Monday, March 9, 2015

Log Cabin Obsessed!

That's right, I have become obsessed with
making these little Log Cabin Blocks.

This is the picture of the Log Cabin Star with borders,
layered and quilting started.

This was the demo piece for a class I was teaching.
You can't really see the quilting but the process,
as part of the class, was to quilt it with 
machine embroidery.
It will stay as is until class #2 at the end of March
so I can demo the quilting again.

But, this ruler and book from Marti Michell have
hooked me in!  I am so obsessed with making these
little log cabin blocks I cannot stop!
You can purchase the ruler and book at
Pieceful Quilting. Just give us a call!
http://www.frommarti.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=FMM&Product_Code=8044&Category_Code=R_MFR

In preparing for the first class I cut so many 
1.5" strips from my Civil War Repro and Thimbleberries stash
the box was overflowing.
All this led to my new obsession...
I made 4 blocks for the second class Saturday
and then came home and made a couple (19) more.
Going totally scrappy with this staying the in CW and Thimbleberries "like" fabrics.
My rules are simple:
Lights - anything with a light background
Darks - anything without a light background




These are 3 potential layouts.
And, the box still overflows!

Eventually this will be large enough for a throw.

Last weekend it was snowy so I stepped outside my
comfort zone of favorite fabrics and made this little table topper.

The pattern is Rock Candy from Jaybird Quilts.
This pattern is also available at Pieceful Quilting
and will be a class at the shop later on in the spring.

Happy Sewing,
Colleen



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Log Cabin Star

I have been sewing away on a class sample for the shop.
The logs finish at 1" and we are 
using Marti Michell's log cabin ruler which makes cutting the log strips
quick and easy.
I have 16 blocks...

And my layout will be a star...

I have to sew these together and then pick a nice
border and get the backing ready for Part 2 of the class
next Thursday.

Happy Sewing,
Colleen

Friday, February 13, 2015

Painted Mountains...

Well, it's been a little while since I posted.
My intent was to post every other week...maybe I will get there.
I have been working on some machine embroidery projects
that I will show at a later date.
Right now I wanted to stop in and show you 
my Painted Mountains Quilt top with the
borders added.

Sorry the pic is not the greatest, I had to lay it on the bed 
due to the size of the quilt top.

On another note, I have decided to 
continue my daily sewing of 4 little hour glass blocks.
If I work on these for the entire year it 
will make one awesome, scrappy queen size quilt!
So far I am keeping up with this, let's hope I don't get
bored of these cuties...
pics to follow.

If you are in the path of freezing temps like we are
here in the Northeast, stay warm and stay safe.

Happy Sewing,
Colleen

Friday, January 16, 2015

2 weeks into the New Year already!

While I still make an attempt to sew everyday,
last year I was not as successful as the year prior.
Oh, I sewed a lot but not EVERYDAY.
This year I set that goal again and 2 weeks in we are doing great!

I love the activity of sewing.
A friend mentioned that I have a lot of unfinished tops
and that is true.
The reality is that I could sit and sew all day long just for
the activity of sewing.
I find it to be the best therapy there is.

My January plan was to make hour glass blocks.
4 per day...

56 so far...


4 to square up from yesterday makes 60.

And, yesterday I think I found a pattern that will work for these.
More on that when the time is right.

Another project from recent sewing is this.

I need to add the borders and this one will be...another top!!!
I call this one "Painted Mountains" because I used a
Fat Quarter Bundle of Laundry Basket Quilts Paint Box Collection.

Maybe I should start thinking about a new goal...
QUILT THE TOPS!!!
I'll think about that one...someday.

Happy Sewing,
Colleen


Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's a New Year!

Happy New Year to all!
It's been almost a year since I last posted anything on my little blog.
Promising myself to post (or at least add pictures) this year so here I am.

On New Year's Eve I like to start on a Christmas/Holiday quilt before packing away 
my stash of holiday fabrics.  
This is the choice of pattern and fabrics for this year's NYE quilt.

I cut out all the pieces and made a few changes to the cutting instructions as I went along.
Started around 9:30 pm and finished one block (minus the snowman face) before I went to bed around 11:00 pm.  Didn't stay up to ring in the New Year, too tired!

I also pieced the other 12 half-square triangles and all the border strip sets.

Perhaps tonight I can get another block done.
The blocks are 16" so I am thinking of adding additional sashing in
between each block and a larger border for a nice size wall hanging for next year.
Will have to see what I have in the stash that would work.

That's all for now...
And this year I want to sew everyday!

Colleen