Wednesday, July 31, 2013

So Long Teal, Aqua Turquoise

Today is the last day of July, and the last day for the "Teal, Aqua and Turquoise" blue days in the Rainbow Challenge, hosted by Angela at So Scrappy.

Have you seen the Chevron Quilts popping up everywhere?  I love them and have already used up the final blue scraps to make most of the blocks for the one above.  I used the rail fence on point method.  I have also seen the HSTs, but I wanted to add variety in the row sizes.  I used 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" for the blues and 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" of white.  Still working on Trunk Show projects, so this was the perfect little "leader and ender".

This past weekend, I headed north for New Orleans (about 50 miles), for a mini-vacation with my cousin Monica and new friends Marsha and Sharon who flew in from Texas.  Of course, we visited a quilt shop, the Mes Amis and loaded up with little goodies to make  Chevron Quilts for Monica's two grand daughters. I have already started pulling from my stash to add to the projects and will show it off here as soon as the design wall is empty.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ella's Quilt

Finally, I can show the baby quilt for Ella, who is due to meet the world in September.  This past Sunday, the quilt was delivered to her Mommy's at the Baby Shower.  

Her name is quilted into the border .... first time I've tried this.  Will have to do it again. 

Size:  56 x 56

It is now time for a story, A Quilt Story that is .... Join us for Fabric Tuesday, with Heather and Megan.

Monday, July 22, 2013

On the Design Wall: "Now What"??

I mentioned a Trunk Show that I am working towards this August.  One of our patterns, was born from all of the larger pieces of fabric in my stash (3 yards or more).  You know, the kind that you absolutely love, but when you get it home it sits on the shelf.  Every time you admire it (while it collects dust), you keep thinking...."Now What"?  Well this pattern helps you work out the details and brings those fabrics to life. 

 I purchased this awesome stripe from Robert Kaufman's Ombre Collection!  NOW WHAT????

I pulled fat quarters, short cuts, and white backgrounds .... then started playing.  Made a few blocks, played some more -- I love the design wall -- it has to be my favorite quilting tool (next to the rotary cutter).  It is coming to life a little every night.  I cannot wait to finish just to compare with the first one.

The first quilt I made from this pattern, started with an awesome fabric purchased from the Camden Cafe line.  What a difference in the look. The rest of the fabric just came from my stash .... lots of blacks and golds.  

Pattern Name:  "Now What"?
Published by:  Black Cat Creations
Designed by:  Jamie Janow Elfert

Because this one may stay on the Design Wall a couple of weeks while I play, I am so happy to have something to show and link to Patchwork Times' "Design Wall Monday".  Judy is one of my favorite designers -- I am a piecer through and through and she is such a great inspiration.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Rainbow Saturday

It is time for Scrap Happy Saturday and I am loving the Teals, Aquas and Turquoises!  These tones are just what is needed on this HOT July day.  Visit Angela's So Scrappy site for more of the cool colors of water.

I had to play a little with the blocks on the wall -- because I have made two each month, by the end of the year I will have enough to make two quilts -- I can see two little girls loving these colors.  

Behind the scene, I am busy making quilts for a trunk show!  My first.  I also have a baby quilt all finished for a shower next Sunday, then I will be able to show it off.  

I am also linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for her Whoop Whoop  Party -- there is always never ending links of inspiration. 

Back to sewing!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Weekend Accomplishments

The yellow scraps are all done for the June SoScrappy Rainbow Challenge .... of course it took me all weekend.  I threw the blocks on the wall in no certain order.  With 14 blocks finished, the wall is filling up.  If I wait 2 more months, I would have enough to make to throw quilts -- or -- I could wait a while longer and make one large quilt.

There are a few yellow 16-patches on the wall that need blue framing, then these blocks are ready to sew together.   My sewing room is a disaster because I have been cutting strips for the next quilt with an August deadline.

But first, I have a baby quilt to finish in 2 weeks -- so I am going through my box of polka dots for a little girl.

For more Monday design walls, I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.