Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sunday Stash

So much for being good! Well, last week someone posted that Lotta Jansdotter released a line for Joann Fabrics. As much as that place makes me hate life, I went for the occasion. Lets say the line doesn't disappoint.  The top mustard color, the navy wheat pattern, the slate blue flowers, and the slate blue color are all from her line. Yum.

My grandmother also knows how much I love Cloud 9 fabrics.  She doesn't have an aversion to Joanns, and likes using her 50% off coupons. Winning for me!  So she hooks me up some with sweet fabrics. The best part is they go PERFECTLY with the Lotta fabrics. 


Conveniently Amy Garro's book Paper Pieced Modern just arrived in the mail. Thinking maybe these  fabrics might play nice with one of her patters?

-Patch & Chels

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Update

Taking a little blogging break got me hand-stitching ambitious! Right, I was supposed to take a break.   Either way it kinda happened. One night I basted this quilt and sat on the couch for the remainder of the night hand stitching. It felt good doing nothing, but still productive. My kind of nothing. 

This quilt is made from a variety of Thimble Blossom blocks all smushed into one quilt. Here is the whole thing finished from this summer. Yeah, I've been sitting on this one for a while. If you are interested in learning about "chunky" style hand stitching here is the tutorial. It's my favorite kind of hand quilting. It just makes everything pop. 

You can see I have A LOT more to go. Looks like I will be spending more hours sitting in front of the TV! Anyone recommend a good show?

-Patch & Chels

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Good to be Queen

March was my turn to be the queen bee for my Stash Bee!  Whoot Whoot! I chose the Rocky Mountain Puzzle block with a range of colors. It was so much fun to see all the blocks come in and see what people chose for fabrics and colors. Here is a little sample of the awesomeness that has arrived so far! 

Don't they all just scream spring! They are are so fun and light, the whole lot just makes me smile. I cannot wait to see them all together and get them sewn up. Now I just have to think what I am going to do with another quilt. You can never have too many, right?!

I hope everyone else is enjoying the spring. It has finally decided to show up here in New England. I am sitting on the deck with a martini just typing away :).  Hello warmth, I am happy to see you!

-Patch & Chels

Friday, March 27, 2015

Needing a Break

Hi All .... 

This news comes with me just being too busy. I have decided to take the rest of the month off and enjoy some quite time for a week (maybe two). At the beginning of the week I presented at a teaching conference with my teammate, grades were due, and I am still behind with everything else. I mean EVERYTHING, the house is a disaster, my to-do list for school is a mile long, and inbox is full. ** I do plan on responding to all your wonderful comments in my new spare time! If you get replies from the beginning of the month, yes I am still working on those, please don't be offended. ** Don't even ask about Bloglovin'. I hate being away from all your lives and need some time to reconnect with all my blogging friends. Also to check in and see what you are working on. Hopefully this will regain my focus. So, I will return in April after I have unloaded some stress and ready to take on the Spring! Until then happy quilting.

-Patch & (mostly) Chels

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quilts for Aunts, Part 2

Welcome to part two of aunt's week. It's really not, but apparently that's who I have been sewing for lately! My mother's sister is probably my biggest quilting fan, and purchaser. She has been asking for navy/white quilt for some time, and when the Lexington line by Moda came out this fall, I ordered it up for her. It's was exactly what she wanted. 

She also liked my patriotic star quilt last year and begged for it to be hers with out any luck. So, Lexington + stars = perfect combination. I used the tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew for the blocks. This pattern/tutorial might be my all time favorite, or it's the one I have used the most! 

There will be 25 blocks in all, for a 5 x 5 arrangement, now I just need to get them finished. They are looking so good together so far, I cannot wait to see them finished. And ... more importantly, I hope that my aunt likes loves them. 

- Patch & Chels

Friday, March 20, 2015

Quilts for Aunts, Part 1

My aunt was a hand-quilter back in the day but has moved on to knitting. Over the years she has made us nieces and nephews such great sweaters and quilts. This last year she asked me to make her a monochromatic taupe quilt using the pattern Fireworks by Thimble Blossoms. (So yes, these pictures are in color!) This was a way for me to return the favor. I will admit when I started this quilt a year ago and it did push my quilting skills. I got really friendly with the seam ripper. In my head the whole thing looked much easier! 

Last spring I made 10 of the 16 blocks required, then promptly ran out of steam. In the mean time I had also completed some other projects that really pushed my skills as a quilter. Every time I thought of finishing up these blocks, I was reminded at how much difficulty I had with them. Then lost motivation. Over February vacation, I gave myself an ultimatum, nothing else until these blocks are finished. 

Ta da! They are finished. After coming back to these blocks a year later and on a new machine, they weren't as much trouble as I had originally had with them. (Little pat on the back was inserted.) The last 6 went together quickly without any issues. Once the blocks were finished the top was a breeze. Now, I just need to back, quilt, and bind. No biggie! This is defiantly not my typical color palette, but might be becoming one of my favorite quilts. It's going to be painful to give away, but well worth it!

- Patch & Chels

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mom's Birthday!

Happy St. Patrick's Day and .... Happy Birthday Mom!

I thought mom needed a sew together bag for her birthday, so I whipped this one up for her. This time I used postage stamp sized squares for the outside, and have to say, it might be my favorite. Of course,  one cannot go wrong with navy dots :) 

I also used some of the left over fabric from my sister's quilt, so it's kinda a family thing at this point! Officially addicted to zippers and this bag. I already have plans to make a couple more. One for my roommate and my friend. Guess I need to buy zippers and get busy! 

-Patch & Chels