Archive for August, 2010

After my battle to complete the first quarter of this block, I finally got the whole thing done.

union jack paperpieced block for fresh modern bee II

I’m celebrating – these took some real focus and energy for some precise piecing, but will look great all together.

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Finally finished the last details of my doll quilt and associated goodies.

cathedral windows variation for doll quilt swap 9

This will be in the mail soon to my partner, in it’s matching envelope. My entry in matchiest doll quilt package contest. : )

package, quilt and goodies for doll quilt swap 9

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A finish! This tablerunner has been hanging on the back of my sewing chair for weeks (alot of weeks), just waiting for a few lines of quilting to finish it.

folded turquoise and white modern cottage quited table runner


The blocks are extras from making this aqua and white quilt

turquoise and white half square triangle quilt

I cut the big HST’s into hourglass blocks for the table runner, though.

light blue hour glass block patchwork tablerunner

And assembled it using this method

aqua patchwork tablerunner

Now it’s for sale in my shop

folded aqua and white quilted table runner

contemporary cottage style aqua tablerunner

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If you haven’t seen it, there’s a fabulous fundraiser going on at Handmade by Alisa

She writes “This is a fundraiser for Action Kivu, an organization in eastern Congo that runs a sewing workshop for victims of the conflict there. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands.”

“Action Kivu provides some of the eastern Congo’s victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance. Their approach is spearheaded through two programs. First, they run a sewing workshop that teaches women who are victims of the conflict to sew. This leads them to be able to support themselves and their families. Secondly, they pay for children to go to school which is not free in Congo. It costs $40 a year, per child. That’s very little money that makes a big impact.”

More information here

She’s set a goal of $10,000 in donations – they were at a little over $7,500 when I gave yesterday, and a little over $9000.  That’s an amazing testament to the generosity of this online community.

I’ve been watching it all week, but finally got my act together to give yesterday:  if you can, head over there to contribute what you can. I know times are tough right now, but nothing reminds me of how fortunate I really am than making a donation, however small.

(And if you need an added incentive, she’s lined up some fabulous fabric prizes if you donate before Sunday 8/29 — think Heather Ross and Flea Market Fancy)

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I’ve been shopping lately….

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric - neutrals and reds

And, the donation blocks to go with them…

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric with blue donation block

stack of folded modern designer quilting cotton in neurals and reds with donation block for Anna Maria Horner's Rainbow Around the Block

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I liked this pillow/block enough to make a quilt top out of watercolor HST’s.

blue green pieced half square quilt top with inspiration pillow

By my count this is the fourth quilt I’ve made with these blocks:

mosaic of photographs of "Watercolors" modern patchwork quilt series

1. Watercolors, 2. Watercolors, 3. Watercolors 3 4. New One

Err, and the pillows…

watercolors modern patchwork pillow series

But this is the first time I’ve made triangles with them. There’s a million seams at some of those corners, but I like the effect.  The top isn’t complete, I think I’m going to add borders – probably a thin one in a color and a wider one in white.

watercolors quilt top in progress - blue green patchwork HSTs

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Changing seasons

A sign of things to come:

yellow and white log cabin barnraising quilt

That’s my quilt, back on my bed.

yellow and white logcabin quilt

the room last spring with the quilt...

Earlier this summer, in the middle of a heat wave, I swapped it out for a light coverlet,

summer coverlet - apple green and white patchwork

but a couple of days ago I bought apples at the farm stand, wished I had a jacket when I went to the store, and pulled out the quilt.  Fall is coming to New England.

sunny yellow and white log cabin quilt

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Another finish – actually, this quilt has been finished for a while, but a full time job and a couple of days of gloomy weather have made getting photos tricky. I’ll still have to wait for a sunnier day to get one that shows the quilting well.

Modern handmade pink orange squares quilt by pioneervalleygirl

The patchwork was fun (though it took some figuring to place all those squares so I could assemble them reasonably) and the quilting ended up adding so much to the design.

modern improv square quilt pink and orange on white background

And, this quilt’s now for sale in my shop

folded quilt pink and orange squares

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patchwork pillow: blue green diamond on white background

A small finish: this block into a throw pillow for the shop

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I’m planning a gift quilt for a family birthday in September.  I love making things for people I love, but gift quilts are often the hardest to plan, since the recipients often have a more traditional style than I do, and I want the gift to reflect their tastes and mesh with their home.

fabric for quilt - heather bailey nicey jane pink roses, gingham, soft green kona solid and coordinating stripe

Nicey Jane’s vintage feel, though, should bridge the gap. I’m planning a simple quilt with fussy cut roses framed by the green kona and pink tiny-gingham, with the stripes for the backing. I think we’ll both be happy with the result.

How do you reconcile your style with those of recipients?

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