Monday, June 29, 2015

Cascadia Finished

I spent about a month this spring dealing with an infected toe. I was disappointed not to be out in the garden and took the opportunity to hand quilt Cascadia, a Humble Quilts Quiltalong.

I started another baby quilt for my grand niece, Piper, in Minnesota. I decided to make two of them when the strips I cut lent it self to making two blocks. I was inspired by Quilting with the Past and Oh, Oh, Quilts!.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dawn of Collector with a Needle and Doreen of Aunt Reen's Place a couple of weeks ago. Doreen taught one of Dawn's patterns and invited Dawn to speak in Warrenton, Virginia. It was a treat to meet these talented ladies. Click on the links to read about it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Quilters Unlimited 42nd Annual Quilt Show

It's been a while! Weather has been beautiful and beckoning me into the garden. I have been doing some hand quilting and in everything I do I'm trying to be more mindful. That concept seems to be everywhere nowadays, even at a quilt guild meeting. Back in April - that seems so long ago - I went to a Quilters Unlimited meeting in McLean to hear Mark Lipinski talk about his Slow Stitching movement. If you've ever heard Mark speak before you will understand that I was quite intrigued. He is very high energy. I thoroughly enjoyed his lecture. It was a good reminder to enjoy the process of quilting. He was lamenting the fact that the quilt world has been moving more to the quick and easy style quilting and loosing the peacefulness of the process and creating something of value. Probably something we are tending toward in all aspects of our lives. There was much more to his lecture so if you ever get a chance to go I'm confident you will find it very entertaining.

This past weekend I attended the Quilters Unlimited show in Chantilly Virginia with my friend Lesa. It was good to catch up with her and to see people I hadn't seen in a while. Here are a few of my favorite quilts. Feel free to Pin and don't forget to give credit to the quilters and the show.

My new church has a monthly gathering of women who make these cute little church mice as a fundraiser. We have such fun!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tumbling Blocks for Layla

So happy this one is finished. I mailed it off to baby Layla in California last week.

Before I started stitching the tumbling blocks I came across four basket blocks I'd made a couple years ago and got the itch to make more. I always get distracted like that!

I took this photo to help decide which way I want to use this fabric for the sashing. Horizontal or vertical waves. I still haven't decided. Do you have a preference?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Oh, Barbara, you tempt us so...

I need another project like I need a hole in my head. So...

I rationalized it by thinking I can add them to my growing collection of blocks for a random sampler quilt. I was also tempted by all of you out there who have been sharing your sawtooth stars. So inspirational. 

Making the stars was also a reward for finishing this tumbling blocks quilt top. You may recall I'm making this for my nephew's baby, Layla. The piecing was quite a challenge for me. I waited until the end to press the seams which I now think was a mistake. The seams are going every which way. If I ever do this pattern again, I will put some thought into the pressing and do it as I go. Thanks, Dawn, for the tip.

I will machine quilt it, probably a meander pattern. Above is the backing fabric and machine quilting thread. The nursery is navy, fuchsia and white with gold accents. I didn't know this when I started cutting diamonds and now I'm sure I have enough diamonds for a full size quilt...

This basket is going on the shelf and I expect it will be there a long time ; c )

I needed a leader/ender project while stitching the tumbling blocks together. I was starting and stopping with each little seam when sewing the rows together. So I pulled out this project.

Bonnie Hunter's Crabapple Pattern
I now have all the crabapple sections completed.

And I pulled these fabrics from my stash for the cornerstones, sashing, setting triangles, binding and most likely the backing, too.

We had a cold and snowy February and March has started the same way.

We have named our little farm Glenalmus and I started another blog to journal our life here. Yeah, I know. I often just post photos there with little text so it doesn't take too much time. Yeah, I know. 
; c )
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dutch Fabrics

Look what came in the mail today! My daughter sent me these Dutch fabrics. Early one morning I got an email with a photo saying - hey mom, we passed this quilt shop in Amsterdam. Do you want me to get you anything?
Do I!?!
I sent her links to my favorite Dutch blogs (see my sidebar) so she could get an idea of what I like and said just make sure it isn't something I can't get in the U.S. Maybe they are available in the U.S. but not in rural Virginia.

I'm so pleased and will ask her a million questions about the shop when she gets home next month.

It looks like a half meter of the red and a fat quarter of the others. A quick search online shows that at least some of it is Josephine by Petra Prins.

I've never had a tree of life panel. So excited to dream about what this fabric will become.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Heart

I took a break from my current project to have a cup of tea and look at an old quilt book. I found this heart quilt that I thought was very apropos for today. The above is actually a canvas floor cloth though I think I like the layout better than the quilt below.

An old favorite published in 1985. Lots of beautiful antique quilts and 80's style.

I was taking a break from this. This is a real challenge for me - all these Y seams. I'm trying to be very patient with it. It's slow going. I can see how it would be just as quick to hand piece it if one was an accomplished hand piecer (which I am not). Will be back soon with a post about how I finally settled on these fabrics. You wouldn't believe how many diamonds I cut out to get here. I'm sure I have enough left over for at least a twin size quilt.

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope it includes some creative time for you!