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I originally made the buffalo check with a gray linen blend.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!