Hop over to the Dear Stella blog and read about the cute baby things I made from Rae Ritchie's Foxtail fabric line.
You all know how much I enjoy photography. Over the years I have taken many photos on our property. Our barns and out buildings have always been an interesting photo subject for me.
When long time internet friend, Julie Sefton, was writing her book, Build-a-Barn, no pattern construction, she asked if she could include some of my barn photos. Sure!
I was thrilled to see that one of my photos graces the colophon page. Yeah, I had to look up the name of that page. It makes it sound fancy, doesn't it!
Her book walks you through the steps to build your own barn quilt blocks - from an inspiration photo to the finished barn block. There are also lovely photos of different kinds of barns sprinkled throughout the book. Here's another photo of my barn.
If you've ever wanted to make a barn or house block, or even just wanted to learn more about the free piecing technique, this book is for you! I love all of the creative interpretations Julie and her team of "barn builders" made.
I love Julie's See Rock City quilt on the cover! Julie talks a lot about the making of this particular quilt. She had it pieced together as a finished top and then, after deciding that she didn't like it, cut it up and reworked the entire quilt layout. She really goes into a lot of detail about her process to get to this fabulous finished design. Often we only see the end product but I love that she shared the one that really wasn't as good as well as the newer version of her quilt.
You can read more about the book and barn projects in it here.
Autographed copies of the book are available directly from Julie Sefton.
Hope - finished size 16" by 16".
Abuse victims can feel isolated and helpless. One of my friends who has escaped two abusive relationships told me, "If you don't have hope, you don't have anything."
After an extended period of abuse it can be very difficult for the victim and his or her family to have any hope. Hope for a world without abuse is often what motivates advocates to work in shelters, answer hotline calls, lobby politicians for protective legislation, and teach others about healthy relationships.
Read more about some of the common abusive behaviors here.
If you have a friend or family member who is experiencing abuse here are some things you can do to help. The most important thing to remember is that the choice to leave or not is theirs. You can't make them leave a bad situation but you can be supportive and helpful in their choice. They will need someone they can count on when/if they do decide to end or leave the abusive relationship.
The wedding day started with a morning at the salon for the wedding party.
Miss P LOVED getting her hair curled and "done".
The guys had fun learning how to tie their bow ties.
The prewedding photo session included a trolley tour around town. The first stop was at the pier in Grand Haven. I couldn't help but take a few photos myself.
The wedding party even got to climb the light house.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen were having a bit of fun too. Selfies with the bride and groom.
Photobomb by the bride.
They left on the trolley and made a few other stops before the trolley brought them to the wedding site on the beach. I know they had a fun afternoon and I'm eager to see all the professional photos!
P loved playing on the beach after her rehearsal duties were finished.
The booties are a tiny version of Pamela Wynn's Elf Slippers. You can see other, larger shoes I have knit from this pattern here, here, and here. I knit these booties on smaller needles and did not felt them.
The sweater was knit from the Basic Seamless Crewneck Cardigan pattern in The Complete Book of Raglan Sweaters by Leisure Arts.
I think my new grandbaby will be pretty cute sporting this look next winter.
Miss P is thrilled that she will be an aunt in July! Shortly after she heard the news she started planning all of the things she would make for the new baby. First up - a quilt. She was already a fan of Elizabeth Hartman's patterns, so narrowing the choice to one of her designs didn't take long. She always told me they were SO CUTE! It was a close call between the kittens and the hedgehogs. Hazel Hedgehog was the final choice because the baby's mom is a hedgehog fan.
She decided that if she was going to put all of that work into it she didn't want the baby to outgrow it quickly. She upsized the baby quilt to be four rows of four blocks.
The four by four layout requires 16 blocks, an even number, just right for making two hedgehogs of each color. The baby can play "match the hedgehogs".
Miss P went through my fabrics and chose lights and mediums of eight different colors for the faces and bodies. The spines for each would be different. I helped by cutting everything with the rotary cutter but she did the sewing by herself.
This project required quite a bit of planning ahead to be finished in time for the baby shower. She sewed two blocks at a time over MANY weekends. It was an exciting day when all of the blocks were finished.
Next up was the sashing and pin basting.
Then came the quilting.
When the last stitch of binding was finished she said, "Now I can say that I have made a quilt!! This is the most exciting thing I have EVER done!!!"
Miss P asked me to thank Elizabeth Hartman for designing this cute pattern, and for encouraging her along the way, even if she didn't know she was doing it.
Congratulations to her for getting it done! She finished just in time for photos the day before the shower - as one does. I am so proud of her!
Off the Chart is another quilt from my book, Every Last Piece.
This design was inspired by colorwork knitting charts. I love this design idea because there are so many different ways to interpret it. Here, the different size circles represent different colors of yarn that would be used when knitting from the chart.
The the pattern is made of three kinds of blocks; blank, small circles, and large circles.
The scraps used in this quilt are all "light" fabrics. The background is a rich teal print from Carolyn Friedlander's botanics line.
It is quilted in a design that mimics the look of the knit stitch at a size equal to the applique "stitches".
Finished Size 58'' by 81''.
In addition to being published in the book, this quilt hand in the QuiltCon 2015 show.
The pattern and directions for Off the Chart can be found in chapter three of my book.
You can purchase an autographed copy of the Every Last Piece from me here.
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Welcome to my post on the Oakshott Lipari blog hop. Thank you Lynne and Michael for inviting me to participate and sending me such beautiful fabric to work with! I have been a huge Oakshott fan for quite a while and made a quilt from the Ruby Red bundle a few years ago. And also have the big box that is still looking beautiful over in the corner of my sewing room. I think I'll dive into that when I return from quilt market next week.
Here are the directions for making your own Crepusular quilt as seen above.
Finished size: 56'' by 63''
Fat eighth bundle Oakshott Lipari
Fat eighth bundle Oakshott Colorshott 31-57 - choose 18 colors to go with the 18 in the lipari bundle - set aside the others for another project.
Batting 60'' by 70''
Backing 60'' by 70''
half yard fabric for facings or binding
Download and print out the templates- Download Crepusular
From each of the 36 fat eighths, cut two of each template a, b, and c. There will be 72 a, 72 b, and 72 c pieces.
Group the cut pieces in groups of one each of a, b, and c to make 72 blocks. Mix up the light and dark fabrics, some blocks can be high contrast and some low contrast. This mixing will give the quilt more visual energy.
For each block, sew piece a to piece b. Fold each piece in half to find the middle of the seamed line. Match the centers and place a pin as shown.
Bring the edges even and sew the seam. Some people prefer to sew with the wedge piece on top and some people prefer to sew with the outer curve piece on top. Sew them together whichever way works best for you. Press seam away from the point for a smoother curve.
Next, add the outer corner of block, c. Find the center of the seam and pin.
This larger curve is a little easier to sew than the first seam.
On these curves I hold the edges even with my fingers while I sew.
Press seams to the outside of the curve.
Arrange the blocks as shown in the finished quilt or play with them and come up with your own arrangement. Sew the blocks together in rows. Sew the rows together.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making this quilt. I loved the way each piece of fabric performed a bit of visual magic as it was fed under the presser foot. The process of sewing these blocks was a visual feast.
You really must see this fabric in person to fully appreciate its beauty. It is very difficult to capture with a camera.
Each of the eighteen colours in the Lipari collection are woven with black thread to give a dark and rich palette and are 54" wide so go a lot further than regular quilting cottons. Find out more about the inspiration for this collection here.