Showing posts with label a stitch in color. Show all posts
Showing posts with label a stitch in color. Show all posts

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012

Twice a year the fabulous and talented Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival to coincide with the spring and fall Quilt Markets.
This week, while everyone is looking at all the new fabrics and patterns in Houston
we are sharing our favorite quilts.

Amy's Creative Side

This time I didn't know which quilt to enter. I thought about entering my Swoon quilt or my Granny Square quilt but in the end I decided to enter the Retro Flowers quilt.
This was one of three quilts I made for three of my friends
celebrating their 60th birthday (along with me) this year.

Retro Flower QAL
It was a wonderful pattern using templates to cut the curved pieces.
Don't let curves scare you, they really are easy to master.
Designed by Christina of The Sometimes Crafter,
 I joined the Flickr quilt-along hosted by Megan  and Bianca.
I used a duvet cover from Ikea for the backing and I think it is perfect for this quilt.
I like one piece backings, so sheets and duvet covers work well.

Retro Flower QAL

It was a race to the finish for me to finish this quilt
to get it entered into the competition.
I actually finished it just 6 hours shy of the deadline.
Using Malka Dubrawsky's a Stitch in Color line of fabric and Kona White as the background
gave this quilt the Retro look I was hoping for. 

Retro  Flowers

That reverse flower was a last minute decision and I think it made the quilt unique.
Quilted with straight lines {using Aurifil 50 wt. thread in white} in both directions was time consuming but easy.
I bound the quilt with the scraps left over from all the fabrics.

Retro Flower QAL

I had to wait nearly two months to give it to the birthday girl,
but I am pretty sure she liked it.
We had fun remembering clothes we had made in junior high school
that used fabrics similar to those used in the quilt.

I think the best part of giving a handmade quilt to a friend is knowing that it will be loved and appreciated.
Also, the sign of a happy finish is when you have a hard time parting with the quilt.
I think this quilt made both of us happy.

Quilt Stats Retro Flowers Quilt Entry # 182
Size: 56"x68"
Fabric: Kona White and a Stitch in Color
Special Technique: Pinless Curves
Pieced by: Me
Quilting: Straight lines, by Me
Best Category:Throw Quilt, Home Machine Quilted

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Finished with 6 Hours to Spare

Back in April, I started the Retro Flowers QAL put together by Megan of City Stitches and Bianca of Sweet Diesel Designs. When I started the QAL I didn't pay attention to  the deadline and worked on this quilt in between other projects. I chose Malka Dubrawsky's a Stitch in Color because I thought the fabric looked "retro" and combining it with a Kona white background, it takes on a modern look. Last week I read that the deadline for entries for some fabulous prizes was June 1, 2012. Yikes, I had so many things going on and lots of non-sewing commitments that had to take priority. Then my daughter-in-law asked me to babysit on June 1, so I knew I would not be able to finish. No big deal. But then I didn't have to babysit, so the race was on to finish this quilt. 6 days ago I still had 7 blocks to make and then assemble the quilt. 

At the last minute I decided to do one block opposite, a white flower with the colored fabric background. I think it is the statement piece on this quilt. Just a little unexpected thrown in at the last minute.

I finished sewing the quilt top on Thursday and then yesterday spent 7 hours spray basting, quilting and binding the quilt and finished it at 6 pm...plenty of time to put it on the Flickr site and see how it does in the competition.

Retro Flower QAL
I straight line quilted it, going in different directions, using this quilt as inspiration. My quilting is not as dense as that in the inspiration quilt, mainly because it takes so much time. That's three extra large bobbins worth of straight line quilting.

Retro Flower QAL

I used an IKEA duvet cover for the one piece fabric for the backing and some scraps of jelly roll strips of a Stitch in Color for the binding.

Retro Flower QAL

This is the last birthday quilt for one of my three friends celebrating their 60th birthday this year.

Retro  Flowers
The quilt is a generous lap size, measuring 56"x68".

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

Today is my day as guest blogger on Jennifer's Modern Mini Quilt Challenge. You are not here by mistake, I promise. Jennifer must have had a moment of silliness when she thought that you might be the least bit interested in reading about my limited experience with mini quilts. The talented people that have preceded me on this blog hop make me feel unworthy to be mentioned in the same group, but here goes. Welcome to those who are here for the first time.
So what is a mini quilt, anyway? My definition is the same as any other quilt, only smaller: it's a pieced top, some batting and some backing.
A mini can be way small (3"x4"), like this name tag I made myself for the Sewing Summit back in October,
or it can be a mug rug like this (9"x12") one that I gave away on my blogaversary in August,
or these two made for the Goodie swap last summer.

A mini is a great way to practice a new technique or try something you are afraid to make in a larger size. I like to make them for swaps and small gifts, too.
Last April I participated in my first quilt-along on Lynne's blog. I learned all sorts of things from making this mini; how to  piece a circle, how to hand quilt with Perle cotton, and how to be patient and wait for the next instruction. I think the last thing was the most difficult. Making this mini gave me more practice on paper piecing, too.
This mini was made for my partner in the Post-Sewing Summit Swap.

mini quilt
I just finished working on this mini a few days ago. It is made with one of my favorite new fabric lines, A Stitch in Color. You always learn something when you make a quilt and a mini is the perfect piece to learn what you do or don't like. I decided I do not like all these fabrics in one quilt. I would like to use them with other fabrics or broken up with a solid. This was my first string quilt and that was a lot of fun. I learned I would like to make another string quilt, for sure.

So do you know what you'll be making for your chance to win some great prizes? I've been working on my entry.

You have 5 chances to win.

James’ choice (Jen’s hubby’s favorite)
Viewer’s choice Mug Rugs
Viewer’s choice Mini Quilts
(mug rugs and mini quilts- the viewers choose from a selection chosen by a select panel of bloggers)
Luck of the Draw (Random Number Generator chooses 2 winners)

Both Viewer’s Choice Winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of the FULL LINE of Flea Market Fancy reprint by Denyse Schmidt.

Flea Market Fancy

James’ Choice Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop
Both Luck of the Draw Winners will receive a $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

Contest Requirements:
1. Create a modern mini quilt or mug rug – only one entry per person
2. Enter your mini quilt or mug rug in the linky party at Ellison Lane Quilts on Monday, March 5.
You do NOT have to have a blog to enter. You may link a picture from your Flickr account.
3. Your entry (blog post or Flickr description) should include the size of the item

There are a few more days left on this blog hop, so make sure to check out all the other great inspirational posts.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Week 2

As I reflect back on the second week of the new year I can say with joy that it was a great week!
I've documented this week with my Instagram photos. Some are good, some are grainy...but you'll get the idea of what happened.

I feel like I got a lot accomplished, but the highlight of the week was attending two special openings for The Ranch, the restaurant my son has been working so diligently to bring to fruition. Evan is the Executive Chef d' Cuisine at this restaurant. He works crazy long hours and is an amazing chef.

This photo welcomes everyone as they enter the restaurant!
On Wednesday, we were invited to the friends and family dinner where we tasted everything on the menu. We definitely were in a food coma afterwards, but there are worse things to have to live through.
We had told so many of our friends that we were going to be able to invite them and when it came down to it, we were only able to invite 2 friends each night. So we threw all our friends names in a hat and drew  two names for Wednesday night and two for Thursday night's parties.
The Beef Carpaccio appetizer was amazing

They are already known for the delicious popovers and homemade jams

Proud parents and little brother
The second night was more casual and really fun. Mr. R got to meet one of his baseball heroes, Charlie Hough who was there with Tommy Lasorda, the former manager of the Los Angeles Dodger baseball team. They were both very friendly and graciously allowed people to pose for photos with them.

This was one of the best berry desserts I have every tasted. It was a blueberry crostada. Too bad I forgot to take a photo before I finished it off.

I started a new quilt. This is a kit I bought last summer using Strawberry Fields fabric by Joanna Figueroa for Moda. It will make a nice picnic quilt for a friend. I need to get this one sewn, quilted and bound this month.
I jumped on board my first ever English Paper Piecing project. The Rose Star Block Party on Flickr.
Here is my first block all cut out. I began basting it last night and hope to finish it tonight while I watch the Golden Globe Awards.

 Yesterday, while sewing, I had an audience of two little cuties, my granddaughters. They were very interested to watch and ask questions.  Makenzie is almost 10 years old, I think it's time I start allowing her to learn to sew on my machine.
I really got a lot of sewing done this week but have no real finishes to show. I am working on so many projects at once. I guess I will have a lot of finishes to show in a few weeks.
 I love how these Swoon blocks are coming together. They are so fun and go together so easily, once all the cutting is done.
 And a little more progress on my + and x blocks for Sarah's swap on Flickr.
I finally got my Rockin Robin quilt back from the long arm quilter. Have you ever been disappointed with a quilting job once it was finished? I chose black thread and I think it detracts from the piecing. But, I'll let you all decide after I get it bound...which probably won't be until next month.

I'm excited to shop this week at The Intrepid Thread. Julie has already told me that Malka Dubrawsky's new fabric, A Stitch in Color, will arrive in her shop this week. I love the bright colors and fun prints.
I hope you all have a great week.

Thanks for stopping by,