Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Another quilt added to the Finishes column! My March goal was to bind this quilt - so I'll be linking up at Fiber of All Sorts for this ALYOF goal. This quilt is also on my Q1 list for the Finish-Along and I'm linked up at On the Windy Side for the finish. I love how this turned out! In my earlier post, I mentioned the inspiration from Disney's Fantasia soundtrack so I decided to name it Vibrato.

detail of quilting- L side

detail of quilting- R side

Quilt Stats:
Size: 39.5"H x 42"W
Pattern: The central motif is the Table Runner pattern from A Quilter's Mixology & I turned that into a wall quilt by adding extra width of background.
Central motif: different colors of the same print -found at a quilt shop adventure with Momm, C & P.
Background fabric - Sketch by Timeless Treasures in Purple.
Backing fabric: Pink print picked up from the remnant bin at Hancock's
Binding: Aboriginal Dot by Kaffe Fasset
Quilting: In the ditch in the central motif & echoing lines in the background using both a walking foot & free-motioned in coordinating Aurifil threads

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Snapshot #24

Today brought sunshine and warm spring weather which was a nice change from yesterdays rain. This afternoon I was downtown and walked by the river (with everyone else it seemed!) finding it much changed from earlier this week. It's creeping ever higher and if we get more rain in the coming weeks, maybe the walls will need to be closed again!

While the road has been closed for a week or two at this point, the water is coming closer and closer up that ramp.

What looks like mini submarine periscopes, are actually the top posts of an outdoor stage, and between the planter and the stage are some stairs and a road where you can normally drive by the river. 

I may need some floaties or a boat to get to work soon! ;)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Week to Week

return of the snow day!
It's hard to believe that this time last week I had the second snow day of the year due to another foot of snow; while today hit 60, sunny with a breeze promising Spring. What a difference! All the snow made perfect quilting weather with some small breaks for snow angels, soup making and catching up with friends. Once I can get some decent pictures of the quilts I finished I'll be able to post those here!

Had some trouble with a snowman, so I opted for a Dalek instead! Better watch out if you've still got snow on the ground.  :)

Detail of my #disco quilt - had enough fabric to add a couple rows so this will be big enough for the bed! I mixed a FQ pack of Architextures and some yardage of Botanics for this quilt and am loving how it's turned out now that the top is complete.

Worked on finishing up my watercolor quilt from the class I took with Katie PasquiniMasopust.  I pulled out my trusty Aurifil threads and used all the colors you see in the picture to quilt this. I chose a matching turquoise for the binding and will have a finished picture soon. This quilt is on my Q1 FAL list so it was nice to wrap this one up.

Paper Pieces is a new business here in town and I was able to stop in the other week with a coworker. They were great and we came away with some sample packs to learn how to English Paper Piece. Of course, once back at work we sat down to stitch up our very first flowers.  Several days later I saw the instagram from Tales of Cloth about making #flowersforeleni so I decided to put my skill to work.  I made two more flowers and sent those off in the mail. What a great way to share our talents with those who need them!
my #flowersforeleni 
 With all the snow melting & rain the river is creeping ever higher and since it warmed up so much the mist was enthralling. Spring is on the way friends and I am ready to enjoy it!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March is here!

I love March!  Mostly because my Birthday is this month, but also because it means Spring is coming and that makes me happy.  :)

I finally figured out how to quilt the rest of my curves challenge quilt!  After echoing the main piecing, all the negative space threw me for awhile because I didn't want to take away from that with the rest of the quilting.  However, inspiration strikes at the most random times.  While  covering the front desk at work the other week when - BAM! inspired.   

I thought of the original Disney Fantasia where they bring out the 'soundtrack' and he showcases different instrument sounds.  After sketching a few ideas I knew it would be a great way to finish off my curves quilt.

snapshot of the Fantasia 'soundtrack' for inspiration

So once I was home, I pulled out my trusty quilting tools: Aurifil thread, water erasable marking pen, ruler & the lid to my wok.  What?  Doesn't everyone use kitchen lids/utensils when marking quilts?!  Haha.  The curve of the wok lid was perfect to mark the echo lines.  It's not even the first time I've used the lid in my quilting. <-true story.

Since the first echo lines were done in pink & orange, I used a coordinating blue & green this time.  I free-motioned the lines once they were marked.  My March goal for ALYOF is to bind this quilt and get it finished.  Linking up at Fiber of All Sorts and then auditioning fabrics for binding!