Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress ...

The top section of the quilt is now nearly complete … since it's a 10th Anniversary present for a couple that will be celebrating their 11th Anniversary in October … I am a little behind.  I guess I've taken the attitude that if a wedding present can be delayed by a year …

You can see here what the overall quilt is meant to look like.  There were a couple of inspirations for this quilt.  The painting the couple have over the fireplace in their family room.  A quilt that I have admired and already made a quilt. 

The design was done on excel … it's funny.  I work in Marketing (the analytical side), but had some humor shared over the past couple of weeks as my creative partners in marketing all chuckled at the the thought that I could actually design something beautiful in excel ;-).

Spending the long weekend out at the cabin … and got a 6-mile journey in on our new kayaks.  This is a totally new sport for us and so far … we're having a ball … 
Today's 6-mile kayak journey on Hood Canal
Tuesday night's kayak & sunset on Puget Sound
If you can't tell … we're really enjoying the new boats!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

All the best

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wedding quilt ...

First … my thanks to all of you who commented on the challenge with my niece's quilt … I love this quilting community … your heart and generosity is abundant in so many ways!  I was away at a wedding and didn't get a chance to say thanks to everyone personally … but I truly appreciate your thoughts … I have connected with her dad, and he is helping sort it all out.

And now … this week's wedding quilt ...

My husband picked this quilt out from my Pinterest page as the one that he thought would be best as a wedding present … and lo and behold, there was a great tutorial attached to it!  The inspiration quilt was made with 6 fabrics, I added 2 to make it 8 for mine, as I wanted a slightly larger quilt.

Like us, the happy couple own a home in Seattle and a cabin out on Hood Canal.  My color choices wrapped around what they experience outdoors … the sun, the trees and the sea (you can see all these colors in the photo of the wedding setting below).  I used strictly Kona solids for this … on the front they included:  Maize, Celery, Olive, Peridot, Spring, Seafoam, Sage, & Teal Blue.  Wish I could tell you what color I have used on the back … but it's not on my color chart and I cannot remember.

I tried a new quilting technique that I hadn't used before.  I loved the squares on this quilt by Katie at Sew Katie Did.  It came out pretty good considering that it was all done free-motion.

The wedding was this weekend up in Port Townsend, WA.  We had the opportunity to watch very special friends take their vows in what has to be one of the most idillic settings I have ever seen for a wedding.

We had a chance to be appreciative this weekend … appreciative that I live in one of the increasing number of states that are allowing all of it's residents to marry someone that they love and want to spend the rest of their lives with.

Hope you guys had amazing weekends as well!

All the best

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sad ...

I had made a quilt for my brother's daughter for her high school graduation (blogged here).  Sadly, her parents are going through a divorce right now, she's living with her mom … and for whatever reason, the package with the quilt in it was returned to me … rejected.

Not wanting to spend energy on speculating … I would rather find a good home for what I think is a lovely quilt.  Here's the challenge … I made a big label and put it on the back with her name, high school, date, etc.  This label is smack dab in the center (see pic below) and completely quilted into, so cannot be removed without making a mess of the quilt.

If anyone has any thoughts on how this quilt could still be put to good use, I would value your input.

Overall, it's a sad story, but my load would be lightened if I knew I had a way to put it to some use through a donation or something ...



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Quilting squares

So excited to be back from a few weeks of travel for business and getting back to my quilting!

This is a wedding present for a wedding this coming weekend …  yup … I have got some work to do!

I am so excited about trying the square quilting … haven't done it before, it's time consuming, but as someone who REALLY likes geometric, it is really within my wheelhouse and am happy I tried it on this.

I used this as my inspiration quilt -- AMAZING tutorial found there to help you with it … quick glimpse at what the quilt is …

Hopefully some time by this weekend to finish, wash and get some better pics!

Hope you having a great week!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Patchwork with a twist ...

I started this as a patchwork of 3.75" squares from my scrap bins which I posted here … then twisted it up a little with some 3.75" strips of white in the midst.

This is for my niece's graduation present from high school last month (yup, as with all my quilts lately, it's a little late).

I quilted it with a X pattern … and was able to do it free form … I am pretty pleased with how straight the lines came out!

For the back, I used up some of the extra blocks that I had from the front and then made a label for the quilt.

Kaitlin loves a riot of color … and I think this pretty much captures that.  I used a few different colors on the binding to bring the color fun home.

Great week off at the cabin … heading back to the real world tomorrow morning …

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

All the best,

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vacation Projects ...

A week at the cabin … a glorious week … in glorious weather at the cabin!

I was able to sneak some quilting in this week between kayaking, running and getting a few other projects underway.  I had purchased the table and chairs on Craig's List last summer and made the seat covers (blogged here) then as well.  This week I finally got around to painting them.

Chairs before paining
It was pretty simple.  I purchased 2 colors of Valspar Outdoor Satin spray paint at Lowes (Spring Sprout for the chairs and Dried Pepper for the table).

John did a little sanding and I was able to spray paint them up in the garden.

In total, I used 4 cans of paint for the chairs and 2 on the table.

It's kind of nice to have some color back in the garden … since the deer worked so hard to remove it the week before we got here.

After our kayaking fun a couple of weeks ago, we were able to pick up a Kayak on Craig's List and have a second one on order.  Guess we underestimated how awkward it can be to walk around a 1 car garage with a 14' kayak in it ;-).  So John found a great tutorial for a kayak rack online … and pulled it together this week as well.

We have some friends coming out for the weekend and it's meant to get above 90F here … which should be interesting in a cabin with no air conditioning … thank goodness we've got great neighbors who have offered to loan us a couple of their kayaks as well … playing in the canal will be very refreshing!

I was able to finish a few of the quilt tops that have been laying around … once I've taken some photo's, I'll share a few, stay tuned!!!

Enjoying the rest of the week off … hope you had a great week!

All the best

Monday, June 30, 2014

"Art" Quilt

I fell in love with this quilt … IN LOVE!!!  

I wanted to try an "art" quilt, as opposed to a "quilt" quilt?  Make sense???

Anyway … here it is …

There was a lot of seam ripper involved in this quilt … squares didn't work, it needed to be linear and rectangle … the whole section under the light blue was re-pieced at least 3 times ;-).

I felt a little Frank Lloyd Wright-ish while making this … but loved where it was taking me to and where my mind wandered after having seen the original.  

The process … undertaken when I was under stress … was cathartic and helped me relax and lose myself in the process.  It's a different type of quilting for me and one that I want to do a little more of (design walls certainly help!!!).  

Simple back … had to find somewhere to use one of the squares that didn't work on the front ;-).  

It's for a friend who was a bone marrow donor for her sister back in April of this year …

And then when I finished … little relaxation for John and I …

Hope you're having a great week!

All the best


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