Wednesday, February 12, 2014


little white log cabin.
My first finish of 2014!  And while this wasn't on my Q1 finish-a-long list (which I may forgotten to post - oops), I committed to this little piece a few months back for an employee art gallery show at work.  We were required to create our piece on a provided 20" x 20" wood art frame with the theme "Man and Nature."  Don't ask me how this relates to the theme, but I'm sure when the time comes I'll be able to come up with a good story!

Made with Essex Linen in white, Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, prints from Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics collection and a teeny smidge of Pastry Line Voile in water.  Other than the courthouse steps part, it was pretty much improv.  Quilted in a all-over spiral.  A first for me, but it definitely won't be the last.

I didn't think about shrinkage when I trimmed the quilt down, and it lost about an inch in each direction once washed and dried - yikes!  Finished size, roughly 19" x 19".





Monday, January 6, 2014

I haven't come any where close to finishing my 2013 Q4 list - it was intentionally over-ambitious - but progress has been made!  Which really was my goal, and it also kept me from starting anything new.


1. night shade swoon.  I finished up the last block, but have not sashed them together yet.



2. lucy's trip.  Top is complete with the exception of the outer sashing on two sides.   Short of my goal, but I'm feeling good about this one, and the momentum is there to finish it up.

3. four square flowers.  I've decided to abandon this one.  Something spilled on it, and one of the reds bled onto the white border.  I don't like it enough to try to save it,  but I will probably rescue whatever fabric I can.

4. 5. 6. 7.  nothing.  The cat has started using no. 7 (on the quilt frame) as a hammock.  What's a girl to do?


8. small tote bag.  DONE!  And I love it!

9. cat cushion.  nope.  Why do they need a cushion when they have a hammock?

10.  potholders.  A few have been started, waiting for binding.

So, ahem.  That's one finish.

Linking up to the finish-along at she can quilt.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

note to self:  never ever buy a neutral solid for a project without noting the color name / number.  (or any solid for that matter).
especially when you decide to change the sashing width and run out 3/4 of the way through the project.
 

I was fairly certain that it was a Bella Solid, and fortunately found the matching bolt at the LQS without too much anxiety.  Phew.  From now on, I'm taking photos of the bolt labels when I make a purchase, and attaching a note to any leftovers!


In other solid news...I think this little bundle of Art Gallery Pure Elements (purchased at Quilt Market last spring) has decided it wants to become an inverted giant starburst a la Canoe Ridge Creations.  I'm trying to be disciplined and not start until I finish at least one wip.  We'll see how that works out!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Turkey's Dilemma.  I stumbled upon this block on Wednesday in my 5,500 
Quilt Blocks book.  With a name like that, how could I not make it!?  I used three different solids (Art Gallery Cabernet, Appletini and an unknown pale blue) paired with Essex Linen in Sand.

I love making individual blocks just for fun.  It's a great way to practice piecing skills (I definitely need work on my flying geese!), experiment with color, and just audition ideas.
Can I say I'm smitten?

This one will stay as a single block until I finish up other projects, but it certainly has potential!

Head on over the annex for a little tutorial on putting this beauty together.



Wednesday, October 30, 2013


I arranged my scrappy trip blocks.




Got photobombed by the cat.




And turned my back for 30 seconds.  I'm pretty sure a second cat was involved in this debacle, but she was smart enough to flee the scene.

(In case you're wondering, the new couch is covered in plastic to keep a few trouble-makers from using it as a scratching post.)

Linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I've decided to enter my bright blocks quilt in the blogger's quilt festival.   Not only is it my only finish in 2013, it's also one of my all-time favorites.


Inspired by the work of b.perrino and the color palette found in this quilt and this one, it was gifted to a new baby with modern-design loving parents.    I started with an assortment of solids, cut into random strips, and then took full advantage of my design wall to work through the layout.  Backed in a single geometric print.  Bound in lime green with a few accent colors thrown in the mix and qulited with straight lines. 

I think my favorite spot in the quilt is the upper left of the top block, with the orange square finishing the corner of the red and pink stripes.



Sunday, October 13, 2013

I recently came across the finish-a-long hosted at she can quilt.  A little virtual accountability might be just what I need to tackle my growing pile.  


Here's my list for Q4:

1.  night shade swoon. 
This one is close with only one block to go.  There's no reason I can't get the top finished.  The back is going to take some thought, so that will mostly get pushed off until next year.

2.  lucy's trip. 
All 30 blocks are done and need to be assembled into the top.   I don't expect the back to be be too difficult as I have scraps and yardage for it already.   I hope to have it sandwiched at least this quarter.

3.  four square flowers. 
This one is so old.  Like years and years old.  It needs to be quilted and bound.  Or else abandonned.

4.  mod squares.
Top and back are done....sort of.   The back isn't quite up to par and needs a little elective surgery before it will be ready for quilting.  Hope to get this one completely finished.

5.  circus pinwheels.   
Top is done.   It needs a blog post or two, and a back.  This one I should be able to finish as well.

6.  crazy blue.
Another ancient quilt.  Sandwiched with some quilting done.  I've been holding off finishing this one because number seven is hogging the big machine and I really want to have the knee-lift for turning at all those dang corners.

7.  summer sampler.
This is actually on the frame, mid-quilting.   It would have been done some time ago except for tension problems with the machine resulting in endless frustration.  I need to get this one finished.   Not only is my daughter nagging me about it, it's causing a back-log.

I also have a few small sewing projects I've been wanting to tackle:  A small tote bag, a window-seat pillow for the cat, and some new pot holders.  I'll call these 8, 9, and 10.   Just to round out the list.

Linking up to the finish-a-long.