April 28, 2016

Remember Me?

If you've forgotten who I am I don't blame you. I haven't been here for a while. My intention is to blog once a week but April truly disappeared. Believe me though, I have been in my studio doing an assortment of sewing projects and new quilts.

Earlier in the month I made this name tag to wear at my modern guild meetings. Right from the start I knew it just had to be a leaf. I pieced a variety of leafy green prints. Added a little curved side. Then my name. I love how it came out. Just right for reinforcing my leaf identity.

The back includes a little pocket to hold a few business cards.

I also finished up these two MidCenturyBee blocks for Stephanie. Her subtle palette came from a photo of a window in the old Gibson guitar factory. The building now houses the Kalamazoo Academy of Rock where her daughter was recently accepted. Stephanie's quilt will help raise money for some much needed restoration of the building. She called this her Gibson palette. The quilt will be so lovely when it's done. Good luck with the fundraiser Stephanie. You can see her quilt come together over on Instagram @stephiepeterson.

I've also been busy working on several quilts this month. Some are for a new pattern under development. More on that in a later post. I'm also starting a quilt for our newly claimed guest room. My problem is in deciding which quilt to make. I know I want some low volumes like these . . .

And some splashes of Kaffe color with like these . . .

Stay tuned for what I finally decide on. My plan is to try a quilt-as-you-go technique. I've done this for table runners but never a bed sized quilt. Hope it works.

I'll leave you with this sweet image of Charlie, my daughter and her fiance's bird. He and my Offset quilt match. Maybe that's why he likes it so much. Isn't he pretty?


April 11, 2016

2016 Finish Along Quarter 2

I haven't linked up with the Finish Along since early 2015. I'm thinking it's time.

So without further ado, my 2nd quarter list . . .

1. Quilt and bind my latest Kaffe quilt. This one will be new pattern I'm working my way through and I just love how it looks. Deep, rich colors. All you Kaffe and big scale print fans stay tuned.

2. Piece, quilt and bind the Amy Butler version of the above mentioned pattern. It's all cut and ready to go. I'm really excited about this one. A new color scheme for me . . . oranges and darker blues.  Hmmm, dark blue seems to be a theme.

3. Quilt the top that first put this pattern in motion. The top has been sitting around for at least a year. Time to wrap it up.

Amy Butler quilt pattern by Springleaf Studios

4. Bind my leafy checkerboard. I finished the top in February. It was quilted in March. Now it sits. Binding it and putting it on the bed is long overdue. This is the biggest quilt I've ever made and I've been procrastinating something as simple as the binding because I don't relish the thought of tugging it through the machine yet again. Silly silly me. Just do it!!!

5. Start my first QuiltCon entry. I have a concept. I have fabric pulled and ordered. Time to start cutting, piecing and playing.

I think I'll leave it there for this quarter. There are a lot of other things I'm dreaming up but I'll save those for next time.

You have until April 16th to add your list to the Finish Along.