Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Do I Have Sewing A.D.D?

That's Attention Deficit Disorder. I can't seem to stop joining others in their quilt-alongs. I just keep starting new projects (but I do, eventually, finish what I start). This one is the #medallionalong on Instagram. The pattern is from this book by Alexia Abegg

This center medallion took me 2 hours to cut out and 2 hours to piece. Let me just say that templates and Y-seams are not my friend. I think the center is the hardest part of this quilt. And really, for these being my first ever Y-seams, I am pretty proud of my points.

I'll be showing progress photos as I complete each row.
If you want to know what I'm going for you can see Amanda's gorgeous quilt here.
She's almost finished. I love all the low volume fabrics she has used.

Only more border to go! #marcellemedallion #medallionalong

Lynne also has a beautiful start to her Marcelle Medallion Quilt too.

The fun thing about this quilt is you can change each row as you want to and make it your own.
Now I really need to work on getting ready for the Sew South Retreat.
And I just might be starting one more new project tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Siblings Together

Have you heard about Siblings Together? It's a camp for siblings separated by the care system in the UK. You can read about it here on Lynne's blog. I didn't get to participate last year because of other time commitments but this year I have a plan.

I am going to make this quilt with these fabrics.

It's designed by my friend, Jennifer.


You can find it in this book, along with a lot of other wonderfully designed quilts.

I hope to add it to my very long to-do list and get it finished by mid-April.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

My Dream Sewing Room

I don't have my dream sewing room yet, but I am well on my way.
There has been no sewing here this weekend.
Instead, I have had a fun time building this cutting station for my sewing room.
Mr. Romance helped, too.

I originally saw @frecklemama's photo on Instagram and knew I wanted to make a cutting station like she had made.
I started with 2 of these cube organizers from Target (European friends might be able to find them at Tesco).

These things are sort of a pain to build, but luckily this one didn't have too many pieces.

Two cube organizers, back to back and a table top from IKEA and I had a great cutting center.

But there was still room under the tabletop so I went back to Target and bought the 6 unit cube organizer.

Now I have 24 cubes to store lots of sewing supplies, books and scraps.

Speaking of scraps...
I also got these fabric baskets to organize my scraps by color. I still need to get an orange and a yellow basket. I hope I can find them.

Now to find the perfect paint color to paint the walls and brighten up this space.

It's coming along and hopefully will be finished in the next few months.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Baby Shower Surprises

I went to a baby shower this weekend.
I made Anna's fabulous divided basket pattern
to give as the gift.
I enjoy giving someone I love something I have made.

This is the chair in the nursery.
Cute, huh?

To match the nursery, I used the large chevrons and dots 
from Half Moon by Moda.
I found this cute print at JoAnn's 
for the lining.

Then I finished it with a sage green mini dot
and a brown stripe that came in my
Brown Stash Stack bundle 
from Pink Castle Fabrics.

Megan is the eldest daughter 
of my best friend.
It's hard to believe the little tow headed 4 year old
I met 26 years ago has grown to be such
a beautiful young woman and fabulous mommy.

They already have one little Snow White
and don't know if the little princess will be getting a brother or a sister.

So I went with the safe gift and loaded the basket with diapers
and a few other necessities.

and she loved the quilt...

I'm linking with Chase's Weekending today.

Happy Picnic Quilt

I have finished the Pezzy Churn Dash Quilt.
My fourth finish for the year!

I already admitted that I blatantly copied a few other talented ladies here.

This quilt was made with a Layer Cake of Pezzy Prints and White Kona Cotton.
I also added a few coordinating solids
to add to the fun of this quilt.
To say it was easy is an understatement.
To me, this quilt really packs a huge punch for the amount of work that went into it.

Using a walking foot,
I quilted it with straight lines on both sides 
of each vertical and horizontal seam
of each square.

I have a baby shower to go to this weekend.
They already have a little girl and don't know if they are having 
a boy or a girl this time.
Every family needs a picnic quilt.
So that's what they are getting from me.
Any excuse to give someone I love one of my quilts
gives me great pleasure.

Backed with grey gingham and bound with orange polka dots.
This quilt just makes me happy.

I really enjoyed making this quilt.
I have a Layer Cake of Mama Said Sew.
Maybe there is another Churn Dash Quilt in my future.

Quilt Stats
Name: Happy Picnic Quilt
Fabric: Layer Cake of Pezzy Prints and White Kona Cotton, with a few coordinating solids.
Backing: Grey Gingham by Riley Blake
Binding: Orange Polka Dot by Riley Blake
Quilted by: Me, with straight lines using a walking foot
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. white, Quilted with Auriful 40 wt. White 
Size: 71"x 84"

you can see the recipient of this quilt here.

Linking up with Plum and June
Plum and June

from blank pages...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Framed Clutch Pattern for Sew South

she can quilt

I can tick one more project off of my 2013 Finish-A-Long. I have finished all samples for the class I will be teaching at Sew South Retreat next month and written the pattern.
This final clutch does not look finished, but it is ready to demonstrate how to glue the purse into the frame. It is made with a mini charm pack of Cuzco by Kate Spain. I made a few alterations to the pattern to allow for the patchwork, which makes it just a little bigger than the pattern because it does not have a bottom seam. After sewing the squares together, I fused some Shape Flex to the backside before quilting it onto a piece of batting. I have been playing with different weights of interfacing to see which one I like best. I also fused some Pellon Heavyweight interfacing to the lining before assembling the clutch.

My three samples are ready. Now to practice speaking without blushing...that will be a challenge.

You can purchase the PDF pattern on Craftsy.*

*This is the way I make framed clutch purses. It works for me. If you try it I hope you'll let me know.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Art Quilts

I have to admit I am not a big fan of art quilts. I appreciate all the time and talent that go into them but I really don't want to make a large quilt to hang on the wall. That's what mini quilts are for. It's fun to try a new technique or use some of our precious stash to make a small quilt to decorate the wall. I like my quilts to be used and abused, loved and snuggled.

This weekend, I took quilting in a different direction. I made art from a photo of a quilt square that I made for a bee. This is the very secret Stitch Tease Bee and this is my last square for round one. It's for my dear friend, Annabella, who wanted curves. I'm not allowed to reveal the real photo so I played with it on my iPhone to disguise the real piece that measures 24.5" square.  I created a piece of art that I love and I just might order a canvas print of it to hang in my sewing studio.

This is what it might look like with a simple black frame. I used an app called Glaze. It has a lot of great features. So I'll be watching for sales on or just order it at Costco. Their prices are pretty good for canvas prints and the service is really fast.

So, this is my interpretation of an "art quilt". What is your opinion of art quilts?

This also means I have finished another project on my 2013 Finish-A-Long. Stitch Tease round 1 blocks are finished.

she can quilt

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Triple Zip Cross-Body Bag

From the moment I saw Debbie's tutorial for her triple zipper pouch I thought it would make a great cross-body bag if I made it in a bigger size.
So that's exactly what I did.

It measures 13" wide by 14" tall. I boxed the bottom to make it nice and roomy inside.

This is the biggest pocket. It will hold a lot and will be perfect for travel. I used a Denyse Schmidt fabric from JoAnn's for the lining.

I used Melody Miller's Ruby Star Shining panel and tried to make the typewriter a focal point on the front. I wish I would have place the typewriter just a bit higher. 

I added a few random fabrics from my scrap bin and made a handle out of the Dottie scraps from the last quilt I made. I wasn't quite sure how to attach the handle, so I decided to place some loops in the side seams and then attach the handle with some leash clips.

Since the handle is removable, I can use it to pack things in for travel and keep it in my suitcase.

Linking up to Amanda Jean's Finish it up Friday

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Birthday Weekend

We have just returned from a few days with our eldest son and his family, in Arizona. We watched their 4 kids for a day and a half and one night, while they had a getaway weekend in San Francisco. Sometimes I wonder how we ever raised 4 children...They have a busy schedule and it was non-stop from the minute we arrived until their parents returned home. Tired? Yes. Fun? You betcha! Cute? Endless moments of cuteness happened over the last few days.

The girls love their little puppy.

We got to see S in action on the court.

It was super cold in Arizona over the weekend, so we did a lot of movie watching and game playing.
I was so excited to see this 58 year old dresser, with it's new coat of paint. My parents bought it in 1955, when they first moved to California. It was originally maple. Then my dad refinished it with an antique green when I was 12 years old and it was in my room until I got married.  Then we re-inherited it after Mr. R graduated from dental school in 1976. We used it in our room and then in a guest bedroom until 1999 when #1 son got married. He and a friend stripped off the green paint and stained it a light maple.
This fourth generation dresser now has a gorgeous coral red painted finish and resides in our granddaughters' bedroom.

The main reason for our visit was to celebrate their youngest's second birthday.

She liked her new books.

and posed on her new quilt.

Papa suggested they could play a game of Twister on it.

Notice how it matches the coral red dresser, and I didn't even know they had painted it when I was making this quilt.

And because my daughter-in-law likes the quilt so much, and the girls share a room, she asked if I would make a matching quilt so she can use them on the girls' beds. Of course, I said yes. The fabric is already ordered.