Monday, October 24, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 10.26.16

I got so wrapped up in things last week I forgot to post. OOPS! This week is gearing up to be just as busy, so let's get right to it; but first, here are pics of the charity blocks I've made in the past week:

October Cheer Circle Blocks for do. Good Stitches:
Spooky Triangles tutorial by Rossie Crafts

4-Patch Hourglass blocks for the next charity quilt for the Knoxville MQG
Free tutorial available at Inspire Me Grey

week's list:

  1. Order new labels
  2. Finish swaddling blankets
  3. Continue working on nautical commission

Linking up with Christine @ Stitch ALL The Things
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Friday, October 14, 2016

TGIFF | Rising Stars

Last week when I was in Atlanta I was finally able to give my little sister her birthday quilt.

I used MSQC's Rising Star tutorial...again. I can't help it! This quilt comes together so quickly and has a definite WOW factor. This is the THIRD time I've made one; but I keep switching up the layout a bit. The first one I made was the mini posted directly below, which was made for a swap between all the Tennessee MQGs. Next, I made a version for my do. Good Stitches group; I'll blog about that in the coming weeks.

Mini for the TN MQG Guilds' Thoroughly Modern Minis Swap

I used prints from three of Alison Glass's Handcrafted lines set on Kona Silver. The backing is another Handcrafted print, the Batik Crest Border in Grey and I used Tula Pink's Lazy Stripe in Amber for the binding.

I quilted this one with horizontal lines approximately an inch apart. I used Aurifil variegated 50 weight for the quilting: 4060 (Silver Moon) for the front and 4670 (Silver Fox) for the back. I love the way these variegated greys look like silver streaking through the quilt.

I am happy to report that my sister loves her new quilt!

Pattern: MSQC's Rising Star (free tutorial)
Fabric: front: Kona Silver; various prints from Alison Glass's Handcrafted, Handcrafted 2, & Handcrafted Patchwork; back: AG's Batik Crest Border in Grey from the Handcrafted 2 (I think) line; binding; Lazy Stripe in Amber from Tula Pink's True Colors line
Thread:  Aurifil 50 weight in the following shades: piecing: with 2600 (Dove); quilting: 4670 (Silver Fox) on the back & 4060 (Silver Moon) on the front; binding: 2140 (Mustard)
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% Cotton
Size: approx 54" x 64"

Linking up with:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Comet I | Art with Fabric Blog Hop

Hello & welcome to my stop on the Art with Fabric blog hop, hosted by Alida from Tweety Loves Quilting. I had so much fun last time, I decided to participate once again!

This time around I chose Comet I; by Sam Gilliam, a Color Field Painter born in Tupelo, MS. You can learn more about Mr. Gilliam here.

For my quilt, I opted to use only the diamond, or rhombus, shape of Sam Gilliam's comet and omit the tails. I wish I could tell you I have some great artistic reasoning; but the truth is that I just didn't have enough fabric. Since one of my goals over the summer was to not buy any more fabric than absolutely necessary, I decided to make do with what I had. You can find the list of the solids I used at the bottom of this post under "Quilt Details". For the back, I chose a large piece of Anna Maria Horner's Family Unit print in Cherry. The binding is Tula Pink's Lazy Stripe in Amber.

I did make one change to the diamond shape: I added an additional white line across the center of the rhombus. I felt like it needed something...and if I'm being honest, adding that line meant I didn't have to stress about matching the skinny white strips perfectly. After the diamond shape was completed, I decided to applique it onto the background with a straight stitch. Instead of centering it as in the painting, I opted to place off-center. I really like the negative space in this quilt and I think setting the rhombus that way does a good job of highlighting it.

I opted to use my walking foot and do some linear quilting (my fave!). I echo-quilted rectangular spirals in the strips that make up the diamond shape using coordinating shades of Aurifil. On the pink background I quilted angled lines in a variegated pink. I used the rhombus as my guide for those and marked the quilt with my trusty Hera marker. I love that thing! You can find a list of the thread colors at the bottom of the post.

Since I omitted the tails and only used Mr. Gilliam's rhombus shape, I'm calling this one "Atomic Rhombus". As this design is heavily influenced by the artist's work, I will not be selling this one; instead, I think I'll save it for the next baby girl with mod-loving parents for whom I'll need a gift. Either that, or give it to someone who wants an atomic-ish wall hanging.

Pattern: designed by me; inspired by the painting "Comet I" by Sam Gilliam
Fabric: front: Bella Parfait Pink, Bella Emerald, Bella Grape, Bella Mustard, Kona Bright Pink, Kona Coral; Back: Family Unit in Cherry from AMH's Pretty Potent line; Binding: Lazy Stripe in Amber from Tula Pink's True Colors line
Thread:  Aurifil 50 weight in the following shades: piecing: with 2600 (Dove); quilting: 2140 (Mustard), 4225 (Eggplant), 2890 (Dark Grass Green), 2250 (Red), 4660 (Pink Taffy [variegated]); binding: 2140 (Mustard)
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% Cotton
Size: approx 32" x 40"

The other bloggers participating in the Art with Fabric blog hop today are:

Laura @ periwinklequilts 
Yanicka @ yanickahachez 
Patty @ elmstreetquilts  

You can find a full list of participants here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Art with Fabric blog hop\

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 10.11.16

Last week I able to get most of my list completed. I photographed and posted about Toil & Trouble, the Halloween quilt I made for my step-mom. I was also able to get photographs of the quilt I gave to my sister for her 40th birthday. I'll share more on that one in a TGIFF post this week. In addition, I added a sleeve and label to Hexie Rebllion and sent her off into the wild. She should be arriving in CA today or tomorrow.

This is the back of the quilt I made for my sister. I kind of love it! I'll
share more on this one Friday in a TGIFF post.

I had a lot of fun in Atlanta with my family. I stayed with my sister and her family and it was nice to get some quality time with them. Saturday night 14 of us went out to see some Dueling Pianos...I'm not going to lie, about 13 of us were definitely over-served - thank goodness for Uber! The place was packed and everyone there had a blast. However, the lead pianist stopped at least 3 times to comment that he wanted whatever we were drinking because we were by far the most fun group in the place. He also couldn't get over that we were all related and having that much fun together. We get that a lot when we're all together. :)

Before I get to this week's list, I want to mention the Art with Fabric blog hop. Alida from Tweety Loves Quilting is hosting again it's running all this week. I'll be sharing my piece tomorrow and I'd love it if you'd stop by to check it out.

This week's list:
  • Review Art with Fabric post and share
  • Write TGIFF post
  • Make charms for the Alison Glass Charm Swap hosted by Yvonne (Quilting Jet Girl)
  • Work on Guild projects: flannel swaddling blankets & blocks for a new charity quilt
  • Deliver do. Good Stitches quilt
  • Start nautical commission

Linking up with Christine

Friday, October 7, 2016

Hello & Welcome to TGIFF!


For those of you stopping by for the first time, I'm Sarah. I've been making quilts for a little over three years and am completely addicted to it. Stop by my About Me page if you'd like to learn more.

This week I'm sharing Toil & Trouble, the Halloween quilt I recently finished. This one is a birthday gift for my step-mother.  

The top combines Cotton + Steel's Spellbound line with some of The Ghastlies prints from various collections. I paired these prints with three solids: Bella Fog, Kona Silver, and Designer Solids in Winter.

My step-mom is a big fan of both witches and bats. Luckily, I was able to find fabulous prints at JoAnn's that work really well with the non-traditional colors of the prints used on the front. Funny story: The woman cutting my fabric asked me what I was making. When I told her it was a quilt for my step-mother, she froze and got this horrified look on her face. I was about to ask her what was wrong when the connotation between witches, bats, and step-mothers hit me. I quickly reassured her that I really wasn't the worst step-daughter in the history of the world, and that my step-mom is a huge fan of all things Halloween. We had a good laugh about that; and it absolutely killed Hubs when I told him all about it.

I quilted this one with two variegated shades of Aurifil 50 weight. 4060 Silver Moon for the front, and 4670 Silver Fox for the back. I did a freehand spider-web, radiating out from the center of the quilt. It's a little wonky in a couple of places, but I love the way it turned out.

The quilt is bound with black & white stripes. For those of you who are not familiar with my stripey binding obsession, about 75% of my quilts are bound with stripes; and probably 50% of those are B&W stripes. I can't help it, I just love the look of a stripey binding!

Pattern: simple patchwork
Fabric: Cotton + Steel's Spellbound, various The Ghastlies prints from Alexander Henry, Bella Fog, Kona Silver, Free Spirit Designer Solid in Winter, Timeless Treasures B&W stripes, witches and bats prints from JoAnn.
Thread: pieced & bound with Aurifil 50 weight 2600 Dove Grey, quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. 4060 Silver Moon (front) and 4670 Silver Fox (back)
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% Cotton
Size: approx 54" x 64"

Now it's your turn. Link up your finishes, grab the TGIFF button, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

To-Do Tuesday & I'm Hosting TGIFF this Week!

Last week was productive. Finally, a week where I got stuff done!

The Halloween quilt is completed, has been washed & dried, and is now just in need of one last check for threads before being I take pictures and get it packed up for the journey to its new home. I'll be sharing all the details when I host TGIFF this week. I hope you will link up if you have a recent finish to share. 

Sneak peak of the Halloween quilt. 

I was also able to complete my quilt for the Art with Fabric blog hop. Turns out, I had to scrap the palette I posted about last week due to poor planning on my part. Yeah, it's probably a good idea to confirm how much of each fabric you have BEFORE you start cutting and piecing. Oh well, I love that color combo, so I will be ordering more of those solids soon!  Here is a peak of the new quilt, which I'm still binding:

Sneak peak of my quilt for the Art with Fabric blog hop.

This week's list:
  • Finish Cheer Circle quilt for do. Good Stitches
  • Photograph the Halloween, Rising Star, and Art with Fabric quilts
  • Add sleeve & label to Hexie Rebellionand then send it off into the wild for its journey to California
  • Write &  post TGIFF post

Don't forget to stop by this Friday for TGIFF!

Linking up with Christine

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 09.27.16

I failed miserably at completing last week's list. Lately, I can't seem to get anything done in a fashion. Although, I did manage to get the fabric pulled for October's Art with Fabric quilt:

Bella Fog, Kona Blueberry, Kona Pacific, Bella Christmas (or Country)
Red, Bella Soft Black. I may be adding in some Kona Charcoal, but I'm
not sure yet.

I was also able to get my September do. Good Stitches block completed for the Cheer Circle:

That solid orange isn't so dark in real life. 

So let's get straight to this week's list:
  • Halloween quilt
    • finish quilting ✓
    • bind
    • wash 
    • photograph
  • Start working on the Art with Fabric quilt
  • Make & attach label and sleeve to Hexie Rebellion and send it on it's way to California,,, it got accepted into the Ontario California Museum of History and Art's Modern Quilts, Redesigning Traditions exhibit!!!!

Linking up with Christine