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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm Back!

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday!  We got back in town a few days ago from my sister's wedding in Texas (thanks for all of the words of congratulations, by the way!), and even though I'm back, my sewjo seems to be lagging!  I have the fabric cut for a new quilt/pattern that I'm working on, but I haven't actually sewn a single piece of it together.

So, instead, just check out some of the awesome quilts that were linked up to the party two weeks ago-

Maryse Makes Things linked up this fabulous finish!



Katelyn at Sing While Crafting showed off her modern triangle quilt.  If you missed it, the quilting is amazing!


and this block from Good Golly Ginger is really beautiful.  I can't wait to see how several look together-


Now, just because my sewing machine has been quiet lately, doesn't mean that yours has!  Without further ado, it's time to link up your latest creations!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!


**Please remember to be sure your post includes a project.  I would appreciate it if you would not link to giveaways or other parties unless your post also includes a project you're working on.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wedding Bells!

Hello All!  My sister is getting married on Saturday and this week is packed with family activities, so Needle and Thread Thursday will be taking a break this week.  See you next Thursday!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Happy Thursday, friends!  I finished my Shattered Rainbow quilt last night and posted about it earlier today.  I love it so much that I thought it needed its own post, so if you missed it, check it out HERE. Here's a peek though!


Last week's party was awesome!  Check out a few of the eye-catching highlights!

Janet at Simply Pieced linked up this beautiful baby quilt.  The photos of this one are gorgeous!


Paula, The Sassy Quilter's Cracker Jack quilt is fantastic.  Beautiful colors and quilting!


and Elise at Lovelea Designs showed off her Milky Way Medallion quilt.  The colors against the black are so striking!


Ladies, feel free to grab a feature button for your sidebar if you'd like!

Time to link up!  I love seeing what you share each and every week!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!


**Please remember to be sure your post includes a project.  I would appreciate it if you would not link to giveaways or other parties unless your post also includes a project you're working on.


Shattered Rainbow

I put the last stitch in the binding of my rainbow quilt last night, and I am so in love with it!  If I could, I would have taken twenty photos of it!  That's the bummer of making a queen sized quilt though, it's so big that there are only so many ways to photograph it.  Adding to the difficulty was the fact that after several straight days of beautiful sunshine, it poured down rain for exactly fifteen minutes last night, so the grass was still a little bit wet this morning.  Glad the deck dried more quickly!


To make the quilt, I used my Improv Piecing technique.  I used the same process last summer when I made Serendipity, and since making that quilt with its scattered explosion of color, I knew I wanted to make a rainbow/color wheel quilt with the same style.  I use so many scraps in my quilt backings, that very few get put into my scrap jars, which really is a good thing for me.  So, it just took some time for me to build up enough scraps for it. The quilt is so huge though, a whopping 88" x 96" queen, I'm thinking that I may have saved up too many!  Apparently, I accumulate enough scraps for one queen sized scrap quilt per year.

I've named this one Shattered Rainbow, and the biggest difference between this quilt and Serendipity (other than the obvious color placement), is that I made 8 inch finished blocks on this quilt instead of 12 inch.  Since I wanted to be able to blend the colors gradually around the quilt, smaller blocks worked better.


On the back, I created a wide rainbow bordered by this awesome polkadot in two soft shades of gray. I like that the gray dot looks very dreamy and cloud like- the perfect place for a rainbow!


One of the things I like best about this quilt is the scrappy binding.  Instead of choosing a single color, or randomly sewing strips together for the binding, I actually planned it out, which is something I've never done before.  Each color section has binding that matches.  There are some places where one binding color spills over into the next, but for the most part, the plan worked!


I just love scrappy quilts.  Aside from the fact that they are so interesting to look at, they are so much fun to make.  Sewing fabrics together and recalling each quilt that the scraps came from is a nice trip down memory lane!



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rainbow Scraps

I've been working over the last few days to plow through my scrap jars in color order, and I finally managed to sew all of my scraps into blocks.  This afternoon, I put all of the blocks together and finished up the top!


The sky has been pouring rain all last night and this morning, and the sun finally came out.  It wasn't dry enough to lay the quilt on the deck or grass, so my patient quilt assistant had to hold it up while stretching his arms out as wide as possible.  Still, the quilt is 88"x96," so even then you can't quite see all of it in this photo.

I really gave a lot of thought to how I wanted to lay out the colors in this quilt.  Although I like the look of orderly rainbow stripes, I knew that I had tons of scraps in some colors (aqua, green, and yellow), and only tiny amounts of others (pink and purple).  Stripes work best when there are fairly equal amounts of each color.

Instead, I decided use my grays as the "center," and have the other colors radiating out from it.  Offsetting the gray patch in the upper right corner kept my smaller number of pink and purple blocks from looking weird.   Overall, I think it's really unique.

Now, I just have to decide on what to do for the back.  I have a couple of ideas rolling around in my head, and I just need to sketch it out and put it together!




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunkissed Summer, a New Pattern, and NTT!

Welcome to another Thursday friends!  On Sunday, I posted that I had three different things going on in my sewing space, which you know is rather different for me.  Well, that certainly didn't last long!  I put the finishing touches on my new pattern, Gyroscope, and it is now for sale in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.  It's a really fun one, and I hope you'll check it out!


I also finished up the Heather Bailey commissioned quilt, and I love how it turned out!  I decided to call this one Sunkissed Summer, because the colors are so bright and cheery, and that shot of yellow just makes me smile!


Although the weather was beautiful when I photographed the finished top last weekend, it has not been so cooperative over the last few days.  We have been getting just enough rain to make everything steamy and just a tiny bit damp.  In fact, I was really lucky that the fence was dry enough to take these pics.  Since the quilt was commissioned, I didn't feel like I could hold onto it just for blog photos, so a few backyard pics in a brief period of sunshine will have to do!


I have really been loving scrappy bindings these days!  I think they are so much fun, and rather than framing the quilt, they just blend right in.



Of course, that leaves me working through my rainbow of scrap jars, and I don't see a top coming together super quick with that!

Without further ado, let's get onto last week's highlights!

Paula at Sewy Stuff showed off her cute Limeade quilt-


Heather at Quilts in the Queue linked up these pretty Arkansas Traveler blocks!


and Maryse Makes Things shared her gorgeous AMH honeycomb quilt.  love!!


Y'all are awesome!  I love to see what you've got going on!  So, let's party, shall we?

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!


**Please remember to be sure your post includes a project.  I would appreciate it if you would not link to giveaways or other parties unless your post also includes a project you're working on.









Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bluebonnets for Baby

Remember that secret sewing project I've been promising?  Well, I'm happy that I finally get to reveal it to you, because it's my turn on the Oh Sew Baby! Tutorial Series at Fort Worth Fabric Studio!


I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to write up a tutorial for my Strip Tango pattern.  Since making Bohemian Charm, this has been one of my go-to patterns when I need a quick quilt that is perfect for showing off pretty fabrics.  In fact, I just posted another quilt I've been working on with this pattern in a twin size!


This quilt only requires nine fat quarters to put together, although I used extra fabrics because I prefer a little more variety.  Since I used more than nine fabrics, I had some leftover strips, which I pieced into the backing.


Springtime in Texas means that roadsides, hills, and fields are covered with bluebonnets- the state flower of Texas.  The beautiful blues and greens of this quilt remind me a lot of that gorgeous sight.  Although my family moved from Texas almost 8 years ago, we really loved the 7 years we lived in Texas, and this is certainly one of the things I miss.  In this photo they look purple, but they are really the most brilliant blue, and are quite a sight to behold. (photo courtesy of www.statesymbolsusa.org)






Head over to Fort Worth Fabric Studio to check out the tutorial for this quilt.  I hope you enjoy it!



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