I got the Chevron quilt and backing ready to load yesterday, too, so that's first on the agenda today. It's very cold and windy outside today so I'm happy to stay inside and sew!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
My sister Sharon worked on some puff pillows. She made some as gifts and now wants some for her house! She does quite a bit of sewing and is fast!
|Sharon's pillows stuffed and beautiful!|
I want to sew the binding on the Honeycomb quilt today and get the Chevron quilt and backing ready for the quilt machine. I am also teaching a sampler group tonight, so a full day of sewing! Happy Tuesday...hope you're sewing!
Monday, December 29, 2014
I spent Friday quilting the Honeycomb Waffle, Too quilt. I am on a deadline since I am going to teach a class on making it in Feb. and need to get it hung at the quilt shop. I decided to use the Starburst panto...I've only used it once before and love the playful bounce of the stars.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I chose the winners of the Miss Tess Celebration giveaway this morning...
$25 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop: Mara Capron
One copy to two winners of America Loves Scrap Quilts:
Julie Hall Feldhaus
One pattern from my Craftsy Shop to three winners:
I have contacted the winners by email. Thanks to all who helped me celebrate the publication of Miss Tess in America Loves Scrap Quilts! If you make your own version of Miss Tess, let me know... I would love to see it!
Friday, December 26, 2014
My original plan for the Honeycomb Waffle Too quilt was to use this gorgeous Stonehenge gray as fill in for the half blocks and triangles on the edges of the quilt. I think the dark edge helps bring out the depth of the other colors and the 3-D pattern. It's fun to play with layouts while a quilt is on the design wall, so I tried it with half blocks on the fill in spaces on the edges. I like it but still like a dark edge better.
I wondered how it would look to make pieced half blocks using three grays. So I used the Stonehenge gray and two others to make some sections to try it out. I really liked this as it gives the depth I want plus adds the fun of the half blocks.
I finished sewing the top together Tuesday. The pattern didn't call for a border, but I added a border using the Stonehenge to finish it off. I think it evens out the grays on the edges. I want to start working on the quilting today. I bought a mottled blue print for the backing...it's all ready to load!
Sometimes when I look at the pictures of this quilt, my eyes see the center squares inverted, but when I look again or move my eyes over the whole top, it goes away. Has this happened to you as you've read this post? Just curious!
I thought it would be fun to see what it looks like upside down and it's interesting this way too!
|Upside down, in case your eyes weren't already mixed up!|
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Hopefully they will make cooking a bit more fun!
I don't always get to see the finished quilts from my classes, but here are two finished Miss Tess quilt tops. The celebration giveaway continues until midnight Friday... you can enter here. Remember that if you comment and you are a no reply blogger, I don't have your email and I can't contact you. So please enter your email in the comment if you are not sure.
Honeycomb Waffle, Too quilt top yesterday (pix soon!) and want to get it on the quilting machine today. I also have packages to wrap....where did the time go? My daughter is coming over tonight to celebrate Christmas and open gifts and we are going to try to skype with my other 2 daughters while we do it. Might get interesting.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Miss Tess, is appearing in the winter issue of McCalls America Loves Scrap Quilts! I'm intriqued by tessellations... identical pieces fitting together without any gaps or overlapping. I love scrap quilts...so much fun choosing as many fabrics as you can to make a quilt. So this was a really fun and interesting design to make.
I loved it, but my design wall isn't large enough for a queen size quilt, so I had to move to the floor. I could only lay out about half of it at a time, so once I had the first half sewn into rows, I laid out more rows. I had a few glitches along the way as my helpers decided it looked like a playground.
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After figuring out the design itself, I had to figure out how to make it happen. That meant taking the shape to its basic form and figuring out what pieces I needed to cut so that I could sew it together in rows. I decided to use lots of bright fabrics with the same centers, a small black and white dotted fabric. Once I started cutting the pieces, I couldn't wait to try them out on my design wall to see if it worked.
I used a larger black and white dotted fabric for the back. You can see, my helpers love every aspect of quiltmaking, even attaching the binding!
I made a second, smaller version of the quilt that is being displayed at Cut Up and Quilt now. They will also have the magazine for sale after their Christmas holiday break. They would be happy to hold one for you...just give them a call today!
Now for the giveaway! I'm excited to host a giveaway with these great prizes:
|A $25 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop!|
|Two copies of the magazine, America Loves Scrap Quilts, for two lucky winners!|