Friday, August 1, 2014

High Tea at the Bistro

While my goal of finishing 15 quilts this year is severely off track, I do have a finish to share this week.  Actually, I have 2. 

This week my mother-in-law celebrated her birthday.  What better gift to receive in the middle of a sweltering Virginia summer than a quilt?  Right.  Seriously though, I had a full FQ bundle of True Colors and another of Pretty Potent just sitting there next to my one lonely Dowry print just willing me to pet it.  I have to add, I’ve made an effort to bust up my bundles and add them to my stash as soon as I get them.  I’ve done a pretty good job of this, with a few exceptions.  I just can’t bring myself to break up anything AMH, Tula Pink or Denyse Schmidt. 

Anyway, I started collecting AMH with my MIL in mind.  I spent a few days pouring over Pinterest, IG, and my books searching for just the right design.  I wanted something that would really show off the designs in the AMH prints as a lot of them are fairly large.  As soon as I reached for my copy of Vintage Quilt Revival I knew what I wanted to do.  One of my favorite quilts in the book is the Spiced Chai Quilt by Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt and I knew it was the perfect pattern to showcase the beauty of the AMH prints and would be one my MIL would really like as well. 

I really wish I’d been able to get pictures of this quilt outside, but the weather coupled with the fact that I’m a last minute kinda gal, prevented that.  Maybe I’ll try to snap some in my in-laws front yard next time we’re up there. 

The only modifications I made to Katie’s pattern were to add a fifth row of blocks and a 4” border.  The extra row was added because my MIL is tall.  The border was added because I really wanted to preserve the points on the tea leaves and was pretty sure I’d lose a few of them to binding if I didn’t add a border.  I used Kona Snow, which is the same fabric I used for the background, so it’s sort of like the tea leaves are floating.  The prints in the top are almost all AMH except for 3 blenders I needed to supplement the green and gold tea leaves.  

The binding is Kona Lavender and the backing is this beautiful purple print I picked up at Hobby Lobby because it was absolutely perfect for my purple-loving MIL.  As always, the piecing and quilting was done exclusively with Aurifil.  Best. Thread. Ever.  All the details can be found here.

In addition to my MIL’s quilt, I whipped up a smaller quilt with some of my Giggles scraps and a couple of coordinating prints. This quilt was a companion quilt for Prissy, my in-law’s adorable black pug so they would each have one of their own. 

Now, you may be wondering what this High Tea at the Bistro from this post’s title all about.  Well, it’s the name of the quilt.  My MIL is quite the accomplished home cook. She can cook or bake just about anything you throw at her and she nails it every single time.  My father-in-law has taken to referring to her kitchen as ‘The Bistro’.  In fact, that’s what we all call it.  So….a tea leaf quilt + The Bistro kitchen = High Tea at the Bistro.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finally, Another Post!

I've been meaning to get back into the swing of blogging with one post a week.  Yeah, that's been an epic fail.  I just can't seem to focus on writing an actual blog post.  Let's see....instant gratification by posting pics on IG with cute little hashtagged commennts or sitting down in front of the computer and actually focusing on complete sentences and using correct grammar (well, sort of)??? Let's see.....that's sort of been a no-brainer this summer!

I really need to get back into blogging.  I find that I'm much more productive with my quilting projects (and really everything else!) when I'm keeping myself accountable on the blog.

I have been working on a few projects; two of which are secrets that I've had to hit the pause button on for a few days.  I can't show you much, but here's a peek.

I'm showing these in black and white because I fear the color palette will totally give it away to the soon-to-be new quilt owners! One is chock full of Anna Maria Horner though!  It's all Pretty Potent and True Colors with a bit of my one and only Dowry print thrown in.

Leave it to me to realize just as I'm getting ready to quilt the AMH and finish the binding on the other one that I don't have the right color of Aurifil for the back or for finishing the binding!  Since I've got no place to go buy it locally, I had to quickly place an order and now I'm waiting...

So, what does a quilter do with herself while waiting on the supplies necessary to complete two outstanding WIPs?  Well, she starts another project of course!  (We won't mention the 8 other WIPs waiting patiently in their boxes to be completed!)

I managed to get everything cut for this project and will start getting blocks pieced today. I'm using Deb Strain's Family Tree collection and a bunch of low-volume prints.  II won't say much more since this one is also a gift.  I should be able to make a dent in assembling the blocks since the Aurifil probably won't be here until Friday or Saturday (I hope!).

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My Quilt Infatuation

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Couple of Finishes

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last blog post.  It’s been a little crazy around here with fixing up the house and a couple of long weekends out of town.  I’m hoping to get back into my quilting groove and start blogging regularly again.

I have a couple of finishes to share this week.  I finished my Schnitzel And Boo Mini Quilt last week, but decided to hold off blogging about it until I finished my quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.  I literally just pulled that one out of the dryer and snapped a few pics on our living room floor since it’s so dreary outside.  (Speaking of our living room floor, please ignore the fact that it needs refinishing- that’s on our list of home improvements, we just haven’t gotten to it yet!)

The MQG and Michael Miller sent us fat eighths from the Petal Pinwheels collections to use in our challenge projects.  The only rule was that whatever we made needed to be quilted.  So, as usual, I made a quilt. I used pieces from all but one of the fabrics provided. I decided I just wanted small pops of color, so I cut up a bunch of tiny 1.5” inch squares, pieced them into strips, and then pieced them together.  I had a ton of gray solids in my stash that I never labeled, so I have no idea what was what.  I decided this was the perfect opportunity to whittle down that pile of anonymous grays.  I know there some Kona Ash and a couple of Dear Stella solids in the mix.  Other than that, your guess is as good as mine.  

The back of the quilt is where I used the majority of different grays. In addition, I used rectangles of the challenge fabric in a strip across the width of the quilt.  I purpposely cut my pieces without using a ruler so they wouldn't be perfectly straight, just for fun.  For the binding I used a baby boy blue solid that was in the same group of unknown solids as the grays.  It doesn’t quite match the aqua in the challenge fabric, but it works.   I absolutely love the look of light blue against gray.  Also, I really need to remember to label my solids. 

I quilted my challenge quilt with straight lines (big surprise, right?) I quilted a grid around the patchwork squares and then did straight lines going in one direction on the portion above that and in another in the section below.  I like the look; it’s sort of an off-center diamond shape with a stripe of a grid.  The quilt measures approximately 41” x 55”.  As usual, it’s pieced and quilted with Aurifil. For now, it’s living on the back of the love seat in the living room, but it just might getting wrapped up soon if an announcement that I think is coming actually gets made!

I’m sure most of you, especially those of you on Instagram, are familiar with the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap. This was my first swap ever.  Let me just say that I had a blast stalking my partner and everybody else who was participating.  I will definitely try to participate if there is another one. 

I was so excited when I received my partner’s info and learned that she loved a lot of the same designers as me.  Even more so when I went through my stash and scraps.  I had a ton of smaller sized pieces that all worked together and that I thought she’d love. I even cut into my half yard stash of my beloved Chicopee that I am reserving for an upcoming quilt.  There’s a ton of awesome stuff in this mini:  Pearl Bracelets, Botanics, Florence, Acacia, True Colors, Dowry, Spa and more!  I measured it before I sent it out into the wild, but of course didn’t note the dimensions.  I want to say it’s about 19” square.

I also wanted to share a pic of the gorgeous mini and goodies my partner Francine (@melrosecakes for you IGers) sent me.  

It's gorgeous, isn't it!  You can't see it too well in this pic, but she quilted it matchbook style.  I've always been a fan of matchbook quilting in pics, but seeing and feeling it in person has made me love it so much more.  I can't wait to utilize it in a quilt of my own someday (soon I hope!).  This mini is going to be hung between the shelving units in the sewing room.  It''s the perfect size for the space and I hope to get it hung in the next couple of days.  Thank you again, Francine, for such an amazing mini and for all the goodies!  

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

And the Winner is.........

 The winner of a True Colors design roll of their choice is..........................................

Pizzaeater, I will be emailing you shortly for your address!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Just a quick reminder

First let me say a big THANK YOU to everyone who linked up to TGIFF last week.  

I had fun reading your posts and looking at all the pretty pictures!  Hosting TGIFF has been a great opportunity for me to 'meet' quilters that I had not had the opportunity to stalk check out before. Looks like I'll have even more blogs to follow now!

I also wanted to remind you that even though the TGIFF link up is closed, you still have time to enter to win your choice of one of these fabulous True Colors Design Rolls!

Comments will stay open until about 8 PM Eastern this evening.  I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow. 

You can click here to enter or check out all the wonderful projects from the linky party.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

TGIFF: It's Here! And with a Giveaway!

That's right, TGIFF is here and I'm very excited to be hosting this week!  Welcome Friends, both old an new!  I'm Sarah - when I'm not making quilts or buying way too much pretty fabric, I'm writing, spoiling our neurotic dog CJ, in the kitchen or working on the house with Hubs.  Until recently I worked as a hair stylist, but I left the salon to get things ready for our move back to Charlotte, NC this summer.  Our house needed a few upgrades before we put it on the market and for some crazy reason, we decided to tackle them ourselves.  Also, I spend way too much time on Instagram, so if you're there too, come say hi!

Anyway, enough about me, let's get to the fun stuff.

Last year, I participated in a quilt along hosted by Christa of Christa Quilts!  Actually, I completed tops for three of her QAL's last year, but have only quilted two of them.  The one I'll be sharing today is my String of Pearls QAL quilt.  I had a blast participating and it was fun to follow everyone's progress in the Flickr group.

I really wanted to use Pearl Bracelets for my version of this quilt, like Christa did...However, in a very rare burst of self-control, I refrained from buying a bundle and used what I had in my stash: Remix Ovals along with Dear Stella solids in Charcoal and Gray.  I'm a total sucker for bright colors on a gray background; I love the way the colors POP!

I tried and tried to get a shot of the quilt in full sun and when the wind wasn't blowing, but it just wasn't happening. 

The back is a gray tone-on-tone print from a Marcus Brothers collection.  The selvage edge is long gone; and I'm sorry, but I can't remember the name of the collection.

I went with straight line quilting,(which should come as no surprise whatsoever to those of you who've been here a time or two), and used both horizontal and vertical lines.  I wanted to do something different in the colored squares and I played around with a few FMQ designs before deciding to copy borrow the design that Christa used in hers- square sprials.  It just really worked with the grid pattern I used..  If you look closely at the pic directly above, you can see my spirals-  unfortunately, I couldn't get a good shot of them on the front side.  You can see Christa's gorgeous quilting that inspired me in this picture.

I used Aurifil for the piecing and quilting...Lots and lots of Aurifil.    It's been my thread of choice since I first used it a couple of months into my quilting adventures.  Also, my machine is finicky and Aurifil seems to give me less problems than other threads for some reason.

You can find all the details for my String of Ovals quilt here.

So, I promised y'all a giveaway, didn't I?  And guess what- you get to choose your prize!  Just leave a comment below telling me which True Colors design roll you'd like to have:  Heather Bailey, Joel Dewberry, Anna Maria Horner or Jenean Morrison.  If you'd like a bonus entry, leave another comment listing your top 2 favorite designers.

clockwise:  Heather Bailey, Joel Dewberry, Jenean Morrison, Anna Maria Horner

All I ask is that you make sure I have a way to contact you in case you win.  I know all too well that Blogger can be a bit finicky; so, if for some reason you are unable to comment or don't want to leave your email address in the comments (if you're a no-reply blogger) just email me: georgiagirlquilts (at) gmail (dot) com.

This giveaway is open to everyone, domestic & international!  Since it's a holiday weekend here in The States, I'm going to leave the comments open until 8PM Eastern Tuesday evening and will announce the winner Wednesday.

Now, let's get this linky party started! When you link up, please be sure to include a TGIFF button like the one above or a text link back to the party.  Also, please only link up finishes and be sure to visit some of the other posters and share some comment love.  I can't wait to see what everyone has been up to!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm hosting TGIFF this week!

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post today.  How is it already Wednesday???  

First off, I want to remind everyone that I'm hosting TGIFF this week!  To celebrate, I've got a giveaway planned for you guys.  So be sure to link up if you've got a recent finish to share.  Don't worry if you don't, you can still enter to win.

Other than completing my finish for this week, I've been having a blast following the Schnitzel & Boo MIni Quilt Swap on Instagram and stalking my partner.  Whether you're participating or not, you can follow along with these two hashtags:  #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap and #makeaminimakeafriend.  

I haven't decided what pattern I'm going to use, but I have been pulling fabric.

Oh, and I may or may not have ordered some fabric for this project. Those of you who know anything about me can probably guess which way that went.  ;)

Well, that's all for today.  I've got to get that quilt finished!  Don't forget to stop by for TGIFF and the giveaway!