September 3, 2014

The Big Reveal!

Well, another MAJOR finish on the Quilty Bucket List today. Nothing like a Quilt Show coming up to kick your butt into gear!!

I have blogged LOTS about this - as in the words of Inigio Montoya "Lemme e'splain, no, there is too much, lemme sum up!"

I started with this:

Original Inspiration Post

And some fun progress shots...

And, this is the result of almost a year worth of effort...

I literally shrieked when I saw my friend's quilting - this is all free motion, people. I.DIE.

Quilt Stats:
Red and White Double Wedding Ring
64" x 86"
15" rings in a 6 x 8 layout
Fabrics: Red and White from my stash
Pieced with 50 wt. Aurifil thread
Exquisitely quilted by my friend Vickie West

It just so happens that SewCalGal is hosting a year long celebration of Red & White quilts.  I am entering this one into her virtual show. Go check out all the amazing quilts on display.
And for extra fun today, linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict! Woohoo :)

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August 29, 2014


It feels really good to scratch this quilt off of my Work In Progress list! Even just saying it... "Swoon"... feels good! 

It's been about 18 months years since I started this at my first retreat (wow, this darn blog sure does make it easy to see how long I've been letting this sit in a pile)!  

It actually sat again, mostly untouched, until my next retreat.  

And then, it sat again until I decided to enter it into a quilt show next month and had to RUSH to get it done.  

So, I had to make some decisions on quilting this bad boy! On Camille Roskelley's Swoon, she chose a baptist fan design, which I love! I really love mixing modern and traditional. Baptist fan is about as traditional as you can go with a quilting design, but it looks fantastic with this pattern.  It really let's the blocks shine!

So, I set out to mark a baptist fan design and quilt it myself.  I found a great tutorial to help me do it, but I ran into a few snags which I won't get into here (not related to the tutorial).  Finally, after consulting my quilty lady friends, I decided to rent time with my friend Emily on her longarm and knock this sucker out. She has the most amazing computerized longarm. We programmed it, set it all up, and voila, this happened!


Quilt Stats
80" x 80"
Fabrics: Flea Market Fancy, Comma, Apple Jacks and a few  other stash fabrics
Solid is Kona Bone
Thread: Pieced with a neutral Aurifil 50wt
Backing: Spot On by Robert Kaufman in Aqua - I chose a wide backing so I didn't have to piece it.

I have loved this quilt from day 1 and the finished product does not disappoint.  I am actually planning on making a full quilt from mini-Swoon blocks at some point in the future. I've got the pattern and the fabric, I just need to get to it one of these days!!!  I just love it that much.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict today to celebrate the finish! post signature

July 22, 2014

Cotton + Steel is EVERYWHERE!

I just love the excitement of a new fabric line - it really gets your creative juices flowing, doesn't it? And this new Cotton+Steel craze seems to be legit. There are so many fun combinations. I think I may be getting my hands on some of the basics very soon! These basic/blenders may be just what I need for my next projects. And they are available at my favorite online shop, Sew Lux Fabric! I am anxiously awaiting my Modern Building Blocks Sampler Kit from Sew Lux - in the meantime, these bundles are calling my name!

C + S Basics Dottie FQ Bundle

C + S Basics XOXO FQ Bundle

C + S Basics Notorious FQ Bundle

And these are just the "Basics" - I haven't even started in on the designer collections!! 

Have you ordered any yet? What's your favorite Cotton + Steel?
Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy has already started a Cotton + Steel swap. I missed the first round {dang it} but I'm eyeing Round two...

I got obsessed last year with Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics collection - looks like 2014 may be the Cotton + Steel year!

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Finish #3 - Scrappy Improv Log Cabin

This is the third (and final, for now ;)) quilt to show you in my flurry of finishes!

This is the second teacher quilt - it came out a little smaller than I had hoped, but my scrap stash in these colors were getting a little thin - isn't that the point with these fabulous scrap quilts - use up those treasured goodies we hold on to. (If you want to read about my scraps and inspiration for this quilt, click here).

I've wanted to do a scrap quilt forever! I've been cutting strings for a string quilt, but had my eye on the Scrappy Improv Log Cabin for a while. Its a GREAT scrap buster!

This quilt is so easy, it doesn't even really need a tutorial, but in case you want to take a look, here it is from Ellison Lane.

I wanted fun, bright, primary colors. And that's exactly what I got.

Rainbow Scrappy Log Cabin
42" square
Fabrics: From my stash, obviously
Thread:  Aurifil for piecing and quilting

I hope you have a wonderful week - I'm taking the last week of summer off and spending it with the boys!