Monday, November 12, 2018

Window Garden quilt finds a home

Many of you know that one of my favorite quilts, my Window Garden quilt sewn with Tilda fabric, was something of an odyssey. I purchased the fabric in September of 2016. I began working on the quilt in February of 2017. I finally finished it in the spring of 2018 while we were living at our transitional home. I’m happy to say that my Window Garden quilt has found her permanent home in our new permanent home! I couldn’t be happier with how this quilt makes me feel every time I walk into our master bedroom.

While I really admire bedrooms designed with luxurious bedding and sparkly accessories, the truth is, I’m not a fancy girl. I like things that are pretty but practical. I like my rooms to be inviting and visually interesting, but not too full of stuff. I also like bedding that is layered, soft and comfy. I found a new quilted coverlet at Kohls that I think provides the perfect backdrop for my quilt and fits my style.

Of all of my patterns, Window Garden ranks as one of my favorites. It really allows any fabric collection to shine. The following post shows how pretty this pattern can be in a variety of colorways: Window Garden in Tilda: a project update.

Recently while I was on quilt retreat, my mom and I took a break from the sewing and scrapbooking and went shopping. We stopped at a fabulous store in central Minnesota called Three Sisters Furnishings. I found three lovely items that day: a crocheted navy pillow, another accent pillow, and the pretty floral print hanging above the bed. These items seem right at home with my Window Garden quilt.

I've written to you lately that I've been drawn to the color blue. Well that's pretty obvious in this room. From Haley's bit of high school pottery on my night stand to my eclectic stack of books, I seem to be in a blue mood!

I have a tendency to want to get things done “right now.” But maybe the older I get, the better I get at letting things unfold over time. It’s hard to be patient and wait for the pieces of life’s puzzles to come into place. But when things do come together, it sure makes us appreciate it more. Our empty nest moves over the past year, and our efforts to slowly make this house our forever home are good reminders of that!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I appreciate that you take the time to read my posts that aren’t just about fabric, notions and patterns, but also about how our quilt making is part of our life making.

Go and get carried away quilting!


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Final blocks for the Winter Flurries mystery sew along with FWFS

Somehow or other, life got crazy in my neck of the woods, and I fell behind on a couple of projects. But I’m all caught up with my blocks for the “Winter Flurries” mystery sew along with Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Last night and this morning I sewed up the blocks from week three and four.  Next week we’ll be putting this little quilt together!

The week three assignment was the easy, peasy Flying Geese blocks, while we sewed up the beautiful Christmas Star blocks for week four. Now that I have all the pieces and parts, I’m so excited to see how it will come together.

The great thing about this sew along is that the weekly pattern downloads are free and will remain available on the FWFS website. You could begin this project at any time and work at your own pace. While I think the FWFS fabric kits may have sold out, they have an amazing collection of Christmas and winter fabrics for you to choose from for your project!

In honor of the Winter Flurries project, I’ll share my view of the lake today. This is the first day that the lake has shown evidence that she’s making ice. The fisherpeople in my family are pretty happy to see that. We live in Minnesota, so there will be cold and there will be snow. I say Bring It On!  I have plenty of quilts to keep me warm.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. If you’ve been sewing along, be sure to share your progress on Instagram using #winterflurriesmysterquilt


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tis the season: Christmas quilts, runners and pillows!

We woke up to snow this morning! Granted it was just a dusting, and it has already melted. But let me tell you, those fluffy white flurries got me feeling all snuggled up inside. I was ready to pull out the holly and the ivy. It took every bit of restraint I had to leave the Christmas decorations in the storage room.

So instead, I thought I’d share some of my favorite holiday makes from the past couple of years. You can click on each project link for full details and more photos!

74” x 80”

Welcome Home Wreath (Original Version)
Wall hanging or table topper
48” square

Welcome Home Wreath (Fig Tree Version)
Wall hanging or table topper
48” square

Starry Way
Charm pack runner
40” x 20”

Coffee Time Quilt for Christmas (free pattern)
Mini charm pack mini quilt
18” square

Picking Petals
Charm pack mini quilt
20” square

Shoofly Crossing
Lap quilt
57” square

Fat Quarter Flourish
Fat quarter mini quilt
20” square

Diamond Trail
Charm pack runner
22” x 32”

Jingle Birds patchwork pillow (free pattern)
Mini charm pack pillow
12” x 16”

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. My husband will thank you too, as sharing this post probably saved me from getting too carried away with holiday decorating!

Friends, I kid you not.  As I am writing this post, it has started to snow again.  Uh oh!


Monday, November 5, 2018

Sewing blue

If someone were to ask me my favorite color, my immediate answer would be blue. It’s the same answer I would have given as a young girl, and it still feels true today. Oddly enough, I don’t typically decorate my home with blue accessories. Also, very few of the quilts I’ve made in recent years feature the color blue. 

I’m no expert in color theory. I just know what I like and how colors make me feel. I’m sure I’ve shied away from blue because it is a cool color, and I like to create a warm environment in my home. However, since moving to our place by the lake, my eyes have been opened to a new realization. Blue is an awesome anchor (no pun intended) to the other colors in the landscape which provide warmth and energy. And so, I’m “feeling blue” and sewing blue! 

Pictured below are two of my most recent fabric pulls for quilts in progress. The first photo shows a selection of navy and taupe prints from the upcoming “Sweet Tea” collection by Sweetwater for Moda (available in stores in January).  I added some soft butterscotchy-orange prints from my stash to warm up the grouping. I’m working on a new pattern that I think you will love . . . it's simple but has a big impact. I’ll share that with you just as soon as I can!

This second photo shows a selection of the blues and greens from the “Oxford” collection by Sweetwater for Moda. I’m making a simple patchwork quilt for our guest bedroom (otherwise known as Haley’s room or Grandma Brenda’s room, depending on who arrives first). Haley and I attempted to paint the guest room a very pale shade of blue (white lightning) this past weekend to coordinate with the Oxford fabrics. However, we painted just one wall and realized that what we really had was lavender. Back to the drawing board on that! 

Both of these fabric pulls are a departure from what I typically sew. But they reflect what I feel when I look at the natural world around me. There is so much beauty to be found in a calm lake, peeling birch trees, tiny acorns, and crunchy fallen leaves atop thick green grass that will soon be hidden by snow. There are days when I forget to keep my eyes open to nature. I’m working to do better. Maybe my new quilts will provide an indoor reminder to look outdoors!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!  Thanks for letting me ramble.