Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Hedgehog

Its fun to learn new things.  Hit some goals.  Try something that you have been eyeing and admiring forever!  Since my latest kick is paper piecing.  The diamonds were a breeze! Easy and a great pattern to get your 'feet wet' in the paper piecing world.

This past Saturday was a class on paper piecing at our Guild.  Music City Modern Quilt Guild.  Perfect timing for me!  If you are in the Nashville area...come to a meeting!  We would love to have you!  It was a fun class and I did learn a thing or two!

I first saw this little Hedgehog on Flickr.  Cute as can be.  I didn't actually think I could ever make something like that...but I can!  And I did!  



He's a small little guy!  He tested my skills and patience!  I look at him and smile.  He still needs to see, so an eye will be coming soon.  Isn't he a cutie?!



Talk about lots of pieces...and tiny too!  I will admit, I winged it on piecing the sections together. I only had to redo one section.  I should have searched for instructions and not just a pattern!  Next time!  I'm happy how he turned out!

Isn't it nice to cross something off your 'wanna try one day when I have nothing else to do' list?!

Now...what to do with it!


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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Diamond In The Rough!


Paper piecing is so much fun!  It's so much fun to do a project (every once in a while) where its precise and requires patience!  This diamond pattern is a simple design, yes. It's building my confidence to try something a little more involved next time.


It saved me time to do a batch at a pop.  I would sew one corner on a dozen rectangles, iron, trim and repeat.  Doing it that way saved me hundreds of trips to the ironing board! 


With the last corner sewn I get to the other fun part!  Trimming the entire block!


I love pulling the paper off too!  Zip!  Off it comes!  


Not bad!  I added a small border of white and finished it off with a lovely coordinating green.  I plan on adding a white binding in the end.  Pinned and ready for the agonizing quilting...only because it takes me a while to know what I want to do!  I can't wait!!


Each block ended up being 5" x 10" (finished).  I ended up making 54 diamond blocks for this quilt.

It would be wrong of me not to show some of the cuteness of the Briar Rose fabric!   


Go ahead!  You can do it!  Swim!


Gather it up!  


Nothing better than a good 'read' after a picnic at the pond!

I am so happy with this quilt!  I adore Briar Rose and love the quality of the fabric!  I did a blog post here:  HITTING A GOAL,  where you can find a pattern for the diamonds.  You will also see that I enlarged it for these blocks.

There are a few things that I have learned making these blocks.  First of all, it hurts like heck when you get poked by a pin!  Over and over!  Second, small stitches will make your paper piecing life so much easier.  Third, print your pattern on the cheapest paper you can! The thinner the paper, the easier it is to pin.

There you have it.  This quilt is officially still 'A Diamond In The Rough'!  But not for long!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Best Daughter Ever!

I would imagine anyone who has a daughter says the same thing!  But I really mean it!  I mean...look at this Feast of Fasset Fabric!

Yummy enough to eat!
Last week, Britt took a short trip to Chattanooga.  Her friend (and ex-boss) Janet came to town, and whisked her away for a few days.  I knew they were going to spend some time at a fabric store.  Britt kept asking 'what fabric do you want' or 'what do you need'.  My response was a resounding 'nothing', 'I don't need anymore fabric right now' and 'I am trying to work through some of the crap I have' (I did say that)! 



Knowing what a Woven Stripes/Shot Cotton fiend I am and confronted with a huge selection of these, she couldn't say no!  She promptly called her family cohorts and they gave me an early Mother's Day present!  Sweetness...family and fabric!

I'm excited about taking a trip to Chattanooga to visit this fabric shop!  Its called 'SPOOL'. Also on Facebook~here, and the home of 'BadAss Quilters Society'.  It is a highly recommended destination, so says Britt!  (and I trust her 100%)


This could be fun...
After seeing all these beautiful colors...oh la la...the stripes, my mind has been on overload!  What should I make?  What should I make?!  'Relax' I say!  'You'll know what to do when the time is right'.  True.  I will.  




New colors, new toys, new inspiration!  I can always count on my daughter.  She knows my quilting taste so well.  Its been way too long since she and I made a quilt together, maybe I can entice her to collaborate together using these?!  

We shall see.  She is a busy lady with her soap business,  Hello Soap...plug!   Biased, yes.  But her soap is fabulous! 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Not To Be Redundant

I sometimes feel like I keep doing and showing the same thing.  Over and over again! While they may be the same design~using hand dyed fabrics with all the wonderful textures and variations, creates a different feel to each finished quilt.  In my opinion.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.  

Since my last two half square triangle quilts sold (huge thrill and shock to me), it made me determined to do it again!  

Without further ado~I bring you take #2!





HST Lap Quilt.  This one is 45"x61".  I did use smaller HST and added a border.  The same, yet different!



I do love the border an the bright green backing.  Machine quilted with straight lines.


Sweet baby!  Perhaps one of my favorite design of late!  This one measures 32"x43". Perfect size for a sweet baby or to hang on your wall!


And there it is.  Take #2.  I have a feeling I will be revisiting this design again.  And again!

Do you have a 'go to' design that you use on a regular basis?  I would love to hear what it is!

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SEW SOLID SUNDAY ~ Esch House Quilts

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hitting A Goal

It happens to be a nice feeling when I actually follow through with a goal!  Foundation Paper Piecing. I've done a little here and there.  The precision of the points makes me all smiley and happy!

I was looking through Hawthorne Threads Blog the other day when I saw this post.  I saw the Totem Quilt and was intrigued.  Diamonds.  Paper Piecing.  Must try!  The pattern is available through Cloud 9 Fabrics.  

I pulled out my scraps, printed the patten and went to work!  and...I liked it!


So, it inspired me.  I decided to enlarge it.  Testing.  Testing. Testing.


And it worked!  I cannot lie.  I like the black and white!  Perhaps that will be another project for another day!

I have been 'sitting' on a stash of Briar Rose for months and months.  Always eyeing it, touching it and then putting it back on the shelf.  Well...heck with that!  I bit the bullet and decided Briar Rose and paper piecing diamonds!  Honestly, its only fabric!  


I have made six so far.  (in the bigger diamond)  My plans are still sketchy.  But I do know it will all come together in the end!  I'm just happy I have finally given in and decided this was the Briar Rose project I have been waiting my whole life for!  (dramatic)


I adore this print!  So adorable it makes me giggle!  I have many more diamonds to make.  It could take a while.  But I have time!  I'll share my progress!  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Little Bright Spot!

Only in Tennessee can it go from the 30's to the 80's in a days!  With the beautiful warmer weather, we get to bask in the daffodils!  

It was such a lovely day yesterday.  My daughter, Britt and I were able to take some pictures for our Etsy shops.  We had to use the sunny yellow flowers that have magically appeared the past few days!





Regardless of what your weather is doing today...I hope these bring you a little ray of sunshine and happiness!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Vice Versa Block #3

This is a two block a month BOM.  Vice Versa.  I don't usually wait so long to do anything.  Rarely do I have numerous quilts going at once.  I'm a start and finish kinda gal!  Until this month!  March~you kicked my butt this time around!  In the end I won!  I got it done with hours to spare.....ninja warrior, that I am!


I like this block.  Bear's Paw.  I'm leaning towards the block on the right as my favorite.  Maybe!



The more I see these and the other two, the more excited I get!  I cannot wait to put them all together one day!  There are six more months.  Twelve more blocks.  It'll be a while.  Good thing I have the patience of a Ninja...

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

And So It Begins ~ Again!

In an effort to use my hand dyed fabric, I decided to do another round of half square triangles.    It seems to me that this style of quilt + hand dyed fabrics + color = delicious results.  So, here I am, knee deep in HST's!

Another reason.  Frankly, I want to use up a lot of my hand dyed fabrics.  I'm ready to break out the plastic, dyes and buckets and create some new fabric!  


The beginning string.


Sewn and ready to cut.


Cut and ready to iron and trim.

I started with 5" squares.  4 1/2" after all is said and done.  Tiny blocks compared to the previous quilt.  Plus this one will have a border and it will be smaller.  

The same, but different!  Happy Sunday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Congratulations!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered my Giveaway!  I appreciate all the wonderful comments!  I hope to have more giveaways, so please keep checking back!

The winner of the Hand Dyed Fabric and Fresh Quilt Magazine is Charlotte!  Congratulations and I would love to see what you end up using the fabric for!


This is the bundle Charlotte picked!  A rainbow delight!


Thank you!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Way Back When...

Remember when you were celebrating the New Year?  Seems so long ago, doesn't it?!  If the first quarter is any indication...it's going to be busy year!

If you follow my blog, you know that I have been on a half square triangle kick this year.  My first project for the year was this quilt.  I blogged about it about it here.  

I finished quilting it a while ago and realized I never showed the finished piece.  So, here it is! 




I ended up quilting this one using 1/2" lines in an all over geometric design.  I sectioned off four areas and with my handy dandy hera marker, I carefully marked my lines.  Once marked the rest was a breeze!  Quilting went very fast, my lines lined up, my machine was a good girl and I was thrilled with the finished design!



The finished quilt is 56" x 81" with a crazy scrappy back and a pieced binding.  I ended up listing it in my Etsy Shop a couple weeks ago.  And much to my surprise it sold!   

My customer received it and loves it!  She messaged me a couple nights ago to tell me her and her daughter were snuggled underneath it watching a movie together!!  Hearing that made me smile...for many reasons.  One was, what she was doing with her daughter I was doing the exact thing with mine!  


Quilts are so much better when they are loved, used and shared!