Let’s Picnic!

I’ve been working on quilts for each of my brother’s five children and have been giving them to each one by one. My nephew and his wife and four children came for a visit today, visiting from NY state. It was a joy to see them and I had never even met my one grand niece and nephew. It was fun to give them their quilt in person. I was tickled when the oldest said, “Oh – we can put it over us when we watch TV!” I make some quilts to be displayed on the wall, but mostly I want my quilts to give comfort, warmth and joy. I cuddle under quilts all the time.

Lets Picnic on bench (Large)

Lets Picnic closeup (Large)

I first saw this quilt pattern on a blog and I even happened to have the same fabric collection it was shown in (Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow.) I changed it up a bit not wanting to use white. I used a light pattern fabric from the collection instead. It’s all half-square triangles. Not particularly challenging, but a lot of squaring up! I loved how it came together and I really hope the family enjoys it! Three have been delivered – only 2 to go!!

nick Family (Large)

Stashbuster – A UFO Rescue

Some time ago, a friend and former member of my quilt guild gave up quilting. She is an amazing artist and has taken her talents in another direction. She seriously gave it up – donating the contents of her quilt studio to the guild! There were piles, no, make that mounds of fabric; hundreds of magazines and oh so many wonderful quilting books. There were tools, gadgets, works in progress and even some quilt tops. I passed all on to the guild for our various charity projects. I did keep one of the quilt tops. It was a bit small so I added two borders – a solid light green and a mottled dark green which really framed her work well and brought out all the wonderful greens she put into it. This top will now go to one of the guild members to be quilted and then become one of our charity quilts that goes to children in the hospital. What a wonderful quilt and so generous. Thank you Grace!Grace 1 (2) (Large)Grace 1 (1) (Large)

Scrapbuster – A Work in Progress

About a year ago I put a pile of 2 1/2″ green print squares at my sewing machine and began a “leader ender” project. This is a Bonnie Hunter idea that allows you to make 2 quilts at once! I wanted to set the small squares off with a 4 1/2″ square that was a green on white print.  At first I had the greens in groups of four, but decided to change things up a bit and make it a block of 6 (two rows of three). I loved the look, and setting it on point, but was not able to have an even edge with all of the white blocks in a row. It just didn’t line up because of the odd size. That’s okay – I really like it! And, I think the quilt police have finally given up on me! I have used a lime green print for the border. Amazing how it brings out all the different greens in the quilt top. I also added an outside border that somewhat mimicked the quilt pattern. I find that borders like these really help to highlight the main part of the quilt.

quilt section (Large)

corner border (Large) It is now all sandwiched and ready to quilt, which I am about to do myself. Machine quilting is definitely my weak point, so there’s no telling when the WIP will be a finished project. I am going to make myself enjoy the process and pat myself on the back knowing that I am stretching myself – a lot.

Mountain Mist Quilt

quilt on bench

When I had all the blocks for this quilt on the design board, it reminded me of a cool mountain mist. Maybe it was wishful thinking as it has been in the 90’s here! The prints are from Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill and the solid fabric is a white on white. I also used a solid teal color for the border. I prefer the dimension the two tone white gives to the quilt. This is a simple chevron pattern using half square triangles. It is one of the five gift quilts I have been working on this past year. All are now done, only one more to post! In keeping with the simplicity of this quilt, I machine quilted it using straight lines following the zig zag design. I do hope the recipient enjoys this quilt as much as I enjoyed making it.

full quilt

Taz - supervising the cutting process.

Taz – supervising the cutting process.

 

Stashbuster Sunday – STACKED

This pattern, Stacked Squares by Moda, has been in my “want-to que” for some time. The pattern calls for 23 fabrics. I began pulling fabrics and no problem – I found 27! There are fabrics from three different designers in this quilt – Anna Marie Horner, Tula Pink and Amy Butler. No way I could go wrong with these! As I laid them out and began to pair the prints, eliminating some was no problem. I sewed the log cabins at the April Quilt & Sew-In Retreat. I waited until I was home to cut those blocks into fours (and yes, it did hurt a bit to do that!), play with them on the design wall, and piece them once more. I love this look! As I sewed each original block, it would become my favorite.

This pic taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway -  couldn't resist this boulder!

This pic taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway – couldn’t resist this boulder!

Hanging stacked (Large)

There were a few left over blocks so I incorporated them into the back of the quilt. I love all the loops of the machine quilting.

Back stacked (Large)

Quilting stacked (Large)Tag stacked (Large)

I am also entering this quilt in my guild’s Log Cabin Challenge, which was to make any log cabin quilt, any size. I’m keeping this one and it will be so warm and cozy to curl up under this winter!

For Fun…or For Profit?

There’s a new name to my blog – “heARTs Creations.”  It’s a little shorter and has allowed me to have a domain name. This change brought the question to me:  “Do I want to blog for fun or for profit?”  I have studied many blogs.  Some bloggers have sponsors, thousands of followers, post two or three times a week regularly and take part in many “linky parties.”  Having just retired in March, I have very much enjoyed not sitting in front of a computer every day, 8 hours a day.  I have been toying with the idea of taking my blog to the next level and asked myself, “why do I blog?” My answer came easy – I blog because I enjoy sharing my craft, creativity and ideas. I love to quilt and will now sprinkle a little bit of travel into some posts. I very much appreciate all my followers. There is definitely a kick to see the many countries some readers travel from to read my posts. I will, therefore, continue in the same vein as I have been – blogging for fun and sharing with the hope that it also serves as an inspiration to some.

Besides, I really need want to spend my time sewing. As you can see, I have a LOT of stash to get through! So, please join me on my journey. If you are already a follower – Thank you! I hope you continue to ride with me!

My Fabric Closet - Stacked two piles deep.

My Fabric Closet – Stacked two piles deep.


Fabric Cupboard - with solids and a few special collections.

Fabric Cupboard – with solids and a few special collections.

Bins - 8 of 12 filled with fat quarters and other cuts.

Bins – 8 of 12 filled with fat quarters and other cuts.

On the Road for Fabric

This past week hubby and I went north on I-77 headed to Floyd, Virginia. It is one of my favorite towns, filled with amazing art, craft and music. It also didn’t hurt that it was about 10 degrees cooler than at home. Heading up that way means a stop in Fancy Gap, Virginia to the Fabric Land Outlet. It is a huge warehouse filled with all kinds of fabrics. I especially like going for trims. The outlet also has all kinds of notions and craft supplies. I behaved – 60 yards of trim and I was out of there. Sounds like a lot? It was only 10 cents a yard!!

Warehouse FULL of fabric!

Warehouse FULL of fabric!

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Trim - only a fraction of what was there!

Trim – only a fraction of what was there!

And MORE fabric!

And MORE fabric!

In Floyd we walked down to the School House Fabric shop. It too is filled to the brim with fabric. There are many rooms to explore. One of my favorites is the bridal room – look at the wall of trim – wow!

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One room of fabric.

One room of fabric.

Another room - one of several.

Another room – one of several.

Wall of trim in Bridal Room!

Wall of trim in Bridal Room!

We stayed at Hotel Floyd. It is a very well appointed hotel filled with local art. My hat is off to the owners who support their local artists and I’m told that they always pay the artist’s full asking price.

Carved front desk.

Carved front desk.

Amazing ceramic.

Amazing ceramic.

Beautiful quilt displayed in lobby.

Beautiful quilt displayed in lobby.

The hand carved front desk greets you as you walk into the lobby. There are amazing ceramic works on the walls and a quilt hanging in the lobby. Everywhere you go in Floyd, there is art. On Friday nights musicians play outside on the street – There are fiddles and guitars and lots of feet tapping.Going to Floyd is like entering another dimension for me, and I so look forward to our next road trip there. Fabric, art and music – three of my favorite worlds in one!

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