Sunday, August 21, 2016

Our Anniversary!

 Today is a special day around here.  It is my and my dear husband's 34th wedding anniversary.  Whoo!  Whoo!!
I say this every year, but it's so hard to imagine where all the time has gone.
It really and truly fells like yesterday that we were starting our life together. 
 A lot has changed over the years....
But we are still just as happy! 
(I wish I knew what we were laughing about here..LOL)

Happy Sunday!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Do You Clip?

What I mean is... do you clip your seam allowances on some blocks? 
I have been working on my liberated star blocks for my Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL quilt.  I am loving the modern/vintage feel of these blocks.
These are always a lot of fun and ADDICTIVE!!  Can you tell??  It's half way through the month and I have 24 done already.... and I usually do not get to my sewing machine at night during the week. :-)
I picked up this technique from a Jo Morton book awhile ago.  She calls it the Clipping Trick.  You clip through both layers of the seam allowance up to the seam line on each side of the seam intersection.  This will allow you to press the seam in the direction it would like to go and reduces the layers.   The intersections get pressed open to reduce bulk.

You don't end up with that lump at the intersections and your block lays nice and flat.
I use this all the time, but particularly on star blocks.  Try it the next time if you don't do this already!
So in order to finish this next round, I need to decide what to put the corners.  I have tried a couple options, but no winner yet. (You know how this goes.. lots of trial and error)  However, I am determined this month for this design to not take on a life of its own! LOL
As always, I am open to your wonderful, creative suggestions!  For now I will take a look through my Liberated Quiltmaking book and see if there are any ideas in there.  I am sure there are!

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL - Round 3

I am so happy that I was able to catch up with the third round of the Gwennie Inspired Medallion QuiltAlong.  Yay!  
Round 3 was Log Cabins.  I thought.. heck, this should be fairly easy...  After all I had made a liberated log cabin quilt.  Uh-Huh.. then the design gremlins decided to mess with me.  
 Here is a photo of my design wall at one point in this process.  It seems the more I tried, the harder it got to reach a decision.  There are about 6 or 7 different options being contemplated here.  At this point I was thinking of naming this quilt "A Hot Mess" because that is what it was looking like.  
This is my sewing table when I was trying to decide on what kind of log cabin block to make.  I have a lot of orphan blocks... LOL.
I finally decided on a block with a traditional black and cream toile in the center, surrounded with some brighter modern and traditional fabrics. The toile seems to calm it down and adds a element of sophistication to the design.  At least that is what my gut was telling me. So I went with it!
 Here is my Gwennie Inspired Medallion quilt thus far.  I decided to set the blocks on point with a gray and pink polka dot fabric.  Measures 36" square. 
The blocks were made with the liberated log cabin design.
Love these color combinations. Such fun!
Last weekend my girlfriend Dawn and I want to the Quilt Odyssey quilt show in Hershey, PA.  We decided to make it a 'girls weekend' since her husband was away.  Here are some of the fabrics I couldn't resist. A mix of modern and traditional, of course. 
I also picked up these beauties.  Aren't they luscious??  Larger prints.  Can't wait to use them.

So now I am waiting to see what Round 4 will be in the Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL.  I will be linking up with everyone to show off Round 3!  Check out the other quilts here.

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quilt Along Update - CHILDHOOD

So I have been working on the June (month #2) theme for the Gwennie Marston Inspired Medallion QAL.  The first border theme was chosen by Cynthia over at wabi-sabi quilts.  She chose the theme of CHILDHOOD.  I needed to give this some thought.
I grew up in New Jersey (still live here!) in a working class suburb where my great-grandparents immigrated to in the late 1800's.  We were about 45 minutes from New York City. My childhood was pretty simple living in a small cape cod home with my parents and older brother in a small town.
Our family was small and most of my extended family lived within 3 miles of us.  Holidays and Sunday dinners were always fun and I learned a lot from my Mom, grandmothers, and great-aunt.  That is me on the left.  I think that must be a home-made Easter bonnet on my head. LOL

However, when I think about what from my childhood has had the most impact on me, I would have to say learning to sew.  Learning to sew and tapping into my creative side started a lifelong love of fabric, sewing and eventually quilting.  This is a picture of me with the first dress I made.  Looks a little short.. hahahahahaha.

As I have mentioned on this blog before, my paternal grandmother thought that all young girls should learn to sew.  I also think she saw a future opportunity to tap into those skills and have me help her with some sewing projects! LOL  So at age nine, she enrolled me in sewing classes at the Singer Sewing Center downtown.  I spent some of my summer vacation at her house (across town) would take the bus from her house to downtown for my sewing lessons.  I still have my turquoise sewing box that I took with me.

So for my Childhood theme borders, I chose a wonky border made using sewing themed fabrics and also some fabrics that reminded me of fabrics I may have used at that time.
The red print here kind of reminds of those red patch pockets on my dress.

I added a second border with pins on it to finish off the SEWING theme.
Now onto this month's theme - Log Cabins.  Oh boy, this was my sewing table over the weekend.  Still looks pretty much the same and I won't show you the rest of the room!

Happy Sewing!



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