Starfall and Patchwork Chaos

In between working on Christmas gifts I managed to finish 2 quilt tops.  It’s funny, normally I love the the little projects (like Christmas gifts).  They provide a nice change of pace from the quilts and they give me that wonderful instant gratification.  But, for some reason I just can’t get myself in the mood for them.  All that I can think of are quilts! quilts! and quilts!  So I did what I had to do and finished a couple quilts tops.

Starfall Top

First was Starfall.  The fabric is Florence by Denyse Schmidt and the pattern is from Fresh Lemons.  It’s the first time I’ve actually paid for a pattern and it was worth every penny!  Normally I take advantage of free tutorials or I figure things out on my own, but this time I really fell in love with this pattern.  There are 4 different blocks that make up this quilt and 3 out of those 4 require a y seam (or partial seam).  I have only tried a y seam one other time and that was on a BOM type of deal, where I only had to make it work for 1 block.  I remembered that it was very frustrating on that block and I wasn’t so sure I wanted to dive into a whole quilt filled with y seams.  But then I got to thinking and I decided that I wasn’t about to let a silly little specialty seam kick my butt.  Sure enough, after about 5 blocks I had a pretty good system set up and things were going really smoothly.  And I’m proud to say that I will never run away from another y-seam again. I’m stumped on how to quilt this one.  Any suggestions?  I usually stick with an all over design, but I’m gaining confidence in my FMQ’ing skills and I was thinking about doing something unique for each block.  What do you think?

Patchwork Chaos

Next up was Patchwork Chaos.  I’m calling it that because that there was absolutely no plan for this quilt.  When I pull any fabric to use I almost always cut a few 5″ and 2 1/2″  squares before I put the leftover fabric in the scrap piles/bins.  I keep ongoing stacks of the 5″ and 2 1/2″ blocks.  Once the stacks start leaning (or when the mood strikes me) I throw them together and make a quilt.   I love the simplicity of a patchwork quilt and I love making use of my scraps even more.

I can’t wait to get these 2 basted and quilted, but I guess I better go make a few more Christmas  gifts first.  I hope you all are more prepared than I am for the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mara

Giveaway Winner

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my new little blog during the SMS Biannual Giveaway.  And a special thinks for those that chose to follow.  I hope to start posting on a more regular basis once the holidays are over and I look forward to making lots of new quilty friends.  There were 250 comments, wow!  That’s pretty crazy for a new blogger like myself.  I normally respond to every comment that I get, but I’m sure you will understand that I wasn’t able to do that on this post.  I want you to know though that I really did have a wonderful time reading every single comment.  In fact I had so much fun that I’ve decided I’m going to start doing regular giveaways.  At least once a month I plan to give away a goody of some sort, charm packs, notions…. something sewing/quilting related.   Keep an eye out for that 🙂

For now though, the winner is……….. Number 98

Angelia L.

on December 11, 2013 at 12:19 am

I was looking around your blog and I must say that I love your Giant Fall Star quilt and the pillows. I also think your low volume quilt and pillow are amazing! Happy Go Lucky is one of my new favorites. Thank you for sharing!

Thanks Angelia for your kinda words and for taking the time to look around while you were here.  I will be emailing you shortly to get your info so that I can send your Happy Go Lucky charm pack right out to you.  I hope you have as much fun creating with this line as I did!

And since I can’t have a post without a photo,…..

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This is what I woke up to today.

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My mom’s dog and the neighbor dog had a blast playing in the snow this morning.  My 2 dogs are older and wiser and chose to watch from the porch.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Mara

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Giveaway Day

Today is the HUGE biannual giveaway hosted by Sew Mama Sew and this is my first opportunity to participate as a blogger.  I’ve participated as a reader a few times and it’s a fantastic way to discover some great new blogs to add to your list, and to win some goodies.  As a new blogger, I’m excited about the new visitors that I will get this week.  I do hope that you’ll take a moment to take a look around and if you like what you see please follow my blog.  There’s a couple handy links on the right that will help you to follow by either email or Bloglovin’.  Without further ado, here is what I have to offer:

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A lovely charm pack of Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie & Camille.  I adore this line and pretty much everything that Bonnie and Camille have ever done.  I used Happy Go Lucky in the Virtual Quilting Bee hosted by Amy at Diary of a Quilter.

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Not the best photo quality, but you get the idea.  I’m ready to sash these blocks, then baste, quilt and bind.  This is such a happy fabric line. I’m sure you will have fun with the charm pack.  I’ve seen some super cute tote bags made with this line and charm pack would be more than enough to make that happen.

To win, just leave a comment.  Followers get a second entry (just be sure to tell me how you are following).  If you are a “no reply” blogger please be sure to include your email address so that I can notify you if you win.  US entries only please.  Giveaway will remain open until Friday 12/13 at 5pm (pst).  The winner will be notified by email and announced on Sunday 12/15 right here.

Thanks for reading,

Mara

 

Very Productive

The last couple couple weeks have been very productive around here.  I managed to finish, not one, not two, but THREE quilts all in the same weekend (2 weeks ago).

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This was a commissioned quilt that a friend had ordered.  It was fun to do something a little out of my comfort zone style wise.  The theme was wine (as if that’s not obvious) and it’s definitely more traditional than what I normally gravitate towards these days.

 

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I managed to finish Modern Trees from the quilt along at Christa Quilts.  This was the first time I’ve FMQ’d an entire quilt with something other than stippling and I had a really great time doing it.  I was going for a swirly snowy look and I’m very pleased with the results.  This quilt was gifted to my daughter last week at Thanksgiving.  She is away at college and in her first home (away from home) and I figured she could could use some Christmas decorations.  I’m already itching to make another Christmas quilt and I’m thinking about this pattern that Kim at Windsor & Main recently made.  I love everything that she does.

 

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Last, but definitely not least, was a baby quilt that I made “just because”.  I suppose this is my first quilt without a home and ready to be sold.  I kinda feel like I need to have a few things to sell before I go looking into an Etsy or Ebay store.  So this beauty will likely have to wait a little while to find a home.  I really love this quilt.  I almost like the back more than the front.  I like the simplicity of it.

I’ve been super busy sewing lately and have lots to blog about.   I hope to write more soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mara