"She seeks wool & flax, And works willingly with her hands" ~ Proverbs 31:13

April 21, 2012

Strips

I'm surrounded by strips and strips and strips of fabric. I've now sewn so many strips together that I'm pretty sure I'll be dreaming of fabric strips tonight instead of having sugar plums dancing in my head.

Strips for Simple Pleasures Chain Quilt

On another note, I'm just a bit nervous about the color combination. That Light purple is a little more blue than I had expected it to be and now I'm doubting the selection. I'm hoping when the blocks are laid out together that it'll make more sense visually than it does now.

Sweet dreams all!

Blessings &
{{{HUGS}}}

April 20, 2012

And the Winner is...


"Black Tie Event"

Last week I put out a request looking for suggestions on what to name this black & white quilt. There were so many creative suggestions that poured in from all directions, it was difficult to narrow down all the possibilities. Taking into consideration the purpose of this quilt (I know.... you all weren't privy to that part) I thought, "Black Tie Event" best described both the quilt and the occasion for it.  I'll be able to show a full set of pictures once it's been delivered. Until then here's a sneak peak.....

A Sneak Peak


Feathers
Next up on the project list is a commissioned piece, I'm using Caroline's Chain Pattern, Designed by Cyndi Hershey and found in the January/February 2012 edition of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. This pattern uses the Irish Chain Block and utilizes strip piecing to make quick work of the piecing process.


Ready to do some strip piecing.
The fabric for this quilt is from the Simple Pleasures Collection by Debbie Beaves of Violet Patch Quilts. These fabrics play better together in person than in the photo. For this project I even have the joy of working with one of my favorite colors, purple. So much fun!! I'm looking forward to some very productive hours at the machine over the next few days. Hope your weekend is filled with joy, fun and some productive time as well!!

Blessings &
{{{HUGS}}}






April 11, 2012

Work In Progress {Sneak Peak}

 A sneak peak of this work in progress. I'm hoping to finish it this week. I have high hopes, maybe too high....we'll see.

Black & White Collection
Partial pic of quilt top. 



I've found that I'm not the most creative when it comes to names for my quilts. The pattern name for this quilt is "Gumballs," but it was done in shades of green batiks. In black and white it doesn't seem very gumdrop-ish to me.  Any suggestions?



Today I've linked up to "W.I.P. Wednesday" over at "Freshly Pieced", check out all the inspirational projects going on in the quilting world.


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Pattern Testing {Finished}


Doing this pattern test for Bijou Lovely was so much fun!  Of course any excuse to make another quilt is an excuse that makes me happy.  I've blogged about this project here and here if you'd like to see those posts.


You might notice that the orange fabric is not the same orange print pictured in my original post.  I have to be honest, I messed up while I was cutting the fabric. I wasn't paying close enough attention to what I was doing. Didn't even realize what I'd done until I laid it with the pieces already cut and it wasn't the same. UGH!

I even played with doing some piecing to fix my mistake, but to no avail, I had messed it up in such a royal way, even piecing it wouldn't fix it.  So it was back to my stash to find another piece of fabric to use in it's place. I like what I found and it works nicely with the other fabrics. But, I don't think it's as pretty as the other print.



After spending more time than I probably should have contemplating what type of quilting to do, I went for an allover stipple stitch. In the end I realized that with all the other quilts I have on deck that need to be finished in the next couple of months, I needed to make the quilting on this one something that wouldn't take too long.

Stippling
Close up of "Flower Power" from Hoffman Fabrics - A favorite of mine


For the binding I chose a yardage of fabric that I received at the NOVA Modern Quilt Guild Christmas party gift exchange. It's a beautiful rainbow stripe from Kensington Studio for Quilting Treasures.  The binding is cut on the bias to give that wrap around spiral effect. The backing I chose is "Fizz" by P&B Textiles, another of my favorite pieces of fabric.


I Took the finished quilt outside to get some of the pictures in natural light with the hope that the colors would come out in the picture better than they did in pictures of the top from my last post. Seems to have done the trick. 


Despite the cold temps and clouds I had a great time staging the quilt. Even with the cloudy conditions there was enough natural light that the colors seem to have cooperated much better with being photographed this time.

My favorite of all today's pictures, "Colorblock Quilt" with a mockingbird nest in the tree
Next up on my sewing table is finishing a black & white beauty. Looking forward to seeing this one comes together in the end!  You can see its beginnings here.


{{HUGS}}

April 8, 2012

Quilt of Valor {Three Tours of Duty}

Quilt of Valor "Three Tours of Duty"




When I began this Quilt of Valor I was so excited about it I had to share with my friends what I was working on. But, I didn't want the recipient or his wife to know that they would soon be the ones receiving it. So, both here on my blog and on Facebook I crafted cryptic messages, that left most thinking that it was my sweet and well deserving hubby who would be receiving this gift. I had way too much fun fooling everyone.  You can read my previous posts about this Quilt of Valor here, here and here.

On a side note; I will be making a Quilt of Valor for my sweet hubby, sadly for him there are several quilts in line ahead of his.


The actual recipient was my cousin Duston, who has just returned from his third tour of duty {Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa} all with the Army National Guard.  Since I live over a thousand miles from my cousin and the rest of my extended family, my mom had the privilege and honor of delivering the quilt for me. Hopefully I'll soon be receiving some pictures of the presentation, that I'll be able to share here.

Of all the quilts I've made so far, this is by far my favorite!

I greatly enjoyed making it as well as staging it in different settings and finding the perfect light to show off its beauty and details.




Closeup of the micro-stippling around the stars.



Quilt Label
The quilt label reads, "Our family is proud of you and your faithful service at home and overseas. This quilt is a small token of our appreciation and love."

I always LOVE how the back turns out.
A work of art all by itself!
At the very top of the quilt you can just barely see the hanging sleeve I added to give it the versatility to be used however Duston and Michelle choose, whether that's hanging it on a wall, laying it on a bed or even using it as a throw to wrap up in.

Back of outlined and shadowed star.


My youngest (Michael) was the only one in the family tall enough to hold the quilt up high enough to keep it off the ground for this picture. He was amazingly cooperative and patient during our session. It was breezy the day we took these and we had to keep waiting for the wind to die down so that the quilt to lay flat for a nice picture.  We worked hard to keep his fingers and toes out of the pictures, but seeing his toes peeking out from under the quilt in this picture just makes me smile.

My prayer is that this quilt will be a blessing to both Duston and Michelle for many years to come. 


Blessings & Hugs,

April 4, 2012

Pattern Testing {the top}


Spent a couple of hours this morning finishing the piecing of the "Colorblock" quilt pattern I'm testing for Bijou Lovely.   If you're looking for a quick baby quilt with an easy to follow pattern, I'd highly recommend ordering, "Colorblock" from Bijou Lovely as soon as she publishes it!

A perfect quilt to feature a favorite fat quarter bundle or to highlight some of your favorite fabrics.


On my test quilt I used one of my favorite pieces of fabric for the center column, "Flower Power" from Hoffman Fabrics.  The camera flash didn't do it justice and made it look like there's more of a difference between it and the other fabrics than there actually is.  I'm going to have to play with my camera and see if I can figure out how to keep it from doing that, though I'm not even sure it's possible.

The rest of the fabric used was a hodge-podge of fat quarters I've collected from several different shops. Unfortunately none of the pieces had a selvage carrying the name of the fabric or company that made it. 

I've been playing with some different ideas for quilting this little cutie. At first I thought I'd go with a basic allover stippling, but then I keep imaging each block with something different and now I  can't decide what to do on it. May have to let it cook for a day or two before diving into the quilting.

Hope you're having a creative & greatly blessed Wednesday!!

{{{Hugs}}}

April 2, 2012

Pattern Testing!

A few days ago, BIJOU Lovely, one of the quilting bloggers I follow was looking for quilters to test a new quilt pattern for her.  This afternoon I was notified that I was one of the many volunteers who had been chosen to test her pattern! I'm so excited that I've already printed off the pattern and found the perfect fabrics from my stash for it.


The rainbow strips will be used for the binding. The rest is for the quilt top. The only thing left to add is some white for the sashing and something for the backing. It looks like a pattern that will come together pretty quickly.

I Can hardly wait to get stated!

{{HUGS}}
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