Sunday, February 8, 2015

Barn Door Quilt FINISH!!

It only took a little over a year (yikes!) but I finally finished my Barn Door Quilt, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!!



I used all Anna Maria Horner prints - mostly from the Dowry line, but also a little Field Study and True Colors. 



The pattern is from Sarah's Quilt-Along last spring. It finishes at a generous-sized throw, 61" x 76". I struggled trying to hold the entire quilt up and off the ground. 



In general, I don't really have great pictures of most of the quilts I've made. They have all been gifts and take so long to finish that by the time they are done, I'm too stoked to give them away to take any good pictures. 



Not this time, though!! My husband just bought a new camera - Sony A6000 - and was eager to try it out. We took a drive up to the Spiral Jetty on the north side of the Great Salt Lake, and I brought the quilt along. :) 


It was a touch breezy...

This is Brian's favorite photo of the bunch. He says it makes the quilt look like a magic flying carpet, since you can't really tell that I'm standing behind it. :) 



I quilted it with straight lines echoing the X shape in the pattern. It took a while, but I LOVE the effect. 





The binding is a pine green/aqua print by Amy Butler. 


The backing is a 108" wide quilt backing fabric I found on sale. I kind of loved not having to piece the backing. It saved a bunch of time! 



All in all, I'd say - not bad for a year's worth of work, right?? 


P.S. If you get the chance, I highly recommend driving out to the Spiral Jetty. It's kind of out in the middle of nowhere - and takes a bit to get there with the dirt roads (all manageable in our little Mazda sedan) - but SO worth it. There are a couple interesting things along the way: 
  • The rocket display at ATK (including one that launched the space shuttle)
  • The Golden Spike National Historic Site (we didn't stop because the trains weren't out)
  • Then continuing on to the Spiral Jetty. 
The Jetty itself isn't much to see (a man-made formation of lava rock), but the area is SO COOL. It's like nothing I've seen before. Kind of a mix between being at the beach and the Bonneville Salt Flats. 

The air is salty. The wind creates that lovely crashing sound of water and waves. There are stretches of beach with some soft sand. But as you get close to the water, the sand is coated in a thick layer of sparkly, dried salt. The water at the edge of the lake is blood red - due to algae growth - and there are thick piles of soapy foam all along the beach and floating in the water. The foam is also thought to be due to the algae, likely caused by surfactants the algae produces. So interesting. 

It was like being on a different planet! We stood out there for a couple hours, just admiring the water. The sound of the waves. The snowy mountains in the distance. The unseasonably warm, almost 70-degree February weather. It was an odd, but lovely day. 

If you want to see some of the pics my husband took while we were out there - check out his website - Pix By Brian. He will be posting some on his Landscapes page. :) 

Monday, January 19, 2015

January Bee Blocks

Okay, so, I think 2015 is the year of the quilting bee for me. 

Last year, I spent a decent amount of time working on growing my stash (because who doesn't love that assignment??), with plans to join a bee this year. Previously, I had a large collection of fabrics that were designated toward specific quilt projects, but not a working stash "palette." 

With that assignment completed, I put my name out there on a Flickr discussion board saying that I was looking to join a bee. I also put my name on a waiting list for do. Good Stitches. 

I was contacted by 2 great bee admins to join, We Bee Learning and Beejeebers in mid December. Then, just before the new year, was informed that I had been added to the Aspire Circle for dGS!!

So...2015 is the year I accidentally joined my first bee...times 3!!!

Ha. 

So far, I am LOVING it!!! Each group is such a wonderful group of ladies. 

Take a look at what we are working on! 


We Bee Learning



These are Reverse Rainbow Starburst blocks made using this tutorial, but modified to a 12.5" block by using 3" squares instead of 4".  Those wonky stars were so much fun!! My first time doing any kind of improv piecing, and I totally loved it. Dee's quilt is going to turn out so cute! 


Beejeebers

Okay, so I have to admit, I was a little (or a lot) star-struck when I was asked to join this group. The admin and co-stitcher is none other than Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting. I have been reading her blog religiously and admiring her work since before I began my quilting journey 2 years ago. When she asked if I wanted to join the group, the answer had to be "of course, yes!!" 




 These are great granny square blocks, made using this tutorial - just modified to "great" granny by adding another row of colored squares. I'm super happy with how these turned out, and think this quilt is going to be so pretty! Great choice Erica! 


Last, but certainly not least, do. Good Stitches

I am very honored to be part of the newly formed Aspire Circle. We will be donating all quilts to a group called Enchanted Makeovers, an organization that helps transform homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. They also have a great program called "The Sacred Sewing Room," where they set up a sewing studio in the shelters and hold sewing classes. This is used to teach new skills as well as coping mechanisms to the residents at the shelter. Truly touching and wonderful. 



These are Double Disappearing Nine-Patch blocks, made using this tutorial. This quilt is going to be super modern and happy, and it means so much more knowing it is going to such a good cause. 


So far, my year is looking really amazing! Hope you have some great stitch-y things going on this year too!! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lighthouse Baby Quilt WIP

Making progress this week! 

I have been trimmy-trim-trimming the pieces for my Lighthouse baby quilt (started about a year ago using the Quilt-Along over at Fresh Lemons Quilts). 



This is my first paper-pieced project. Faith's directions on the blog are super clear and easy to follow - perfect for a beginner. Things should move quickly now all the trimming is done. :) 



However, I also just finished watching Elizabeth Dackson's class on Craftsy, Start Foundation Paper Piecing, and I am SUPER excited to try more!

Just gotta finish this...and a few *ahem* other...projects first. 



Linking up with Lee

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Stash #8

As I mentioned on my giveaway post, I won something I couple weeks ago from Rachel at P.S. I Quilt

I was SO excited!!! I'd not won anything from any of the online giveaways previously,and it was a pretty great prize - some Cotton + Steel fqs from the Fat Quarter Shop. Yay!


I wasn't sure which color bundle I was receiving, so that was a fun surprise. Blue is my favorite color, and I love navy best of all. I already own close to 2 yards of the navy XOXO fabric and continue to find projects for which it is perfect. Needless to say, this little bundle will be put to good use rather quickly :) 

Linking up with Molli

Saturday, December 13, 2014

SMS Giveaway Winner

And the winner is....





Congratulations, Margaret!! I sent you an E-mail. 

Thanks everyone for entering! There are so many of you who are winners, I was very surprised. You are lucky, indeed. Those of you who said you haven't won, I hope this weekend proves you wrong. :) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8th Giveaway Day!!

Who doesn't love a good giveaway?! 



I have to admit, I have entered a lot of these over the past few years and have only won once (I'll share what I won next week for Sunday Stash). I was feeling pretty down about that, until I realized I've been a no-reply blogger all this time. Whoops! 

Please - before entering any giveaways this week, check your status (great tutorial here) or make sure to leave your E-mail address in the comment. 

Here's what I'm offering today: 


One lucky reader will win these 2 half-yard cuts from Cotton + Steel's Mustang collection. 


To enter, just leave a comment below and tell me: Have you ever won anything from an online giveaway? What's the best thing you've won?

**Giveaway is now closed.**

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Stash #7

I have been dying to make a christmas quilt for a couple months now. 

**Yes...I realize we are now less than 3 weeks away from Christmas, and there is NO WAY I'm getting this project finished by then. Not with work and my sister's wedding in just under 2 weeks.** 

This same thing happened to me last year, when I decided I need to be surrounded by Christmas spirit at the very last possible second. It's a problem...

Anyway...I have been trolling some of my favorite fabric haunts for a while, and just haven't found the right thing. The color schemes of current collections are either too bright (I'm looking at you Solstice and Folk Art Holiday) or too dark/traditional for what I have in mind.

Honestly, I don't really have the budget for new fabric right now anyway...so I started sifting through my stash. 

Look what I found!



HOW did I not realize that April Showers (plus some stash additions) is PERFECT for a Christmas quilt?!! Other than background fabric, this quilt will come entirely from my stash! You gotta know, the hubby practically did a back flip when I told him. 

I was also gifted an early Christmas present last week - a new smartphone - which finally brings me into this century. Yes!! 



I signed up for an Instagram account right away (I have felt super left out, people), and quickly found an informal quilt along scheduled to start in January - #norwayquiltalong. Since Norway is the pattern I was planning on using for this fabric pull anyway, it feels like fate that I join. :) 

Linking up with Molli

P.S. Come back tomorrow for a chance to win some Cotton+Steel during the Giveaway Day event at Sew Mama Sew