February 22, 2010


Cw2 It was a beautiful weekend in the Seattle area - blue skies, sun, about 60 degrees.  And 2 whole days without working - blissfull!  I was able to make great progress on my Civil War Homefront quilt.  I'm trying to get the sample ready in time for the quilt show in March.   It looks like I will succeed.  I have the last 5 blocks ready to sew and they don't take long, so maybe this week I can start to put the blocks together with the alternate blocks and setting triangles.

Little Missy's birthday is next weekend, so even though I have another weekend free from work, I will be busy with a slumber party, birthday celebration and a houseguest.  This may have to be put on the back burner for a week.

Bowl I also made progress on another challenge - making 752 four patches out of 1-1/2 inch honey bun strips.  I'm definitely making a dent in it!

February 21, 2010


No, not me - at least I hope I don't look like I need one just yet!  No, I decided that, while I really liked my old blog header with my favorite quilt featured in the background, I now want my blog to have a fresh, new look.   I found a designer on etsy, Sugarelli, and within a few hours, she had designed this cute new Stashmaster blog header for me.   Adorable.   Thanks, Stephanie!

February 11, 2010

Civil War Homefront and Thelma

Cw Here are the first 5 blocks for my latest project, Moda's Civil War Homefront kit designed by Barbara Brackman.  I'm doing it as a sample for the shop where I work part-time.  These Civil War fabrics are so beautiful, and the simple star blocks go together quickly.  I hope to make a lot of progress on this over the 3-day weekend.

The blocks will be set on point with one of my favorite blue prints from the collection as the alternate block and beautiful striped setting triangles around the outside.

I want to show you a fun surprise that arrived on my doorstep Wednesday.   My friend Thelma and I shared some fabric for our Toulouse quilts.  We both had a few leftover flying geese from the border, and I want to put them together somehow on the back of my quilt, so Thelma sent a box returning her leftover geese.

Tuffet The geese were not alone in the box.   In typical Thelma fashion, along with them was this amazingly gorgeous Tuffet she made for me using the Maison de Noel fabric.  She even went so far as to use the elegant "M d N" red velveteen for the back of the tuffet.   We both attempted to make flying geese with the velveteen and found it uncooperative, but it is absolutely perfect for the back of a tuffet.  Thank you so much for your generous gift, Thelma.   It will have a place of honor next to my sewing machine, and will always remind me how much fun we had making this project together!

February 4, 2010

Toulouse, how do I love thee?

Fin-toulouse Let me count the ways.  #1 - it's a Miss Rosie pattern!   #2 - it's 3 Sisters fabric!   #3 - it's a fun project to work on with your friends!  #4 - it's Miss Rosie, for crying out loud!

I absolutely adore this quilt and loved every day that I was sewing it on.  I was lucky enough to get a bundle of Maison de Noel fabric at a local craft store's post Christmas sale in 2004(?) for 50% off.  SCORE!    I also acquired some of the plaids from the collection and some of the background, planning to make Toulouse, which featured the same fabric line.

A couple years ago, Nicole started this beauty.  And a couple of months ago, I was reminded about the quilt by a comment Thelma posted to Nicole's blog.  This led to a super-fun email exchange between me and Thelma, planning to make this quilt that we both loved.  Problem was, this fabric was long gone from stores, especially the reds and whites.  Thelma was able to find a few of the blues and greens, and I promised her that I would send her whatever leftover pieces I had to help fill in.

I wanted to use every piece of fabric I had to make the scrappy flying geese border.  My favorite method for making geese uses Eleanor Burns' rulers, and with her method, you get 4 matching geese with each pair of squares.  Using all the fabrics, I would end up with about twice as many geese as I needed for my border, so I offered to send my extra geese to Thelma to use for her border.

Thelma did me one better, and urged me to send her half the fabric squares and she would make half the geese and send half of her finished geese to me.  So I did the same with mine.   So fabric was mailed, geese were sewn and exchanged between Washington state and Illinois.  We had a lot of fun and sent a lot of emails back and forth talking about this quilt.   I also had 2 background fabrics from the Maison de Noel collection.   One the icy blue on white twigs and the other the red on white twigs.   I had enough of both fabrics to use either one for my quilt, but decided I liked the softness of the icy blue.   I offered Thelma the red and she ended up using that for her background.  Perfect for a lover of red!   I know she had some doubts about how strong the red seemed, but I think her quilt turned out fabulous, don't you?

Nicole used her own collection of red and green fabrics from her stash, and it also makes a stunning version of Toulouse.

I know I've said this before and risk repeating myself, but if you have any hesitation about Miss Rosie's patterns, please put all that silliness out of your head.  Yes, they are complex looking, but break it down into the simple components (9-patches!   flying geese!) and the sheer genius of designer Carrie Nelson will reward you with the most beautiful masterpiece.  Pieced borders that fit together perfectly.   It's a feat of engineering, I tell ya!

This has been a fun project for me.   As I said before, I loved every minute sewing on it, and that's what makes quilting fun for me.  Thanks for stopping in and be sure you visit Nicole and Thelma to see my Toulouse's fraternal triplets!