Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekender Under Way!

I have wanted to tackle Amy Butler's weekender bag for at least two years now.  Everytime I see one, I have bag envy, so I finally decided to buckle down and try it.

I think I have been cutting out the pieces for almost a week!  Not that it's that hard, just the kids have been that crazy and I have been that tired, so finally, I have everything ready to attempt the real steps, although somehow this seems like real progress!

Of course, looking at my pile of cuttings, now I have to remember which pieces are which!  LOL  I am using fabrics I have had for a while and since I didn't have complete amounts, it's gonna be a bit patchwork!

If you're interested in joining, I have started an Amy Butler Weekender Bag support group, so we can all share the ups and down, highs and lows, and frustrations that go along with this project.....but remember the end results is someone will have bag envy and it won't be you!!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Quilt on a Porch

That's the only thing that came to mind when I took the pictures.....with several of my neighbors and passer-bys looking at my a little funny (but then again, my neighbors are used to me doing odd things now and then!)

My Echo quilt for Kelly's My Precious QAL is finished!!!!!  I love it....the design is from the book Scrap Basket, it's such a great pattern and super easy to follow....with most of the seams being problem free lining up....because we all love that!

I decided since Echo is such a modern line, I wanted clean quilting, and opted for the diagional lines, typically, I do free motion meandering...but I like this for this one.

I am really happy with it, and have now decided I need to redo my entire bedroom in Lotta;s Echo line, I think I might use this as a wall hanging above our bed!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Patchwork Prism!

So.....I have loved Anna Maria Horner's designs for a long long time (well....long to me, 3-4 years, I mean that's a long time right!).  So when I was reading her blog, which incidentially is really funny and heartfelt.....I stumbled upon her patchwork prism quilt.
If you go to her website through can find and download the pattern for FREE!!!!  heck yeah, right!

Now.....with several other quilts in the works, I was not going to attempt it anytime soon, but then sweet diesel designs ( posted she was hosting a QAL, and with some amazing prizes to be had....I need to buckle down and start it. quilt number three that is in process...along with my precious quilt using echo and my swoon!

I started with the purples, after two attempts at making the templates....I found out that paper templates laminated don't work I switched to cardboard.  But with the purples done, I thought...piece of cake

BUT......once you are done the center prism color it actually gets really difficult to select your colors!  I was kind of surprised, because I love patchwork.....but depending on what your colors are next to....depends on how they translate within the quilt.  Because you are using pale and medium colors, they can actually read differently based on the neighboring color!  And within the quilt, the pale's create smaller prisms that should sparkle or pop.....that is tricky!!!!!  really tricky actually

I ended up cutting each piece of fabric and placing it on the design wall one at a time, so that I could gage what worked and what didn't.  It took me days to cut everything, and I even scrapped some of the fabrics that I had already cut, because they looked pale at first then started feeling medium!  I felt a little overwhelmed......but with my last piece cut this morning, I am ready to start the presewing!!!!!  and I love it!!!!

I mentioned this quilt was a monster right?  It had to be taped to my design wall because the last row didn't fit, but I couldn't not see it completely together!  And I have actually made a few changes after taking this photo, because some of the pale's again seemed to turn into medium

so.....soon we will sew!!!!