Sunday, January 13, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long Quarter 1

Happy New Year!  Although I've had much less time for quilting this past year due to committing to additional graduate school work, I still enjoy the motivation of the Finish-A-Long, so here's my list. 

Projects that I would like to get moving along include:

1.  Work on finishing my Delilah top.  Needs back, quilting, binding. 

2.  Finish my AMH scrappy trip.  Needs binding.

3.  Finish my Mon Ami full melon wedding ring quilt.  (Templates from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.) 

 4.  Finish my Swell Quilt, pattern by Camille Roskelley.  Needs back, quilting, binding.

5.  Finish my Rainbow Blur quilts.  This is actually two projects.  One is the full pattern and just needs binding.  I have a second throw quilt I made from the leftovers, that needs back, quilting, binding. 

6.  Make the Elizabeth's Dowry Quilt by Karen Styles.   

7.  Make a River Log Cabin quilt.

8.  Continue with my dresdens using Jen Kingwell Moving on Lawns fabric.  

9.  Make the Sweet Tea Quilt by Amy Friend using Carolyn Friedlander fabrics.  

That pretty much sums up all the projects I have on deck currently.  Looking forward to progress on any of them! 

To join the Finish-A-Long visit here

Saturday, November 17, 2018

That's How I Roll Tote III

Last weekend my local guild, the Long Island Quilters Society, had a 'quilt the day away' event where members teach other members.  I taught a wonderful group of four quilters how to make a tote using strips.  This is a pattern I've made twice before.  It's a nice sized basic tote and is great for using up 2 1/2 inch strips.

My previous versions have both been given away as gifts, so I'm excited to keep this one for myself.  The pattern was on the Make it Coats website, but I haven't been able to find it online anymore. 

These fabrics are the last of my Anna Maria Horner Honor Roll fabric.  I do have a bit of yardage of a few prints, but I've used up all my strips.  I added in some of her other prints that had similar colors. 

Linking up with Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty and Show Off Saturday over at Sew Can She. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2018 Online Quilters Meet and Greet

Hello and welcome to Sew Some Sunshine!  I'm so glad you stopped by, especially visitors from the 2018 Quilters Meet and Greet hosted by Benita over at her Creative Space blog.  I'll be telling you a little bit more about myself and my quilting, along with other quilt bloggers who are participating.  Don't forget to visit the main page to find out more about all of the participating quilters.  There's also an incredible giveaway.

I began quilting in my early twenties to finish up some quilt projects that my grandmother had sewn.  Since I didn't have much money at the time, I thought it would be a good way to make some gifts for family members.  There wasn't much internet at that point, so I had to follow my instincts, read a few instruction books, and make a lot of mistakes.  I made quite a few small quilts from blocks my grandmother had sewn and was able to share her work with my cousins.  Fast forward twenty years and it is just amazing how the online quilt community has grown and flourished.  When my mother retired, she also began quilting, and now we have a shared passion for quilting.  It's definitely a family thing!

I really like the modern traditional asthetic in quilts, so you'll see that a lot of my quilts are made with modern fabrics in geometric shapes, with standard grid layouts and no borders.  The blocks themselves are usually traditional blocks though, so the quilt is familiar but modern at the same time.

Cobblestone Quilt

One block hexagon quilt

Disappearing Nine Patch

Other quilts styles include scrappy layouts, quilts with borders, or quilts with more traditional fabric.

One project (still unfinished) is my Delilah Quilt, designed by Jen Kingwell.  It is a block of the month using templates, which I machine pieced.  I have lots of advice and tutorials for this quilt on my Delilah page.  You can see how I worked through each block.  Templates and the pattern are now available outside of the BOM program.  I really learned so many new techniques working on the quilt.  I do have my top done, just figuring out how to quilt it now.

Not only do I love quilting, but I also love to make all sorts of other projects.  It's great to have faster finishes in between larger quilt projects.  It's also fun to use up favorite fabrics.

I hope you've enjoyed getting to know me a little more and seeing some of my work.  I'd love to hear what projects you liked, so please drop me a note below.  You can follow me on bloglovin, instagram, and pinterest using the links in the sidebar.  And don't forget to visit the other quilters here.

Thank you! 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

August Happenings...

Time is always flying by, and this summer has been no different.  I was lucky to have a week off for vacation, and spent some quality time locally with my family, and my sewing machine!  I was able to finish my Carnival quilt top and put together the back, which included a fun strip of coordinating charm squares.

I pulled out my Anna Maria Horner scrappy trip blocks, got them back on my design wall and sewed those together.  Can you believe these were in a drawer since 2016?  Glad to have them sewn up.  Here's a sneak peak below.

Went deep in my fabric bins and pulled out a small quilt I made several years ago that I was going to write a pattern for.  Realized I have no time or desire for doing that and finally put together the back for it so it could be quilted.  Used one of my favorite Kate Spain lines, Sunnyside.

Next, I went crazy and cut and sewed the Anna Maria Horner Sweet Dreams Rainbow Blur quilt that I've been itching to make for a few months.  It was soooo much fun to see these amazing fabrics come together on the design wall, the colors are wonderful.  This was such an easy but satisfying quilt to put together.  I really enjoyed making this one.

So, in all, four quilts went off to the quilter, and I'll have plenty of binding to do in short order.  Feels really good to make some progress with my projects.  Some of these are on my Quarter 3 Finish-A-Long list and I'll be really happy if I get one of them fully finished by the quarter end. 

How's your summer (or winter!) going and what is everyone working on?

In September I'll be participating in the 2018 Quilters Meet & Greet, which will go live on September 4th, hope to see you back here then!  To find out more about the event and the fabulous grand prize visit here.

Linking at Design Wall MondaysFinished or not Friday , and Main Crush Monday