Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yarn Dyed Linen Patchwork Quilt: Finished

Sometimes I can't resist cutting into a stack of fabric, especially if I know it will be a somewhat quick project. That's my justification for not waiting. It'll be quick so I can push the other projects (or housework) aside. That's how I was with this patchwork quilt I just finished. You can read my previous post here and get a closer look at the fabric selection as well. I love how this little quilt turned out. It's simple, pretty, traditional and modern at the same time -- just my style.
I took these pictures this weekend and yes, we still were getting snow and sleet. However, I am hoping this will be the last time I'm photographing a quilt in the snow until next winter.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised at how all the colors worked together as a whole. I had a bit of skepticism at the beginning, but once I started arranging the blocks, I was like, "Ooo...I like this!"
This quilt has a bit of everything -- both bold and classic prints and colors, as well as texture and a natural feel with the yarn dyed linen.

I quilted it with straight lines on both sides of the vertical and horizontal seams using natural colored thread on the top. You can see it's been washed and dried to give it a bit of crinkle.
For the backing, I used a bright and bold red and pink polka dot print from the Piccadilly line from DS Quilts.
This sweet quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop and would be a lovely gift for a little girl. To visit my shop and the listing for this quilt, click the links below.

Yarn Dyed Linen Patchwork Quilt
Freshly Handmade [the shop]

I'm excited to start piecing together the black and white triangle quilt that I posted about here. I promised myself not to start any other random projects until that one is done.
Linked To:
Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday
Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday
I Have to Say for Show and Tell Tuesday

Friday, April 4, 2014

Yarn Dyed Linen Patchwork Quilt: Getting Started

One of my favorite fabric designers is Denyse Schmidt. I mean, she's an icon. Her fabrics are available through quilt shops across the world, but her DS Quilt fabrics are also available at JoAnn stores. I make my fair share of stops at JoAnn's on any given week (too many!), but it's always a fun day when I've discovered new DS Quilt fabrics have been released. Recently, I picked up a small bundle of new prints from the Piccadilly line.
 The prints from this line are bold. The pink is bright. I ended up initially choosing some of the more subtle prints. I got them home and wondered what the heck I was going to do with them. They don't match a lot of my stash, but then I started digging and found my Essex yarn dyed linen blend fabric in Indigo and thought it would be the perfect complement to these prints. I continued to rummage through my stash and found some other complementary prints in yellow, pink and navy.

I wanted a quick project so I decided to start a basic square patchwork quilt.
I told you I've been bouncing around lately and starting more projects than I should, but I just couldn't resist on this one. More to come soon!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More Children at Play Chevron Quilts

I had the pleasure of making two more Children at Play chevron quilts for a lovely customer. You can see the full quilt and the original design here. I just love this quilt and I think others have as well with the number of requests I've had to make more. Unfortunately, I don't have the fabric necessary to make more and the fabric line is now out of print. It's sad because I know so many people LOVE the Children at Play line, me included. For these two quilts, the customer had the fabric to supply.
Everything is the same as the original, but she had a really cute blue print for the back that worked perfectly.
Oh, those sweet girl dresses and fancy shoes -- so cute. And the sentiment, "just stay little", is exactly how I feel about my little lady, but she refuses to stop growing up.
It's been fun making a couple more of these quilts. Of course, it's always a good day when I get to work with Sarah Jane fabric too.
I sure hope the lucky recipients enjoy them as much as I do.
I have a number of different projects in the works right now and I've been bouncing here and there and everywhere lately. It's been a little challenging this week getting anything done with 3 out of 4 of us sick in the house, plus it's spring break. I'm just going to keep plugging away when I can.

Friday, March 21, 2014

She's Back!...And What I'm Working On

It's been 10 days since I had my sewing machine. Torture? Yes. I just didn't feel like the same me and I could only cut out so much fabric or procrastinate on those easily avoidable things to do. The process of getting my machine cleaned certainly did not come without a little drama. To make a long story short, I picked up my machine only to find out they never cleaned it!! Ahh!! What? How does this happen? Well, apparently between the new computer system and the new-to-the-system employee, my machine was listed as complete from the day I brought it in.
After 10 days, I brought it home to find this...Ah!
Thankfully, the owner called me to apologize and offered to clean it right away. Three hours later I had a cleaned machine.
Much better!!

I couldn't get sewing fast enough. After making dinner, I descended to my sewing room to start piecing the fabric for one of the several projects I had cut out while I was without my machine.
Most of what I'll be working on in the next few weeks are custom ordered quilts. I'm going to be making two more Children at Play chevron quilts for a sweet and lovely customer of mine. It's a good day when I get to work with Sarah Jane fabrics.
And, I hope to start piecing together the triangles for the black and white quilt sometime soon as well.
It feels so good to be sewing again. I was a little lost without my machine. As for those easily avoidable tasks I hoped to accomplish in the meantime, let's just say I tried. They aren't call "easily avoidable" for no reason.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Black and White Triangle Quilt: Getting Started

I tried really hard to only work on easily avoidable tasks while my sewing machine is out for the next week or so getting cleaned, but then I wandered over to the piles of fabric I have waiting to become quilts. Oops! As I was combing through the piles...many piles, I came across this stash of black and white prints.
Black and white is definitely not my typical color (or lack there of) palette. It can be so sophisticated and glam, but besides clothing, I don't think I own one single black and white item. Maybe that means I'm not that sophisticated, ha, ha. I guess I just lean toward color.

Truth is, I probably would have never bought all these prints, but this quilt is being made for someone who loves black and I aim to please. After making  my daughter's quilt, I knew I wanted to make another triangle quilt and these black and white prints seemed to be the perfect candidates for doing so. However, because I am easing into this no color palette, I thought it would be fun and cool to add just a hint of blue. After cutting...a lot of cutting, I ended up with this huge pile of triangles. 618 to be exact.
What I like about this fabric selection is the wide variety of designs -- some are modern, some are traditional, some are just plain fun.
There really was no waiting on my part to start arranging these triangles. I haven't gotten more than a few rows laid out on the floor, but here is a sneak peak.
This girl (me), who loves color even if it is the softest shade, is REALLY digging this! And there goes my list of easily avoidable tasks to accomplish this week, because how can I stop working on this now?

Linked To:
Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday
Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Week Without Sewing

Say it isn't so. A week or more without sewing? At least not with my favorite Juki machine. Yep, I finally broke down and took her in for an annual cleaning. She was due back in December, but to think of not having her around the holidays is just pure craziness. I knew I couldn't put it off much longer. Well, I easily could have, but knew it was in her best interest to go in for a check up. I had just finished up  the Children at Play chevron quilts and didn't have my next quilt deadline for a little while so I figured now would be a good but painful time to part with her for a little while. So there my sewing station sits -- just my chair and the machine's extension table anxiously waiting to connect with Juki again.

This might sound like a silly post, but I feel a little empty and incomplete not having her here to use whenever I want. Ok, I think the real pain comes from the fact that now I have to force myself to accomplish other things that I've been avoiding -- paper work, house cleaning, and lots of organizing -- the latter of which I tend to enjoy. So, I'm going to try my best to not procrastinate on those easily avoidable tasks over the next week or so, but let's face it, I can always find a project to work on. In fact, I have already started cutting fabric for a quilt that I've been wanting to make for quite some time. And, I have plenty more fabric that can be cut into, but I want to avoid starting too many projects as well. I also have two other sewing machines so if I really get the itch I can pull one of them out, but since they don't compare to my Juki, I'm going to try really hard not to.

Was that enough drama for you on a Monday? Poor me, right?
So, are you diligent about taking your machine in for the recommended annual cleaning or have you been procrastinating? I guess it really depends on how often you use it.

I won't stray too far over the next week. I'll be back sooner rather than later to share with you my fabric cutting progress.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Children At Play Chevron Quilt

Prior to creating the Wee Wander Pinwheel Quilt, I had a similar design in mind for the fabrics I purchased from the Children at Play collection, also by Sarah Jane Studios. Problem is I never got around to actually making the quilt. The Children at Play fabric line also features a large border print, as many of Sarah Jane's collections do. This one showcases a whimsical scene of children playing -- hence the name of the collection. Similar to the Wee Wander quilt, I used half square triangles (HSTs) above the border print, but this time in a chevron pattern. I used four different gingham prints from the same line and an off white solid to create the HTSs.
I really love the soft colors and the sweet illustrations. This border print will forever be a classic.
For the backing, I used a blue and pink pinwheel print and for the binding a pink and white polka dot print, both from the Children at Play collection. I quilted it in a horizontal zig zag pattern to mimic the chevrons. The finished size is approximately 35" x 38".
I have TWO of these adorable quilts available for sale in my Etsy shop. The second one has a slightly different backing and binding print, but they are finished the same way. Both would be amazing gifts for a baby or toddler.

Here are the links:
Children at Play Quilt - Polka Dot Border
Children at Play Quilt - Chevron Border

Or just visit my shop here:
Freshly Handmade [the shop]

Linked To:
Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday
Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday
I Have to Say... for Show and Tell Tuesday