Friday, July 11, 2014

30s Quilt Exhibit

My local quilt shop, Capital Quilts, is having a little exhibit of quilts and other items using 1930s reproduction fabrics.  I entered two things, a mini quilt sampler and a clutch purse made from hexagons.  I got hooked on 30s fabrics many years ago and have never tired of them.  I even made a queen-sized Trip Around the World for my bed (which I would have displayed but it is terribly worn out.)

If you live in my area, check out this fun exhibit and vote for me!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Churn Dash Baby Quilt

I machine-quilted this Churn Dash quilt.  It is baby-quilt size, 36"x36."  It was so much fun to make and I may have set a record because I made it start to finish in 2 weeks.  I often like to "work small" so this was definitely a departure, making 12" blocks.

We had a wonderful 4th of July weekend in Wisconsin, visiting family.  I brought some knitting along but worked very little on it.  Too busy having fun!  Tomorrow I am taking a wool applique workshop through my quilt guild.  Looking forward to it!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Vintage Farmhouse

This is the year of the farm, quilt wise.  As you know, I've been working on Farmer's Wife blocks since last fall, all hand pieced.  I've also been participating in a BOM through Fig Tree Quilts, Vintage Farmhouse.  

Every month I receive instructions, plus fabric, to make 5-6 blocks which will then be sewn together to make a quilt.  This is a machine project and it's been quite fun.  I don't  have to make any decisions about fabric, just cut and sew.  It's based on a vintage quilt (see picture on my sidebar.)

This month we were able to sew the bottom row together.  Yay!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Modern Baby Quilt

As is our tradition, the DC Modern Quilt Guild put together a baby quilt for one of our (founding) members who just had a baby boy.

At first I wasn't sure how this was going to come together but I love it!  My block is at lower left.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spontaneous Quilt

Often, the quilts I make appear out of nowhere, unplanned, not anticipated.  I did not start this week planning to make this little quilt but that is what happened.
I had to go to JoAnn Fabrics on Monday to buy some webbing for strap handles for a bag I will be making next week (more about that after it is made!)  Of course I had to browse around the store, 50% off coupon in hand.  I saw the book, "Simply Retro" by Camille Roskelley, featuring traditional quilt blocks using modern fabrics.  I bought the book.

At home, I pulled some pretty, fresh fabrics in rosy pink, green and turquoise from my stash.  I also conveniently had 3 yards of white with a tone on tone little star (no recollection of where or why I bought it.)  I began cutting and sewing happily using my "new" Singer Featherweight.

By yesterday afternoon I had nine 12" Churn Dash blocks which I will sew together and machine quilt to make my little Spontaneous Quilt.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Farmer's Wife

Since last fall I have been working on the Farmer's Wife Quilt.  I am hand-piecing it.  It is my go-to, take-along travel project.  I always have one of these on hand.  I have made over 50 blocks so far.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Skirting the Issue

On Friday I got together with my sewing buddy, Linda, to participate in a skirt sew-along hosted by Stitched in Color.  The free pattern is by Anna Maria Horner and so is the fabric I used.  The pattern calls for a yard and a half of a lightweight fabric and an equal amount of lining fabric.  I used this gorgeous Anna Maria Horner voile, Field Study Cell Structure.  I wish you could feel it.  It is divine!  I bought it on sale from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  For the lining I used cotton batiste which I bought at my local fabric store.  It really worked well with the voile.

Basically you cut two rectangles based on your waist measurement and the desired length of the skirt.  You sew the rectangles together in a tube and then do the same with the lining.  You sew the feature fabric to the lining, right sides together, along the top.  Next, you sew four channels along the top where you will thread four pieces of 1/4" elastic.  This step is not hard but it is tedious.  The result is a wonderfully comfortable waistband that you can easily position where you want to wear it.  Then you sew a machine-stitched hem and you're done!

I love everything about this skirt!  The cute fabric, the lightweight feeling, the style, and the ease with which I made it.  I encourage you to look at the pictures of the other skirts and check out the pattern.  Try it!