Thursday, January 29, 2015

Icy Parfait Pillow!

The time came. It had to be made. 
Something, anything, with icy, sea glassy colors.
For inspiration, thanks, most recently to Rachael, Karen and Pam....

Scraps, charm squares, pieces of osnaburg, it took about all I had!

But I got a cushion cover put together. 

I used my presser foot as a guide for all the quilting lines. Icy blue thread, Coats and Clark.

The sizes of the scraps of osnaburg that I had determined the final dimensions....I just pieced them together until I had a suitable background. It ended up at 26" x 13".

A couple of recent purchases came in handy for the envelope back. The gray is a Michael Miller print, and the pink is, of course, Lotta Jansdotter, from her Glimma collection. I use Amanda Jean's method here.

I don't have a pillow form made yet, so I just stuffed a couple rolls of batting in for the pictures.

I can rest easy now, for a bit.

It has been awhile, but linking up with CrazyMomQuilts Finish It Up Friday :) 
Yay! I love when I can do that :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

Warmer temperatures bring a mixed blessing out here in the Breaks....
the quagmire that is our yard and driveway during any winter or spring thaw
is this TMI?
I suppose it becomes a matter of where you choose to place your focus...
looking beyond the yard, to the horizon...
I know, corny, right?
But still...

In the meantime, the mail was worth Friday's arduous trip to fetch it :)
Look at this sweet package that arrived from our Hoosier seems Miss Hannah has her little brother started in the yarn arts as well! Check out his little potholder! I am! with all this homemade goodness!! 

Mrs. Romans also sent along the Irish Chain book, which is so timely since I will be making one for my #2 son this year! My Mother-in-Law has this very book, so I am familiar with it and just love having a copy of my own! Thanks so much y'all!!

is this not the sweetest trivet? I just love the pattern...and it is two layers! Very cool!

I also received this sizeable piece of lovely that I ordered from Stash Fabrics, which will bring me a little closer to finishing one of my Q1 goals. I had been keeping an eye out for a backing.....

This "Olavi" in Rosey Cheeks, by Lotta Jansdotter, seemed to be just the right mix of mild color and bonus "gingham-esque" to go with the rather odd mix of fabrics that is my Fly Home quilt
I wasn't looking for a "perfect match" as such...I think I will love them together!
On another random note, does anyone else keep a collection like this?

 When I see these peeking out at me, I am reminded that, yes, I have bought and still have, plenty of pretty fabrics :)
 Those of you who swap and such must really have the memorabilia of this friendly quilty world!

My little garden of "roses" is growing...

I am thinking, at 9" each, as long as I have some gingham and any Kate Spain, it will just keep growing for awhile :) 
no hurry, no worry....

I will leave you with one last little bit for this week....

I am actually beginning to have a stack of quilts! Oh joy!! 

(Ready and waiting for February!!)

I will be joining the get-together @ Sew Fresh Quilts "Let's Bee Social"  :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015



Accomplished in stages...

A little at a time...

Piece by piece...

Bit by bit...

I may have stumbled upon my word for the year. 
It seems to have chosen me, rather than the other way around, however :)
Such a different cadence than the start of last year! We shall see where it takes me!

Playing nice with others this week at Let's Bee Social :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ice Parfait Mosaic Contest

I admit it, I am a sucker for these things....perusing all kinds of fabrics, while daydreaming in color...then sharing in mosaic form, in all it's obtuse glory :)

So this time, the contest, Ice Parfait, is happening at Stitched In Color, in collaboration with Cuts of Cotton fabric shop!

For me, winter deliciousness is all about the morning sky. With predawn temps averaging well below zero, icy almost always brings a parfait of color, just before the sun rises....
today, for example :)
"Icy Dawn Mosaic"

But winter is all day long, isn't it? And since we are allowed two mosaics, the brilliance of an icy midday brings it's own colorful daydreams :)

2 days ago

"Icy Midday Parfait"

If you would like to play along, create your own mosaics from Cuts of Cotton's delicious selections, and share them at Stitched In Color...2 winners will receive their bundle of fabrics.... that just makes me warm all over :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 Finish-Along!

Although I feel like I am starting the year with a bit of "the slows", I expect to get my sewing feet under me before too long!
So here is my list for Q1 of the new year's finish-along!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I have started quilting one, and have two more tops ready to go, with backings, 
for a total of 3 prospective finishes.

2. Fly Home
One of two quilt tops, other than the Dresdens, that I have, and would like to finish this year. 
The other, a Flowering Snowball, will have to wait for another quarter.

3.  Ben's Quilt..."Peaks and Paddocks" from Moda Bake Shop
Both my boys are way overdue for new bed quilts, and have been ever so patient...this is their year :)
I have all the reds cut, and have to settle on a background
throwing in a bit of cowboy fabric leftover from his first bed quilt:)

4. Figures "Seeing Stars"

5. Figures "Four-Patch"

Alrighty then! I had better get those feet under me and a-moving!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Historical, Quilty Love

My Dad really knows how to shop!

This unexpected gift is priceless in it's union of our interests...
...history and quilting...
...certainly not mutually exclusive.
I can just sense his delight as he explored and shopped, for me!
Yes, there is much to explore in this wonderful world that has caught us up in it!

I may have taken a couple of these pictures nose?!

I especially love this final acknowledgment from the author/curator of the book pictured just above:

"I urge all of you
-including the legions of talented quilt makers who could not be included in this book-
to keep quilting, to keep creating and stretching your talents to produce those masterpiece quilts, baby quilts, wedding quilts, quilts to give away, quilts to sell, and quilts to comfort when broken hearts need mending.  Please continue to grow and to stretch your boundaries."
Karen Patterson Bresenhan

Isn't that nice?
Thank you, Dad!

Have a super, warm weekend, friends!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Several Birds, One Stone

Bird 1. In which, upon entering "Orange Overload" in the Fall Bloggers Quilt Festival, it occurred to me I might like to make an orange-ish quilt for myself, sometime.
Bird 2. I have been quietly looking for another BOM to link up with, thinking how much I enjoyed the HST BOM with In Color Order a couple years (!) ago.
Bird 3. Ever since the GenQ BOM 2014, in which I did not participate, have loved the idea of reversed blocks. And further, recently came across a quilt in a classic quilt book, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! that appealed to me greatly, see picture below:

And so it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my own, private, but happily, open-to-anyone-interested-to-join-me Simply Sawtooth BOM!
Each month I will make 2 Simple Sawtooth Star blocks.
Since it is for me, I will endeavor to use only most favorite fabrics, hopefully with a decidedly orange bent. I have pulled several prospective fabrics, but will also leave final decisions to what takes my fancy each month, allowing for future fabric favorites to have a place in the quilt too!

If you might be interested in making your own Simply Sawtooth this year, here is a little info:

Fabric Requirements 
for 2 12" finished blocks:
From each of Fabrics A and B cut:
1  7 3/4" square, subcut into (4) 3 7/8" squares,
        or 1 strip 3 7/8" x 16", subcut into (4) 3 7/8" squares
1 7 1/4" square
1 7" square, subcut into (4) 3 1/2" squares
         or 1 strip 3 1/2" x 14", subcut into (4)  3 1/2" squares
1 6 1/2" square

Using the method where 1 large square and 4 small squares yield 4 "flying geese"units:
Place (2) 3 7/8" squares(B) onto (1) 7 1/4" square (A). Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Stitch 1/4" to either side of the drawn line.
Cut on the drawn line:
Press towards the small triangles, in this case, the white triangles (I didn't press this way this time, but will in the future!) Place the remaining 2 3 7/8" squares on each of the corners, as shown. Again, draw a diagonal line, and stitch 1/4" to either side of the drawn line:
Cut on the line:
Press, and trim off the dog ears (not shown here, but I did trim!):

Layout, and assemble in 3 rows, placing one 3 1/2" square in each corner, and the remaining 6 1/2" square in the center:

Repeat for block 1, making sure to begin with the white 7 1/4" square for the flying geese units.
Voila! Ready and waiting for February! :)

And sew the new year begins!

**these are the most remedial of instructions! Please do not hesitate to ask, if you have a question, I will be happy to answer here, by edit or by email!

First time linking up with Let's Bee Social!Yay!