October is made for Halloween crafting and my place is no exception.

My mother tasked me with creating a quilted wall hanging for a cross-stitch project that she made.  We’re not much into samplers when we stitch but she was talked into this cute project anyway.  She shows dachshunds in the dog show circuit and this piece just called to her. This is how it looked after I stabilized and trimmed it. (Do you see those little star quilt blocks? So cute…)It is ‘Halloweenies’ by Plum Street Samplers.  She also bought the Thanksgiving and Christmas ones so you will be seeing more cross-stitch projects converted to wall hangings in this space.  We’ve already bought the fall fabrics for the Thanksgiving one.  We ran over to JoAnns to pick up some Halloween fabrics that coordinated with some that I already had.

Mom loved this sparkly Boo fabric and the orange on black dots as a way to brighten up the very muted piece.  I already had a fabric that would help with the transition from the fall colors to these more vibrant Halloween ones.I used a Riley Blake green spider print to bring out the greens in the vines.She requested the silhouette trick-or-treaters to be included and the corners were the perfect place to focus on those.  I bound it in the bright orange Boo fabric and Mom loves it!

She’s already stitching up the Thanksgiving one and can’t wait to get it to me.

What kind of Halloween crafting are you working on?

My Mini Sewcation

I normally take the entire week of my birthday off to just relax at home and sew my little heart out.  It didn’t quite work out that way this year but I was able to squeeze in a few days on the end of that week and got some sewing time in!

Quiet Play Mini Quilt Swap:

I finished up the mini quilt of the Geometric Mermaid.  I made a little adjustment and I love it so much better.I had the perfect clamshell fabric to use on the back that really pulled it all together.

Christmas sewing:

I stayed on the geometric theme and made two of the three panels that I want to use to make a Christmas wall hanging.  First up was the Geometric Christmas Tree.  I used fabrics from the JOL line for the background pieces and some of the interior.The second was the Geometric Reindeer and I did that one in shades of red.  Mirror Dots for the win as the antlers and hooves.🙂

I’m also going to do the Geometric Sleigh in shades of silver and gold with a hint of red.  It should look really cool.  I can’t wait to finish this up and get it all together.

Sugar Block Club:

I got all caught up on my Sugar Block Club blocks.  I was a few months behind and I was glad to have the time to devote to them.  I just love this top one!  This palette is just so soothing.

Stacked Squares:

I finished the top of the Stacked Squares quilt and I think my dad will love it!I created the backing out of some left over golf fabric that I had on hand.  My dad lives on a golf course and I tend to make him golf themed items.  That has been a Dad gifting theme my whole life.  This quilt will only have a little bit of that theme on the back. 

Still To Do:

Baste many, many quilts – Stacked Squares, Wonky Cross, Triple Barnstar

Mini Quilts – 3 in progress.  One for my guild and the Christmas one for me and one my mom just added to my plate that she needs in early October for Halloween decorating

There is a lot to do……..Happy Sewing!

Random Roundup #18

I’m still trying to decide on a direction for the Quiet Play Swap on Instagram.  I finished the best Unicorn ever!It may get made into a cushion for a Christmas present. (Yes – I’m already starting on Christmas presents….) I’m going to tweak the borders on the geometric mermaid that you may remember from my last post and see if I like it better than I do now.  I got a lot of positive feedback at my guild meeting about the new direction that I’m thinking about for the borders so I will have to get that process going and see how I like it.  This unicorn may end up as my swap item if the border solution doesn’t work out.

Stacked Squares:

While I contemplated all that, I dove into a fabulous fabric pull for a quilt for my dad.  He requested a quilt so I dragged him into the sewing room to look at colors and he fell for the color palette on a mini quilt that I had received in a swap.  It had teals, mustards, blues, and greys.  Here’s what I pulled:I’ve really been wanting to make a Stacked Squares quilt and it lends itself very well to just about any color palette.  There is a free pattern on the Moda Bake Shop site that uses precuts and jelly rolls. I went to my friend Kelly’s site – My Quilt Infatuation – to get her measurements for cutting from yardage or fat quarters.  This fabric pull had a good selection of both.  Her middle squares were a little bit smaller than the original pattern but it doesn’t change the illusion at all.  She suggested 23 different fabrics to make 23 different blocks.

I cut out all of my selected fabrics.  Then took a little break after cutting 23 fat quarters/quarter yard cuts of fabric.  I don’t normally cut my fabrics all at once, as I tend to change my mind halfway through, so my cutting stamina is really low.  The ice cream gave me the energy to sew all the squares together.I got all my squares sewn together just so I could then cut them apart.  I swear quilters get a little bit crazy.🙂After all those cuts, I set up my portable design wall and got those squares all placed where I want them.  I’m still contemplating a few moves but I like how it looks overall.

Some of those fabrics I got from a recent sale that The Intrepid Thread was having over the Labor Day holiday.

Stash Enhancement:

I picked up – at fabulous prices – a few awesome fabrics.  Some Cotton + Steel, Drawn Bubbles,  Remix, and the green chevron made up this beautiful selection.I used all but the yellow bubbles in the Stacked Squares quilt.  So they were all definitely a good buy.

Then I stocked up on these Christmas prints for a wall hanging mini quilt I have in mind.  It’s going to be a bit fabulous!

I cannot wait until I have a few moments (hopefully meaning a few days off this week) to work on my Dad’s quilt.  I think he’s going to love it!

Mermaids or Unicorns?

I went full force making the Mermaid pattern for the Quiet Play Swap.

The pebble print from the Drawn line by Angela Walters is perfect for the background.This pile of mermaid parts became a gorgeous beauty once all pieced together.I’m trying to figure out what to put in the upper left corner.  More border or more flowers?  Should I hand stitch a shell?  Should I just rethink the whole corner/border situation?  I’m currently stuck so moved on to another project to clear my head. 

One Geometric Unicorn coming up!Okay, I’m loving how this one is coming along.  Now, I’m not sure if I want to stick with the the mermaid for the swap or just go with this fabulous unicorn.  I do have a plan for either option other than the swap so there will be no sewing time put to bad use around here.

While I contemplate my sewing world I can stare at these beautiful new additions to my stash.  A few short stacks from Sew Lux.  They are having a fat quarter grab bag clearance and I took my chances on a few colorways.  Blue:Grey (I love the darkest grey one):Red:Aqua – the flowery one on top is not really my style so I’ll have to figure out something for that one:Then I picked up this small bundle of Thicket to help boost my black and white print selection:A slightly productive week.  Now back to my day job after a three-day weekend to make sure nothing falls apart there.

Happy Sewing!

Random Roundup #17

It’s been a rough few weeks at work but I finally got a bit of sewing in today!  It was so great and so incredibly relaxing……

Quiet Play Mini Quilt Swap:

I’ve been without a swap for a little while but I could not turn down one that encompassed one of my very favorite pattern designers.  We are required to make a mini using one of Kristy Lea’s patterns.  She designs the most awesome geometric pieced patterns.  I immediately went to her online store – Quiet Play – and picked up a bunch of new patterns.  Did I mention that they are all foundation paper-pieced?  So incredible!I decided to work on the Geometric Mermaid first to see if that’s the direction I want to go.  My first color choice for her tail did not give enough contrast against the background that I really wanted to use.I changed gears a little bit and -boom! – there it was. The perfect colors – saturated and gorgeous!Now I love it and hope my partner will too!

Stash Enhancement:

I haven’t bought any new fabric in a while and have been needing to fill in the most recent gaps in my low volume white selection.  I’m not big on solids or tone on tone whites so I was looking for something else.  It’s a bit harder than it looks.  I was really looking to replace a text fabric that I adore from a line called ‘The Chalk Line’.  I could not find the black on white but did locate a white on grey online at Stash Fabrics.Then I checked out their sale section and found some of those low volumes that I was looking for.  (I’ve been dying to get that notebook print.)That wasn’t all I found – I loved these so they went into my cart as well.

I’m already looking forward to next weekend – a guaranteed 3-day weekend and free sewing time.  It’s going to be awesome!

Quilts for Pulse

It feels great to get back behind my sewing machine.  A couple of fun-filled weekends with family and friends and I was ready to get sewing again!  

First project – completion of the quilt I am making for the Quilts for Pulse charity drive that is being headed up by the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.  They chose the heart block by Cluck, Cluck, Sew for the quilt blocks that they wanted.  There is still time to make blocks or whole quilts.  Heart blocks are due to the Orlando guild by August 15th.  Completed quilts are due September 15th.

I decided to use multiple sizes of the heart block for my quilt and I’m so glad I did.  I love the way it looks.At the center of this tragedy was an attack against the United States so that had to be represented in this quilt with that center heart block.  As we move beyond that we see the hearts get bigger as the love grows within us all.  The outpouring of support that the Orlando guild is getting is amazing.  They only expected about 200 quilts and now they should have well over 500 to distribute.  This is such a wonderful community and I’m proud to be a part of it.

I wavy quilted vertically to imitate party streamers and celebration.  On the flip side it could also represent the tears that were shed as healing begins.I cut up a duvet cover that I got on clearance from PBTeen and used that for the back.  I love how the flower petals are hearts and felt it went really well with the theme.I even remembered to label it!  (Well, I remembered after basting but before quilting so that counts, right?)I used the rainbow dots on grey print, that I used throughout the quilt, to bind it.

You want more pictures?  Okay…….it’s so pretty I just can’t resist.

This one will be mailed off after my guild meeting next week.  I’m excited to show it off.

Now, let’s see if I can finish one more UFO before that meeting……

Stash Enhancement – July 2016

Family visits leave little time for sewing as I am the only quilter in the family.  However, I did talk them into a trip to a local quilt shop to pick up some supplies.  

My step-mom is very crafty but does not sew and she saw a fabric covered ornament at my house.  Now she wants to make them.  I gave her some fabric to practice with but she did not have a good ruler to cut that fabric into the square size she needed.  So, to the LQS for a Creative Grids ruler.  While there, I picked up this sweet selection of fabrics.This LQS doesn’t turn stock over very much so they have some older lines still on the shelves.  They are a bit more traditional than modern but do carry a small bit of modern fabrics – like the Mickey print above and I saw Star Wars there as well.  Last time I was there I stocked up on black Architextures crosshatch – which they still had yesterday.  But these did me well for now.  These are good shades of yellow and orange and I needed the low volume background fabric for a work-in-progress.

I also received a purchase that I made on Etsy for a quilt ladder!This ladder came from Knot Just Wood and was a fabulous price.  I was running out of space on my quilt rack so I knew that I needed something else that was more tall than wide and this was just perfect!It fits wonderfully between the window and the wall in my dining room.  I’m super happy with this one!

Next week is full of activities as well so I am not sure when sewing will resume.  But, here’s an updated photo of one of the rainbowy projects I’m working on.

I added the rows from the 6 1/2 inch offcuts from the heart quilt.  It’s coming together so well.  I’ve got the 8 1/2 inch ones ready to add on.  You should see that progress in my next post.

Happy sewing!