Riding the Storm Out

March 20, 2014

Riding the storm out, perfect post title and the name of the quilt I am about to share.  I have been quilting up a storm the past 3 months...through all the storms...hopefully...finally sunshine is around the corner :-)  Riding the Storm Out is a gorgeous new design from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  The kit and pattern are available if you click the link here.  Lisa blogged about the quilt and all the new goodies they have here.
I love everything about this quilt.  The warm inviting colors, the way the pinwheels dance around the top and of course the quilting.  I may have a slight bias. :-)  I waffled on the quilt design for a bit.  My worry was it would not show, thankfully my worries were all for not.  This is one of my favorite quilts! :-)
 Using the inner square as a guide, I quilted a wreath around it.  Makes the blocks appear a bit larger than they actually are.  The red sashing has more detail quilting, so the blocks stand out and create "a lace edge" around each block.  The outer border is on the narrow side.  I wanted to create a design that framed the quilt and didn't get "lost."  I love how this turned out!
 All quilting is freehand.  Threads are So Fine from Superior Threads.  Batting is Dream Blend from Quilter's Dream Batting.

The back. :-)
The red thread looks cool!
Fingers crossed spring is around the corner!!


Clover Schnibbles Quilted!

March 1, 2014

Yahoo! March 1st...means I am that much closer to summer!  Although, Winter still has its death grip on us.  More snow today.  Not sure if the girls have had a full week of school since December!!  The good news is the snow still makes for a wonderful backdrop for photos! 
It is quilted, but not yet bound.  Soon though.  Clover Schnibbles is by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. available here.  I started this last fall, but just recently finished piecing and quilting it.
 Fabric is all reproductions from my stash.  All scraps except for the background. :-) I also added some solid cheddar.  I love the little twinkle it adds to antique quilts when I see it used there, so I decided to add it to my quilt.
Quilting is all freehand...allover paisley feather.
Thread is So Fine by Superior.  The batting is a hodge podge of scraps.
I love each block!  Could not pick a favorite if I tried.
 Not sure where this quilt will reside, but I am sure to find a good spot.  Probably not on the pie safe door.  That was just for photos.  My pie safe is functional, sometimes as an actual pie safe, but mostly for dishes and things I do not use on a daily basis.  It would drive me crazy to have the door open all the time!  Plus, I am sure Louie would not pass up the opportunity to nap in there. lol 
All pieced before quilting hanging on my new, AWESOME design wall thanks to my hubby!
Remember I said I started this quilt last fall??  I had it all laid out on one of those Fons and Porter design walls on the floor.  I never found a spot to hang it on a wall, so I would just leave it on the floor.  Not the best way to have it, especially with this quilt.  There is like 5 million little pieces to this quilt!  Well, maybe like 4 million and some change. :-)  Between me and the pets, I was tracking pieces all over the house because I just didn't have time to work on it.  Soooooo, I balled it all up and put it away until I could deal with it.
I was not exaggerating when I said I balled it all up.  Ugh.  This was like putting a 5 million piece puzzle back together!  In frustration of the pieces getting everywhere, I literally wadded it all up and put it out of my sight.  Every now and then, the hot tempered Mediterranean blood that runs through my veins gets the best of me. :-)  Sooooo, my wonderful hubby saved the day and made a design wall in my studio, as to avoid this little mishap from repeating itself. :-)
Ahhhh, so nice to have a proper design wall.  It is just felt purchased from Jo-Ann's.  Super easy to keep clean too.  The threads come right off with a lint roller.
 I loved every second of seeing this quilt come together.  It is one of my all time favorites!  I know, I say that every time. :-) Now, I heard that this was cleverly named Clover after the Clover Seam Ripper, which with all the pieces, you may need to use it before you get this quilt pieced.  I remember thinking to myself that I had outwitted the quilt somehow because I hadn't needed to use my seam ripper at all!!  Ha!!!  Until I noticed a piece going the wrong way in the above photo.  If you cannot see it, I will subtly point it out. Grrrr. 
Had I not noticed this until after I quilted it, I would have laughed and found it "cute" that it was in there wrong.  HOWEVER, since I knew I could easily, although not happily fix it before it was permanent, it was now my nemesis, anything but cute.  Kind of like hair...on the head, beautiful...on the floor, disgusting.  lol  So, yes I used my Clover Seam Ripper and fixed the issue. :-)
As I was quilting pic.
 The back.

Thank you for all the kind words on my last post regarding Mr. D and Mrs. D.  Corduroy is awesome!!!  Actually, I have quilted 3 quilts with corduroy for Stephanie!!  The latest was ALL corduroy and it looks amazing.  Wait until you see it!!  So the winner of the eBook was Lisa Mikel who said:
"The quilts and your quilting are very beautiful! One of my goals this year is to make a corduroy quilt. I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the chance to win."

Lisa, please email me your email, so I can forward that on.  You are a no-reply blogger.

Make sure you stop by Sinta and Sherri's blogs later for the Schnibbles parade!

Uncommonly Corduroy - Blog Book Tour

February 26, 2014

Welcome to day 8 of the Uncommonly Corduroy Blog Book Tour!

 Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)
  "Images from Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy, Martingale, 2014; used by permission. Photo by Brent Kane. All rights reserved."
 Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)
 Quilts- Mrs. D (blue) and Mr. D. designed by the fabulous Stephanie Dunphy.

I have waited a long time to share some exciting news with all of you! It will be hard to contain my excitement, but I will try.  Guess who quilted the cover quilt??  I bet you all guessed correctly because those feathers gave me away. :-)   Uncommonly Corduroy is a fabulous new book by Stephanie Dunphy of Loft Creations!!!  The photography is just amazing.  You can see every detail so much so that the photos look 3-D!  Stephanie designed 17 wonderful projects for all to enjoy.

I had the extreme pleasure to quilt the two Dresden quilts (photographed above) in the book.  How cool are those giant Dresdens??  And as the name suggests, the quilts were pieced using corduroy.  I will admit, initially I was intimidated and had reservations regarding quilting on corduroy.  Talk about taking me out of my comfort zone!   At the time (over a year ago), I had some experience quilting on wool and flannel, so I figured it couldn't be that much different.  Guess what??  Corduroy quilts like a dream!! Knocked my socks off!  Seriously, the stitches just melt into the corduroy.  And boy, oh boy does the quilting show beautifully on the solid corduroy!!!  I was truly impressed.

I will start with Mr. D, the gray Dresden.  I quilted it first.

This is the more masculine of the two quilts, so I opted for some straight line designs.  And because this was my first corduroy quilt, I thought a simpler design would be a good start.  Although, simple designs often translate into being more time consuming. :-) I quickly learned that quilting on corduroy was absolutely delightful.
The solid gray and darker grey dresden center were the corduroy elements.  The rest of the quilt is cotton as well as the backing is cotton.
Batting is Dream Wool to give the quilting great definition.
The above swirly quilting on the print has a gold Glide thread.  Fun!!!  The rest of the quilt is quilted with So Fine from Superior Threads.  I love the look of quilted corduroy!
All the quilting is freehand with a lot of ruler work.
 I used rulers, pins and chalked lines to keep the quilting straight and square.
 As I was quilting photos.
The back looked super cool on Mr. D!
After quilting Mr. D., I was very confident that I could treat corduroy like regular cotton...translation FEATHERS!!! lol!  I knew that feathers would show up and look so beautiful on that blue corduroy of Mrs. D, so that is exactly what I did!
Lush, beautiful, feminine feathers for Mrs. D.  The deep blue is corduroy on this quilt.  The rest is cotton, including the backing.
I used a layer of Dream Cotton with Hobbs 80/20 over it.
 All threads are So Fine again, except for the gold Glide in the Dresden blades.
Quilting is all freehand.  I quilted an allover flower design in the print background fabric.
As I was quilting photo.  The feathers are freehand.  I would quilt out one side and echo the design on the other side as I worked down the quilt.
The back.

Both quilts were amazingly soft and supple when quilted.  Corduroy was an absolute dream to work with!!  One thing I definitely noticed, corduroy is a bit lintier than regular cotton, but not unlike flannel.  Meaning I cleaned the bobbin area every time I changed the bobbin.  There is nothing I would quilt on regular cotton that I would not try on corduroy! :-) 

You can see more beautiful photos of the projects in the book from Martingale here.

Now here comes the fun part, you can win a free electronic copy of Uncommonly Corduroy!  Martingale has generously offered to send one of my readers an eBook.  Just leave a comment on this post and I will announce the winner on March 1st.
If you would like to purchase a signed copy from Stephanie you can here.
You can also order it from Amazon here.

Below is a schedule of the blog tour.

February 19  --  Stephanie at  Loft Creations
February 20 -- Martingale at Stitch This
February 21 --  Candace at  Squash House Quilts
February 22 -- Carrie at A Passion for Applique
February 23 --  Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski
February 24 --  Char at  Cloth Stitched 
February 25 --  Mary at Needled Mom
February 26 -- Linda at The Quilted Pineapple 
February 27 -- Margaret at A Sampler of Stitches 
February 28 -- Ulla at Kotkarankki 

Thank you so much again, Stephanie!

Good luck to everyone and thank you for stopping by the tour!