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!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Late Merry Christmas

I had every intention of posting before Christmas but it just didn't happen. Our DS#1 moved down here the week before. Also that week, I picked our DS#2 from Virginia Tech and all of us headed to Maryland to spend a couple days with my mom which included cookie baking day with more extended family. Our DD is packing up her stuff in the apartment over the garage where DS#1 will move in after DD leaves for France on New Years Eve. She will meet up with her kind of boyfriend and he will show her around Europe. I'm sorry to see her go. She has been a big help to us. The last time she flew out of the country she was gone for over a year. At least this time she has a return ticket and will be back in March and has plans to live in Afton which is only about 25 minutes from us.

Christmas was a quiet affair here. I enjoyed making a big turkey dinner and we all ate way too much.

The last four days I've found hand quilting time late in the morning when even on cloudy days the light is very good in my sunroom. I hope I can keep this up. I'm not one to sit and quilt for hours so I really need to make it a habit to get anything done. I love seeing the progress I make - even doing just four long threads each day.

I also made two scarves from this site which I found on Pinterest. I made the infinity scarf for DD and DS#2 is modeling the scarf I made for DD's boyfriend. I really don't do a lot of gift giving but saw this pattern and wanted to make it for someone. I thought they'd look cute together bumming around Europe in these scarves.

For a very limited time The Quilt Show has an interview with Jinny Beyer. It includes a tour of her home and shop and a review of Jinny's color confidence.

This has been an exciting year for us. Lots of changes which included good times and bad. Fortunately, the good times far outweighed the bad. I couldn't sleep the other night thinking about all the projects I have in mind for 2015. I found out another grandniece is expected so I have two baby quilts to make. Those quilts and planning our vegetable garden are what I hope will keep me busy in January. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I always appreciate your comments. I'm wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In the Hoop and on the Design Wall

I have to admit this photo is from a couple of weeks ago and very little has been done since.

More recently I've been cutting fabrics for a tumbling blocks quilt for my grand niece, Layla, who was born in May. I think I've added a few Dear Jane blocks since the last time I posted blocks. I'm really enjoying making these - at least so far. I was encouraged by one of the gals in the DJ group to just figure out the blocks myself without the software. So far it is working.

When I took my son back to Blacksburg after his Thanksgiving break I went to the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center to check out their quilt exhibit. It was rather small but worth it as I was in the area and the exhibit was very good with good descriptions of the quilts.

Here is a shot of our Christmas tree in the foyer looking into the living room.

I keep meaning to include this in a post. I'm trying to live by these words and I feel much happier for it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cascadia Quiltalong

I'm so happy with this little quilt. I finished it Monday. I just couldn't wait for Lori to post the finale.

I tried the solid light and wasn't happy so I pulled some other options. I kept looking in on this for a day and the cheddar was my favorite every time. Does that work for you? Setting out the options and approaching it anew a few times. I had already decided to hand quilt it with the same pattern Lori is doing. Seems like the best option to me.

My DD is taking care of an English Angora this week. I've never seen a rabbit like this.

I can't get over these ears! 

We woke up to snow this morning. It is still coming down. Glad I don't have to go anywhere. This is our first Thanksgiving we will celebrate at home. My DS2 is here on break from school and my DS1 is coming down tomorrow morning. Today will be busy baking pies. I also think I'll get my cranberry sauce made. I found a recipe that isn't too sweet. I think I was going to post it last year and never did...Nope I didn't though I did take this photo.

I got the recipe from The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila. Here is her recipe on her blog Eating from the Ground Up. It's a little different than the one in her book but looks just as good.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the U.S. and hope all of you have a happy holiday season. Remember to take time to relax and stitch. We all need to take the time to refuel and I think most of us quilters find quilting does that for us.