Monday, November 23, 2015

Don't Quilt and Drive!

I've got my Crush on this week!
Last week, I shared my humble little paper quilt block...
Today I am sooo pleased to share two images of my inspiration.
The following images are courtesy of the artist, Martha Bladen, of Switzerland County, Indiana.
They are 2 from a series of more than 30, with the same title:
Don't Quilt and Drive

Aren't they wonderful?
I sought Martha out on Facebook, and she kindly supplied these images.
Maybe I can persuade her to tell us a little more about these, and her process...
that would be fun!

linking up with Main Crush Monday

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

What a fun week it has been!
 Have you been enjoying the Trunk Full of Quilts Show as much as I have?  I have so enjoyed seeing groups of people's quilts, as well as receiving so many kind comments! Thank you!!!!
Along with that, here are a few things that have been going on since finishing up the tiny triangles top:
After MUCH deliberation, opinions garnered on FaceBook, 
l to r: random alternate, rows, rows orange emphasis
and many go rounds in the dryer,
a decision was made on the layout of my Simply Sawtooth
Finally! Phew!
I am really happy to have taken this BOM upon myself!
I think I can have it finished up yet this year :)

On another front....
I have mentioned before (I think?), wanting to make a paper quilt block, inspired by a hometown artist several years ago.  This blue check packaging sent me over the edge, and then the orange flour sack to go with it? Puhleese!!!
So yesterday afternoon I indulged in some completely unnecessary paper cutting and gluing fun!
Not sure how I will finish this up...I'll see what size frames are available, and I may want to come up with a 4 block "sampler" ...don't know, we'll see. I don't want to trim it until I have a final plan.
Northumberland Star...8"
This table runner came about suddenly, as I had hoped to use it as a "Thank you" for a very good deed done to the Hubs and boys while they were out of town not too long ago....
I used 24 charms from PB&J and Persimmon, both by Basic Grey, cut down into 4- 2" squares each, and 24-5" Bella white charms. Backing is also from Persimmon, and binding is a blue/black crosshatch I had on hand.
14" x 36"

It turned out to be not so suitable for the Thank you, but it was a fun little finish nonetheless!

Linking up, again (!!!) with Beth and Main Crush Monday :)
and Lorna and Let's Bee Social :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trunk Show!

                                                                Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies
Trunk Full of Quilts!
at Whims and Fancies!

 How much fun is this?
Link up a new blog post featuring your favorite quilts? Love it!
I also love to play and participate just for the fun of it...and there are some prizes to be won...
this party has pushed all my buttons!
I so look forward to seeing people's favorite makes!
Please play...I want to see your faves too!

There is no question some quilts pop right to mind when I think "my favorites",
so here they are, in no particular order and linked to their original posts:

Winter Sparkle
21" x 21"
I made this for a last minute challenge for Sew Lux fabrics in December 2013

Silver Lining
27" x 27"
This is also known as my "Reminder Mini",
 to remind me of Exodus, by Leland Ave. Studios
Made in August 2015

Cathedral Windows

9" x 18"
Made in May 2015
It is simply flurrious!
 The unexpected result of an equally unexpected flurry of Cathedral Windows pincushions :)

Prairie Rose
45" x 45"
Pick a Rose, any Rose!
I have a separate label on this blog for "Prairie Rose,"
because once I made the discovery of this block, I haven't stopped making them in some form or another! Each one is a favorite.
This is the original, so it gets to be in the Trunk Show!
bonus baby photo! the block's namesake, Lila Rose
Made in September 2014
I was also happy to make a wonderful full sized, 12 block version for the Moda Bake Shop just this past September, if you want to take a look :)

85" x 91"
This is the quilt on my bed, always!
I can flip it over to it's all white side for an instant "design bed" :)
Made June 2014

48" x 56"
I made this for my Mother-In-Law
I think it is far and away the sweetest quilt I have made!
2 fabrics from Aneela Hoey's Posy, and a charm pack of Bella 30's solids
Made February 2014

50" x 61"
I made this for one of my sisters.
I wish I had made it longer.
I am enraptured by these fabrics, together :)
So much so that this is and will always be my Flickr "header" :)

These were made for my Brother-In-Law, 
who also picked and provided all the fabrics, with the exception of the osnaburg on the back...that was me!
A brilliant combination of fabrics, design and color paired with the super pattern from Alissa Haight Carlton
Also my formal introduction to the wonder that is Amy Butler!

No truck show of mine would be complete without
Many thanks to Avis@OhSewTempting for inspiring my "Year of the Chicken"!
Again, there is a chicken label on this blog, and a pick a chicken, any chicken!
 Year of the Chicken!

Many thanks to Soma for making this Trunk Full of Quilts happen!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Show and Tell!

Let me first get apologies out of the way...these are rather miserable photos, even by ipad standards, since my guys have the camera with them, several hundred miles away! They look much better on the ipad!

Sharing with you this little pet of a quilt top today feels just like Show and Tell!
You may remember it was originally going to be a pincushion!
I did get my pin cushion :)

making it personal...showing you my door ;)
408 Half Square Triangles later.... :)
I fancy that the "column" element was loosely inspired by Jayne's Cool Waters was much on my mind around the time. I did say "loosely"!

I needed to come up with a way to use these littles in a usable sized quilt, without having to make tiny hsts for the rest of my life! Thus, all the negative space and the columns, using alternating rectangles of white, and the occasional gray or lightest blue. Hopefully we toned down the "dizzying" effect of all those wee triangles!

When I had finished the larger column, I didn't think it had enough "umph" to stand on it's own in a lap sized quilt, so I made more HSTs, thinking I would place 3 random-ish strips with it...but then the strips didn't have enough "umph", either, so I put the three of them together in their own column.
in fact, my whole back porch!
 (the sign on the window reads:"NO loaded firearms in the house!" yep, it is necessary!)
I also thought early on, that I would need some kind of color for the background...again with the "umph"...I thought all my littles would be swallowed up with more white. 
Long story short, through a myriad of cross weave/cross hatch searches through a myriad of online shops...I happily came across* this sweet aqua cross hatch from Allison Harris' Oh Clementine collection! It is so perfect, and makes me so is a "tidy" little crosshatch, just perfect with my tidy little triangles :)

each triangle unit measures a wee 2"x 3"
I must revel here a bit...the layout of the bigger column? TOTALLY random! 
I started pulling from my basket, and placing from the bottom right corner, across, then up, right to left as I went up! It was a bit surreal how much I enjoyed that bit...I did not rearrange one little unit, or peek as I went!
To my mind, the color groups flow up and together in a way I never could have intentionally come up with, I'm sure!
the top finishes at approx. 50"x 65"

So now we are waiting for yardages to arrive in shops...
I will back it in that wonderful navy/mint green/baby blue "flying geese" geometric print that has easily claimed top spot as my favorite print in the uber wonderful Tucker Prairie line :)

*I found the cross hatch fabric @ another etsy shop, Warm Kitty Quilts :)

Of course I am linking up with Lorna and Let's Bee Social!
Also linking up, for the first time, with Beth@Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Mondays!!!
This top definitely qualifies as my latest crush!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sewing With Sienna!

Day 1:

What a triumphant finish! Lined Drawstring Bag, pattern from In Color Order
Day 2:
Strip sets!
More rotary cutting...lots of improvement!
Arranging, and rearranging :)
Day 3: OMGosh! She is quilting!!!
Day 4: Binding, and our Doll Quilt is complete!
We even pieced the back :)
So many words possible to describe just how much this time meant to me, that it leaves me rather speechless. 
Suffice it to say, I got in some seriously great girl time with this sweet girl and her Mother and sister!

linking up with the gals over at Lorna's 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival! Original Design

Welcome to my "booth" in the 
Fall 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival!
Hosted by Amy Ellis @ Amy's Creative Side!
My (only!) entry this time around will not surprise some of you!
 "Prairie Rose Garden"
I made this quilt in September for the Moda Bake Shop using Tucker Prairie fabrics by 1Canoe2

I have made 3 other quilts using this block design, that I "christened" Prairie Rose.
The block design, and name, came about as the result of  playing with some leftover HSTs for a baby quilt...the baby's name was/is Lila Rose, and I live in Prairie country!

The corner HSTs create "stepping stones", scrappy when placed all together, but cohesive with each block.
I was thrilled to have the sweet opportunity to make a whole "garden" of these blocks for the Bake Shop with this amazing fabric collection!
The "stepping stones" are completed around the edges with a simple border.

The one criteria I set for myself when making these Roses was to LOVE each combination of fabrics
in each block, with less eye to the overall composition of colors. With these gorgeous fabrics, I knew I couldn't mess up the outcome!
Some of the individual blocks....


Simple straight line quilting, on the diagonals, and around the primary shapes.
 Prairie Rose Garden
64"x 82"
Original Design Quilts Category
 With so much to see and enjoy during this Festival, don't forget to nominate and vote for Viewers Choice,
and your faves in each category!
Thanks so much for looking!