Tuesday, October 10, 2017

September and October do.Good Stitches blocks

Sticking with our fruit theme, for the September block for the Emerge Circle of do.Good Stitches, Melanie chose a fun pineapple block. She posted a great tutorial on her blog and asked for two pineapples, one pieced and one solid, in yellow, pink, and/or mint fabrics. 
I gotta say, I loved putting these together. They're just so darn happy.
The mint is definitely my favorite. And look at those seams!
Wanda gave us a jump start on October, posting her tutorial early so we could finish our blocks as soon as we wanted. It turned out I had a window of time to knock them out pretty quickly, which always feels good.
She chose a super simple improv stripe block in a color scheme inspired by the solar eclipse we had back in August -- grays, black, navy, and white. This should make a great boy quilt (always in short supply in charity projects!). I promise I didn't use a ruler (as instructed) for my stripes, but it's hard for me to go wonky. ;)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sweet Strawberry quilts: Two finishes!

As so often happens, life got in the way, and a few of the quilts I had to finish for the Emerge Circle of do.Good Stitches got put on the back burner until recently. But I'm happy to say they're finished and finally making an appearance on the blog. First up, you may remember my strawberry blocks from back in February.
I wound up with a total of 11 blocks. I didn't really feel like making another one, and 12 would still have made a pretty strangely shaped quilt (due to the size of the blocks), so I ended up turning them into two quilts!
I forgot to get exact measurements before I sent them off, but the big one finished at about 45" x 60", and the little one is about 34" square.
The big one was quilted on a long-arm by Janie Lou Quilts. I think the bubble pattern and pink thread add a fun touch. I used the squiggle stitch on my Janome to quilt the normal one. They're both finished with a fun madras print for the backing.
I dove into my stash for both binding prints, a black and white polka dot for the big one and a light pink crosshatch print for the normal one. Both quilts were gifted to Project Linus for its recent drive for Hurricane Harvey victims. I hope they're able to bring a smile to a child who could really use one right about now.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Texas vibes

**This post was written before Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey hit Houston and the Texas coast, wreaking catastrophic havoc. My heart continues to break for the people of Houston. I'm from Dallas and lived in Houston for two years. I have a ton of friends there, and my dad and step-mom actually just moved to Houston two weeks ago. I remember thinking the flooding that happened with Hurricane Ike while I was living there was astonishing. That was nothing compared to this devastation. The pictures are truly unfathomable. Houstonians are a strong bunch, and they will pull through, but it's going to take a lot of time, and they're going to need a lot of help. If you haven't already, please consider donating to a local relief charity. Texas Monthly has a great list of organizations who could desperately use your help. Thank you for the outpouring of support in every possible way for the people of my home state. It seemed appropriate that this should be the project that I posted about today. Houston Strong.**

All of my recent couch time hasn't just been good for applique; it's also been good for embroidery. I've really been wanting to dive into more embroidery classes ever since I took a class with Alison Glass at QuiltCon, and this Texas pattern by Nydia Kehnle had been calling my name.
I used four colors of perle cotton (also purchased at QuiltCon, incidentally) in my favorite color scheme.
I suspect there will be more of these in my future. It was a a pretty quick sew and just turned out so cute.
And, luckily, embroidery is great for the car, too. I knocked out this little project on our drive home from the beach. The pattern is by Wild Olive.
These pics also show off my favorite embroidery tool -- a great stabilizer with the silly name of  Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy. You can read all about it on Wild Olive's blog, but it's a water-soluble stabilizer that you can print or trace on; it sticks right to the fabric (no iron needed); and when you're done, it dissolves in water in just a few minutes. I used it on my Texas project as well, and you can see it left no trace behind. So handy!
Ta da!
Try it out!

Monday, August 28, 2017

August do.Good Stitches blocks

For the August block for the Emerge Circle of do.Good Stitches, Betsy went easy on us, choosing a sweet little set of houses as her inspiration. Her design is based on Dutch Comfort's Happy Village quilt.
She asked for a solid roof in bright rainbow colors, a fun print for the house, and low-volume prints for the sky.

This should definitely make for one happy little village.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This is Modern: The St. Louis MQG's first quilt show

About a month ago, the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild held its very first quilt show, and it was a rousing success. A show had been on our minds and in our dreams for quite some time, but the size of such a project had been too daunting. Thankfully, after some group discussion last year, a committee stepped up and decided to finally take it on.
The committee put so much hard work into making the show happen, and the entire guild truly stepped up to for the show weekend. We were so pleased with how it turned out. It was truly a guild-wide effort, with roughly 180 quilts and quilted items from over 50 of our members.
I didn't take nearly enough pictures, but here's just a little taste of all of the goodness. I had the pleasure of including eight (I think) of my works, including the flamingos popping out below.
Overarching, the improv Gateway Arch quilt below, was our guild's QuiltCon charity quilt last year. It will be donated to a local charity in the fall. It also served as the backdrop for our publicity (see first pic above).
Little B, with two of my minis (Austin House and I Heart STL) on each side.
I spy my Tessellation quilt.
And there are my Ebb pillows!
Our Viewers' Choice winner was Annie Cook and her Tennessee Waltz quilt. I think it appealed to both the modern and traditional guests, and the quilting was just fantastic.
Time to start planning the next one!