Charity Finished

Last week I really pushed myself to finish bindings so I could get my stash numbers back in line.  Lots of time in the car helped and I was able to get this one finished on the way to the airport but I had to wait until I got home to take the picture.

The pattern is called Charity by Villa Rosa Designs and it is made with cozy flannel stash fabric.  I just picked a prints that would coordinate with that cute little Debbie Mumm Christmas print.  Normally, I don’t do inner borders weird like this one, but I wanted the outer border cut from the length of fabric and I was just a little bit short so I had to do some improvising. 

Charity

The quilting is super simple freehand dwirling.

Charity closeup

DWM: 3 Sisters UFO

Last week when I browsed through some other quilters’ Stash Report blogs, I came across Kate’s from Life In Pieces.  She tracks how many days she gets at least 15 minutes of sewing.  I thought that was a great idea and applied it to UFO’s.  This week I tried to work on a UFO at least 15 minutes each day.  After that, I could continue working on that project or move to another one.  I liked that each day I would be moving forward toward a finish on the UFO. 

When I left for Salt Lake City on Friday, I had accomplished this much on an old 3 Sisters UFO.  The pattern is Lillian by Villa Rosa.

3 Sisters

The easy part is finished.  The hard part is going to be digging through the stash to find some border fabric.  I’m pretty sure I bought enough yardage of the fabric in the block centers to also use for borders, I’m just hoping it didn’t go into another project.  I used a jelly roll for the small squares in this quilt.  It is another one I would like to revisit using all scraps.

Be sure to take a look at other design wall projects using the links at Patchwork Times.

Just a Bit More from Quilt Market

Two more things that seem to be gaining popularity are laser cut appliques and machine embroidery applique.  There were several designers offering patterns with SVG files for cutting applique.  I don’t have an embroidery machine so I don’t really understand how that works, but it looks like you can make some beautiful projects with it.  Actually, I do have a machine that does embroidery but I never learned how to use it!

This market there seemed to be as many sewing projects as quilting.  It looks like moms or grandmas are sewing for babies and children and also making lots of home dec projects. It is really encouraging for the industry to see that younger people have an interest in sewing (or “making” as they now say). Fabric choices are also increasing with more gauze, minkee types, and home dec weight.  I didn’t see nearly as many bags as in the past so maybe that trend is getting played out.

This was the cutest booth in the whole market.  I couldn’t get pictures on Friday, but yesterday it was less crowded so enjoy!  It is Riley Blake designer Carina Gardner’s booth.

QM-Carina Gardner

QM-Carina Gardner-interior-1

QM-Carina Gardner-interior-4

See, I told you vintage campers were big. This booth was ADORABLE!

It wasn’t all work yesterday.  I managed to sneak away at noon for the organ recital at Temple Square.

Organ-Lights

Even more impressive than the organ, is the acoustics in the building.  They demonstrate dropping a pin without amplification and you can clearly hear it anywhere in the auditorium.  It was a lovely little 30 minute concert.

Late in the afternoon Jim and I took a drive up to Ensign Peak, then hiked up the mountain for these views of the city.  Just beautiful!

This one is looking east toward the University of Utah.

Ensign Peak

This is west toward the Great Salt Lake, which Jim visited WITHOUT ME while I was at the convention center.

Ensign Peak-looking west

And this one faces directly downtown and overlooks the capital building.

Ensign Peak-looking south

The city is surrounded by mountains.  It was a little hazy, but beautiful weather for walking! We are really enjoying our visit and have a couple more days here to hike and explore the city.

2016 Week 20 Stash Report

This quilt should be called “A Million Little Pieces.”  Actually, they aren’t all that little, but it seems like there are a million of them.  The piecing isn’t complicated, there are just many variations on a similar theme.  This is only part of the units for four blocks.  Lots of putzy cutting.  You have to be very careful sewing the units together or the design won’t work.   It is a gift quilt for later in the summer so I don’t want to reveal what it is, but I’m not slacking….still getting lots done! 

Million little pieces

As far as stash reduction goes, I had to buy some fabric for backs but now I can get those tops ready for the quilting queue which will mean more fabric out!! 

 

Now the numbers:
Purchased this week: 9 yards
Purchased Ytd: 53 yards
Used this week: 25 yards
Used YTD: 64.5 yards
Net Out of Stash: 11.5 yards

Check out how other bloggers fared this week in their stash busting efforts by clicking the links at Patchwork Times.

Coming Soon to a Quilt Shop Near You

You know that Jim and I must have had an early morning if we traveled from Appleton to Salt Lake City and arrived by 9:37 AM.  Indeed, we did; leaving home at 2:30 in order to catch a 5:50 flight from Milwaukee. 

This is our first visit to Salt Lake City and we were excited to see mountains in the background as we landed.

SLC Landing

The airport is only five miles or so from downtown so I was at the convention center not long after market opened.

It is always fun to see what is trending at market and after walking just a few aisles, two themes jumped out at me—vintage campers and vintage trucks.  This was a cute camper quilt from Australian designer, Claire Turpin’s booth.

QM-Claire Turpin

This old truck quilt is one of Laura Heine’s collage quilts.

QM-Laura Heine Truck

These themes were shown across quilting styles—modern, traditional and primitive designers all had a take. 

As far as fabric, there seemed to be a lot of blue (YAAAY!!).  This is Janet Clare’s new line called Flight from Moda.

QM-flight

Also from Moda is new designer, Debbie Maddy’s Shibori  line.

QM-Shibori

There were beautiful blues from Art Gallery too. I’ll take one of each of these, please!

QM-Art Gallery

There also seemed to be a lot of woodland prints like My Deer  from Camelot.  It’s such a soft, sweet line.

QM My Deer

My favorite fabric line so far, has been this one from Alisse Courter for Camelot called Happy Thoughts.  I love the red, coral, aqua and navy colors in it.

QM-Happy Thoughs

There is so much inspiration here.  Many other people have posted tons of pictures from market on social media.  Just looking through my Instagram feed makes me want to get home and start sewing!

 

Almost Too Sore to Quilt

Every single year for the past twelve, one or both of my kids has moved into a different apartment and I’ve been there to provide free labor. Yesterday Jim and I drove to La Crosse to move Jen’s belongings into storage boxes which will be unloaded at her new place in a couple of weeks or so. When I got up this morning I decided this would be the last time.  I’m getting too old to haul boxes and furniture up and down stairs.  My back was so sore it hurt to stand at the frame.  Thankfully, after a little while though, the tightness eased and I was back in business. Further proof that quilting cures what ails you!!

This is the second quilt I’ve had on the frame this week.  It is called Sideways and Byways by This and That Patterns. It will be a donation quilt so I don’t want to spend a lot of’ time on the quilting, but still want it to look nice.  This is also the kind of quilt where I like to try out some new techniques.  I’m quilting straight lines in the blocks, then will do some free motion motifs in the sashing and borders.  Haven’t quite figured that out yet, but something will come to me by the time I finish all the boring straight lines. 

Sideways and Byways quilting

Earlier in the week, I finished the second of the “ugly twins” quilts.  Like the first one, I just did a free hand overall loopy design.  This quilt isn’t very big, 48” x 60”, so the quilting was done in no time!  Woo hoo!

Key to My Heart quilting

I even worked on the binding on the drive to La Crosse yesterday. It would have been nice to get both of these finished but my sewing time is over for the week so it will have to wait. 

Courtyard Maze Finished

Last week I quilted the Modern Neutrals Courtyard Maze quilt and just finished the binding.  I’ve got some momentum and it is great to be getting some things finished.  It seems like I made no progress all winter so there is a lot of catching up to do.

This was made from the pattern Courtyard Maze by Olive Tree Textiles. It is such a fun and easy pattern that right away I started a scrappy version

Courtyard Maze-Modern Neutrals

It is quilted with an edge-to-edge pantograph called Halo by Urban Elementz.

CM closeup

There are no specific plans for this quilt, but I’ll probably keep it for a little while, then donate it.

No sewing for the next few days as I’m headed to Salt Lake City for quilt market.  It’s been a couple of years since I’ve gone, but I’m thinking about expanding my little Etsy fabric shop so I’ll be looking for some fun, new fabric.

WIP Wednesday: Ombre Flying Geese

A couple of months ago I bought this fat quarter pack of Moda Ombre with the thought of making a flying geese quilt10801AB

I made a bunch of these units, then played with layouts in EQ7 until I figured out one I liked and could make with the available fabric.  I need a few more units so I cut them out and got them ready to piece. 

Ombre geese

Since these are such pretty spring colors it sure would nice to finish this quilt soon!

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