Friday, February 16, 2018

Ombre Confetti Dress

I am being very good not buying fabric this year. I know it's only February, but still. The only fabric on my list of must have some was V and Company's Ombre Confetti Metallic. I never am attracted to fabric with metallic in it, but for some reason this just spoke to me.

As soon as Fat Quarter Shop notified me it was in, I place an order. I bought one yard of three different colors. It was so hard to decide which to buy, and I couldn't afford them all, so I also bought a jelly roll so I could have a bit of everything. And I was not disappointed.

So here is what I made first:
This is the fabric I selected for my first project. This picture doesn't even do it justice. It's much prettier.

I made a new spring dress for Miss N. When I saw that fabric I knew this would be one thing I would make with it. I really finagled with the cutting to get the ombre the way I wanted it.
And I was so happy to be able to get a section of the darker part for the collar. This is the first dress I have added a collar to. This is in the expansion pack for the Geranium dress by Rae. The collar was super easy to add and it really makes the dress, I think.
So one more shot of the finished dress. I am so thrilled and am now working on what to make from the jelly roll with all those beautiful colors. I'll keep you posted.
Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Three Year Finish

I know we all have them. Those quilts we start, we love and then they get lost along the way. Back in the winter of 2015, while I was at home going through chemotherapy, Rachel, from Stitched In Color had a Clambake quilt along. I had always wanted to make one, but it seemed too difficult to me. Rachel's method was a quilt as you go method. That I could do, I thought. This was before the fatigue got really bad, so I started the process.

I cut out all the clam shells I would need. It was to be a neutral row and then a colorful row. I went completely scrappy. I did get all the clam shells traced and cut. I think it took about a week. Then I chose my backing and started sewing. I think I got 3 rows done out of 34 rows needed. I tried to keep going, but I just didn't want to do it. I didn't want to do anything.

Fast forward to 2018. I decided to make this the year that quilt got finished. I pressed the edges with starch and then pinned each row and sewed them on. It took 3-4 weeks but now I am proud to say it's done.

 I was able to use so many fun and favorite pieces of fabric. I used some 5 inch charm squares.
 Here is the whole thing. It is a nice lap size quilt. I made the binding from the leftover pieces of the backing that I trimmed off when it was done.

 And this is the back. I don't remember the name of this fabric, but I love the shade of blue.
Not the most perfect stitching lines, but who cares, it's just for me. This makes me feel so happy to see it done. It reminds me that I came through to the other side.

Now my next project to quilt is a queen size bed quilt. I am trying to decide how I want to quilt it, so I hung it on the design wall to look at for awhile. I bought an extra wide backing fabric from Pineapple quilts. They have the biggest selection of wide backing fabrics I have seen yet. It arrived today, so now I can pin baste it as soon as I decide how to quilt it.
This is the top, on my bed. It is the free Cobblestone pattern I got from Fat Quarter Shop. So, linear quilting or curves? I think not too dense, to keep it soft and because I want to get it done this year. I am willing to entertain any ideas you have.
Talk to you soon.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Happy Birdie Quilt

And now the happy birdie quilt for Miss N is finished! I love how this turned out.
 Twenty five blocks in the No Point stars free pattern from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.
 Quilted on the machine with a variegated pink thread in an uneven straight line grid. Love the way it looks on this section of the backing.
The entire back, all from my stash and the binding is leftover bright pink from a recent quilt make as well. Can't wait to give this to her in a couple of months when I go for my visit. Lots of snuggles ahead. Talk to you soon.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Penny Sampler is Finished!

I finished my Penny Sampler quilt last week. I finished the binding on Wednesday and washed it and photographed it on Thursday, hoping to post it on Friday to link up with Amanda Jean, but instead, I went to Torrey Pines to watch the golf tournament with my husband, so today will have to do. I can link up later in the week to get it more "out there".
First, a full front picture. This is the whole thing. I love the way it turned out, very bright, which is totally my style. I loved this whole project. It was the first of its kind that I had taken on. The size is a twin bed size, but I don't have one to put it on, so I will just find other ways to stare at it and enjoy it. Now for some close ups of some of the components.
 I quilted most of it with Pearl cotton number 12. I used a lot of different colors and tried to let each block lead me in how to quilt it.

 But I also stitched in the ditch on my machine in between some of the large sections to help anchor it before I began the hand quilting. This was a great idea and it made for a very stable quilt top for hand quilting.

 The hand quilting added such great texture and interest to the piece. I don't know how I would have quilted it on a machine. There were just so many components to this quilt.
 This is one of my favorite sections. It is all paper pieced, which is a technique I took the class to learn. I am so happy that I did. Not that I am now a big fan of paper piecing, but I can do it!

 Here it is stretched out on my queen size bed so you can see how big it truly is. So much loveliness.
 These loops down this one piece are the only other machine quilting on here. I felt that this was the best solution for this section since it is one whole piece of fabric, even though it mimics a pieced section.

 I had picked out all the fabrics in the beginning and kept them in a box, as recommended. The one thing I knew I wanted to do for sure since the very beginning was this bright green section with the blue and white fabric diamonds. I am sooooo happy with it. It worked out just as I imagined.

The quilting of diamonds to mimic the hanging diamonds is another favorite element for me. I tried to balance the needs of the sections with enough quilting to keep everything stabilized.

 This little area is another that just spoke to me about the way it needed quilting. I love the texture here since it has been washed and dried.
                   Here is the entire front once again.
And the back. I have been trying to find a way to use these fabrics up since I bought them. The Jeni Baker Nordika is one I love, and I had originally thought to make curtains of it, but that never worked out. So happy it found a home at last. Have a great week and I will talk to you soon.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Back at It

Well, our guest has gone and the sewing room is once again, the sewing room. I did manage to make quite a bit of progress on the Penny Sampler Quilt though. I will show it to you soon. I would say I am 3/4 finished with the quilting on it.

Today, however, I worked on piecing the backing for N's quilt. First thing I did was to pull a bunch of fabrics, in various sizes. I laid the quilt top on the floor and arranged the fabrics on top, like a puzzle.

These are the fabrics I used. I took them outside to photograph for you so you could see the true colors. I had the three patterned fabrics and these 4 shades of purple.
 This is the fabrics, just lying on the floor before I sewed them together. I wanted a sense of whether they would be enough for the back and how to fit them together.
 And this is them, all sewn together and ready to quilt. I am thinking I will get the batting out and pin baste next week, but I am so happy to have this step done. I even know how I am going to quilt it.
 This next quilt is a WIP that I started back in 2015. When I was at home, during the time I was doing my cancer treatment, Rachel at Stitched In Color was doing this sew along. It is a quilt as you go project, which I had always wanted to try. I also have long wanted a clam shell quilt. I got all the clam shells cut out, and I even sewed a few rows. But as I felt less well, I sewed less and less until I didn't sew at all. For months.  I picked it back up and did a few rows, once I began sewing again, but still no finish.

If you look closely at the two pictures above, you can see how difficult it was for me to get perfectly rounded edges. But the point of this was to learn the technique, and I hope I will improve. This quilt is not quite half finished.
 Here are all my neutral colored clam shells. I did have to press them a bit after all this time.
 And here are my colored clam shells. I cut some form yardage, but most all of them were either from scraps or 5 inch charm squares. There are not too many duplicates in here.
I found these two in the bag. They are starched and pressed and ready to sew on. And that's part of what is taking so long. I have to starch the edges and press under a quarter inch using a cardboard form. Then you pin on a row, and sew. Then you do it again, and again and again. I am determined though, that this will be the year I finish this quilt. Three years is long enough. I hope to be able to show you some real progress soon. I have already sewn on another row this afternoon. Talk to you soon.

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Friday Update

So I said I would show you what is going on with my Penny Sampler Quilt. I finished piecing it in December and got it pin basted. I am hand quilting it with big stitches in Pearl cotton size 12. There were just too many elements for me to wrap my head around doing it on the machine, even though it's faster that way. I mean, it took me 12 months to make, why rush the quilting.

 I took the quilt out back in the shade to try and get good shots of the stitching. I am using many different colors of Pearl Cotton. I am letting each section speak to me and trying to give it what it needs. I feel like so far, some success and some, not as much. But I am enjoying the process.

 Some are pretty easy to figure out, but others I keep looking at and I got nothing! It will come in time I hope. The steam on this cup is one of the ones I really like.
 Some stitching is hard to see with the camera. There is stitching around the petals in this flower block, but they don't show too much.

So pretty much that's it for now. I will be working on this for the next few days, and new machine sewing until our guest leaves next week. I hope you have a great weekend. Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. It's not a finish, but I am celebrating anyway.