I finished a quilt “unda da sea!”

DSCN1824

Happy quilt day!

DSCN1835

DSCN1825

This quilt was inspired by the Sea Squared quilt pattern, free from Birch Fabrics.

DSCN1827

DSCN1828

Most of the fabrics are from the Into the Deep fabric line by Michael Miller Fabrics.

DSCN1829

DSCN1830

The dolphins and whales are from a random panel that was in my collection.  They had lots to say, so here they are on the quilt!

DSCN1831

DSCN1832

DSCN1833

DSCN1834

 

Tank heaven for leetul gulls

DSCN1508

It’s a girl!

DSCN1512

This precious fabric is the Little Red Riding Hood collection from Riley Blake.

DSCN1515

The big bad wolf and grandmother’s cottage are also adorably represented.

DSCN1510

And, of course, the mushrooms?

DSCN1519

Guess the name of the new little niece…

DSCN1509

The pattern is free on the Moda Bakeshop website  http://www.modabakeshop.com/2014/04/charm-party-baby-quilt-bonus-pillow.html

DSCN1517

After making the HSTs for the quilt, I ended up with smaller leftover HSTs.

DSCN1525

They became this little dolly quilt.  When Ava has a little baby, the baby can have a blanky like hers!

DSCN1532

I chose this fun Hawaiian print for the backing.

DSCN1523

I actually quilted this one myself!

DSCN1529DSCN1516

DSCN1524

DSCN1527

DSCN1531

Fibs & Fables woven into dreams

DSCN1455Sometimes it seems like a stack of fabric is burning a hole in your fabric collection.  Like you just have to use it, and use it now.

DSCN1458

I had this bundle of Fibs & Fables fabric by Anna Maria Horner.  Dying to use it, I was in between other quilting projects.

DSCN1459

I pulled a book off my shelf, Tula Pink’s Quilts from the House of Tula Pink.  

DSCN1464

I picked the Dream Weaver pattern.

DSCN1462

The solid is Essex yarn-dyed linen.  This is one of my new favorite “solids” to use in my quilts.

DSCN1468

I love the denim-y look of the Essex.  In my world, everything goes with denim.

DSCN1469

The quilting was done by Lea Ingram here on Kauai.  I love the vertical rope-like look in the sashing.

DSCN1471

Tippy the panther has claimed his spot at the foot of the bed.  No close-ups of the cat hair today.

DSCN1472

DSCN1494

DSCN1501DSCN1503

Mark Twain is in the house again!

DSCN1383

I probably should be more careful about folding Mark.  But look at that detail in his hair!

DSCN1385

I scanned the signature and stitched it out on my Destiny.  What a great sewing machine.

DSCN1379

The woodgrain in the fence makes you just want to run out and whitewash it!

DSCN1380

This amazing quilting was done by Deonn Stott, a true artisan.

DSCN1388

Every detail comes alive with her great vision.

DSCN1381

The paddlewheel blocks were quilted to look like, well, paddlewheels on a river boat.

DSCN1382

DSCN1384

I embroidered a different quote on the quilt, one that felt more like “me.”

DSCN1391

Using my new couch as a design wall: week 2, Farmer’s Wife 1930s Quilt sew-along

Betty and Caroline, cozy on the new couch.
Betty and Caroline, cozy on the new couch.

Don’t you just love picking out fabrics for quilt blocks?  Once I’ve got that first print, that is.

Betty just loves apples.
Betty just loves apples.

I just got my hands on this yummy orange colored apple print.  The blue jumped right in, and then the yellow.

Caroline likes contrast.
Caroline likes contrast.

I wanted black in my Caroline block.  The red and green allowed for great contrast, which makes the pinwheels pop!

I am paper piecing my blocks, and have discovered a wonderful hint for the blocks like Caroline that have lots of pieces in lots of colors.  Before I start stitching, I write the colors that I am using in the appropriate sections of the foundation papers.  This has saved me a lot of grief in the piecing process!

Write the color names in each section of the foundation papers.
Write the color names in each section of the foundation papers.

Too lazy to wander out into the blazing sunshine, I decided to photograph the blocks on my new couch.  The couch is orange, but seems to show up as a different color in each picture!

Love my new La-Z-Boy!
Love my new La-Z-Boy!

Wishing you sunny skies and rainbows!

DSCN1226

More Union Jack flags mean…more Liberty of London fabric!

DSCN1153

Variety is the spice of life, so I am feeling very spicy.  If I had to choose one fabric only to use for the rest of my life?  Well that would be cruel, but I would definitely choose Liberty Tana Lawn.

DSCN1148

Picking the fabrics to combine in each block has been helping curb my innate desire to make sure everything matches perfectly.

DSCN1147

The hardest part of this project is trying to NOT plan ahead.  I want to wait until I have all the blocks to choose the fabric and style of the sashing.  But I’m getting impatient.

DSCN1146

Five blocks a month, until I have a total of…I don’t know yet.  I have not yet even calculated how big I want to make this.

DSCN1145

Seeing each block individually makes me think I want this on my bed.  King size.  At least that will give me a long time to work on it.  I really enjoy working on foundation paper pieced projects.

DSCN1144

The obsessive part of me craves the perfection that can be achieved with paper piecing.  And it is so easy!  I took some pictures while I was working on these blocks.

DSCN1087 DSCN1090 DSCN1091 DSCN1092 DSCN1094 DSCN1095 DSCN1096 DSCN1097 DSCN1098 DSCN1101 DSCN1102 DSCN1103 DSCN1104 DSCN1105 DSCN1106 DSCN1108 DSCN1109 DSCN1110 DSCN1111 DSCN1112 DSCN1113 DSCN1114 DSCN1115 DSCN1116 DSCN1117

Sew, press, cut, add fabric and repeat.  Easy and stunning!

We’ll talk soon, I’m off on an adventure.