Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Points and Petals & Priory Square

I could sit around and design quilts all day long.  Lately it seems I haven't had the time or felt the inclination to design.  I guess that's just how it goes though.  You just can't force creativity.
But finally...the other day I found sitting around itching to do something creative. And after a few minutes I came up with this idea.
The center block is a simplified version of Block Base #4060. 
And this is what it would look like as a quilt using the current setting blocks.
In the end I settled on the smaller design and immediately knew I wanted to make this into a pillow cover and I immediately knew what fabric I wanted to use...Priory Square by Katy Jones for Art Gallery Fabrics.
They are a perfect match for what I envisioned!
Here it is!  I'm calling it Priory Petals.

Priory Petals
20" x 20"

Since the center block was originally from Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns I assume it was meant to be pieced but I couldn't imagine doing that for this design.  So I turned it into an applique...so much easier.

I can't wait to quilt it.  Unfortunately it'll have to wait till I get back from Market!  Which reminds me...I need to start packing!  So I'm off to pack now.

Stay tuned for an after Market post.  And who knows maybe there will be a giveaway if I find something really cool worth sharing.

Till next time...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Like a bad penny...

...I always turn up.

I can't believe I have blogged since September...sigh.  For a while I could have said I had a good reason why I wasn't but that excuse doesn't work seven months later.  I've made several attempts at writing a post but its been hard coming back after so long.

But anyway...what have I been up to? Well...I'm back in Texas for one.  But that's only until the end of the summer and then I'll be making the move to eastern Washington state.  I won't bore you with all the details other than its all related to my husband's work.

I've been doing a lot of sewing the past few months.  Here's just a little of what I've been doing...

Once Steam a Seam II was available again I made this
wall hanging designed by Toni Whitney.

I made a new rug for my kitchen.

I started the Millefiori quilt along and haven't worked on it anymore past this point.

I made cathedral windows that will be going into a tablerunner.

I created this quilt from 10" squares after making the NY Beauty below.


I made some blocks from some Downton Abbey fabric.

And most recently I started making this quilt sample
for my good friend Jennifer Lee's online shop Red Thread Studio 
using Jen Kingwell's new line Gardenvale for Moda.
So there you have it.  That's what I've been up to. 
Keep an eye out for an upcoming post about Spring Quilt Market next week.  But if you can't wait to see all the fabulousness, you can follow me on Instagram as I post pictures during Market.
Till next time...

P.S.  I've missed y'all...I really have.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I"m making progress...

...on the flowering snowballs quilt!
As of last night I have 29 blocks done and enough cut to make 42.  I'm using templates for a 10" finished block.  I really like the way they're laid out right now, creating a light and dark pattern.  This one block has soooooo many design possibilities that it has me wanting to make more than one of these quilts.  I haven't decided on a finished size for this quilt yet but 60" x 70" seems like a good size.  But I think I'd rather finish it at 70" by 90" so it could fit at least on a full size bed.
I would HIGHLY recommend this pattern to anyone wanting to learn curved piecing.  It is incredibly beginner friendly and easy to piece together.  .As an added bonus, they go together quickly.
If you'd like to give this blocks a go, you can find the templates I used HERE
Just scroll down the page until you find the Flowering Snowball. 
They come in 8", 9" 10", and 12".

Monday, August 25, 2014

Holy Flowering Snowballs!

I caved...and started a flowering snowball quilt. 

Not being one for joining quilt-alongs, I usually find it easy to not join in.  I prefer to march to the beat of my own drum most of the time.  But I just couldn't resist this one.   
Here are the fabrics I'll be using...blues, aquas, and teals...color that remind me of the ocean.
While the quilt-along is over as of today, I don't care. 
I'm starting anyways.  I say better late than never...right?
To learn more about this quilt_along, visit Molly Flanders Makery.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I finished something!

I know...once again I've been MIA for almost two months.  I've been busy relaxing and enjoying the warm sunny (and humid) weather of south Florida.  Little to no quilting has been going on. 

But I did manage to make a small quilt sample last night for a paper piecing class I'll be teaching next week to some guild members.  It is called Rays of Hope and the pattern is by Carol Doak.

  You can find the free pattern HERE along with several other free patterns from Carol.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Seashell Hunting

Summer in Florida is the pits.  Anyone who has ever been here in the summertime knows how warm and humid it can get.  It keeps me indoors most of the summer because there's nothing worse than feeling hot and sticky...and that's just from stepping out the door and standing still. 
But I love to walk the beach.  I love listening to thundering sounds of the waves as they crash and feel the cool mist they create.  So in an effort to beat them both, I've been heading out early in the AM to walk the beach.  And one of my favorite activities while doing this is looking for shells.  I enjoy it so much that its become a sort of self imposed challenge to myself to see what I can find.
Here is the view that greeted me yesterday morning.
Pretty awesome...right? 
I never get tired of walking the beach and looking for shells. 
As the tide is going out, big piles of shells get left behind. 

 And you might want to walk right past without looking but you'd be
missing out.  Because you never know what you'll find.
Here are my finds from yesterday...the Guess sunglasses included.
And here are today's finds...including the $2. 
I can't wait to see what I find tomorrow.
P.S.  I'm still learning what many of them are so if you ask me,
I probably won't have an answer for you.