Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I can't get enough of this quilt!

I got the x & + quilt back from Nancy of Just Quilting who generously offered to quilt it for me for the auction. I just love how it turned out and hopefully with the addition of Nancy's quilting it will raise more money for the school. For the quilting I wanted a circular pattern to contrast the linear quality of the blocks. Our first plan didn't pan out and Nancy came up with these swirly scrolls which look great on the border and travel across the whole quilt. The border is the only fabric I bought just for the quilt it's Vanilla from the new Michael Miller Couture Cotton line. I love how it reads as a really pale yellow rather then cream.  

 For the backing I decided to use all the flannel I had laying around and I can't believe how well it worked out. If I was buying backing just for this quilt I NEVER would have put these fabrics together. It's Anna Maria Horner except for the orange dots. 

For the binding I'm going scrappy to tie in with the blocks. Sadly I'll be saying goodbye to the quilt this Saturday when it's auctioned off sniff. 
I love seeing all the February progress in the Scrap Attack this month. Have you visited the Scrap Attack at Stitched in Color yet? 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Swaps and Upcoming Fun

Besides the auction quilt I have been busy working on a few swaps. My first finish is for Potholder Pass 10. This is my 3rd maybe 4th time doing PP and it's such a fun swap. I swapped grocery bags this time. My partner wanted red and black which was a fun combo to work with.

My second swap is a new one for me it's For The Love of Solids.
I can say this is an impressive group of swappers and the flickr discussions are really involved. This is my initial fabric pull and I received a lot of feedback from the group. Most of the colors came directly from my partners mosaic I've tweaked them a little and am making a sewing machine cover with them. 

I will have more info to share on online Swaps next week, including the bag I received from Penny of Sew Take a Hike, when I am part of the Craftsy Block of the Month Blog Tour! The tour has already started if you haven't see it yet there's 3 stops to catch up on and get the whole scoop. I'll tell you it's all by Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock who is teaching Block of the Month on Craftsy and you should definitely check that out, did I mention it's free! I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Amy at the Sewing Summit last year and am so happy to be a part of her tour! 

Feb 24 - Miss Print
Feb 25 - Hoosier Toni
Feb 27 - Fresh Lemons
Feb 28 -Qubee Quilts
Mar 2  - mon petit lyons
Mar 3  - Mel's Own Place
Mar 7  - Sew Paint Create
Mar 9  - SoChick
Mar 10- Spin the Bobbin
Mar 14- Ellison Lane
Mar 16- Old Red Barn Co


The tour is underway and is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop with a giveaway at every stop!


Monday, February 20, 2012

X & + Update!

It's confirmed I am not a speed demon sewer. I tried to get it all together in 2 days but it took roughly 4 which is pretty good for all that piecing and working while the kids were at school.
This is before they were sewn together and I was moving the blocks around. 

Here are a few of my favorite blocks.

This is one that I just couldn't stand,

I made this one last block to replace it.

I'm bringing the finished top and back to Nancy Wednesday and I can't wait to see it quilted. How would you quilt this block?


Friday, February 17, 2012

Chicken Update

Those chickens have been busy. 

I had heard chickens could be loud and I thought, as did my neighbors, that we had quiet chickens. What I didn't read in any book is that when the chickens start laying the noise kicks in. The first few times they laid we thought there was a predator in the yard and went rushing to the coop. It turns out when a chicken pushes one of those eggs out they just need to let everyone know. I imagine they're saying "look what I did!" or "OMG what is happening?!" it's the typical loud brock brock brock noise and we now hear it every morning, luckily not too early!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Day of Love and Sewing

The Valentines are made and the special family dinner is planned. This year the kids have asked for breakfast for dinner and we decided on quiches. Meringue was requested for dessert it will be an interesting combo. I've never made meringue but I have plenty of recipes pulled out of old Martha Stewart magazines to reference and all the wonderful food blogs out there so I'll figure out something. 

Above are the 589 pieces of fabric needed to complete my scrappy x & + quilt. I have a lot of time over the next two days to sew them together but I wonder if that's doable or am I just fooling myself? There's only one way to find out. 

I hope you all have a Happy Valentines Day! Ours got off to a rough start, 11 year olds can be grumpy in the morning, but I know the hearts will be flying tonight.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Weekend Away

Last weekend I got away for a few days with some friends to a cabin in Sisters. I was the only quilter out of the three of us but I was able to have some uninterrupted sewing time and with such a beautiful view it was perfect.

I brought my scrap bins and did a lot of cutting for my scrap attack x & + quilt. I finished my first group of blocks and I lurve them!!

We also made a trip into town to the Stitchin Post. It was so nice to be there when it wasn't packed to the gills with quilters as it was during the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Of course I couldn't resist and bought some yummy voiles after being inspired by a Valori Wells Voile quilt which was on display. I'm sorry I don't have a pic to share but fabric coming soon.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Book Club

Our book was Juliet Naked by Nick Hornsby
Book club was fun but I’ve been busy and I’ve waited too long
Read the book we all loved it!
There was good food friends and wine. 
Before there was quilt guild these were my people and they will always be.
I am lucky to have so many kindred souls in my life!!

The book for February is A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

I am going to Sisters for a long weekend see you Monday or Tuesday!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Avery's Quilt

Avery’s quilt is coming along after a rough start. Starting over was the right thing to do but scary. I felt like I had put so much time into the failure I couldn't let go. If only I had a photo to share with you I thought I'd taken a few but they're no where to be found. This is the initial sketch which I think was pretty good. It just didn't work on the design wall!

To start over I weeded out some fabrics and took everything off the design wall. The orange (my favorite color) and a few prints had to go

I think it's time for a bigger design wall!

My breakthrough came when I had the idea of lines traveling up the quilt through fields of color and prints. From then on it's been just putting the pieces together. 

This makes sense doesn't it?!

The trickiest part is keeping my lines straight and keeping them aligned when they pass behind an object. I am hoping to move onto the second half of the quilt tomorrow!