Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oh My, Stars! :: A Finish

I am thrilled to have this one finished. I sewed the binding on at my retreat last weekend.

The top has been finished since June 2012. Click here to see the post where I showed the completed top. I started this project in January 2012.

I asked my friend Peg to quilt it on her long arm. She did a beautiful job. Here is a close-up so you can see the quilting better.

This counts as my UFO finish for February.

For details on this quilt click here to go to the Thought & Found blog which hosted the quilt along.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Retreat Report

I had a wonderful time at my retreat over the weekend. It was a nice break. I'll be really busy this week preparing for my store opening on the 15th. 

The mystery blocks this time were "hugs and kisses" blocks. Here are the two I made.

And this is the completed top.

One of the ladies will finish it and turn it in for our oncology project.

I only worked on two of the five or six projects I took with me. My main project was my Postcard from Sweden quilt. I showed you the fabrics I was using previously. Click here to see them all.

There was quite a bit of snow up at the retreat center so I took my project outside after I had a few rows together for a photo.

I came home with half of the top together and all but one row of HST units made. I will finish it up this week and get a photo for you. This will hang in my shop as a store sample. I plan to make up kits for my version of this quilt. The original used all Kona solids. My version uses all Moda fabric, because this is mainly what my store has at the moment. The fabrics are a mix of Grunge, Crossweave Wovens and Bella Solids.

The original quilt is gorgeous, but I really like the movement the Grunge and Wovens add to the solids.

I'll show you the other project I worked on later this week.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Postcard From Sweden

Have you seen any of the Postcard From Sweden quilts? I saw my first one a few months ago and promptly downloaded the free pattern. Click here to see the original and get the free pattern.

Here are the fabrics I am using.

This is a mix of Bella Solids, Grunge and Crossweave - all from Moda. I plan to offer kits of these fabrics in my shop. I'm making the smaller size that requires 5" squares.

I'm off to my guild retreat this weekend and these fabrics have gone with me. This will probably be my last opportunity to go to my guild retreat for a while since I am now a business owner. I plan to enjoy my "last hoorah."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Scrap Group Quilt Along

I've been thinking about this for a while and this month seems like a good time to start. My scrap group is starting a new project this month and you are invited to sew along with us. Our meeting day is the third Wednesday of each month. That will be February 17th this month. On that day I will post directions here for our project so you can sew along with us if you choose. 

The project will be a block of the month I'm calling "Goose on the Loose." Every block will use flying geese units and we will cover various ways of making flying geese. There will be twelve blocks, twelve inch finished size. The blocks will be sashed in some way and there will be at least two border options. The working finished size is 52" by 66", but this might change. I have been known to change alter my initial plan.

I have a drawing and I've made the first two blocks but I am working along with everyone so I don't have a finished quilt to show you. This is the first block.

And this is the second.

I am using all scraps but you could restrict your background to a single fabric.

The details:

On the third Wednesday of each month I will post directions for at least one block until we've made twelve blocks. Once the directions for all twelve blocks have been posted I will post sashing and border instructions. I expect this will take about a year since instructions will only be posted once a month.

You are encouraged to play along with us. If you just want to collect the patterns each month to save for later, that is fine too. Before the end of February I will add a tab for this so that you will be able to easily find the posts each month.

Start cutting your scraps! The first block requires 2", 2.5" and 3" squares. The second block requires 2.5", 4" and 4.5" squares. 

I usually cut my scraps into 2" squares, 2.5" squares, 3" squares, 4" squares, 5" squares and 6" squares. If necessary I cut larger squares down into smaller ones. For example, I don't usually cut 4.5" squares to stash. When I need 4.5" squares, I cut 5" squares down to 4.5". You need to decide what sizes work for you and start cutting. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Just Squares 2 and AQC Update

I've been able to do a bit of sewing lately. It isn't fancy, but it is a completed top.

If it looks familiar it's because this is the second one of these I've made. Click here to see the first one. I have enough squares already cut for a third one of these. 

The plan is to quilt it simply like the first one and turn it over to my guild's charity quilt chairperson.

Alamosa Quilt Company Update:

I have a logo!

The guy came Friday afternoon to install it on the front door. I tried to get a picture of it but it is really hard to photograph because of the position of the door and the windows. I need to find something dark to put behind it so that I can get a photo. I have an idea but it requires an assistant. However, it looks pretty much like the above.

We have all of the fabric entered into inventory in the computer. Whew! That was quite a job. We cut four fat quarters from each fabric which adds up to over 1000 fat quarters that had to be folded. Believe it or not, they are all neatly folded.

Here are some photos from around the shop.

The shop is not full by any means but the rest will come with time and as finances allow. Lots of fabric has been ordered but the ship dates are spread out from now through October. That's just the way the fabric business works.

Opening day has been set, February 15, 2016. The grand opening will begin February 29th, which will be a fun date to celebrate on in years to come.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Treasures from Gramma {Photo Heavy}

As promised I took photos of the box of treasures my aunt included with my Gramma's sewing machine.

There are three embroidery hoops to add to my collection. I have several ideas for ways to use these other than they way they were intended to be used. Hopefully someday I'll actually implement one of these ideas.

The ziploc bag along the side contains some tatting done by my great grandmother, Bernice (my grandfather's mom).

According to my aunt she was a prolific tatter. My favorite is the white with yellow flowers. I hope that someday some of it will end up in something I make.

This is a runner. It is folded in half. Both halves are identical.

This is a pillow case. There are two of these. Never used. They were folded neatly and tied with a ribbon. Probably meant to be a gift. I bet these were from her stash of handmade items just waiting for the right occasion to be gifted.

Not many folks, if any, use these pillowcases any more. I would like to cut the embroidery part out, add a border and make them into smaller pillows for a sofa or chair. Someday.

These are some counted cross stitch houses. No clue what I'll do with these.

At the bottom of the box there were a few dish towels that she hadn't got around to doing anything with yet. A couple were machine appliqued but most are blank waiting to be embellished. And then there is this box of floss. 

Look closely at the photo above. The bottom right corner contains some pre-printed labels.

Anything I make from these items will get one of these labels.

Lastly there was this little guy.

He stands about 2.5" tall. I assume he is a Christmas ornament. I'll add him to our ornament box at some point. For now he will watch over things in my sewing room.

There is one more treasure to show you. I don't have a photo of it yet. I decided to wait to take a picture after it has had some repair work. It is a framed sampler. I took it Saturday to the frame shop for some TLC. When it is spruced up I'll photograph it.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Alamosa Quilt Company Update

Just a quick post to show a few store photos. We've started entering the fabric into inventory and cutting fat quarters.

We received a group of dot fabrics.

These below are all wide backs, two of which are flannel. I've never seen flannel wide backs any where else so I just got two to see how we like them.

The fat quarter cubbies are starting to fill up.

We have a lot more fabric to process and more is arriving almost daily. I realized on Friday that opening is only a few weeks away and had a mini panic attack surveying all the work that needs to happen before we open. Luckily I have fantastic employees and friends who are willing to help. It will all get done.

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