Monday, January 22, 2018

Magnolia Mystery - My Quilt

I've got two Magnolia trees growing in my front yard.


Big beautiful white blossoms make me happy every spring.  And now I have a Magnolia inside my house with my latest quilt finish.


I downsized the pattern (no surprise there) and created paper pieced versions of the blocks since I was dealing with 1 1/2'' squares.  The fabrics are from Paintbrush Studios.  I really enjoyed working with these solids.


I had great fun with the quilting.  First, I used my walking foot to quilt a gentle wavy line.  I left a large gap in a couple of places and returned to fill in the gap with my FMQ foot.


The quilt finished at 30 x 40'' and I've the perfect spot to hang it between two doorways.


Besides this quilt, these solids also made themselves into an improv quilt (still work in progress) and a few smaller projects.  I started with a yard of each and have only scraps of the blue so it was tight going as I pieced the binding.



You can read more about the Magnolia Mystery on Cheryl's blog - Meadow Mist Designs.

I had such fun with this one!  I also did her mystery QAL last year - here was my finish for the 2016 mystery that I called Galaxy.

Thanks Cheryl!


I'll be linking up my finish (#4 for 2018) with  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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cardinal

We got 6'' of snow on Wednesday - wet, heavy snow.  The next day against the backdrop of snow covered trees, sunshine and a beautiful Carolina blue sky, I took photos of my latest quilt finish.  (Doesn't everyone?)

I'm calling this mini Cardinal.


The mini is 15'' square and used red charm square scraps that I've been collecting.  I paper pieced the stars (they are 4'' finished) but they could have easily been traditionally pieced.

I did some walking foot quilting in a grid - first time I've done a grid!


I just love the light gray polka dot print that the stars are set in.

The pattern is an adaptation of Hometown Mini and will be part of the Minis & More link-up here and here.


I'll be linking up my finish (#3 for 2018) with  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, January 17, 2018

May the Force Be With You

With the latest installment in the Star Wars saga releasing over the holidays, my family decided to go back and watch those original episodes - A New Hope (episode IV), The Empire Strikes Back (episode V) and Return of the Jedi (episode VI) over the New Year's holiday.


What fun we had.  While I remembered many of the classic scenes ("Luke, I am your father."), there was so much about each of these movies that I had forgotten.

As a result, I felt the need to make something Star Wars related.  Not sure yet where I'm headed with these blocks but it really doesn't matter.


Now off to make some of the good guys.

You can find more information about these block patterns designed by Kristy from  Quiet Play in her Quiet Play pattern store.

I'll be linking up my blocks with  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