Monday, January 19, 2015

Round Trip Quilts Update

I just have to share this with you all.  I finally saw a picture of my quilt today and I am SSSOOOOO IN LOVE!!!!

Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe did an amazing job!  Click over to read her post!  I'm also updating the links on my Round Trip Quilts page if you want to see what everyone else is doing too!

And Chelsea, thank you so much!!

Image courtesy of Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mosaic Contest - Ice Parfait

Stitched in Color is once again having a color mosaic contest, sponsored by Cuts of Cotton.  The theme this time is Ice Parfait...

Two winners will receive a FQ bundle of their fabric choices and have their bundle sold in the store for others to purchase!  The contest runs through midnight January 22nd at which time Rachel will choose her favorites and then open up voting to the rest of us with the final winners announced on January 26th!  So get your entries in and then remember to go back and vote for your favorites!

Rachel describes the theme as "fabrics [that] can be very simple, nuanced with angles, incorporat[ing] black, gray or both.  Just make sure to include icy colors in a way that feels still and wintry to you."  In case you missed it, it's been solidly below zero here most nights for the past few weeks and has barely reached a temperature above zero during the days.  I'm so ready to think about Ice Parfait.

Ice Parfait #1 - SUNRISE

Winter mornings are so beautiful.  So many soft and delicate colors.  And the days are short so while I drive to work during the coldest days I get to watch the sun rise.  Those colors!  The sky is a rainbow of pastels.  The trees are dark against the soft sky and tinted snow.  Everything still sparkles from the early morning sunlight.

Fabrics are as follows, left to right, top to bottom: 1. Architextures - Crosshatch - Lake, 2. Architextures - Script - Charcoal, 3. Doe - Breeze - Sky, 4. Doe - Intersections - Blue, 5. Doe - Ladder Lines - Natural, 6. Pearl Bracelet - Peach, 7. Pearl Bracelet - Taupe Pearl, 8. Squared Elements - Seafoam, 9. Prisma Elements - Pearl and Gold Metallic

Ice Parfait #2 - DAY

I love winter.  I love the cold.  I love the days when it's just so cold outside that you can feel the ice form in your lungs when you breath.  There is something so refreshing about those days.  They are so simple.  When the wind blows and the snow flies, you are pushed to hurry along inside but the sun peeking through the grey, drab sky beckons you to stay and enjoy the simplicity of the moment.  Everything is covered in snow but the evergreens fight through to show off their still green needles even though the rest of the trees have given in and turned to the soft, snow dotted grey that they tend to become in winter.  Moments like these speak to me.  They beg me to stay; to live in that one moment and just breathe.

Fabrics are as follows, left to right, top to bottom: 1. Sun Print - Text - Black, 2. Pearl Bracelet - Taupe Pearl, 3. Doe - Breeze - Sky, 4. Doe - Droplet - Sky, 5. Architextures - Crosshatch - Fern, 6. Quilter's Linen - Snow, 7. Prisma Elements - Pearl and Gold Metallic, 8. Essex Yarn Dyed Linen - Flax, 9. Calico - Forest

I ended up making one extra mosaic.  While I was on this theme I wanted to also capture the beauty of the night in winter.  It's not very parfait-y but it is still gorgeous non the less.

Ice Parfait #3 - NIGHT

At night, the sky goes black and the mercury retreats lower, trying to stay warm.  The grey clouds from the day begin to break and suddenly, after the sun has fled the cold dark night, the clouds give way to the most clear and beautiful night you could ever imagine.  The stars fight to be seen over the glitter of the white snow in the cold moonlight.  Everything is black and white, except for the places where the trees stand up against the cold night.  They are blue and grey and their shadows cast a paler version of themselves, elongated onto the snow.  A night like this, when the milky way could reach out and slap you with it's clear brilliance, is something you never forget.

Fabrics are as follows, left to right, top to bottom: 1. Doe - Crisscross - Blue, 2. Architextures - Script - Black, 3. Pearl Bracelet - Midnight, 4. Oval Elements - Silver Drops, 5. Pearl Bracelet - Shadow, 6. Doe - Droplet - Sky, 7. Architextures - Crosshatch - White, 8. Doe - Intersections - Blue, 9. Prisma Elements - Pearl and Gold Metallic

Thanks for visiting and good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Round #3 - Kim @ Ties That Bind Quilting {Round Trip Quilts}

Have you met Kim from Ties that Bind Quilting?  She is one of the participants in our Round Trip Quilts adventure.  Read more about that here and here.  Most of the time you can find Kim on Instagram and Flickr.

Straight out of the package.

Instead of going with a theme for her quilt Kim decided that her colorway would be her theme to tie all of our additions together.  Both Heather and Liz did an amazing job adding to Kim's quilt top so I knew that my addition had to be equally fabulous.

Final fabric pull.

I simply spent a long time looking at Kim's quilt.  It was so busy! But in the best way possible.  Each idea I came up with felt like it would detract from what Kim, Heather, and Liz had already done and just make it busier.  Everything I auditioned made me feel like the quilt was holding it's breath!  And I really felt like it needed to exhale.  I finally decided to do some wonky triangle-type things.  When I laid them out I had two options...

Layout Option 1

Layout Option 2

I liked option 1 best.  I liked the weight that the center diamonds gave the block.  However, I put the question to Kim to find out which she preferred.  I'm glad I did.  She liked option 2 better.  I still wasn't sold.  So I let it sit for a few more days and came back to it.  I'm glad I did.  When I was playing with the pieced trying to decide which way I wanted the option 2 "butterfly centers" to face I stumbled upon a third option I hadn't though of before.  Wonky, crazy, flying geese!  I started with the blocks/colors mis-matched but then realized that I could match them up to make the geese more prominent in the design... and I LOVE IT! 

Like Kim's notebook says: TRUST YOUR CRAZY IDEAS

Close up of the border

I really like how what I did still creates movement in the top and I think the geese still reflect some of the weight that I liked about my first option.  I hope that Kim agrees.

I'm still playing with possibly trying to attach what Heather added to the top with the addition of some more of my crazy geese, but I'm not totally sold on it yet.  I still have 7 days to decided before our mailing deadline.  This one is heading to Canada to stay with Leanne for a few weeks next.

Quilt top after my addition.  Looks crooked but it's because the ground is sloped.  

The other nice surprise is that when I was making the base squares for my design I sewed a quick 1/4 inch seam on the other side of the piece I was cutting off and saved them.  They make the cutest little half-square triangles.  The biggest one is only 1 1/2 inches across.  I'd like to keep them and make a fun little mini quilt to hang at work with the first one I made out of extra blocks from Heather's quilt (which I just realized I didn't blog about, time to fix that!)  I like the idea of having a little gallery of minis inspired by and created out of the pieces that I'm added to these quilts.  It would be a fun way to remember each project.

Happy Quilting!

I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story for the first time.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Finish-Along {Q1 Goals}

Have you heard that Adrianne from On the Windy Side is hosting this years Finish-Along?  I have never participated in the past but I figured it could be a good way for me to stay on track with my goal of finishing up my languishing WIPs and UFOs this year.

My goals for Q1:

1. Quilt and bind this red and white hourglass quilt destined to belong to a friends daughter.

2. Quilt and bind my Orange Peel Quilt-Along top.

no pictures for these yet...

3. Finish up my Modern Double Cross quilt.
4. Complete commission quilts.  More on this to come later.
5. Bind my Carpenters Star quilt so I can FINALLY gift it.

I think I'll stop there before I over commit myself!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Peach, Rose, and Plum Bee Blocks - A Finished Baby Quilt

Hello!  I'm still alive.  Just busy with work at the moment so I haven't had much time for sewing.  I did finish something though.  The best part?  It's one of the projects I shared with you back in my 100th post.

Remember these blocks?  They were supposed to be for our wedding but we changed the color scheme and never used them.  I had intended to piece the baby's name and include that in the top but I said "forget it!" and sewed it up using what I had.

This approach was really perfect for baby and her parents.  They are great about making due with what they have and living simply.  Everything for baby is hand-me-downs.  So I tried to embrace that spirit and finish this up for baby.

I found some coral and purple yardage in my stash that I thought coordinated nicely and went to work piecing up the top.  I decided to keep it simple and just set the blocks slightly off center.

The backing is more yardage I picked up for the wedding originally but never used.  Lucky for me it was an extra-wide yardage so I didn't have to piece the back.  **Win!**  I quilted the background simply in long loopy lines that should keep it nice and soft for baby and stitched in the ditch around the star blocks.

On a whim I decided to round the corners of the quilt.  I'm glad I did.  I love the soft look it gives the whole thing.  I bound it using more fabric from my stash that doesn't exactly match but... hey, baby won't care and neither do I.  I'll be gifting it to baby and Mom and Dad in the next few days.  I hope they love it!

I'm happy to also check this off and one of my 30+ WIPs and UFOs as well!  Making progress one quilt at a time.

Linking up with Show Off Saturday.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Round #2 - Heather @ QA Creations {Round Trip Quilts}

I had a lot of ideas when I first received Heather's beautiful Round Trip Quilts top.  Liz at Green Cheese Quilting had done an amazing job and I was very excited to dive into my addition to the top.  I had to laugh because Liz had some difficulty at the post office so the package looked all beat up but everything was there, right where it should be!

Heather sent me some extra words to work with half-way through but I already knew exactly what I wanted to make.  Eventually this pile of fabrics turned into a pile of blocks.  Then I had to get busy top stitching.

I used white thread to top-stitch my sample block but kept going back and forth about using some brighter colors.  It was a solid toss up between a beautiful purple variegated thread and some fantastic hot pink that was the perfect clashy-bright color.

The purple variegated won out.  It went with Heather's color theme better.  The color is good.  It blends nicely on some of the pieces and really pops on others, without being overwhelming.

I managed to finish up my addition on Friday after Thanksgiving, only three days late.  I was travelling for the weekend visiting family so I quickly snapped some shots in the snow on Saturday morning before I left the house and popped it in the mail as soon as we drove by an open post office.  Leanne, you should be seeing it soon!

The piece I added is nearly the same size as what Liz and Heather created but I think it will coordinate nicely with the rest of the quilt.  I like how my brighter pinks accent the pinks that Liz used to make her "waves".

When I was done piecing I had  20 extra window blocks and debated between keeping them to make another mini quilt or sending them along with the top for someone to add later.  I thought that since I already had a mini I should let Heather and her daughter enjoy them instead.  If you want to make some of your own, I wrote up a tutorial on how I made these.

Happy Quilting!

I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story for the first time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIPs Update {part 3}

As part of my goal to finish all of my WIPs and UFOs in the next 12 months, I'm blogging about all of them here in their various states of completion to help keep myself accountable to actually doing what I have set out to do.

The past two weeks I've posted about my overwhelming pile of WIPs and UFOs.  I've blogged about 11 of them now.  I am happy to report that I finished one of them for a yankee swap at my annual Friendsgiving celebration with friends from college.  I did forget to take a picture of the finished quilt before gifting it but hopefully I can get one from my friend who got the quilt so I can share it with you here.


2014 Aurifil Block of the Month

These blocks are from the 2014 Aurifil Block of the Month.  I started them in January and have completed blocks through August.  I don't know what I'll do with these blocks.  I debated throwing them in with my 2014 Sugar Block Club quilt, since I used the same colors, but I'm not sure that the blocks play nicely with each other.  I might finish one more then just use the nine to make a baby quilt.

You can find all of the related posts here.

2014 Sugar Block Club

At the beginning of 2014 I started three different year long bee's.  The Sugar Block Club was one of them.  It is hosted by Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  These are "traditionally rooted blocks, full of lovely vintage charm" that still feel fun and lively today.

I've finished blocks through August and just need to piece the remaining four months.  I think I might make doubles of some of my favorites in order to fill out the blocks a bit more and make the finished quilt a bit larger as well.  I plan on keeping this quilt for myself.

You can find all of the related posts here.

Jeweled Forest Quilt

I picked up this Jeweled Forest Kit for a great price about two years ago.  It is all beautiful batiks.  I had planned on finishing it for my Mom at the time, since she loves batiks.

It's all paper piecing and should go pretty quickly once I start but I'm not sure when I will.  This may be one of the projects I decide to unload instead of finish.

Low Volume Scrappy Trip Around the World Bee Quilt

These blocks started as part of the Scrappy Trip Along block swap on Flickr, hosted by Julie of 627 Hand Works.  I first joined this bee in July 2013 and ended up participating in four rounds.  It was so much fun and I love having special blocks made by quilters all over the world to include in this top.

I currently have 26 blocks finished and another 31 sewn into strips and waiting to be cut and resewn into the finished scrappy trip block.  I planned on finishing this quilt as a large bed size for my bed at home.  I may change my mind and split the blocks into two smaller quilts instead.

2014 Orange Peel QAL Top

This quilt was made as part of the Orange Peel Quilt along hosted by Quilty Habit.  I finished the top and backing in early September but at that point it was still too hot to consider quilting it at home.  Now that it's cooler I think I'm ready to start.  I just need to purchase additional batting and baste this one so that I can begin quilting it.

You can find all of the related posts about this top here.

Wedding Guest Book Signiture Quilt

This is a very special quilt to me.  It's the guest book from my wedding last October.  In lieu of a traditional guest book I decided to make quilt blocks for our guests to sign using our wedding colors for the stars and black and white for the background.  I love everything about this quilt and plan to finish it to use on a guest bed or as a large wall hanging that we can enjoy all the time.

I have a few blocks I need to piece still to fill in some holes and then I need to piece and quilt the top.  I think I will probably send this one out to be quilted since it is so special to me.

These projects and all the others, seventeen in total so far, can be found on my 2014-2015 WIP/UFO Challenge page at the top of the site.

I'm linking up with this weeks WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.