Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sew Much Fun!

First, a "stash flash"....
Curiosities, by Jeni Baker was released on my 30th anniversary :)

At least some of it had to be bought!
 I already had the token "Dreamin Vintage" piece

This 6 piece bundle, from Sew Modern was shortly supplemented by the navy piece and a piece of my favorite from Geometric Bliss from the Fat Quarter Shop...they missed me ;)

It feels good to have finally "scratched that itch" :)

Secondly, this oasis in Central Montana :) They dip ice cream and have fabric and notions! (oh yeah, and groceries and hardware...) Seriously, jelly rolls of Tula Pink Moonshine, Mettler Threads, 
and Wonder Clips!
I feel so on trend!

Well, here is Esther, the proprietress of the aforementioned oasis...
Wait! What?
 Yep, that's right, she (and Pam!) invited me to the once-monthly sewing day at the fire house in Roy, MT!!!!
Meet Brenda!

and Marsha, Clara and Pam, and Brenda!
So, yeah, I've been to a sew day!!!!
Yes, it was awesome, and the ladies were friendly and very welcoming!
Everyone brought a few projects for "show and tell" many pretties! 
Brenda brought dessert, too :)
This is what I did while I was there...
July Simply Sawtooth Stars
Then, there was this "play thing" I made sometime last year. No plan for it, not a clue...I was just playing.
Well it has a new home to go to, a new and high purpose to fulfill!
A virtual friend of ours...since maybe 1998...his wee beautiful daughter turned 3 a week or so ago, and received a wonderful wooden doll house for her birthday!

I saw the picture on FaceBook, and when I rummaged around in my tubs, knowing she needed a quilt for her dollhouse, I came across the little hourglass...and, well you know the rest of that story! I put it together, including the little pillow while I fixed supper that night!
I love that it was the perfect size and scale for a real doll quilt :) 
Talk about a change of pace, after Terri's large quilt!

Have a wonderful week and weekend!
linking up with Lorna and friends @ Let's Bee Social

Friday, July 17, 2015

Terri's Quilt, a Finish!

 My first Q3 finish...
and a mostly pictures post :)

A Jacob's Ladder Quilt
Progress posts here and here...
A fun morning's photo shoot on Dunn Ridge in Petroleum County, Montana

6 Borders!!! 
 The diagonal quilting is aproximately 2 7/8" grid
 My cheerful, and tall, quilt holders!
 My driver!
A Star for and center on the back :)
Terri's Quilt
92"x 92"
La Belle Fleur, by French General for Moda
Backing: Midnight Blues by Nancy Gere
Pieced and Quilted with Aurifil (my first ever!)Light Sand, 50 wt

this girl is so sweet...she sent me quilting sustenance!
a whole box full of wonderfully ripe peaches <3

Linking up with CrazyMomQuilts Finish It Up Friday :)
Also linking up for the first time over at Prairie Sewn Studios!
Crafty Comment Karma
They gave me a nice invite a week or two ago, so you might check it out :) 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

Top of the list: My Mom came for a visit last week!!!!

with her favorite tour guides :)

She loves a good porch :) (but could certainly use a more comfortable chair!)
and a good game or two with her grandson!
Look at her beautiful self!!
We had a super fun and relaxed week just catching up and being here together!

The day we took her back to Billings, she and I wandered an antique mall, where I saw this wonderful quilt....

These are not the best pictures and certainly do the quilt no justice...

But I was doing some serious swooning...

 I love the fabrics which appeared very stable, the whites were quite discolored but not from use so much as from poor storage? Binding was all intact, no fraying. I have since learned that a gentle washing and bright sunshine do wonders for old quilts... I may need to go back for it....

After my Mother's departure, I was able to finish up the quilt top for Terri....

Many borders :)

The original design inspiration came from this beauty, by Julie, on Flickr 

Moving right along...
I think you know what I will be doing the next few days!!

prickly pear flower :)
linking up with Lorna@SewFreshQuilts 

Q3 Finish Along 2015

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I skipped Q2, but I have a few projects that I foresee finishing soon, so I am back on this thing!!!

1.Terri's Quilt

2. Bed Runner 
It was originally going to be part of the back of Terri's Quilt, but we've decided to make it "optional" by way of a runner :) Clever, no?

4. Scrappy Vortex
This is a long shot in this finish-along, but hey, if it happens that I finish it, I sure would like it to count!

So how 'bout you? Are you linking up for the chance on some wonderful prizes this quarter?
It is simple...make a bloggy list of your WIP and UFOs and link up this week over On The Windy Side, and then link up your finishes at the end of the are chosen randomly from all the finishes, and each finish is a separate chance! It really is fun motivation, and always great to see how many projects get finished up! 
I hope to see you there!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Monday, June 29, 2015

Jewel Toss for Moda Bake Shop!

I am pretty excited to have a second recipe on the Moda Bake Shop!
Jewel Toss was published on Saturday, but I was so busy with my Mom,
who is visiting from Indiana (I know, right?!),
 that I didn't even notice it until Sunday!
So please do hop over to the Moda Bake Shop and see what you think!

After a "failed" first attempt with a different collection, it is really gratifying to see this one sparkle just like I had imagined!
this is a Moda photo :)

 Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic pairs "wonderfully soft" with "wonderfully saturated" hues in the most delightful combinations in her newest collection, For You. 
If you love color (!) this collection will make you feel like she really did make it just For You, and anything you make will be so pleasing in the process that you will certainly feel self-indulgent!
At least that is how I felt the whole time I was playing with these fabrics! 
They really are exuberant!
So, about the pattern....
I have always loved, and wanted to make a traditional Jewel Box quilt.
Half-square triangles and 4-patches assembled in rows "web style", instead of by block made for a pretty straight forward patchwork assembly.

 I then combined the patchwork with an assymetrical setting in a field of wonderful Bella Chartruese, for a playful, bright throw!
As I was making it, I was rather gleeful and called it "Happy Salad" throughout the construction process, because the fabrics are so darn delicious, and then the bed of chartreuse...
...well, it made sense at to me at the time :) 
I quilted it with a diagonal grid, following the diagonals of the patchwork and carrying them out to the edges.
My self indulgence was boundless as I chose the fabrics for the back...I was not thinking of the sons or the husband when I picked these!
the pink fabric reminds me of kiwi fruit...mmmm :)
Thanks so much to Moda for letting me make and share this quilt with you!

For You ships in August!