I hope you had a great weekend.
Last week I told P that all I wanted for Mother's Day was a picture of all three of my children. She drew a great picture of the whole family and gave it to me at breakfast yesterday.
Later in the day they snuck my camera and the remote and had a little photo shoot. They surprised me with a bunch of pictures on my camera. Some of the out takes are quite fun. They really are great kids.
We were so easily entertained.
I finished putting this quilt top together yesterday. I call it "Paris on a Shoe String".
The guys here thought that the name of the quilt was a bit obtuse but I told them that quilters would "get it". I hope I'm right. If not, it doesn't really matter because I like it and I'm stickin' with it.
I mentioned earlier that I was making some more string pieced triangles. I had the idea to try some different settings with them and this big star design is one that I came up with. I had this great Paris map print on my sewing table and it was begging to be used for the background. I didn't want seams running across the map print so D helped me make a cutting diagram to get the pieces cut from the fabric I had. We also made sure that the print is right side up everywhere and continuous in the star centers. Not that anyone would notice but us...
I am happy to share with you the finished Bluebirds of Happiness quilt for Cloud 9 fabrics. This quilt is made from fabrics in the Alegria line. That bluebird fabric is so popular that it is already sold out!!! Miss P fell in love with the little bluebirds and I am glad I snatched up an extra few yards for some roman shades for her room before it was all gone. Michelle has informed me that they will probably be running another print run of that fabric.
M was kind enough to help with the photo shoot today and also suggested the barn backdrop. I think he secretly wanted to hang out of the barn window.
I am thrilled that I will get to personally deliver this quilt to Michele next week. I will be going to spring quilt market and this quilt will be on display in the Cloud 9 booth. Woo hoo!! I'll be going to market with Brenda, Anna, and Debbie from the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. I am so excited about going and meeting many people like Tia and Katy who I have known on the web and will finally get to meet in person.
This weekend I finished the Alegria quilt for Michelle (I'll get some pictures of the Alegria bluebirds when it stops raining so look for that post later in the week) and started playing with scraps again.
Last week my neighbor gave me an old three drawer dresser that fit perfectly in the corner of my sewing room. I reorganized and tidied a bit and have now eliminated all of the plastic bins from my sewing room. Yay! This has been a goal of mine for quite a while. I can ALMOST get everything put away. I also love that I now have a surface where I can set the iron when I adjust larger pieces of fabric and quilts on the ironing board. No fancy ironing set up here - an old wooden ironing board and a presteam iron- so a dresser top works great for a temporary resting spot for the iron.
I'm making more string pieced triangles like I used in Nancy but I plan to set these differently. I am hoping that by using up more scraps things will really get whipped into shape around here. Since I am building a triangle base I am easily able to use the triangle cut away scraps that have piled up from some recent quilts like this, this, and this.
I'm having so much fun piecing these that I may try a few different setting ideas. Maybe I'll make some smaller quilts. I haven't really dicided yet.
I just love the "parts" that you get when you work with small bits of fabric. Look at those little feet.
This was AFTER visiting the St. Louis Zoo and the incident with the door to the aviary. My sister was kind enough to help me "wade" in the gulf with one foot.
I think this was our first visit to the Gulf of Mexico. I remember that there were blobs of sticky black oil goo on the beach. We wanted to get our feet wet so we walked/hopped through it. Again, I was wearing my FAVORITE outfit ever.
I'd like you to meet Nancy. (named by M)
D helped me with the photo shoot yesterday while M was fixing dinner. Since M will be living in an apartment next year he wants to learn how to make his favorite meals. One of his summer projects will be to copy the recipies and practice making them. I also told him that if he helps in the garden and with canning that he can take some of our yeild to stock his pantry next year. Yay for tall people being home. I can get double help!!
I just can't say enough how much I love scrap quilts. Really. They make my heart sing.
So many memories stitched into this quilt. In the photo above I see a bit of P's backpack, and some pink pajama fabric, bug fabric that I used for a baby sunhat for D....
I also LOVE the backing fabric. That is such a pretty color of brown with the pink flowers. I also love the way it looks with the green. It has a sort of electrical "does it really go?" vibe going on.
I've had some questions about the quilting on this so I'll tell you how I approached that.
1. I stitched in the ditch on all of the vertical block seams.
2. I stitched in the ditch on all of the horizontal lines.
3. I stitched in the ditch on the diagonal half square triangle lines.
4. I stitched a serpentine line across the diagonals in the string pieced areas.
5. I stitched the feathers in diagonal passes in the green triangles.
I used aurifil 50 wt. for the green feathers, ditch stitching, and all of the bobbin thread. I used a vareigated King Tut thread in the string pieced areas.
Nancy is 64.5 inches by 87.5 inches.
Here are other posts about the making of Nancy:
chartreuse as a neutral
auditioning fabrics for the ground
half square triangles
Are you making a string quilt? Please add your photos to my flickr group. I'd love to see what you are working on.
Just popping in to let you know I'm still here.
I finished this chartreuse triangle scrap quilt almost two weeks ago and it is still waiting for a real photo shoot. I need a tall person to hold it for me. Luckily, two tall people have moved home from school. Soon there will be pictures. I promise. It just needs to stop raining while a tall person is at home.
Has the spring cleaning bug hit your house? We had a fit of spring cleaning fever this weekend when M came home and was allergic to his room. Lots of wiping, washing, rearranging.... now I kinda want to clean and rearrange the whole house. Have you ever wanted to take everything out of your house and just put back the things you really want and use? I used to do that to my room and closet every year when I was growing up. It would probably be a good thing to do but I don't think it will happen. We have accumulated a lot of stuff in the twenty three years since we moved to this house. It's a little frightening to think about, really.