Friday, August 08, 2014

The Sewing Room Swap

Instagram is one of the funnest social media sites.  One of my friends said she was joining the Sewing Room Swap.  I had to jump on board, I hadn't done a swap for a long time.  We all got our names and suggestions for what our partner's would want.  Everyone really went all out and made beautiful items for each other's sewing rooms.

My partner loves Anna Maria Horner, and wanted something to carry her hand work around in, since she's always on the go.  I settled on making the Divided Basket by Noodlehead.

And the Triple Zip Pouch.  So much fun to make!  I changed the pattern to make it a bit longer.
My partner sent me the most beautiful items, I can't believe how well she had me pegged!  I am thrilled with what I received.  It was really a fun swap!
I just love it all, the mini quilt is hanging in my bedroom, it's adorable.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Woodland Sampler

This adorable cross stitch sampler was finished last winter, and I haven't been able to share it yet.  The pattern is by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  Isn't it the cutest?
I've stitched so many "monthly" samplers, I just can't help it...
I've yet to find a new cross stitch project, I've got to start digging in my stash to see what I can find!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Swoon Quilt finish

Almost every quilter that I meet, wants to make a Swoon quilt, or they have already!  It's a very fun pattern, that uses fat quarters, and comes together to make a large 80" x 80" quilt top.  My friends and I did a quilting bee and all made each other blocks, this was the pattern I chose.  It makes me so happy to see this quilt finished.

You have all got fabric stashed away for the perfect project right?  That is what these fabrics were, my favorites!  A lot of Tula Pink, and Anna Maria Horner, with a few perfect beachy fabrics thrown in.

I used a white with gray dots for the background, it softens it quite a bit.  The fabric is from Bonnie & Camille's Moda fabric line called Vintage Modern.  The binding is a Tula Pink fabric from her line Salt Water.  I used an aqua voile on the back of it.  My friend Beth let me borrow her long arm to quilt it.  It was such a fun quilt to make.  Thanks for the memories Jenn, Barbara, Colleen, Ellen, Becky, Elizabeth and Joni!
I was able to finish this quilt while camping up in the mountains at Odell Lake, and the whole reason we went all of the way out there was to see Crater Lake!  Have you been there??? It was so beautiful, here are a few photos, and yes, the water really is that blue.
I hope you're having a lovely summer! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Odds and Ends baby quilt finish

This quilt has been on my mind ever since I made the quilt Odds & Ends for the book Quilting Happiness.  I wanted to make one in bright colors, and finally, I got around to it.  

Here is the quilt I made for the book:

When my best friend from high school told me she was expecting a baby girl this summer, I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her.  
I went for bright and summery.
I also decided to leave out the sashing and borders for this quilt, I didn't want it to be too big.
I finished it while we were in Sisters for the quilt show.  The house we stayed at had a corral out back, perfect for pictures.
I love making quilts with lots of pieces, it's a bit fussy and requires some concentration.  
I free motion quilted flowers on each block, and put a soft aqua flannel backing on it.   It was so fun to make, and with each stitch I thought of my friend and her soon to be baby, such a wonderful thing!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2014

I was so excited to be able to go up to Sisters, Oregon for the 39th Annual Outdoor Quilt Show.  My kids and I went up and spent the weekend with Beth and her family.  We had the best time!

On Friday we went and explored.  I took the kids on a hike called Black Butte Lookout.  The area is just beautiful, with a panorama of mountain peaks and wildflowers everywhere.  I must tell you though, if you aren't in the best shape, it's a hard hike.  I was sore for a few days afterwards.
The views made it all worth it though!
Beth and I were able to get some sewing time in of course.
Saturday was the quilt show, it was HOT, HOT, HOT!  When I got back to my car it said it was 95 degrees, woo!  It was great though, there were over 1,400 quilts hanging all over the town of Sisters.
This lovely quilt is by Elizabeth Hartman, a long time favorite quilter of mine!
Another Elizabeth Hartman quilt, love those foxes made out of Liberty of London fabric.
Isn't that pop of orange perfect?
There was an Ohio Star Challenge, that I loved!  So many great quilts.
One thing I noticed this year, was COLOR.  There were many quilts that were bright and fun.  Loved it!  It was very inspiring.
I really, really want to make this one.
This was my friend Beth's favorite, it's fantastic!
My lovely friend Violet Craft's quilt.
Yet another great quilt from Elizabeth, using Violet's fabric.
Quilts from my friends Cherri, Susan and Jen.  The quilt on the left made by Cherri inspired me so much, I made one for myself!  I love her quilt so much.
Here is me, with my quilt!!
The best thing about this quilt show is of course, spending time with friends.   Beth and I loved this kooky bird quilt.
Seeing all of my Portland peeps!  Elizabeth, Petra, Violet, Jen and Monica!
Until next year Sisters, thanks for a great day! xoxoxo

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pow Wow: A finished quilt!

I'm happy to share another finished quilt with you today.  This has taken me almost a year to complete, and I'm loving it.   I bought a fat quarter bundle of the fabric line Happy Go Lucky last summer.  I loved the navy, orange, and reds together.   So, I started pulling out my favorite prints, and then dug through my stash and put together a quilt top!

The pattern is called Pow Wow, and is designed by Cluck Cluck Sew.  This is the 4th quilt I've made from her patterns, and she is an amazing designer!  She doesn't waste fabric, she has really clear instructions, and her patterns come in multiple sizes.  Go and check her out, you won't be disappointed.

I used one of my all time favorite fabrics for the back, a starfish print from Going Coastal.  It's the best! I have this quilt for sale in my Etsy shop: Aqua Reef Studios.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Quilty Fun Sew Along

Joining in with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday:

I worked on my Quilty Fun sew along off and on all winter.  It was a fun project to do, and I liked that the blocks didn't take a lot of time to make, and they were all so cute!  I think the bumble bee is my favorite block.  The pattern is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet, from her book Quilty Fun.  I highly recommend it, her instructions are great.
I was able to get all of the blocks finished, and the top put together a few weeks ago.  Now, onto the borders.  I have to find the "perfect" fabrics for this.  Isn't it fun?  And it used up a lot of scraps, which was great.