Friday, April 21, 2017

Goldilocks

Remember the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears?  Everything came in threes and she explored their house trying each chair for softness and food for the right temperature.

I decided to call my latest finish Goldilocks because I used three different size blocks for the quilt.


I am just in love with this quilt!

I made it from odd sized leftover bits of fabric. The FMQ is a loop design and I'm so proud and happy of the job I did.  FMQ is a journey and this was the first time that I got the tension right.  The stitch length isn't consistent but the texture is amazing.

The middle border is pieces and I love the way it looks.


I pieced a bit of the back.  Pieced backs are not my usual thing but I'm happy with this one!

This quilt finishes at 60 x 66'' and is perfect for napping!


I'm busy working on a pattern for Goldilocks and can't wait to share!


Goldilocks will be linked up with Main Crush Monday's,   Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Slow Stitch Orange Peels

I am really enjoying have a bit of applique at the ready when I'm watching tv or just want to sit and enjoy the spring sunshine.


Since I enjoyed the orange peels I used for the leaves on my tulip quilt top, I decided to go for orange peels again.   I played around with some different ideas for color placement and settled on a few so I basted those down first.

Time to add more!


The fabric I'm using is from Michael Miller.  There were offering fabric samples at their booth at QuiltCon with a request to make blocks for a friendship quilt for QuiltCon 2018. (I'll share my block for the friendship quilt soon.)   I choose Painter's Canvas in colors Lime, Lagoon, Indigo and Mermaid.  (Get name for a fabric color!)

Orange Peels will be linked up with Main Crush Monday's,   Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, April 17, 2017

Love American Made Brand Solids

I love making quilts with American Made Brand solids   75 colors to choose from - many of my recent finishes are made from these solids.

Numbers uses three shades of blue and a splash of red for a bold Fibonacci quilt.


Autumn Equinox  was my very first attempt at improv and used my favorite AMB colors.


For Tulips, I combined shades of the same colors to make a fun squared off flower!


Besides the fabric being wonderful to work with, one of my favorite parts is that the entire process for making this fabric is done in the US, starting with the cotton.

American Made Brand has put together a really wonderful video that explains the process and introduces you to the farmers who grow the cotton.  You can watch from their Facebook page or directly on Youtube.

I'm actually in this video - well sort of .....  at 3:55 there is a close-up of a quilt block with lighthouses.  That is MY quilt block!


Quilt and photo credit to the Works.  Read more about the quilt here.

Well the real star of the video might just be the dog who peaks between the quilts around minute 4.  Her name is Cali and she is a Catahoula Leopard Dog.  Cali was adopted at the Houston Quilt Market 4 years ago when the AMB team bumped into an adoption event while looking for a place to eat dinner.  They just couldn't resist that cute dog and brought her back to the hotel room!

You can buy American Made Brand solids at quilt stores everywhere.  I buy mine at here and here.  I'm excited by the new pre-cuts and can't wait to give some a try!



Have a wonderful day! Patty