Friday, September 19, 2014

Seester!

It's been over a month ago now, but I'm finally getting around to posting the pictures from my big sister's recent visit. It was too short (as most family visits are, it seems), but it was wonderful to have her here for a bit. We made the most of our time, flitting about the city and enjoying the nice weather.
We spent one morning exploring the botanical gardens, including a section that we'd somehow never visited before. (We're members of the garden and go there a lot, so it was kind of amazing that there was a part we hadn't seen.)
Of course, we feasted as well, enjoying several delicious meals out (oh, brunch, how I love you), and a dinner in to celebrate our tomato harvest from the garden.
On her final morning, the adults headed downtown after dropping B off at school, and we wandered around City Garden, Busch Stadium, and the Old Courthouse. It really is fun to play the tourist in your own city sometimes.
As always, we had a wonderful time and keep counting down until our next time with Aunt Nessie. We love you!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I ♥ STL mini quilt!

Introducing the I ♥ STL mini quilt!
I finished this quilt late last week, just in time to enter it for the STLMQG Celebrate St. Louis challenge at this month's meeting.
I used the same patchwork applique technique I'd previously used on the Texas and California pillows to create the Missouri and Gateway Arch designs. The quilt measures 20" square.
The background is a patchwork of low-volume fabrics. To top it off, I added a heart over St. Louis. I'd originally planned to make the heart royal blue, but then the hubs pointed out that yellow would be close to the colors in the city flag, so I made the switch (I think for the beter).
I quilted it in white using randomly spaced diagonal lines (apparently my preferred aesthetic for these state projects). The backing is Half Moon Modern Big Dots in Ruby, and I bound it using Dear Stella's Confetti Dot in Scarlet (my current favorite dot -- love all the colors it comes in!). Definitely a fun challenge and a good excuse to add a little mini to my sewing wall.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday: My first paper-pieced block

Just popping in for a quick WIP Wednesday. It felt so good to finish my two big WIPs and be back to the point of thinking, "What new project should I start?" I'm putting together a care package for a friend and wanted to include a small pouch. After flipping through a few of my sewing books, I came across one in Vintage Quilt Revival and decided to kill two birds with one stone: I was finally going to try my hand at paper piecing. And you know what? I did it!
It was nice to start with such a simple block, so I didn't get in over my head, and it came out (almost) perfectly. After my first tester block was a success, I dove in with the other 12 I needed.
The front of the pouch is all done and ready for assembly tonight. A lot of people warned me, and I'm starting to think they were right -- paper piecing is addicting.
I also wrapped up the mini quilt I was working on for an STLMQG challenge. I'm hoping to have a reveal post up tomorrow.
The neverending to do list:
STL quilt
Rainbow Wave quilt
Mystery HST quilt 
Perfect quilted tote
T-shirt quilt
Aviatrix Medallion quilt 
"Treasure" bag for B
Superhero cape for B
Sewing circle tote
Re-cover the downstairs chair
Ironing board cover
Reusable snack bags
Washi dress/tunic

I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rainbow Wave quilt is finished!

Another WIP is done! Meet the Rainbow Wave quilt!
I've had this one in mind for months. As any casual reader of this blog knows, I'm a total Elizabeth Hartman fan girl. I saved the New Wave quilt pattern when it was first posted a few years ago and have kept it in the back of my mind ever since. Back in May, she posted an updated version, and I knew its time had come. I'd pulled a rainbow stack in April, and they seemed like a perfect match for a quilt for a friend’s new baby.
For no particular reason, this quilt was slow going and kept getting pushed to the side. I did all of the cutting, set it aside, made two of the columns, set it aside, made a few blocks, set it aside, finished the Flippin' Triangle baby quilt, and then finally got around to finishing this one up.
By the time I finally finished the top, I'd kind of fallen out of love with the quilt. I don't exactly know why, but something abut the fabrics just wasn't working for me anymore. I decided then to donate it instead of giving it to my friend, so for the backing, I decided to do some purging and used up most of the rest of the True Color bundle I had. It's kind of crazy, but somehow I think it works (maybe).
 
I quilted it in white thread, mimicking the lines of the "waves" on both sides of the horizontal seam lines. The binding is a black polka dot from my stash, and the moment I put it on, my view of the quilt changed completely. The black totally makes it, and I really love the quilt top now.
I'm still a bit iffy on the back, and I don't think it really "goes" with the friend it was originally destined for, so I've decided to donate it to Project Linus as part of 100 Quilts for Kids over at Quilts in the Queue. It still feels good to have come back around to liking it, though.

 
Fabrics: Mostly Jenean Morrison’s True Color bundle, plus the tangerine and fuchsia haystack prints from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road collection, Kona Snow for the sashing, and mystery black polka dot from my stash

Size: 50 x 57 (The size of my final quilt is a bit off from the pattern because I had some issues during quilting (tried to squeeze the quilt onto a too-small piece of batting) and had to trim it a little.)

Pattern: New Wave quilt by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! (You can get the free lap-size version I made here; the full pattern with multiple sizes is available for purchase here.)
100 Quilts for Kids