My annual pilgrimage to Amish Country in Pennsylvania is going on right now! We have been assigned secret sisters and my "sister" likes elephants. Since I've already surprised her with not only the basket but the goodies too, I can show you what I made.
I finished this basket back in July and have been adding goodies to it for a while now.
It is September already - can you believe it? Where does the time go?
I have been a very busy bee. Less then two weeks until I meet up with my very dear sewing friends. We are meeting in Amish Country, in Pennsylvania. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it up there and can't wait to go back.
But...there are a lot of projects that need to be completed first. We got a bit overzealous last year and did a paper piecing bee, a birthday package, a traveling quilt and now that retreat is here, a secret sister. I didn't even mention the make one take one swap. Seriously no idea what I am going to make for that.
A lot of my projects can't be revealed yet (since my sewing girls read the blog) but I am sharing a block that I am proud of. It's slightly different than most stars, but still complimentary to most standard stars. This is for the traveling quilt that I am in charge of completing the top for. Once we have presented them to one another, I'll show you the start and finish. I expect them all to be fabulous!
I belong to a wonderful sewing group, and this year we decided to shower each other with gifts. on our birthday.
For July, our woman of honor was Tiffany. Now Tiffany is either really hard to design for or really easy. She is always very specific in what she likes, and doesn't (which is the easy part), but I'm always afraid that if I don't follow her likes exactly then I'll mess it up and she won't like the project at all. (the hard part)
I'm probably being too hard on myself, but that's where we are at. I was going to do a sew kitschy theme but couldn't find a color combo that I think she would like. I had already committed to placemats so I had to think some more. She does like the Tallahassee block and I like to paper piece, so this seemed like the perfect marriage of the two.
She loves eggplant purple, grass green, aqua (not blue) and coral (not orange). Notice there is some pink in there? Well she loves Joel Dewberry too, so I added some Notting Hill too.
These arrived safely and she said they are perfect. The placemats finished at 12x12.
This quilt is for a daughter of one of my co-workers. He is such a positive, easy going guy and recently got news that his 8 year daughter has leukemia.
Every three weeks she has to go through chemo, which I hear is cold, so I am hoping this quilt can give her some warmth and comfort during those sessions.
When I asked about her style, I was told that she really likes pink. So pink it is. Pink fabric, pink thread, pink binding. I would have went searching for pink batting, too, if it would have been visible (thank goodness it isn't).
I added her name, smack in the middle of the quilt, with one row of stitching in black thread. I wasn't entirely sure it was going to show up, but after washing, for the crinkle factor, it turned out to be a nice touch, although understated.
I gave it to him this morning, so I hope this afternoon, when she unwraps it, it warms her heart.
I started out quilting this with straight lines, but as we all know, that takes time. So...I decided to quilt part of it with a meander stitch. It's true! The more you do, the easier it gets. I see more meandering in my future.
The back of this project was more pink, with a scrappy pink border, hand bound (my favorite part of making a quilt) by yours truly.
This pattern is called Strip Tango, by designer Kelly over at Quilt Infatuation. Thanks Kelly!
Hi! Although I have been quiet, I have been busy. I didn't get my post up in time for the 2nd quarter FAL finish, so I just sat out, but 3rd quarter is different. I'm here, on time and am going to proclaim to the blogging world everything that I want to accomplish in the next 92.5 days!
< - - - Finish Addison Quilt 
-finish quilting | label | bind | give away
Facing East 
-continue making blocks | hand applique | backing | quilt | bind | enjoy
One Hour Basket for Secret Sister 
-assemble | finish | fill with goodies
-start sewing | quilt | bind | wrap
(no pictures of this yet, it's a surprise, I can reveal at the end of the quarter)
Cathy Quilt 
-finish blocks | sew rows | baste | quilt | bind | give away ---->
Aren't these retro and fun? They are for a bee mate, actually she is much more than that, she is my friend, Lyanna.
She requested these for our Anything Goes sewing bee and this is what I sent her. I am a bit worried about the bottom right one though. If she wants to use low volume for the sashing or a border, then this one might fade away, but of all six, that one is my favorite. These were a blast to make and also to see the variations that other folks made. Take a look here!
I belong to a sewing circle with an absolute perfect group of ladies. We live all over the US (and Canada too) and get together once a year for a retreat in Amish Country.
For 2015, we are doing a traveling quilt. Each person participating started their quilt with 4 blocks and a roadmap for what they envision. Every 45 days, the quilt gets passed along to the next person in line.
During April I was working on a Sisterhood quilt and made a couple of granny square blocks along with another large scale block too.
Here are the two granny square blocks, along with my thoughts.
Originally, when I saw these blocks I didn't like them. You know why? Because when I first saw them they were in a traditional quilt in traditional fabrics, which just isn't my preference. But over the past couple of years, as I have seen them more and more and especially in modern fabrics, I have really started to like them.
But....you have to cut off so much fabric on the edges - Owwza! That hurts me. I know I save too many scraps but I'm not sure that I will make more of these just because of that.
What do you think? Do you like Granny Squares? Does it bother you to cut off so much fabric?
My friend, Jane and I both quilt. Although she prefers traditional quilts (I like modern) and can't stand all over quilting (my #1 preference) we enjoy hearing about what each of us is working on.
One of the gals in our book club is having her first baby in or around July, so we decided rather than buying something we would make a quilt. The catch, she doesn't know if they are having a girl or a boy. My job was to order the fabric and make the top and she will baste, and quilt it.
Our conversation went like this:
Me: Yes, yes, that sounds great. I'll do the top
Jane: Perfect, then I'll baste, quilt and bind it
Me: No, I want to bind it, that is my favorite part
Jane: Well how do you bind?
Me: Hand of course
Jane: Can you do an invisible binding?
Me: Is there any other kind?
Then we both laughed. She really wasn't going to let me bind unless I did an invisible hand binding.
It is currently getting quilted, but this is the top. I love this pattern. Finally, I have learned to read past the pattern. I chain pieced with each color and then, cut them apart. The directions have you cutting each piece separately and then sewing, but it takes longer.