Tuesday, April 21, 2015

my first major creation....

ah that bow! 
Although I have been making things my whole life, 25 years ago today my first major creation made her appearance......

She's still my tiny one (not as tiny as the photo above, but still tiny!) but she has become a woman of strong faith, big adventures, love of travel, curiosity about the world around her and wonderful kindness to her family and friends. I encourage you to read about her adventures here.
exploring the Cleveland Art Museum during our most recent time together
 I wish you a very happy birthday Leigh Anne! You have brought me so much joy and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hexies forever

Friday evening I met for the first time with Stitched with Love's New Hexagonalong club. Six of us worked away on our hexies. It was fun to see what the others are doing. Amazing how six ladies can use the same lovely book and come up with such different results! Here are some of the hexies I've finished so far...

Next month I'll try to get pictures of the other ladies hexies too so you can see!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

not the color of the year....

I'm sure you know by now that Pantone's color of the year is Marsala. Hmmmm...... not an exciting color in my mind and not a color that is readily available in modern quilting fabric. Our Modern Guild board decided to choose our own color of the year for 2015 to challenge our members.

Each board member chose a different color she liked, and in January, we put fat quarters of those colors up on the design wall and let all of our members vote for their favorite. The chosen color was a beautiful turquoise.

The next month, everyone brought a yard of fabric that had that turquoise color in it and we had a One Yard Rip Off..... if you're not familiar with what that is, I described it here. Each guild member took their pile of fabrics home and challenged themselves to make something to share. What a wonderful collection of projects they had to share last Tuesday! I thought you'd like to see pictures of some of them here....

There were some mini quilts....

Joellen made this sweet mini

check out Stephanie's paper pieced bunnies! Fabulous


Kelly designed this fabulous Texas mini
Sarah called this here "ran out of steam-punk quilt". 
some bags and baskets....

 And lots of others. Does your guild ever do a color challenge?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

geranium dress

As soon as I saw this sweet Anna Maria Horner print I knew I wanted to make it into a Geranium dress for my sweet niece, Mackenzie.....

I love that this pattern is so quick to put together, finishes so beautifully with all of the seams encased and has so many wonderful options. I chose to use the little cap sleeves, a scoop neck and pleated front for this version. I also included side seam pockets (a must for every little girl's dress, don't you think?). I lined the top with a contrasting solid purple that perfectly matches the centers of the flowers, and decided to insert a little strip of faux piping between the bodice and skirt. I am really happy with the end result and hope she gets lots of wear out of this!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

the year of littles

I wonder if I'll actually make any quilts this year? I'm sure I will, but so far 2015 has been a year of little projects. Bee blocks, bags, pouches, pin cushions.... everything but quilts! Here are my latest finishes.....

Bee blocks ready for Sarah....


Another Petunia Peacock pin cushion (a shop sample for the class I'm going to teach at Stitched with Love)

Petunia was soon joined by Daisy Hedgehog (also a shop sample!). Daisy is a new pattern from Jennifer Jangles, just like Petunia.

And lastly, another Dainty Tote, by Three Owls Handmade. This one I sent off to Debbie from A Quilter's Table and now that she has received it I can share it with you! I just love this pattern and I do think this aqua version is my favorite one yet!

I do love making "stuff" even little things!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Petunia Peacock

Allow me to introduce you to Petunia Peacock!
Isn't she adorable? Petunia is one of the new patterns recently introduced by Jennifer Heynen at Jennifer Jangles. I was lucky Jennifer allowed me to take this pattern for a spin for her. The first part of the pattern is lots of appliqué on the feathers. Not too long ago, I would have done this all by hand. However, through lots of practice, my confidence with machine appliqué has soared. I did this with a machine buttonhole stitch & I am really happy with the results.

 I would call this pattern a confident to advanced beginner level. The maker needs both machine and hand sewing basic skills. Oh, and a tiny bit of embroidery. It's a great pattern, well written and so much fun to watch Petunia come together. I stitched her up in an afternoon.
 Thanks again, Jennifer, for the opportunity to sew for you.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Valentine flashback

Oh my, Valentine's Day was more than a month ago and I am just now sharing two fun Valentiny (is that even a word?) things with you! First up, the mug rug I received in the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild swap while I was away. Thank you Paula for the beauty! And the extra goodies, the awesome mug and candies, perfection!


While I was in Ohio I put together the top for this Valentine pillow. I finished it up today, and I just love it! It was inspired by this project by my friend Jen (Miss Punkie Pie) I do believe I will leave it out year round....