Tuesday, July 26, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 07.26.16

I cannot believe another week has flown by and that it's almost August. All of the sudden, I'm crunched for time...again!  A show quilt, a commission, a #QuiltsForPulse quilt, and a birthday quilt to get done before the end of August; another birthday quilt and my do. Good Stitches quilt to get done by the end of September; 2 more commissions to get done before the end of October, and 2 Christmas quilts to get done before Thanksgiving. The word 'NO' is definitely not in my vocabulary these days!

Last week I managed to get the July do. Good Stitches blocks done and shipped off. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the commissioned quilt basted; but that's because I'm waiting on feedback from the woman who commissioned the quilt...and she's on vacation. Since I had to wait, I went ahead and started one of the birthday quilts.

This birthday quilt is an orange peel quilt. I managed to cut fabric and interfacing for 168 orange peels over the weekend. I used my Roundup Tool to cut them and have to say how much I love this thing. You can do so much with it!  Once the cutting was completed, I used Jenny Doan's method for preparing the peels and will probably never do it any other way ever again. Sunday was a busy day, but I managed to sneak into the sewing room and get about half of the peels pressed down to the background fabric before I had to leave.

OK, so they might not be the most perfectly shaped orange peels ever; but I'm guessing once they're
quilted and the quilt has been washed that won't be too noticeable!



This week's list:

  1. Finish attaching orange peels to background fabric; bonus points if I get the top pieced
  2. Write post for August do. Good Stitches Cheer Circle blocks
  3. Make sample blocks for August Cheer Circle blocks DONE!
  4. Continue working on commissioned quilt




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 07.19.16

Well last week was a big ol' bust. I was down with some sort of nasty bug for 4 days. I finally started feeling better Friday...right in time for Hubs to come down with it.  Definitely not the best week ever at Casa de Elliott!

Not much quilting got done last week. I did manage to start working on a new commission and am now waiting on additional background fabric to arrive. 

The palette for the new travel-themed commission. Not sure I'll be able to use all of those solids, but it's
nice to have options!

This week's list:
  1. Piece top for commissioned quilt and get it basted. Hopefully start quilting too.
  2. Piece this month's Do. Good Stitches blocks

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Carkai Quilt

Last week I shared this quilt, a gift for the newest addition to our family. This week, I'm sharing the quilt I made for his big brother, H.


H's room has pops of blue, green and orange - some of the exact shades that are in the Carkai collection.


Several months ago, I purchased a jelly roll of Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander because it was on sale. I'm trying very hard not to do that anymore - I have a shelf full of impulse bought fabric that is doing nothing but collecting dust. This purchase, however, turned out to be a fortuitous addition since I've been able to use pieces of it in two projects: H's quilt and the blocks I contributed to a quilt for one of our guild mates. In addition the the Carkai strips, there is a bit of Doe and a dash of Botanics along with solids from the coordinating bundle I bought at Stash Fabrics.

I love the way the colors blend together. And I am a sucker for scrappy, low-volume backgrounds. Coincidentally, the first time I used a scrappy LV background was for H's grandmother. You can see that quilt here.  Another example is the shoo fly quilt I made a in late 2014.


H, along with several members of his family (me included!), is a big Star Wars fan. When I came across this print of the Millennium Falcon and Rey's Speeder, I knew it would make the perfect backing. I wasn't able to find enough yardage at a single shop so I added in this great blue cross hatch fabric. Unfortunately, I forgot to save the selvage or write down the designer info. Ooops!

I'm happy to report I did manage to get those threads snipped before gifting the quilt!

I quilted this one with simple straight lines approximately 1/4" away from the seams.  I love the look of simple straight line quilting and I thought it would work nicely here given all the color and texture in the top from the beautiful Carolyn Friedlander prints. It's quilted with 50 weight Aurifil in 2021, Natural White. No big surprise, I chose to bind it in B&W stripes!

When I made the label, I wanted to include something from Star Wars. I added some Jedi symbols because why not for my favorite young padawan, right? I also added a quote from the original movie: "Remember... the force is with you ...always. - Obi Wan Kenobi. I thought it was the perfect quotre for the back of a cozy quilt.


I am very pleased to report that H loves his new quilt! 

QUILTY DETAILS:
CAROLYN FRIEDLANDER CARKAI QUILT
A gift for H
Pattern: a variation of jelly roll strip quilt
Fabric: Carkai, along with a little Doe and Botanics, by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman; various coordinating shades of Kona Solids, Star Wars print is from Camelot.
Thread: Piecing: 50 wt. Aurifil in 2600 (Dove) for piecing; 50 wt. Aurifil in 2021 (Natural White) for quilting & binding
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% Cotton
Size: approximately 54"x68"

Linking up with
Needle and Thread Thursday


The Carkai Quilt

Last week I shared this quilt, a gift for the newest addition to our family. This week, I'm sharing the quilt I made for his big brother, H.


H's room has pops of blue, green and orange - some of the exact shades that are in the Carkai collection.


Several months ago, I purchased a jelly roll of Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander because it was on sale. I'm trying very hard not to do that anymore - I have a shelf full of impulse bought fabric that is doing nothing but collecting dust. This purchase, however, turned out to be a fortuitous addition since I've been able to use pieces of it in two projects: H's quilt and the blocks I contributed to a quilt for one of our guild mates. In addition the the Carkai strips, there is a bit of Doe and a dash of Botanics along with solids from the coordinating bundle I bought at Stash Fabrics.

I love the way the colors blend together. And I am a sucker for scrappy, low-volume backgrounds. Coincidentally, the first time I used a scrappy LV background was for H's grandmother. You can see that quilt here.  Another example is the shoo fly quilt I made a in late 2014.


H, along with several members of his family (me included!), is a big Star Wars fan. When I came across this print of the Millennium Falcon and Rey's Speeder, I knew it would make the perfect backing. I wasn't able to find enough yardage at a single shop so I added in this great blue cross hatch fabric. Unfortunately, I forgot to save the selvage or write down the designer info. Ooops!

I'm happy to report I did manage to get those threads snipped before gifting the quilt!

I quilted this one with simple straight lines approximately 1/4" away from the seams.  I love the look of simple straight line quilting and I thought it would work nicely here given all the color and texture in the top from the beautiful Carolyn Friedlander prints. It's quilted with 50 weight Aurifil in 2021, Natural White. No big surprise, I chose to bind it in B&W stripes!

When I made the label, I wanted to include something from Star Wars. I added some Jedi symbols because why not for my favorite young padawan, right? I also added a quote from the original movie: "Remember... the force is with you ...always. - Obi Wan Kenobi. I thought it was the perfect quotre for the back of a cozy quilt.


I am very pleased to report that H loves his new quilt! 

QUILTY DETAILS:
CAROLYN FRIEDLANDER CARKAI QUILT
A gift for H
Pattern: a variation of jelly roll strip quilt
Fabric: Carkai, along with a little Doe and Botanics, by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman; various coordinating shades of Kona Solids, Star Wars print is from Camelot.
Thread: Piecing: 50 wt. Aurifil in 2600 (Dove) for piecing; 50 wt. Aurifil in 2021 (Natural White) for quilting & binding
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% Cotton
Size: approximately 54"x68"

Linking up with Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Needle and Thread Thursday

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 07.05.16


Happy Day after the Fourth of July! One of my very favorite days. I'm sure many of my fellow pawrents feel the same way. This year was especially rough on CJ (and me & Doug!). We had to deal with fireworks for five long nights. We're all a bit out of sorts, especially CJ. 

Last week was moderatelyt successful. I managed to write my Friday Finish post for the black, white & grey quilt. I was able to get my commission estimate out and am waiting on a fabric order. I whipped up two of the four blocks I need to make for my guild's quilts for #QuiltsForPulse.

Stacked Stone blocks for #QuiltsForPulse

The things that I did not complete will shift to this week. I did start working on my exhibit submission, but decided to go in a completely different direction and had to order more fabric, so Im just waiting on that before I continue.

Since I'm waiting on fabric for the commission and the submission, I decided to start a Christmas quilt that will be a gift for friends. I'm hoping to get the top pieced today or tomorrow, and then it will go on the backburner until the other projects are done. Having the top completed will be one less thing to worry about over the coming months.I used this tutorial from Kelby Sews.

The Crossing Blocks in Winter Celebration and Grunge

This week's list:
  • Start working on commissioned quilt or submission quilt, depending on which fabric order arrives first
  • Put in at least an hour tackling scraps
  • Finish top for Christmas quilt
  • Order fabric for this month's do. Good Stitches CHEER Circle Blocks
  • Write Friday Finish post for the Carolyn Friedlander quilt

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Friday, July 1, 2016

A Friday Finish : The Black, White & Grey Quilt

Earlier this week, we welcomed a new edition to the family. Baby M made his grand entrance Monday afternoon! Mommy and Baby, along with Daddy & Big Brother are doing well and I cannot wait to meet this beautiful boy!

Obviously I had to make him a quilt.


When I learned that M's nursery was going to be black & white, I knew I wanted to do something with (mostly) solids and half square triangles. I immediately thought of Libs Elliott (no relation, LOL). She uses "generative design to build handmade quilts". Her work is amazing; and she is one of my quilty heroes.

I bought a bundle of black, grey, and white solids from Fat Quarter Shop and added in solids from my stash. As I was cutting fabric, I decided to add in one print. I chose the Cuneiform Script in Cast from the Recollection collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. It's a very subtle print, but it added just the right amount of interest to the quilt.



When designing the quilt, I knew I wanted random squares mixed in among the HST's. Because of the limited palette, there are a lot of high contrast areas and I wanted to break that up a bit. After I'd pieced the rows, I realized I wanted the quilt to be a little bigger, so I added in the leftover HST's (I always cut extras because I usually wind up making a mess of at least one or two units) and leftover squares. I still wanted it a few inches longer, so I cut more squares. I ended up cutting those in half and adding two rows of rectangles. I really like the little something extra those rectangles add.


The quilt is backed in the grey Numbers print fro the Gracie Girl collection by Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake and I framed the label in the grey Pop print by Holli Zollinger, also for Riley Blake. 

The color is off in this shot. The grey is much warmer, as seen below; but ti's the only shot I managed to take
before the quilt began it's journey to Iowa. Since none of us, even M's parents, knew what his name was

going to be until he arrived, I had to get creative with the label wording. I kind of love it.

I quilted this one with a simple grid echoing the seam lines. I used 40 weight Aurifil, 2600 Dove. It's the perfect shade of grey and I use it frequently when i want to use one color for the entire quilt.

Originally, I had planned to bind this one with black and white stripes; but after laying out a strip next to the quilt, I decided it was too busy. I still wanted stripes though; I am such a sucker for stripes. I chose Dear Stella's Sunburst Stripe in Pewter and am very happy with it. I made a quilt for Big Brother too; I'll share that one next week.


I also whipped up these super quick burp cloths for Baby M using this tutorial.  



QUILTY DETAILS:
BW&G Quilt 
A gift for Baby M
Pattern: My own, but deeply inspired by the work of Libs Elliott
Fabric: Various shades of black, white and grey - mostly Bella and Kona solids along with Katarina Roccella's Cuneiform print in Cast; the back is Riley Blake's Numbers Print in Grey; the binding is Dear Stella's Sunburst Stripe in Pewter
Thread: Piecing: 50 wt. Aurifil in 2600 (Dove) for piecing, quilting & binding; 40 wt. Aurifil in 2600 for quilting
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% Cotton
Size: approximately 44" x 52"  

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | The Back to Reality Edition


I returned home from nine days in Michigan last night. I will miss the 60 degree mornings, low 80s afternoons and very low humidity. It's always a bit of a bummer returning to the South after my annual June trip to Lake Michigan. 90+ degree days and that wall of 100% humidity are a shock to the system! I had this song lyric running through my head all day yesterday during my drive as I watched the temperature creep up: 

"Back to life. Back to reality."

Now that I'm home and I've spent an evening snuggling with Hubs and WonderPup, it's back to work. All of the sudden I find myself with many things to accomplish in the next two months.

While on vacation I sold four quilts. FOUR!!! When my mother asked me to bring some to show the extended family, it never even occurred to me that I would sell any. I thought I'd get the obligatory "Oh, how pretty." and that would be it. I was gobsmacked to sell one, let alone four!!! I was also approached about a possible new commissioned quilt. I couldn't believe it!

Of this stack, only the top two quilts came home with me. The bottom quilt was a gift for one of
my nephews. The four in the middle were sold!

During my week in Michigan, I was asked several times if I was selling quilts on a website or in an Etsy shop. When I said no, I was urged frequently to get my butt in gear and set one up.  I plan to do so...except that now I suddenly find myself without any quilts to list in my shop...which brings me to this week's list:
  • Start working on my exhibit submission quilt (more on this later)
  • Work up preliminary estimate for a potential new commission 
  • Make #QuiltsForPulse blocks
  • Spend at least an hour on my mountain of scraps (Totally out of control again!)
  • Start working design selections for a few quilts to list on Etsy
  • Start narrowing ideas for the August CHEER Circle blocks
  • Write a Friday Finish post (meant to do this while I was at the lake; but was too busy relaxing, visiting with family, eating good food, and drinking good bourbon!)
Like I said, it's going to be  busy week!

Linking up with Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | The Lake Michigan Edition '16

Last week I was able to finish most eveything on my list. To reward myself, this week's list is short & sweet:
  • Relax
  • Take long walks 
  • Enjoy my huge family
  • Write a Friday Finish post
Since it's no fun to post without pics, here's oneI took of Lake Michigan a couple nights ago:


Linking up with Cristine @ Stitch ALL The Things