Saturday, May 16, 2015

Simple Sampler Quilt - My Spring 2015 BQF entry

So, it seems fitting that this quilt would make its debut during Blogger's Quilt Festival . The blocks were made during the summer of 2010 when Amy hosted her Simple Sampler Quilt Along.  I was a brand new quilter and they were a great way to gain confidence and practice the basic block piecing.  The blocks were some of my first post on this blog.  After the blocks were made and the top was pieced together, it sat for a long time.  I didn't have backing for it or the confidence to quilt it.  I don't enjoy free motion quilting on my machine and I couldn't seem to come up with any ideas for all over straight-ish line quilting.  Once I decided that each block was going to be different I had lots of fun coming up with ideas. I used a varigated 50 wt Aurifil that has red, yellow, navy and aqua in all the blocks and a gray that matched the sashing. 



I bought this great zigzag print from Fabric Depot around Christmas time and it works perfectly with all the colors in the blocks.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Various Batiks and Kona Medium Gray
Pieced by me in 2010
Basted and Quilted by me in 2015
Measures 54 3/4 inches square

Entered in the Small Quilt catagory of  Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My mom's 241 tote

One of the things I wanted to work on this year was sewing with my stash.  Leasa from Project: Leasa has been issuing challenges to help encourage us to do just that.  The most recent challenge was to make a bag.  And as is happens my mom had picked out fabric from my stash while she was here at Christmas for me to make her a 241 Tote.  Every part of this bag came from my stash.  I used a Simply Color charm pack for the patchwork, Essex linen for the strap and side panels, an Andover cross woven chambray for the pockets and an AMH print for the lining.

Now I just need to mail it off, so she can use it on her upcoming trip to Ireland and Scotland.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Let's Catch Up!

Let's last post was in the middle of December!  A lot has happened over here since then and I'm going to try giving a brief run down but if you just here for the pretty pictures I won't feel bad if you just skip to the end.
  • Back at the beginning of December we learned that the husband job is going to have us trading one coast for another. He is taking an instructor position in Virginia that he's very excited about.
  • My parent's came up for Christmas and even though we all got sick it was so nice to have them here!
  • This winter has been very mild, with very little snow.  After our biggest snow storm we went snowshoeing.  
  • I participated in a couple of great swap, receiving a few incredible gifts and sending off things I really wanted to keep!
  • The house went on the market and we excepted an offer 13 days later.  We leave Kodiak in two months.
  • I got a couple of long time WIP quilts basted and hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can get them quilted.
  • My #igtqb quilt was highlighted on Quilt Story and has now been mailed off to Christina over at Sometimes Crafter, so she can work her magic on it.
  • There a have been a few purchases of incredible fabric...shhh...don't the the husband!
  • I've been trying to bust through some of my stash...making summer clothes for the kids and 17 small Dr. Suess book bags for my daughter's Kindergarten class.
  • I've proofed a couple of patterns for a talent designer.
  • And finished handquilting my pixel heart that I started in January 2013 and it now hangs in our stairwell where I can enjoy it.

I'm linking this post up with Cindy over at Live a Colorful Life for her Really Random Thursday post.