Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flowering Snowball

I am participating in Molly Flanders Flowering Snowball-Along.  I have admired this pattern since I first saw it on her blog on June 20, 2011 so I was excited to join in!

First the material pull, mostly from my stash. Lots of oldies as well as a few new fabrics; Bonnie and Camille, American Jane, PBJ by Basic Grey, Glenna Haley, Sweetwater, Riley Blake to name a few!
For the "petals" I used an old Robert Kaufman neutral and Kona Snow.
I cut four "blades" of each print and really tried to put them into a scrappy pattern, but I just could not do it! So I made "two squares" where the blades met.

I am still calling this a WIP because I just found a mistake in the middle of the quilt!  I know I'm going to have to fix it. grrrr.

I really enjoyed this pattern. The curves were very gentle and easy to sew.  This is the largest block I have made (12" finished).  It made the piecing go so fast!

Thank you Mary at Molly Flanders for sponsoring this fun quilt-a-long!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Here is the quilt top with the mistake all fixed!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Travel Sewing Bag

I finished this sewing bag just in time for summer sewing!  The pattern is Noodlehead's open wide zipper pouch, middle size.  I used this spool pattern from Cindy from Hyacinth Quilt Designs.and lots of scraps!  I even managed to re use some of the Essex linen from the feather debacle. (There is still plenty left).
See the little needle embroidered on with silver metallic thread!

Lining also a scrap from the stash.

 And a little needle case inspired by this blog.
Her work is so pretty.  I added a pocket for my scissors.

 All set so I can finish these propellers!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Not Again!!

Dear Beth,
I have been swept up again in an internet block craze!  This time it is the Economy Block.  I first saw it here on Rita's blog, Red Pepper Quilts, but the blocks were too small, 5", and I knew I wouldn't have enough to make a decent size quilt. It was easy to say no.  Then, Amanda, at Crazy Mom Quilts, enlarge the blocks! I couldn't resist.  But, like so many other times, Scrappy Trip Around the World, to name just one, I started gleefully cutting before thinking.  Now I have 12 blocks done, and I have gone through my scraps and have started hitting my stash.

But, I just don't have that much.  So, how about joining me?  I figure if we each do 24 squares, we would have enough for a charity quilt.  I used the Crazy Mom Quits tutorial and trimmed to blocks to 8.5"

Which fabric do you like for the final round, lime green or coral? I like them both but can't decide.

Looking forward to quilting with you on Wednesday? What are you working on?
Love, Sister Susan

Friday, July 5, 2013

St. Louis 16 Patch

Here is my version of skburton's St. Louis 16 patch, Bohemian Baby.

I wanted to make something simple and quick as an antidote to the Steam Punk pattern I am working on (more of that later).  This was a fun pattern that went together fast!  I wanted colorful and used some great fat quarters from my stash: Kaffe Fasset floral and dark blue shot cotton, Trade Winds and Summerhouse by Lily Ashbury and Wrenky by Malori Wells. The light pink is a Moda solid.

The back is two florals (Ruby, I think) by Bonnie and Camille.  I was happy to use fabric from my stash.  I tend to hoard fabrics I like!  Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday!

Sunday, May 5, 2013


 I was totally engrossed in these feathers.  Finished 15 of them before realizing I didn't wash the Essex Linen.  After washing, the linen shrunk, the cotton not so much. (I even washed one and lined dried it and still got 3/4" shrinkage)!

So now I am obsessed with taking these feathers apart! I spent 5 hours yesterday with the seam ripper and then re-pressing and basting.

I actually like the overall design of this layout better.  I remember seeing it on Anna Marie Horners' blog about a quilt for her son.

 It may not stay like this, but I like that it is not so square as the blocks would have been.

I am going through the stash looking for background material.  I feel like I wasted a yard and a half of linen, so I need to use what I have. Maybe I should sew it all back together!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Too Bad, How Sad

Well, lesson learned.  I washed one block and put it in the dryer on low.  The linen shrunk 3/4". Which I wouldn't mind, but the cotton fabric did not.

Notice all the puckering in the feather on the left.  I knew better, but got carried away in the moment.

Now I will be taking apart all my feathers.....arg!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

to wash or not to wash

I have gotten eleven AMH feathers done. Enough for a baby size quilt (though my feathers are smaller than hers).  I am considering making more, maybe a lap or twin size.

 But then, I had a fearsome thought!  I was reading AMH blog about the care of her new linen line.  In it she mentioned how when washed, her linen shrink in length 1/4"-1".  I used Essex Linen Natural for the background fabric in my feathers and I am concerned that it will shrink way more than the other cotton fabric. So now I am afraid to continue.  Has anyone used Essex linen?  What do you think?