Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Changes...

Maybe you've noticed that my sewing/quilting/blogging have slowed down a bit in the past few weeks. Yup! They have! I've been a tiny bit preoccupied because my husband and I have decided to make a major change in our lives. He is retiring from work {I'll never retire from quilting!} and we are moving south. We've lived in the St Louis, Missouri area for the past 30 years. A big stretch for a couple of New Yorkers - but it's been a wonderful place to live and raise our children.

Now that those children are grown and have left town, and without a job to hold us here, we've decided to embrace a new adventure. A warmer climate and a new culture of "things to do". This Summer we'll be moving to Greenville, South Carolina. Why Greenville? We did lots of research online looking for a nice place to relocate and kept coming back to Greenville. It's a small city with a beautiful reimagined downtown, and when we visited a couple of months ago, we fell in love. There's a great article about the "hippest little city in South Carolina" here.

We've got a house going up and are super excited! And you know what I'm most thankful for? That I'm a quilter and I'll meet other quilters and quilters are super nice.

So yesterday instead of sewing, I did some "dequiltifying" in my sewing room to make it a bit more appealing to potential buyers. I love my room and thought I should take a few pictures before removing the design wall, mini quits and lots of special, personal items.



My pile of minis going into storage...



My "to-do" list will come back out in the new space...


The exciting thing is that the new house will have a nice big sewing room. So the future is looking super bright!

In the mean time, I'm trying to work on some smaller projects. Just for fun, I joined my first online swap/bee. It's called #iheartbandc {for Bonnie and Camille} and I found it on Instagram. We're making one swap package for one member of the group. I've started that and it will be ready to go next month...


We're also making a 12" block for two members of the bee each month and will have 16 blocks when we're finished.


I'm sure I'll see you here intermittently over the next few months and Greenville Modern Quilt Guild - can't wait to meet you!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Back to a bit of sewing...

I've been a bit absent from here, which means I've been a bit absent from the sewing room. A couple of fun trips and lots going on here!

But I did manage to finish up a binding between trips and have been able to squeeze in a little bit of sewing this week!

Quilting is done on this one and am I happy about that! The zig zag quilting was the perfect choice, but it is a slow and tedious way to quilt. Jeez...


My straight lines are far from perfect and I did learn a little lesson on this one. The slower you go, the straighter the lines. 


I made 3 big blocks to stretch out a piece that I wanted to use for the backing. I think they turned out pretty cool!


And this gray fabric with the arrows turned out to be a great binding choice!


While I was taking photos, I had to stop and smell the roses  Korean Spice Viburnum. This lovely shrub has the most beautiful scent that fills the whole yard. How I wish it would last all Summer!




Ahhh... Spring - there's nothing like it!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What I did on my retreat!

I was on my semi-annual retreat last week! It was fabulous! The weather turned more Spring-like and addition to the food and fun, there was lots of sewing!

I started this quilt. The pattern is from Fat Quarter Style. I modified the blocks a bit (big surprise!) to make them square and plan on setting them together like this.


I also finished the top of my "Scattered Blossoms Quilt" from the book Playful Petals. Ten of the blocks were made by some Bee friends, so I just had a few more to make.


Also on my retreat agenda was this tote bag. It's the small Art Student Tote by Anna Maria Horner. It was a breeze to make! All her patterns are so well written. I'd really like to make the bigger version now.


Three of my retreat-mates finished  (or almost finished) a Garden lattice quilt from my book, Simply Modern Christmas. I never tire of seeing this pattern done in different fabrics.

And this week I've started to machine quilt "Fletching", "Broken Arrows", "Jarts" quilt. You girls came up with such great names - now I can't decide which I like best :)

It's a lot of turning with the Zigzag lines, but totally worth it. The perfect quilting design for this one!


Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cracker Quilt

Sweet and simple today! I have a finished quilt to share! 




I started with a fabric line called "Wildwood" by Elizabeth Olwen. I added some fabrics from her earlier line, along with some coordinating fabrics from the stash. It's backed with one of her designs for JoAnn's.


The block is an old traditional one called "Cracker". You can find a free tutorial at Simple Girl, Simple Life.


The quilt is finished with simple straight line quilting in a grid.


I just love how it turned out!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Goings on in the Sewing Room

Sorry - it's been over a week since I dropped in here! But it doesn't mean I haven't been busy stitching away!

I went to Quiltcon last week! It was my first and so inspiring! I took a class on Friday with Elizabeth Hartman and made 3 blocks from her newest book Patchwork City. Most of you know that I've been quilting for a long time, but I love this art because it seems there's always something to learn or a new perspective on this old craft. She talked a lot about fabric selection and showed her awesome method of using freezer paper templates. And to keep my pledge of not having any UFO's, I came home and finished the blocks into a mini quilt. I definitely want to think about some new fabric choices to make one of the larger quilts from the book!


Just before I left, I started cutting out a Glam Clam quilt using mostly Cotton+Steel. It's been on my list for this year and a couple of Instagrammers got me all fired up. It's a lot of curves and I sewed a few together before cutting out the whole quilt just to be sure I was ready for it. It really goes together easily. I'm doing the 8" size and the pattern is free on Craftsy.



I've got a backing ready for my latest quilt. I made 3 giant blocks (they're 19 1/2" x 18") to stretch out a piece of yardage that I wanted to use on the back. Hope to start quilting this week. And thank you for all the name ideas! You guys are so much better than me at coming up with names! I'm leaning toward "Fletching". It always has looked like a part of an arrow to me and I had to look up the term, but I think it may be perfect!


And finally, I've been getting prepared for a retreat next week. As always, I'm looking forward to it and hoping for a touch of Spring in the air! The blocks are from Fat Quarter Style and the fabric is Joel Dewberry's newest line Flora.


And that's what I've been up to! How about you?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A new design!

A while back I saw this image and pinned it. I thought it could make a really great quilt block design.

It's been rolling around in my head ever since, contemplating colors/fabrics and I knew at some point I had to give it a try. There's a bit of fear working without a pattern - no picture to refer to and no way to know what the final outcome will be. But I went for it in a combination of navy, gray, aqua and mint. And here's the result...


The block is really so simple, but makes a nice graphic impact.




I think you could really play around with different settings and configurations for the block.


You'll find a similar pattern here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Juggle

I've become a big fan of fabric design by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. So when "Winged" came out, I went for the Fat Quarter bundle. I wanted to make something simple. Something that showcased each of the beautiful pieces in the line.


I ended up choosing a Thimbleblossoms pattern (I know - another one!) called Juggle. The nice size hexagons seemed perfect for this fabric.


As always, I added a few stash fabrics, but not too many this time...


The quilting is done with Stitch #4 on my Bernina - the Serpentine. I did adjust the length and width a bit to get the look I wanted. I had forgotten how quickly this quilting design goes!


The backing is a pretty floral from "Winged" and the binding is Art Gallery Squared Elements, which I seem to be using again and again for binding.


It was time to switch out some rolled up quilts in my basket, so here is it's home for now - that is until someone needs a pretty quilt for a nap...