Cat cave

Cat cave

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Detour

Have you ever been working on a project, or projects and you suddenly have to take a detour?
 I had finally gotten to the binding point on this quilt that I started a lifetime ago in North Carolina.
               And I had started working on a baby quilt for a friend's first baby.
And I was also working on a project for a baby shower as well. Not a quilt, but something else.

And then it happened. Another friend in need. Someone with an illness in need of comfort and support from as many people as possible. So this was born:
 I dug deep into my stash to find something not to flowery and girly. I found several pieces of Daysail by Bonnie and Camille that I had been sitting on, just waiting for the right quilt. Perfect.
 I pulled lots of coordinating fabrics. I had no idea exactly how big I was going for. I used Melissa's method for making flying geese. I love it because it is a no waste method and it is quick. I chose flying geese because I find the idea of soaring birds inspirational.
 I had it together in 4 days and on to quilting. I decided to do straight line quilting, but as I started, I was unsure of how many lines I would use.



 At my husband's suggestion, I used a navy blue Aurifil thread to quilt the lines. I liked it, as it went with all the fabrics, but something was missing. So I quilted a second line, very close, in teal or red, depending on the placement. That was what it needed. Glad I had so many colors of threads. The teal was 40 weight but the red and navy were 50 weight. I just went with it.
 I added a little flag to my signature tag, using some binding scraps that caught my eye. The binding is also from Daysail.
And now, less than a week and it is done. I will be taking it with me to NC this weekend to hand it off to a friend who will see that it reaches its intended recipient. And now, my heart is at ease for having this done and I can return to the path I was on before my detour.
I will show you the other finished quilt before I leave for the east coast.
Linking up to Let's Bee Social

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pouncer on Quilts

In moving to a new home this year, I have inherited a sweet kitty named Pouncer. She very quickly learned that quilts were a cat's best friend.
 Look at the princess on top of her stack of quilts? Think there is a pea under there?
 This is when all the quilts were stacked on the couch. Pouncer couldn't believe such a wealth of quilts just for her.
                          Yes, please, cover me up.
 She loves nothing so much as a good quilt cave to cuddle up and sleep. When she is restless, it settles her right down.

                          That's enough pictures please.

                      Oh, so tired. I can't keep my eyes open.

                    Also a good place for a bath. Gee I like these quilt things.
And now, maybe just another little nap. Nighty night.
Thanks to Snoodles and Company for another great year of Pets on Quilts. Pouncer says goodnight.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Spoonflower Pillow

I love Spoonflower. I have never designed my own stuff, but there are lots of great designs there from others. I love to go and look occasionally. I follow them on Facebook too. So when they have a design contest, I see the winner. When I saw this one, I just couldn't resist buying a yard of it.
This cat alphabet was just too cute. We love cats and have cats and so I though I should make something with this fabric.
So I went through my orange stash, which is sparse let me say. Then I cut out these letters to spell out Garden House, which is what we call our house. I just pieced the rest in a  made up order to compliment the orange in the cats.
And I used some leftover fabric on the back in an envelope closure. The chevron fabric makes my eyes nuts in large quantities. but this isn't too bad.
And now, the last pillow has a cover. I really love this one. Now I need to figure out what to do with the rest of the alphabet fabric. See you soon.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Picnic Blanket Done!

When Rachel of Stitched In Color announce a quick sew along for a picnic blanket, I jumped at the chance to use up some scraps. Now this was a rainbow blanket, and I did do a rainbow, but I took a few liberties with the concept. Mainly I did this to help me use us some fabric that was hanging about with not other use. A picnic blanket is a little more casual that a carefully planned quilt. So I felt good about these fabrics.

 I did sort of follow the layout, going from warm colors to cool. I loved adding a couple of low volume prints to the blanket. I thought that was a great idea. (not my idea, Rachel's)
 Such fun fabrics. My sister and a friend looked on as I photographed it and kept pointing out some of the things they saw on it, like the unicorns and the sheep. Such fun.
The back is a Charley Harper canvas print of feathers on an olive green background. So perfect and I got it on sale for a very good price. There is no batting in this picnic blanket.
                                       Up close of the feathers.

And you just roll it up and tie it with the attached strap and toss it in the car. I used the selvedges to make the strap. I love how it turned out. Thanks to Rachel for the project and you have a lovely weekend. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Bouquet of Geraniums

I have to admit, I have fallen in love with sewing for children again. I used to do it when my girls were little. I loved it in part because it took so little fabric to make them things. Also, almost instant gratification for most things. A great combination for a mom who needs to sew. Now that I have a granddaughter, dresses are my thing...again! (I did sew for the boys but they are getting really big now.)

Rae's Geranium pattern is the best. Several options and so easy to make. I have made several, since the time N was a wee thing, but now that she is older and walking, she loves pretty dresses. Yay!! I have today, three more to show you.

 First, let me tell you this dress is white. Pictures were taken under the green umbrella in the heat of the day. This is a knit dress. I found that sewing with knit is not hard, but it does slow me down to keep things going correctly, which is fine. Careful is good. The little bit of stretch this knit has should help keep her in this dress for a while.
 And when you stitch in the ditch at the high waist it practically disappears altogether, which is great! The knit has a great drape to it as well.
 After I made the first knit dress, I wanted to do another and I found this one, actually Made by Rae, so it was perfect! N is going to love these doggies!
 The third one is a cute Dear Stella bird print I found on sale at Hawthorne Threads. When I got it, I suddenly decided to go through my stash and try to find something to pair with it for the top. I found this Dear Stella Confetti Dots in the exact color as the pink birds. How perfect is that? Many times a manufacturer will use the same colors making matching easier.
 Buttons are all done on all three. My button hole struggles are getting better. I have done so many lately that I am starting to understand the machine and the button hole foot.
Last minute I decided to add a pocket, just one. It fortuitously sits right below this sweet little bird. How cute is that?
If you like sewing for little girls, I would highly recommend this pattern. Now there is an expansion pack available that has sleeves and collars and I think I would like to get that so I can make some for fall too. Have a great Tuesday and I will talk to you soon.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Geese!

I have finally tackled the flying geese in a quilt just for them and no other blocks. I have always wanted to. It is small, but I L-O-V-E it. It is another for my middle daughter. Here it is:
 The other thing I have always wanted to do is matchstick quilting, but I knew it would need to be a small quilt or I would never do it. This is the perfect size.
 The other thing that inspired me with the quilting on this is a picture on someone's blog of matchstick quilting that used more than one color.
 So I tried it and I am very pleased with the look. Here you can see it on the back.
 I used some yellow, some white and some blue threads. All threads were Aurifil 40 and 50 weight.
 And I used the last scraps for the binding. Great way to use most all of it up.

Have a great Sunday and I will see you soon with more sewn goodness.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Finish!

So thankful that I have been getting so much sewing time lately. It really makes me feel more like myself. And I have been cranking it out! What I am showing you today was actually finished Wednesday and I finished another Gemma Blouse late yesterday so I will show you that very soon. For today:
 This is a sweet little wall hanging quilt I made for my middle daughter. I had two mini charm packs of this and without looking back through a bunch of blogs, I can't remember what it is. I think it's Sweetwater, though. I pieced it forever ago, without any idea of its intended use. Just because.
          A quick and easy criss cross quilting pattern.
             And some lovely Henna Garden for the back of the quilt.
 I found a perfect red in my stash for the binding. I love when that happens and I don't have to buy anything new.

 And now, another little quilt for my daughter and another item off my WIP list. Yay me!!
 Then, this happened. My sister was in England and I asked her to go to Liberty and get me some lawn fabric and she did!! I asked for 4 meters of 4 prints. I told her to just pick something lovely and she did!



The total cost for 4 meters was 90 pounds which is $117.90 in American dollars. That works out to 29.475 per meter, which is 1.094 yards. A great price I think! Now to find a project for these. Have a great Friday. Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.