Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Have an Itch? Scratch it!

What do you do when you have an itch?

Why, you scratch it, of course.

I've had a sewing itch ever since I 
got the latest copy of Quiltmania, issue 121.
What's got me so itchy?
The pattern Comfort and Joy designed by Jo Morton.

photo from the magazine

What has made the scratching so easy and pleasurable
is the fact that I had so many of her fabrics

 and the border print.
It seemed the perfect pattern to use
some of these fabrics.
I even threw in one of Di Ford's new 
Clotted Creams and Caramels

I jumped right in making
larger hst's
and then scrappy half square triangles
using the magic 8 method.

The Bloc-Loc ruler
was waiting it's turn to start

If I was a more careful stitcher, maybe I
wouldn't have to trim, but I'm not,
so a tool like the Bloc-Loc ruler is 
my very good friend.

These Lady of the Lake blocks
are sweet and easy to do
if the half square triangles are the perfect size.

But, then I had to stop.
I got a little busy
with another good itch that needed to be scratched.

I had visitors over the weekend
and we needed to play.

And that required a trip to the pumpkin patch

in search of the perfect pumpkin.

 Then there were these two little pumpkins
also at Nana's house.

Perfect too!

I'm hoping it won't be too long 
before I'm able to get the blocks sewn together.
You never know when I might have another itch.

 Until Next Time-

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Animals on the Savannah

It was a delightful day
when I could finally
introduce my 5 month old grandson,
to his quilt.
You can see he's thrilled.
Well, as much as a 5 month old can be.

It was a kit that I had bought
from Fat Quarter Shop.

After some initial issues, 
it went together quickly.
 Check here for the back story if you'd like.

Then it was off to my quilter,
Debi, who did some marvelous custom quilting.

The background around each of the animals is 
a solid.  Look at the quilting she did.

It makes each of the figures pop.

I'm usually not into heavy machine quilting,
but for some reason this just seemed to fit.

I love the pattern variations down the center.
It adds lots of texture to compliment the prints
and the animals.
 Debi did a wonderful job.

The backing was made up 
of all the leftover pieces

 and will be as much fun to look at 
as the front.

I'm thinking this quilt will stay
at Nana's house for awhile.
 It will be a fun place to play
especially with Running Man.
Until Next Time-

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hello Autumn

Autumn is my favorite season.
I love all the colors of the changing leaves.
The crisp air.
I remember the huge piles of leaves
that we as kids would run and jump  in.

Maybe it's enjoying the comforts of home and
that would definitely include quilts.

Last week I finished up 

 Leaf Peepers
36" X 36"

It was inspired from Jo Morton's
newest book,
Jo's Little Favorites, II.
I enjoyed sewing autumn browns and
aspen golds together.

I had several choices that I thought
would work for the setting triangles.

I decided on the most subtle print
which is a rich warm maple red.

I quilted it as Jo suggested with 
a simple checkerboard grid using an
Aurifil #28 in Chestnut brown.

I love how the thread sits on top of the quilt
top and seems to add more texture.
I plan on using this weight of thread again.

This was a sweet quilt to stitch
and now it's ready to use.

Until Next time-