Thursday, July 13, 2017

Freedom Table Runner

Hi there!  I hope you're enjoying the summer.  We're spending lots of time outside and in the garden (one of my favorite places).  I'm really hoping to hit a produce auction soon and start canning. <3

Anywho, I am excited to share a custom table runner this week.  This one is based on these placemats in my shop.  


At 102", it's my longest runner to date, and I just love it!


I used the Freedom fabric line by Sweetwater for Moda.  I'm a long time fan of Sweetwater anyway, but I think this line is one of my favorites. <3


The pattern is simple.  I made 8" finished, 8-point star blocks, then bordered each with 2" finished squares.  I used a sashing strip with a 2.5" square on each end to connect the blocks.


I quilted a meandering pattern all over the top with a natural thread, and I chose Charcoal Kona for the binding.


The final dimensions were 12.5" x 102".

It's already gone to it's new home.

Thank you all for stopping by!

Have an awesome day.

~Summer



I'm linking up today with Let's Bee Social and Needle & Thread Thursday!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Finished Lulu Baby Quilt!


Summertime is in full swing, and we're loving the weather here in Indiana.  My tomatoes are even starting to flower!

I'm excited to share this baby quilt with you today.  I've been holding onto a charm pack of Lulu by Chez Moi for a long time, because it's just so pretty...I wasn't quite sure what to do with it.  Well, after finding the some Lulu yardage at my local quilt shop, I had an idea.  


I remembered to take a couple progress shots with this one. :D

Here's the layout on the tables my hubby made for my sewing room.  They are lightweight so I can move them around and use them however I need them at the moment. <3




I contemplated straight-line quilting for this or large, echo-ing flowers, but finally decided on an all-over swirling pattern.  


I had a lot of fun with the swirls.  They were relaxing to create and satisfying to finish.


I found this great binding at the quilt shop...I just love a good stripe for binding.  <3


Now it's all finished and in the shop!




Fabric:  Lulu by Chez Moi for Moda, Kona PFD on back
Batting:  Warm & Natural
Dimensions: 32" x 32"

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have an awesome day. <3

~Summer


I'm linking up today with Needle & Thread Thursday and Finish it up Friday!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage Blocks 8, 9, & 10

Hello!  I've finally finished my big run of custom orders (I can't wait to share all of them with you), so I've been able to breathe a little and sew on some other things...like my FGV blocks!

I had the pleasure of attending a sewing event at a local quilt shop and decided that I'd use the time to work on something for me.  *gasp* ;)

The first block I completed was this Churn Dash block. This one was really pretty easy...as always, it was fun to pick the fabrics.  I'd seriously consider doing a larger quilt with this just this block.



The second block I made was the Corn & Tomatoes block.  I think this one is my favorite from the night.  


My final block was the Cool Threads block.  This was a super fun block to make, but I did find that matching the corners of the "spools" with the "thread" was a little tricky.  It's for my bed, so I didn't fuss too much. ;)  I do think this is a particularly pretty block though. 


So...here's my progress so far!  I'm still several blocks behind, but I should be able to start catching up with the rest of the group.


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer

Monday, June 5, 2017

Theater T-shirt Quilt - Finished!

Aaah!  I'm so excited to share this gorgeous quilt!  This was a special project for a super sweet and talented young woman who graduated high school this weekend.  She has a love for theater and the arts and took part in a lot of shows during her school time.  


I wanted to add some special touches, so I did a funky feather-ish pattern in the border...


...and then finished it with large flowers on the wide floral border.


I was thrilled when I found the grey plaid in my stash..it made the perfect binding!


It's always a little bittersweet when I finish a quilt and pass it along to the owner, but she was so excited and happy she was with it made it all worth it. <3 <3 <3

I have some finished baby quilts to share with you this week AND some more Farm Girl Vintage blocks, so I hope you'll check back!  Thanks for stopping by!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm linking up today with Monday Making!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throw Sized T-shirt Quilt - Finished!

Whew!  It is busy around here!  The warm weather has set in, so we're planting our garden, freshening up the landscaping, and opening the pool.  I LOVE this season!  Another thing I love about this season...it's graduation time and that means T-shirt quilts!  yeah!

Today, I get to share a super fun quilt that will be gifted by the local senior class to their theater teacher!  I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see his reaction.  <3 



I'm loving more and more how meandering quilting looks over the t-shirts.  It's a different "groove" for me.  I have to run the needle a little faster but move my hands a little slower.  It's actually quite relaxing.


One of my very favorite things about this quilt is the binding!  I found this awesome, black, tone-on-tone fabric at my local fabric store and fell in love!  I'm going to need to go back for more.  You may see it again in the future!



I'm happy to say that this one was a smooth finish and a joy to complete.  <3

I have a few more quilt finishes to share with you over the next week, so I hope to see you back!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm linking up today with Needle & Thread Thursday!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Placemats

I have a lot on my mind this week, which is typical during Holy Week.  There's quiet contemplation and building anticipation and excitement for Sunday.  This is our second year of being in ministry, so it feels like there's extra business, AND my lovely customers are keeping me busy with projects...thank you!

With all of that said, it's projects like this one that help me bring things together.  See, there's more that goes on beyond the pretty fabric and stitching...sewing is my quiet time.  I often listen to my Bible or other books.  Sometimes I listen to music and worship, and other times, I just sit and just listen to the whir of my machine and listen for that still small voice.  I find my center and my happy place while I sew.

This isn't a super-complicated queen-sized quilt, but they gorgeous placemats were exactly what I needed this week.


These are for the customer who purchase this table runner and requested matching placemats.


The fabric is called A Beautiful Thing by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake.  I used White Kona to border and Charcoal Kona to bind.



These were so fun to quilt.  I free motioned simple loops, then bounced around each loop to make it flowery.  I'm pleased with how they turned out.



If the name "Quilting Is My Therapy" wasn't taken...I might have snatched it up, because really, I'm not sure how I'd cope without it.  I'm so, so, so thankful that I am able to do this and help support my family.  

Thank YOU for stopping by and supporting me...I truly appreciate it! <3

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm Linking up today with Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, TGIFF, Finish It up Friday, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Turtle Fun - A Finished Quilt!

Hello!  I'm here to today with a bright, fun new finish.


This was such a fun project.  Sometimes it's just so satisfying to just do squares and meandering, isn't it?


I was thrilled to find this "grassy" green fabric for the binding...it fit so well!

Here's the artsy, rolled up quilt picture:


(I often like to make fun while I'm taking pictures...lol)


The boldness of colors and the fun turtles really make me smile. :)

The best part...it's already being loved.  <3 <3 <3


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm linking up today with Monday Making and Linky Tuesday!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Memory Tree Quilt Finished!

I'm excited to have this one finished and in its forever home. <3


This is a memory quilt I created for a customer.  With the "tree of life" as our inspiration, I used his mother's clothes for the trunk, leaves, and stripped border.


One of my favorite parts about doing memory quilts is that you have to be flexible and constantly in "design mode".  This darling little bird house was one of her sweatshirts, and I was stuck for a little while on how I would incorporate it.  It wouldn't fit into my leaf templates, nor would it fit the border.  Then it hit me...I could use it as an actual birdhouse!  


The quilting was a lot of fun on this too.  This is the first time I played with a lot of negative space.  I used spirals for the base and around the trunk, then I filled in around the leaves with leaf shapes and echos.


If you look closely, you can see I quilted a bark shape into the tree trunk.  


It was so windy...it was nearly impossible to get it all in one shot!




I'm always honored when I get to do a project like this.  This quilt was so special. <3

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm linking up today with Finish It Up FridayCan I Get a Whoop Whoop? and TGIFF

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mini Quilt Potholders and Matching Coasters!

Happy Friday!!  I have some small finishes to share today, but even though they're small...I love them big. ;)

When you're working for hours on a more difficult project, do you ever need to take a break to just sew something, anything that's different?  I do!  The Tree Memory Quilt I'm working on is coming along famously, but one afternoon...I just NEEDED something else. So...I made these pretties!

I used Kate Spain's Grand Canal from Moda, along with Kona Solids in Ash and Charcoal.  I've had 8-point stars and flying geese on the brain lately, so that's what I channeled.


This first one was particularly fun, because, on a whim, I decided to quilt around the buildings in the center so they stand out.  ^_^


I LOVE the second one though.  Those gold and blue mosaic flowers on the navy...*swoon*


I have discovered the importance of quilting on the corners, even if it's just a simple straight line.  This makes it immensely easier to stop the fabric puckering and folding when attaching the binding.


Finally, I just had to add some matching quilted coasters to the mix.  It's not my fault Kate Spain has this darling print in 4 colorways, right?  


I had a lot of fun quilting these with narrow, random wavy lines.  I'm really happy with how they came out.


I think they feel like spring.  <3


I absolutely love making these potholders...I get the entire quilting process done in a short period of time, then I get to enjoy those satisfaction of a finish.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm linking up today with TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday, and Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Custom Memory Quilt - Work in Progress

I have a really special work-in-progress to share with you today.

Inspired by the "tree of life", this is a memory quilt.  I'm using the clothes of my customer's sweet mother.


I make leave templates of various sizes and tried to capture special little details from the clothes.





This is my favorite. <3




For the trunk, I used corduroy pants. <3


I currently have everything pinned and fused and will start stitching it all down this afternoon.  I can't wait to share more progress with you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I've linked up today with Monday Making and


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