Friday, June 20, 2014

Fabric Fast Update

Almost there! At the end of June I can resume my wanton ways and purchase fabric. With one instagram exception I have bought no fabric.
I have turned away from the lure of emails, blogs, twitter and instagram announcements of new fabric lines and sales, and it has not been easy. How have I done it?
1. I’ve been busy
for sale
Yes, our Florida home has sold. We are moving to North Carolina in mid-July. It has cut into my sewing time to make sure the house is always clean and tidy, not to mention getting my studio ready for the move.
2. I’ve made some scrap quilts
blue green scrap quilt
This one measures 54” X 72” and will be made for a hospice resident through our church’s Wrapped in Love program.
3. I've organized my fabrics
Nothing like a visit from Pattiwagon to jump start action and creativity
fabric in bookcase
Getting my fabrics out of bins and organizing them by color was immensely helpful in showing me my fabric collection. As I was sorting all kinds of creative ideas entered my mind on the things I would like to do with my stash. I bought the largest magazine backer boards available and used over 200 of them. Here is a tutorial on using them. I purchased the magazine backer boards from a local comic shop. The magazine boards are slightly larger than the comic boards. When we move, I’ll put my fabrics in a closet to keep them protected from sunlight, but my current closet shelves are wire which will not do for upright storage.
I’ve got a plan for my fat quarters, but right now they are neatly folded in plastic bins.
fat quarter onefat quarter two
4. I've tamed my craving by pinning fabrics I wanted to buy
I established a Pinterest board for pinning photos of all those yummy fabrics as they were introduced. In some ways it satisfied the need to purchase.

I may keep going with a modified fast, the rules of which I have yet to establish. I am almost out of Kona Snow, my go to background fabric. I need some Art Gallery squared elements for binding a pair of twin quilts, and some Kona Kumquat. That’s about it. I think I can live off my stash for awhile. Except…I must have some Charley Harper prints for baby quilts and I’m enchanted with Kati’s fox quilt.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fabric Fast Final Exam

A few months ago I finished a pair of twin quilts using lots of my V. and Co., Kate Spain and other stash fabrics.

churn dash

They have been languishing in my closet waiting for backs. why you ask? It’s my fabric fast. I would have liked to purchase 6-8 yards of the same fabric and be done with it, but I have this huge stash of small yardage. I had selected some of that yardage, but never could get inspired to make it work. I also wanted to use some of the orphan blocks from my Vintage Modern Quiltalong fail, but how? The task seemed overwhelming.

Enter Patti Wagon:

Much designing was done on paper

design papers

and on the design wall

on the design wall

I did not have enough fabric to make them identical, but PattiWagon and I are both pleased with the two unique pieced backs.

pieced back 1

pieced back 2

Some day I’ll get them basted and quilted, but for now I’m happy that they are ready to go.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sewing with Salina

Salina came for a couple of sewing sessions last week. She has just finished the 7th grade and is a very enthusiastic sewist. Last year she made pillows, PJ’s and a backpack. This year she wanted to tackle a quilted tote bag.

She selected a pattern from a Quilts and More Magazine. I helped her adapt the measurements to make the bag smaller than the original design and she selected her fabrics.

Then the sewing startedat the machine

She added an interior pocket in the bag lining.  She decided that she wanted to quilt her tote in a grid pattern. I had some fusible fleece and she marked and followed the lines. She’s such a good straight stitcher!

my totepleased with tote

She is well on her way to becoming a very accomplished accomplished sewist. She did a great job. Yay Salina!

for some other Salina projects

pants and cat pillow


Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Finishes

Since January our quilting group at the church has completed over 60 quilts. We make baby quilts for the neo-natal unit at one of our local hospitals and we make adult sized quilts for a hospice care unit at another local hospital. Here are a few of our sixty four finishes.

at the aquariumaqua stack of coins

dresden bearIMG_3925

animal print sampleryellow brick road hospiceteal medalliongreen and pink ohio star

peach and brown ohio staron point birdsmalka stripe baby2green and black cat ohio stargiraffe medallionyellow ohio star

malka hugs and kisseson point birds

To see all the quilts we completed this year, go to

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Some Baby Quilt Finishes

The dedication for our baby quilts for the neo-natal unit at the local hospital is next Sunday. I’m slipping these finishes in just in time.
These four quilts were all made from my collection of 2 1/2” squares and 5” squares. It was fun sorting through them and remembering the quilts and projects I made with these fun fabrics. The candy squares ones were made with 289 two and 1/2” squares, sewn together in 17 unit strips.
candy squares1
candy squares2
candy squares3
hugs and kisses
The Hugs and Kisses quilt was made with this tutorial.  I did make some changes in her directions and just used 5” squares and 2 1/2” squares to make a simpler block. All four quilts measure about 35” square. The backs are from Jenni Baker’s Color Me Retro collection.
back 1
back 2
I hope I’ll have some photos to post next week from the dedication. It’s always so exciting to see all our handiwork displayed in the sanctuary.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fabric Fast Update

I’m midway through the fourth month of my six month fast and I have barely made a dent in my fabric collection. I’ve pieced six tops. I find myself working in a fabric series like I used to do when I first began quilting. Back in the day I purchased fabric for a project, made the project, and if there were any scraps left over I made another project. Then I discovered quilting blogs and Twitter accounts, and oh my, Instagram. So much temptation to lure me into purchasing fabric. Thus my need for a fabric fast.
I’ve used up all the green, orange aqua and mustard Simply Color fabrics I purchased and most of the coordinates I bought to go with them. But I still have the blue, grey, plum and pink fabrics.

I still have a lot of Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma

I’ve been resisting sale notices in my inbox, but one day I pulled up Instagram #greatfabricdestash, and this Heather Ross fabric was the first image. I confess, I grabbed it.
It’s a small piece, and I have no idea what I will do with it, but who can resist a dachshund in a raincoat? it was just one tiny purchase… and I have been so good.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Works in Progress

Using the fabrics from my abandoned paper piece project I pieced two twin sized churn dash quilts. Modern fabrics give this traditional block a fresh new look.
churn dash
The tops are complete, but I have yet to make the pieced backs.
After I made the twin tops, I cut my remaining scraps into 5” and 2 1/2” squares, and made four baby quilt tops.
pin basted top
pin basted tops
The baby quilts are pin basted and ready to quilt.
I’m not sure where I’m going with these blocks, for now they are on my design wall waiting for inspiration.
blue and green x blocks
The fabric fast continues with only one minor lapse. We’ll talk later about that.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Breaking Up

I was doing so well with my Vintage Revival Blocks, I was pleased with the palette and the blocks looked like they would make a great sampler.

blocks 1 thru 6

Then I hit the foundation pieced blocks. After hours of cutting, sewing, ripping out tiny stitches and taping shredded paper, I produced two blocks.

riviera blockdakota star

Then I started block 9. After much frustration and some swearing, I threw it the trash can. In that moment I had an epiphany, I’m done, over it, paper piecing and I have broken up for good. Roz Chast said it well.

roz chast

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Baby Quilts Galore

We are getting ready to make a delivery of baby quilts to our local hospital’s neo-natal unit. Here are a few of the recent ones.
Stack of Coins front (measures 32” x 32”)
stack of coins
Stack of coins back
stack of coins back
Two quilts from Jen Ski’s Ten Little Things line made with a charm friendly pattern (measures 34” x 34”)   the first one is quilted with  cross-hatched design, the other with a circular quilting pattern.
ten little things
whole ten little things circular
Scrap yellow and green quilt 34” x 34”
green and yellow

And finally, a tiny one made with vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy fabrics. It is only about 20” square.
raggedy ann