August 29, 2014

Swoon




It feels really good to scratch this quilt off of my Work In Progress list! Even just saying it... "Swoon"... feels good! 



It's been about 18 months years since I started this at my first retreat (wow, this darn blog sure does make it easy to see how long I've been letting this sit in a pile)!  





It actually sat again, mostly untouched, until my next retreat.  




And then, it sat again until I decided to enter it into a quilt show next month and had to RUSH to get it done.  

So, I had to make some decisions on quilting this bad boy! On Camille Roskelley's Swoon, she chose a baptist fan design, which I love! I really love mixing modern and traditional. Baptist fan is about as traditional as you can go with a quilting design, but it looks fantastic with this pattern.  It really let's the blocks shine!

So, I set out to mark a baptist fan design and quilt it myself.  I found a great tutorial to help me do it, but I ran into a few snags which I won't get into here (not related to the tutorial).  Finally, after consulting my quilty lady friends, I decided to rent time with my friend Emily on her longarm and knock this sucker out. She has the most amazing computerized longarm. We programmed it, set it all up, and voila, this happened!

Speechless.





Quilt Stats
80" x 80"
Fabrics: Flea Market Fancy, Comma, Apple Jacks and a few  other stash fabrics
Solid is Kona Bone
Thread: Pieced with a neutral Aurifil 50wt
Backing: Spot On by Robert Kaufman in Aqua - I chose a wide backing so I didn't have to piece it.


I have loved this quilt from day 1 and the finished product does not disappoint.  I am actually planning on making a full quilt from mini-Swoon blocks at some point in the future. I've got the pattern and the fabric, I just need to get to it one of these days!!!  I just love it that much.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict today to celebrate the finish! post signature

July 22, 2014

Cotton + Steel is EVERYWHERE!



I just love the excitement of a new fabric line - it really gets your creative juices flowing, doesn't it? And this new Cotton+Steel craze seems to be legit. There are so many fun combinations. I think I may be getting my hands on some of the basics very soon! These basic/blenders may be just what I need for my next projects. And they are available at my favorite online shop, Sew Lux Fabric! I am anxiously awaiting my Modern Building Blocks Sampler Kit from Sew Lux - in the meantime, these bundles are calling my name!


C + S Basics Dottie FQ Bundle

C + S Basics XOXO FQ Bundle

C + S Basics Notorious FQ Bundle




And these are just the "Basics" - I haven't even started in on the designer collections!! 

Have you ordered any yet? What's your favorite Cotton + Steel?
Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy has already started a Cotton + Steel swap. I missed the first round {dang it} but I'm eyeing Round two...





I got obsessed last year with Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics collection - looks like 2014 may be the Cotton + Steel year!

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Finish #3 - Scrappy Improv Log Cabin




This is the third (and final, for now ;)) quilt to show you in my flurry of finishes!

This is the second teacher quilt - it came out a little smaller than I had hoped, but my scrap stash in these colors were getting a little thin - isn't that the point with these fabulous scrap quilts - use up those treasured goodies we hold on to. (If you want to read about my scraps and inspiration for this quilt, click here).

I've wanted to do a scrap quilt forever! I've been cutting strings for a string quilt, but had my eye on the Scrappy Improv Log Cabin for a while. Its a GREAT scrap buster!

This quilt is so easy, it doesn't even really need a tutorial, but in case you want to take a look, here it is from Ellison Lane.

I wanted fun, bright, primary colors. And that's exactly what I got.




Rainbow Scrappy Log Cabin
42" square
Fabrics: From my stash, obviously
Thread:  Aurifil for piecing and quilting



I hope you have a wonderful week - I'm taking the last week of summer off and spending it with the boys!



July 18, 2014

Wild Summer Sampler - Another Finish!

Another Friday, another finish. This is fun :)
If you read my post last week, you know I sent several quilts out to be quilted, so I get to unveil several finishes over the next few weeks after months of nothing. So, here is my...


Wild Summer Sampler
52" x 52"
Made by Members of Color Bee Shocked
Fabric: Oh Deer! by Momo
Longarm Quilted in Orange Peel Design by Happy Me Quilting



I love taking my quilts out for a spin and a little photo shoot, so I ran over to the Capitol this morning. It's overcast outside, so the light isn't great, but here are a few fun shots.

I just love quilters - they are always so friendly. A lady visiting the Texas Capitol ran up and immediately informed me she was also a quilter - visiting from Arkansas. Isn't it a small world!

Thanks to my friend Tara for being my quilt holder this morning!



Have a great weekend - go sew something fun!

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