also used a wool batting, when it was washed it just did not like it. It is my summer quilt for my bed so I use it and I still love it so it was worth re doing. Thankfully I have a friend who offered to un-quilt it for me. I had been a bit concerned about the stitch holes from before but they have all but disappeared.
I used a Robyn Pandolph backing that I absolutely love and suits this quilt perfectly.
a little sneak peak of some quilting for the Circle of Friends Quilt Shoppe (opening soon)
more to come…
I made this quilt using a pattern called Summer Wind, I had originally made it with a different fabric collection and in a different season of my life. The first quilt was pieced in a 3 day marathon session, when I needed something to completely take my mind of some challenges that life was throwing my way. I had always intended to use the pattern again and when I found myself with a stash of Gypsy Rose from Fig Tree Quilts I knew I had my next Summer Wind Quilt.
When I first posted pictures of this quilt that I made for Erik’s Daughter Megan, the pattern designer Carrie Nelson commented that she thought its name should be Summer Gypsy, which I really liked and renamed the quilt.
One of the things I really love about this pattern is that you start in the centre and work your way out border after pieced border.
Megan has decorated her room about this quilt. She really has great taste in colours and has done an amazing job (I’ll see if she’ll let me share a peek)
I used a pantograph called here and there to quilt it. I think this design flows beautifully across the quilt and I personally think it looks like hearts which is another reason I chose it.
I’m adding this last picture to show you the quilt I made for Megan to go with her older bedroom, she chose the colours for that room herself too. It’s interesting how our tastes change over the years isn’t it.
This week seems to have flown by, I was able to accomplish a few things in my studio as well as some very welcome walks out in the sunshine.
I finally have all 30 blocks completed for Emily’s quilt. Now I have to decide on sashing. I would probably use a muslin if I’d had enough but I don’t and I can’t find a perfect match. So my next idea is to use one of the prints beside the blocks. I’ll lay it out next week and share some pictures and hopefully get some opinions.
I’ve been quilting a custom job on my longarm that is taking longer than I like, so for a little diversion I started another project using my Beach House Layer Cake.
I’m ready to piece these 25 blocks which will be part on my next Schnibble.
While trimming my half square triangles, I was thinking that some people might not be aware of the Quilt in a Day Ruler that I use. This is a tool that makes trimming these a breeze:
in this example I used two 5” charm squares right sides together, and drew a diagonal line.
I sew a very scant 1/4 inch seam on both sides of the line and then cut along drawn line.
Using the ruler, in this case I’m making 3 1/2” squares so I line up the stitched line with the 3 1/2” line and trim
Press open and trim the dog ears if you desire.
In my opinion this ruler is worth more than its weight in gold!! I hope that it helps you too.