Thursday, September 21, 2017

A scrappy trip around the world quilt beginning



Back in 2013, I made my first scrappy Trip Around the World quilt which, as it turns out, I never fulled shared here. I remember liking the clever way the blocks were made and recently decided to make another one. This time with mostly navy prints and one bright pink, yellow, orange or white fabric in each block. I love the overall effect and look forward to completing this one.

Have you ever made one?  I used this tutorial.

-dana

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Catch up of happenings




Over the last weeks and months I've:  Done yoga on the boat dock. Spent a weekend with friends sewing. Watched the sunflowers bloom and fade. Spent lots of time as a passenger in the car with my youngest as she logs hours behind the wheel. Filled the hummingbird feeders more times than I can remember. Tried to walk my stubborn dog every single day even though at some point this summer she has decided she no longer wants to go on daily walks. Watched the total solar eclipse. Made (and ate) lots of pie. Finally took my sewing machine to be properly serviced. Dropped my oldest off at college. Gulp.

-dana

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My obsession with zinnias








I grow zinnias every summer. I love that they grow like crazy without any special attention. They flower all summer and keep in a vase for weeks. I'm especially obsessed with how as the blossom ages, the color fades in the most beautiful ombre fashion. I tend to take a billion photos of my zinnias each year, as evidenced by the screen shot of my camera roll above. This year I decided to extend my obsession to fabric and thread. A zinnia quilt!

-dana

P.S. Zinnia quilt block pattern is by Lori Holt.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Moda Skill Builder Blocks


Can you spot the September additions to my quilt? You might know that each month since February I've been making blocks as part of a quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop. You can find the free pattern (here's a kit!) and video tutorials on the first of each month from Fat Quarter Shop.

I made the five Starburst quilt blocks for this month. And, guess what? I only have October's blocks left to make and then November is dedicated to assembling the quilt!

-dana

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A few more quilts for sale


A few weeks ago I posted a few quilts for sale and said that I planned to post several more the following week. Well, a few weeks have past and I realized that what was holding me up was photographing them all. So, instead of dragging my feet on that any more, I've opted to pull the original photos and use them instead of new photos. Sheesh. It takes me awhile sometimes to have a light bulb moment. Unfortunately, it means some photos are better than the others but onward and upward, I say! Like, let's get this show on the road already, Dana! Like, use what you've got and let's get these quilts for sale already!  I've updated the original quilts for sale post and you can click HERE to see what is still available. Below are the added ones to the sale.


I'm calling the above quilt, "Nothing but Scraps" and it measures 66" x 80". It's 100% cotton and you can run this through the washing machine and dryer. $300 plus shipping and insurance.




The above three photos feature the quilt "Mountains" which measures 60" x 60". It too is 100% cotton. Machine wash and tumble dry. $300 plus shipping and insurance.


The above quilt is "36 Patch Scrap Quilt" and measures 70" x 70". 100% cotton. Machine wash and dry. $200 plus shipping and insurance.


This "Orange and Navy Patchwork" measures 70" x 74.5". 100% cotton. Can you guess the next part?  Yep... machine wash and tumble dry. $300 plus shipping and insurance.




Finally, this "Patchwork with the Vintage Sheet Patchwork Backing" measures 77.5" x 85.5". This one is not 100% cotton as the vintage sheets on the backing have a bit of polyester in them. Which makes the backing soft and cool to the touch. Machine wash and tumble dry. $200 plus shipping and insurance.

I said:

Thank you for taking a look. I'm constantly making quilts. It's what I love to do. I've never made a quilt I didn't      love and it will pain me just a little to send these off to new owners. However, these (plus the others I will post  in the coming week) have been stacked up in the I'm-going-to-sell-some-quilts-so-momma-can-keep-making-  more pile for several months and my family hasn't missed them. Fingers crossed you find something you like.

And it bears repeating because I really do thank you for looking at a few quilts for sale. Knowing that MY quilts may end up in YOUR home really does make the thought of parting with them bearable. If you are interested in any of them and have questions, please don't hesitate to ask by sending me an email by clicking on the red email link over on the right hand sidebar.

-dana

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quilt Sale


I mentioned earlier this summer that I had a large stack of quilts to sell. I'm starting with these five quilts and hope to photograph and get the details written down of the other quilts in the next week or so. All of the quilts are handmade by me. Most were sample quilts I made for magazine, book or other publication of some sort. In the past I've opened up special online shops to sell quilts but am just going to list them here. Please feel free to email me with questions by clicking the red "email" button over on the right sidebar.

The above quilt I've called "Charmed I'm Sure." It measures 72" x 103" and is 100% cotton. Machine wash and tumble dry. Though the corners look square in these photos, they are actually angled corners... you just can't tell because my husband is holding it while standing on a bale of hay and doing his best not to fall off. $300 plus shipping and insurance.



The above 100% cotton quilt measures 55" x 55" and is named "Filigree." Machine wash and tumble dry. The soft colors and bold x's remind of of fine filigree work. $200 plus shipping and insurance. Unless your local of course. In which case, I'll bring it to ya!



"Bento Box" is the name of the above 100% cotton quilt that measures 56" x 84" (perfect on a twin bed!) Machine wash and tumble dry. $200 plus shipping and insurance.


SOLD -- This giant rainbow gradient quilt measures 86" x 103". It is, of course, 100% cotton. Machine wash and tumble dry. $300 plus shipping and insurance.



SOLD -- Finally, this strawberry quilt measures 51" x 64" and is such a happy, summery quilt. It's 100% cotton. Machine wash and tumble dry. $200 plus shipping and insurance.

You guys! Thank you for taking a look. I'm constantly making quilts. It's what I love to do. I've never made a quilt I didn't love and it will pain me just a little to send these off to new owners. However, these (plus the others I will post in the coming week) have been stacked up in the I'm-going-to-sell-some-quilts-so-momma-can-keep-making-more pile for several months and my family hasn't missed them. Fingers crossed you find something you like.

-dana

Monday, August 7, 2017

My Amish Inspired Quilt


Looking back at progress photos of these quilt blocks, I see that I started making this quilt last July. I finished all twenty-four blocks last summer and knew that I wanted to set them on point. I also knew that I had to fix two blocks. Those two things meant that I stacked them on top of each other and set them on a shelf.  Fixing blocks and setting them on point are not two of my favorite things.


But these blocks were never very far out of my mind. Over the course of a year I pulled them out more than once just to look at them. I love, love, love the bright colors on the black background. I love the mix of traditional quilt blocks that I chose. I have a rug in my house that is brights on a black background and very folk art-ish. For the entire last year I've imagined this quilt residing in the same room as that awesome rug.


Well, July 2017 was finally the time where I buckled down and fixed those blocks and nearly pulled my hair out sashing and setting them on point. It might have been easier if I had had a pattern to follow. You know, one that told me how much fabric to buy, how to cut it, and how best to arrange the blocks. It only took me thirty minutes to fix the blocks. Thirty minutes! Makes me wish I didn't wait a year to do it. Piecing the top together took longer. Basting it took even longer because the backing is a silky, sateen fabric that liked to shift during the process. Quilting it took awhile too for the same reason. But, BUT, I am incredibly thrilled with the final result!



It measures about 90 inches square and is truly one of my most favorite quilts I've ever made.

-dana

NOTE TO SELF: Don't wait a year to finish a quilt. It's so much more fun to have a finished quilt than stare at pieces and parts on a shelf.

P.S. The backing is a Kaffe Fassett 108" wide sateen backing fabric. It's luxurious and worth the extra time it took to use.

P.S. All the quilt blocks finished at 12" square.