Sunday, August 2, 2015

Said It Was Going to Be a Cozy Quilt Summer!

As I've said before, I've been buying patterns, fabric and 2-1/2" strips from both Bolts in the Bathtub and directly from Cozy Quilts, so I went through the sewing room to see what was there. Above are the empty shipping boxes from Cozy....

Here is one from Cozy and one from Bolts. That's Dawna's quilt on the chair with a bag full of fabric to make it and another kit.

Here's what came out of all those boxes!

Let's get a little closer

I liked "Glory" so much that I already had the kit including the pattern and recently purchased the pattern again! Don't think I need two -- want to win one?

Love the fabrics in this one...

Couldn't get the border fabric in the other pic -- isn't it festive?

This one is in Christmas fabrics!

Don't have a color picture of this pattern, so it will be fun to see how it develops.

Love these colors!

Next step is going back through them and picking what to do next....Wishing for cooler weather, so maybe there's one in autumn-y colors?

If you would like to win my second copy of "Glory", just leave a comment and we'll do a drawing on August 15! It looks pretty easy and doesn't need any special rulers. Good luck!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

My Annual Cindy Needham Fix – Love Her!”

I met Cindy about four years ago when she taught a two day class, including a thread bar lecture, at the Ridgecrest CA quilt guild.  I then signed up for her four day design retreat and the following year took her Linen Ladies retreat. Since then I’ve been to a couple more; it just seems that the time totally dedicated to nothing but quilting plus Cindy’s input has made me a better quilter. I treasure this time!

This was the first time I had been to the Mercy Retreat Center in Auburn CA and I was very happy here. Had a big table with excellent lighting and lots of work tables set up with cutting mats. There were also cordless irons – in other words, you could piece, applique, baste, mark and/or quilt and have plenty of space for any and all of it. I took a couple of pictures of the room, but since there were so many windows, they tended to come out dark.

We had a show and tell on the last day. It went so fast that I didn’t get names, but here’s what people were working on:

I love this! She was making it for her 12 year old niece; we could all see lots of quilting possibilities for those light diamond areas (of course, I’m voting for feathers), but then we were thinking – all that work an it will be taken care of by a 12 year old?

Loved the stars!

And an itty bitty pincushion that you could wear on your finger! How cute and how fortuitous that she had a nice manicure!

A ruched flower made from ombre fabric which is what made this so pretty. I have a closeup of the flower, too, but I liked this one because of the cute shoe!

Closeup of the flower – the ombre fabric totally makes this. It shades from bright yellow all the way through burnt orange to almost a brown.

The piecing was beautiful but the quilting was even better!!

Look at the dragonfly….

A classroom shot – lots of room for everybody to lay out all their stuff – and, wow, do we bring stuff!

This is the project that Cindy was working on when she got a spare moment or two. A beautiful piece of linen with lots and lots and lots of quilting.

This is what I worked on at the retreat. I had started this in the Linen Ladies workshop I took from Cindy two years ago. I got all of the feathers done during that retreat and then brought it back last year to work on some of the background quilting. Now all I have to do is hand stitch down the doily that inspired it all.

The quilt is constructed of two pieces of Radiance (50% silk/50% cotton blend fabric from Robert Kaufman), the rose color on the front and a pale pink on the back. I interfaced the Radiance with Bosal, an iron-on woven interfacing that Cindy recommends to make the Radiance less slippery and more manageable while quilting. Batting is one layer of Quilter’s Dream Cotton topped by a layer of Quilter’s Dream Wool. I wanted the cotton for stability and the wool for loft.

After I get the doily sewn on, I intend to do more hand stitching (gasp!!) to attach tiny pearls to the doily. That will nail the whole thing down and add some pretty. Only problem is, I can’t find the pearls I bought for the project. I know where they SHOULD be, but…..

This is the back – I wanted some quilting interest on the back in the space reserved on the front for the doily, so I used one of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils (you can buy these on her website, to design the center medallion.

I’m really pleased with everything I got done and am already thinking about what I might work on next year!

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Friday, July 31, 2015


I went back over my Buckeye Beauty blog posts and realized that I showed you the completed back, but not the front! So here it is; it measures 60" x 76", the "long throw" size on the pattern.

And here's a closer look at how my scrappy border turned out!

Today I'm filling out contracts for next spring -- gosh, this year is going fast! -- and then I'm going to put the borders on another Cozy Quilts design. I've been putting it off and it's time to just get it done!

It's called "Star of the Show" and mine is all in Christmas fabrics! Dawna and I made the same quilt; we arranged the blocks a bit differently than the pattern. Dawna's is 72" square (and finished! Quilted and bound and everything!); mine will be 88" square after I get the borders on...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Using Up the "Leftovers"

Today I gathered up all of the extra four patches, triangles and fabric from the Buckeye Beauty quilt top and pieced the back. Yes, I know it takes a whole lot more time than just sewing a seam down two hunks of fabric, but I love the look and I save a bit of money.

Pattern called for 4-2/3 yards of fabric for backing. I bought 1-1/4 yards and had a few inches left over.

Not counting the backing fabric I bought, this is exactly how much I had left -- I stuck the mechanical pencil on top so you could see how little my pile is!

Since I am not exactly known for my thriftiness when quilt stores are concerned, it's probably a good thing that I am making a valiant attempt to use it all up!

When I went to Bolts in the Bathtub to buy my 1-1/4 yards, I took a picture of Dawna in front of her quilt made of the exact same fabrics, the reason I bought them in the first place.

So I think it's becoming a Strip Club summer -- I've been buying the patterns and fabrics directly from Cozy Quilts and also from Bolts in the Bathtub. The stack of piecing to do is pretty high; I'd better get back to work!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Almost Done with Buckeye Beauty Top...

Got the blocks all together on Friday and then put the first border on just like the pattern directed.  Then my brain saw a stack of scraps and took a left turn...

This is the border fabric that, according to the pattern, should be pieced with cornerstones.  It's really pretty, but there are all those scraps!

So I had some leftover block parts that I decided to use as the cornerstones (would have stared this earlier, but wanted to get Dawna's eyes and creative brain over here for a look-see).  Loved the scraps as part of the border on either side of the cornerstones, so that's my project for today.

Meanwhile, I was waiting for Dawna to come around after the shop closed and got all the red strips sewn together and then the wider white strips sewn on top so that I can get a head start on my next Cozy Quilts project, Long May She Wave.  I love red, white, and blue quilts, don't you?

And here's the cover; I still need have to go to Bolts in the Bathtub and buy some blue fabric for the star.  

Today I want to get that border on Buckeye Beauty and start piecing the back out of those leftover blocks and scraps.  Then tomorrow I can buy the rest of the backing fabric as well as the blue fabric for the star.

Yay, fabric shopping!!!!


Monday, July 27, 2015

What I'm Working on This Week

I was in Bolts in the Bathtub a couple of months ago and Dawna Harrison, one of the co-owners, had made a quilt using a jelly roll of various browns and beiges and a beautiful aqua-seafoamy color background.  I found the above pattern from Daniela Stout's Strip Club series and bought the fabric.

Daniela's Strip Tube Ruler is what makes it easy to make half square triangles from strip sets.  It's pretty ingenious!

So I sewed a bunch of strips together and made four patches, then sewed more strips together to set up the cutting for the half square triangles.

So this is the finished block -- had to make 48 of them for the long throw size.  Another cool thing about Daniela's patterns -- you get instructions for several sizes (from throw to king, in this instance) so if you wanted to make it again in a different size you would have all of the fabric quantities, cutting directions, diagrams and all the math done for you already!

Stack of 48 ready to be laid out on my bedroom floor -- flattest, biggest place with the most light!

And here's my layout... I hope to get all the blocks sewn together today and the borders put on tomorrow?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pre-Retreat Retreat Part 2

I got bored piecing Christmas fabric, so I pieced a kit that I bought from my local quilt store, Bolts in the Bathtub in Lancaster CA.  The pattern is called "Spooky Ride" by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a  Hayes Stack.  It was quick and easy to put together... I did the main part of the quilt and three of the borders in a day and then the last two borders the next morning.  Of course, I love it because there lots of bats in the fabrics!  Especially the outside purple border!  That's Beth helping me hold the quilt.

Beth was working on a flying geese project that will be a bed size quilt as a gift for her niece.  Beth invited me to join her and three friends at Sierra Stars: 

Bobbie was hard at work on a Judy Niemeyer project with lots of baggies separating cut pieces all ready to sew.

Joy finished several projects, including one that Beth posted on Facebook that was one of my patterns, Shoofly Hearts. I had never walked into a group where someone was piecing one of my patterns before, so that was really cool!  She finished that, went on to a couple of other things, and ...

when I took the pictures on the last morning, Joy was working on an attic windows quilt featuring Christmas kitties -- cute!!

Frieda doesn't quilt, but, man, can she cook!  She did all the cooking and made some very yummy things.  I don't think if you rent the house that she comes with it, though... darn!

So just as I was getting ready to leave, rain and hail started coming down.  I think I'm doomed to drive around in bad weather on my trips!

If you are interested in gathering up some of your quilting friends, here is a description of Sierra Stars Quilting Vacations as well as contact information:

"Introducing Sierra Stars Quilting Vacations: A unique time to do what you love, with friends who share your passion.  Come for a weekend or a week and enjoy a getaway filled with quilting or crafting and the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe region."

You can reach Beth in a few ways:



Phone: 858-922-0892

I highly recommend this and will definitely go there again!  Thanks Beth, Bobbie, Joy, and Frieda for a fun and productive sewing experience!