Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Secret Sewing Reveal - Prism

I love being able to show off my secret sewing projects

Remember these fabrics? 

I had them all nicely labeled and ready to sew in this picture. (I pulled all of these from my stash and I was really happy to be able to do that!)

These fabrics are now this awesome 42" x 52" quilt called Prism, by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis

I am really happy with how this quilt looks! Amazingly, no templates or paper piecing was used to make this. Instead, it's a technique that Tammy calls guided improv, and it's wonderful!

This pattern is very well-written and easy to follow. Like most other quilt projects, labelling is the key to success here; and once you get the hang of the guided improv technique (it doesn't take long), this project goes together very quickly. Besides well-written instructions, the pattern includes really good diagrams and charts to make peicing this a pleasure.  

Here's a picture of the original quilt. Isn't it amazing how using different fabrics can result in very different looking quilts? I love that the pattern includes a coloring page so you can audition your fabric choices. :-)

Tammy's quilt was made using her beautiful Island Batik's Icicle line, and I think it has such a wonderful soothing feel to it. You've got to check out Tammy's website to see this line used in some other quilts. They are stunning!

This picture makes me think of radio waves, but could just be the Ham Radio Operator in me.  :-)

I wasn't totally sure about the fabric gradation effect when I pulled fabrics for this, but I'm very happy with the results.

Because the piecing was guided improv, I decided to do the same with the quilting. I dropped my feed dogs and used the long, sharp diamonds as my guide. I'm happy with the results.

I used my left over fabrics to piece the back because I didn't want to put any of these fabrics back into my stash; plus, I didn't want to buy backing fabric. When I pulled the fabrics, I knew that I would have very little excess of the diamond fabric, but I was happy to have a piece that I could use for the center of the backing. 

I think the quilting looks fun on the back too!

My husband has claimed this quilt and it hangs near his favorite reading spot in our "fireplace room."  It's nice and cozy in the room and I love seeing the quilt on the wall. 

I forgot to mention that I sewed the binding on with a small flange of the yellow diamond fabric and love how that looks too. 

This pattern is now available on the Tamarinis website. Trust me; you will love making this quilt!

I have a couple of other secret sewing projects that I'll share in the next few days, so check back often.  

Monday, March 4, 2019

Design Wall Monday

I can't believe that I only posted one time during the month of February. Yikes!

I really did do some quilting, but some I couldn't show because they were secret sewing projects, and others I just didn't post because it was a busy month with traveling, teaching, and trying to stay healthy. I'm not apologizing. I'm just stating facts. 

I'm already doing a better job in March because this is my second post and it's only the 4th.  :-)

Here's what's on the wall today. (It's actually been there for a week, but who's counting?)

This is called Hopscotch and the pattern is by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis. I tested the pattern for her and it should be on her site soon.

This was a fun quilt to make and I really like the overall look of it. I'll provide a full review of the pattern as soon as it's ready in her shop. Plus, that gives me a little time to get this quilted and bound. 

The pattern call for fussy cutting a panel to get the block centers, but I used some fabric I had on hand for both the block centers and the outer border. I like the results and I used up stash, which is a win/win situation. 

I used American Folk, by Jennifer Brinley for Studio e fabrics. 

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I am thrilled that I was able to find some red, blue, brown, and gold fabrics in my stash to coordinate with this focus fabric. I wish I had some chicken wire fabric, but I didn't. That would have been perfect. 

When I get this quilted and the weather cooperates, I'll get some good pictures and provide more info on it. 

I've got some secret sewing projects to share in the next couple of days. Be sure to come back to check out what these fabrics became.

What are you working on today?

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Friday, March 1, 2019

March - 2019 Color Challenge

To play along, go to Jen's blog for the block pattern and instructions. 

You won't be disappointed!

March - Love in a Mist
Navy Blue

Isn't this a beautiful flower?

I guess everyone doesn't love this flower though, because it's also known as Devil in the Bush and Jack in Prison. 

In the language of flowers, Love in a Mist means perplexity and "you puzzle me." According to Cheralyn Darcey, author of Flowerpaedia - 1000 Flowers and their Meanings.

This is a flower that should be given on Friday, and that's perfect, because today is Friday. Enjoy!

Here are my fabrics - a solid light blue from my stash and a fat quarter of navy Starlet from Blank Quilting

I'm ready to sew the units together!

The completed block!

My second block - reversing the fabrics. I'm still loving the Starlet Fabric, especially in this version of the block.

The two blocks next to each other is fun. :-)

Check out these other bloggers who made blocks this month and be sure to come back to see what we create next month! 

Friday, February 1, 2019

February - 2019 Color Challenge

To play along, go to Jen's blog for the block pattern and instructions. 

You won't be disappointed!

February - Pink Carnation - Pink

According to many sources, it is believed that pink carnations first sprouted after having been watered by the tears of the Virgin Mary as she wept during the crucifixion of Jesus. Because of that, pink carnations have come to symbolize fondness, tenderness, and the undying love of a mother. As a bonus, carnations (red, not pink) are the state flower of Ohio, which is where I live. 😊

Here are my fabrics - a light pink solid from my stash and a fat quarter of pink Starlet from Blank Quilting


This is a pretty easy block, although many people struggle to get a perfect center intersection. Be sure to go to Jen's blog and follow her instructions. 

Here are the units, ready to be made into a block!

The completed block!

As I stated last month, I'm making a second block each month. 

It's hard to see the difference when you look at the blocks separately, but you can see it when they are next to each other. 

Check out other bloggers who made blocks this month. Be sure to come back next month to see what we create. :-)

Patterns By Jen

Ali & CC

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Pattern Adjustments

Although I am liking this...sort of...

I followed the pattern, but I don't like the bottom of the heart. It looks off-center and distracting to me. 

You can see in the picture of the cover of the pattern that I did it correctly, but I feel like I need to change. The bottom of the V is not off-center and I like that much better. 

I'll spend a dew minutes ripping and fixing tonight and I know that I'll be much happier! 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Design Wall Monday

I've got a couple of secret sewing projects going on right now, but I did start my January Rainbow Scrap Project and that's what's up on the wall.

I know, I know. I can hear you saying, "It's almost the end of January and you're just now starting the project?" 

When red was the color chosen for January, I knew that this was the project I wanted to do, so I pulled some of my red and cream colored scraps and set them aside until I had time to work on it. I've had the pattern (A Scrappy Kind of Love, by J. Michelle Watts) for over a year and just never pulled fabrics for it. This was just the kick I needed to get it started. 

I knew I wanted to make the wall hanging (37" x 45") and I didn't figure that it would take me long, so I wasn't worried about not starting it at the beginning of the month. I never thought that I'd be starting it on the 27th though.  :-)

Anyway, I'm happy with the progress and that all of the fabric, including the backing will be coming from my stash. Since I'm making the small version and the strips are only cut 1 1/2", I'm not using up a bunch of stash, but I'm ok with that.

Unless something comes up, I should have this top completed by the end of the month. My goal is to have it quilted and hanging before Valentines Day.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Black and White Winner

The Black and White Blog Hop ended Thursday, and since I wanted to be sure everyone had the opportunity to read all the wonderful posts and see all the awesome projects, I decided to wait and pick the winner today. 

And the winner of the two charm packs is.... (there is a drum roll happening in my head right now!)

Blogger Beth said...
              Forest green would be my choice, I think. Thanks for the tutorial; your point about watching so that the points aren't cut off is well-taken.

Congratulations Beth! An e-mail has been sent to you.

Thanks again to Carla over at Creatin' in the Sticks for a fun hop, and for helping me reduce some of my black and white stash.  😁