Monday, August 24, 2015

Home

I'm writing from beautiful Greenville, South Carolina. I'm officially home - not without a major inconvenience, but it certainly feels good to call this place home.

After weeks of packing up a house and a life, we headed east from St Louis to South Carolina. I couldn't miss the chance to stop in Nashville and visit Anna Maria Horner's Craft South. An inspiring store - no surprise. The drive through the Smokey Mountains was gorgeous and after 13 hours on the road we finally made it to our new home. But our stuff had other plans and unexpectedly didn't leave St Louis for another 3 weeks. I could sleep on an air mattress and sit in a folding chair and cook in a microwave, but I sure did miss my fabric.

After a whirlwind of unpacking things are falling into place, and I'm happy to say that it feels like home.


The sun rises right outside my back porch...


For the first time ever I have a fence to hold up a quilt...


The sewing machine is ready to hum...


And there's new fabric in the house...


My quilts are out of their boxes enjoying a bit of breathing space...  


Yup, it's starting to feel like home...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Playground Quilt

As many of you know, we are in the process of making a big move. With a few glitches along the way, things are coming together and we will be heading south at the end of this month! All that's involved has cut into my sewing time a bit, but I have managed to sit down at the machine here and there since my last post. Sewing has been a nice distraction, although I've limited myself to some fun, easy projects.

I recently finished this quilt... The pattern is from Camille Roskelly's book "Simply Retro", called Playground.


I started with a nice bundle of "Hello Bear" by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery. The dotted background in this collection is awesome and I quickly had to order more as I'd love to use it again.


The backing is one of my favorite prints from the collection and the binding is a navy with all kinds of different textures in it. A good print to stash!


I went with straight line quilting, mainly because I was looking for an easy finish. But, honestly, I am a huge fan of straight line quilting. It gives wonderful texture, without distracting from the patchwork in the quilt.


With the fabric and the simple design, this quilt feels very earthy and organic to me. Maybe the perfect throw for my family room in South Carolina?


I've been sorting through my fabric {actually hope to have a destash sale on IG next week!} and decided to start piecing a nice scrappy quilt. I've had this pattern on my to-do list for years. It's from "Sunday Morning Quilts" and was a great mindless project to sew. It's not my usual style, but I really love it. I started with Maureen Cracknell's line "Wild and Free", then added lots of coordinating stash fabric.


And finally my "Fireworks" quilt. The blocks are cut out, and I'm finding this a great project to work on when I have an hour or so to make a block...



The next 3 weeks will involve lots of packing! Luckily my STLMQG friend, Paula, helped me fold and pack all the quilts. I'm not going to admit how many boxes there are :)

I'm signing off the blog for the rest of July. I'll be back in August, blogging from South Carolina and hopefully back to sewing! Have a great month!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sparklettes

I have a finished quilt to show today!! It seemed to take forever to quilt. Granted, there is quite a bit of negative space and I chose a fairly dense background quilting fill. So I'm super happy to have it done and couldn't be more pleased.


The pattern is "Sparklettes", from the book Fat Quarter Style. It's found on the cover, but you may notice that I changed the setting up a bit. I added background strips to the sides of the blocks to square them up and alternated the direction of the elongated star.


My original plan was to make the quilt just like the one in the book, but after I changed my mind I found that I didn't have quite enough backing fabric. Adding a pieced strip stretched it out to fit.


And that's what I've been up to!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Little bits of sewing

We are in the throes of buying and selling, so sadly my sewing has taken a back seat. (As my blogging also has) But I've managed to get to the machine here and there. And although I've sewn a bit, my real camera has been sitting in the drawer.

So excuse the phone pics, but I know not all of you are on Instagram. Here's a bit of what I've been up to:
"Playground" from Simply Retro in mostly "Hello Bear" by Bonnie Christine...


The start of "Fireworks" (one block) in Gooseberry, a soon to be released Moda line...


I received this awesome wall quilt from my #iheartbandc swap buddy...


"Vintage Tulips", a stash quilt...


And my June swap blocks...


It's amazing how a little bit of sewing can help with a stressful time. So thankful that I love to sew!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Glamclam Quilt!!!

I had to include those exclamation points in the title of this post. I'm so thrilled with this quilt! I love the modern vibe of this traditional design. I love all the awesome, colorful Cotton + Steel fabrics. I love the backing, which is a Cotton + Steel lawn. I love the quilting and the texture it created on the quilt. And I love the feel - so soft and cuddly.

Yes, I think I like this one...


The Glamclam is an amazing free pattern by Latifah Saafir and available on Craftsy. I used the 8" size.


You may remember I did my super easy, mindless organic quilting in vertical rows...


For the backing I chose a Cotton + Steel lawn that had this great border on one edge. It created a cool stripe on the back and I'll definitely be using lawn or voile again for a backing. A little more expensive, but the drape and feel of the quilt is amazing!




I was a little reluctant to try this one because of all the curves, but it really was very easy. The big curves are gentle and the pattern templates are so perfect, even providing notches for matching up the curve. If you've been on the fence with this one, I say give it a go!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Swap Buddy gifts...

I think I mentioned that I've joined a Bonnie and Camille swap on Instagram. We're making 2 blocks a month for 2 different members and we've each been assigned to make a special gift for a secret Swap Buddy.

Here are my May blocks - very simple, but one of my favorite blocks - Maple Star.



May was my month to spoil my buddy, so I made her a mini of my Bursting Star quilt. It uses 1 1/2" strips. It took a couple of practice pieces to get the fabric placement I wanted. You may notice it's a bit scrappier than the original.


Along with some goodies of the chocolate kind and some of my favorite pen and paper supplies, I made my favorite pin cushion. I think these are so cute and you can store different types of needles in each "bubble". The dish is a painter's palette, found on amazon or art/craft supply stores.


I think she liked everything and it was such fun to make some secret gifts and a new friend!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Quilting Podcast

Just a reminder that I'll be chatting with Pat Sloan today! You can listen live at 4pm Eastern at All People Quilt or find it later in the iTunes store!