Monday, May 22, 2017

Mini May!

Earlier this year, a new quilty friend on Instagram was sweet enough to randomly send me an awesome package, all the way from Germany! It included, among other goodies, a very special Montana Star/Sarah's Choice mini quilt! Who knew there was such a block, wrapped up in those 2 perfect, for me, names!!! You are awesome, Jana @janaguckt!
When it came to making a mini for her, a German/Jana block did not come immediately to mind!
Naturally, what did come to mind was Half Square Triangles, that's right, HSTs! I had hoped to make a mini from a longtime Flickr fave, but it was not to be. However I am quite pleased with the final arrangement!

I also threw in a little Cathedral Windows pincushion, for good measure! I know she likes pink!
That was just the beginning of Mini May!
This darling Charlie Harper cardinal flew along on the outside of the package!
Well, he became the immediate centerpiece of a mini monument to his adorableness!!!
And then, just last week, I was getting ready to send a bird house/barn to an old high school classmate in Virginia. I thought the package incomplete without a little quilted something, right?
Sew, this happened! It started out as a coaster, but grew a bit. (I may find myself making a whole Alison Glass quilt out of this block!!!!) 
I think I really just wanted a photo of the shining clouds this morning!
The back :) You probably can't tell, but this fabric is the pearliest of pinks!
Meanwhile, progress continues on  the Sewcial Bee Sampler, with blocks 14, 15 and 16! I modified block 15, which was supposed to be Broken Dishes, and substituted the top block for it. I also remade block 1, on the bottom. This is a fun sew along hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell, both designers for Art Gallery Fabrics.
My husband and I also made 3 more "Bird Barns", as I have taken to calling them!
the middle one is going to Virginia!

I just LOVE all our new tenants! All Tree Swallows, such handsome little birds!

I got out the scissors and glue again! You can find the inspiration and beginnings of my "Kitchen Basics for Quilters" collection here, here and here!
That about wraps up my meanderings for May, sew far!!!
linking up with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Monday!
See ya there! 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


It all started with this humorous FaceBook post by my husband's cousin, Nan, who wrote: "Please settle a debate. Chris wants to keep this shirt. I say Garth Brooks called and wants his shirt back! Keep or purge?"
Naturally, I offered to cut it up and make him something...if that would help! The shirt arrived right before our cross country move in March. As it turned out, Chris liked the idea of a cushion for his camper!  I finally came up with a plan for it last week!
The Garth shirt, in all it's stripey glory!
I looked up images of quilts with stripes to see how clever folks had used stripes, and settled on something fun with Flying Geese. Let the cutting begin!
There wasn't much left for trimmings because I used the "wrong side" of the fabric for the solid.
I cut carefully, since my supply was limited. I made the geese one at a time, so all the stripes orient the same direction.
And, yes, I did get my "free" HSTs out of the deal! Which of course meant a bonus pillow!
The back sides were as pretty as the fronts!
Here is how the first pillow came out, after much layout play!
I really was "seeing stripes" after playing around with all these Flying Geese and HSTs.
It was a challenge for me to make any sense of them whatsoever, even after what I thought was careful cutting. But the irregular pieces from the shirt itself limited how "matchy" I could get with the cuts. I did what I could, and let it go at that...heck, they are for a camper, I told myself, not the centerpiece of the living room! Ha!
 There was not enough of the shirt to back the smaller pillow. The fabric is heavier and I didn't want to use quilting cottons for it, and was lucky enough to find this crazy heavyweight that my BIL had given me some time ago! The colors were close enough to warrant the use of it!
 The quilting on the HST pillow simply follows the seam lines...a favorite of mine, tried and true!
Straight lines on the Flying Geese seemed appropriate to me! 
The pair of Garth Camper Cushions have made their way back to Chris, who, I hear, highly approves!

I thought this project was a fun way to "get rid of the shirt, and keep it too"!
The larger cushion finished at 18", the smaller at 14" or so.
Thanks for stopping by for a look! Your visits and comments are always welcome and appreciated!

linking up with Lorna Let's Bee Social!

Friday, April 21, 2017

First Finish Q2!

First finish, but actually the last item on my Finish Along Q2 list!

I made a 2-sided cushion with the 2 large hearts from the Rainbow Heart Trio by Twiggy and Opal!
I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Jayne back at the end of the year (2016).
As I did with the small heart, I added the simplest of embroidery bits to one side of the pillow.
***Word to the wise: remember to embellish before stitching sides together and stuffing the pillow!!!
(I "unstuffed", but did not "unstitch"...all embroidery done through "the hole", lol!) 
I may have "lost" the larger heart by turning these into a pillow, but I like how the edges match up all around....
...and I think it is a darling little pillow!
Whether you choose to make these all into wall hangings or make multiple blocks for a sweet quilt, or simply turn them into a pillow, like this one, the Rainbow Heart Trio pattern provides a lot of fabric play all packed into one pattern! I highly recommend*!

Joining the fun, a day or two late, but better than never at Let's Bee Social over on Sew Fresh Quilts!
And right on time for Finish It up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts!
See you there!

*unsolicited opinion, strictly my own ;)

Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 Finish Along Goals: Q2

I do love the quarterly prospects of fresh finishes that the Finish Along promotes!
Have you participated in the Finish Along? It is a super way to assess your own goals and progress with the added fun and incentive of prizes at the end of each quarter!
I highly recommend!
Just Jude Designs

I had but 2 finishes for Q1, so I hope to make a bit better showing this quarter!
A growing stack of finished tops awaits....but they won't all make the list this time around.
I took a couple fresh photos to maybe up the momentum on a couple that really need to be finished!
1. Seeing Stars
This will likely go to my youngest sister. I have the backing fabric: Tula's Free Fall in orange and gray. It will be great to check this one off, forever!!!

2. Ben's Quilt
I finished his brother's quilt last quarter, so it stands to reason and impartiality, that I really should finish this one this quarter, right? I have the backing fabric for this one also!

3. "Kiss Me in Santa Fe"
A wedding gift for my niece and her husband, who were married April 1st!
They were engaged in Santa Fe, and she expressed a desire for a Southwestern style quilt when I asked her what she might like in a quilt. This original design has been waiting patiently in my notebook for several months. It is a thrill to see all my math working out, and the colors come together!
Do you like? Does it say 'Southwest" to you?

The last 3 on my list I am just throwing in there for good measure...
4. Rainbow Plus
Still in pieces....

5. "On Target"? "Sighted In"?"Prairie Prickle"...
Suffice it to say that this original design has no name! Suggestions welcome!
Made with "Front Yard" fabric, a bundle I won during Fall Quilt Market, courtesy Michael Miller Fabrics!

6. Rainbow Heart Trio
Two of my Trio remain to be finished. I am thinking of making a 2-sided cushion from the larger 2 hearts. For myself! The small heart was one of my finishes last quarter.
Rainbow Heart Trio is a pattern by our friend and quilting compadre, Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

So there we have it!
Ready and Rarin' for Q2!

To the tireless hosts and generous sponsors of this ongoing yearly event:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Some February Fun!

First of all, I finished up a project I am super excited about!
It is my first submission to a magazine! McCall's Quick Quilts
Check back in June, when I will be able to share this one in full!

Secondly, I assembled my Meadow Mist Designs Mystery Quilt top!
I am loving the versions with extra borders, and I think I will add a couple to mine as well!
During Fall Quilt Market, I was lucky to win this bundle of Front Yard fabric by Sandra Clemons, for Michael Miller.
So many really sweet hues and designs! I made my Get Cozy mini with them...
but wanted to use them in a bigger way, on a design that has been in my notebook awhile now.
So with the finish of the "magazine quilt", I jumped right on this! I had cut the pieces out in January, and didn't want to forget how they all went together by waiting too long! And it is on my FAL list, number 5, I think!

Lastly, I have joined in on the Sewcial Bee Sampler, co-hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell!

I have a small bundle of Jeni Baker's Curiosities, plus a few others that I think are appropriate for this sampler! Jeni's HST BOM, back in 2012, was the first group sewing I ever did, and laid the foundation for the love of HSTs that I obviously still have! It is also remains a fave quilt in my family!

 Sew, that is what I have been up to of late!
Joining the fun over at Lorna's Let's Bee Social!
See you there!