Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Start, and a Finish

          First, the finish.  We have a great niece graduating in May and her mother and I planned a quilt together.  I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago, while it was in progress, but now it is a finish.  The niece is active in music groups and theatre, so that was the theme.  The border is a very cool theatre print.

Here are some of the embroidered snowball blocks.

Next, my new start.  In fact, there should be no new start.  I have UFO's enough to keep me busy for the rest of the year.  But, I fell in love with this fabric at my LQS.  I talked myself out of it the first time, but when I went back to Second Saturday, I succumbed.  It is Regent Street by Sentimental Studios for Moda.  It is designed to look and feel like the lawns sold by Liberty of London.  I actually visited the store a few years ago and purchased some 1/4 meters.  I had used one of them, but still had the second one, so incorporated it with this Moda collection.  It will be a churn dash block.
The middle and upper right blocks are from the Regent Street line and the other blocks are from stash, but went with them well.  It will be all florals. I forgot to take a picture of the Liberty Lawn.  I'll try to remember to include it next time. 
I'm using my AccuQuilt Go to cut the churn dash blocks.  I have been buying a couple of dies at a time, just to see what works for me.  This is the 9" Churn Dash block die.  It worked well, especially the HST's, the corners are trimmed and they are accurate.  Most of the learning curve is figuring out how to fit your fabrics on the die.

     Arrow Rock Quilt Camp starts next week and I have friends coming to stay with me.  These are the same friends I sewed with in Florida in January.  I have a goodie bag for each of them and this is the mug rug they will receive.  The selvages are from fabrics we bought together on a shopping trip last year.  

We are having a beautiful spring day here in Missouri and the forecast for next week is good.  There will be a lot of stitchin' going on.  Hope you're getting some done too.


Monday, April 18, 2016

April RSC

     My April RSC Civil War blocks are done, as well as the Baby Grace charity quilt (top only).  Civil War prints don't contain much orange, so my April blocks are a bit of a stretch.  These are reds which lean a little to the orange side.  I like them, though, and they will actually work with the other blocks better than a real orange would.

     Looking for orange scraps turned up very little for my monthly charity quilt, so when I was at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop for Second Saturday, I found a nice orange novelty to pull something together.  Somewhere, sometime, I was given or purchased a few scraps from an American Jane line from several years ago, reminiscent of the Dick and Jane reading books from my childhood.  (now you know my age)  It must have originally been a panel.  It had quite a bit of orange in it as the colors followed the primary colors of a basic box of Crayolas.  Using the pieces I had, an FQ of a black and white print, and making some little four-patches to fill in some blank spots, I managed to make a crib size top.

This one is truly a scrap quilt except for the border, which is the piece that I purchased.  Now I need to find a backing.  Black and white?  
Linking up with for Scrap Happy Saturday ( I know its Monday, I'm running a little behind).

     Here is what is under my needle today.  Another graduation quilt in red and black, this is the third in five years.  I think my next one will be blue and green.  At least this one isn't about sports.  Music and theatre was a welcome change.

I hope there is something under your needle today (and its not red and black).

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pickin' in the West Bottoms

     A friend recently invited me to travel to Kansas City for the well- known event of 1st Friday, which actually lasts all weekend.  We chose Saturday so we could also visit City Market, which is the open air produce market in downtown Kansas City.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of it.  It is very colorful, as you can imagine.  We loaded up on fresh radishes, onions, asparagus and some pansies.  We stopped buying produce because we wanted to leave room for vintage shopping in the West Bottoms.  This area used to contain the Kansas City Stockyards and warehouse district.  Most of these buildings had been abandoned until some enterprising souls decided to take them over for antique markets.  I had never been to visit them, so jumped at the chance when invited.  
  Our first stop was Good Ju-Ju, only open that first weekend of every month.  Two factory floors of vintage and repurposed furniture, as well as vintage collectibles.  I found a Toby Mug to add to my collection, my first made by Royal Doulton.
He is the one front and center, joining his new family.

    We moved on to the next building, called Vintage Rose.  My first find there was a Norman Rockwell tray.  It is called "Last Ear of Corn".  Rockwell's characters are always so amusing.

Isn't it great?

    I have been looking for a vintage sewing chair for my Singer 15-91 and count that as my best find of the day.  Not only did I find one, but found two alike.  $20.00 each, or both for $30.00.  Of course, I took both of them.   I immediately put the second one on the Facebook page of my LQS and found it a good home with Jessica, another vintage machine enthusiast.

And with storage under the seat.

Here's how it looks with the 15-91.  

     And it's comfortable!

     Don't you love the retro upholstery?  At first I thought I wanted to recover it, but have since decided I will leave it alone.  I think it fits the machine.  
Hope you are getting some sewing done.  I'll blog about that next time, just had to share my picking adventure.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Allietare Completed

     Those of you who have followed my blog know that I was less than thrilled with the 2014 Bonnie Hunter mystery, Grand Illusion.  When the fabric recommendations came out in November for the 2015 mystery, I did like the color choices and had them in my stash.  I also had a lovely piece of red I had picked up at an estate sale that I wanted to use for a border.  Because of my disappointment with Grand Illusion, I chose to only make one-fourth of the blocks until I could see what was going to emerge.  Just let me say this; I love, love, love Allietare.  Some days I regret not making the full size, but the 9 block version made a small cuddle quilt that measures 55" X 55".  Someday, when I finish all of the quilts in my UFO stack and the ones still in my head, I will make another Allietare.

      Here is the back with an extra block as the label. This fabric was in the sale room at my LQS and was being passed over by other quilters because it is an ombré, but I thought it made a great backing. What do you think?

      I can't believe I'm saying this, but I really enjoyed quilting this.  It was small enough to avoid feeling overwhelming, so I used some quilt stencils to mark the blocks, then did a free motion design in the scallops.  I have one of those long scallop rulers, so that part was simplified.  I chalked the scallops onto the border before starting the quilting there, so I had reference points.  The binding was cut on the bias, machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.  I used the usual method of 2-1/2 ", folded in half.  I was afraid it wouldn't ease around the curves, but it did just fine.  
     Thanks, Bonnie, for a lovely, challenging quilt.  I'm looking forward to this years mystery.
Until then, I will
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, March 28, 2016

RSC 2016

     My purple top for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is pieced, but not quilted yet.  I hope to do that today.  This is the "charity quilt of the month".  The background is Kona Silver, but looks tan in this picture.  You'll have to use your imagination.
     I didn't have many purple scraps, so used this pattern to maximize them.  It was quick and easy.  The reason for the yellow ducks is that we are given an optional accent color each month and March was yellow.  Our charity project this year is the local Baby Grace program, which provides disposable diapers to needy families, but asked our guild to help with quilts.  I am trying to make boy themed quilts as we were told that they are always short of them.  Lots of people like to make girly quilts.  

I am making a Father's Choice block each month, which will live with me in a final quilt.  I am now waiting for the April color.
I'm doing all of the Father's Choice blocks from my Civil War Stash, but the crib size charity quilts are coming from scrap stash.   I will attempt to link this post to the RSC blog which is SoScrappy.

Hope this works for you.  

Monday, February 29, 2016

Scrap Attack

     Saturday was a beautiful day in Missouri and I traveled to Brunswick for a sewing day with my Scrap Attack group.  This is sponsored by my LQS, SewSweet Quilt Shop.  It is a great group and this time, several vintage machines came out to play.  Here is a little photo album of our day.

Three featherweights having a play date.

Look at that face plate!

My 301.

An Elna Supermatic.  The sewing surface is also the case for it.  Fun, don't you think?

Cynthia didn't bring a vintage machine, but did bring a gorgeous Quilt of Valor she and Kathy just finished.
Great day!  Can't wait until the next one.  

Monday, February 22, 2016

February Finishes

     Stacked Squares is done.  I usually prefer traditional quilts, but this pattern really appealed to me.  I love the illusion of depth in it.  These fabrics are also so out of the box for me. 

 A few months ago, my husband told me that all my quilts looked the same.  After thinking about it, I realized he was right.  They are always dark traditional fabrics or Civil War repros.  So, to prove that I can use a different palette, I bought these fabrics.  Most are Sweetwater by Moda.  They were fun to work with, but the dilemma is, I have no place to use the quilt.  Our house has a definite primitive look with antiques and dark traditional colors.  Go figure...I guess thats why I make quilts in those colors.
I quilted it with the walking foot in diagonal lines.

  I recently traveled to my LQS, Sew Sweet, in Brunswick, MO, for my block of the month get together. They had recently added scrap bags and I just had to buy one.  I do love me a good scrap bag and this was a dandy.
It took all of the willpower I could muster to avoid starting a red quilt.  There is even some St. Louis Cardinal baseball fabric in there.  I did put it away after petting it and sorting it.  Now if the RSC scrap challenge will just choose red for the March color, I will have an excuse to get it out again.  

     Here is my other February finish.  
     I have loved this Snowman Gatherings collection since it hit the shops.  I finally gave in and bought a charm pack and some yardage while I was in Florida.  Some Broken Dishes blocks and a little quilting and we have new winter placemats.  The charm pack made six placemats by making a few charms from the yardage.  The HST's are made from the 5" charms by the diagonal line method.  A 2-1/2" border on top and bottom makes a 12-1/2" X 16-1/2" placemat.  I quilted them with an edge to edge swirl.  

     We have a great-niece graduating from high school this Spring and I've been thinking about a quilt for her.  She has been active in choir and theatre, so I've been looking for inspiration in fabrics on this theme.  I think I have found the perfect fabric. 
That wide ribbon in the print is actually a dark red.  The school colors are black and red, so with some black, reds and creams, this should come together nicely.  I will do some embroidered blocks too.  Here are some of the other fabrics I'll be using.
Two of the black fabrics have music notes and instruments. 
      I have three tops which need quilted before I can start on this.  They were all layered and basted this afternoon, so hopefully I'll have them to the binding stage soon. This will be the carrot that keeps me moving along. 
   I hope your day included some stitching.