March 29, 2014


I really liked the look of this month's Schnibbles pattern, Hook.  I got Basic Grey's fun new Christmas 2014 line, 25th and Pine.  Guess what goes perfectly with 25th & Pine?  This tone on tone green polka dot from Bonnie & Camille's April Showers line!

I ran out of the white fabric (and steam - I have 3 baby gifts to make!), so I left off the last 2 borders.  I'm going to get a fabulous striped binding to finish this off.

Love the pattern, CarrieSinta and Sherrie - I'm ready for the parade!

March 22, 2014

Seven years in the making!

Backstory, abbreviated:  I started this quilt in 2007 as a block of the month.  It's the Golden Memories sampler designed by Lori Smith, From My Heart to Your Hands.  Loved the fabrics and made the first 3 blocks immediately.  Following my usual block of the month M.O., the rest of the blocks were put in a project block since I was always in the middle of some other quilt project when they arrived in my mailbox.

Fast forward to November 2011, when I started to work on the blocks again.  I made many fabric substitutions when I found that the combinations were not always pleasing.  I was very happy to have a large Civil War reproduction fabrics stash that I could use to make this quilt my own.

I also discovered some sizing issues with some of the sampler blocks, and ended up having to remake 9 blocks in order to have them fit the 7-1/2" block size. 

My friend Joyce, upon seeing my finished top, told me I had to  have it hand quilted, so I did.  And I am so happy I took her advice.  I contacted a company called Plain and Simple Quilts and a lovely lady named Mary beautifully hand quilted my sampler.  Those log cabin strips are 3/4" finished, people!  And each patch is outline quilted. 32 sampler blocks, 31 log cabin blocks and pieced outer border.  2,980 pieces.

This.  This is my masterpiece.   I don't know if I will ever top this one (but I'm going to keep trying).

March 17, 2014

Embargo, Month 2

How did I do?   Well, suffice it to say, this picture says it all.   I did make it almost through the entire month of February with no fabric purchases.

What did me in?  I got a message that the Civil War sampler quilt I was having hand quilted was on its way home to me.  I intended to use the border fabric for the binding of this quilt, but when I found the fabric in my stash, I didn't think it was meant to be the binding.

There had to be something better.  A dig through my Civil War stash told me it wasn't anything I already had, so I went poking around at the Fat Quarter Shop.  I found what I thought would be a great binding, an olive green and black Jo Morton pinstripe, and it was on sale!  I bought it with less than a week to go before the end of the month, thereby losing my "no fabric" bet with my DD.

I wasn't even sure the fabric would be a match - you know how it is sometimes when you order online - the color you get isn't always the color you were expecting.

Was I happy?  Yes, it was a perfect match.  I will share a picture of this gorgeous quilt when the binding is done, later this week.

February 28, 2014

Science Fair

I finished this quilt some time ago, but forgot to blog about it.  It's the Science Fair pattern designed by Jaybird Quilts, and I used V&Company's Simply Style for Moda.  The background is an ombre from the first V&Company collection, Simply Color.

I love how this quilt turned out.  I can't take credit for the ombre idea.  I blatantly lifted it after seeing several versions using the ombre background on Quilting is My Bliss.

This quilt was fun and very easy to make, really - it only looks complicated!  I added an extra background piece to the top and bottom of each vertical row, then trimmed them off square, but the pattern as designed follows the shape of the hexagons for a fun ziggy zaggy edge.

This doesn't match anything in my house, but will get a Minky backing and it will make a fun rec room cuddle-up-on-the-couch quilt.

February 26, 2014

Mixed Bag

I volunteered to make this sample for the shop because I wanted to work with the fun Mixed Bag fabrics.  Such happy, bright colors!

Made with just one charm pack of Mixed Bag by Studio M for Moda and a little yardage, this quilt is called Which Way and measures 42 x 54.  It's available on Moda's website, one of their free pattern downloads.

February 1, 2014

Embargo, one month down!

How did I do?  I made it 31 days!  I bought some fabric for the baby quilt, which was my one exception to the no buying pledge.  Oh, how sorely I was tempted while shopping for navy blue and green.  I could just get a fat quarter of this.  Nope, not for the baby quilt!  No can do!

I succeeded!  No fabric except the purchases I allowed myself for the baby quilt.  And some of the fabric I did buy, I bought with a gift certificate at one shop and a store credit at another.

I can't say it was easy.  I work at a quilt store, for Heaven's sake, and every time I go to work, there are more beauties to tempt me (Flower Sugar!  Text fabrics!)  But so far, so good!

Check back soon to see my progress on the baby quilt.

January 26, 2014

Double Hubble, Fini!

I don't think I've ever finished TWO good-sized quilts in less than a month before, but this month I have!  Two Hubble quilts, both ready for the quilter!  (Just showing one because it was quite the feat getting it on the design wall with my injured arm.)

Maybe it's because I made both quilts at once that it didn't seem like all that much extra work.  Hmm, I'll have to keep that in mind for the future, although I seldom make the same pattern twice.  I think this Miss Rosie's pattern using Little Black Dress was totally worth making twice.

Now on to the baby quilt!  I have so many ideas swimming around in my head!