Sunday, December 21, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Happy Monday everyone! Today I am participating in the Around the World Blog Hop. Have you seen these posts? Lots of fun reading about some of your favorite blogger's and finding new blogger's to follow too!

This blog hop is designed so that you have the opportunity to "meet" several new (or maybe not so new) sewist/blogger's. Each person links back to the blogger that invited them. Each person shares a bit about themselves and then sends you off to visit 2-3 more bloggers. I know I have read many of the posts and find them to be fun and a bit more personal. With many of the posts you get a more up close and personal picture of who they are and why they off we go!

I was invited to this blog hop by Lee over at May Chappell. She is so very talented and shares her quilty knowledge, fun adventures and sweet furbaby Mack the Chihuahua through Instagram (IG) and her blog. I am lucky to have actually met Lee in real life and call her friend. Last summer she made the trip north to Indiana and we had fun travelling the back roads, going to Shipshewana, and Camp Stitchalot together! 


She is a great teacher, and has a wonderful feature "Terrific Tip Tuesday" on her blog, along with fun posts showing all of her great projects, tutorials and the quilts her students are making in her classes. She also is a pattern designer and has several great patterns to choose from. You can find them on Craftsy and many shops also carry them. Currently she's in a "sew-off" with Sukie, so stop by her blog and check out all she has going on!

Ok, now for a bit about me....

I am a Mom, with 2 adult sons (one of whom just got married in November). I have a 6 yr old grandson and I love cooking Sunday morning breakfast with him when he visits. We are both early birds and that time together is precious. I also have a sweet furbaby name Tucker who is the best pet rescue dog ever! I love to travel and I have lived many places including the Pacific Northwest, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois and even Italy! I currently live in a very small lake community in a rural farming area of northern Indiana and I support my quilty habit with my day job as a R.N.

And why I create......

I am a maker! It seems like I have to create in someway, shape or form. I love needlework and have done embroidery, cross-stitch and love to add a bit of chunky hand-stitching to my quilting projects. I have yet to hand quilt a whole quilt, but believe someday I will. 

I learned to sew from my Grandmother. But it was when I seen a relative hand piecing and quilting a quilt in a large circular hoop on a stand that I was hooked. I loved how the little pieces of beautiful colored fabric came together and made wonderful patterns.  

I made my first quilt way back in....1992. It was a mixed media quilt with the alphabet done in cross stitch. I then pieced it and quilted it. I am proud to say it was accepted to hang in our local quilt show at that time.

I found the online community and Modern quilt movement a few years back and fell in love. I loved the inspiration, and the community. I have participated in many Bee's and Swaps through Flickr and IG and you can see many of my projects in the photos of my blog header (or IG/Flickr streams). One of my fave's is my Economy Block Mini - I love the fussy cutting, and all the color! I love color. It makes me happy. I find that I fall more into the Modern Traditional category of quilting. I see quilting as a continuum, from very traditional to very modern and I see myself somewhere between the center of the continuum and modern. I appreciate all types of aesthetics and but I tend towards structure and color and prints.  

Recently I had my first project published. It is in the current Christmas edition of Fat Quarterly- my Christmas Stars table runner. It is a mix of piecing and applique.

Some of my other projects....

This upcoming year I have decided to dedicate myself to more quilts and projects I have in my head that want a voice. I still sketch out blocks and ideas in a composition notebook using colored pencils. I find I am inspired by so many things, nature, day to day life patterns and objects and of course color  -  my MQG Michael Miller challenge here is a good example of all of the above.

Currently I am working on Jen Kingwell's Gypsy Wife Quilt. I am in love with it. I am making it totally from scraps. I  am planning on it being a slow stitch project. I want to enjoy the process of choosing and making. My only goal for this project is to complete it by the end of 2015. You can read more about my first blocks here.

And finally I am Co- Hosting the Scrappy Log Cabin QAL that is starting 1/1/15. It will run through 2/14/15 and have weekly prizes! There are 5 of us hosting and all will be choosing their own pattern/aesthetic. It will be hosted on blogs and on IG with #Scrappylogcabinqal. Bust those scraps!  I will post more about that tomorrow, including the pattern I have chosen for my quilt.

Now I would like to introduce you to 3 quilt bloggers that I have followed for some time. I hope you take a hop over to check out their work.

First up is Jennifer Lanak from QuilterintheCloset. Jen is very versatile and loves a variety of styles. I have been in swaps with Jen and we both were in the Simply Solids Bee also.  Take a look at this pic of her FMQ'ing a doll quilt.

Next is Karen Foster who blogs over at Capitolaquilter. Karen is a founding member of the Santa Cruz chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. She and I participated in The Mo Stash Bee together and she has an awesome XPlus quilt with various size blocks. Also be sure and check out her stash! :)

And next is Lori Hartman who blogs at  I have been in Flickr swaps with Lori and love her sense of color. One of my favorite quilts is her version of Steam Punk (another Jen Kingwell pattern on my list of makes :)

Here are a few words from Lori, I am a self taught quilter who started quilting in 2010.  I learned from finding the modern quilting blogging community and also from youtube.  I'm always looking to learn something new with every project that I start.  My favorite style of quilting is scrappy.  I love mixing different lines of fabric to make something colorful and eclectic. My day job is teaching music and I have loved taking my teaching abilities use them to teach quilting/sewing classes as well.  Seeing others learn something new and falling in love with quilting is so amazing.

So please stop by and say Hi! to these lovely ladies and check out their work! They will be posting on 12/29 to continue the blog hop, wonder who they will link up to?

I will be back tomorrow with more on the Scrappylogcabinqal2015!

Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gypsy Wife

Good Morning! I have started a new project, and I am very excited about it! 

It is the Gypsy Wife Quilt from Jen Kingwell. Are you familiar with her work?  Go now. Go check out her website here.  I will wait. So many amazing patterns and quilts!
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I have waited to start this as I want to take my time and work on this at a slower pace. It will be made from my scrap basket - which is over flowing-and be very scrappy. And fits in with my vision for my work in the upcoming year, but more about that in another post. For now I have blocks 1-3 to show you! 

                                                  Block 1 - lots of fun happy colors

                                  Block 2 - Lots of favorites here, Tula Pink, Denyse Schmidt

Block 3 - isn't this heart so adorable. Made with one of my all time fave fabrics from Anna Marie Horners' LouLouThi line and Heather Bailey for the background.

Lots of bias edges in these. I am using starch first before cutting which is sooo helpful.

Loving this so far... I have no idea what it will look like in the end.... but isn't that the purpose of scrappy.....let go and create as you go.

Have a great Monday... I am off to work.


PS. So sorry for the mediocre photo qualities, this 18 hours of darkness a day is the pits, and these were uploaded from my phone.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Published! Hello 2014 Fat Quarterly Christmas Issue!

I am so excited to announce the publication of one of my projects - Christmas Stars!

 This is my Christmas Stars table runner and it is in the current issue of Fat Quarterly. It features the beautiful 25th and Pine by Basic Grey. Such great Christmas fabric!

There are so many great patterns in this issue from smaller projects to full size quilts.
Fat Quarterly is an e-zine and published 4 times/yr.
This is issue 19 Christmas. If you are looking for some fun Christmas Projects, check it out!
Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Postcards From the Edge

Today I want to share a great little quilt that I finished up this weekend. Postcards From the Edge

This little quilt was made with the fun Postcard QAL hosted by Debbie over at A Quilters Table. This is a great little pattern that goes together quickly and uses fun text fabrics to look like postcards!

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I made mine with the beautiful Indelible Fabrics from Art Gallery by Katerina Roccella. These have that lovely soft, flowing quality that Art Gallery is known for and the colors and designs are just beautiful! I could easily see a wonderful top/blouse made out of several of these especially the lovely teal and grey flowery ones.

 I chose the name for this quilt based not only on the postcard blocks but on the wonderful imagery from the Indelible fabrics like this beautiful deer - so handsome he looks like he standing on the edge, just watching! You can see I did loop de loop quilting on this quilt. First time I have done this and I think it turned out well. I would use it again. It added texture and interest without taking away from the design and fabric.
This is the back of the quilt and you can see I pieced it using two different fabrics and reversed them to add some interest -fun butterflys made up of triangles and deers on the coo coo clocks.
For the binding I used the grey with small print flowers. 
Stats: 24in x 24in
Fabric: Indelible by Art Gallery
Thread: Aurifill 2600
Machine Quilted and Bound by me
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It up Friday
Happy Stitchin'

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

Happy November 1st! It has definitely came in like a roaring lion here in northern Indiana. From a beautiful 74 degrees last week end to a snow flurry filled 28 degrees last night and the wind is till blowing. So lets move on to something more fun -- a look back at last months projects! 

As you can imagine, the month was focused on Autumn and Halloween themed projects.
First up is my finished Birthday/Halloween quilt for my dear grandson. He was turning 6 and specifically request a "blanket" of Halloween fabrics.  So while this is very busy and not my typical style, I am happy to say that doesn't matter much when the little one loves it! 
Next up were my October bee blocks for That Stash Bee. I have so enjoyed being a part of this group! Lots of fun new blocks. Katie chose this one- called Maple Leaf; it is a free pattern from McCall's. you can find it here. It was very fun to choose fabrics for and sew up!
To be honest the majority of my time for the last half of October was spent making this fun tablerunner for the Handmade Autumn swap. It was one of those awesome times when it turned out just like I had pictured it in my head and sketched out. You can read more about it here if you would like. My partner loved it and that made all the work and worry totally worth it!
A quick project was cutting and sewing up my blocks for a Quilt Con 2105 Charity Quilt. I finished them up late one evening and sealed them up ready to send off without snapping a picture of them. So what you get to see is the fabrics my group chose and the trimmings. Really, we made different size HST's from all of the colors with one side snow and the other color. Now one of the group will be piecing the quilt and another quilting it. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

There were a few Oops, along the way to. But I try not to let them get me down. Like this self binding baby blanket - Oops! Obviously I cut the corners the wrong way, but it was late at night and the first time I had made this. I thought I had the corners just like the video showed--- uhhhm...guess not.  I just couldn't bring myself to make another at that time. So she will be receiving some fun, store bought baby gifts. And I will make another, another day. :)
I hope you have had a great October. I am looking forward to November and some fun projects to make and share with you!
Linking up with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day!
Happy Stitching!
11/1/14 Edited to correct a misspelled name. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Autumn Whimsy - Bloggers Quilt Festival

Today I am posting about my entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Are you familiar with this awesome event? It is hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side and occurs twice a year coinciding with Spring and Fall Quilt Market. Be sure and check out all of the wonderful creations in all different sizes and creations. And be sure and vote for your favorites in each category.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Welcome September!

Fall, I love this time of year!  I love the cooler days, the foggy mornings, the harvest in the fields and most of all the brilliant changing color of the leaves as the trees prepare for winter.So even if Mother Nature seems to have her dates mixed up today as the forecast calls for 88 degrees, humid and thundershowers, we know those days are limited as we are already seeing the leaves begin to change colors. In honor of that I present "Fall Forever," my Modern Maples quilt!

I began this quilt last how time fly's....when I joined Debbie at A Quilters Table Falling for Modern Maples group QAL. Now I was a bit late to start but loved everyones so much I couldn't resist. I was inspired by Lorelie (Mermaid Sews) version here and I just love Di's (ylmommyx4) version here. So I finished the quilt top early this year and it sat in my WIP pile for a bit. I finally decided I wanted to send it off to a long arm quilter and not risk my more organic
FMQ'ing ;)

I used fat quarters from my stash and mixed up designers such as Anna Marie Horner, Denyse SchmidtViolet Craft and even Kaffe Fassett. Then I sprinkled in some smaller blocks using Kona Solids and finally I used many, many 5in charm squares that I had from participating in several Low Volume charm swaps on Flickr. I love the results! It is a riot of saturated, fun color! I laid the blocks out in a somewhat chronological pattern for the life of a leaf, from the green of summer to the brown of late fall......and the purple, well the purple was a creative design decision!  I love it in this quilt!

As for the quilting,  I asked for swirls, reminiscent of leaves as they fall from the tree or as they swirl on the gusts of wind. She did a great job! You can feel the movement when looking at the quilt!

Forever Fall is backed with the beautiful yellow Key Tree by Tula Pink - a treasure that I found at a local quilt shop earlier this year which was just too perfect for these leaves! The binding is from DS Quilts at JoAnn's - I love the orange plaid with just a bit of blue and turquoise as the binding - it complements the colors of the quilt while adding just the right pop of color to frame it. I am very happy to have this quilt back home and finished just in time for snuggles in front of the fire on those chilly fall evenings!

So sorry for the poor photo quality, my camera had died - and my phone obviously does not take pics that can be resized without distortion. Please leave any suggestions for a new camera if you have one you love!

Name: Forever Fall
Block: Modern Maples
Fabrics: FQ's from Stash and LV Charms from Swaps
Size: 60 in x 60 in
Thread: Pieced with Aurifill 2600 50wt (my fave)
Quilted by Cathy H. of Quilting Memories Ft Wayne Indiana

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF