Market Bag is Back

Thursday, December 10, 2015

This bag is always such a hit!!!

I have made it multiple times for a variety of friends and family members.  As you can see here, herehere, here, and here  ...  oh and the fabulous tutorial to make this bags can be found on Bijou Lovely's blog.  

I love how they all look SO different depending on the fabric that's used.  This one is a Christmas present for my new sister-in-law, Katherine.  She's got a very sophisticated sense of style and I was looking for material that would match that.  I used a upholstery fabric that I picked up for 40% off at JoAnns last week.  I coupled it with some Kona gray.  

I was delighted to find when I visited my sister earlier this year that her daughters totally use the bags  made them several years ago for their Christmas presents ... SO tough to come up with the right gift for a young lady in her late teens and it appears I hit it right on the money with this bag!

I am still doing far too little quilting as my retirement was deferred again until early February ... but it's coming soon and in the interim, I have moved Santa's elf shop to the kitchen in my little apartment here in Seattle.

Hopefully Katherine will like the bag and get used to having a sister-in-law who prefers to make, rather than buy, gifts.

Hope your Holiday gift creations are almost finished!!!

All the best

Vivienne's baby quilt

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Our hearts are heavy this weekend with the tragedy in Paris ...

We spent 10-days in Paris last year as John ran his first marathon for his 70th birthday ... it was an amazingly warm and beautiful city.   Our hearts to Parisians and the French people today.

One thing I do love about quilting is how it takes my mind away from everything else.  This weekend, is no exception ...

Vivienne Skye was born on June 29th ... such a big name for such a little beauty!  I am finally getting to her quilt.

Disappointed that it has taken me so long ... but excited to have started it.  Vivienne's mom is a designer and picked out the colors ... I think part of my challenge was choosing a quilt design that was worthy of a designer!

There will be some additional work on these blocks as I cut them up and create a simple, modified version of a bento box quilt.

In the interim, I wrap up my final 2 months at work before retirement.  John's been busy out here at the cabin moving us in, getting unpacked, honing his construction skills by building  shed for the kayaks and other equipment and getting started on a quilting studio for moi!

The Kayak Shack comes together 
The beginnings of a quilting studio!

Looking forward to sharing pics of that as we make progress!

All the best,

Scraps to Quilt

Sunday, September 13, 2015

You know how good it feels when a quilt takes you completely by surprise?

I keep all of my solid scraps in plastic bags based on color.  Late last year, trying to whittle down those bags a little I started with the more mundane colors (blogged here).  Grays, browns, beiges ... I cut various size pieces in to 1.5" strips.  I randomly put those strips together and created three groupings ... one ~10" wide and the other two just under 6" wide.

Last week I decided I wanted to pull a quick quilt together for my sister who we will be staying with next week as we visit my parents.  Last time I was there, I noticed that the quilt I made her for Christmas in 2009 was starting to wear (YES!!!  Love a quilt that's used!!!), so I wanted to bring a replacement for her.

I trialed both off-white fabric and Kona Ash and decided that, while it popped a bit more with the off white, I preferred the more subdued outcome with the Ash.  The rest was simple.  Just a little piecing between the rows of strips ... and I had a generous lap quilt that was ready to quilt.

The back was equally simple.  The stripped pieces were a little long ... I really didn't need to make a 73" quilt ... so I trimmed them back and pieced those along the back for a little visual interest.

The quilt by the numbers:

Dimensions:  48" x 60"
Fabric:  Solid strips (1.5" wide by various lengths).  Back and main quilt solid = Kona Ash.  Binding = Kona Chocolate.  Batting = 100% Cotton.

I was delighted to see it come to life so quickly and it has turned into one of my favorites!

Hope all is well out there in quilt land!!!

Have a great week.

All the best,

Vintage Airplane Baby Quilt

Friday, September 11, 2015

It has been way to long ...

What has happened since February?
  • We spent 3 weeks wandering around Ireland
  • Sold our Seattle house
  • I resigned from my job
  • We moved to our cabin on Hood Canal
What hasn't happened?
  • Quilting
That has now changed!

Vintage Airplane Baby Quilt
This is for Gavin.  I work with his mom and she commissioned me to make a vintage airplane quilt and bunting for his room.  

You guys may remember this from my post in February when i was trying to figure out how to do applique.  Then so much happened and it kind of fell by the way-side.

The challenge was in keeping the quilting loose enough and doing a straight machine stitch on all the raw edges instead of trying to use a zig zag stitch.  This picture isn't as good, but you can see the quilting on it better and see how keeping it light and broadly spaced helped.  

Here's the back.  The little green spot mid-quilt on the right is a smaller replica of the airplanes on the front of the quilt.  Gavin's full name and birthdate are on this mini airplane.  Mom had gray chevron elsewhere in the room, so tried to tie it in with the back here.

I am not normally a fan of borders ... but this quilt was so simple and with vast amounts of white space, it needed a bit more punch.  

This is a not-so-great picture of the bunting that I made for Gavin's room as well.  It's hard to take a picture of bunting ... but I was able to get it against an off-white background in the guest room at least.  Making the bunting was actually far easier than I had anticipated!  The trick was to create a light-weight cardboard template to put inside each piece to help get 11 even-triangles.  

While I resigned from my job in March, I agreed to stay at work until the end of the year.  So I am not quite ready to quilt full time ... but it's getting closer and I am getting back into it.

Hope you have all kept well and I look forward to posting more and getting back to reading more about what YOU have been up to!


New Grand Daughter Quilt

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

John has a new grand daughter ... Rowan Jane was born about two weeks ago ... this is for her.

I had John look at some of the inspiration quilts that I have saved on my solids board in Pinterest and he chose this one which is was my inspiration.  I believe that the Denyse Schmidt quilt is a square of patchwork ... rather than a rectangle.

I used a solid piece of Honey Comb by TulaPink for the back.

I wish I could tell you what I used for the binding ... because it's cute ... but there's no printing on the selvedge ... kinda strange ...

I was really, really happy with how this turned out ... it's bright, it's light, it's fun and the back really adds some warmth!

Final dimensions = ~36" x 45".

Happy Birthday Rowan Jane!


Help Please!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I have had a colleague who has asked me to make her a quilt with some vintage airplanes on it ... I found some clip art on Etsy which I purchased, traced onto Heat & Bond and then appliquéd onto some red Kona Cotton.

 This first image is after I have appliqued and done all the perimeter stitching on the plane ... quite liked it here.

Then I stitched around the plane about a 1/4" of an inch with straight stitching and then did fairly tight meandering quilting around the plane on the white.

As you can see, the plane doesn't look quite as crisp when I am done.  I don't prewash any of my fabric, so I don't know if that would help or not.  Or is it simply what happens when one quilts?

I am going to take it in to show the mom to be tomorrow and get her input before I try to make the quilt in earnest.

Any thoughts are sure welcome!


Today we started training

Monday, January 26, 2015

Two slightly overweight girls ... training for my next half in Edinburgh, Scotland ... May 31.

Not bad for a woman who never ran further than 100 yards until she turned 49 ...

More to come on this challenge I am sure!

Baby boy chevron

Seattle, WA, USA

OK ... well it only took 11 months to go from design table to finished quilt ;-).

I started playing with this baby back here and here.

I was trying tome new things and was quite happy with how it came out.  I ended up with two different versions.  This is the 2nd, the first one was a completed quilt which I posted here.

This one the first one (the time consumer one) that I started with.  I like this one slightly better than the other.  And almost always like a quilt that's been done with tighter meandering quilting than a casual one with more spaced out straight line quilts.

This one is made from all Kona solids on the front and measures 40" x 49" now that it's been quilted and washed.

The back is a single piece that I picked up my LQS ... it has just enough detail in it to give it a little life without needing any additional piecing.  The binding is from a bit of material (unnamed) that I picked up as an end-of-bolt from the same store.

This one is in the  new shop on Etsy.

All the best

Housewarming / Christmas Present

Friday, January 23, 2015

 My brother Patrick, a LTC in the Army, just got a plumb assignment ... commanding one of the Battalions of the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg, NC.  He and his girlfriend, Katherine, have moved from the DC area and set up household together in NC.  This was their housewarming/Christmas present.

It's difficult for military spouses ... the Army decides where you go ... and often with little interest in where you would like to go.  Two careers can be tough to manage.  I give Katherine a lot of credit, she's done a great job in her role in DC and they've agreed to let her tele-commute from NC in a trial situation.  It takes a lot of guts to do what she's doing ... walking away from being seen every day and being considered for promotions to sitting on the sidelines and having to do an increasingly great job to stand out.

That said ... they've set up house.  She sent me the photo of their new family room.

And her inspiration photo.

And I came up with this.

And here's the back.

And here's the new quilt (and the Christmas tree skirt I made them -- a different post) under their tree.

I wish them tons of success and joy in their new roles.

A thank-you quilt

Sunday, January 18, 2015

 I had forgotten that I had made this one!

A friend of mine helped me host a surprise birthday party for John in March 2014.  I had made this quilt to say thank you.  Sadly, it was the quilt I was working on when I had all my stitching challenges with my Juki last year.

So I held on to it all the way up until we went over to see them just before the holidays.  I eventually thought that they would value a quilt that they could use more than one that I held back because I wasn't happy with some stitching.

I'm not going to post many pics, as it is not my favorite quilt of all time.  It was based on this quilt, which I did love, and that I tried to replicate here.

But since all quilts are not perfect quilts … I decided to go ahead an post this one here … it is part of the growth experience yes?

Now … how about them Seahawks!!!

All the best

Scrap blues ...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Uh oh ... another start ...

A chance to work off the blue/gray/brown (bruise colors?) that seem to be building in in my solids bin.

Hope your new year is starting well & thanks for stopping by.

All the best

Let's start with some color ...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Starting with a simple concept ... 

I love the contrast of bright colors on each other ... and put them against white and I am completely smitten.

Making progress on the vision.

Thanks for stopping by.

All the best,
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