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!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Tidbits?

I just didn't get it done for Tuesday Tidbits, oops!
I have many fun fun fun sewing bits in my basket right now!

First, every once in a while a quilt grabs you, doesn't it? 
And then you have to make one to have one, right?
When I saw this on Flickr, I saved every photo of it to favorites! To be honest, I would look at it every couple of days at first! Then she put it in the Bloggers Spring Quilt Festival! I just LOVE it!!!
 I decided to make a "reminder" mini of save from having to look it up on the computer so often! No attempt to replicate it exactly, just a "reminder"....the form, the whiteness, the squareness of it!
 Turns out, I have made a ROYGIV reminder of it :)
 I'm not quite finished, but it is shaping up!
When I finish, I may have to find a really green field to stand in for pictures.... :)

Secondly, when I made my simple quilt making services available to my friends and family on Facebook, my sweet friend, and sister in orange, Terri, asked immediately for "a place on my quilting dance card"! (she is so cute!)

We had such fun working through to a final pattern decision, and when it came time to choose fabrics, well, let's just say we may have created a new fabric lover!!!
I knew we would have a bit of a challenge on our hands when she chose a Moda line released in January 2013! La Belle Fleur by French is gorgeous!
I located a layer cake....and had to really scout out yardages...yay for Google and Etsy!!!
I've received all but one package of fabric and the batting....I will be happily sewing and sending in-progress teaser photos to Terri this weekend!!!
Super excited to see this one come together!

Thirdly, and finally, I am bringing a new "recipe" out of the oven at the Moda Bake Shop next week!

You may know I am a big fan of Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic.  After an unsuccessful attempt at this pattern with her "Figures" line, where she gave me a personal lesson in contrast and design via FB message(it was awesome!), her newest, "For You" fit the bill beautifully! It is big and colorful and delicious! I hope you will stop by the Bake shop and check it out!

I will leave you with my glorious morning clouds! Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

running a little late, but still linking up with Lorna @ Let's Bee Social!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Easy As...Pie!

This is not an original idea! I borrowed it from Cassandra@TheNotSoDramaticLife who made hers on Pi Day! It is super cute, and when I needed to make a house-warming gift for some friends, I thought this would be fun to attempt!
It was kinda fussy, getting it all figured out...but I prevailed!

Once I had it quilted, the challenge was to find a 14 inch template for trimming!
"fitness gear" or "quilting accessory"?
It's a good thing we work out!
I used a single-fold bias binding for the "pie plate".

I only regret I did not have a large enough piece of the "crust" for a bias crust around the edge, like Cassandra's...
My husband thought it looked like a pizza pie :)
I made up a couple QAYG hot pads to go with it too.
Fabrics are all from Sandhill Plum, by Kansas Troubles...from a big scrap bag I won a couple years ago :)
I think she will like them, and it will be a fun surprise :)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Highlights

It has been a while since I have shared any highlights, so here are a few from May!
The sky is ever the highlight of every day :)

it always amazes me how far north the sun rises this time of year!

Nash, the wanderer, found much fresh, wild asparagus! 

Some sewing highlights that haven't quite made headlines lately:
My stash o' solids is slowly growing! Yay!
I am intentionally buying random 1/2 yds any time I get to the big city!

I've also pieced the central part of this quilt for my son, Ben! A thin border of red, then white to size yet to go!
A Moda Bake Shop recipe called Peaks and Paddocks
And I have added another round on the Scrappy Vortex! I considered just using black and white gingham, but think the scrappy black and white is what it called for! 
I want to make it longer yet...I may keep adding to the top and bottom with the black and white scraps. Any brilliant suggestions welcome :)

The last sewing highlight...sewww excited! I am finally using/making/doing leaders and enders!!!
only squares right now...multi sizes
In other news, I am happy to report that 2 pairs of Tree Swallows quickly scoped out and moved in to my bird houses! Yay! They are my favorite!
we always call them "Handsome" and "Beautiful" :)
And speaking of moving in, we have put our wilderness home on the market, and will be moving out,
yet this summer we hope! A bit more on that a little later :)
I don't know if you are able to see the barn quilt on the front, which has caused some to refer to ours as "the Sunflower House", which pleases me :)

 I went to the mountains with the guys, looking for bears....
and found an elk, with her brand new calf...
she is the tan spot just left of center...honest!
25 miles in that direction, over the mountains, is our grocery store...
 100 miles in that direction, is home!
See? I do get out of the yard!

I hope your season is off to a great start wherever you are!

Joining Lorna and friends at Let's Bee Social!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Simply Sawtooth Progress

Here is a recap and an update of my 
Wherein I use favorite fabrics and, hopefully, quite a bit of orange :)

January Stars
 Flower Fields, from Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry; and 2 prints from Posy, by Aneela Hoey

February Stars:  
Rings, from Desert Daydreams, by Khristian Howell (one of my very first online fabric purchases ever!!!); and Pearl Bracelets, by Lizzy House, of course :)

March Stars:
Olavi, from Glimma, by Lotta Jansdotter; and Squared Elements, by Art Gallery

April Stars: 
 Tiny Orange Gingham, from a second-hand Ralph Lauren shirt; and Drake, from Glimma, by Lotta Jansdotter

All together now...

I know you are probably wondering where my May Stars are, but...the month is not yet over, patience!
Edited 29 May, to add my lone May Stars! I did not make 2 pair because, well, I just couldn't commit to my fabric choices on hand...will make it up later!
 But this one I do love and had been waiting for the chance to get to Joann's to pick up the Jennifer Paganelli print!  *happiness*
Linking up with Lorna @ Let's Bee Social!