Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dandelion Girl - a simple quilted runner

Ah! Dandelion Girl - oh, how I've wanted to make with you for so long - about 4 years to be exact : )

This fabric line designed by Fig Tree for Moda Fabrics released March 2008. By the time I first laid eyes on her, Dandelion Girl was already out of print and hard to find. All my local quilt shop had was a layer cake kit, and it was a bit out of budget. So I let it pass and pass and pass until it was gone. Oh well.

Then my connections grew and I discovered personal fabric destashing. Last summer (2015) I lucked upon a couple charm packs and a jelly roll. Score!!!! (insert joyous happy dance : )

Fast forward a few projects to this spring and I made up my mind that now was the time to make with Dandelion Girl. A charm pack paired with squares of Moda Bella Porcelain morphed into 84 half-square triangles (I love HSTs!) There are SO many ways to layout HSTs, but I chose to keep it simple and traditional and let the fabrics shine on their own.

I love the colors of this collection - cheerful and warming.  Just the right touch that I think will work from spring into fall.

This runner was all about the fabric so straight-line quilting for the quilting win to keep it clean, simple and unobtrusive.

This quilt proved quite photogenic. So much fun photographing! 

Though capturing 84" can be a bit challenging.

Love it with this crochet basket!!!

It was absolutely joy and lots of fun working and making with Dandelion Girl by Fig Tree. If you ever want to remake a line, this line has my vote : )

Fabric:  Dandelion Girl by Fig Tree for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Flannel
Backing: Moda Bella Solids cream
Size: 16" x 84"

 Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2016

Dandelion Girl is my entry in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Fall 2016 Edition  in the Small Quilts Category.  The Blogger's Quilt Festival is an online quilt festival to showcase the work of quilters from all over. Prepare to be inspired! You are welcome to vote for your favorites.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Strawberry Fields Jelly Roll Quilt

Oh, what a beauty!
Her story...

Christmas 2011 I received one of the best gifts ever from my dear husband and children - a Strawberry Fields jelly roll!  My very first jelly roll! I was SO excited! But what to make with it??? It sat on my little shelf for a few years. Little ones got there little hands on it and "disturbed" its perfectness. I started a board on pinterest and over the years pinned pics of various quilts made with Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree for Moda fabrics. My heart became set on seeing it made up into strip sets yet I couldn't settle on a pattern. I didn't want it to be "boring." So many times I almost cut into it but got interrupted and lost interest in whatever pattern I had settled on.

Then a couple years ago I was introduced to Instagram (you can find me there as freshdewdrops : ) and a whole new world of inspiration opened up (as if Pinterest wasn't enough ;) Anywho, in June of this year inspiration struck when my eyes lighted on a pattern by @corianderquilts called Prairie Blooms. I had found it! Pattern match for my Strawberry Fields jelly roll! Simple strip pattern yet pretty and unique. I set to work almost immediately.

Working out my strip sets.

Laying out blocks.

Nicely ironed quilt top (getting close to finish : )

Gentle wave quilting for the win - adds a bit of softness and flow.

It was SO much fun to finally make with this jelly roll.  I thoroughly enjoyed every step and working with all the different prints.  Here are a few of my favorite sets:

The red check is the best red check ever designed, in my opinion.

Love the buttery yellows and the not-blue-not-green pond color.

It's not often that I like a fabric line because of its name and actually love its colors and prints and everything, but Strawberry Fields has it all. It's special.

Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of year. This quilt will always hold a special place in my heart as it reminds me of sun-warmed strawberries, green grass, juice stained fingers, early summer breezes, and best of all - good times with my family.

Quilt stats:
Fabric:  Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda
Batting:  Quilters Dream wool
Backing:  Strawberry Fields Revisited
Binding:  Solid from Strawberry Fields
Pattern:  Prairie Blooms by Coriander Quilts
Size:  Approximately 60"x72"

Who can resist a cute rolled quilt : )

or a quilt blowing in the breeze?

Joyful day, everyone!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Minis and More: Summer Star quilt top

In an attempt to make up my mini charms and charm packs into wallhangings or table toppers, I am going to participate in the Minis and More Parade. (See link in sidebar for more info.) Time will tell how far I get with this endeavor : )

Here is my July entry. Summer Star - perfect pattern for July made up with Prairie Paisley II by Minick & Simpson for Moda,perfect fabric for July. Love how the top turned out! As I wanted a larger wall hanging, I used a regular charm pack (5" squares) to make my Summer Star. This pattern pieced very quickly. Pattern available here - Etsy.

So Happy my points came out a lot better this time (probably because I took more care with my piecing and trimming). I won't be able to get it quilted until next week but I'm feeling proud of myself for getting the top done. I have wanted to make a patriotic wall hanging for several years. Step one completed! 

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Baby Sea Stars quilt

Thank you all for stopping by and giving your input regarding binding. 
The giveaway winner is Debbie - Sheltered Stitches. Congratulations, Debbie!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my version of Sea Stars, the newest pattern release by Cheryl over at  Meadow Mist Designs. I was excited to test another this pattern for Cheryl. First, I'm drawn to her striking designs and her patterns are always clear, simple, and easy to follow. Second, I love half-square triangles. Third, for some time I have wanted to try a quilt with the plus sign block. Fourth, I thought it would be perfect in grays and yellows, a combination I've been wanting to try even though it is not my combination of choice at all.

How do you not spend all day putting a fabric selection together for a new quilt? Go to your local quilt shop 15 minutes before they close. No kidding. Worked for me. I pulled all the yellow and gray marbles they had, went with the three of each that seemed to want to be together, and tossed in Bella white from stash. Done! Whew, that was easy : )

Cutting my 1/4 yard cuts for the baby size went very smoothly and quickly. I love Cheryl's cutting instructions. So clear and simple. Trimming the HSTs was a breeze with my new Bloc-loc ruler. Love it! Can't recommend it enough if you like to use HSTs in your quilts.

I struggled a bit with piecing. Wrong moon or something. Every block needed ripper attention for some reason or other. I persevered and pushed through the mental fog to victory. Here it is all pieced and ironed. Really like how the blocks come together and form the stars. Ingenious! Am very happy with how the fabrics play together. Sometimes you just don't know how they are going to turn out, you know what I mean?

Quilted! Wasn't sure how to quilt this one. Thought about going with my favorite wavy lines, but it just didn't seem the right choice. Thought about single straight lines on the diagonal but wasn't sure how that would go with the velour backing (and no time for experimenting). So, straight line to the right of seams in both directions. Love how it turned out! Simple, doesn't distract from the block pattern, still soft and cuddly. Quilting success!

Cheryl has another winner with Sea Stars - striking design in a clear, easy to follow pattern. I love that about her patterns.

Giveaway! Closed.
Ok, folks. Time for a giveaway. For a PDF copy of the Sea Stars patterns how about giving me some binding input. What color would you bind this quilt with - one of the grays? one of the yellows? maybe white? For one entry comment letting me know what your binding choice would be. For an additional entry let me know if you are a follower, new or old.  Please make sure I have a way of contacting you. Winner will be drawn Monday, June 29.

Sea Stars can be found on Etsy, Craftsy, and Payhip.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Giveaway Winner and Thank You

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and for each and every comment. Total comments = 108! This is a record for my little blog. Thank you!!

I would like to make a matching pair of quilts for my daughters in 2015. They have already been waiting a while!
Congratulations, Ella and Nesta! Maybe you will use your new patterns to make your daughters' quilts this next year? 

It seems a lot of you are going to try to create more for yourself in the coming year. Please, please do. We need to take care of ourselves. Up until a couple years ago now, I quilted and gifted and quilted and gifted. I think there was one table runner that I  kept for us. Then my children started asking, "Is this one for us?" "Are you giving away this one, too?" "Mama, when can you make something for our table?" Mama, can you make me a quilt?" "Mama, can you teach me how to make a quilt?" While I think it is a very good thing for children to see their parents give, I also began slowly to see that I need to give things I make to them and myself as well as others. We (my family and myself) need to feel that love and care just as much as others (in all honesty, probably more so) or things of the heart get out of balance and the giving becomes harder and more stressful to do and the spirit of giving can become tainted with grumblings and maybe even a bit of resentfulness (just speaking from personal experience here, probably just me). 

So, in late 2012 I made us a wintery quilt and that is where I started officially quilting more specifically for my family and home :)

This year I invite you all to join me in quilting/making more for yourself or your family. Whether it's for one or eight (oh dear, what have I gotten myself into : ) or just for yourself (one of these days I would like to make myself a quilt), let's get started and see where we can go with whatever our craft is in 2015. Can we add a bit more comfort and joy to our own home and thus be more able to give true comfort and joy to others?

Also, since it seems to be the moment for a bit of honesty and before you all begin to think I'm down on gifting : ), I have to say that I do so continue to enjoy giving to others. This past year I made and gifted this lovely tote. It was a lot of fun to make and I learned a lot (just need to remember what I learned...) I knew my dear friend and sister-in-law liked this fabric so I thought I would surprise her. I'm fairly certain she thought she was going to get another runner (she has a lot of runners now that she quilts herself) and by golly! the look on her face was worth the late nights. She was so surprised and pleased with a tote bag just for herself. (Us moms do need to look out for each other.)

For those of you setting goals to finish some works-in-progress or beginning something new or tackling something else around your home, I encourage you to do a little bit every week (sometimes a little bit every day is a bit too challenging to work in). In little bits here and there a bigger goal is slowly accomplished. 

Future posts to include a wedding gifted quilt and my dear husband's 40th birthday quilt. Oh, and my 13-year-old daughter's first quilt top :)

Warm wishes to all.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day: December 2014

Note: This giveaway is closed.

Welcome to Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Today I'm excited to be participating for the first time in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day.  If you you are wondering what all the excitement is about, let me explain. It's a big link party of a whole bunch of giveaways.  It's a way to discover new blogs and possibly to win some great goodies. To see other participating givers, please click on Sew Mama Sew link.

My giveaway is sponsored by the gracious Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs. I just tested one of her patterns and can testify that her patterns are very well written and easy to follow. Up for grabs this week is not one of her patterns but THREE! One lucky winner will receive three digital patterns.

So what patterns did I pick for my giveaway? Broken Frames - on my January quilting list. This one has been on my list for a while and I'm looking forward to getting started on it.

The Quilt in The Hat - love the simplicity of this one.

Charming - one of these days I will make this.

How to enter giveaway:

1. Comment - any o' comment will do. Any quilty or crafty goals for 2015?  I'm going to shoot for getting a personal quilt done for each child - eeks! Wish me luck : )

2. Followers - new and old - comment that you are a follower.

Giveaway open until December 12 7 p.m. CST.

Good luck, everyone, and thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Looking Glass giveaway winner!

Thank you all for stopping by and checking out the Looking Glass quilt pattern. I so appreciate all your kind comments.  For those of you thinking about whether or not try a new color of sashing/background fabric, I say, "Go for it!" Lay your main fabric(s) out with some different choices and see what speaks to you, maybe start with a smaller project. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.  In the next couple of months I will be trying out some black sashing as my eldest son thinks quilts need more black. Well, guess what? His quilt is getting black shashing ; )  So, keep an out to see what I combine with black.

Without further ado and after very careful selection name pulled from a bowl of names, the winner of the Looking Glass Blog Hop giveaway is Kathy E. Enjoy the pattern, Kathy.

What another chance to win some patterns? December 8 is Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and runs all week. Stop by for your chance to win three awesome patterns from Meadow Mist Designs (Etsy or Craftsy). I've picked three of my favorites to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Thanks for stopping by.