Sunday, June 19, 2011

FNSI recap

Finally had the opportunity to take photos of my mom's summer quilt.  I finished the borders on Friday night.

I took this at my sister's house since I was going over there for dinner tonight.  As you can see, her wash lines need to be tightened up!  I love the quilt and when I showed the quilt top to my mother this evening she was very happy.  Quilty sister, Julie, said it has an "old fashioned vibe" and looks like an old lady's quilt - exactly what I was going for!

This afternoon I decided to try out my other new pattern so I pieced this one

It is supposed to be twice this size, however, I had a cheezy "jelly roll" from Joann's and there are only 22 strips in a roll - half the number that you would get with a real jelly roll from Moda.  The pattern I used was from Thimble Blossoms called "Jelly Filled".  This is another easy, quick quilt and I really enjoyed making it.  As a matter of fact, Camille has a new quilt pattern called "Swoon".  (Check it out and tell me what you think!)  I am purchasing the pattern next week.  I am over the moon about it and have the perfect scraps to make it.  The quilt has a very traditional feel to it and I love all the neutral space.  I am really excited about making the quilt.  I think I am going to work my way through all the Thimble Blossoms patterns.  They are very well written and easy to follow.

Have you made any quilts from Thimble Blossom patterns?

Friday, June 17, 2011

So annoyed with Blogger!!

Is it just me?  I cannot leave comments on any blogs right now.  When I try the screen comes up for me to log in and then it just keeps slapping "Anonymous" on my comment posts and STILL won't let me post the comment. 

And how the heck do you get someone with Google to respond to something like this?!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FNSI this week...

And I am psyched (or psychotic - one or the other)!  I have all of the blocks for my mom's quilt sewn together and the borders are cut.  I am leaving work early today to supervise the painting of my porch railings and posts.  I will get the borders sewn and then spray baste the quilt.  Friday night will be quilting time!  I may be able to knock out the whole quilt by Saturday and give it to my momma on Sunday.  I also have a jelly roll and another new pattern I want to try so I may just end up piecing on Friday night.  Regardless, I will be sewing and that makes me happy.

If you haven't done so already, click on the button on my sidebar and sign up to sew tomorrow night.  For some strange reason, if I make an appointment to sew I do actually sew.  (Unless a bottle of wine is in the mix and then all bets are off...!)

Monday, June 13, 2011


I sewed and sewed and sewed some more and here's what I finished up last night!

Notice the one missing block in the upper right?  This pattern uses every one of the 42 charm squares in a pack.  One of the squares is a very neutral and looked silly combined with the bone Kona cotton.  I am going to cut up a square of the fabric that I am using for the inside border, make a block and then hide somewhere in the middle of the quilt so that it doesn't butt up against the border.

As the squares are on the floor of my living room and I have to walk behind the coffee table to get across the room, I will be sewing blocks together tonight.  Maybe I will get borders on early tomorrow morning and actually have the quilt top finished by Wednesday.  I am going to quilt this on my Janome.  I really would like to have it for my mom by the weekend.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I left the house early this morning and made a quick run for some fabric because I don't have any.  (Believe that?!)  My mom had some knee surgery a couple of weeks ago and last weekend mentioned that she wanted some sort of throw for the living room just to put across her legs if the air conditioning chilled her.  She was looking at fleecy looking things and that didn't make any sense to me.  I said that I would throw together a quick quilt for her with just a layer of flannel as the batting.  When I looked through my stash, I realized I didn't have anything that would work with her color scheme.  Just a few days ago, I bought a couple of patterns from   Thimble Blossoms.  This is the one that I choose to make Mom's quilt

What a fun quilt to make!  The design looks a bit tricky but it could not be easier.  You just have to pay attention when sewing the blocks.

There was a sale at Burkholder's so I picked up 2 packs of French General Pom Pom de Paris charm squares and yardage for the borders and binding.  There is just a hint of lavender in the collection.  My mother uses lavender and sage green in her living room so I wanted to bring just a bit more of the purple into the quilt.  I found a pretty piece of Lilac Hill (Brannock and Patek for Moda) with a small floral design.  I am really happy with the fabric choices and may actually have a completed quilt top to show in just a few days.

It was too warm to sew in the studio (thank goodness my son is coming to visit and can drag up the a/c unit!) so I brought everything downstairs.  This is what the dining room table looks like at the moment.

I hope to return to some semblance of order later tonight!

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