During a recent visit from my oldest son, he mentioned that he would like me to make him a quilt. I was so excited and started searching for a manly quilt pattern that would be appropriate for my soon to be 25 year old hard working, kind hearted, fun, easy-going, so proud of him-son. I wanted to make a quilt that was modern, yet still a traditional classic design. I decided to make a simple half-square triangle quilt and use the modern fabric line “Road 15″ by Moda along with a few solid colors of Shot cotton! I started to lay this finished quilt on the floor, and “Coot” couldn’t wait long enough for me to get it straightened out on the floor, before he decided to try it out!
I named this quilt Road 25 in celebration of my sons 25th birthday!
Thanks to my mom for doing such a great job on hand stitching the binding down!
It looks like Coot thinks it is his Birthday Quilt!
Happy Birthday to my Sweet son!
Time to wrap this up and get it in the mail!
Kristy @ Quietplay has done it again! She has released and shared another pattern that can be downloaded for free, for a limited time from her Craftsy shop. February’s block is the second block in a nine part series of fun retro-kitchen themed paper piecing designs. This adorable “Cookie Jar” block was truly enjoyable to stitch together!! Great variations of this block can be seen Quietplays Flickr page.
While going through my feed at bloglovin I stumbled on a challenge being hosted by Sew Mama Sew called “Little gifts of Love challenge.” The challenge is to make a project that celebrates the sweetness of Valentines day. I had a little free time this past weekend to paper piece a free pattern designed by Kelly from Kelbysews called “Love letter.” The pattern can be downloaded at Sew Mama Sew, and goes together really fast, which is a great thing for someone like me who doesn’t have a lot of time but still wants to participate!
Happy Valentines Day!!!!
I had a little time to sew today, and happy to say that I am keeping up with the Quilty Fun Sew along! This is week 8 and we are sewing Quarter square triangles. Last week I had a nice surprise and won a prize! Fat Quarters Shop sent me the Thimble Ruler Set by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet!
I’m so happy to have these great thimble templates and will be putting them to use soon. I’m looking forward to next week and can’t wait to see what we are making next!
Quarter Square Triangles
This week the Quilty Fun Sew-along is working on week eight and making the tree block from Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnets new book “Quilty Fun”. This is the perfect project for me. The blocks go together very fast, are easy to make, and her new book is so much fun to look at! Most of the fabric I’m using for this project is “Flower Sugar” from Lecien.
Next, Kristy at Quiet Play released her first block for the Sew Kitschy Paper Piecing BOM. This sew-along releases a new block once a month for nine months, so I ought to be able to keep up with this project. The first month is the easiest block and will get more difficult through the months. I’ll be using primarily the fabric line ”Flirt” by Sandy Gervais for Moda on this one. The first block is Sew Retro Kitchen Oven Mitts. “Here’s to looking at you Betty”.
Last, Aurifil and Pat Sloan have organized a 2014 Designer of the Month sew-along which is a once a month release as well, so I ought to be able to keep up with this one also! Starting this project with Enchant by Natalie Lymer for Riley Blake fabrics. The block is called Spools.
Off to start something new…..
There are so many great projects and sew-alongs showing up online. I couldn’t possibly make them all, so I decided to put together a list of the top 10 projects I want to try to accomplish this year.
Continue with Quilty Fun Sew-Along at Bee in My Bonnet.
2014 Aurifil Designer of the Month Sew-Along.
Sew Kitschy, A Paper-Piecing BOM by Quiet Play.
Participate in a project at San Diego Modern Quilt Guild.
Economy Block Quilt with Red Pepper Quilts
A quilt for my oldest son. HS Triangle.
Continue with My Farmer’s Wife Quilt.
Finish the missed blocks from Big City Girl QAL.
Complete my 2013 Aurifil DOM quilt.
I feel so much better having written this down!
I absolutely loved 2013! It has been a very good year in regards to my sewing addiction! I participated in a few online sewing groups. I was inspired by so many great designers and bloggers. I made some friends online this past year who just amaze me with their creativity.
Looking back on 2013, some of the highlights of my year were sewing along with Aurifil’s DOM group, Zakka 2.0 Patchwork Please, Aiming for Accuracy sew-along, and The big city girl sew-along. I was inspired to make a modern maple quilt, a trip around the world quilt, and a couple of quilts from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley.
I just can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!! I am already seeing a couple of exciting groups forming that I am hoping to sew-along with!! Here’s to a happy healthy 2014!!
A few of my favorite projects from 2013
Happy New Year!!!!!
The Big city girl QAL came to an end about a month ago. I missed a few weeks of travel with this great QAL hosted by Amy and Aylin because I went back to work! I really love my new job, but it has put a halt to a couple of endearing projects I was working on. One project was the BCG-QAL featuring a weekly block representing a city from around the world. The blocks were designed and shared by incredibly creative quilters, from their featured city. Although it saddens me to travel alone, I plan to continue along the journey at my own pace and complete the blocks that I missed!
Lotje at Lotje M designed her block representing Delft, a city located in S. Holland in the Netherlands. Delft is famous for it’s Delft blue pottery, the Delft University of Technology, and the many canals that run through the city. Delft has been exporting their hand painted pottery for over 400 years. I love Lotje’s block and how she made her houses blue to represent the Delft blue color her city is famous for and I decided to make my houses blue as well. She provided the cutting measurements in order to piece her design, but I decided to enlarge her pattern and paper-piece this adorable collection of little houses.
I think it would be so much fun to jump in a little boat, travel the canals, explore the city, and pick up a bit of that blue pottery along the way!
I wish I could say that I have visited the QAL city located in my Country–The USA. But No, I have never been to Massachusetts and visited Boston! Amy from During Quiet Time lives in Boston, and is sharing her great paper-pieced block design of ” The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge.” What a huge name and what a grand entrance into Boston!
The Zakim Bridge is the Worlds widest Cable-stayed bridge, and open for traffic in 2003. It was named after Lenny Zakim (1953-1999), a Civil Rights activist, and The American Colonists who fought the British in the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. The bridge is a symbol of patriotism, freedom, diversity, and fuses the past with the future. The inverted-Y shape echoes the shape of the Bunker Hill Monument. The cables represent a ship in full sail and East Boston’s history as a shipbuilding center.
Historically, bridge engineering was questionable and elephants were marched across a bridge to demonstrate the integrity of the structure. Elephants were used because it was believed that they had instincts that would not allow them to cross a structure that was unsafe! In October, 2002 The New Zakim Bridge was put up to the test with “The Pachyderm Test” when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus marched 14 elephants weighing 112,000 lbs. across the bridge!!
Linking this block in Aylins linky party, and sharing it on The Big City Girl QAL Flickr page, where amazing pieces can be seen from other members.
The Leonard P Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
I joined The San Diego Modern Quilt Guild last month and very excited to participate in a challenge they are having to celebrate Heather Ross’s return to quilting cottons. The challenge is to use the adorable line of fabric called “Briar Rose” in a fussy-cut project. It was love at first sight when I saw the fabric and had previously purchased a few prints awhile back at Pink Chalk Fabrics. The most exciting part of this challenge, is that Heather Ross herself will be judging it, and it will be a great way to get involved with the SDMQG.
I decided to make “The House Pouch” designed by Julia Bravo from 33 Stitches. The pattern is in the book ”Zakka Style.” I added a couple of extra design elements to the basic design, including a strap, inside pocket, and a small clasp to the outside. This House-Pouch was so much fun to make and I think it’s a great way to highlight small fussy-cut fabric patches.
The frog-prince that lives in this pouch was made using a Fox pattern that I had purchased from Gingermelon dolls. I adapted the fox pattern into a frog. I think it would be fun to sew up a little frog wardrobe out of “Briar Rose” and include it in the pouch.
The Briar Rose House Pouch