Monday, August 28, 2017

Kites with Friends - Piece and Quilt with Precuts

As many of you might already know, I am a frugal quilter.  I use every bit of fabric that I can and save even the tiniest scraps.  So can you believe that I made an entire quilt with so little leftover that I could hold it in the palm of my hand?!?!  I am very serious.  That is all that I had leftover.  The quilt I made from Christa Watson's new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts is called "Kites" and there was so little cutting that I almost thought I was forgetting a step.  :)

I hope you have been following along on the amazing blog hop that Christa has organized.  If not, you can find the entire lineup HERE.  It was really hard to choose which quilt I wanted to make.  There are so many amazing designs and Christa does a great job leading you through each quilt start to finish.  If you want to get your hands on a book of your own, you can find it HERE.  OR.... She has given me an electronic version to share with one lucky person.  Just leave a comment below and I will randomly draw a winner after the hop is over.

There are two other amazing bloggers that chose to make the Kites quilt from Christa's book.  Make sure to check them out!


Pam Cobb Blog: The Stitch TV Show IG: @thestitchtvshow
Rashida Khanbhai Blog:  No. 3 Quilt Studio IG: @no3quiltstudio

For my version of the Kites pattern I found the most amazing layer cake.  This fabric spoke to me.  I just fell in love with it.  It is One for You, One for Me by Pat Sloan for Moda.  I just HAD to find the charm pack and mini charm of this fabric because it was such a perfect fit for Kites.  It wasn't easy, and I had to wait a few days for the mail to arrive, but it was worth it.  So, without further is my version of Kites:

Don't mind the filters on this one.  I just thought it was pretty. 

The quilt is a whopper of a queen size.  I couldn't find a place to get the whole thing photographed at once (or pressed decently now that I look at it).  

Ack, don't mind that loose thread there either.  Oops.

And just to share something funny with you.  The photo below is of a project that I brought to my recent retreat.  I had purchased everything for this quilt a couple of years ago because I just loved this particular batik and decided it was time to try it out.  Of course, it sat on my shelf for about 2 (maybe 3) years!  But, just to show you how much I love this fabric....

It is the exact same fabric line in batik!  Isn't that crazy?

Thanks for making this stop on Christa's Blog Hop.  Again, make sure to check out all of the amazing variations throughout the hop!  And don't forget to comment below for a chance to win!  (make sure to leave an email if you are a no-reply blogger).

Happy Quilting!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

So hard keeping secrets & Other crafts

I totally underestimated how hard it would be to keep up with my blog posts when I was working on secret project after secret project.

I figured that having an advanced plan would help....nope.  I have discovered that I am much more of an "in the moment" gal.  Especially with quilting.  I have so many photos on my phone just waiting to be on my blog or Instagram, but I cannot share them until their release dates.  This is SO hard!  Especially when I am really excited about the project I am working on.

I have a full weekend planned to work on my quilt for Christa Watson's new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts.  I am going to try something new and follow her excellent quilting suggestion (with directions) for this quilt.  I am quite excited to see how well I do as it is a brand new motif for me.  I have done my practice block and am ready to get started on the actual quilt.  This quilt is so gorgeous!  I cannot wait to share it with all of you.  ***And of course I just realized it is ALREADY mid-August and there is no way this is going to be finished by time the hop arrives.  You may have to settle for "in-progress photos".***

In other news, I have finally got around to opening an Etsy shop.  I will be sharing the shop with my mom.  She is an amazing crafter of all sorts of things.  She has beaded bracelets, felted creatures, aromatherapy badge reels, and everything crochet that you can imagine.  I am still working on getting things added to the shop, so make sure to check back often.  ETSY SHOP.

How many of you experience the Quilting Mojo ebs and flows?  Somedays you can quilt for 12 hours in a row, other times you will go for a month without turning on your machine.  It makes me a little sad that I haven't had much inspiration in the quilting path lately, but I will get it back.  I am pretty sure the weather and my super messy sewing space have a lot to do with it.  Maybe it is time to put Esmeralda (my machine) under the table for a little bit and do some very serious clean-up.  I have been saying it for months but have made very little progress.  I'll keep you updated.  :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Over the Rainbow Quilt Retreat

Oh my gosh you guys!  I had such an amazing time at my retreat!  It was such a wonderful setting and has so much potential to make it whatever kind of retreat you want it to be.

Jacque and I had a fantastic drive up to Seattle from Portland.  We had a fairly early start (not too early because most shops didn't open until 10am, so we had time to get a workout and coffee in before we left).  Our first stop was not even far from our starting point.  We stopped at Sorella Farm Inc.  A darling little shop with a fabulous discount rack where I found a few very nice pieces.

We had a few stops along the way, one of the unexpected best stops was Momma Made It in Longview, WA.  The shop was not my usual taste in fabric.  They had a lot of Civil War prints and the place was very warm and cozy.  I could see any of these fabrics in a nice cabin with a wood stove with a cup of strong coffee or tea.  Isn't it amazing the images certain fabrics evoke?  The shop inspired me to change my Holiday Sweet Treat pattern for the 12 Days of Christmas in July from a bright wall hanging to a muted, rustic version and it turned out great!  You can see that HERE. The pattern for it will be coming soon in my Craftsy shop.

We did make a few more non-quilty stops along the way.  The Ewe and I shop had some fabulous wool for my newest addiction.  And the Sandstone Distillery in Tenino was one of our favorite stops. If you get the opportunity, I would definitely check them out.  The tour was fun, the people friendly, and the drinks were out of this world!

After taking our time getting there (obviously :) ), we arrived at the retreat just moments before dark.  We managed to get our car unloaded with barely enough light left in the sky.  But that is ok, because we were exhausted and didn't plan on sewing anything that night anyway. We introduced ourselves to the other small group that was there and they had decided to take the 2 smaller sewing rooms on the upper level.  Now, when I say small, I don't really mean small.  There was plenty of room for five of them to sew in one and have the connecting room to spread out, then there was another room across the hall for their ironing and cutting.  They also claimed the upstairs bedrooms and kitchen.  Which was fine with us this time around.  We had the lower level all to ourselves.  It included the HUGE sewing space that had small design boards at each table, plus a few larger ones around the room.  Lamps and tabletop outlets were at each table.  A large TV, cutting tables, ironing boards with comfort mats under your feet made this room a dream sewing space.

I can say I will absolutely be going to a retreat here again...and again...and again.  Anyone want to go with me?  :)

I can't believe I forgot to get a photo of the huge sewing room.

One of the many upstairs bedrooms.  So cute!

The main upstairs living area off the kitchen.

That same living area but from the upper level.

One of the smaller bedrooms.

A lower level room with all kinds of fabric for sale as well as some other things to buy/rent or just chill.

The downstairs room that we stayed in.

There will little spaces like this all over.  Great area for those phone calls or just some quiet time.  The shelf was full of quilting books and magazines.  There were board games around too.

A view of the two "smaller" sewing rooms. Great light.

View from the upper deck.

Lovely bathtub.