Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Odds and Ends baby quilt finish

This quilt has been on my mind ever since I made the quilt Odds & Ends for the book Quilting Happiness.  I wanted to make one in bright colors, and finally, I got around to it.  

Here is the quilt I made for the book:

When my best friend from high school told me she was expecting a baby girl this summer, I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her.  
I went for bright and summery.
I also decided to leave out the sashing and borders for this quilt, I didn't want it to be too big.
I finished it while we were in Sisters for the quilt show.  The house we stayed at had a corral out back, perfect for pictures.
I love making quilts with lots of pieces, it's a bit fussy and requires some concentration.  
I free motion quilted flowers on each block, and put a soft aqua flannel backing on it.   It was so fun to make, and with each stitch I thought of my friend and her soon to be baby, such a wonderful thing!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2014

I was so excited to be able to go up to Sisters, Oregon for the 39th Annual Outdoor Quilt Show.  My kids and I went up and spent the weekend with Beth and her family.  We had the best time!

On Friday we went and explored.  I took the kids on a hike called Black Butte Lookout.  The area is just beautiful, with a panorama of mountain peaks and wildflowers everywhere.  I must tell you though, if you aren't in the best shape, it's a hard hike.  I was sore for a few days afterwards.
The views made it all worth it though!
Beth and I were able to get some sewing time in of course.
Saturday was the quilt show, it was HOT, HOT, HOT!  When I got back to my car it said it was 95 degrees, woo!  It was great though, there were over 1,400 quilts hanging all over the town of Sisters.
This lovely quilt is by Elizabeth Hartman, a long time favorite quilter of mine!
Another Elizabeth Hartman quilt, love those foxes made out of Liberty of London fabric.
Isn't that pop of orange perfect?
There was an Ohio Star Challenge, that I loved!  So many great quilts.
One thing I noticed this year, was COLOR.  There were many quilts that were bright and fun.  Loved it!  It was very inspiring.
I really, really want to make this one.
This was my friend Beth's favorite, it's fantastic!
My lovely friend Violet Craft's quilt.
Yet another great quilt from Elizabeth, using Violet's fabric.
Quilts from my friends Cherri, Susan and Jen.  The quilt on the left made by Cherri inspired me so much, I made one for myself!  I love her quilt so much.
Here is me, with my quilt!!
The best thing about this quilt show is of course, spending time with friends.   Beth and I loved this kooky bird quilt.
Seeing all of my Portland peeps!  Elizabeth, Petra, Violet, Jen and Monica!
Until next year Sisters, thanks for a great day! xoxoxo

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pow Wow: A finished quilt!

I'm happy to share another finished quilt with you today.  This has taken me almost a year to complete, and I'm loving it.   I bought a fat quarter bundle of the fabric line Happy Go Lucky last summer.  I loved the navy, orange, and reds together.   So, I started pulling out my favorite prints, and then dug through my stash and put together a quilt top!

The pattern is called Pow Wow, and is designed by Cluck Cluck Sew.  This is the 4th quilt I've made from her patterns, and she is an amazing designer!  She doesn't waste fabric, she has really clear instructions, and her patterns come in multiple sizes.  Go and check her out, you won't be disappointed.

I used one of my all time favorite fabrics for the back, a starfish print from Going Coastal.  It's the best! I have this quilt for sale in my Etsy shop: Aqua Reef Studios.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Quilty Fun Sew Along

Joining in with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday:

I worked on my Quilty Fun sew along off and on all winter.  It was a fun project to do, and I liked that the blocks didn't take a lot of time to make, and they were all so cute!  I think the bumble bee is my favorite block.  The pattern is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet, from her book Quilty Fun.  I highly recommend it, her instructions are great.
I was able to get all of the blocks finished, and the top put together a few weeks ago.  Now, onto the borders.  I have to find the "perfect" fabrics for this.  Isn't it fun?  And it used up a lot of scraps, which was great.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Stella Blue Quilt

I'm back!  I have lots of fun projects to show you, and have missed blogging a lot.  I hope some of you are still out there reading this blog.  I recently finished a quilt that I've been working on for years.  Dianne of The Suburban Stitcher and I started it back in April of 2011 (oh my, that's awhile back)  I worked on it off and on that year, and finished the quilt top in 2013.  It's a big quilt, with a lot of pieces!    Sometimes quilting is all about the process, taking your time and enjoying it.  Honestly, the part I got hung up on after the top was done was getting it quilted.  My friend Barbara came to the rescue and quilted it for me on her longarm machine, what a blessing!
The quilt is 90" x 90", I made it big enough to fit on our queen size bed.  It's a beautiful quilt, the colors are fabulous!  The fabric is by The French General for Moda.  I used a fat quarter bundle, and added in some matching fabric from my stash.
The pattern is Stella Blue, by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.  I used a large check homespun for the backing, it's so soft.
It sure feels good to be done with this quilt, and finally be using it.  Now onto the next finish!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Boxy Pouch presents!!

These little pouches are super fun to make, and really addicting.  It's fun picking out the perfect fabrics for your friends, and filling them with goodies.  They make the perfect gift!  I tried a few different tutorials out and settled on this one being my favorite: Make it Modern - Perfect Box Pouch Tutorial.
The tutorial says to use pinking shears for the edges, inside of the pouch, so your fabric won't fray.  I love this method, it's faster than using the zig zag stitch to finish the edges off.  I have a 45mm rotary blade that works perfectly for this.
I also added the little pull tabs on the end of the pouch to help pull the zipper open.  My son drew everybody a Christmas picture to put inside, and I added my favorite chocolates.
Lots of fun to make!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sewing Machine Cover

After making a sewing machine cover for my fellow quilt guild member, I decided I needed one as well.  My friend, Mo Bedell, designs some amazing fabric for Andover, and she kindly gave me some of her scraps, so I used them to make a machine cover this past week.  Her fabric is so bright and happy, I loved working with it!

I used the pattern from Lori Holt's book, Quilty Fun.
I used a dark grey Kaffe Fasset shot cotton for the binding and little spools on the front pockets.  It framed all of that bright color in nicely.  If you don't need a cover, you can use it as a mat for the machine, and the pockets hang down to hold your tools.  I like it this way too!  I sew on a large plastic table, and my machine vibrates a bit, so maybe this will help??

Do you have all of your Christmas sewing projects completed yet?  I'm happy to say that I finally do, and I'm so glad!  Enjoy your weekend everyone!