28 April 2018

Friday Finish: A quilt! A quilt!

The grass is greener in Western Washington.

Except when it comes to finding a place to quilt my quilts.

Idaho spoiled me. I was 15 minutes away from a fantastic quilt shop that had 4 long arms for rent at very reasonable rates. I was there a lot.

And then we moved. And I love my little house and my garden and my fruit trees and all the painting I get to do. But I miss finishing quilts on the long arm.

I found a place, but it's an hour away. Still, I trekked up there and got two quilts finished. But I can only show you one right now. The other was a sample quilt for Craftsy and I have to wait! Arggghhh! But trust me, it's adorable.

Here's my other finish:



One giant Open Season quilt (I made it bigger - who's shocked?), backed in lime green flannel and so super cozy. And my cute quilt holders - I need to find a better place to photograph my quilts. I miss my fence and big clothespins.

Stats:
Name: Prairie Open Season
Fabric: Prairie by Corey Yoder for Moda
Pattern: Open Season in this book
Size: Huge. Okay, I'll measure it.

Hope you have a lovely weekend planned. I'm going to be finishing up a new pattern, and working on something. I haven't decided what I want to work on.

02 April 2018

Make-A-Big List Monday: 2QFAL

It's been a while since I've done one of these, but I'm finally, FINALLY, settled in and sewing and have a place to quilt my quilts, so I'll actually have finishes again.

Which means my list is massive. And everything is going on the list, just in case I happen to get it done.


21 Club Quilt



Flurry Taffy Quilt


Cake Mix QOV Quilt


Prairie Scratch Quilt


Prairie Open Season Quilt


Happy Harvest Open Season Quilt


I Love Lucy Churn Dash Quilt


Glamping Big Hexies


Autumn Shortcake Quilt


Tulip Quilt


Backyard Bugs


Pam Kitty Garden Scratch


Quote Quilt - Spelling Bee!

Pam Kitty Morning Dresdens


Dresses for my youngest


Train Case for my eldest


Church bag for my eldest


Feed Co. Scrappy Trip Quilt


Feed Co. Weekender



Marmalade Lucky Quilt


Guernsey Train Tracks Quilt


31 March 2018

Flimsy Finish: Autumn Shortcake

Yes, it's spring.

I love spring. It's my favorite season. When it's spring.

Fall is my favorite season when it's fall.

But I've made a fall quilt for my bed in the spring. And I don't mind all that much.

And I'm rambling.

Let's just do pictures, shall we?



I apologize for the pictures. I really need to find a good place to photograph my quilts. I miss my fence in Idaho, with my giant clothespins!

Fabric: Autumn Road from Wilmington Fabrics
Pattern: Shortcake by Cluck Cluck Sew
Size: 104" square (13x13)

26 March 2018

Make-A-List Monday: Recovered!

Three days in bed with a heating pad and taking it easy made it me seriously stir-crazy.

But I'm back and getting things done. Sort of.

This week, I'm going to:

  • Finish up my Autumn Shortcake - blocks are done - just need to lay it out and sew it together
  • Cut all my tulip stems and leaves - the HRTs really need my concentration
  • Prep all the stuff I want to cut this weekend - and it's a lot!
That's my sewing list. My gardening list? Interested? Here it is:
  • Move rhododendron plant to backyard
  • Plant hydrangeas in front yard
  • Plant strawberries in pots (because my beds aren't done yet)
  • Plant two peach trees (my fruit tree count is currently at 13 now!)
  • Plant dahlia bulbs
  • Finish those raised beds!
I detest a picture-less blog post, so here's some fun. Color inspiration anyone?






I'm partial to the yellow hyacinths. I need some of those in my garden!

19 March 2018

Make-A-List Monday: Getting organized!

Note to self: just because you CAN heft a bunch of bags of compost and peat moss doesn't mean you should.

Which means I'm in bed with a heating pad planning quilts instead of actually making them. Sigh.

I bought myself a new quilting book for my birthday. This one:


And I've got so many plans now! I can't wait to get started. But today is a day for dreaming. And planning. My semi-annual cutting marathon is coming up, and I'm trying to make sure I've got all the right things on my list for that. 

If I get really bored, I'll design some new patterns. Read a thousand books. 

What's on your list today?

10 March 2018

Simple, and Simply Gorgeous, Quilts to try

Okay, I went in search. After my last post. Because I really love these patchwork square quilts. I've provided pictures and links to purchase them. Or links to tutorials, if they're along those lines.
 I like this Bobbin Box pattern from Cotton Way - very cute idea. Not squares, but still, no triangles!
 Cakewalk I have, and should make. Super cute, isn't it?
 County Fair is a fairly simple one that looks great, wouldn't you say?


Gingersnap may very well be my favorite of this bunch. Coriander Quilts designs some gorgeous patchwork, doesn't she?


9th & Vine, also by Coriander Quilts - GORGEOUS!


Norway is made up of bigger blocks, which I love. But that also means bigger cuts of fabric. Hmmm.


My patriotic little heart just loves Stars and Stripes, and I know I just need to buckle down and make it. Have you made one?

I like Swiss for it's same-ness, but with a variety of fabrics, it still manages to look interesting.


Also ranks pretty high on my list of fun patchwork quilts. Takes the Cake is busy and big and that's just what I like.


Can't ever go wrong with a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern. Skipping Squares looks fun.


The rotating blocks on this one keeps it from being boring. Looking In might just go on my list.



This is exactly how four patch blocks can't be boring! Love Scrappy Summer!

And then there's the ones I've already done, and loved, and might just do again:

Granny Squares Quilts




Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilts





Did I miss any of your favorites?

09 March 2018

Autumn Shortcake progress

After the HST fiasco last month, I really just needed some simple, pretty patchwork. No triangles. No curves. Nothing complicated.

My go-to pattern is Cluck Cluck Sew's Shortcake pattern. I've made one before and loved it. I had these Autumn Road jelly rolls and figured, why not?

I'm making one big one for my bed and one twin size for a throw (because we don't do small throws in this house). My 14-year-old has already claimed it. She loves fall as much as I do.


I'm still working on spring and bright colors, but this patchwork is so soothing and perfect.

What's your favorite simple yet stunning patchwork pattern? Maybe I'll do a blog post on a collection of non-triangle patchwork quilts. Good idea?

Have a lovely, warm weekend. I'm building garden beds tomorrow, then planting a whole lot of strawberry plants.