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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 Finish-A-Long Quarter 3

Life has gotten in the way of sewing lately and I only got a bit of work done on my Quarter 2 FAL list, so no finishes for me.  But, I did make progress on my Carnival quilt, the top is done, so I'm going to make a new list and keep at it!  I've got lots of quilts I want to make so I'm going to pile them up here.

1.  Carnival Quilt - top done

2.  Delilah - top done

3.  Scrappy AMH - blocks done

4.  Rainbow Blur Quilt

5.  Elizabeth's Dowry Quilt

6.  River Log Cabin Quilt

You can find the linkup to the FAL here if you want to join in.  Have fun sewing!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mostly Manor Table Runner

Here's a table runner I made to give to my cousin who will be getting married this July.  My mom and I also gave her a Big Star quilt with matching fabric, similar to this one I made for another cousin. 

I just love the floral fabric with this collection, the colors are gorgeous.  I used a large hexagon template and this fabric is just perfect for fussy cutting.  The stripe is another great fabric.  It's wonderful how the different directions are printed into the pattern so you don't have to piece it to get variety.  And look at this backing fabric, another winner.  Just can't get enough of this line. 

Made a few bowl potholders to give as well.  Used a Cotton + Steel print for these.  I always stick a little tag on these explaining what they are in case they haven't seen these before.  I was happy that I had one that matched the fabric so well!  You can find the free pattern here

I really enjoy making these handmade gifts.  The process is fun and it's nice to give something unique.  What's your go-to handmade gift?