“Home” Pixie Summer QAL Finish 2017 04-08

I loved making this quilt, despite my love / hate relationship with the very teeny tiny stars for the last couple of blocks.  It all started last summer.  Pixie Summer Home Quilt-A-Long.

Pixie QAL “Home”

The cloud like quilting creates a beautiful look around the houses with just enough depth to stand out from the trees and houses.

Home (Farmhouse Fabric)

The Farmhouse fabric, by Fig Tree (Joanna Febueroa for Moda) was a perfect choice for this quilt.  Colorful, playful and neighborhoody!

Pixie QAL Finish

See those stars…the smallest is an inch, plus or minus a fraction.   Small = harder to work with than I thought they would be.  I persevered (I even started an ender / leader project now making small stars from leftover triangles from other projects – yes, really I did).

Backing

A blustery windy day (where a cloud rolled behind me just as I started to take pictures) made for a natural look at the back of the quilt.

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These red berried trees are a natural fit for the backing.  Kind of like a tree farm in the backyard, if you know what I mean.

Welcome “Home”

The quilt finished at roughly 51 x 63.  I can see this pattern modified as a table runner, wall hanging or even a set of placemats.   I can’t wait to use it again.

Meadow Mystery Finish (Take Flight) 2017-04-01

I am excited to have wrapped up the Meadow Mystery Quilt-A-Long while sharpening both my FMQ and HMQ skills.   The entire QAL, sponsored by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design was a great time.  The pace was perfect for me as a full time working Mom (I know you can relate!).   And let me mention it was really fun to anticipate each month’s blocks rather than know what was coming.  I simply loved the mystery component of it.  The QAL started back in July (see my post where I talked about color inspiration and getting started –   Meadow Mystery Quilt-along).

Windy Take Flight

This was the first time I made a quilt from fabric purchased entirely online.   It came together very nicely considering I selected the colors based on very small thumbnail pics.  The fabrics chosen were:

  • Edyta’s Essentials Batiks, Lemon Bliss
  • Sticks & Stones Batiks, Ivy Rust by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda
  • The Reclaimed West, Rock Grey by Timeless Treasures
  • Sound of the Woods 2, Branches Glacier Metallic by Kathrine Lovell for Robert Kaufman
  • Whispers Muslin Mates, Take Flight Feather by Studio M for Moda
  • Urban Scandinavian, Black and White Floral by Kirstyn Cogan for P&B Textiles
  • Binding: Thicket – Dashes Black Natural by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics

Take Flight Finish

For the quilting, I did a free hand orange peel for the border rectangles, a curved bird line for the light gray fabric (which my son called out as looking like clouds) and a free hand sets of florals for the black rectangles in the main squares of the quilt and the black half triangle blocks in the corners.  I also free hand quilted winter trees and limbs throughout the lighter fabrics.

Take Flight Backing

I used a Tonga Batiks 106′ wide Garden Confetti Stones for the backing which subtly pops the quilting silhouettes.

Take Flight Quilting

The FMQ was so fun and engaging once I got the swing of it.  I look forward to more FMQ, though I am humbled by how time consuming it is.  If I had more time, there were many more spots to fill in with fun FMQ.

Take Flight Label

I love hand made labels.  I used the Lemon Bliss batik, and practiced “Take Flight” with my darning foot.  It didn’t look so good.  So Plan B, a simple hand embroidered version which I then sewed in as I added the binding.  Blends in perfectly.

Take Flight 2017

The quilt finished at 72 x 72 with the borders.  I look forward to next year’s Mystery Quilt.  I’m delighted with how this quilt came out!

Sugar Mountain Quilt Finish 2017-03-31

I had a great time making this quilt, as well as gifting it to my high school best friend.  We share many many years of memory, and I was so excited to give this to her.  A piece of my heart to hers, and well received as she loved it!

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Cozying up with the various shades of gray.   The backing is a fun splash of color against the otherwise pretty low volume quilt.  I used 20+ gray fabrics of light, medium and dark tones with 10 varied white fabrics, whipped up many HSTs and played around until I fell in love with this variation.

Sugar Mountain & Girly Libations

What are girls to do…celebrate in NYC with Sugar Mountain and Champagne!

Sugar Mountain Blocks

The swirls in the quilting soften the overall quilt up quite nicely.

Sugar Mountain in the wind

The HSTs really look like diamonds on point here.  I really need to make me one of these.

Sugar Mountain Label (2)

I love hand made labels.  Clearly this isn’t my best but I love it just the same.

I’m officially addicted to quilting.  And happy I have a few more almost ready for posting!

Butterfly Finish 2016-12-24

Yay, a finished quilt!   The bright colors, varied butterflies and varied backgrounds made for a very happy recipient.

And I am proud that I went for true FMQ on this one…my very first.  It was hard, getting the rhythm between needle speed and moving the quilt around, learning to deal with the drag, the tempo, etc.  But I did it…and I gained the confidence to do more of it.  I am actually really excited to be finishing the Meadow Mystery QAL in the next few months so I can gain more experience and practice.  This is not a perfect piece in more ways than one (despite getting the points right), but a proud finish!

Not always even, and not perfectly rounded either.  Who knew 24 hour disappearing ink can disappear in minutes which really throws a wrench into the FMquilting roadmap?

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This quilt also gave me the opportunity to explore and play with threads, learning what count pops against a background versus what blends in.  Looks like a long learning curve ahead for me.

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While my ego didn’t want me to post clear images of my beginner’s FMQ work, the better side of me said we all have to start somewhere and we includes me.  So here’s my stake in the ground that I can go back to some day and smile at, as the quilt I learned to FMQ on.

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Merry Christmas Dear Bon.  So happy you loved it.  Beginner talent and all.

Just in Time for Christmas – Fabulous Fabric Trays

You know the people you love that have every.thing.they.need.want.  That usually includes all my favorite people.  I found just the right gift for them that I knew they would love and appreciate being hand made!

Back in early November, my gal friends and I met for our annual holiday crafting party.  We had decided to make appliqued tea towels (WIP Wednesday 2016-11-16), and we bought tons of 1/4 yards of fabric to work with.  Thus picking fabrics for the trays was easy enough given I hadn’t put the crafting day fabric away yet.

The project was easy – all in maybe 2 hours.  You can find the tutorial for it right here: Fabric Tray Tutorial.  The most fun part for me was working on my FMQ skills particularly on one of the trays which had great medallion shapes I could use as my lines. I didn’t get a picture of that side of the tray though…it is the tray below on the right where you can just see the medallions.

I practiced writing in the smaller tray – Love came out too cute.

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I am looking forward to giving these away.  And to making more of them for me!

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WIP Wednesday 2016-12-07

Fall has finally hit here; the California Pistache trees are crimson and bright yellow and morning walk temperatures in the low 40s.  Just in time for Christmas.  A little snow would make it festive, but I love bundling up in the chill either way.

Plenty of time to be inside and work on the variety of projects I have going.  I am going to need a serious January clean up before embarking on anything new!

Projects this week are moving along…first a fun one.

  1. The cutest sewing machine ever made of Legos.  I still need to figure out how to have a proper threader down to the presser foot, but it is sure cute.
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  2. Next, working on the butterfly quilt for my dearest family friend.  Could have picked an easier trim on this one but it sure is going go be bright and make her happy.  I’m pretending to not notice that I need to realign the centers so the lines match up.  🙂  Or maybe I will just leave it scrappy and have a field day with the quilting.  We’ll see.
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  3. And, received my final box of Nightfall today. So pretty.  Can’t wait to get started on a quilt with it.

WIP Wednesday 2016-11-30

Not much to add this week.  I decided to lay low over the holiday weekend and enjoy the snowfall at the cabin.  Hence…

  1. I had every intention of hand quilting these beautiful pieced tree ornaments.  It snowed.  I napped and played instead.  +1 for me.

     

  2.  I did pick up my Sun Showers quilt to get mailed off this week.  Hurray!

  3.  And finally, we had a wonderful Charlie Brown, Snoopy and tree party.  Lovely time was had by all!

    4. And the super thrill for me today is to ogle this beautiful Nightfall fabric I received today!  I love it and will have a hard time cutting into it.

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    #Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell