Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To-Do Tuesday : Lake Michigan Style

Since I'm on vacation this week, I don't have any quilty goodness to share, so I'll just share some pics of the awesomeness that is Lake Michigan.  For those of you who follow me on Instagram, sorry for the repeats.

Now, on to my to-do list:
  • RELAX.
  • Walk
  • Buy new flip flops
Since I'm only here until Thursday (or maybe Friday), I guess I can add a few non-Lake Michigan related items for when I get home.  Although, I'm not sure exactly what I'll get around to since I'm pretty sure I'll have some tidying up to do once I return...
  • Piece Molehills quilt top
  • work on mini for Knox MQG swap
  • finish quilting the spur-of-the-moment quilt
  • F-Word blocks
I'm doubtful I'll be able to scratch more than one or two of these off my list, but I like to have options!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 06.16.15

I'm going to get right to it this week because I've got a lot going on both with quilting and with life. Here's my list:
  • quilt and start binding the quilt I decided to make on the spur of the moment
  • finish Molehills top
  • mail Dad's Father's Day gift
  • pack for Michigan (yay!)
  • decide on an audio book for the drive: I'm torn between Seveneves and A Game of Thrones
  • attend guild meeting Saturday AM
  • leave guild meeting and get on the road to St. Joe!

My Molehills - shot cotton, Karavan Marrakech by Valori Wells &
saris from India

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Friday, June 5, 2015

A Friday Finish : Moon Shine Escape Quilt

When I first saw this pattern over on the Esch House Quilts blog, I knew I had to make it. I just wasn't sure what fabric I wanted to use. Then Tula Pink's Moon Shine was released and I knew it would be perfect. Naturally, I promptly moved on to other projects. Earlier this year, I started cutting into my Moon Shine bundle...and then I was distracted by a squirrel or a phone call or who knows what, and moved on to other projects again. I promise you, this quilter's A.D.D. thing? It's for real.

Anyway, I was finally able to find my quilty zen place and focus just long enough to finish it up. I love it. It's the perfect size to curl up with in a big comfy chair while reading. Too bad my big comfy chair was damaged in the move to Tennessee. On the plus side, I've been shopping for a replacement; hopefully I can find one that matches the quilt...........otherwise, I'll just have to make another quilt. Oh darn. 

I kept the quilting very simply; just straight lines about 2" apart. I've really been trying to do more free motion quilting, but I love straight lines so much, I just can't help myself sometimes.  

The back is the black wide back text print from Windham. I love it; especially paired with Riley Blake's white on black Swiss Dot that I used for the binding. I had planned on using either a pink or aqua, but wasn't crazy about either when auditioning fabrics.  As always, it's pieced and quilted with Aurifil.  All the details can be found at the bottom of this post.

Please excuse the dog hair...CJ is of the opinion that all the quilts
belong to him!

Now, on to my to-do list since I realized this morning that I had not posted it this week:
  • Buy interfacing
    • something thin and soft to back sari fabric with 
    • fusible fleece
  • Make a couple F-Word Blocks
  • Start working on my Posy Patrol quilt again now that I've ordered more fabric

Pattern: Escape by Debbie Grifka @eschhousequilts
Fabric: Moon Shine by Tula Pink; Free Spirit Designer Solids in Silver; Windham Wide Back Text Print in Black; Riley Black Swiss Dot White on Black
Thread: pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. #2021 Natural White and quilted with Aurifil 40 wt. # 2600 Dove Grey 
Quilted with straight lines, 2" apart
Measurements: approx 52"x60"

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 05.27.15

This week's to-do list is going to be short and sweet. Hubs is taking a couple of afternoons off this week and we're hoping to get out on the golf course, or at the very least spend some time on the driving range, before the rain settles in over Eastern Tennessee for the next several days.

To-Do List:
  1. Finish binding the Escape quilt
  2. Take photos of and blog about Escape quilt 
  3. Finish cutting for Molehills QAL since I didn't get to it last week.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

To-Do Tuesday on Friday with a Finish!

Last week I finished my mother's Geometric Slide quilt. I hope she likes it as much as I do!

This week, I've finished my Layers of Charm quilt. I made this one because I it was the perfect pattern for the layer cakes of Sun-Kissed Michele D'Amore I've been holding onto since 2013. The collection included two palettes: Spa and Tropical. For this project, I only used the cooler, more neutral tones of the Spa palette. I needed a few more squares, so I added in some coordinating Bella Solids; and use one of my green shot cottons - Lichen, I think - for the corner pieces.

The pattern, by Kimberly Jolly, is a freebie on The Jolly Jabber. I'll definitely use it again - the top comes together super quick and is very easy.  

The only problem I had was with the pre-cut layer cake squares. There were a lot of wonky squares in this layer cake. Because of the mis-cuts, I ended up making the 10" squares 9" so my blocks, and by extension the entire quilt, are smaller than the pattern instructions listed.

I found the fabric I used for the back on Fat Quarter Shop's 50% off Sale page.  I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the print, collection or designer and I cannot locate the selvage edge. I used the left over corners and triangles to make some HST blocks to add to the back.  The binding is the Reflections print in Starfruit from the Waterfront Park line by Violet Craft for Michael Miller.  I think it works nicely with the colors in both the top and back of the quilt.

I quilted it using one of the specialty stitches on Elwood, the smaller of my two Brother machines.  I rarely use this machine anymore, but decided wavy lines would be perfect for this quilt and it would just be easier to do it this way.  I like the texture this stitch created and expect to use it frequently on upcoming smaller quilts. As always, this quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil. You can find all the quilty details at the bottom of this post.

I didn't make this one for any specific reason. However, the colors in this quilt are more in tune with the colors I prefer to decorate with than the quilts I normally make, so this one might just live on the living room couch - at least for a while!

Now, on to my To-Do list for the week.  Since I didn't get to it earlier in the week, I decided to add it here:
  1. Make 2 more wonky stars
  2. Finish cutting for the Molehills QAL - just a few more to go and I'll be ready for the next part!
  3. Possibly start basting the Escape quilt.  (Maybe.)

Pattern by Kimberly Jolly
Fabric: Spa Palette from the Sun-Kissed collection by Michele D'Amore for Benartex; various Bella Solids; Shot Cotton in Lichen; Reflections in Starfruit from Waterfront Park (binding)
Thread: pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. #2021 Natural White and quilted with Aurifil # 2314 Beige
Quilted with wavy  lines
Measurements: approximately 52" square

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Friday, May 15, 2015

A Friday Finish | Geometric Slide Style

It's finished! I'm so excited about this quilt. I love everything about it. (Except the fact that it won't be living here with me!)

This has always been one of my very favorite projects from the book Vintage Quilt Revival. In fact, if I wasn't so far behind on some other projects, I'd love to make another just for me! The pattern is by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons. If you don't have the book, you can see Faith's version right here.  Pretty amazing, right?!?

I really love using this brick wall, but I just can't seem to catch a break with the lighting.
It's either dreary and grey or the sun is out, but behind a big tree.  Oh well!

So I made this quilt for my mom. The story goes that she bought one of these batik printed critter pillow covers (the bird) and wanted a quilt to match it. After much discussion, she decided she wanted mostly grey and blue solids. At this point I remembered seeing something about Moda having a new palette builder. So I uploaded a pic of the pillow cover and after adjusting the circular color selectors to the colors I wanted to use, I was presented with a list of Bella Solids that perfectly matched. 

I'm still working on finding a balance between speed and hand movement with my FMQ, but
it's slowly getting better. What is it Angela Walters says?
"Finished is better than perfect."  I think that's it!

There was a bit of debate over using the lavender and thistle shades. Mom is a big lover of subtle and neutral, but I gently pushed for them because the quilt needed just a bit of a pop. However, she won out on the binding fabric. I was pushing for grey and white stripes, she stood firm with her idea of using the same fabric that was used for the back: the Cuneiform print from Katarina Roccella's Recollection collection.  It's not a perfect match for the grey solid used for the background on the top, but it works really well.

I love these super cute labels from ananemone. 

Now I just have to force myself to give this one up. Luckily, it's just going to my mother's house in Atlanta, so I can visit it whenever I want!

Pattern by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts from the book Vintage Quilt Revival
Fabric: various Bella Solids & Cuneiform in Cast from Recollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 Dove Grey for piecing & quilting
Quilted with a big meander
Measurements: approx 58"
Made for my mother

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To-Do Tuesday : 05.13.15

I've finished the Geometric Slide quilt!  All that's left is to throw it in the wash, snap some pics and then blog about it Friday!  I also managed to get Layers of Charm quilted and trimmed. Now I need to prep the binding.  Finally, I managed to add the border to the Escape quilt and will baste that next week.

Clockwise from the top: Escape; Geometric Slide, Layers of Charm

What I didn't do this week is finalize my fabric pull and start cutting for the Molehills QAL.  I like what I chose last week, but I don't love it..I might go in a completely different direction. However, that will be waiting until next week as well because we're having a hexagon tutorial at this week's guild meeting and I need to get ready for that.

Here's my list for this week:  
  • Geometric Slide
    • Wash it
    • Snap some pics
    • Blog about it
  • KMQG 
    • start working on hexies
    • attend meeting 
  • Layers of Charm
    • Prep binding (if I get around to it)
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