“Merry and Bright”

9 12 2017

This weekend the Northeast is realizing its dream of a white Christmas a few weeks ahead of the 25th. We drove to Pennsylvania to enjoy a family dinner on Sunday. Fortunately we arrived before snow accumulated on the highways and backroads. It has turned into an afternoon for hot chocolate, the Hallmark channel, and hand binding quilts. Darla, my MIL, stepped out on the deck so I could photograph this wall quilt I just finished binding.

Daughter Trinity pieced this wall quilt from a panel she admired at Loving Stitches in Fayetteville, NC. She selected a muted, medium blue quilting thread feeling it would blend with the gray border in the background, the lime green border, as well the tan background. Her theory worked marvelously; the blue thread lends sophisticated silver accents to the quilted motifs.

I quilted leaf-like veins in the tree with tan thread and outlined the tree, deer, and stars with blue thread. I meandered in the background of the panel, stitched a close, rounded zigzag in the green border, and quilted holly leaves and loops in the outer border. I quilted continuous curves in the four corner blocks.

Hoping your weekend is Merry and Bright whether or not your landscape is beautified by snow.


Fall Table Topper

2 12 2017

December 2nd, and the Christmas season is already in full swing! I love seeing the decorations and lights around town, and I enjoy singing along to Christmas carols on the radio. However, a glorious, colorful fall still lingers in North Carolina. No one is complaining about the sunshine and unseasonably warm mid-day temperatures, and I continue to be inspired by the orange, yellow, red, purple, brown, and green colors swirling around during afternoon walks.

This table topper for a good (quilting) friend is an attempt to capture the vibrant fall hues that have inspired me this past week. The “Sherbet” design by Alison Dale was published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 13 (Block # 1263). I enlarged the block to 15,” and used the large scale multicolored fall print as the springboard for selecting the coordinating tone-on-tone fabrics from my stash. I modified the design a tiny bit by piecing a “Square in a Square” for the center of the block. Using light olive thread, I quilted heart-shaped leaves over all. The mostly brown print for binding adds colorful interest and nicely frames the piece.

How about you? Are you like me finishing up fall sewing, or have you transitioned into projects using holiday prints and colors?

“Pepper & Flax” – A Beginning

27 11 2017

This week I am working on a quilt slated for publication by McCall’s Quick Quilts in a summer 2018 issue. The fabric line from Moda is “Pepper & Flax” designed by Corey Yoder. The hues are sunshine yellows with shades of gray and some spring grass greens thrown in to soften the mix. If you decorate with yellow and gray, you are going to love making a quilt with this wonderful fabric line!

My daughter, Trinity, and I worked together designing the quilt. Although I can’t divulge the quilt design, I can show you my grandson helping with the project. He’s using a desk needle threader/thread cutter manufactured by Clover, a notion sold in most fabric stores and quilt shops. (Click here to see a photo.) I chain pieced the 147 units, and Aidan is using the cutter to separate them prior to pressing. The thread cutter “razor” is embedded in the gadget making it safe for little helpers.

So this is a quick project on four counts:  Strip piecing, Chain piecing, Quick thread cutting, and a Willing child helper. Once the quilt is published next summer, I plan to host a Quilt-A-Long here on the blog. So, stay tuned and finish up all those UFOs so you’ll be free to participate!

Need a Winter Mystery?

24 11 2017

I am talking about a quilt mystery, of course. One of the blogs I follow is Bonnie K. Hunter’s quiltville.blogspot.com. Each year Bonnie designs a mystery quilt, posting clues each Friday from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years.

Why not check out her blog today and peruse the first clue–Hint: it’s strip pieced Nine Patches in teal, brown, and neutral. How fun and easy is that?!

Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

23 11 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, quilting friends!

I am counting my blessings today as I am sure you are:  a new home and a retired hubby to enjoy it with, close ties with our children and grandchildren, a wonderful church family in Lillington NC, and plenty of everything from daily necessities to extravagant niceties.

Magazine Winners:  We have three winners for our drawing for the newly released Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 16. One copy will be sent directly from Quiltmaker, and I will send copies to two of the winners. Congratulations Carol Nelms, Joyce LM, and Janet T. I will write to you ladies requesting your USPS addresses. If you didn’t win a copy, and your newsstand has sold out, click here to link with The Quilting Company, F + W Media’s new online source for quilt information and magazines.

Reminder – Quiltmaker Blog Tour This Coming Week

11 11 2017

November 13-17 are the dates of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 16. My day on the Road Rally style tour is Thursday, but I hope you will take the time to travel to the participating blogs each day. To find the links to the blogs, visit Quiltmaker’s blog, QuiltyPleasures. You can register to win a free magazine on the blogs listed and register to win fabulous prizes on QuiltyPleasures!

The winner of a magazine in my pre-tour drawing is Pam B.  (I have written to her requesting her mailing address.)

Have fun and good luck!

Four Point Star

13 10 2017

It’s Fall, ya’ll. And since I have completed nearly all the projects on my Summer projects list, I have started a new project–a baby quilt for my soon-expected grand niece. “Flower Mill” by Moda is the beautiful fabric line. Quilt in a Day provides excellent detailed instructions with their On Point square up ruler. This would be a great project for 5″ Charm Squares (our fourth quarter pre-cut challenge). My Four Point Stars measure 8,” finished. I plan to make 16 blocks, total. I will keep you posted on my progress!

Do you have a new project this Fall?