Thursday, May 21, 2015

Deer Me!

spring 2015 BQF Button

I thought I would play along and enter the Blogger's Quilt Festival
I have done this a couple of times in the past... it has always been a fun experience!

This quilt I call Deer Me!

It's approximately 140" square.
So I am entering it in the Small Quilt category.

I used the fabric line called Indelible by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Indelible: impossible to remove or forget. Enduring, unfading, unforgettable, haunting.

The pattern was a free pattern called Birchen. 
Only I took the block itself and adapted it and came up with 
a new look.

When I originally went out to take photos of the quilt...and the pillows I made to go along with it...
I disturbed a group of deer that were grazing.
I thought "Oh" dear me! as they scrambled away.

Since the fabric line had deer and nature in the prints... 
Deer Me! became the name of my wall hanging.

It found a place to call home right above my bed.

I hope you are enjoying the Blogger's Quilt Festival!
Don't forget to vote... wink!

Coming and Going


This quilt recently came back to me from the Intrepid Thread in Milpitas CA.
I had made it as a shop sample for them last year. 
It's fun to have it back... for a short while.
My plan is to gift it as a graduation present to someone.

I t had rained after I finished putting this Vintage Tulips quilt
together... and then I forgot to take a photo of it completed!
So here it is... getting ready to be handed off to the quilter!

Camille has a sweet mini version of this pattern also...
maybe it should be next on my list!

Maybe pillow shams??? Or just a couple of pillows?

This is another one that is going to be going to my LAQ.
Sail Away by Fig Tree and Co. It was a fun quilt to make...
I am tempted to give this one to my sister for her vacation home
in Pacific Grove CA. I go there periodically so I would be able to visit it!, Mini Sail Away, Sewing Pattern, Fig Tree Quilts, FT997

There is a cute mini version available for this pattern too!
Have you made one?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sharing My Sneak Peak

I got a sneak peak of my Coastal Lily quilt that my LAQ is working her magic on!

I can't wait to see the entire quilt!

Our local quilt show is exactly one month away...

and this is getting entered into the show.

I am getting a little excited.... what do you think?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Step One, Step Two

My wedges for Crop Circles are made.
That is step one... done!

I even stitched a quarter inch from the top to 
give me my line to press over (for the applique part)...
that will be step two.

Pressed open the seams on this project...
just because it's the best way to make it look it's best!

This is the backside of my favorite fabric combination
(well, for today anyway)

Have you decided to play along with Nicole at Sister's Choice and me?
If you have started Crop Circles or are using another pattern to play along
just let us know... send a link to your post and we will share it!

Friday, May 15, 2015

New Favorite Things

I had an eye doctor appointment yesterday... so as a reward I went to a nearby 
"favorite" fabric shop for some retail therapy!
The store is massive... and I could probably spend hours in there just looking
around... and believe me, I try!
Do you see the Jen Kingwell quilt up there on the wall?
It's called the Circle Game. The store is called Quilter's Paradise. 
It's in Clovis CA. They also have a Jen Kingwell 

block of the month going...


It's called Bring Me Flowers. 
It's really cute... but I think it's way over my level of sewing!

I only went away with the background fabric I needed for Crop Circles though.
But I also left with the little wheels in my mind turning with ideas!

I had purchased one of these cute carts over a month ago...
and thought I would wait until Mother's Day to have one 
of my sons put it together for me. 
But then I forgot about that plan on Sunday with everything else 
that was going on!
So today I brought the box into work with me...
and my friend... and coworker.... who happens to have two of these...
put it together for me!

I do make a good assistant... but I hate to read directions unless, of course,
 they are
for a quilt project!

On a completely different subject... 
I saw the television show Mad Men last evening. 
Have you watched it before?
Evidently it has been on television for years.
I am not big on t.v. but if a series has great costuming like
Downton Abbey or Boardwalk Empire.. I can get absorbed in it.
How about you?

I think I might watch a season of Mad Men while I am working on 
by Crop Circles this weekend!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Midweek Mosaic

The beauty of yellow quilts...

Yellow seems to be one of those colors that I over look.

(photos found on Pinterest)

Or sometimes when I have tried to use it... like in a border... it can
overtake the quilt.
But if you can master yellow... the results are beautiful. 

I really love this little wall hanging with a vintage vibe.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nearly Ready to Begin

I only got a little head start on my Crop Circles project 
over the weekend.

I have my fabric nicely pressed and I am waiting for 
my pattern to arrive. I expect it will be here tomorrow!

I am excited to see Nicole's progress over the weekend.
I am extra happy that she is blazing the trail on this pattern!
There seems to be a few things to think about and 
to consider when you are working on the units.
Which is all good... I really like learning along the way and
trying something new. 
The "new" part will be the applique. 
I never do enough of it to "hone" my skills.
A little hand sewing will come in handy...
you know, while waiting for appointments etc.

If you are thinking about joining the sew along with Nicole at
Sister's Choice and me it's not too late at all.
Look at the last post for more details or head over to Nicole's 
to see her first block!

Here is the back of the pattern so you can see what you might already have
in your stash! You can order the pattern from Fat Quarter Shop... but 
unfortunately a PDF version is not available anywhere.


You are welcome to use a Jen Kingwell pattern of your choice as another option!
Read more at this post of mine.

I also worked on my Farm Girl Friday blocks...

You can see them on my Instagram feed, 

I am sure you all had a good weekend... if you didn't get spoiled...
it's not to late to indulge yourself!!!