Corduroy Road

November 17, 2014

Looks like winter is here.  Sigh.  A little too early for me.  It is snowing and has been snowing since last week.  I would have preferred a little more fall weather for a bit longer.  Oh well.  All the more time to spend indoors quilting! :-)

I have some pretty cool show and tell to share!!!  Corduroy Road is a new design by Stephanie Dunphy of Rummage blog.  The pattern is available exclusively at Connecting Threads here.
As the name of the quilt indicates, it is pieced from gorgeous corduroy.  You could easily use cotton or flannel as well, but corduroy is a dream to quilt.  I love it!!

The design is quite graphic, I quilted  curvy quilt designs to add another dimension to the quilt.  Mixing design elements always adds even more visual interest or eyecandy as I like to say. :-)
I love how well the quilting shows up on corduroy!!! Curvy "windmill feathers" and curling feather throughout.  You can never go wrong with the addition of feathers.
 The soft curly shape was inspired by the "windmill feather spine."  Naturally I added a little, single feather to the design.  Repeating designs throughout the quilt gives the quilt continuity.
I made a card stock template to ensure the design had uniformity.  Micro pebbling makes the motif stand out.  Love pebbles!!!
I traced around my template with a purple air erasable marker and then quilted the design.
 In the print blocks, I simply quilted around the flowers in the print to give the illusion of applique.
In all of the blue blocks and triangles, I have quilted a straight line design.
Specifics on the quilt....all quilting is freehand.  So Fine threads by Superior in the top and bobbin.  I used a double layer of batting.  Dream Cotton with Hobbs 80/20 on top.  I love to see the "before and after" transformation.
 I quilted this quilt last February...I think.  It is so nice to finally share this beauty!!  I see this pattern in so many different color ways and fabrics!!!  Super cool design!!!  In solids, there is plenty of space to show off with some quilting! :-)

Oh and last but not least the WINNER of the Quilted Living Book tour is......

Janet O.  who commented "I love what you have created, Linda! Switching the colors of the pinwheels is a great idea, and, of course, your beautiful feather work is the icing on the cake! It is a delightful sight everywhere you have displayed it, but especially hanging there at the bottom of the stairs. So pretty!" 

Congratulations, Janet!!!!  Email me your address and I will send your book out to you!!!!! 

Quilted Living Book Tour Giveaway

November 11, 2014

Welcome to Day 2 of the Quilted Living Book Tour!  Quilted Living is the new book by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs & Fat Quarter Shop.  This book is awesome!!! A wonderful variety of projects!!  I am so excited to take part.  Honored to have been asked.

The book title alone spoke to me. "Quilted living" is exactly how I aspire my home to be.  There is nothing that creates a warm, welcoming and homey feel more than quilts.  So quilts are everywhere in my home.  Big and small.  Not just for sleeping under.  I use quilts in my decor like fine art!! :-)  It always surprises me when I get the question "well, what do you do with that?" or "what do you need another quilt for?" First, you can never have too many quilts!!!  And second, you can never have too many quilts!!! Truth.

I chose the quilt "X-ceptional" as my project.  It is in the banner above, the quilt on the far right. I just immediately loved the block as soon as I saw it. When I was asked to participate in the book tour, they asked that we make our project original, to fit our lifestyle and then showcase our version in our home.  That is exactly what I did!!
 My version of X-ceptional is a fall inspired runner!!
 It is perfect in my home!!!
I made a four block with sashing runner exactly as the pattern indicates.  I just added a 2" finished border.  I used reproduction fabric for the runner.  2 dark chocolate fabrics and 2 cheddars.  Yum!  In Gerri's version, she matched the pinwheels to the block, I mixed mine...cheddar pinwheel with chocolate block and vice versa.
The pattern instructions were clear and very accurate.  Gerri includes every pressing direction, which made the blocks go together easily and fast!!!
 Before quilting.
I quilted a gorgeous allover feather.  My favorite.  The finished size is 18" x 57".
If you have followed me, you know that I like to decorate the house seasonally and for holidays.  A small quilt or runner makes it so easy to do this.  X-ceptional was the perfect project for me.  I could not be happier with how it turned out!

Not only does X-ceptional look great as a runner on the kitchen island, but it looks great all through the house. :-)
 Hanging on the pie safe or the back of a chair.
Fireplace hearth.
I LOVE this!!!  At the bottom of my stairs before I go into my studio.  Yes, that is an awesome greeting before work.
 So I think I have given you lots of possibilities!!!  LOL!!!  That's what I call quilted living!!

How would you like to have your very own copy of Quilted Living???

 Just leave me a comment and I will announce the winner Monday, November 17.  Have a great week!  Also, Fat Quarter shop has the book available to purchase here.

Make sure you stop by the rest of the tour and see all the other projects from the book.
November 11th
Fat Quarter Shop kicks off tour!

November 11th
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple 

November 12th
Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting

November 13th
Kathy Brown of The Teacher's Pet
Thearica Burroughs of Pigtales & Quilts

November 14th
Helen Stubbings of Hugs N Kisses
                                  Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs ends the tour! 



November 1, 2014

October just flew by this year! It was jam packed with stuff!!  I was busy celebrating my 40th birthday around the 11th.  While busy quilting like a crazed mad woman for Market. Then on to a week of recovery!  Catching up on my sleep and some leisurely sewing until celebrating my 15 year wedding anniversary!  I opted to not attend Houston this is year for Market and Festival.  I could not bear missing my 15 year anniversary.  I missed the last 2 and Halloween.  Being with my family is always the best decision!!  It WAS a busy, fun filled month! 

It was 4 years ago I started this blog with participating in one of the Schnibble sew-a-longs that Sherri and Sinta host.  So naturally I had to participate again! This month the pattern is Harvey.  A large Schnibble designed by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. available here.

I love basket quilts and this is a huge basket.
My version is in blues.  I used every leftover blue charm square (most repros) from making Schnibbles quilts the last 4 years in this quilt.  Schnibbles use 5" charm squares as their main component.  I had to add some fabric from my scrap bin as well.  I am not a big blue person, but I love blue.  I have found it makes a beautiful addition to my home.  I used some blue toile from the line Rural Jardin by French General for the background.  I had been saving (hoarding)  it for the perfect quilt.
I think the background fabric gives the quilt a real vintage look.  I love it!!!  I only have 2 borders on the quilt because I am undecided on if I am going to hang it on a wall in the downstairs.
 It was extremely windy during the outdoor photo shoot.  It is a good thing I have a wonderful helper. :-)
I modeled the quilt top around the house a little.  That is when I realized I may not want to hang it.  I love the added touch of blue around the house.
If you have followed me for a while, then you know that I decorate for all the seasons and holidays.  Makes the house festive and changes things up. :-)  So fall is in full swing here.
Although the quilt is blue in my sea of earth tones here, I love how it adds that pop of color.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  It will be fun to see the parade of Harvey quilts at Sherri and Sinta's.

Whit Little Bites Quilt

October 1, 2014

I took a little blogging break.  No special reason.  Just busy like always!! :-)  I stay pretty active on Instagram if you ever feel you are missing out.  Also, after much peer pressure (lol) and feet dragging, you can now find me on Facebook.  Basically in 2 spots, as Linda Hrcka here and Linda Hrcka-The Quilted Pineapple page here.  I have also added all the social media icons to the right hand of my blog. :-) So between all those places, if you cannot find me here, you'll be able to track me down somewhere else.  Social Media is a full time job.

Lots to catch up on, but lets start with Another Year of Schnibbles hosted by Sherri and Sinta!!!  October's quilt is actually a Little Bite quilt made out of 2.5" mini charm packs called Candies from Moda.  Since I am still building my stash of mini quilts, I decided to make my version a mini version of the original.
Mine finished 13" square.  It makes a wonderful table topper too.  I will eventually, I think hang it though.
Whit is by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. available here.  I used Homestead Gatherings from Primitive Gatherings by Moda available from Primitive Gatherings. The background fabric is also a Primitive Gatherings fabric from a past collection, as well is the binding.
I could not be happier with how it turned out!!!  I love the colors and fabric.  Perfect for fall, but appropriate for all year.  Of course the pattern is genius like all Carrie's patterns are.  No, I'm not too biased. :-)

I had fun modeling my little Whit all over the house.

I quilted it on my Juki sewing machine.  A simple cross hatch using monofilament thread.  Batting is leftover Dream Orient from Quilter's Dream.  Love that stuff!!
Blocks are so tiny and cute!!!
 Before quilting.  Love that black background!!!
My curious kitty Louie had to get in on the fun.  He's usually not allowed in the room, especially when I'm taking photos, so he could not believe his good fortune!!!!  He was extremely fascinated with the camera in front of my face. :-)
 He hopped right on the quilt where I was trying to take photos!!
 He's like "Mom??  Is that you back there??  Why is the camera hiding you??"  Let me touch that thing!!"  ROFL!!!
Make you stop by Sherri and Sinta's for the parade of Whit quilts!!