Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Beach Quilting

Last week we spent a week at a NC beach. The weather was beautiful although stupid Covid caused us to miss a few actual sitting on the beach days. (Everyone recovered fine.)

I always like to bring my travel machine for sewing in the afternoon when the sun is too hot to be outside. This year I worked on the Brushstrokes pattern by Shiners View. The pattern was a perfect travel project. Basically each block consisted of the background fabric and one of four fabrics. Blocks were made oversized and pieces were cut wonky to add a look of improv.

Once I returned home, everything was pressed and trimmed and assembled into rows. Often when dealing with a large quilt, I will assemble in quadrants. For this one, I went with rows to make sure no blocks were flipped in the process. Fabrics used are all Paintbrush studio solids - pale aqua, marine and gulf stream.

The quilt top will be 56" x 63" when done. I am thinking about making it slightly larger and considered just add a border all the way around. If I went with 7" (the finished block size), the quilt would be 70" x 77". I could also just make some more blocks and add another column so that it is 63" square. 


This was our family's first experience with Covid. One family member tested positive before we left but was feeling fine so we decided to mask up and open all the windows. While having half your vacation impacted by Covid is not what I would have hoped for, being able to sit on the back deck and enjoy the fresh air and ocean views was a pleasant way to recover.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Local House #5 - The Browns

Welcome to the home of the BrownsA friend organized a fun QAL using the Local pattern by Carolyn Friedlander. Each month, we'll each make a house and read the back story about the owner. Several of us plan to add our own homes to the neighborhood. ( I've printed off the pattern at 50% scale.)

Here is my neighborhood so far - the Carlos, the Cahills, the Minkos, the home of Lynn and Terrence and now the Browns! Next up for June is the homes of Paul and Lucy which are actually two houses.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, May 20, 2024

Pickle Bird - Make Modern Magazine issue #58

I am very excited to share that my quilt Pickle Bird is in the latest issue of Make Modern Magazine - issue 58!

Pickle Bird was designed for the QuiltCon 2024 fabric challenge. (Sadly it was not juried into the show.) I love my whimsical birds made from a modernized pickle block. You can read more about the quilt and see some close-ups of the quilting on this post.

The quilt top assembles quickly and the pattern includes FPP for an easy way to make the triangle-in-a-square units (aka the Pickle Bird beak!)

My youngest joined me for a photo shoot at our neighborhood playground. In their twenties, it had been quite a few years since they had played around at the park!

Make Modern is a digital magazine, originating in Australia, which publishes six issues a year. There are many options for subscriptions, both yearly and all access.

Issue 58 has 9 others wonderful projects in addition to Pickle Bird. You can purchase a single issue for under $12 US ($15 AUD).

If you make your own version of Pickle Bird, please share!

Have a wonderful day! Patty