Happy New Year ...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This one's been awhile in the making.  It's a 10th Anniversary present for some friends who celebrated their 11th Anniversary this past October ... yup, it's been a while in the making.

Another mutual friend of ours created a painting for them several years ago which hangs over their fireplace.  I used that for the color pallet.  My inspiration quilt is here and my first attempt at making a quilt from this type of inspiration is here.

I was OK with how my first version came out ... but must say I am pretty happy with this version.

The colors are bright, I am happy with how the piecing went and the way it ultimately laid out.  

The free-motion straight line quilting actually went better than I had anticipated.  I used my new Fons & Porter mechanical chalk pencil to do the straight lines on the dark fabric.  Worked FABULOUS.  (I was so tired of being unable to sharpen my white chalk pencil without breaking the lead out of the pencil repeatedly).

The colors on this one are just so happy, it makes me smile to look at them.

The back is pretty simple, with very little piecing.  The binding is my now standard zig zag based on the inspiration from Rachel at Stitched in Color.  

All Kona solids.  The finished quilt measures out at a generous 66" x 54".  Perfect for the happy couple to share on a couch on a rainy (it is Seattle after all) afternoon for a movie.

Happy New Year to all ... my 2015 resolution is to get a bit more of my stuff up on the blog ... I love sharing the work and hearing your comments and questions ... hopefully I will find more time as I head into the new year.

Head on over and take a look at all the beautiful projects that have been shared at:

Fresh Sewing Day

All the best

Happy Veteran's Day !!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day to ALL of the vets out there that have so selflessly served our country!

Patriotic Quilt
I come from a military family ... my father served 29 years in the Army, retiring in 1982.  We are now in the long-goodbye with my dad as he bravely faces each day as an Alzheimer's patient.

Last weekend, my siblings & I came from a far and landed in Kansas City for a quick reunion with my parents.  I made this quilt for my dad for Veteran's Day and took it with me on the visit.  

The look on his face as he opened the quilt up ... thought about it for a minute ... and then remembered that I quilt ... and had made the quilt for him ... is a memory that I will carry with me for the rest of my days.

I saw the inspiration quilt on BHG several years ago and pinned it to my Pinterest page hoping to someday make a Quilt of Valor.  I think I found an equally good use for it this month.  

Instead of buying fabric, I bought 100% cotton shirts from Goodwill & Value Village.  In this quilt, I used 7 shirts.  I cut 5.5" squares, did some oversize blocks, two little flags and some appliqued stars on a few of the squares.  

I had a label made by Spoon Flower where I took a photo of my dad and I and then appliqued it onto the back.  
Quilt Label -- Patriotic Quilt

The quilt is 12 blocks wide by 16 blocks long making it ~54" x 72".  

 The weekend was a success ... with a good time had by all.

And my favorite photo of the weekend ...

Hope it's going well out there ...

All the best,

Another market tote

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

And yet another market bag ...

In Seattle, stores can no longer use plastic grocery bags and if you want a paper one, it costs a nickel.  A cloth shopping bag is more of a necessity than a nice to have here.

When I made my first version of this bag from Bijou Lovely's tutorial it was to use as a farmers market bag.  I have lost count of the number that I have now made as gifts.

I made one for my cousin's daughter who got married last year as a shower gift with a serving dish inside.  She reached out recently and asked if she could commission me to make one for her best friend who had frequently commented on it.  And that's the yellow one that you see above.

This week, I decided that I needed to have a new one for myself (never mind that I already have 3 that I can choose from) and I pulled this red chevron bag together for me ... it's bright, it's fun and I've already received a ton of compliments on it.

Sometimes it's just fun to treat ourselves!

Hope you're having a good week!

All the best

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This fall's Bloggers Quilt Festival entry was a wedding gift that I made for my husbands son and new daughter-in-law.

It is a simple geese design, with a great deal of white space designed to provide lightness and brevity to the overall design.

This is the first time that I used a template to cut the geese ... it definitely helped, but the design also solves for sizing sins by hiding any sizing discrepancies.

I like the randomness of the geese ... but yet the uniformity of them all in a straight line.

The quilt back ...

and the signature ...

All of my quilts are now bound with Rachel's zig zag stitching.

Hope everyone is having a great Bloggers Quilt Festival!

All the best

It's been a while ...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A lot going on in my world ... work, vacation, family visits ... work ... work ... !!!

My husband is expecting a grandson ... note I say my husband ... I remain far too young for the grandparent thing ;-)

And as I know you know ... there's never a baby that I didn't have a quilt for!

You may remember that I was playing with this pattern back here and here.

I enjoyed the process on this one and the different pattern that ultimately played out here.

All Kona cottons on the front but a great alphabet soup flannel on the back.

Progress ...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

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

Wedding quilt ...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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 two very special friends take their vows in what has to be one of the most idyllic settings I have ever seen for a wedding.

We had a chance to be appreciative this weekend … appreciative that I live in one of an 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.  Love is love 💕 and equality matters and I could not think of a better quilt to gift to our amazing friends Dennis and Wil as they continue their journey together. 

Hope you guys had amazing weekends as well!

All the best

Quilting squares

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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!

Patchwork with a twist ...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

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,

Vacation Projects ...

Friday, July 11, 2014

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
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