Monday, June 19, 2017

Christmas in .... June~

From Dec 21, 2016  until June 20, 2017 Pat Sloan hosted a 25 block sampler she named the Winter Solstice. I joined her and Many other sewists in a journey. I am so tickled with the Christmas vibes I get from my completed top!



I used a small stack of Lynette Anderson Designs Fabric from RJR Fabrics called Festive Fun. Very Festive indeed, look at the details in her drawings on the fabrics!




There are snowmen, Santas, puppies and kittens, mistletoe and holly. See the line and a few of Lynette's projects with Festive Fun Here.

For the 2.5" blocks I used all scrap so it was fun to see how the final look turned out. I adore the little French lady. And the daisies made an appearance some how in the lighter blocks. So whimsical and I adore it!


The "Precious Fabric" star was my favorite of all the blocks even though I chose to use a bold red instead of a precious fabric. 

You can create your own Winter Solstice, find all the patterns and setting at Pat's Blog. They are Free! And Fun! Share your projects with her!



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Aurifil Stitching ~


                                                I am enjoying the Colors~

                                                Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy June! OMG ~


We are almost half way through the year! Amazing how quickly time has passed!

June's Goal will be to get these two cuties quilted! 



You can join the fun at Elm Street Quilts. Just click on the link and sew, sew, sew!




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May One Monthly Goal Accomplished!


I have my quilt ready for fundraising~ You can see the May entry for One Monthly Goal at my  Cancer Ribbon Quilt post.

             
                                       
                                           Aren't all those little critters just adorable!

I did a wavy motion quilting across the quilt in black. 


And chose a 2.25 inch double-fold solid black binding to finish it off.


The backing is this gorgeous dove print~ 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Leftovers

We eat leftovers almost every single work day for lunch~  Only because we try not to waste much and I am very frugal! Two meals created from one preparation means less cooking and more time for sewing too!

But when you get a bag of leftovers - aka "Scraps", what do we do! Get excited with all of the possibilities of course! I see quilts-in-a-bag! No rhyme, no reason, no pattern. But I will tell you now, I pulled each of scrap out and admired it - close to 12 pounds of fabric. Then I had to sort by color to determine a scheme. Almost every single cut was a yard or more so I didn't really call them scraps.


My thought for all of the cuts were to create Quilts for Babies. The idea came to mind when I ran across One piece in particular. It definitely looks vintage to me, but what do I know. There was no selvage that I could identify the fabric by. There were a few 1980's labeled fabrics. Would anyone venture to take a guess?


There were plenty of coordinating fabrics to go with it in the gifted bag, so I went for it! I'll be using some white yardage I  had in my stash for background. The perfect pattern called Yankee Doodle Star Quilt came from Mostly Crafty. You can see Melanie's version at her blog!

If you use the pattern to create your own version, share your pictures with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and @mellierc.

The tutorial is easy to use with large cuts so the quilt comes together quickly. 




I chose the pinks in the bag for a girlie design And purchased one yard of the Anchor Print to modernize it a bit.




I occasionally link up with some of my other quilty friends, visit them and see what they have going on this week~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch MondayPatch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up FridaySunday StashCan I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday


Camp Hobe Hands2Helpers Quilt~



Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting the 2017 Challenge. You can read and view many of the beautiful quilts made and donated to the several charities Here.
This I chose to make will be for Camp Hobe, a special summer camp experience for children currently being treated for cancer that have missed out on traditional summer camps for kids. 



I was a little challenged deciding how to finish. I went the simple route with a cotton sheeting backing to make it cooler but still had the snuggly top. I folded the edges to make the binding to give some of the cuddly to the back of the quilt. 

30" x 41" 


I am glad to say, the quilt is sent to find someone to love it and provide much comfort~

Friday, May 19, 2017

Art With Fabric Blog Hop: Spring 2017 Celebrating "WOMEN"


THIRD edition of Art With Fabric Blog Hop: Spring 2017
Celebrating "WOMEN"
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photo from wvgazettemail.com

Being a West Virginian through and true, I wished to share some West Virginia Artist Love. Grace Martin Taylor was born in Morgantown, WV in 1903 and graduated from WVU in 1928. She was a printmaker, artist, collage artist, painter and educator and became one of America’s most innovative printmakers of the second quarter of the 20th century. She was most known for her woodblock prints.
Since her death in 1995, Taylor’s art has been exhibited throughout the United States, at widely known places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, ACME Fine Art in Boston and the British Museum. Just recently her daughter donated 27 of her prints for permanent display to West Virginia University's Art Museum. She is still highly regarded as one of the most influential 20th century artists from West Virginia.


         “Lucie at Piano” by Grace Martin Taylor, 1938, linoleum block print on paper. Isn't it just adorable?!
                                                             wvutoday.wvu.edu

"Studio Window", one of her woodblock prints, was inspired by her view from her Morgantown, WV studio. See more Charleston Gazette  and The Art Store WVor visit the Art Museum of West Virginia University which is located  near the corner of Patteson Drive and Morrill Way at the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University - if you happen to be driving through Morgantown, WV that is.

                                   And one of her lovely still lifes. You can get the down load here.

As an alumni of WVU and a West Virginia resident, I wanted to represent an artist close to home! I will be choosing one of Grace's much celebrated prints as inspiration to create my own "Studio View" at Morgantown.

Although I did not have a down-town view, my view is still nice; the back yard with my two apple trees and flower gardens. You can only see one of the trees from the window view.

In the construction of the quilt, I chose to use a blank slate much as Grace would use a blank sheet  to transfer her wood block print to. The image was created using applique cut-outs made from fusible cotton fabrics. To fuse the applique pieces to the blank fabric I used Heat-n-bond lite and fabric adhesive.


After arranging each piece and ironing down, the whole cloth was machine quilted with emphasis on tacking each applique piece and creating texture. The machine was set up for free motion quilting (lower the feed dogs and use a darning foot) and using a matching or contrasting thread stitching around the outer edges of the images, adding detail for texture. This is a machine drawing technique that was learned through following some of Janet Clare's work.

Creating murals are wonderful examples that you can use up some scraps from your scrap basket as well! I haven't decided where this beauty is going to go just yet....Maybe onto a zipper bag??? Got any ideas?

Visit all of the other Artists participating in the Spring 2017: Art With Fabric blog hop hosted by Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

A "New Direction" Aurifil BOM

Each month I look forward to Aurifil Designer Challege day  hosted by Pat Sloan. This year the theme is a rainbow of colors and each designer is assigned a color going around the color wheel.

 April Designer featured is Sue Marsh, you can get to know each and learn some fun things about them by joining Pat each month!

I found the arrows a little tricky to make, but Pat has some wonderful tips here.

I chose to use lovely greens and yellows with a pop of bright pinks in some of the blocks. While working on Sue Marsh's block "New Direction", I thought of the colors showing up in my little garden. Right after the rains today, I went out for a little photo shoot. Beautiful!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just A Peek

I've been busy working on some projects, getting stuck with some here and there And getting excited over others. I have no real progress though, but who does not Love to see some fresh fabric showing up in their own shopping carts, shopping bags and at their front door?!

If you would like to find a couple of fun blogs I like to follow and link up with on occasion, go check out some of the following!~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch MondayPatch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up FridaySunday StashCan I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday 

And just for fun, some Christmas Joy I've been working on~ Lynette Anderson's Designs are just so darling!



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

One Monthly Goal - May ~ Cancer Ribbon Quilt

I initiated this project in April to make for a charity fundraiser then decided upon donating a different quilt to the benefit.

I chose multiple color ribbons to place in a strip setting with lots of colorful patches. I still want to complete the Cancer Ribbon Quilt for the month of May (check out the first post) to donate soon. It needs quilted and binding added. What color would you choose for the binding to frame it up nicely?


You can join Elm Street Quilts today to start your monthly goal setting too!
Go have a peek at some of my other quilty friends I may be linking up to this week~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch Monday, Patch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday, Sunday Stash, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop~ Week 3

It is the third week of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

Visit and get to know not only the five featured in this week's hop, but all of my other hive mates.



Danette @Nettie Sews


If you have time, please also visit the hosts Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl, Leanne @she can quilt and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts. They all have worked so hard to make the hop a success!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

APRIL OMG Accomplished~ A Quilt For Christine


At the beginning of April I set a goal to get a commission quilt top pieced together. You can read the post at "A Quilt for Christine".

To be honest, I am not very excited over this one as I have no clear direction where I want to go with it. I've had a lot of difficulty putting this out on the sewing table. The request is for a Shabby Chic Style quilt...... What is your vision for a Shabby Chic quilt?

So one rainy day this week, I finally got those stack of squares I have been toting around with me in the trunk of my car and squared them up to 20"x20" and stitched them together. It turned out really pretty, but I am still looking for that one thing that will set it apart and give me enthusiasm and pride over it. I am considering some shabby cut flowers. What would you do?

                                           Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal

                                           #onemonthlygoal and @elmstreetquilts

Go have a peek at some of my other quilty friends I may be linking up to this week~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch Monday, Patch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday, Sunday Stash, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Playing in the Dirt~

                                         Playing in the dirt makes me Happy!