Tuesday, November 9, 2021

timber quilt

 I'm happy to share my finished Timber quilt!

Pattern is by Alison Glass and available here.  I made the quilt top during a sew along with Nicole from ModernHandcraft in spring 2015!  It's been hanging in a closet waiting to be quilted ever since.  I love it and I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally check this off my WIP (works in progress) list.

The fabrics are all from Carolyn Friedlander and Alison Glass collections.  Old ones!  I posted this photo during the quilt along.  I still love making flying geese blocks with my Quilt in a Day ruler.

I saved some of the fabric and a few blocks I never used in the top and last week I finally sewed them together into a backing.  I attached my walking foot and got to quilting.  I love straight line quilting - horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or any combination of them.

The batting is a cotton wool blend from Pellon.  It made a ton of lint in the dryer after it's first washing but I love the weight and feel of it.  

Six years to complete and I still love it.  That's a win!

I hope you have a win this week, too.  
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

bear in the woods

 I sewed something!  

Nothing like a deadline to motivate me!  Black bears are making a comeback in Northern Michigan so...

when I received this invitation to a baby shower I decided I wanted to try and replicate it - modern quilting style 😉

I started with the bear.  I purchased a pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts knowing I would need to make changes for the bear to fit my quilt. I love a challenge!  My bear is chubbier and has a shorter snout but I think he works.  I used a black Peppered Cotton for the bear and a Grunge print for the background. 

I originally made the buffalo check with a gray linen blend.  While I like the idea of three textures in the plaid - a blue Kona solid, the linen blend, and Peppered Cotton - I decided it was just too dark for a baby quilt.  So at the last minute I changed it up and used the light Grunge print.  I still like that dark plaid though and plan to make more strips and a whole quilt of it...someday!

I used Amy Smart's tutorial for the improv trees.  They're made with Essex linen in Pickle. 

 used that Pickle on the binding as well.  I like the pop of color and with a single fold binding it's not too thick. The backing is a print from the Frost collection by Sarah Watts.  Love it!

I hope you're enjoying summer.  Watch out for bears! 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

summer sampler 2020

I was late to join the Summer Sampler 2020 quilt along and I'm late to finish but...finished it is!

I used an ombré bundle from V Christenson that had been sitting in my stash since 2017.  I purchased it after participating in the Summer Sampler quilt along that year and being inspired by Faith's finish.

I was determined to use only one color in each block.  These ombré fabrics challenged me and I spent a lot of time with each block pattern deciding how to cut the fabric to get the most impact.  I shared them on Instagram and by far the favorite was this Brae block by Devon Iott. It's unique for sure.  It took me two attempts to sort out the ombré and get the curves to work out.  

I'd love to hear in the comments which is your favorite block!

I veered away from the quilt along's suggested lay-out and put my blocks on point.  Those gray setting triangles were scary to cut but I love the effect of the ombré.  (You can see the suggested lay-out and purchase the patterns for the blocks here.)

I used the same gray for the binding.  I needed a half yard and that's exactly what I had left. Phew!  Can you see that the binding ombré is matched side to side and top to bottom?  That's not a happy accident - but it didn't take me too long to figure out. 😉

The beautiful birds on this backing fabric by Tula Pink are a perfect match to the colorful blocks on the front.  A wonderful find!

I used my walking foot to quilt an X that crosses in the center of the quilt.  Then I quilted V's on each side, top, and bottom.  I used a guide to space the lines an inch apart.  I love the texture and balance of the diagonal lines.

This might be the most beautiful quilt I've made to date.  Shortly after I started it last summer my beautiful niece became engaged.  Her happiness was on my heart often as I worked on this project.  It's only fitting that it should be hers.  

Last weekend was her wedding shower and I gifted it then. 

Love is patient, love is kind. 

Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. 

Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. 

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  

Love never ends.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 CSB

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy spring!

Friday, January 15, 2021

cargo duffle 2

My first finish of 2021 is a Cargo Duffle.
Pattern by Anna Graham and available for free on the Robert Kaufman website.
This is my second time making this pattern.  You can see the first one here.

I sewed from my stash for this.  I had just enough of these Laura Gunn butterflies for a front and back, and even eked out a small zip pouch!

The arrows are an original Cotton and Steel print by Melody Miller.  When the selvage reads this good, I use it!  Leap and the net will appear.  
Look closely, can you spot the Hello Kitty I found for a zipper pull?  

I made this for my granddaughter who just turned 5.  (Those are the planets and sun on her cake.)  

Now she's all set for sleepovers with Nonna! 💖

Happy New Year!

Monday, November 30, 2020

moroccan tile

I made this quilt top years ago.  It's been hanging in a closet waiting to be quilted.  Finally, I made time to get it done. 

This is the Moroccan Tile pattern from Amy Smart's Fabulously Fast Quilts.  I used Denyse Schmidt's Ansonia line for the tiles and Essex yarn dyed linen blend for the background.

I was lucky to find this backing fabric, also from the Ansonia line, on Etsy for a super sale price.  Who doesn't love a great deal when buying yardage?!

I free-motion quilted a simple design in each of the colorful tiles, which is really hard to see, then got out my walking foot for all the straight lines.  

It's great to have a finish!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

a roald dahl proverb

Years ago I won a package from Denyse Schmidt and it included her Proverbial Quilt pattern.  I studied it then but it overwhelmed me.  Early this year Denyse announced an online Proverbial quilt-along.  I signed up immediately.  I knew exactly what my quilt would say as I had previously chosen this ↑ Roald Dahl quote from The Twits.

Then Covid and lock-downs and quarantines hit.  The quilt-along took on a whole new life.  So many fantastic quilts resulted from the emotions of the changes going on around the world.  I considered altering my plan for about 2 seconds, but no, I needed to stay positive and keep moving forward.

I dove right in and made 85 scrappy letters.  Some improv, some following the pattern precisely.  I still can't believe there is only one R in the whole quilt!  

I combined my letters into 20 words, 

and then used spacers to created the 8 rows.

I added a few extras; 4 hearts for my 4 grandchildren and...sunbeams!  (These 5 blocks took me an entire day 😜)

When the entire top was complete I took it outside for a "stained glass" photo.  So many pieces!

I used fun letters for the backing fabric and that stashed 1/2 yard of oval elements for the binding.  It was a perfect match for the blue strips between the word lines.

There were several categories to enter our final quilts in.  I chose "Quilts in the Wild" and got this shot under my favorite redbud tree.  I hadn't been anywhere for the month prior so this back corner of our lot was like wilderness!

After these photos were taken I added Roald Dahl's name to the quilt.  Now it's complete!

"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but 
if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've been well and are keeping good thoughts! 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

liquid gold!

So this month was supposed to be all about quick posts and baby quilts but...

We've been making maple syrup! 🍁
We've lived in this house for almost 30 years.  There are several sugar maple trees on the property.  I've always wanted to tap one and finally, this was the year.  

It's so simple:  drill a hole at a slight angle, insert the tap, hang a bucket on the tap's hook...

and watch the sap flow!  (I lined our old bucket with a zip-lock because it's cleaner and easier to empty.)

We just tapped one tree this first year.  I cannot believe how much sap has dripped in less than a week.  I empty the bag at least 3 times a day.

I've been boiling it down in small batches on my stovetop.  This very wide Calphalon pan I purchased at an outlet store years ago has been perfect for this task.  

It takes about 1.5 hours to boil down to 2 cups which I then filter through a coffee filter.

When I've boiled down 3 pans (so I have about 6 cups) I put it in a smaller pan and boil it down some more.  Actually, now it's like making candy, I cook it till it's 219 degrees F.   

This year, I'm putting it in small canning jars.  I turn the jars over while the syrup is still hot and let them cool that way.  The jars seal themselves!  
Next year I'll plan ahead and be ready with cute maple leaf shaped jars to store it in. 
Have you ever turned sap to syrup?  

Having something new and fun to focus on has really helped me thru this week.  
Stay healthy!