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Friday, June 27, 2014

Layer Cake of April Showers for Finish it Up Friday

Friday!  What a day!  Today, it was a June Showers Downpour!  As my dear husband would say, "a frog strangler" kind of rainy day.  This finish is appropriate.  It is Bonnie and Camille April Showers fabric layer cake in the quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms' - Piece of Cake 3.  The quilting is done in an E2E Modern Diamond Curve pattern by Wasatch Quilting.  I can't wait to see this one washed, dried and all crinkled!

This is my second quilt made with this pattern.  If you want a quilt pattern that is pretty quick and easy, this is a good one.  The raindrop patterned fabric is one of my favorites from this line.

Linking up with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WIP - Pretty Potent Meets Side Braid

This quilt is coming along nicely!  It is Anna Maria Horner's latest line of fabrics called Pretty Potent. The pattern is Jeni Baker's Side Braid.  Since the quilt is 109" x 114", I changed up the pattern a bit.  It was difficult to get the entire top in one shot, but here goes.

I have yet to make the backing for this but do have the fabric.  Not sure how to quilt this one yet.  This one will be for our bed and I am looking forward to having it on there!

My other WIP is our guest bedroom.  I have it just about ready to go.  Some shams are made, one pillow completely done, one pillow needs a back, and two shams have yet to be made.  I will def post a pic when it is all complete.  Looking forward to having this one done, too!

Here are some pictures of the quilt:

Up close of the quilting.  Modern hour glass E2E.

The quilt with quilting.  It is the Vintage Quilt Revival sampler quilt made with Tula Pink's Acacia fabric line plus matching solids.

Machine stitching on the binding.  LOTS of pixel binding!

Linking up now with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Stash #18 Time to get More

This past week has been a good one for getting projects done.  Yay!  My stash is getting smaller as I use up a lot of it.  My Pretty Potent stash is almost gone.  Just a few scraps left.  My Acacia is gone and the scraps are going to go live at another home.

We all know what that means!  Time to get more stash!  No worries, I have a birthday coming up and you know what I have asked for.  Yes, I even sent links to my dear hubby.  You know, so there won't be any confusion...

I bought this fabric to make a dress for my Granddaughter who is not quite 2.  The pattern I will be using is this one by Made by Rae.  It doesn't look too difficult for this quilter.

After making the Out to Sea baby girl quilts, I am finding I really like Sarah Jane.  But no worries about me getting too carried away, at least not yet.

The other piece of fabric I added to my stash was this one by Anna Maria Horner.  It is from her Hand Drawn Garden line.

I got it for a very good price and thought it would make a nice quilt back. I LOVE it!  It is all I can do to resist buying a 1/2 bundle from Westwood Acres Fabric.  

And more added to my stash of Saltwater by Tula Pink.  These babies will actually become a nursing cover for a special soon to be Mom.  Our CCMQG is having a baby shower for her in July.

So that is it for now!  Next Saturday, is the Sewing Expo in Raleigh.  I am certain I will find LOTS to bring home from that trip!  (I have become my Mother.  I have.)

Linking up now with this week's host Handmade by Mary Emmens.  Come on, what's in your stash?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Three 2nd Quarter Finishes - Finally!

Yes, I finally finished up my Craftsy 2013 BOM quilt.  It is done!  Whooooohoooo!  It only took me a year and a half to get this one done, but it is done!  Two months of that were because I couldn't decide how to quilt it.  I bit the bullet and practiced my longarm free motion skills on this quilt.  It was perfect for doing just that.  It is impossible to get better without practicing, for me anyway.

I took this picture yesterday with the help of my dear husband and doggies as the sun was just beginning to set.   The orange that you see shining through is the backing.  I used a brand of batting I don't usually use anymore and am regretting that decision.  My favorite batting is Quilter's Dream.

A couple of close ups of the quilting.  Yes, I did a lot of quilting!  It has been washed and dried to a nice crinkle.  It has already been cat tested and approved.

My next 2nd Quarter finish is my Hop Skip and Jump BOM quilt.  The fabrics I went with are Bonnie and Camille Happy Go Lucky.  I had to get this one done as the Spinning in the Rain BOM with Sew Lux Fabric has started.

This picture just does not do this quilt justice!  All washed and dried as well as cat approved.  In the interest of time, both quilts had the binding machine stitched on. 

The third quilt is number two of two baby girl quilts.  Mom of the baby girl is a US Marine and Dad loves to sail.  So what better fabrics than these?

The binding still needs to be hand sewn down - no machine stitching for this one.  I LOVE the nautical quilting designs!  (Thanks Jessica for sending me here Designs by Deb.)

Here is a close up of the lighthouse and captain's wheel quilting.

And finally, a picture of the back of the quilt.  This back is pieced because I used every last bit of fabric to make it!

Linking up now with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Up Friday.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Full Moon Finished Friday

Having a full moon on Friday the 13th is pretty rare!  The next one won't be until 2049.  Lately, I feel like finishes are getting a little on the rare side around here.  I have several quilts that need to be quilted, several in various stages of being pieced, pillow tops that need backs sewn together, and so on.  Sound familiar?

But I DO have a finish!  It is a small one - as in mini quilt.  I used a charm square pack of Tula Pink's Nest, some solids and a white background.

I used the coordinating Tula Pink Aurifil Thread to quilt it in a grid.  I used my regular sewing machine and walking foot.  It is about 24" x 24".  The pattern is my own.  I am calling the block pattern Star Shine.  I made the HST's out of the trimmings.

And I completely spaced taking a picture of it with the binding hand stitched down before I gave it away to Jessica.  She said she didn't have a mini!  Whaaaaa?!?  Every quilter needs a mini!

I finished Block #1 of the Sew Lux Fabric Spinning in the Rain BOM.

That's it for this Friday.  Linking up now with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday #17 Heather Bailey

I am a big Heather Bailey fan.  I have a lot of her fabrics from different lines in my stash.  Sew Lux Fabrics received some FQ bundles of her latest release, Up Parasol last week.  You know I got some happy mail!  Yay! Here are some pics:

I love the colors!  The bird prints are fabulous!  I love the flower prints, too.  

Some more happy mail brought me these:

 Nest fabric by Tula Pink.


Some Freshcut by Heather Bailey!

Tomorrow, a sale at the Heather Bailey store starts with her classics being marked down anywhere from 15-40%.  Oh, you know this girl will be doing some shopping!

Linking up now with Quilts from the Attic.  What's in your stash?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Stash #16

I have some Melody Miller and some Rashida Coleman-Hale for this week's stash!

This stash is something I already have waiting to be made into a super tote this week, okay month, OKAY, year!  (Maybe.)

The fabric is Ruby Star by Melody Miller along with some Essex linen by Robert Kaufman.

These fabrics are organic Koi by Rashida Coleman-Hale. The 2nd one on the left and the charcoal one with pluses are both a canvas.  The other prints will make great lining, inside pockets for totes, zipper pouch.  Some day.

The fabric on the left is also organic Koi.  The one on the right has no information on the selvadge. I found it at the fabric store that was selling fabrics for an estate.  Both are canvas and are waiting to be made into either a boxy bag or pouch.

Linking up now with Molli ... The Sparkling Quiltese