Friday, May 22, 2015

True Beauty

I am proud to share this finished quilt!  It has had a long, long shelf life. You get to a certain point where finishing a WIP or someone else's WIP (my daughter), just needs to be tackled!

When I first blogged about this quilt ~ Not My WIP!! 6-Pointed Star ~ it was going to be my first attempt at partial seams (AKA 'Y' seams).  Taking on that challenge was well worth it in the end.  Not only did I learn something new, but I got a gorgeous Anna Maria Horner quilt out of the deal! 

60" x 75"
I knew one day these 6 pointed stars would all come together.  Didn't know I would be the one to do it...but did it I did!

There is a fabulous mix of Good Folks and Garden Party against a delicious caramel / amber solid.  I love the colors, love, love, love! 

I had this sitting over my rail for far too long!  Really I wasn't sure how to quilt it.  So I ignored it and hoped a quilting fairy would come along and deal with it!  

And she did...Her name is Vickey.  Studio V offers edge to edge longarm quilting and has an Etsy shop full of fabric!  (Studio V on Etsy)  I met Vickey when she joined our local guild.  I think our entire guild will be keeping her very busy ~ not even kidding!  Its so nice to have a longarm connection that you trust, know and close to home!

I decided to go with Bubble Feathers for the quilting.  And I love it!  Especially the thread color.      

The backing is Kona Cotton Glacier, which I thought was a great fit with all the colors in the stars.  

The timing for finishing this quilt couldn't have been more perfect.  Our weather dipped drastically yesterday!  I'm pretty sure we didn't even hit 60 degrees and to me that is darn near winter!  Not only did I get to wrap myself in this while doing some hand sewing last night, but I got to toss it on the bed for extra warmth too!

I'm pleased, over joyed and giddy with excitement with this quilt!  Oh and did I mention...It's all MINE???!!  

On another note, I have a stack of projects in their final binding phase ~ hand stitching the bindings.  It is a simple pleasure that I love to do at night during TV time!  Another happy place I like to go to!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ Encapsulated

For my second entry in The Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ Spring 2015...

I'm going with my most recent finish, still hot off the machine actually!  I thought it would make for a good entry in the ORIGINAL Design Category.

It has gone through many months of change.  It started as a tiny thought that went through many different phases of design.  Just when I thought I was dead in the water, another idea would pop in to my head!  

48" x 65"

There were so many twists and turns along the way, but so worth it!  I'm in love with the Art Deco vibe.

The center was a thread nightmare!  There were so many threads to bury in the end.  I wanted to keep the center clean, meaning I used white thread!  

You really get a sense of the quilting detail through the back.  Except for the black thread on black...hard to get a good picture of that!

I blogged regularly about this quilt.  If you are interested in reading more here are all the links:

Captured ~ Encapsulated ~ The Finish, It's About Time!Revisited With A Plan and A Seed Taking Root  

Quilt Size:  48" x 65"
Fabric:  Kona White, Kona Black, Various Solids
Machine Quilted

Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ Meet Opal

I cannot believe Bloggers Quilt Festival is here already.  But it is!  Amy at Amy's Creative Side always puts on a good event!  Packed full of fun, prizes and of course lots of gorgeous quilts in all shapes and sizes.

I figured I may as well enter a quilt of two, just for fun!  Opal is entered in the MODERN Quilt Category.

50" x 64"
This quilt is named after my Grama Opal.  Which is also a big part of 'Twiggy & Opal' the name of my Etsy Shop and my blog.  She always said to me 'Jayne, your thin as a twig'! And viola!  A name is born including a loving tribute to my Grama! 

This quilt shows the varying colors against a light background...just like the semi-precious Opal stone.

I used a beautiful bundle of Shot Cottons for the blocks.  The colors are amazing!  From the lightest of pink to a dark plum and everything in between.  The background is Kona Shadow ~ the perfect shade and lightness to bring out the delicate colors!

I went CRAZY with the quilting!  After dividing the quilt in 4 sections, I machine quilted super dense organic lines in a Log Cabin type design. There are about six different thread colors in there.

This is the back.  I couldn't let those test blocks go to waste, so I incorporated them in the back using Kona Pewter and Iron

If you would like to read more about this quilt here are a couple links:

Quilt Size:  50" x 64"
Fabrics:  Shot Cottons, Kona Shadow, Kona Iron, Kona Pewter
Machine Quilted

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Captured ~ Encapsulated ~ The Finish

This quilt,'s been in the works for some time.  I fussed, reworked, changed my mind more times than I care to remember.  It sat patiently by waiting for me to figure out the best way to go about quilting it.  Very patient.  If quilts could talk we would all be in so much trouble!

I have blogged about this quilt so many times I know everyone is sick and tired of it!  Let's just say I won't go in to a lot of detail this time, but will include the links to other posts about it: It's About Time!  and Revisited With A Plan and A Seed Taking Root

Now I get to share my mad art skills with this 'quilting' sketch!  Trust me, it's easier for you to see the quilting design on this sketch than on the quilt.  Black is a hard color to capture!

The outside (black) I wanted to try an Art Deco feel.   I quilted angular, symmetrical geometric forms.  

The center was a thread nightmare!  There was a lot of starting and stopping which eventually led to hours of burying threads!  I wanted to keep the center clean, by that I mean I used white thread.  While you can see the quilting up close, you really get a sense of the detail through the back.  

The center panel has always been the focus for me.  From conception right down to the quilting.  I didn't consider that the back would be anything other than the also has become important.  

Could I be any happier?  I love this.

 You know I like a good close up...this does it for me!

48" x 65"
I normally don't have a story behind my quilts.  I read somewhere that when entering quilts in shows, a good story behind it is important.  While I can understand that, sometimes I just create to get it out of my head, convey a feeling or flow and even to just be different.  

'Encapsulated' does have a story.  Imagine by John Lennon sums it up:  

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Improv Mini Wall Hangings

Happily they all came together!  Improv curves right down to the pieced bindings!  

Previous posts about these lovelies:  Beware of The Blade! and Motion Of The Ocean

Ebb & Flow
13 1/4" x 18"
Motion of the Ocean
13 1/4" x 18"
Modern Sunset
13 1/4" x 18"
Sand & Sea
13 1/4" x 18"
Motion of the Ocean 2
13 1/4" x 18"
The bindings are something I don't have to do, but something that I want to do.  It takes more time than going with a solid border.  And you can see that I don't match up the colors exactly.  It adds to the overall feel for me.

Each is equipped with a handy hanging rod.  How do you hang your minis?  I like this method, it's easy, clean and does the job!

I think I got sea sick during all the waves/curves!  I have never made this many at one time before.  Well worth it.  There is one more on my horizon ~ Smoky Mountains!


Monday, May 11, 2015

And the Winners are...

A big thank you to all who entered my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!  With 360 entries...I would say that was a success!

One simple question:
'Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road' 
brought so many fun and hilarious answers!

Thank you! 

With are the lucky winners:

The bundle of Hand Dyed Fat Quarters now belongs to:

~~~ and ~~~

The pencil roll, bookmark and notepad will be going to:

Each winner has been contacted via email!

Thank you!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Cache ~ AKA Stash

The meaning of 'Stash'.

To hide or store away in a secret place.

A secret place where something is hidden or stored.

Something, such as money or an illegal drug, that has been hidden or stored.

In my opinion, fabric stashed is my drug of choice...fitting!  It's an addiction and we all know that all too well!  

This week I caved!  I succumbed to the 'Last Chance' sale at Westwood Acres.  I ended up getting a little bundle of Pearl Bracelet Fat Quarters. And what I really wanted was a bundle of the minis!

But alas, there was this bundle of solids that this girl could not resist! Seriously.  Seven Fat Quarters for just over $1.00 each...Heavenly!

Rounding out my Kaffe Fasset Woven Stripes cache. These just popped up in my Instagram feed (okay, I was looking through the #thegreatfabricdestash feed) and I found myself responding with my PayPal info like I was possessed!

Another IG find.  You can't really tell from the picture, but these are oil cloth.  I adore Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane!  The price was amazing and I needed, wanted, desired to have it!  The skulls & crossbones were on a whim!  Just for the pure fun of it!


Friday, May 8, 2015

It's About Time!

I know!  How many projects can I have laying around until I finally get them finished?  

I am the type who would never have more than one quilt going at a time. I was that type. The past several months it seems there are more than I can count!  All in various stages. Most staring at me hoping they are the next one in line!  

With all the WIP's, it also seems like I haven't much to show for myself! As far as finishes go.  But alas...there will be an avalanche of actual, real finished pieces very soon!

'Encapsulate' has been on going for a while.  I wrote a post about the process here:

Yesterday I decided it was time to get to business!  I pretty much have a plan on what I want to do. Sort of!  I know that the main center circle will be pretty much quilted using 1/2" lines. (that's something!)

I had a tough time getting the black to look black in the photo.  Trust me...its black!

There is going to be so many threads to bury I'm afraid.

The three sections of this circle are all quilted differently.  I think it's best.  Or maybe I just couldn't wrap my brain around what else to do!

Plus, it looks pretty cool on the back!  And to be honest, it will hopefully tie in to the story of this quilt!

I hope you stay tuned ~ there is more to come!!