Category Archives: Color

Stars for Baby

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When at my fall retreat in November, a lovely young woman who worked at the Inn shared that she was expecting her first child. After seeing all the quilters’ work, she asked me about having a quilt made for her baby.  No need to ask me twice! She wanted stars and the colors red, black and gray.  Hmmm.  At first I thought those colors would be challenging, but instead they were a joy!

I mailed the quilt off to her last week. Sadly, I could not gift it to her in person as the Quilt & Sew-In had to be cancelled and now the Inn is closed.  Where is the quilt?? I mailed it to the Inn and as of right now, I have no idea.  I’ll wait a few days as I’m sure the Inn has been inundated with calls and emails.

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I love the way this quilt came out and how the prints came together to make a bright baby quilt. The quilting was done with pretty swirls – perfect for this quilt.

Scraps & Callie

Lots more time than usual is being spent in my studio these days as I’m sure is the case with most quilters I know.  One of my absolute priorities is to get all the scraps that have been piling up for much too long, cut.  (Even Callie is running away from this task!) I have both cutting machines out and they will not be put away until I have completed the job.  About an hour a day is all I’m putting into it so I don’t get burned out.

I’ve even cut out a leader-ender project – triangles for scrappy half square triangles. I love that the cut is accurate and there won’t be any dog ears to cut after sewing.

What has been keeping you occupied during this “stay at home” time?

Linking with:  N&TT

At Home Retreat

The Spring Quilt & Sew-In has been cancelled.  Although it was definitely necessary to cancel this event, it has made me somewhat sad as I so enjoy all the amazing creative souls that come to the retreats.  We laugh, we sew, we share, we laugh, we shop and yes, we sew! Some I only see at retreat. Hopefully there will be a rescheduling at a later date, but more likely it will all need to wait until next year.

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My last social sewing for some time took place last week at the home of a friend for 3 days. There were three of us and it was wonderful and inspiring.  As usual, I came away with some good tips. I have been sewing, sewing, and sewing the flying geese made from leftovers of my Tula Strings quilt. It really is a pile of sewing! As a result of our sew-in, I have on order a flying geese trimmer and how that should make the task easier! Actually, hubby has it on order for my birthday (smile).

I also started to put blocks together for the Tangled quilt. I am using Robert Kaufman Blueberry Park collection which is in a variety of fabulous colors with a white print. 

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How about we all have an At Home Retreat!

Sew to your heARTs desire!

A Quick & Not So Quick Sew

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Purging and reorganizing have consumed me the last couple of months.  Last week I went through the two donation bins of fabric, blocks and quilt tops I have.  Some I passed on to other worthy causes.  I pulled a couple of quilt tops ready to be quilted. Then I found a panel of bird blocks. I immediately cut them and paired with two solid fabrics.  Two days later a completed Hospice quilt top was on my design wall!

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This was such an easy and gratifying sew.  As soon as the fleece I ordered for the backing comes in, I’ll get it quilted.

Then on to the not so quick sew.  We recently put in new countertops and a backsplash in our kitchen.  The windows needed new toppers.  This was not a big undertaking, but mentally, I just wasn’t into it.  I found fabric I truly fell in love with and it was birds! So fitting, as we have many birdhouses in our yard, a few feeders and lots and lots of birds. After two days of sketching, cutting, sewing and lots and lots of griping – ta da! They’re up and I love them. It’s amazing how a simple window treatment can transform the look of a room.

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I was so pleased that I purchased fabric for the living room window treatments.  Hmmm, I wonder how much I’ll procrastinate and gripe before completing that project!

Long Time Coming

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Finally together! Over four years ago I mentored a high school senior and she made a quilt as part of her senior project. I also made all the blocks that she did before she arrived at each session.  She’s graduating from college this spring so….time to finish this quilt!

Not my colors. Surprise – I like it! It is bright which is definitely my style.  The quilt, backing and batting are all ready to go to the long arm.  This quilt is marked to be a graduation gift for another student (how fitting is that?).

Another project box empty – yippee!! Four tops are headed to the long armer – I’m actually excited about doing the bindings!

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Lollypop Trees Block 5

Yeah! Block five is done and I am now working on the sixth and final block of Lollypop Trees.  The pattern has many more blocks, including appliqued borders, but I have simplified my plans for this quilt.

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It will be a wall hanging with two rows of three blocks.  The blocks are large, so it will be a sizeable wall hanging and the plan is to hang it over our bed.  The borders and sashing will be pieced. I still need to sit down and calculate the pattern for those – will probably recruit Hubby (the family math nerd) for some help. I also need to choose the two fabrics for the borders and sashings.

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This applique project has been quite a commitment and I’ll admit, extremely enjoyable and satisfying.  Above, my very first block was with a different background than what I’m using now.  I switched gears, but will use this block for a pillow although the stitching is not quite complete. I will consider it a major accomplishment when complete, although I won’t be enjoying that moment for a while.

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A HOT experience! A friend and I recently attended a hot glass demo workshop at Starworks in Star, NC.  Fun experience! And look at the pretty glass paperweight I made! Not a craft I will pursue further, but how fun to participate it and be able to more fully appreciate this craft.

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String Flying Geese

Although it’s not yet quilted, my Tula Strings is a flimsy that I am SO happy with! However, there were over 200 cuts leftover which I have now turned into triangles.

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Lots of solid shot cottons have been cut into more triangles to turn the strings into flying geese.  About half are even pinned! These will be going to a sew-in with me next month where I will be joining two friends for two evenings.

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Why such ahead of time prep?  I’ve been in the midst of a massive cleanout of our home – closets, storage, and workrooms.  The plan is to have a yard sale on a pretty Saturday in March and then anything that remains gets donated immediately.  Although this process has been somewhat daunting, it really is quite freeing.

Knitting has also continued to happen.  I knitted these two dishcloths.  How fun! I’ll put them away to use as hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.  And my sock knitting?  Let’s just say it’s going – very, very slowly.  I am still determined to finish the sock I’m working on and then knitting it’s mate.  It’s a loooong term project. And I certainly won’t be knitting up socks as stocking stuffers!

Cutting Quilt Blocks

Spring Quilt & Sew-In has 2 spots available! Please come join in the fun & creativity!

April being not too far away, and the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat, I prepped blocks for the charity quilts that the attendees will be sewing. The first block is for a quilt called Mid-Century Quilt. There’s a variety of blues and tans for the blocks and enough blocks to build a twin size quilt.

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Thank you Pineapple Fabrics for donating the fabrics used in these blocks.

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The next two sets of blocks are for nine-patch quilts. One will have various light neutral squares in the center of each block, with the remainder of the squares being scrappy. With the exception of some of the center squares coming from Pineapple Fabrics, most of the fabrics came from stash scraps.

The second set is also for a nine-patch twin size quilt with a gray pin stripe as the center square and the rest are scrappy.  Several years ago at a warehouse sale I bought a bolt of the gray pin stripe. It’s almost all gone which is very sad because it has been such a useful and attractive neutral.

Being charity quilts, my hope is that the completed quilts will bring a smile and warmth to the recipients.

Many thanks to all those attending the retreat who are always so enthusiastic about sewing the blocks!

Bedroom Full of Green Leaves

I’m also working on an applique wall hanging for above the bed. That, however, won’t be finished for a long time. Then came the window treatment. Our bedroom doesn’t have much light, so this is the best I could get for a pic.

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This bedroom makeover is quite a change for me, and I’m glad to say I like it. It was a project that seemed to take me forever – and it’s done!   A nice way to start off the New Year.

Linking with: (links will be applied on the appropriate dates)

MIDWEEK MAKERS ●NEEDLE & THREAD 
PEACOCK PARTY  ● TGIFF ● WHOOP WHOOP FRIDAY
FINISHED OR NOT FRIDAY ● OH SCRAP!

A Very Good Year

My year was not as productive as some, but it was enjoyable. It is the process, not the progress that I now focus on.  There was still a lot of thread used! Each year I post a pic of my empty spools.  Not as many as last year, but I also had less partial spools when the year began.  It continues to amaze me how much thread quilters go through!

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What are my plans for 2020? I will continue to minimize the contents of my studio.  I have been cleaning out my craft bins, tossing, gifting and rearranging as I go. I sold some of my fabrics because  it would have taken at least a dozen quilters to stitch through my stash! I also sold my electronic cutting machine (Scan n’Cut) because I was not using it. Beware – stand in one place too long in my studio these days and you’re on your way out! Now I’m seriously thinking about finding my Featherweight a new home. I’m not acting too quickly on that decision as I want to be sure. The cleanout has been very freeing.

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I’m also knitting again! Starting out with something simple like a dishcloth seemed like a good approach.  Next week I’ll be taking a sock knitting class – something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time and I am excited! I chose a pretty jazzy yarn!

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There are several flimsies in the wings waiting to be quilted. I need to decide which ones I will tackle and which will go to the long armer. There are also a few projects that have been around for a long while. Hopefully the motivation will hit me to complete them. A couple have challenges that I have been avoiding.  Hmmm…am I passionate about them enough to meet the challenge?  We’ll see!

So here it is – my end of year Project Progress Listing. Lots accomplished – lots more to do!

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Thank you for being part of this past year with me. May your new year be filled with joy, peace, love and creativity!

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Nine More Days!

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It’s been a fun and busy week.  A friend has a family farm and invited two of us for a 3 day sew-in.  All that time concentrated on sewing and friends (and food) was such a treat! I put the main body of this batik and black & white quilt together.  I cut the squares after I reorganized my batiks a while back.  Now I’m working on the borders.  I need to cut a little more and look forward to a finish before the end of the year.

Yard/house chores have taken some of my time.  We mainly heat with wood – it’s nice and warm but there is work involved.  We used the beastly wood splitter and then there was hauling and stacking.  Whew! I’m not used to so much manual labor!

A friend that I meet once a month for a day long sew-in made these two lovely ornaments for me.  I love their elegance!

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The house has been decorated since the begining of Advent and I have been intentionally sitting and enjoying it all.  The living tree is a skinny tree and adds enough festivity to make me happy.  Ornaments from when the kids were little still adorn the tree and yes, we hang tinsel! Can you spot the little boat and water skiier? That’s from the early years of our marriage. There’s also a little lit tree with ribbon on the kitchen island and a slightly larger little tree in the dining room with bright lights and a little ceramic angel on the top that I made years ago.

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And, of course, there’s all the wood carvings my son did many years ago.  There’s even a carved candle! He no longer carves, but oh how I hope he’ll take it up again one day.

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I’d almost forgotten that I stitched these pillows a couple of years ago and put them out about a week ago.

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season and that all your prep work is progressing along merrily!