Friday, October 24, 2014

Why not, right?


There is something called the Blogger's Quilt Festival going on over at Amy's Creative Side.  Bloggers can enter quilts they have made into this festival.  Readers can select their favorites in different categories beginning Nov 1st.  I thought I might throw my hat in the mix for fun.  I'm entering this quilt in the small quilts category.  Why not, right?

I call this quilt Drip Drop.  I paper pieced the crossed canoe blocks and rearranged them for a more modern feel.  (The traditional placement is supposed to go something a little more like this .)  It took a long time for me to find this arrangement, but I love it.  Here's a taste of my craziness:

I used a selection of pastel solids I bought in a box from Michael Miller and the backing is an awesome sale fabric I managed to stumble upon.  I started with the cool bird backing and pulled the solids to match.

It's quilted in straight lines with a variegated pastel thread.  This also just so happens to be the first quilt I quilted with my new heavy-duty sewing machine.  Trying to sew through those fat points of the quilt top was way too much for my old machine.  Let me tell you, it was fun plowing right through them with my new machine!  I was actually happily laughing out loud while doing it.  I'm pretty sure my husband thought I had lost it.

The quilt is approximately 41x33.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day...


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


This one is tricky because it's sort of a top secret quilt.  I'm hoping for some advice though!

I can't decide what kind of fabric to use for the binding!

(I'm also not sure how I'm going to quilt it, other than minimally.  I'm considering doing a quilting/tying combo, but I digress.)

There are the pictures.  For the quilt top, I've used some pale 30s type prints (pinks, orange, yellow, blues, purple) and white for the lattice part.  For the backing I have this dark blue fabric.

So what do you think?!  I want a binding that won't draw attention to itself.
Should I add to the mix a solid?  Some shade of blue perhaps? Some other color?
Should I string together some of the quilt top's 30s prints for a scrappy binding?
Maybe I should pick one top fabrics and bind the whole thing in that.
Something else?

I was excited about the backing fabric, but now I'm afraid to admit that maybe I just have too much going on and should abandon it.  Go with a plain solid backing instead?  That might make a binding choice easier?

      ...what are your thoughts?



On an unrelated note, these fabrics might just be next on the docket.  Not exactly sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but I'm thinking it might just have to be wavy.

Have a great day...


linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, October 17, 2014

(chain chain chain) chain of hearts

Happy Friday! 
I have finished this sweet quilt for my new niece.  I'm so very excited to ship it off to her!  As I was expecting, it crinkled up wonderfully.  It's an Irish Chain pattern, which is like a checkerboard in a checkerboard.  I chose to do mine with hearts, which I paper-pieced.  Here are the pictures! 

I chose the shades of the solids to match the backing fabric, which I find charming and darling.  I'm on the defensive about it though because not everyone in my house is crazy about the strawberry print.  It was also on good sale which makes me wonder.... but I like it a lot and I think it looks great! 

I'll be linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Also, today is my lucky day!  Can you believe I was the lucky winner of a giveaway from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts?   Woo hoo!  Thank yous to Rita and Stash Fabrics

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I have a new niece!  Originally, I planned to give the baby my drip drop quilt (at the bottom of this post), but now that I know it's a girl I have decided that the drip drop quilt isn't as gender-neutral as I thought!  So I set to work on another idea with fabrics that have been simmering on the back burner for a little while.

I'm calling this one my (chain, chain, chain) chain of hearts baby quilt.  (The Irish chain has inspired me to sing a little bit of Aretha while piecing.)  I paper pieced the hearts in colors that match the darling backing fabric.  I'm hoping to finish it up by Friday, but that might be a bit ambitious.  Have a great day!  Thanks for checking out my blog...

linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Quilty Little Secrets

Amy, who blogs at 13 spools, has invited others to share their 10 quilty little secrets.  I don't have 10, but I thought it would be fun--especially since I just started blogging--to share some personal thoughts...  

1.  I don't have a quilt on my own bed!  (the down comforter predates my hobby.)

2.  I like designing my own quilts and just going for it.  I'm surprised there is a big market for pre-made quilt patterns, but to each their own.

3.  Learning the hard way is fine by me.  I do things the way that make sense for me.  I consult youtube when I meet obstacles.
4.  Mini quilts aren't for me.  I guess they make great wall art.

5.  Blogging creeps me out a little bit.  That I-know-you but I've-never-met-you thing just feels weird to me.  (I'm not on facebook either.)  But it's so fun to see what other people are doing!  I'm very inspired by others.

edited#6.  After what I took as a somewhat condescending comment from a reader (further cementing my #5 feelings) I decided I needed to reword my number six:   When meeting new people, it feels a little odd disclosing to them that I am a quilter.  I know only about two people in real life who even use a sewing machine.  I don't think everyone knows how cool, fresh, and modern quilting can be.

7.  So far, I think my mom is the only one following my blog!  (Hi mom!)

Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by...

Rainbow Churn Dash Quilt

Two quilts finished within one week!  This quilt top was one of a handful that built up as I was procrastinating the purchase of my new sewing machine.  (It was scary to bite the bullet, but I'm loving my Juki!)

I decided on a white binding here, which felt weird for some reason but I like the finished look.

For the backing I found the rainbow leaves fabric and did some piecing.  I'm thinking the green solid was a bit bold, perhaps a white would have been better, but it's fun.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day....

linking this post to finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Work in Progress--Rainbow Churn Dash

I am working on finishing up this churn dash quilt top that I made a while back.  I thought I was going to love it, but I'm feeling mostly just ok about it.  Time to finish it up!  I'm working some kind of wide-swath piecing for the back to make the quilt more special somehow.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day...


I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for her WIP Wednesday.