Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Some Paper Piecing Makes

Here's what I've been up to lately, besides taking a course and not blogging!

Measure Twice block, Quiet Play pattern

Measure Twice block for Quiet Play's ...and Sew On Quilt Along

It was really fun to raid my fabric stack and make a little story out of this block.  I love text fabrics, and I am partial to that little bit of Kwanza fabric, the gold bit used for the tip of the tape measure!  And, as usual, these colors just plain made me happy!


Stocking DQ for Judee, December Swap

Stocking block with Amy Friend's Pattern from During Quiet Time.  This was made for Judee in California, as part of a swap for Doll Quilters Monthly. I had a fun time puzzling out how to coordinate everything from a layer cake of Aneela Hoey's Cherry Christmas--especially for the background.  I think they blend nicely with good variation.  I also used some Sew Stitchy and some Flurry.

Then, I squeaked in some lacy trim between the layers, sewed on buttons and jingle bells and gold snowflakes (for sunny snow!)

Judee sent me these pics from daylight, as I just didn't get any good ones.  Thanks!

Here is a detail.  I just love all the seams in Amy's pattern.

Stocking for Judee, detail

I'll be back to show some more this weekend I hope!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Winter Blues

Finally, some sunshine and a temperature drop!  We're all cozy inside, doing what we should.
I'll have some sewing to show tomorrow!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Utterly Inspired by the Big Girls, for Leonie

I fell in love with this, and this, Michelle of I Like Orange Too, and this, by Fiona of Poppy Makes, as soon as I stumbled across them last year on Flickr and Fiona's blog.  I knew I might be out of my league, but why wait too long to try such a fresh take on the Drunkard's Path?  
I was even dreaming about it.

The quilt I made for Leonie arrived in Germany already!  I had a good time making this one, based on Leonie's hints, just a little bit out of my color range, with deep wine and purple and saffron, used together a little heavier than I would normally do.  It's bolder!  I love it!  I hope she does too!

You wouldn't believe how much fussy cutting it took Not to have the word "Broken" [Dishes] in the Sew Mama Sew pieces, but it was worth it for the effect.

I chose a looser concentric circle quilting than Michelle or Fiona did.....

Chose, or chose.  I prefer the wider rings, and it was intentional, but I don't have the hang of such precise quilting yet, so I kept this at my level.

 The really fun part for me was digging through my stash to come up with the color combos. I used some fabrics that I thought were trendy for 2011-2012, to help date the quilt, and I mixed them with some old and older pieces that I have been dragging around for years.  

Since I mailed this away, (Didn't you see the stamp?) and kinda held onto it before I did, for liking it so much, I think I'd better make another one, maybe with completely different quilting.

Different fabrics, slightly different quilting, utterly inspired by the big girls.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

All Kinds of Wonderful

I received some great little quilts over Christmas!  One as a potholder, from my daughter, another from a doll quilt swapper in Germany, Leonie, and another doll quilt swap from the US, Judee!

Wonderful in so many ways!

This is the potholder my daughter made in sewing class.  She cut all the half square triangles, as triangles, not half squares!  She designed it herself, too.  She was worried that using a rainbow motif didn't show enough personality or creativity, but I know she made it, because she is the mystery pin-arranger:

I've been finding my pins re-arranged and sorted all year-- I've got the culprit!  I love the potholder she made, and I take it as a sign that we can finally start sewing Together.  That's going to be fun!


I received November's doll quilt around Christmas, just like Leonie and I planned.  The theme was "Use One Solid" which I think we both took to mean, at Least one solid.  Isn't this sweet?  I love it!

See how the compass points shimmer?  They look like they are metallic fabric but it is just really well chosen shades of beige!  I love the colors, and they are sure to cheer me this winter.  I like how the compass seems to be moving and I also am really blown away that this whole quilt is done BY HAND!
Hand sewn and hand quilted.  I haven't done that for 15 years, when I was expecting my firstborn, and even then, I didn't even finish my quilt.

Here are a few shots of the incredible detail:

The center looks just like a camera aperture to me!  And Leonie even sewed the tag!
Thanks Leonie, this quilt is fabulous, I love the colors, and those chocolates were divine too!


And here is what Judee sent me, just in time for Christmas!

I love these country colors and I think this is perfect for a table runner!  
She put all sorts of neat details into this one, like inset borders, metallic thread with a red bobbin thread, which I think looks really festive, and a special tag too.

I think I'm going to have to re-think the way I make my tags!  I just love these swaps.  I love the chance to see how others create and approach a challenge.  Judee's for December was called "Signs of the Season."  She sent me a fabulous, and Not scary at all!, Santa ornament!!!!  I told Judee that I loved Christmas designs, as long as there were no spooky Santas!  She remembered.
Since the snow has no sign of disappearing, I plan on having this richly colored table topper up until Valentines' Day!

******* EDIT *******
Here is the selvage pillow and Santa Judee sent!  I apologize for the cell phone pic; it was fastest so I don't have to wait for camera's battery to re-charge.  It says Lullabies, not Sweet Dreams...


Very heartfelt, all of these, thank you so much!
I am really lucky to have such great swapper buddies, and also that  my daughter's sewing teacher is so very interested in teaching my, and the other kids how to sew, which gets Me over the hurdle of worrying if my kids are going to sew their fingers together!

 Doll Quilters

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Leonie's Doll Quilt is on its way!

Here's a sneak peek of the doll quilt I am sending to Leonie, as part of Doll Quilters Monthly!
Theme was "Use One Solid" and I think I might've used two.....

I hope the postman has a lead foot!

 Doll Quilters

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year! Gott Nytt År!

I hope everyone had a wonderful rest over Christmas and New Year's-- we did!

I'll keep it short today, and just show a quilt top that I am going to finish this month, the Zakka Quilt from last years Zakka Sew Along.  It was the last thing I sewed up before we  moved, and then it got lost in the shuffle over the summer, and fall, and winter.  I plan to remedy the situation, posthaste!
Or well, gradually is a better way to put it!

I'm sharing this with the gals at Sew Bittersweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts, for their special yearlong event: A Lovely Year of  Finishes! 

I am not sure if I'll go with sashing or skip the borders....

Since I've posted this before, I'll add a picture of my Zakka mascot, our dog Zack!

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