Monday, April 16, 2018

The Nesting Box from Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop has just released a special mystery box celebrating spring. They are also starting their third year of the monthly Sew Sampler box. I've been receiving it for a year now and have never been disappointed. I've loved all the fabric (and ordered more of several) and the notions have been perfect. I am using every one they've sent. The Nesting Box arrived sometime over the weekend while I was at a Jacqueline DeJonge retreat (more about this another day).

 

The Nesting Box was shipped in this nice spring green box (photo doesn't show the color correctly). When you open the lid you see the cover here, which has a 20% off coupon on the back for all Moda Bella Solids.  


Inside, under the cover, it this wonderful pattern Dream Nest (right) and quilting templates (left). There is also a woven "Made with Love" label and a Moda Fabrics Reference Guide, containing measurements, quilt sizes, block counts, basic shape cutting instructions, and other items of interest. I love the pattern, but it's only 70" x 70" so I will add a solid border or maybe yardage of one of the prints to make it a full size.


The fabric is a full layer cake of Nest by Leila Boutique for Moda Fabrics. I love the soft spring colors in this fabric line. Not sure I'm going to use the solid blue background shown on the pattern but I'll find something. It should be a Bella Solid since they gave a coupon to purchase it.


Last are all the goodies! A spool of Aurifil 80 wt light blue thread, a white Chaco Liner, a bottle of Roxanne's Glue Baste It Dip and Dab, a Bobbin Nest which I was needing, a butterfly enamel pin and a beautiful pair of red bronze 4.5" scissors. I am always looking for a pair of thread snip scissors so this will be put to immediate use.

I have a Bella Solids fabric swatch color chart and will make a choice tomorrow when the sun is hopefully shining. We had a very cold, damp day here in New Hampshire. We're beginning to wonder if spring is ever going to arrive.

I'm starting to think about my row design for the "My Happy Place" Row Along in September. At my sewing machine is a very happy place but I need to decide on something that will make a nice row pattern. You'll have to wait and see what I come up with. The patterns will be available free during the blog hop, starting September 4.

The Nesting Box appears to still be available at www.FatQuarterShop.com. #TheNestingBox

Friday, April 6, 2018

Sorry!

     I just realized that I never went back and looked at the comments on the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop day. I apologize that I didn't respond. I had a big problem with my web hosting company about then and had to move to a new one. I never set up an email account for Seacoast Quilter! Oh well, I am sorry. I like to acknowledge you took the time to comment. The more comments, the better! I love to get feedback on what I post and what you want to see. Chime in any time!


I am in the process of buying a house so you may not hear much from me for a while. Below are a few photos from the Realtor of the house and yard. I'm leaving a 2 story home built in 1900 and rather run down over the years. My husband's grandparents bought it in 1916 and the only work was done in the kitchen about 1950 and the bathroom in 2010 (after I fell out of the claw foot tub a couple times). Can't wait to have a better kitchen. Mark died about 2 years ago so I'm ready to move back home to Connecticut finally, after 15 years in New Hampshire. I'm going to miss all my quilting friends terribly but it's only a 3 hour drive!

 Kitchen
 Living Room
  Sunroom
 Bedroom 1
 Bedroom 2
 Dining Room
Back of house with sunroom on right

The property is almost 2 acres, and there are stonewalls on all sides. There is a horse farm on the property behind. There is a one car garage and parking space for 2 more. It's plenty of house for just me.


I am participating in the Wish Upon a Star blog hop May 21 to 25, organized by Just Let Me Quilt. Here is the schedule with so many great stops:
May 21

May 22

May 23

May 24

May 25
Seacoast Quilter  <== ME!


We will all share a project that involves stars, which are classic quilt motifs. Looking forward to seeing what everyone does with the theme. No hints from me - you'll have to visit to find out.

Mary


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Purchases in Lancaster

I really enjoyed the trip to Lancaster. I hadn't been there in several years, and they definitely cater to the quilters that come. Even the keys had potential quilt patterns on them.

 

I bought a couple groups of color wheel fat quarters from the show vendors. They will make nice blenders in several projects I have in mind. The left one is from Andover Fabrics and the group on the right is from Quilting Treasures. I have boxes of modern prints divided by color, so these went right into the stash.

 

I really liked a booth called L'Atelier d' Isabelle (Isabelle's Workshop). She had lots of patterns and kits that use linen for the background and wool felt for the appliques. I also bought some coordinating linen fat quarters to use in blocks around the finished needlework. Of course, I have a couple penny rugs that are long term work in process, but this was so fun, and it has a cat on it. Some friends told me they like Soft Fuse for placing the pieces on this kind of project, so I got some and will try it.

 

 
While out looking around the area for quilt shops, I found a few more pieces of fabric that I had to have. Another bundle of color wheel fat quarters came with me, from Burkholders.  in Denver, PA. These are from Alison Glass, and the line is Sun Prints 2017. Into the stash it goes!


Then we got to the Old Country Store in Intercourse, PA. They had just received the new Tula Pink All Stars fabric, so I bought a yard of each! And they had two different packs of ribbon from Tula and Amy Butler, so they were a must.

 

 


 

Lastly, at the Old Country Store, I got some 2 yard pieces of Cherrywood fabric. If your not familiar with Cherrywood fabric, it looks like it's been brushed. It has a really soft feel, and catches the light really nicely. Cherrywood has run an annual contest for several years that you may have seen. There have been traveling exhibits at large shows. I saw the Lion King exhibit at Machine Quilters Expo last year, and the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit was at the AQS show. 

MQX is coming soon, April 11 to 14. They weren't able to schedule the Cherrywood challenge this year but there will be plenty to look at. I'm sad I'm not able to go as I'll be at a retreat with Jacqueline DeJonge of BeColourful Quilts.


I've had a quilt on my to do list that is made with your embroidery machine. I've been embroidering for a long time, and have made a couple HoopSisters quilts in the past. But now I really want to make this Mandala Quilt from Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs, located in Australia. 


I went to the 9th Annual Fabric Extravaganza (Facebook) back during March 8-10 and found some Cherrywood fabric on sale. So when I found some of the same colors at the Old Country Store I decided it was time to try this quilt. You can make it bigger by just continuing to add rounds. There are left and right triangular blocks and left and right rectangular blocks that make up the quilt. Adding rows is super simple. But, each block is done in a 5x7 embroidery hoop and it will take quilt a bit of time to stitch them all out. I might leave it wall quilt sized, if I start to get bored with stitching them.

Does the amount of shopping you do equate to the amount of fun you had? Both were high!

Mary

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Trip to Lancaster, PA

I've been traveling for over a week, and I'm glad to be home. I went to Connecticut, then my sister and I went to Pennsylvania for the AQS Show in Lancaster. We arrived there last Tuesday and the show opened on Wednesday. There was a heavy snow storm on Wednesday so we had the place almost to ourselves. The only trouble was getting supper in the hotel. All the neighboring restaurants in downtown had closed so it was an hour wait for our food. Ugh - dinner at 8:30 is a bit late! Oh well, it all worked out. Sorry, I don't remember the specific categories, but here are the winners:

This quilt is by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME. The quilt is titled Taking the Unmapped Road and is 71" x 71".  You can see more of Margaret's work here.

This is Turkish Treasures by Pat Holly from Ann Arbor, MI, 67" x 73".  I have seen at least one of her quilts at a previous show and the level of detail in the applique is amazing. She has a gallery here.

This quilt is called Fantastic! It was made by Junko Fujiwara from Japan, and is all hand appliqued and hand quilted. It really is fantastic.

The last featured winning quilt is this beauty by Janet Stone titled Garden Variety Sampler, 68" x 90". I have seen her quilts before and as with Pat Holly she has a recognizable style. She designed a block of the month for The Quilt Show a few years ago. I can't find any specific web page for her. If you search you'll see lots that have won previous awards.

The other thing I was very happy to see was the Vincent Van Gogh Cherrywood exhibit. If you don't know, Cherrywood Fabrics are hand dyed and look like they are suede. I am working on a machine embroidered quilt using their fabric. Maybe I'll share as I go, but maybe I'll save it for a big reveal!

I took photos of many quilts and have created a photo album on my Facebook page. If you have a chance to see the AQS Show at another location be sure to. They attract amazing entries.

We took the opportunity of being in Lancaster to do some shopping, too. I've got lots of new fabric (I love fat quarters) and a new cordless iron. The other thing I purchased is a 3/8" thick LED light box.

We had a good trip despite the snow storm!
Mary

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Day on the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop

Welcome to all! I'm glad you could stop by today and see what we are all sharing on this fun blog hop. Thanks to Marian of Seams to be Sew for organizing us again. The theme this year is something most quilters can relate to - UFO's or unfinished objects - quilt projects in our case. So I dug into my piles, just a little ways, and pulled out some things to share.

Before I go any farther, here is the list of everyone who is posting today. Hopefully you can take the time to visit everyone and see what they are working on. And be sure to enter the giveaways that today's participants are offering via 2 different Rafflecopter drawings.


First, I would like to share my guild mystery quilt top. Our 98 year old member, Dot, gives monthly instructions in the newsletter to make a quilt. The colored squares were cut 2.5" so I used 2 different jelly rolls in the same green-blue-purple palette. I had some help assembling it from my kitty, Nosey. He felt I had the blocks in the wrong place. And I did have to pick out and rotate one block once the top was together.


 


I decided to add a border to make it a little bigger, and forgot to get a full photo. I found a multi-color print that was just perfect. And I really like the light blue I chose for the background. Off to the quilter at the next guild meeting.

I went on a week long retreat last September to Star Island, just off the New Hampshire coast. I am subscibed to both Quilty Box and the Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Box. I brought 3 projects on the retreat, got as far as I could on each, and put them in a pile when I got home.



I started with the Allie Owl pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. I am a very neglectful great aunt and owe baby quilts to both of my nephew's kids. The owls are intended for his little girl, who is approaching 3, and who's shower was owl themed. I have all 4 owls made but cut wrong when assembling the top, so it went back in my bag.


Next, I worked on this Jasmin Giraffe pattern by the Gourmet Quilter. It was the August 2017 Quilty Box and came right before we went on retreat. I didn't love their background fabric and found my own. It also has small plastic domes that are to be appliqued to give 3-dimensional spots on the giraffe. I got all of the applique fused on, and machine blanket stitched, but didn't have any thread to embroider the branches with, nor did I try the spots. Onto the pile it went when I got home.


Here is a cute pattern that came in the Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Box in June. The fabric and pattern are by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. I've actually finished the piecing and layered this one for quilting. It's a small wall quilt and will look really cute in my sewing room.


One final photo of the evidence of my UFO collection. I don't know what's in some of these boxes, but some I have labeled. I know one of the unlabeled ones are Row by Row kits from 2015 and 2016. I never got out and about much since, but I have plenty of rows; about 40 at a quick count!

Thank you for visiting during the hop, and please leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear what your UFO backlog is. There are 2 giveaways to enter - just follow the links in the Rafflecopters below.

Thanks,
Mary





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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Another Month Gone by in a Flash!


I can't believe a month has gone by so fast. I've been busy sorting things in my old house. I have accepted that a move back to Connecticut from New Hampshire is not going to happen this year. There is too much to do still, and I haven't decided to build or go house hunting. I have blueprints that I bought in the mid 90's when I was thinking of buying land from my grandmother's estate and building. It never happened but I still love the house plans. There is no rush, in any case.

I would like to say I've been sewing up a storm this month but I just don't know where the time goes. I did finish a top that was supposed to be shown at the February Seabreeze Quilt Guild meeting. I wasn't able to go due to illness. And the March meeting was cancelled for snow.  I'll be showing it on Wednesday when it's my day for the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop.

We've been having weekly snow storms on Tuesdays, usually 20 inches or so. There was another coming this week but the forecast seems to have changed and it's looking clear for the week. My sister and I are headed to Lancaster, PA for the AQS Show. We've got 3 nights in the hotel where the show is, so as long as we get there, it can snow as much as it wants!

Gloaming Fat Quarter Bundle

I don't remember how I stumbled across this but I purchased the fat quarter bundle of Gloaming from Cora's Quilts. Oh boy, do I love the colors. I don't have a plan for it yet but I'm sure I'll find something.


I also found a monthly pattern subscription website called Pattern Drop. I saw a photo of the February quilt pattern and had to have it! So for a very reasonable fee I will get a new pattern every month. I've got stash of Island Batik's Fresh Pick'ins that will work wonderfully for this.

Hope to see you on Wednesday. I've pulled out several UFOs for my day on the blog hop.  I also saw on Facebook that Barb Vedder has mailed back our blocks from the Churn Dash block swap. Can't wait to see them all!

Mary