Thursday, August 28, 2014

do. Good Stitches {finished quilt}

Well howdy! I have lots to show off these days I just haven't managed to get it up on the blog.

I'll start with this quilt I just finished yesterday. Thanks to the ladies in the Heal Circle of do. Good Stitches this quilt came together beautifully (our circle supports hospice)!
June was my month to pick a pattern and put together the quilt. I choose the Square Deal pattern from the book, Block Party (it's more of a recipe than a quilt pattern).

I hope it will put a smile on someone's face!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Arizona Market Street Quilt

After making my Arizona Cargo Duffle the minute the fabrics came in the mail, I started planning a quilt. I needed something quick and easy so I went with my tried and true Market Street pattern. I finished this quilt about 3 weeks ago but it took me a while to get some decent pictures of it.
Market Street Quilt
I really love how the Essex Linen (flax color) breaks up the color and gives it an earthy feel.
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Love this fabric line! I'm sooooooo sad that I'm almost out of that Field Study in mustard fabric that goes so well with this line. I've searched high and low and it is no where to be found online. I guess that's how it goes.

Monday, July 28, 2014

quilt therapy

I'm back! My surgery went really well and I'm recovering a lot faster than I thought I would. I even felt well enough to cut some fabrics for a new quilt yesterday (by the way, you use your core muscles quite a bit when rotary cutting, who knew? you discover these things when your core muscles have been cut into). Being able to play with my fabrics again is so good!
Beginnings of a new quilt
This is going to be another Archaeology Quilt but with a scrappy, low volume background. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

fabric candy

Hello! We took a lovely vacation to the family farm in West Virginia over the 4th of July holiday and I've had little time to sew (although I did baste and quilt a finished top, just need to get pictures of it now).

This literally just arrived in my mailbox. Happy, happy!
I pre-ordered a select few of the new Cotton & Steel fabrics from Hawthorne Threads.
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There are soooo many great prints in these collections it was hard just to choose a few! As I've been seeing more pictures of the Cotton & Steel fabrics I've decided I need a few of those gorgeous lavendery pinks to add to my stash.

On a very personal note:
I'm keeping this short and sweet since I'm actually preparing for surgery tomorrow. It was back towards the beginning of this blog (7! years ago) that I had my first surgery and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Yes, it can be challenging but there are many things worse and I'm fortunate to have excellent health care and a supportive family. We all have something in life that is difficult but those are what pushes us to grow. So I'd love to have your prayers for tomorrow! Thanks and I'll be back soon!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Scrappy Quilt #1 done!

People always say that these Scrappy Trip Around the World quilts come together relatively quick and I found that to be true for me as well. My least favorite part is ironing the seams of the strips in alternating directions, it's hard not to stretch and make things wonky but in the end it all works out.
Scrappy Trip Around the World
This is a lap size made with 20 12" blocks.
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I've been branching out a little with my quilting. I tried out sort of a scallop pattern. I absolutely love how it came out! It was really easy and fast to do too.
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So, that's one scrappy quilt down! A few more to go LOL! At least my scrap bins aren't overflowing anymore.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Arizona Cargo Duffle

Thank you so much for the helpful links you gave me yesterday for my failed paper piecing attempt! I'm sure I will give it another go because I really want some of those feathers!

On a very successful and happy note, I made a Cargo Duffle bag last week! I've had it on my must make NOW list since the pattern came out but I never could settle on the fabrics to use. Well, when I saw Anna's tote bag in the Arizona fabrics I knew that was it! I pre-ordered my fabrics and cut into them the day I got them.

I was slightly intimidated by making a duffle bag but I knew how great Anna's patterns are (plus she gives extra tips on her blog). I just took it step by step and had no problems at all! All in all, it took a bit of time but was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
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Our family is going on a road trip soon and I can't wait to use it!

Monday, June 16, 2014

when things go wrong...

Okay, I'm sure it's happened to you before. Things aren't going right and frustration builds to the point where you throw everything down in disgust and walk away.
That was me on Saturday, I admit it. I was trying out a paper pieced feather with some scraps and I just could not get it right! I thought I was using large enough pieces but after I would sew a seam the fabric would fall short of the area it needed to cover! (I may have even crumpled it all up - very childish I know)
sad attempt at paper piecing
I've only done paper piecing on a few simple things before so I'm not very experienced. It felt like I was wasting SO MUCH fabric. Is that right?
What a mess! LOL! although I'm still having a hard time laughing about it. I'm actually still pouting. I wanted these to be easy because they are such pretty little feathers.