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!!!