Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Janet's Quilt

This is a quilt that my friend, Janet, pieced and she was kind enough to let me practice on! Can't wait for her to see it!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Garden Grows!

I love english paper piecing, especially in the quiet of the morning! My Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt is really growing!! July will be two years I have been working on this one. How time flies!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Finished! Curved Log Cabin Quilt!

I made this quilt as a surprise birthday present for my daughter. It is queen size and I utilized a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Quilt fabric is Sue Daly's French Courtyard by Riley Blake. She was ecstatic!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Early Morning EPP Planning

Is there any better way to start the day?

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Boat House is Quilted!

I finished quilting my grandson's Wiggling Quilt (Natalia Bonner pattern). I love The Boat House fabric and he is going to love this quilt. I will post another picture when I finish the binding.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Back to EPP!

Finally pulled out my EPP project that I started two years ago and stitched a little this morning! I really want to work toward finishing it this year. July will actually make two years so I know I won't be done by July, but maybe December!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Quilting the Boathouse Quilt

Finally squeezing in a little quilting time. I am using a pantograph by Patricia Ritter called Constellation. The quilt pattern is Wiggling Quilt from Natalia Bonner's One Block Modern Quilts book.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

My First Pantograph

I decided today was as good a day as any to try a pantograph. I was wobbly at first, but tried to concentrate on moving faster and not necessarily being precise. That really helped. This was fun and I will definitely do another so can continue to practice.

The pattern I used is called Ocean Breeze by Lorien Quilting. I purchased it from Urban Elementz. The quilt was stitched on my HandiQuilter Avante.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Is it Summer yet?

I found these wonderful embroidered blocks at MQX East. They are available from Kings Treasures and I am so looking forward to summer. I know that I have to wait for Spring, but doesn't summer sound wonderful?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Practice Squares from Leah's MXQ East Class

Here are my samples that I stitched in the class today. I felt more comfortable than I have in the past. Definitely not perfect, but certainly getting better every time!!

MQX East - With Leah Day

I feel very fortunate that I was able to take a class with Leah Day today at MQX East in Manchester, NH. She is simply awesome- fun and inspirational! I was amazed by the beauty of her quilts. they were so impressive in person. I have included a few pictures of some of her work she shared with us.

If you ever get a chance to take a class with Leah, do it!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Seashore Couch Cushion Cover

Playing with placement on this small quilt that will be used to cover the couch cushions in our Maine cottage. It will make it easy to clean up after the dog and grandkids! I think I like it, but will play with it for a little bit.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Magical Blocks - Out of the Box

I decided to start this project this weekend. It is a quilt from a Craftsy class led by Kimberly Einmo. I consider it a great skill builder quilt. I don't even know how my half-square triangles I created this weekend! Fabric is Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda. I really love the fabric!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spool Quilt is Complete!

Another finish for today! Yay! This is a pattern by Fig Tree and Co (Joanna Figueroa) and is part of her Craftsy class. The fabric is Bake Sale by Lori Holt for Riley Blake. I learned a lot of new techniques on this one and I absolutely love the colors.
#sewmystash2015 #sewymystash2015precutsparty

Dog Crate Cover is Complete!

Love this! Finished the binding this morning, washed, dried and tried it out for size. It looks so much better than a blanket over the top of the crate!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/7

Well I am making progress! Woo hoo! I have not worked on my EPP as much, but it seems like I am on a roll now!

Linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spool Quilt is Quilted!

I loaded up the spool quilt this morning and quilted away. This is only my fifth quilt on my Avante so I certainly need more practice, but I am feeling more comfortable. I may even try pantographs!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gracie's First Quilt In Progress

She sure picks up quick and she remembered everything from a few months ago. She went over all the controls before she started and it was so cute! She is doing a great job and I am having so much fun with her! This is actually going to be a picnic blanket for her stuffed animals. So more like a mini quilt. And why is that? Because she wanted to save all the dog fabric for her EPP hexagons! Too funny!

Gracie's First Quilt

Gracie chose Puppy Love by Greta Lynn for Benartex and she is so excited to get started. This will be her first quilt and she really struggled with using the sewing machine versus english paper piecing. I talked her into the sewing machine because I really want her to get comfortable with her machine. Love spending time with my granddaughter!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dog Crate Cover Design in Progress!

I love designing on the fly :) so much fun just creating and not following a pattern.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dog Crate Cover - The Beginning

Half-square triangle blocks are pressed and dog ears removed. I absolutely adore these colors. Now for measuring and arrangement...basically playing!

New Project in Progress!

Just finished stitching 80 half-square triangle units. The fabric is Zoe by Jennifer Young for Benartex. This is going to be a dog crate cover for my Scrappy (he's the cutest Mini-Schnauzer ever)!

Spool Quilt Top is Complete!

I really had fun making this one. The pattern was part of a Craftsy class with Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts and the fabric is called Bake Sale by Lori Holt. Now I just have to decide what type of quilting pattern I will use.

Sunday Morning EPP

A little Sunday morning english paper piecing. The snow is flying and the winds are howling. Although the snow is getting old, I do love living in New England! After all, the Governor ordered everyone off the roads so it means I am 'forced' to stitch!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Spool Quilt Sashing

Well, I finished the block sashing today. Tomorrow I will work on the outer border and sawtooth border. Fun!

Sawtooth Border for Spool Quilt

Well, the snow is already falling and we are expecting another 12" or so by Monday, which makes it a great weekend to stay in and quilt! I am working on a saw tooth border for my spool quilt today, but have a lot of ideas in my head for other projects! Hoping I can stay focused and finish something :).

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wiggling Quilt Update

I managed to finish the the main part of the quilt top tonight. I just need to add some side borders and then it is ready for quilting! My grandson is going to love it! The Boat House fabric by Sweetwater for Moda is just beautiful!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Wiggling Quilt

A quilt for my grandson! It is a pattern from Modern One Block Quilts called Wiggling Quilt. I love the way the blocks float. The fabric is The Boat House by Sweetwater for Moda. At the halfway point and hoping to finish the other half tomorrow night after work.

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/6

It's been a little slow moving...I have been battling pneumonia for a couple of weeks so not a lot of progress, but finally a couple of days ago I started feeling motivated! I added a few more flowers and I am looking forward to stitching this section to the main section this week. Feeling very fortunate to be linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts! Your encouragement keeps me chugging along!

Monday, January 26, 2015

First 9 Blocks - 21 to Go

Here are the first nine blocks I have completed in the Piece N Quilt 30 block sew along. Only 21 to go 😊!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Spool Quilt Progress

20 spool blocks completely pieced and trimmed! The pattern is from Fig Tree & Co (part of her Craftsy class) and the fabric is Bake Sale by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. #beeinmybonnet #figtreeco #sewmystash2015

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/3

I managed to squeeze in a little bit of EPP on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. This project is nearly two years old so I need to pick up the speed 😄 LOL #epp #englishpaperpiecing #bonnieandcamille #GFG

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Piece of Cake 3 - Ready For Borders

This quilt is for my granddaughter, Gracie and she can't wait to get it home! I have to choose borders and then quilt it...so she has a little while to wait! I used Bonnie & Camille's Happy-Go-Lucky fabric line and the pattern is by Camille Roskelley.

Piece N Quilt Sew-Along Progress: Week 2

I am really having fun with this Sew-Along, although I really can't keep up with a block a day! Here are three more (for a total of 7) that I completed this week.
#bonnieandcamille #pnq30quiltblocks

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Piece N Quilt Sew-Along Progress

I have several goals this year and two of them are to use my fabric stash and to improve my piecing skills.  Well, I decided to join two sew-alongs that Natalia is having.  This post is about the 30 blocks in 30 days sew-along.  It is a lot of fun and I love seeing others work too. 

Here are the first four blocks I have completed this week:
So if you are looking to improve your skills or just searching for new ideas, check out Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting's site Piece N Quilts.  I am sure you will love it!

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/2

Yes, it's Saturday, not Monday!  Just another crazy work week in technology and so here I am posting on Saturday, what I should have posted on Monday!  I spent the week jumping between several projects in my down time and made progress on each.  I will post the other projects separately and focus on my EPP here.

I decided to lay out sections, stitch each section, and then I will put the sections together.  It is actually looking great and I will work on stitching at least one of the large sections to the main quilt top this week.  Although, there are so many quilt alongs and projects floating in myhead that I am fairly confident that I have quilting ADD!  

Linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts for EPP motivation!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count 2015/1

In 2015, I am going to focus on finishing my projects and top on my list is my Grandmother's Flower Garden. I made a lot of progress in 2014 - thanks to all of my EPP friends and the encouragement sent my way.

The quilt currently measures about 45" x 55" and it is for a queen bed, so I still have some stitching to do!

I am really looking forward to 2015 and linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Piece of Cake 3 - Just getting started

I am working on a quilt called "Piece of Cake 3" by Camille Roskelley. I decided to use her fabric line "Happy-Go_Lucky for Moda.

I love seeing 'cut' fabric!
And here is my first block:
24 more to go!

Mother/Daughter Sewing Time

I spent some time with my daughter this morning for her first sewing lesson! She has wanted to start sewing and really needs a quilt for her bed so I decided to show her the quilt as you go modern method. There is a great book on this method:

And here is my daughter working on her very first block:

And here is the finished block:
So proud of her!!

My First Project of 2015

I have so many projects to finish, but I wanted to start off 2015 with a project that I have been yearning to try....free motion quilting. Now I have tried this before, but was really encouraged when I picked up Christina Cameli's book - First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting.

I chose to complete a small sign - about 8x9.5" - to hang near my sewing machine. I free motion quilted this on my Baby Lock Jane.

I feel so proud that I was able to complete the project in just a few hours and that I didn't give up! I really enjoyed the process and I stayed relaxed! If you are interested in free motion quilting, you have to pick up this book! You can purchase the hard copy or the kindle version...I have both!