Sunday, April 29, 2012

I Spy Update...

 Here are some I Spy blocks....

It is definitely a work in progress.




Now you may notice that some of the fabrics are upside down.


Well, I used the quick pieced method to make the half square triangles.  Here is a great tutorial at Patchwork-and-Quilting.com.




  I wanted to keep all the colored triangles on the bottom and the white on the top.



If you are using directional fabric along with this method, you will end up with one right side up and one upside down.


In this case, I don't mind.  I thought since it is an I spy quilt, I would prefer it to be mixed up.  That way, either end can be the top of the quilt.


I love these fabrics!  The little hedgehogs in the middle are too cute!  I also love the ladybugs, and the acorns, and the threads.... you get the idea...


My son is very excited about this project.  We have already started to play I Spy while I was piecing these squares.

This was a quick view of some of the blocks I have completed.  I still have more to piece...Ahhh....I need to get busy sewing!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Half Square Triangles

I have started my I Spy quilt for my kiddos and decided to make the quilt out of half square triangles.  I used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton white to break up the prints.  We have a long car trip to the beach coming up soon and I thought this would be fun to take for the kiddos.



Half square triangles are fun to make, especially if you use the quick pieced method.  If you are new to the quick method, there is a great tutorial here at Patchwork-and-Quilting.com.



Here is my sewing buddy, Artemis, again.  This is a shot of him sitting behind me, perched on the arm of the chair, while I am sewing.  Yes, he is a little strange, but keeps me entertained.  



I don't know if any of you noticed, but I did mention earlier that I have two cats.  I have only shared Artemis with you because he is always around when I am sewing.  I know this sounds like he is with me all the time, but really it is only when I am sewing.  He is very independent and usually off doing his own thing, but as soon as I start sewing, he is there.


This is Apollo.  He is the opposite.  He isn't really interested when I am sewing, but as soon as I stop moving he is there wanting to snuggle.  He is happy whenever there is cuddling involved.  On this day, he was present while I was sewing.  This is the window over my sewing machine (Yes, my machine did relocate, if you notice the change from previous pictures).  

There is something about sewing and these two hanging out with me that relaxes me.  It is just so peaceful. (It also helps when both the kiddos take a nap at the same time!)

Have a great Friday!
Candace

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Spy!



A couple of months ago, I participated in two I Spy swaps conducted by Lorelei over at Midnight Maker (quick note - she did a great job).  The two fabrics I sent in were Resort Palm and Carrots, both by Michael Miller.  I thought these were so fun and cheerful!

If you are unfamiliar with fabric swaps, it is where each person sends in a certain amount of pre-cut fabric.  The host will divvy up the material sent in to all of the participants.  For example, in these particular I Spy swaps, everyone cut up a yard of fabric into 56 charms (5" by 5").  We each received 56 different charms (one from each person).  All the participants posted a picture of the fabric they chose on Flickr to prevent any duplicates.


It is a great way to get a little bit of many different fabrics without buying it all.





These swaps were great and I received so many wonderful and fun fabrics.  I am going to put all of these to good use and make an I-spy quilt for my kiddos.


Stay tuned for more....


Candace

Monday, April 23, 2012

All Finished!! 30's Reproduction Tumbler Quilt



My happy little rainbow 30's reproduction tumbler quilt is complete!  Whew.... that was a mouth full!


I have to say, I went back and forth trying to decide which fabric to use for the binding.  Choosing fabric for the binding is my nemesis.  I thought solid soft yellow would keep it simple and accent the quilt nicely.
Ok I have to warn you, this post has a lot of pictures. Continue at your own risk!


Like my last tumbler quilt, I stitched a fourth of an inch above and below each horizontal seam and through the middle of each of the tumblers.



The backing turned out nicely.  The fabric is Lots of Dots by Karen Stephens.  I think this fabric is so sweet and fun and is a simple backing for this quilt. 



The finished size is 36" by 48".  It is the perfect size for a little one.  



I am really enjoying blogging and getting to know so many quilters.  I want to thank everyone for all the friendly and welcoming comments.  Everyone has been so nice and supportive!  



**Post Update - This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop.  You can view the listing here:  30's Reproduction Rainbow Quilt.

Have a great day!
Candace

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

30's Reproduction Tumbler Quilt

Have I already said that I love how the colors blend from one to the next...

The quilt sandwich is pinned and the stitching has commenced... I chose Lots of Dots by Karen Stephens for the backing.


This is my sewing buddy, Artemis, as soon as I get out of my chair he is in it.  Even if I get up for 30 seconds, when I turn around he will be there.


Don't let the sweet face fool you.  You can't see that his tail is twitching, which in kitty language means "you're annoying me."


Have a great Day!
Candace

Monday, April 16, 2012

More Tumblers ?!?

Ok, so yes I am on a tumbler kick and am starting another tumbler quilt.  I promise my next project will not have anything to do with a tumbler!


I was going through my 30's reproduction stash and thought I should use some of it up (to make room for new fabric of course, yes it is addicting).  I chose to use a slightly different shape than the traditional tumbler.  This one is a little longer and leaner and fits well with the size of my scraps.
In this picture, all the individual rows are hanging in my window.  This is before I put all the rows together to complete the quilt.  With this quilt I decided to arrange the fabric in a rainbow style instead of a random layout.  Many of these fabrics are from the Thanks Be To Auntie Lue line designed by Bonnie Benn Stratton.
Here is the completed top at 36" by 48".  It is a great size for a baby or toddler quilt.  I love the look of a rainbow quilt and how the soft colors blend together from one color to the next.

I can't wait to see how this turns out once it is quilted.

Happy Quilting!
Candace

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tumblers Beach Bound


Its finished!  I love how my beach tumbler quilt turned out.... ok I might post too many pictures, but I can't help it!  I love lots of quilt pictures!

I chose a simple white binding in Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton.  I felt like the solid white helped show off the colors and kept it simple.



I quilted a line a quarter of an inch above and below each horizontal line and one vertical line through each of the tumblers.  All stitched lines start and stop at the edge of the quilt.


The quilting lines worked well with the lines in the fabric design.  The backing is Little Apples - Lollipop and White Linen Sweater Check by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics.  This fabric is so sweet and fun.  I love fabric with simple geometric designs.



I hope you have enjoyed watching this quilt develop.  I have started work on my next project and will share it with you soon.

**Post Update - This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop.  You can view the listing here - Beach Bound Tumbler Quilt.

Have a great weekend!
Candace

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Granny Square

I am very excited to be a part of a virtual quilting bee called Stash Bee, where each member uses fabric from their own stash instead of the fabric picked by the leader of the month.


This month our bee leader is Angie from Sew Scrappy Quilts.  She picked Granny Square as the block for the month and she asked for an extra block to make a Project Linus quilt.  I thought this was such a great idea because Project Linus is such a wonderful organization to contribute to.  They collect blankets to distribute to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, who are need of comforting.


So here are my blocks.  This was a really fun pattern, super simple, and I loved playing with the colors.


Cheers!
Candace


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tumblers continued....

I don't have enough free wall space to have a design wall, so I often hang my pieced quilt tops and bottoms on my curtains in my sewing room.  My curtains are a think white linen that let in a lot of light (it also helps that those windows face south).  I love how the quilt tops look with the light shining through.  They remind me of stain glass windows and brighten my sewing room.






I need to get one of these handy tools called a Kwik Klip.  It makes it easy to close the safety pins when basting your quilt and saves you all the heartache of being stuck.  I always say I am going to be more careful the next time I pin a quilt and it never fails, I end up sticking myself more than once and scratching my nails.

I heavily pinned the quilt sandwich, but I made sure to pin where I wasn't planning on stitching.  That way I didn't have to worry about removing pins while I stitched.  I had my hubby help me remove pins and refasten them after all the stitching was complete.


On a side note, I would like to mention that I had originally planned to have Rain Drops Navy - Catch of the Day by Hoodie in the mix.  After looking at all the pieces set out, I realized that the navy was just too dark for this quilt and really took away from the aqua and teals.

I chose Little Apples - Lollipop and White Linen Sweater Check by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics for the backing.  I think it is perfect for this quilt.

Stitching is all finished and now off to work on the binding.  Stay tuned for the finished quilt.


Thanks for stopping by!
Candace

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tumblers continued....



I love laying out the pieces and playing with the different fabrics and colors.  I spend a good bit of time arranging and rearranging until I like where every piece is located.  As soon as I start setting them out, the sharks start to circle.  My two very inquisitive kitties just sit and wait for me to turn my back so they can pounce.  So once I start this process, I have to finish it without leaving it or leave a guard (aka my husband) in my place.

Once every piece is where I like it, I start stacking each row in order to keep it organized.

And so the chain stitching commences...


This is Artemis, my sewing helper (one of the sharks).  He loves to hang out with me when I sew.  He is a big boy.  He makes my sewing machine look small and it is a pretty big machine.


Happy Sewing!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tumblers!!!




I love tumbler quilts.  It is a simple pattern, but has so much character.  Here in Texas, we are experiencing temperatures in the 80's and I am already starting to itch to go to the beach.  We always plan a trip in the summer to visit family in Florida and spend as much time at the beach as possible.  I might as well put some of that energy into my next project.  I decided to make a beach tumbler quilt and I am going to make it the right size for a toddler to drag around and snuggle with.  I love these colors that remind me of the ocean water, the sand, and the seafood!  It's all calling my name...


Blues...

Modern Whimsey Organic Park Circles by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman
Black Eyed Susan in Deep Water by Joel Dewberry
Sea Blue - Boho Chevron by Annette Tatum for Free Spirit
Pencil Sweater Check - Little Apples Aneela Hoey for Moda
Rain Drops Navy - Catch of the Day by Hoodie for Timeless Treasures
Honeycomb Dot Blue - Kei Fabrics
Moat Aquamarine - Kingdom by Jessica Levitt for Windham Fabrics


Reds...
Racer Stripes Red - Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller
Seashells Red - Marine by Lecien
Lobster in White - Catch of the Day by Hoodie for Timeless Treasures

Along with Robert Kaufman Kona White and Cardinal.


I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Welcome!

I have decided to take the plunge and start blogging.  I love quilting and started out as a hand quilter when I was 16.  My mother taught me to sew and my grandmother introduced me to quilting.  When visiting my grandmother I saw her hand quilting a beautiful quilt and immediately fell in love.  She only hand pieces and hand quilts and is always working on a new project.  She taught me so much about quilting and started my obsession with quilts.


This quilt was the first quilt I ever made when I was 16.  The pattern is Road to Oklahoma and it is machine pieced and hand quilted.  I quilted a lot of designs on this quilt because I was new to quilting and wanted to try every design I could think of and I love the look of a quilt that is heavily hand quilted.


It is a large quilt measuring at 96" by 96".  This poor quilt is 17 years old and looks a lot older.  It has been used a great deal and has earned every bit of its wear and tear.  I am very proud of this quilt and all the work that went into it.  With its age it has become so soft and comfortable, it only makes me want to use it more.


Last year I discovered the joys of machine quilting and the freedom that comes with it.  I can accomplish so many more projects with machine quilting and I love the immediate gratification that comes from accomplishing a quilt in a short time.  Don't get me wrong, I love hand quilting and the special personal qualities that it adds to a quilt.  I always have a quilt sandwich sitting around that I can pick up and hand quilt when I get the chance.  I am currently working on one for my husband and one for my son and I will share them with you another time.  However, I am a stay at home mom with my hands full with two little ones (a 4 year old boy and 7 month old girl), so my time is stretched and I have to use it wisely.


I also thought I would explain the title of my blog.  I am a southern girl who has lived in southeast Texas near the Gulf Coast for a little over 20 years, but I was born and spent my younger years in northern Florida on what is called the Emerald Coast.


I love living in Texas, but I am a beach girl through and through.  Some of my family, including my grandmother, still live there and I visit as often as I can.  So it is only fitting for me to name the blog after a place I love so much.  I hope you will enjoy reading about my quilting escapades and I look forward to getting to know you.

Candace
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