A Quilt Story

2016 Quilting Goals Revisited

Well, I’ll admit I was not looking forward to reading my 2016 goals. I know I fell short for many of them. I was surprised I had as many as I did though. For some silly reason I thought I’d be able to quilt like I had in the past with a baby in the house. Ha!

So, here’s my review.

  1. Participate in a Quilting Bee.

I did this! It was a blast. I joined a Blossom Heart Beehive and I loved it. I’m now swarm mama to a new hive this year so definitely doing this one again! (I may be in a few more as well! Yikes! Quilting Bee addiction!) Here’s some of the blocks for my quilt (that has not been sewn yet!)

2016-07-18-21-45-33

2. Make a few traditional block quilts.

Yeah…didn’t do this one! At all. Didn’t begin it – nothing!

3. Work on paper piecing.

I did do some paper piecing. A few of my bee blocks were paper pieced and I did a few other projects as well. Nothing huge but at least I’m working on it in bits. I call this one done!

Here are two of my paper pieced bee blocks!

2016-11-21-14-52-392016-05-01 20.50.27

 

4. Work on curved piecing.

Hey, I made a flimsy with curved pieces. I love it too. Technically, it needs some work. Curves are tough. I got better as it went though so I hope as I do more curved piecing in the future my technique improves. I just need to order the very specific fabric I really want to back it with so I can finish it! Here’s the top!

img_0098

5. Complete 5 unfinished projects.

Ha. Hahaha. I finished two unfinished projects. They were my daughter’s Riding Hood Quilt and my aunt’s April Showers Giggle Box Quilt. I’ll do better next year!

img_9782

IMG_9845

6. Make more quilts this year than I did in 2015.

Yeah, this one didn’t happen either. Good news is that if I make this one of my 2017 goals it should be pretty easy! I only completed three quilts in 2016. The two I posted above and one more – a Bartholomew’s Reef Charm Quilt for my newest wee nephew! (Made a cute diaper bag too!)

IMG_9664

7. Participate in more online quilting events.

This I did do!! I was in a quilting bee, I participated in a scrappy trip along blog swap, Dwell block swap, scrap mini quilt swap, Amy Butler mini quilt swap, Fall mini quilt swap…I cannot remember if that is all or not. I did very little blogging about any of it though – my blog was sadly neglected most of 2016. Hopefully that will improve as well. Here are some of my swap blogs/mini quilts.

2016-07-21-23-31-29

IMG_9718

IMG_9667

2016-07-05-19-11-26

8. Create a few holiday quilts. I love the idea of holiday quilts but so far, we have none. Zero. Zilch. I think 2016 is the year to change that. I’m not promising a quilt for every holiday but I want to start making a few each year until I do have one for each holiday. I really hope to get at least a Saint Patrick’s Day Quilt (hey it could be an Irish Chain and that would help me with #2) and a Christmas quilt complete. More would be great.

Well, I started a Valentine’s Day quilt but I’m not crazy about how it’s going so there is that. I didn’t do any other holiday quilts. I did make a stinkin’ cute Thanksgiving pillow that I love. 🙂

img_0063

9. Make an I Spy Quilt.

Nope. Didn’t do it.

10. Work on organizing my sewing area(s).

I did this a bit but it needs a lot more attention. To be fair, this will be an ongoing thing for the rest of my life. I am not sure it will ever be completely done. I did reorganize my scraps into something more manageable. I still need to work on the overall organization of my areas.

 

 

A Quilt Story, Uncategorized

Queen Bee January

I’m super excited to be participating in the Blossom Heart Bee Hive for 2017! 2016 was my first time participating and it was a wonderful experience! This year, I’ve become the Hive Mama of my very own swarm and I’m also Queen Bee for January! (I had many swarm members request not to have January and after this rush of a holiday I really can see why!) I do however, have my blocks and colors ready to share with my swarm! I may or may not have spent the entire day neglecting much needed housework to get it all together…

That being said, the rest of this post is directed to my swarm members.

My January Queen Bee last year selected the Quartrefoil block as her bee block. I remember thinking that it just wasn’t my favorite block. I’d seen it in repeat (mostly with a computer graphic) and out of the different blocks I was toying over for my own choice, Quartrefoil just wasn’t moving me. Then I began seeing a few completed quilts. My goodness! It was one of those cases where I had a totally different idea of how it would look. My friend and former swarm member, Patti, made this gorgeous one that is all over Pinterest right now! It’s exciting to see such a lovely quilt with a few of my blocks in it! I was totally wrong about it.

So, in the end, I decided, I wanted, nay, I needed, a Quartrefoil quilt of my very own. You can find the block tutorial here.

img_0073

I did think of my mother when deciding this color scheme. She loves blue. Blue on blue on blue on blue. Blue makes her happy in every form and fashion. I grew up in a house decorated with mostly blue. She has blue dishes, a blue Christmas tree, blue walls, blue carpet…you get the idea.

So, in honor of my mother, I’m choosing blue! Everything blue or blueish works! I’ve set up a pinterest board with an insane amount of blue items because I never do things by halves and tend go a bit crazy! Anything on the board works as far as color goes! Please do not stress over color selection. If you would sort it into the blue family it works! You will see I strayed a bit from just true blue and have lots of blueish colors represented as well. I’m giving you the freedom to pick which blue goes where except for the navy. I assigned it a particular spot in the block. However, the other two prints can be any blue from cobalt to powder blue, aqua to cerulean, turquoise to cornflower! I hope you can use fabrics you have on hand!

Here are my color assignments:

Print A – any blue, turquoise, teal or aqua (except navy)

Print B – any blue, turquoise, teal or aqua that contrasts nicely with print A (except navy)

Print C– navy

Background – low volume – white or cream

I love lots of fabric styles but I’m wanting mostly modern fabrics for this quilt – no reproduction fabrics or batiks please. I’m fine with any fabric that fit the colors but just for inspiration I adore the Blueberry Park line, anything from Zen Chic or Cotton + Steel, Moda Grunge, Lizzy House pearl bracelets, Carolyn Freidlander and that sort of thing. Once again, please do not feel like you have to use these particular lines – I’m anxious to see fabrics I’ve not thought of! Prints or solids are fine for the blue parts of the block.

As far as low volume goes, I love, love, love text prints, music notes, maps, really graphic or geometric designs, architectural designs, pin dots…:) Of course, I’m excited to see what you come up with so if something inspires you, go for it! I prefer prints for the low volume background fabrics and would rather not have solids.

I’ve sewn up several sample blocks so you can get an idea of the different looks I’m going for. Please forgive the not so great lighting…I was in a hurry to get these photographed and posted!

img_0075

img_0093

img_0082

Here are all four so you can see the secondary patterns. Secondary patterns are the best!

img_0079

Please let me know if I forgot to let you know something important! I’m happy to answer any questions! I’m super excited to see what you ladies sew up!

 

 

 

A Quilt Story

Quilt Finish #3

I may or may not have finished this quilt months ago. I know it was during the summer months – other than that I really do not remember. I did want to share it on here though.

IMG_9845

I have an aunt that has the gift of help. For real, you need her, she is there. She babysits when the kids are sick and cannot go to school or daycare. She picks my kids up for me when I cannot get to them or have conflicting mommy duties – even if the kid needs to be picked up in a town two hours away from where we live. If you have a baby, surgery, a death in the family, etc. you can count on her to bring homemade bread in various forms – rolls, loaves, cinnamon rolls,  sandwich bread, along with lots of sandwich fixings and likely a gift card to eat out. If you have a flat tire – even if you are a long way from her house – she will be there to pick you up and arrange getting it taken care of. She’s just dependable and really good like that!

When I finished this quilt, my husband immediately asked, “Who is it for?” I had not decided on a recipient and since I really, really loved the fabrics I was considering keeping it for myself. (I have a thing for Bonnie and Camille’s April Showers line.) When I told him I wasn’t sure I was going to give it away he reminded me that we really have more quilts hanging around here than we need. (Is this really I problem? I don’t think so but whatever.)

I had been wanting to make my aunt a quilt. It really was on my list of things to get to eventually. I had even planned something out in my head. However, his question, and the fact that I really wanted to do this for my aunt pretty soon, helped me make up my mind.

IMG_9853

This pattern is called Giggle Box and it’s from an old Quilty magazine. It was a pretty quick sew and I must have made the top two years ago! It’s been in my WIP pile for ages. I’m glad to have finished it because, hello, I love this fabric!!

IMG_9857

It was also a lot of fun to gift it! (I then had to call and have it returned to me to have pictures done. Ooooppss! But hey, my aunt is the kind that doesn’t mind running around helping with errands!)

IMG_9847

I do love a striped binding!!

IMG_9859

I used almost every last scrap of my April Showers fabric! This is my second quilt to make from this fabric. The first was made the first year I began quilting. It was a simple four patch quilt, and my first free motion quilted quilt. You can see it here!

 

Now, I think she needs a matching throw pillow! Good thing I still have some April Showers mini charm packs lying around!!

A Quilt Story

Unexpected Hiatus

I accidentally took a blog hiatus it seems. I had such great plans for blogging all summer, at least, and then maintaining my blog during the school year. I knew I had an infant in the house, but so what? I mean, after all, wasn’t my oldest just a major handful at that age because I was a new, young mom? Wasn’t child number 2 and 3 a better reflection of how I had this motherhood thing under control? I mean, those two let me be their mother and continue to do whatever I wanted with their easygoing ways…(and yes, I have six kids but the other two came sleeping all night, potty trained, and basically able to care for themselves…:) )

Ha. Welcome baby number 4. She rules our house, my day and I’m sure, sometime soon, the world! A fierce, opinionated young lady, that I’m sure is destined for grand things. Which means I’m not getting a lot of sleep, housework, free time (including sewing time) and blogging has just jumped down the bottom of the list of things to get done.

But look at that sweet face!

img_9802

I figure my blog will still be here when she gets older. (Which she is older than this picture which was also taken this summer! Photography is something I’m not having as much time for as well. Thank goodness for camera phones or this poor kiddo would have very few pictures!)

All that being said, I’m still quilting. I have three quilt finishes already this year. (Last year at this time I had over 10!) I’ve participated in several online swaps and quilting bees. I am doing two quilt-alongs, making sampler quilts (desperately trying to catch up on them anyway!) so I have been sewing.

I find myself up this morning, at 4:00 a.m. and the only one in the house awake. So here I am blogging! Who knows when the opportunity will occur again.

Now, about those quilt finishes… I posted about my first quilt finish in the early summer. It was a baby quilt for my newest little nephew, Bobby! Well, that got me motivated to finally finish up a quilt I’d started for Philippa. I certainly wanted her to be able to enjoy it before she outgrew it!

So, here’s quilt finish #2 for 2017 along with the high maintenance baby it belongs to! You are quite welcome for the cuteness overload!

img_9785

I used a panel, pinwheel blocks and box in a box blocks for a quick quilt!

img_9791

This quilt is a combination of hoarded Riley Blake Little Red Riding Hood prints along with Moda Little Red Riding Hood prints! I threw in some red and white polka dot from my stash.

img_9793

I love how well the two lines played together!

img_9806

I also purchased the panel to make a Little Red Riding Hood doll (from the Moda line) when I bought the fabrics to finish this quilt. Alas, that is still sitting in a project bin. Maybe it will make it’s way under the Christmas tree this year!

And before I sign off, one more baby picture because, hello, when you look this good the world should see you! Also, you should all get a first look at the person who will one day rule the world. Mark my words.

img_9782

 

 

A Quilt Story

Just a Wee Little Peek

…at something cool I’m working on.

IMG_9718

It is a swap I’m participating in. These are the first three blocks I’ve completed but I plan to do 10-12. I totally need to do some thread trimming, I see. (This stuff always shows up so much better in pictures, it seems.) This is the Dwell block from the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelly. I’ve had this book for  some time now and still haven’t made a quilt from it so it’s time. I was excited to join the block swap and I cannot wait to see how it all pans out. This swapping stuff is addictive!

I’m also currently cleaning/organizing my sewing space. Oh. My. Gosh. It was such a disaster and I didn’t have a system that worked well for me and my space. I’m revamping my system and decluttering. I used to store my fabric on comic book boards but they never stood up straight or looked very neat to me. Also, I love to have my kids help me put up fabric and they really had a difficult time getting it neat. I’m now folding it (the way my fabric shop folds it – that way I can come home from the fabric store and just put it on the shelf!) and I love it so much better. It’s the perfect fit for my shelves, I have them in color order, my kids can do it, and it’s easier to maintain.

I’m also changing up the way I do scraps. I’ve been putting all scraps in order by color. I mostly liked this but I had lots of itty bitty bits in with almost fat quarter cuts. Also, I had so many bins and not really enough space for them all. I’m now organizing by size and cutting all my scraps to either 2.5 inch squares, 5 inch squares, 1.5 inch strips, 2.5 inch strips, and bundles that are fat quarterish (mostly smaller but I didn’t want to cut down too much because there was a substantial amount of it.) I keep my FQ’s together already as well as all my precuts.

It’s been a combination of good and bad. I can see progress and that is exciting but I’m also really getting tired of working on it. I just want to quilt. I need to get this done though so off I go to finish organizing my scraps!