Saturday, April 25, 2015

What's been sewing on....

Ohh fabric designers.... just slow down a bit so I could save some money in my pocket. Seriously. I have a humongous list of fabrics I want to work with and little by little, yes, I'm plucking away at the wishlist. I feel like it's the 'phase'. You know what i'm talking about. Sometimes you go to the stores and everything you see you could picture yourself wearing and sometimes, you shop and feel like you wouldn't wear a thing in sight. Well... i'm currently going through the phase of 'oh my, I neeeeed this....' To reiterate.. have you checked out the stunning collection Coyote by Hawthorne Threads?? Yowza! It's beautiful! I want to make a quilt with that gorgeous "wolf" back panel, some curtains, & some aprons for the shop! (That's just one example of a collection i'm currently crushing on.)

The other one I'm luvin' is the collection Mesa by Alexia Abegg, of Cotton & Steel fabric. As soon as it came out, all I could envision was a quilt packed with flying geese. So that's just what I did!

For my solids, I used 3 yards of Kona cotton, but unfortunately I don't know the name of the exact color. Thanks to Joann's not so great organizing, they had 2 different shades of Kona dark navy blue on one bolt. I take it some of you will not be surprised.... 

Going on... all I used was one fat quarter bundle of the Mesa Collection. Two squares were cut measuring 9 & 1/4" by 9 & 1/4". Using the no waste flying geese method; my navy blue squares were cut 4 & 7/8" by 4 & 7/8". This left me with 4 by 8 inch geese. And I have enough fabric leftover to make a table runner or pillow! Yahoo!! I threw a yardstick in the photo so you can see the size of the quilt so far. I can't wait to finish this one! It screams Summer!!

And.... as if taking on another quilt isn't enough, some of you might recognize the photo below from my Instagram feed. I started another mini quilt. I know... you can never too many projects going on at once. I purchased this little charm pack from the Cleveland Quilting Expo a few weeks ago. It's Moda's Regent Street by Sentimental Studios. The florals really pop against the black. I think this may be the little number I take with me to the long arm class to practice my free stitching....

Overall, I feel this mad rush to sew as much as possible, in case you haven't noticed. The weather is warming up which means yard work is calling even though salad, spinach, and pepper seeds have already been planted. There's so much to do, so little time! And of course I had to show you what's in current bloom at our house!

Happy Trails to stitching away the rainy days!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Birchen Quilt with Recollection

Sitting here, on a gorgeous day with the warm sun beaming on this beautiful quilt.

Okay... so.. I kinda promised myself I wasn't going to do another blog post until I finished The Birchen Quilt that was started weeks ago. (Hence, the reason I haven't been around.) But here it is today in its vibrant & glorious self. I couldn't be more ecstatic with the way this project turned out. I instantly knew I wanted to make this quilt awhile back when my Instagram feed exploded with variations of The Fat Quarter Shop's Birchen Quilt. I especially adored the quilts that featured Katarina Roccella's Recollection line from Art Gallery. So the fabric choice was simple for me. I had to have one for myself!

For starters, the pattern was fairly simple to follow. And, the YouTube video came in handy just to make sure I was doing everything correct, (since this was the first time I was actually following a pattern). The triangles on a roll are genius! I think I've said that in other posts but seriously, this invention is unbelievably helpful! And... I'm not the kind a gal that minds leftover pattern pieces. I know I'll eventually make 500 more blocks;) I still can't believe how much time was saved using that paper roll as a template!

But I do gotta mention one thing. The pattern is listed 'simple enough for a beginner' & even though it appears easy to understand ~ I don't feel that it was for beginners. As wonderful as the triangles on a roll are; the pinning and pressing can become quite overwhelming, especially when something doesn't align properly and out comes that seam ripper. (I'd be lying if I said it only happened once.) There's a total of 336 half square triangles you will end up pressing open, 16 of which won't be used. 320 multiplied by 4 means that there are 1,280 dog ears you will end up trimming. Oh dear! Not to mention the pinning of each piece to make sure it's arranged correctly. And every single seam you stitch has to be pressed open. Also, no matter how many pins you use, fabric on a bias is going to pull because it can stretch. This means two things. The good, you have leeway to make sure everything lines up straight. The bad, where it should line up, it might not.

In the end.... it's not perfect, but it's pretty darn close! I love this quilt so much.... literally love it. I'm up in the air about the finishes. Should I wait till I'm done learning the long arm & take a go at some free hand stitching myself? Or, do I keep it at the home machine with some straight lines? Decisions, decisions...

On another note... The Etno Blog Tour has turned out amazing!!! I'm so happy I got to take part in it & meet some wonderful souls! The projects have been so inspiring & enlightening. If you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely need to. Here's the link

Happy Trails to beautiful things we can create!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Flying Geese ~ Etno Style

The fabric, the quality, the colors.....
I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Etno Fabric Collection by Pat Bravo!!

The colors & shapes are always so inspiring. And as I was working on this project, new ideas were getting sparked. (So..... you're going to be checking out two more pieces I've been working on.)

One thing is for sure. These gorgeous prints needed to be center of attention and what better way than with City Stitches Follow the Leader Quilt! All you can focus on is the way the colors play and blend together.

The flying geese were made using the "no waste method". The large square (main fabric) measured 9-1/4" by 9-1/4" while the four small (white) squares were 4-7/8" by 4-7/8". This left me with four flying geese per one fabric pattern that measured 4" by 8".


I love the way this piece came out so much! 

The fourth row of flying geese from the no waste method were used on the piece below.


I wanted to jazz up the back so I connected fabrics varying in length, making sure that they were all 9" wide.
I added two blocks in Sauvage Sky North on the sides.

I used Sauvage Sky Artic for the binding.
And... I should mention I used Kona cotton for all the solids:)

The inspiration kept coming!
Here's the latest. A shattered chevron wall piece. 

Fabrics used from the Etno Collection:
Contempo Pyramids Ebony
Shore Remains Trinkets
Drops of Pamplemousse
Dreams of Kandace
Stitched Anthomania Deep

The finished piece measures in at 28" by 28". It is a work of art I can't wait to hang on the wall!
I'm just up in the air about quilting technique. Should I use my sewing machine or head to the local quilt shop for their long arm?

I hope you all didn't start the Blog Tour today! Brandi from BNB Studio was simply fabulous with her design using the stunning collection! And make sure you check out Rochelle's divine ideas at Lucky Lucille tomorrow!

~Here's the scoop on where you can find all the other loves~

April 3rd ~ Teri at Fa Sew La
April 4th ~ Lisa at The Quilt Jam
April 5th ~ Hilary at Young Texan Mama
April 6th ~ Sharon at Color Girl Quilts
April 7th ~ Marija at Marija's Fabric Creations
April 8th ~ Nancy at Owens Olivia
 April 9th ~ Becky at Sewin 4 Him
April 10th ~ Erin at Poppy Quinn
April 11th ~ Kathryn at Up*It*Is*Quilts
April 12th ~ Lori at Lori Hartman Designs
April 13th ~  Abbey at Sew Charleston
April 14th ~ Aida at Aika Maku
April 15th ~ Debbie at A Quilter's Table
April 16th ~ Lara at Scrap Quilt Preach
April 17th~ Isabel at Lamb & Wolfie
April 18th ~ Kylie at Faith Love Fabric

Happy Trails to sharing the good!