Sunday, February 28, 2010

On the Road to Spring Quilt

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It's finished!  And I love it. 

This was my first quilt-along and it was a lot of fun.  I'm actually finished a week ahead but only because this upcoming week is going to be a super-busy week.  That and I couldn't wait to put the binding on and use my quilt... :)

These are all Denyse Schmidt fabrics from her line Hope Valley.  The quilt measures 50 x 60 and I quilted it with an all-over meandering pattern.  I really, really like free motion quilting now that I have the hang of it.

The backing and binding are both from my stash of Anna Maria Horner's Garden Party.  It feels good to make quilts that are entirely from my stash.  There are some gorgeous new fabrics out there but they will still be there when I'm ready to add some fabric back into my stash.  At least I hope so...

Thursday, February 25, 2010


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I love math of all kinds, so it's only natural that I would love quilts with strong geometric lines and shapes.  And truth be told, because of my math nerdiness, I probably cut and construct my quilts different than most.  I have always wanted to make a hexagon quilt and when I saw these two new fabric lines, I knew they were the ones.  It's like they were made to go together!

They are half hexagons right now just waiting to be sewn into neat little rows that will connect into hexagons.  My hesitation is this: do I pair one with it's matching fabric twin or would it look completely weird to make a scrappy hexagon?  I would still stay within the same colorway... i.e. red with another similar red... floral with another similar floral. 

Decisions. Decisions!  Any suggestions?  I would love your input; good, bad or indifferent. :)

BTW, I am getting really close to having my On the Road quilt quilting finished.  I am loving how it is turning out and I hope to have pictures up soon!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More Quilting

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So, I'm really enjoying this free motion quilting!  I ran into the living room last night and told my husband,  "I'm really getting good at this!".  His response, "of course you are honey... you have been good at it."  He's so sweet. :)  I don't have the highest amount of self confindence, especially when it comes to quilting.  I'm working on that and it sure does help to have a supportive husband and sweet blogging friends as well!

I'm about 25% of the way done and it is going faster than the last quilt.  Practice really does make perfect. LOL  I have a really bad shoulder so I have to quilt in small blocks of time.  I wish I could be that quilter who can sit down and knock it out in a few hours but that's not me.  Oh well...

I'm loving this quilt more and more as I quilt it.  The colors are just so pretty and happy!  I'm hoping that I will have this quilt done and the binding on this weekend.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A New Quilt Top

Pin It My On the Road to Spring quilt top is finished and I love it.  I really like how the muslin looks against the colors and I love the randomness of the colors... that is a big stretch for me to be random in my layout!  It will measure approximately 60 x 52.  These are also fabrics from my stash so this quilt will count for my Stash Busters challenge too.  I'm multi-tasking!

It is cold, windy and raining today so I had to settle for an indoor picture.  Thanks to my husband for being a quilt model!  Don't tell his friends he was helping me with this during the NASCAR race... shhhhh... ;)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Books!

Pin It Since I am on a fabric buying moratorium, I have bought a few books.  I should note that I love books nearly as much as fabric so these purchases are feeding my need for fabric indirectly. ;)

Arriving today... I cannot wait to get home and open this package!

And arriving in the next several days...

I am SO excited to have these arriving on my doorstep! 

Does anyone else have these books? 

Do you love them as much as I think I'm going to??

P.S. The baby quilt was a huge hit at the shower!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Quilt-along

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I am participating in the On The Road to Spring quilt-along.  This is the first one I have ever been a part of and it has been a lot of fun.  It's nice working on a project with a group of virtual quilting friends.  I am a tad behind as this week is supposed to be basting week and I'm still piecing but I'm confident I'll be caught up by this weekend. :)

I love my fabrics!  They are all from Denyse Schmidt's newest line, Hope Valley.  The solid is quilter's muslin; I was torn between bright white and the muslin and I went with muslin because it feels a little more vintage which is the look I'm going for.

I am making this quilt a little bigger than the quilt-along specifications because with two dogs who think they are lap dogs, my husband, and then my daughter... a standard lap quilt just seems too small when we are all piled on the couches.

P.S... Please excuse the poor quality of the photo... I sew and take pictures at night during the week, hence the poor light.  I promise better pictures when my quilt top is completed! :)

P.S.S... My husband is at the baby shower for his co-worker right now with the quilt to give.  I'm sitting here at work am I'm actually nervous!  Yeah, I know... I'm a dork like that. LOL  I hope she likes it!

Friday, February 12, 2010

It's Done!

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My first try at free motion quilting is a success!  Quilted, bound, washed, and dried... and it's still in one piece.  I will count that as success for sure!

This modern baby quilt is for one of my husband's co-workers baby shower.  It makes me feel good that this is what he wanted to give her.  It's nice when someone has confidence in your work isn't it?

You can definitely tell (or at least I can) where I started quilting and where I finished quilting.  My stitches and overall motion improved as I went along.  I know that "rhythm" fellow quilters are talking about now. :)

We have had a record winter around here.  14 inches of snow in a day is a new record for North Texas.  My daughter has had two snow days so mixed in with quilting have been snow angels, snowball fights, and of course a snowman. 

It's been a lot of fun!  Even for the Beagle boys, Gus & Buddy...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Disappearing Nine Patch

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Did you ever have a quilt that just wasn't turning out right?  Well, I had one of those this weekend.  I have been making tumbling blocks for a tumbling blocks quilt.  I started sewing the blocks together and I was hating every minute of it; nothing was coming together easily.  This quilt is a gift so I scrapped it and made a quilt that I have beem wanting to make anyways... a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt.

Wow, this quilt came together super fast.  And I love it!  I cut the quilt last night and the top was finished this afternoon.  I'll baste it tomorrow and then quilt it in my spare time this week.  I'm still undecided on the quilting... straight line or stippling?  Any input ya'll have is definitely welcome!

Oh and probably the best part is that all the fabric came from my stash... :)

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