Friday, October 24, 2014

Black Cat Crossing Wicked Hop-My Day!!

Many thanks once again to the wonderful Madame Samm and to Wendy for hosting this Wicked Sew and Tell and allowing me play along!!

 Here is the half yard bundle of Black Cat Crossing that I used for my project:

I am normally not much of a purple fabric lover but I like the pop of color this has with those dots and stars.  And ooooooooh, there are black birds and cats. 

I chose a pattern that I have used many times in the past, The X Plus Block...also known as Spool Block by Nancy Cabot.  I love this block pattern and it always does so well with these type of prints.

Here is my Spiderweb quilt top in its photo shoot...
 Here it is posing with the itty bitty tiny harvest of apples we had this year...wasn't a good year for apples in our backyard orchard  :(

Here is a detail shot...isn't that cobwebby neutral from the Black Cat Crossing line perfect for this?  I ordered it from Bear Creek Quilting Company.
 Kind of looks like Spiderwebs in the Beans, eh?

I chose to do straight line quilting on this top and am very pleased with the final quilt...
 Here it is amongst the pumpkins...
 And among the posies...

 Love those red leaves popping up on our property...

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to stop by all the others posting today and leave them your comment love!

Friday, October 24

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Making Time for a Special Quilt

So, I have many projects in the works but decided to take the afternoon to finish a UFO in a special way for a special little boy I will probably never meet...and I am very glad I did :)

 This quilt was made using a UFO project I had left unfinished so long ago that I had forgotten that I had the template for the small twister.  My quilt group was looking for one and I was sure that I didn't have it...this "evidence" of a top says otherwise, lol!  Still don't know exactly where to look for the template though!!
I used a football print to border it and some coordinating football players for the back...and...voila!  A baby quilt for a sweet one year old in a family our church is sponsoring for Christmas this year.  I spent a few hours praying for this sweet young guy and his family to be richly blessed as I finished this quilt.  Hopefully this quilt will bring him warmth and a smile :)
 Still waiting for more color from the trees around our property...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's Beginning to Look and Feel Like Fall

 Just a bit...still lots of green yet...
 I need to harvest the last of the grapes...
 Another pocket of color starting...
 ...the temps are getting close to freezing at night...

So what is a girl to do but grab a mug of hot cider and start a new Fall quilt.  This way I will live in the moment, enjoy the season and try hard not to think about the winter we will soon be in.  

This is another brilliant pattern from my talented friend Soma from Whims and Fancies.  Thanks for sharing Soma :).  The pattern can be found here in her Craftsy shop.

Here is my first block hanging out with my pitifully small and not so pretty apple harvest from our backyard dwarf tree orchard...apples did poorly here this year.  This should make a very small batch of applesauce though.
Here is a closer view of the block, I just love how it looks truly leafy, so fun that it's the maples in my yard who are winking color at me too.  This block is so much prettier IMHO than the traditional pieced maple leaf block.  Look at all that pointy goodness  :)
I used an Anna Maria Horner print for the leaf and a Carolyn Friedlander Architextures print for the stem.  The dotty background is a print from American Jane, I believe it's called Ice Cream...summer, anyone??

So, now...does anyone want to have a leaf sew along with me?  I think this is a very addictive block...more must be made!  I am going to use my AMH stash, what do you think?

Progress continues on the Doctor Who quilt.  I had a seam let go in one of the blocks (the of those pesky quadruple thick skinny seams) when I was preparing it (removing the paper) for quilting so have been trying to decide how best to repair it...sigh!  It's looking like the best solution might be to...gasp...make a new block to replace it.  This is the block that stalled me out in the QAL originally so I guess it's fitting that it is the one holding up my finish, growl...whine...I believe this is why most people remove the paper while the blocks are still in individual form.  This is a good lesson to me that sometimes it is good to follow directions.

Enjoy the day!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Final Border and Backing Fabric - Check!

So I fell off the "no new fabric buys" wagon at the end of last week.  It was all due my son's Doctor Who quilt...and my desire to get it finished rather than let it sit languishing.

As I mentioned earlier, he was not impressed by my initial plans to put the blocks together without sashing...he wanted a bigger finished sashing I did add...from re-purposed stash.  I had planned it for a TARDIS quilt but the fabric was just right for this purpose and still fit the Doctor Who theme but...  "No, still not big enough..."

So, this quilt that I've been so proud to say came entirely from stash...well...I can't say that anymore because we have purchased a final border fabric and a backing fabric specifically with this quilt in mind.  The fabric came in the mail today from and I do think he chose well anyway...
The Galaxy print for the backing is from Timeless Treasures and the circles print is from Patrick Lose for Robert Kaufman.  I will wait for the Boy's final ok when he gets home from soccer practice tonight to start cutting and scheming but I believe we are one step closer to Done!
My next dilemma will be deciding how to quilt it as there is a pretty deep contrast in the dark navy blues and the light vanilla backgrounds on several of the blocks.  I am leaning towards a medium grey thread with an all-over grid pattern but have not finalized on that yet.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

If you are looking for my Rush Hour Hop post, you can find it here and the schedule for the whole hop here

And if you haven't yet, please check out the posts from my gracious friends and tags in the Around the World Blog Hop, Patty, and Shari.  

You will find lots of quilty inspiration in those links, I promise!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Rush Hour Blog Hop - My Day!

Hi all, it's great to be back to hopping...thanks to the brilliant and generous Carol and Madame Samm for letting me play in this very inspiring game of sew and tell.

I just had to have some bits of the "official" fabric of this hop from our sponser, Rush Hour from Studio E...and was lucky enough to find some online and in stock at Pink Castle.  I just love these two prints...beautiful!

As I have a slight obsession with black and white texty fabrics, I chose the numbers print and the itty bitty text print for my project...

This is made using Elizabeth Hartman's free pattern, Pincushion Organizer.  It went together easily and well and I think it showcases the beauty of these prints.

 The pincushion has a nice wool felt detail in the center...I love all the fun words and phrases in this fabric, how fun it would be to fussy cut in special blocks!!

The little removable scrap bucket is so adorable :)  I must admit to thoughts of carrying this bucket all about with me to better admire it's cuteness...
 That number fabric is just perfect, I wish I had yards and yards of it!!
 A pop of red inside is just right!!
Lots of space for my seam ripper and scissors!

Thanks for visiting with me today and be sure to visit and provide comment love to all the other hop participants today!!

Monday, September 29

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Getting Closer

So work continues on the Doctor Who quilt top, I have had intense negotiations with my son and it turns out he thought my original design would be too I have bordered each block with a 2 1/2" sash and the quilt now measures 64" x 80"...
 I struggled to get a true to color picture as the top gets larger...

Here is a closer view of the Kaufman Royal and Navy Quilter's Linen (not actual linen, it's a cotton quilting fabric but it has a nice printed texture and compliments the colors used in the quilt) used for borders.  Dare I say it looks "Tardis-y"...I had originally bought this yardage with the thought to make a TARDIS quilt from the Navy...maybe someday.

The boy says it is still not big enough so an outer border is now planned...for now I am tearing off paper and trying not to disrupt any of those tiny seams as I do!!

As a sidenote:  a few friends have asked that I post some paper piecing tips I have learned as I completed these blocks...keep in mind that you can get better instruction from those more adept than I at paper piecing (my blocks are far from perfect).  A good place to look would be any of these designers in this post's suggested websites, but here are some of my humble suggestions...

1. Use yardage not scraps...really, it is so frustrating to try to make do and piece those tiny scraps to try and make a piece large enough to cover the area once you get to the 30th or 50th piece!!
2.  Use a thin, strong thread (I use Aurifil) it makes your seams stronger and less bulky.
3. I have had good luck using Carol Doak's Foundation paper for this project and loved that it helped make the seams less bulky and it is tearing away fairly easily.  A cheaper buy would be to get newsprint and trim to size to fit your printer.
3. Baste most joins and peek at the effect before you shorten your stitches for the final join.
4. Go slow...unpicking always takes longer, ask me how I know!
5.Make something you love so that you feel the smile as the image forms before your makes the process more joyful.
6. Go ahead, make your seam-ripper your will be seeing each other a lot if you are anything like me. 

Second I began the process of removing the paper from the blocks last night, I was watching a PBS Nature show featuring penguins.  Guess who was narrating? David Tennant!!  Totally cracked my son and I up...we had to watch the credits at the end to be sure, but his name was there.  Nice to have a wink from Ten as we get close to the finish line.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Quick Finish I Didn't Start

I have mentioned in a previous post my Aunt Karen is moving and has gifted a few things my of those was this quilt which was only in need of a binding...
 She made this in a BOM through a local quilt shop and she found the details for me to share here:;_ylt=A0LEVx3TZSFUFXUAAg9XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0MWl0Y2w5BHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDUyM18x?_adv_prop=image&fr=ipad&va=tonga+rhapsody+block+of+the+month
It was quilted by a very talented longarm quilter by the name of Chris Kinderman.  I love all the feathers and swirling present in her choice of design.  This quilt finished at 75" x 90" and has a wonderful drape as it is made entirely of batiks.  The backing is the same fabric as it is bound in.
As I squared up and bound this beauty my kitty helper was right there with assistance in holding everything steady...see how serious she takes her job?

 Much thanks to my aunt for gifting our family this beautiful quilt :)
And, thanks to those of you who gave suggestions on how I might go about making a dress for this Tiny Tears that my Aunt Karen also gifted to me.  As a beginner at doll clothes, I have decided to start down the path of a pillowcase dress as suggested by Aunt Sharon who also reads this blog has provided me with a diagram as to how to go about creating a yoke for the top of the dress and I found this beautiful crochet and embroidered pillowcase to use as the skirt at a fall festival with an antique tent this last weekend.  
My friend Cheryl and I were quite the pair digging through the linens...I saw several feedsack aprons I would have enjoyed bringing home also.  Since this is an 18 inch doll, I will probably need to narrow the pillowcase so she doesn't swim in it. I am still a bit intimidated to make a cut, but I am studying the project carefully...can you tell I am engineer-trained?? ...ha!!
Is it wrong that my souvenir D.C. Starbucks cup is filled with my favorite Coffee-mate spiked coffee for fuel?

Now I am back to the Doctor Who quilt son has ok'd the newest plan for the top - Yay!  :)