Friday, May 12, 2017

Exciting new goods at the quilt shop!!

"Rachel Remembered" from Betsy Chutchian is all shelved with precuts done!  Love this line!


Love that yellow/blue combination!!  








Plus these two yellows that didn't make it into the first fabric photo shoot as I had them set aside for cutting for the kit.  These bolts show the true color of the yellow.

Nice little striped shirting-types in 3 colors......



Love the background fabrics!  The 3 on the right would also be Great for Applique Backgrounds!


The photo below shows "truer" colors after I did some "adjusting"......they are warm tones not greyed.


Betsy calls the bolts below "Plantation Linen" as it is printed with a linen-type texture.



The blue in this line is gorgeous....whether it is used with off-white or the sunny yellow!!

"Morning Walk" is kitted for anyone else who loves it as much as I do!  Quilt measures 57" x 75" but could be made larger if that wonderful Jacobean-type print were used for a border......either color would look fantastic.  Also in the pattern is a small 20" x 27" version.....now that I think of it...I wonder why I did not start with the small one First?!?!


My first block for the "Morning Walk" quilt from Betsy Chutchian.  Loving it!

 Half-yard cuts filled two little crates!

Getting ready to start a Yet Another new quilt adventure!  This is the Anthology (4" x 5" blocks) BOM (which is Yet Another Trip down Memory Lane in that many blocks were pieced from really Old, Old Judie Rothermel fabrics!) by Carol Hopkins and Linda Koenig......the monthly pattern brochures are here!   Fabric delivery has been moved up to this month from the original August date.     Hope to get my first block done soon (think it will be Monday or Tuesday before I have any uninterrupted time to sew!)  and will be hanging them on the little "clothesline" where my Barbara Brackman stars from her fabric study blog a couple years ago!  Waiting for the right alternate block fabric to hit me between the eyes for that star quilt!



And These were just delivered  by UPS (well,actually Di Ford's book came a few days ago!):  Quiltmania #119 (already thumbed through it and it is Great As Usual!)   Di Ford's subtitle of Primarily Quilts 2 is ""It's all about the fabric" and she is Right!  Lots of fabrics and a real trip down memory lane for me as she dug deeply into her fabric collection to make these 14 quilts patterned in detail in her book!



And This Too!  Fat quarter bundles and 5" charms from Edyta Sitar's first line from Andover, "Blue Sky"!  The blue are Glorious and the line contains a good number of light backgrounds to accompany them! 
 Oh no!  Another quilt to start!  What should it be?  Please note that I am long on "starts" and seem to be short on "finishes"!!   Good thing I enjoy working on several things at once!   Til we meet again............................

Saturday, April 29, 2017

It's been a long, busy month with the Maine shophop, but now I plan to get back to my normal life in the slow lane!  Have been suffering from "sewing deprivation" and I hope to soon take care of that!

I got Pam Buda's Tokens of the Past "Autumn Sampler" patterns and fabric and was eager to start shop samples, but as you will see, I did not read her pattern first......after all, I have made hundreds of log cabin blocks over the years!  Well, tho I usually start with the light side, I found after I had nearly finished a block that Pam's design required starting with the Dark Side!  So.....I started another with dark side first and then put on the wrong color on the fourth round....the black is to be the sashing!   So......I started a third and finally got it right!  Not all in the same evening tho!  




The two wrong blocks......will make great mugrugs!!

Now to make three more like this!

Made this Tumbler runner using Miss Rosie's 'Lil Crumbler"in the 2" size....the template makes several sizes.  Used  408 fabrics, all different except for one duplication that I think I will leave.  Sewing the rows together was a breeze because the corners nested together so well with the seam allowances of each row pressed in alternating directions.  



Used little sandpaper dots to keep the small template from slipping around.


This runner was made with Miss Rosie's "Crumbler" which also makes several sizes of  Tumblers.  Two charm packs from Jo Morton were used, "Gratitude" and "Reflections".  Am handquilting it.



The shopkit for the new "Anthology" BOM  (starts in August) has arrived, uses 72 of the 182 patterns in the book by Carol Hopkins and Linda Koenig.  The block patterns are 4" x 5" .....most look quite easy (but not All!).  Fabric being used is Judie Rothermel's new line "American Swatch Card" (am sure I won't be able to stick with only 24 fabrics, but will add some from her many previous lines).


The first block in the book to give you an idea what they are like.


New fabric arrivals include "Indigo and Cheddar" Nancy Gere/Windham.

Snowfall by Minick/Simpson for Moda......love that Paisley!


Wallpaper and Paint by Delores Smith for Marcus Bros.



Sweet Blend by Edyta Sitar




This little baby was born a couple days ago.....runs and plays the day away with her Mom in a little pasture next to the back yard.  LOVE the GREEN......seems like it was a long time coming this year!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Finished Something! Well.....almost

This is my quilt for the Maine Shophop in April, using "Hamilton" by Windham Fabrics.  I think I will call it "Eliza" for Alexander Hamilton's wife who lived into her 90's.  The Medallion-style is in keeping with the early 1800's time period.  Working on the binding today after my friend Nena quilted it for me........



 Pam Buda very generously shared her new Shirtings line with me......oh.....now what to make?!?!  It feels so good to be done with the shophop quilt but I can't decide what to work on now......at least it will be leisurely!!  Will wait until more of her fabrics arrive I think............



And speaking of Pam, I will be offering her "Tokens of the Past" Autumn Sampler.  Marcus Brothers has kindly put together the fabrics for the three darling, colorful little quilts from her new line "On Maple Lake".



Just when I resolve not to become involved in anything new, Something catches my eye!  This book contains the patterns (by Carol Hopkins and Linda Koenig) for 182 Rectangular Blocks that we will be using as a BOM starting in August.  Will be using Judie Rothermel's new line, "American Swatch Card".  


Recent new fabric arrivals include "Sweet Cherry Wine" by Blackbird Designs.  Loverly Toiles!  Precuts are Layer Cakes and 5" Charms.....



Nice long-tailed bird!




There are two more lighter toiles that I did not photograph separately ....one light green and one tan, both on off-white background. 





This line is what I call "loosely reproduction"....not marketed as reproduction but it really looks like it, both in design and colors!   And here is another surprising line, "Bee Inspired" by Deb Strain (both lines are from Moda).  Nice Jacobean-style florals, ferns and butterflies that could be used for Broderie Perse applique! Mustard yellow background seems to be popular this year!  I feel we are seeing fewer reproductions and surely hope that is not a trend!  Very Sorry to learn that Barbara Brackman is retiring from printing fabric  (sob-sob) as when her current fabrics on 3 fabric racks are gone, there will be no more!!  However, we all must make that decision to retire at one point or another!  I call myself "semi-retired" as my shop is open only 4 days a week......







Lastly, this is a baby quilt for great-granddaughter Madilyn (lives in Maine!). Looking forward to getting it together so I will have a handquilting project for quiet evenings.....REALLY will look forward to those until May 1 as I will need to have the shop open Every Day in April for the Maine shophop!!

Yes, she is already six months old so I am behind.......again!!


Other great-granddaughter, Penny (lives in Florida), is 7 months old..........her quilt was late too!  She will be visiting in June!!  Her Mom too.

I have really reached the end!  Thought I was done several photos ago, but keep thinking of something else!  The End.