Sunday, August 28, 2016

Looking Forward to Fall

     I was recently inspired by the folks at Arhaus to talk about using quilts in living rooms, and what my dream sectional sofa and quilt combination would look like.

     I admit, at first it was kind of difficult to think about curling up on a beautiful sofa with a quilt, a hot cup of tea, and a good book, more maybe a watch a movie. But in the last couple of days, the heat has let up just enough for me to think that fall may actually be on the horizon, and I could think back to those times when I was wearing sweaters, and trying to enjoy some warmth and coziness. Soon, those days will come again. 

     I do agree that every living room should have a quilt in it. First of all, it is wonderful to be able to have a quilt close at hand when you are relaxing during those long winter months, but even if you are not cold enough to want to crawl under a quilt, they can do so much to add interest to a room. A beautiful quilt can be a focal point that you  use to draw you entire color palette from. 

     They have lots of gorgeous sectional sofas that the whole family could pile onto for an afternoon of cozy togetherness, but my favorites are the Wessex, because I think the tufting on that is really pretty, also, I love the curve of the arms, and the Rockway, because of it's clean lines. For reasons I can't explain, I have always loved to be able to see the legs on sofas, rather than those with skirts that go to the floor.

     I can just see myself curled up on this sofa while watching a movie, and hand stitching a binding while something yummy is roasting in the oven. 

     Here is the quilt I would like to pair with it. 


     That is what I have been thinking about lately. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Design Wall Monday

These are the 2 quilts I have been working on most of the time.

This one is the one I am working on most.



I am making this in three panels. The center panel is finished. The other 2 panels start where you can see the break going across. The 2 panels will be the same, making the quilt symmetrical.

This is my drawing.

 The bottom edge is the center quilt. The quilt will repeat in a mirror image at that point. 

This is a quilt that I made a couple of years ago. 


It was inspired by a Pendleton Indian blanket I saw in a book. I have always liked this quilt, and I really enjoyed making it. I wanted to make another quilt using the same idea, but this time, I wanted to repeat the diamonds all over the quilt.

This is the drawing for the quilt I am using as leaders and enders, a la Bonnie Hunter.

 It is meant to be an abstract version of the sky. I intend to applique airplanes on it. This quilt is a commission, but they are not in a hurry for it, so I am working on it slowly.

Here is the quilt background laid out on the wall. The lower right hand corner is missing, because I transferred it to a free standing design wall that I cam put next to my sewing machine.




That is what I am up to these days.

I will be linking with Judy Laquidara's  Design Wall Monday, for the first time in a long time. Check out http://www.patchworktimes.com/2016/08/01/design-wall-monday-august-1-2016/  to see what other quilters are working on. It's always fun to see!

Thanks for stopping by 

Happy Beach Trip

I spent today setting up my loom for the next rug, so not very much sewing happened today. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a photo of the loom set up, so that will have to wait for a future post.

Later, a group of us went to dinner to celebrate a friends birthday.  Despite the lack of sewing, it was a pretty pleasant day. Although, I admit, I am looking forward to the heat relenting just a bit. Late July in Georgia don't you know. It could be worse. It could be in the high 90s instead of the mid 90s.

So, I thought I would share a photo of a wonderful experience I had much earlier in the year. In May, I went with a group of 5 friends for a week on St Simons, GA. The house had a lovely porch that overlooked the water. During low tide there was some beach, but during high tide, there was just the rocks, then the ocean. There was a picnic table on the porch, and right next to the picnic table was a perfectly glorious electric outlet! Anyone want to guess where this is heading?


Now THAT is the life!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Moving Right Along

Lately, I have been working on three different quilts. I have been working on the quilt I wrote about in the last post. I have been doing a row or two on it everyday. You need to have your thinking cap on when you work on this quilt though, because you have to figure out which fabrics to use, and where to use them to continue the pattern. Even though I have the next section planned, I still need to get the fabrics in the correct order, and cut to the correct size.

A this point, I will stop adding to the center panel, and start a new panel, so I won't have to have the whole quilt in my lap for every seam.


In the mean time, I have been using this kaleidoscope quilt as leaders and enders.

 
I am also sewing together random dark strip sets for the Lightning strikes remake.


These work well when I am going to a friends house to sew. I have all of the strips sets pinned together in groups, and put in a box. It also works well when I need something to sew that doesn't require any thinking.

I got a big rug to weave yesterday, so there will be a bit less sewing in the next month. Hopefully, I can get a bit done in the evenings, especially, since I have these 3 projects all laid out.

That is what I have been up to lately. Hope you are getting to do something you enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Choosing Fabrics for the Next Row of Diamonds

To continue with the "diamond" quilt, I had to choose a set of fabrics for the next section of the quilt.


The fabrics for the half row along the bottom of the page is already chosen because that section is a mirror image of what I have already done, so I will just repeat the same fabrics.

I needed to choose the fabrics for the next row of diamonds. I have indicated that row with a piece of string in the above photo.

I need 10 browns, 8 earthy greens, 6 reds, 4 of another kind of brown, and 2 khakis.  Here is what I have planned.



So I will begin incorporating these color families in the next section of the quilt.

That's what I am up to for the near future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Road Trip

Life is oh so good when you have the unexpected pleasure of being invited to a last minute trip to the mountains in the middle of the long hot summer.

My dear friend Eleanor, who I had a sewing play date with last week was the instigator. Her adult daughter, Emily is starting back to school this week (she is an ESOL teacher). They decided they wanted to do a girls only weekend trip, and since Emily was starting school this week, we decided to do it while we could, and head out to the north GA mountains on Friday, with just a couple of days notice. Mary Beth, who I have been friends with for years, but Eleanor has been friends with since grade school, rounded out our group. New friends are wonderful, but there is something really special about doing things with people you have known for years and years. I have been friends with Eleanor since college, I met Mary Beth through Eleanor soon after I met Eleanor. I have known Emily since she was born. 

Highlights of the trip included several lovely meals, a well contested Scrabble game, a shopping trip to Blue Ridge, where I found this cute little dress on sale. I couldn't pass it up. It feels like wearing air, it is so comfortable!


We also had a movie night, some hot tub time, and an afternoon of art making, in which they all painted. Since I am not much of a painter, I sorted a big bag of scraps by size.

Here are some photos from our trip. I wish I had thought to photograph the paintings. Maybe I will be able to get a shot of them in the future, once they get a little further along on them.

The view off our deck
 
Eleanor, Mary Beth, and Emily on the deck

 
The view down on the dining area from the sleeping loft

The view down on the living room from the sleeping loft

When I got home, I made a back for this quilt.


This is the fabric I used.


So now that quilt is ready to go to the quilter!

That is what I have been up to. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 25, 2016

My Most Recent Finish

I almost forgot, I finished a quilt just a couple of weeks ago.  It is called Sand and Sea Glass. 

I wanted to make a quilt that used the "Sonja's Windows " block with colors arranged randomly as opposed to in color families to form HST like I did in my Lake Country Bungalow quilt.



I wanted the blocks to be butted up against each other with no sashing in between them.

And as the name Sand and Sea Glass would suggest, I wanted the colors to remind you of the beach. So here is my new quilt.
 That's what I have been up to, thanks for stopping by!