a question for you, internet, or anyone who happens to stop by...

what do you like to see on quilty/crafty blogs, or on this blog in particular?

- info on how I made it, where I got it,

- tutorials with photos detailing how to make it

- pictures of progress, such as fabric stacks, blocks on the design wall, etc.

- personal stuff, like what I ate for lunch,

- my opinions on any kind of random stuff

- links to other great stuff I've found

- or should I just shut up and show you a proper picture of the whole quilt!

I'd love to hear what you think!

thanks! and a full reveal

first off, i want to thank you all so much for your comments on my funny little fall circle quilt.  all the positive comments took me completely by surprise!  i was in a bit of a funk about it because of it's rumpliness.  i had hoped to sell it in my shop, but now i couldn't.  and then you all thought it was nice, and actually took the time to tell me that... now i think i like it after all...

you know what't the best part?  the fact that so many of you would take the extra minute to leave an encouraging comment.  so often i really like something, but don't take the time to say so.  lesson learned again.  i'm gonna try doing more of that, cause it's such a simple way to boost someone's day!


now finally some pics of this quilt.  i cannot seem to figure out an easy and pretty way to show quilts larger than baby size.  in desperation, i though of this idea.  so i found a couple of cleanish rocks, and here's the quilt.

you can read more about how this quilt started here.  i'm quite happy with how it turned out.  it will be so fun for a little girl somewhere.  (it's a twin size)

using up my stash on the back.  oh, that feels so good.

i guess if the recipient is really mod, they can use this side instead! i can't decide where to send it... Bumblebeans?
Texas Wildfires?
any ideas?

celebrate {Fall} colors

i've always wanted to make one of these circles...

and i also wanted to make something to contribute to Rachel's Celebrate Color for Fall.

so here it is.

i'll admit, fall colors are a bit of a stretch for me.

i just made a little rule for myself.  EVERY piece came from my scrap pile.  i just pulled out any scrap, looked at it, decided if it looked 'fallish', and if it did, i added it.

so i'm not sure if this is my idea of fall colors, or my scrap pile's idea of fall colors...

only one problem i must confess.  i went happily round and round, quilting in tiny circles, and in the end, this crazy thing will. not. lie. flat.  i have to pin it tightly to the wall.  next time i will alternate the direction i quilt the circles.  lesson learned.


I've been waiting for a chance to get more photos of this finished quilt, but it doesn't seem to happen.  So here are a few 'thrown over the table' glances.  I really will get some better pics before I pack it up and send it off.  

One very sweet block...

and a good shot of the quilting.  I'd never done this loopy quilting before and I found it to be the easiest free motion quilting I've ever done!  I think it's a natural motion because of all that cursive writing I had to do back in grade school.  I'd really recommend it as a starting point if you're trying free motion quilting for the first time.  All I can say is that 'stippling'  (where the line don't cross each other)  does not come as naturally as these loops.

And I was going to show you more of this one, but the pictures all turned out fuzzy and terrible, so it will have to wait for some more sunshine, and a quiet moment.


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saturday afternoon

my husband is climbing mountains...

i've been making applesauce and freezing corn from the garden...

because of the above activities my house was in bad need of cleaning...

old friends coming for night tonight...

which all added up to what I thought would be a FULL day of picking up toys, vacuuming, picking up toys, scrubbing toilets, picking up toys, dusting, picking up toys, folding laundry...

get the picture?!

But I didn't count on a few good things which are:

my two little ones are suddenly beginning to grow up a bit and actually play together...

and their little helping hands are starting to be an actual help...

So that's why you see that quilt block sitting there.  Cause after my sewing room was all cleaned up and vacuumed, I wanted to sew something quick before it was covered in toys and lint again.

and I chose something with set-in seams, just because I was feeling adventurous.  and I'm figuring those pesky things out!  You just might see a whole quilt like that yet!

Go by Bike

No, it's not a tablecloth.  I only had a few minutes so I threw this quilt on the table to show you.  Seems like I'm getting a backlog of quilts that I haven't been able to photograph in their full hanging selves.

Of course it's always fun to have a few teasers, and see smaller portions of the quilt, but when I see glimpses of something I love on a blog, I'm all about "hurry up and show me the whole thing!"

But this one is an all over pattern, so what you're seeing here is how the rest looks too.  I used this pattern.  And I definitely will be making it again.  Very simple.  A great mindless way to make a random patchwork quilt.

Now, why did I buy this pattern when I rarely end up following a pattern anyway?  And I could have figured out something similar and saved $9.00?

Well, sometimes I get to feeling a bit insecure about messing up some great fabric.  I had this stack of fabric sitting on my shelf for a long time, and I wanted to make something that I KNEW would turn out well.  This is the style of quilt I wanted.  Random patchwork, but something I can cut out ahead of time and just sew!  Most of the time, I want the adventure of coming up with my (sort of!) own ideas, and winging things and improvising.  Other days, I just want to pull out a pattern, grab my fabric, and have confidence that it won't look wrong.

I know I'll be using this pattern again!

My only regret is that I added those two dark grays in.  I know, it's not a big deal, but I think they stand out just a wee bit too much.  With the pattern was a recommendation to use similar values (light/dark), and so next time I will follow ALL the directions, instead of just most of them.  Ok, that may not be possible for me, but I'll try!

Basting Again

Late afternoon sunlight streaming across a newly basted quilt on the kitchen floor... You may notice that I'm on a mission to see how few pins I can use, and still come out with no puckers.  These blocks are BIG (20") so some of these pins are 10" apart.  (basting is so tedious, and yes, I've heard of basting spray but still not totally sold on it for large quilts)

Don't sue me if it doesn't work for you, but I haven't had any problems so far!!

Major cute alert!  Here's some more blocks that I didn't make so I can talk about how fun they are.  I've been part of a quilting bee (not the do.Good Stitches charity bee, but another one) for over a year now.  My 'month' was way back, and at that time I sent out fabrics in pinks, oranges, yellows, and greens and told everyone to make whatever kind of block they wanted.

Back then I was planning to put all these blocks together and make a quilt for my daughter.  (You can see all those blocks together here.)  I knew almost right away that it was going to be too busy all together like that because I'm a big one for some negative space!  Besides that, each block was so fun and unique, I decided that I was going to make a few quilts out of these blocks.  So guess what!  They've been sitting on my shelf ever since.  I've  pulled them out to admire once in a while, but now I finally bit the bullet and chose 12 blocks that went well, and made a quilt with them.

Just adding some big borders around each block to give it the look I want, and to let each of these beauties shine a bit more!  This will also make it a twin size, since I'm thinking of donating it to the BumbleBeans Basics Quilt Drive.

I'm thinking I might do some loopy quilting on this one.  For some reason, I've never done it before.  Always waiting for just the right quilt.  But I think this one will be the right one!

Picnics and Fairgrounds {Boy}

This quilt top has been kicking around for awhile.  You may have seen a glimpse of it hanging in the closet here.  Let's see, how did this one come about.  It's hard to talk about my process and inspiration when it's been such a long time.

Ok, this was what happened.  I bought a fat quarter bundle of Picnics and Fairgrounds by Denyse Schmidt, which was only available at JoAnn's Fabrics, which does not happen to be in Canada, and whose website does not offer to ship to Canada.  Thankfully, there were some people selling it on Etsy, because I really loved the vintagey designs in more modern colors.  (I think that's what I like about all her fabrics)

After I had the fabric sitting around for a while, I divided it into two groups, the navy, red, and pink in one group, and the more vibrant blues and greens in the other.  I realized later that there WAS actually two color groups, and they were probably similar to what I came up with.

So I decided to make a quilt from each of these stacks, one obviously being for a girl, and one for a boy.  Here's the girl one which I finished earlier.  (And in retrospect, that basket quilt is one of those "one in ten" projects that I love the most.)

So now on to this boyish stack.  I added a few more greens and blues, and also some blacks and golden yellows.  I started out sewing big log cabin/square in square blocks.  Impulsively, I decided I didn't like it, and whacked them all up into quarters.  (I don't have a picture, but I almost wish I'd left it that way..)

So here it is.  A bento box quilt, only the pieces don't line up, because I originally sewed the squares in random sizes.  This makes for quite a wild and busy look.  And those black pieces in there stand out a bit much... Oh well, I DO know that I love the colors!

On the back I used a cute little bird print with one strip of all my left over pieces.  And the binding just adds to the wild and crazy busyness.  Not sure that I love the binding either, but I'm trying to use up some of these pieces that never seem to find their way into anything.