September 24, 2014

Sweet!



My new pattern logo.  I heart my daughter.  With each new pattern the logo color will coordinate with that project.  I've seen the first formatted quilt PDF that won't be available until Spring 2015.  I like it, a lot.  It's hard to wait.


My accountant and his wife just welcomed their first child.  I make baby quilts for fun and enjoyment and keep them on hand "just in case."


I believe it's a pattern out of an old Thimbleberries book.  See those quilted circles?  I did them!  Freshly washed in Ivory Snow and


tied up with a mint green ribbon.  Add some gingham tissue paper and pack it up in a sand pail.  Special delivery!

~Piecefully, Stephanie

September 23, 2014

Creatures Great and Small


On my design wall -- a new project in the works.  How can you not love Llamas?  This collection is Modern Home by Monaluna.  Jennifer Moore creates adorable collections and I want them all.


I love periwinkle and this new collection, Moonshine, by Tula Pink spoke to me.  I think this shall be my next project.  I'm more of a giraffe person but I do love those deer.


Speaking of deer...I guess just like fashion, fabric designs go in trends as well.  I didn't jump on the chevron or mustache bandwagons but I do love this deer print as well.  If you've noticed there are lots of deer in fabric collections recently.  I have one other deer print but it's in the wash.  Perhaps I'll share it once I've actually used it.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

September 17, 2014

More than a Peek


 I don't often share a project before the pattern is published but I just couldn't keep this secret any longer.  So there was a photo shoot...



and props.  Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski and Carrie at A Passion for Applique were my super Supremes and their quilts turned out amazing.  Please click on over for a visit.  If their post isn't up just yet it's worth checking back.  I know, I've seen their quilts.  :o)


The name -- Rummage.  Lots of vintage goodness in this quilt.  It truly uses an eclectic mix of "things."  Perhaps you notice it's my blog banner?


Quilted by the awesome Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts.


Flies in the Cabin is also "coming soon."  Candace was the super Supreme for this quilt.  If you want to see her lovely version please click on over to Squash House Quilts.  I really am lucky to have the best Supremes ever!  Thank you ladies.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

September 12, 2014

Okutama

 
The change in weather tells me it's time to bring out the quilts.  Autumn...my very favorite season.  I'd like to share my favorite Autumn quilt and it's story. It begins in Japan, visiting a beautiful region called Okutama, in Autumn when the leaves are gorgeous and the air is crisp.  The year, 1991.

In case you don't know I lived in Japan for 3 years.  I was a brand new quilter and while shopping one day I found some gorgeous indigo fabric and the wheels started turning and I knew I had to make a maple leaf quilt to remember the gorgeous trip to Okutama. I also purchased some coordinating fabrics for the leaves.  The year, 1993.

This is the fabric I bought for the back.

The story continues in California, our next move. Both kids were now in school full-time so I had more than normal alone time. Perched at the end of the dining room table I started making leaves. Not quite sure how I wanted to put them together I put them aside for another day. Well that turned out to be another state. We now move to Oregon. One night I couldn't sleep and headed into my very first sewing room to play with the leaves. The light bulb went on and a quilt was made. The year, 1997.

I liked the idea of falling leaves, spilling into the border.  The mister used to rake up big piles and let the kids jump in them and I felt one needed to float astray. I'm sure someone could analyze that...

By time I got the top together an unexpected move happened...Ohio. The year, 1998.  Once we settled and I unearthed the quilt top I decided to baste it and hand quilt it.  After it lay basted for quite some time I un-basted it and took it to a machine quilter. Completed 12 years ago, finally.  I love quilts with stories.  Do you have a favorite quilt story?

On Instagram I noticed the "new" trend many quilters have jumped on is "modern maples."  Perhaps I was "modern" in the 1990s and didn't know it! 
~Piecefully, Stephanie

September 11, 2014

Happiness


Happiness!



A few years ago I happened upon a bag of Grandmother's Fan blocks.  I had no clue how many were inside until I got home and counted.  48!  About half did not have the background piece attached and the other half did.  


 I decided to play with the ones without the background piece.  I did my best to trim them evenly.  After I played with different layouts I decided on circles, of course.


Finds at my local antique mall.  I think red might be rare as it isn't a color I normally see.  I did a quick google search but didn't find an answer.  And just look at those roses...If you'd like to read more about the history of feedsacks visit HERE.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

September 10, 2014

Caity Did It Again


Connecting Threads kitted Caity Did, again, using the amazing Leo Lounge by Cotton + Steel.  I might have to buy a kit!  Is there anyone on the planet that hasn't gone fruit loops over Cotton + Steel?

If you didn't know, Connecting Threads has in house designers and they manufacture their own lines of fabric.  However, Connecting Threads has now expanded to include some lines of fabric by outside manufacturers such as Cotton + Steel and RJR.  More fabric, more possibilities, more goodness.

 I fear I did a little "cart before the horse" yesterday in a brief blog post that was published.  All of my existing pattern PDFs are currently only available through Connecting Threads.  I heart them.

 ~Piecefully, Stephanie

September 8, 2014

Abby Rates the Ruler

 

Now that the 4 pieces are assembled into one block I wanted to give my final thoughts on the Quick Curve Ruler.  By time I got to sections 3 and 4 I figured out on my own that using a regular ruler worked much better trimming the edges.  The ruler is great for cutting the curve pieces but useless to me to do any trimming.  Just my experience...perhaps it's the way my brain works.


I folded the one section in half and pinch pleated to give myself the center mark for reference.  Then I opened the section and  was able to trim from each edge to give the 9 1/2" width requirement, using the center mark as my guide.  Next I laid the ruler 1/8" from the curve to trim off the bottom excess.  This was trickier as the block isn't square so you have no idea how high the block is.  It's straight on one edge and pointy on the other.  


In this close up the white circle is showing how although my points match near perfect there isn't even widths of the black print fabric on either side.  I'm OK with this.  This circle is where the sections are sewn together.  Only I notice this but I want to point out the imperfections.  The black arrow shows how the rings don't always make a nice point.  While this doesn't bother me a lot I'd prefer this section be more accurate.  This happened when I used the quick curve ruler to trim the 1/8" and also when I used a regular ruler.  An 1/8" is a futzy measurement to work with.  As eyes age you might as well tell me to trim to 1/32".


I think pressing directions are important, especially with something as not straight forward as this type of pattern.  It shouldn't be assumed we just know how to press.  The pressing directions assembling the curved pieces are in the directions.  However, when assembling the units to make the "big" block there are no seam pressing instructions.  The last direction of any kind is to assemble these units then "refer to the layout and position blocks accordingly."  NO pressing directions when assembling the blocks to form rows or when sewing rows together.

Based on the words coming out of my mouth while making Metro Rings, Abby is not able to rate this pattern or ruler 4 paws up.  She's giving it 2 paws.  Again, this is only my experience and not meant to discourage anyone from trying the ruler.  I've seen lots of gorgeous creations on blogs and on Instagram using this ruler.  If you are new to curves start with one of the simpler patterns.

If you care to read another straight forward review of this ruler  please go HERE

~Piecefully, Stephanie