Thursday, July 2, 2015

Row by Row

I was away at a conference for a few days, and took the long way home - through a bunch of quilt stores.  A few (well, maybe more than a few) Row-by-Row kits jumped into my car.  Now what?  I guess first I'd better get some hometown rows. Can't have all those American rows showing us up. Then apparently I have some quilts to make :)

In case you can't tell, the license plates (and kits) are from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, from Grand Rapids to Ogdensburg. 

If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend the Row by Row Experience going on this summer. Details can be found at, including a full list of quilt shops and a handy-dandy map that will let you find all the participating shops in your area. Or on your route of travel if you are vacationing by car this summer. 

Over 2500 shops are participating this year - I picked up rows from 18 of them in a 2 day stretch - and I only stopped at shops within about 5 minutes of my route.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Design Wall

I've been catching up on a mystery quilt this week, and I finally have the center done.  Just borders left to go. I was hoping to skip the pieced borders, and use the print shown here. It's from the same fabric line as most of the fabric in the quilt. But looking at it on the wall, it's just too heavy for this quilt, so I guess it's back to plan A, and I have a few border sections to put together.

Check out Judy's Design Wall Monday. I'm a day late to the party, but jumping on board anyway :)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stash Report

At first I thought I had nothing to report for my stash report today. And then I realized that I've been busily quilting away on the new Bernina longarm, and I have used 3 backings.  Plus, I now have 7 small quilts that need binding - I think I know what's up this week :)

Out this week - 7 yards for backings. And nothing in.

Stash totals for the year:
91 yards in
167 1/4 yards out
Total: 76 1/4 yards out

Drop by Judy's blog to see more stash reports.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I have a couple of projects coming off my design wall today.  I finished up my Modern Rainbow and its backing. I decided to try adding an extra layer of white muslin, to see if that reduces the shadowing enough for me.  Otherwise, this will be 2 quilts, each with a white muslin backing :)

I also finished a couple of baby quilts. These panels were picked up at a guild meeting last year, and I finally figured out what to do with them. They'll be a donation to Victoria's Quilts, I think.

Onward from here, I think it's time to focus on some long arm work so I don't plan to start any new projects for a while. I do have a few block of the month projects to catch up on, and hopefully that will keep my sewing urge under control until I get ahead of some of the tops I have finished.

Drop by Judy's Design Wall Monday for more inspiration.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stash Report - June 14

I missed my stash report last week, since my computer was in the shop. So here's a combined report for the past 2 weeks.

binding for guild mystery - 1/2 yard
Modern Rainbow - 6 1/2 yards
Modern guild challenge - 1 3/4 yards
baby snowball & 9-patch - 1 yard

Total out the past 2 weeks, 9 3/4 yards

Stash totals for the year:
91 yards in
160 1/4 yards out
Total: 69 1/4 yards out

Drop by Judy's blog to see more stash reports.

Friday, June 12, 2015


I finished my rainbow top yesterday.  The borders are added, and it's now about 45x60, a more reasonable size/shape for a quilt.  But I have a dilemma.  I put it up on the wall on top of the backing I've been building for it. But the colours show through. Even with batting in between, I can still see the shadows of the coloured strips from the front.  I'm very sad. I was looking forward to this 2-sided quilt, but I think I'm going to have to go boring old white for the back of this one.  Any other suggestions for me?

Here's a full view of the (intended) back of the quilt.

In the meantime, I consoled myself with some new pillowcases.  I've had this fabric pulled for months, and finally cut and put together my pillow cases (complete with french seams) last night.

The white is a bit more 'blah' than I was hoping for, but I have 2 more cut out with more interesting colour arrangements, so they'll just have to live on top of these 2.

I'm linking up over at WIPs be Gone today.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I'm Back!

Did you miss me?  I was without a computer for the past week, and it was rough. But all is well now, the computer is certified virus free, and life can return to it's regularly scheduled blogging :)

I've been working on my Modern Rainbow quilt this week, and it's almost done. Right now, it's about 30 x 60 (once I finish trimming) - kind of an odd size, so I think I'll add borders down each side to make it a bit wider.  This quilt was fun, and I know a few things I would definitely do differently if I make it again.

Now I just have to decide what to do with all the scraps!  I cut about 6" of each of 18 fabrics - and then the quilt only used half or less of each of those strips by the time it was trimmed.  So I have a whole rainbow of scraps on my table now.  Maybe a backing, maybe a new quilt. I'll have to play with them for a while and come up with a plan.

I'm linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday a day late this week.