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!