Sunday, May 1, 2016

MAy Day UFO Parade

We won't be hanging flower baskets on neighbors' doors today -- still snow on the ground, and it's cold and windy this morning.

Luckily, we have pretty quilts to enjoy! First, the UFO number for May:

And now, on with the parade!

Jennifer is a recent UFO Challenger, and she is really cranking out the finishes. I love her little table topper. Jennifer let her 7 year old daughter play with the decorative stitches on her machine to quilt it. So fun, and what a great way to share the love of sewing!

Jenn's second finish for April was a set of placemats for a co-worker (they're both teachers) who raises chickens.

They'll be bound in grey and gifted to her friend when Jenn returns to work after compassionate leave. 

One of my favorite customers at Ruth's Stitchery, Ethel,  really puts me to shame with her productivity. But I love seeing what she makes with fabrics from our shop! This quilt uses Amy Ellis's new line, Serenity. 

Isn't it just lovely? So peaceful, and well -- serene!

A long-time blog follower and UFO challenger from Australia, Susan, sent in this photo of her Lori Holt Christmas quilt. Lori shared the QAL on Instagram back in 2014.  Susan substituted the strawberry block from Lori's Farm Girl Vintage for the log cabin block -- she says it's "more appropriate for an Australian Christmas." 

A group is doing Farm Girl Vintage as a block party at Ruth's Stitchery -- I can't wait to show them your quilt, Susan!

Kerry finished piecing her Bonnie Hunter mystery from last autumn. Allietare will have scalloped borders once it's quilted -- can't wait to see that! This is a large quilt -- 86" X 91" -- and Kerry reports it uses 25 yards of fabric! Way to make a dent in the scrap stash, Kerry!

All the details are at Kerry's Quilting, here.

Nancy finished Frivol #1, "Hello Darling." It is darling, and those cute tins of fabric and treats are darling, too! 

(Note: while researching the link for Frivols, I found that there is an error in the pattern contained in Frivols #1. Be sure to click on the link above before you start piecing!)

Nancy's second April finish served as an educational tool. The recipient of this cute baby quilt didn't really know about quilts -- she will now!

Another California girl has finished another Bonnie Hunter quilt. I love them, and I love that all Sandi's quilts' names begin with "K!" 

All I can say is "OHMIGOODNESS!"  Here's what Sandi wrote about this incredible kwilt:

Kissin' Korner is a Bonnie Hunter design called Kiss in the Corner!  She's awesome to bring us all the FREE patterns on her Quiltville website.  Here is a link to it should you want to make one too.  
 I really enjoy the smaller pieces.  This design used 2" and 1" finished squares.  I had everything in my stash to complete it including the back and a batting that will end up as one, but started out as four pieces.  I'm all about stretching out my stash, which also includes the batting =^.^=  You can read more about my project for April on my blog KwiltnKats..  Be sure to go to the labels box on the right and select Kissin' Korner for all about the project since I started it. You'll even learn about my oops!
Sandi, that is really something! I had to biggie-size the photo so everyone could see the details of this beauty.

Happy May Day -- 
and keep those cards (emails) and letters (photos) coming!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Spring might  come to Colorado before the month of May -- but we don't count on it!

When the DH saw this quilt on the design wall, he commented, "Oh, that looks like Spring."

Well, yeah! The pattern is called "Springtime!"  It's a free download from Windham Fabrics, and uses the Modern Country Collection by Mary Elizabeth Kinch. The colors in the fabric are more bright and clear than they show in this indoor-lighting photo. Ruth's Stitchery carries the entire line of Modern Country -- and they have cut obese eighth bundles of the  lights and the darks.

The design calls for quarter-square triangles. Here is my tutorial for one quarter-square triangle method. I'll try to post a different method for Tuesday Tutorial. I made extra QSTs so the quilt will finish at about 75" X 85" -- big enough for a full bed.

My little peach tree is blooming. And I think it escaped the last freeze. 

Spring is coming!

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sunday Stash Report

What does one do when a spring snowstorm hits, and the quilt shop closes early? One plays with one's stash additions for the month, that's what!

I am so lucky to have a boss at Ruth's Stitchery who is willing to order any little thing staffers admire. When the Moda fabric rep came by, I raved and raved about the new Jen Kingwell lines. So Cathy ordered not only the complete line of "Just a Speck," but also the complete line of Jen's backgrounds, "Behind the Scenes."

I made the June Jelly Roll Party sample using "Just a Speck." But I bought a quarter-yard of every one of the "Behind the Scenes" fabrics just for my low-volume stash!

Friend Teresa owned the Denver shop, "Treelotta." The brick-and-mortar shop has closed, but Teresa occasionally has a pop-up shop in her home. I was over the moon when I saw that she had the newest Tula Pink collection, "Chipper." 

And she also had Denyse Schmidt's "Hadley." Sharp followers will point out that I already owned quarter-yard cuts of this line. I'm thinking maybe 2017 should be the year of DS! All Denyse Schmidt, all the time!

I added a few scraps of Anna Maria Horner to my stash, preparing for a shop sample. Ruth's has the complete new AMH "True Colors" line, but none of the older fabrics. Some friends from Front Range Modern Quilt Guild are doing a QAL using AMH's "Color Dive" pattern. I could probably provide AMH  fabrics for all who want to participate!

I also picked up these adorable vintage notecards featuring McCall's pattern illustrations at Ruth's Stitchery. I can't decide if I want to use them for birthday cards for special quilty friends, or frame them!

And my bedtime reading is now Amy Butler's Blossom -- Vols. 1 & 2, now available in print.

Last weekend was the Springtime in the Rockies Shop Hop and the Pueblo Quilt and Stitch Expo -- I'll share some stash enhancement from the two show next time!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Some Friday Finishes

Just because I haven't been posting, doesn't mean I haven't been piecing!

Here are some finishes from this month:

1.  The very first "modern" quilt I made was pieced several years ago. I finally had it quilted by Vivian at Ruth's Stitchery.

The fabrics are all Kona cottons. The greens are from a FQ bundle, "Poseidon." The pattern is from Northcott.

Sorry I forgot to take a photo before Anne hung the quilt in the shop! The colors are much more intense in person.

2.  Robert Kaufman fabrics chose their own "color of the year" for 2016. It's "Highlight," a vivid yellow reminiscent of the first highlighter pens -- remember those?

I used Tula Pink's "Houndstooth" pattern from her book, "Quilts from the House of Tula Pink." The single black block is a Hoffman batik called Raven. I call this quilt "Crow in the Wheatfield."

3.  The third finish is the sample for the May Jelly Roll Party.

It's called "Vintage Tulips" and I used Bonnie and Camille's "Vintage Picnic" jelly roll, along with a few older Bonnie and Camille fabrics. 

Snow predicted for Colorado this weekend -- 
maybe it will be a "sew day!"

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What's on the Design Wall?

I absolutely love the quilt that's on the design wall this week. 

Not only is the design named for my co-author and Younger Son -- Jacob's Ladder -- the fabric is by one of my favorite designers, Jen Kingwell.

Jen's fabric line is called "Just a Speck." You can see why in these close-ups of the quilt top:

Isn't that the most fun? I'll use a fabric from her Lollies line for the backing. The fabric has eight different prints -- great for scrappy piecing!

I've made several Jacob's ladder quilts in my day. In fact, one of the very first quilts I ever made was a Jacob's Ladder -- for Jacob! This one uses 2½" strips. The pattern is from Cozy Quilts.

(photo from

This quilt will be the June Jelly Roll Party project at Ruth's Stitchery.

What's on your design wall this week?

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Friday, April 1, 2016

April 1 UFO Parade -- No Foolin' this time!

Sorry the UFO Parade is late this month. I'm tellin' ya, this having a job is interfering with my blogging! But I love it. Can you believe I get paid to play with fabric all day?

March was a busy month for UFO challengers!  Nineteen finishes. Before the parade begins, here is the number to work on for April

Ethel sent this photo of her pineapple quilt early in the month. I love it so much, I'm thinking it might be the next "A Quilt Block a Day" quilt. (Although it would might be hard to make one of these blocks every day!)

Ethel writes:
I had a lot (I still do) of CW (Civil War reproduction) fabrics that were approaching 2-decades old.  I played with the Pineapple Trim Tool, using those 'scrap fabrics' and fell in love with the 1st block.  So, I just kept going, using the same fabric theme.  I'm so happy with the results!  The top is now being custom-quilted and I should have it back by end of April!  Yippee!! 
Ethel, I can't wait to see how this one looks  after it is quilted!

Jennifer has had a hard month, and I hope you all will send good karma her way. But she still managed to get a lot of things finished!

Her second finish is this darling baby quilt. She even quilted sentences in the borders!

This side reads, "A dream is a wish your heart makes."

And this side reads, "Go to bed, get some sleep!"

Here is a table runner Jennifer also finished:

Look at this adorable "princess" quilt Jennifer made!

And she's ready for summer entertaining with her watermelon placemats:

I think my favorite of Jenn's finishes is this cute bag. And the story behind it is so funny:
Here's my bag #2, hot off the machine.  I'll be binding it tomorrow. I'm not sure what to call it just yet,  but probably something with Nana in it.  My grandmother passed away on Dec 6, 2015, at the age of 92.  it was a running gag to get her things with squirrels and chipmunks since she was absolutely petrified of squirrels or chipmunks  taking over her house.  So I'm up for any name suggestions!

Jenn, I have the candle burning for you and your Mom. I'm so impressed with all you've finished this year!

Donna also had a productive month. First is her block (well, two)  for a raffle for her local guild. Donna tells me the blocks are designed after the house in the Disney movie "Up."

Donna, I never saw that movie, but now I will be checking Netflix for it!

Her second finish has a charming story, read below the photo:

The second one is a quilt I started several years ago for my granddaughter, Kathryn.  I wanted the name of the blocks, as well as the whole quilt, to have a meaning/story to them.  I found a block pattern named "Grandmother's Dream" that I sorta liked, changed it up a little and called it "Nana's Dream" because that is what my grandkids call me. I didn't realize how difficult it would be to piece the blocks and wound up setting it aside for a bit.  I picked it up again in late 2014.  The blocks have words embroidered that are the dreams I have for her as she grows up.  The dream bubbles in the center are her current dreams, or things she likes to do.  I decided to use a quilt as you go method and was working on the embroidery one evening at my daughter's house. Kathryn started watching me (she was then almost 7 years old) and wanted to learn. She chose which picture to put in each block (and had a logical explanation for her choices) and embroidered some of them.  Her first embroidery project was the doll on the "laughter" block of this quilt.  The blocks were partly machine quilted and partly hand quilted then joined together with a fabric that Kathryn picked out.  She also decided the layout of the blocks and the dream bubbles. And yes, that is Susie's Magic Binding.
Donna, that is the sweetest story. And I'm delighted you used Susie's Magic Binding!

Sue's "finish that isn't quite" made me laugh. And it also makes me want to make this quilt!

Check out the rest of the story at Sue's Quilty Bits and Bobs.

Friend Martha in Idaho is looking forward to another new grandbaby in September. She says since she doesn't know whether it will be a boy or a girl, she made a quilt for each!

I can't decide which I like better, Martha!

Kerry is another two-time finisher. She welcomed a new granddaughter in February, and made "Square Dance" from Gigi's Thimble for her.

The second one is a mini called Tidbit from  Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. This was the pattern and charm squares that Kerry won in  last year's UFO parade!

Kerry, thanks for sharing your prize. I wondered if people enjoyed the UFO prizes, or if they just added to the UFO stashes!

Clever Becky finished her "Scrappy Bargello" quilt -- and look what she did for the backing!

Her explanation made me proud:
"Scrappy Bargello" was going to be my March UFO, but I didn't get it back from the longarmer in time.  I finally got the binding on last Saturday (Susie's magic binding, of course) so it can at least make it in the April parade! :)  When I got the top done the fabric I had in mind for the backing just didn't seem like a good match anymore, but I was determined to only use what I had on hand.  A good mix of browns I wanted to clear out of my stash was the perfect answer.
 Good on you, Becky!

And yet another two-finisher, Mary J send photos of these lovelies. First is her modern sampler. Clever layout for disparate blocks, MJ!

And second, blocks from a batik swap she participated in several years ago:

Details at Zippy Quilts.

Just look at these adorable placemats Irene finished in March -- perfect for Easter!

She tells me her grandchildren always use cloth napkins at home, and the ears on these bunnies are really napkins.  Too cute!

Sandi burned the midnight oil to finish this beauty from Pat Spaeth. It's made from 5" squares, and is called "Five Inch is a Cinch," from Pat's collection called "Chesapeake."

Sandi calls it "Kalvert Kliffs," after a location in Maryland (Calvert Cliffs) off the Chesapeake Bay. Check out her blog at KwiltnKats.

And one more finish from Jennifer. She wrote me, 
Last one for March, I'm cutting it really close! Tried to relax a bit today and couldn't shut my mind off, so I started to quilt another top.   Once bound, it'll go to Project Linus. I'm considering this one a finish though. So, despite everything, this has been a relatively productive month. Here's hoping April is better. :)

I hope so, too, Jennifer!

Happy April Fool's Day!

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