|Summer 2008. Seems like yesterday!! Have a great weekend!!|
Friday, June 28, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I love strawberries. They are sweet, cute, and happy :). I have a little strawberry collection of some vintage salt/pepper shakers, tea cups, pitcher, knick knacks, and a tablecloth. One of my girls is my Strawberry Girl so if there is a shirt, or pajamas, or undies with a strawberry on them she gets them. I was ecstatic Heather Ross, one of my favorite fabric designers, designed a line Briar Rose with lots of cute strawberries.
|I will definitely be making my Strawberry Girl a quilt and some clothes from this line. The line will be released in July so I have been planning my projects in my mind and decided that I would like to make some paper pieced strawberries on the quilt back. I emailed my friend who is the queen of paper piecing patterns, Kristy, to see if she might be able to make a strawberry pattern for me and next thing I knew she was asking what size would I like and sending me patterns :)|
|The blocks have taken longer to make than I had anticipated as there are quite a few pieces in the leaf and stem sections but that is o.k. because I love these little berries. It is the little things in life that make me happy. In the end the cushion will be 3 squares by 3 squares to be 18x18. I am linking up with freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday today.|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
|To tell this quilt's story I will go back to the beginning, back before I was blogging.|
|The months went by. I would sew small projects and dresses for the girls but my Farmer's Wife blocks sat in the book on my shelf. August came and I guess I had a sudden burst of energy because I decided I would make each of the kids a quilt for Christmas. I would use large,simple blocks and each quilt would be different. (I was able to get 4 made by Christmas, one finished a month after Christmas, and then I completed the 6th one in February this year.) I believe it was November 2011 Jeni announced she would be doing a block of the month for 2012 using half square triangles. This sounded like a fun opportunity and an attainable goal to make 1 block a month. I couldn't decide if I wanted to use the BOM (block of the month) to make a Christmas quilt or a picnic quilt. I decided picnic quilt and made my first block in January. I didn't like the block so I decided to make a Christmas quilt instead using some Ruby that I had. I knew I would never make a Christmas quilt on my own so this was my chance to get it done 1 block at a time, 1 month at a time and have a quilt top at the end of the year.|
Blocks took me a long time to make at first but as the months went on I got better making those half square triangles. The 12 inch finished size made things easier too. I looked forward to the 1st of every month and made some nice friends like Alyce and Sarah. Sarah dubbed this quilt "Christmas in July" which has stuck for a name. The further I got into the year the more orange came into the quilt. I do love summer colors and was influenced by Camille's Farmer's Wife blocks.
|Once the blocks were finished it was time to choose sashing, binding, and a backing.|
|Then came basting.|
|It feels really good to have completed this and to have learned so many things along the way!|
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
|I have accomplished a little sewing this week but before I get to that I have to show you what came in the mail yesterday. I received a surprise package from Australia. Sweet Kristy completely spoiled me just because she is nice that way. She had made herself a little mini awhile back with this phrase and it was a phrase that completely stuck with me and could relate to. Sewing truly does keep me sane. She used all my favorite colors, a strawberry in one of the prints, and rulers, which i love too. It could not be more perfect!|
|For the back she used a great matching rainbow chevron and fancy corners for hanging.|
|Speaking of sweet friends I must also mention Amy. She sent me some beautiful prints she carries in her Etsy shop Pinked Fabrics a month or so ago. The pretty Lecien rose print i am using as a border in my Christmas quilt came from her. I hope I can bless my friends half as much as they bless me!|
|I have cut up Field Study and Essex linen for my next quilt. I need another yard of linen but have enough to get started and have another paper piecing project I would like to start. Definitely no shortage of projects here!|
Monday, June 10, 2013
|Trying to keep feeding my small army simple. I am dubbing this my potluck Bento lunch. Everybody loves it and it has been working without plates. Bonus!! to have less dishes. Things like blueberies and olives are great and don't require chopping :)|
|Lots of pool time and water play. Temperatures this past week have ranged from 103-112. Hot, hot, hot!!|
|Visits from out of town friends.|
|Root beer floats are a special treat but lots of popsicles are consumed daily.|
|This little Cheesy Mouse is one of Kristy's newest patterns. I love it!! i think the mouse is so cute and all of Kristy's patterns have a certain charm. it came together quickly. I went for a short cut that didn't work so well. Her pattern uses different shades of yellow to highlight the swiss cheeses holes (one of which the mouse is peeking through). i thought I would out smart the pattern and use polka dots for the holes...but there isn't really a defined hole for Mousy to peek through. The twins have a birthday party in 2 weeks so i will turn this block into a little tote...if i can get the block away from my daughter who has claimed it as hers. I will definitely be making this block again. I had to use some Nursery Versery in this block too. You can go to Kristy's post to see how pattern testers put their blocks together and see what kind of paper piecing people have been up to in her weekly link up. I highly recommend this cute little mouse pattern!!|
|And last but not least, some garden goodness. Hope your week is off to a great start!|
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
June marks the first month that I am a member of Wombat Stew, a paper piecing bee , which is a group of Australian girls. Six of the girls have been together for 1 round already but for this 2nd round they have added 2 more to the group, 1 of which is lucky me! The group includes Kristy, my paper piecing pattern making guru friend; Alyce, who is currently living in Japan; Fiona who blogs at Finding Fifth; Gemma, who currently lives in Noumea; Jane who blogs at Where Jane Creates; Lara who blogs at Luellabella; Marieka who blogs at Bespoke Bites; and last , but not least is Melissa who blogs at Ms. Midge and is new to the group as well. Everyone gets a turn to be Queen Wombat for a month and chooses a theme which we will all make a block for. Midge was the one to kick off this second round and she chose to do a paper pieced block from Quilt Jane which can be found here. Kristy modified the block a bit, so we made the same block but put it together in a different way. Midge asked for a black and white center and requested black homespun (or a similar solid), then low volume fabrics around the outside. The rest was up to us; her only request was that it be bright. I used a mix of Art Gallery and Michael Miller prints. I built the block around my favorite LillyBelle print by Bari j. and the low volume prints are from Angela Water's Texture line from Art Gallery which came from sweet Amanda who owns one of my favorite Etsy stores Westwood Acres. I am really looking forward to being a part of this group and having fun paper piecing!!
|This past week we (I) have been adjusting to summer schedule and having the kids out of school. It is going to be a juggling act trying to find balance between meeting the needs of the kids and their social agendas, keeping up with meals and chores, and finding a bit of time to fit in some sewing. It always takes a couple of weeks to find a rhythm but I have pulled a little stack of fabric for my next project which is another paper pieced block. I have decided this will be a summer of small projects which may be easier for me to complete. I guess that is how quilts are completed anyways, one block at a time :). Hope your summer (or winter for my Aussie friends) is off to a fun start!|
Linking up to Kristy's Paper Piecing Party!