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!