May the Force Be With You

I’m off to the elementary school Halloween parade with my favorite glamour witch, wizard,. and a couple of Jedis. (What is the plural for Jedi?)  And to gorge myself on candy. I can’t do the sticky stuff with my braces this year, so I’ll just have to pound down the chocolate. :)

See you tomorrow!

Modern Churn Dash Quilt

Early last spring I made a red and white Churn Dash quilt as a challenge from a quilt retreat out of pretty traditional quilting fabrics.  I really enjoyed making it and liked the finished product. All summer I wanted to try the same block with a modern feel. Finally this fall I picked the fabrics and went for it. And here is the Modern Churn Dash quilt.
This quilt has been on a journey.  
The quilt was nearly finished with the binding machine sewed  to the front of the quilt, and I was planning to hand sew the back before the Sewing Summit.
Well that didn’t happen. I just showed the quilt with the binding unfinished. Sigh. (Picture thanks to Trish.)
So I took the quilt with me on our recent road trip to a couple of the National Parks in southern Utah.  (I’m so grateful that I don’t get carsick.  I love all that time for hand sewing!)  I thought while we were there I would snap a quick picture by the side of the road to change things up from all the pictures I usually take at my backyard fence. My husband realized what I was doing and convinced me that since we literally at Bryce Canyon National Park, for crying out loud, we should use that one-of-a-kind landscape as a backdrop.
I’m glad he talked me into it.  He even climbed out onto a ledge to get a good shot (at his own insistence. I was trying not to freak out.) So there we were with all kinds of tourists walking past us, my husband on the edge of the canyon holding up a quilt while I took a bunch of pictures.  Our kids hid from embarrassment while we did it. But it’s a pretty awesome shot.
Here’s what Bryce Canyon looks like without quilts in the way. It’s pretty amazing.
So is my husband. He even figured out how to make children’s clothing out of plastic bags once.
To make this quilt I figured out a quick method to put two blocks together at the same time with next to no fabric waste.  I finally put it all in a pattern which is now available here or on etsy.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!


Also linking up to Sew and Tell, Tea Rose Home, and Quilt Story

Lily and Will II Baby Quilt

In the wild, happy, fun craziness that this month has been, I did not get a chance to properly show-off this quilt with it’s most adorable accessory. This is my new little niece who is now a month old. Is that hair to die for? I’m having baby-hair envy.  My own sweet babes had a few lovely wisps, which is better than their mother had. My parents called me Kojak when I was a baby. In the most loving way, of course.
I SO love the prints and patterns and colors in Anne Sutton’s Lily and Will II collection.  Girly and babyish without being cliche and saccharine. The fabric came out last year and is harder to come by now, but there is still some yardage available at Fat Quarter Shop.  Burgundy Buttons is out of yardage, but does have some pre-cuts.The tutorial for this quilt is at Moda Bake Shop (here).
 [And due to my post-summer brain mush, there was a corretion in the sashing yardage that was required. I had not listed enough. So if you already printed the tutorial and headed off to your local quilt store before last week, I am dreadfully sorry. All is correct as of 10/19.]
And there you have it. Isn’t life sweet?
We had a great family vacation to a couple of the National Parks in southern Utah. Gorgeous scenery and weather. It was good to get away from life for a bit.  And the greatest part was my kids were so great in the car. I think there is a distinct possibility that road trips may actually be fun for the next few years. We’re going to have to capitalize on this golden age we’ve got going before we’re inundated with teenagers. And I mean that in the most loving way.

A little Fall break

Midway Utah, on the way home from this place
It’s Fall break from school here in Utah and we’re having a little bit of family time. 
But I wanted to pop in and say  hi.
I’ll be back next week with lots of new stuff, including some finally finished new patterns. 
Hope you’re having a great weekend where you are. 
We’re enjoying gorgeous fall weather and foliage. I love it.

An Autumn Quilt Show

 A few weeks ago, a quilt group that my mom is a part of hosted their annual garden quilt show where they display the quilts they’ve made over the year, serve a delicious lunch, and in the process raise money for a local charity. These ladies are so prolific and the show is always fun to attend.

 This quilt was made by Judi Sears. One day I want to make even just one of these blocks. I love it!
This quilt was made by my own dear mum. She has been carrying around these Aunt Gracie flowers for a while now. She hand appliqued them with the black thread to give it an extra vintage look. She has a great 30’s stash and it was fun to watch her pull from it for this quilt.  (Not the greatest pictures on a bright sunny/shady day. We may need to re-shoot this one sometime.)

Here’s another quilt by my mom. She had so many blocks left over from this quilt, she made another. This one now happily resides on my sister’s red couch and looks smashing in the process.

After lunch there was a trunk show by this dear lady, who’s name I did not catch. (Clearly, I am not a very good journalist. But thanks to Shanda for the head’s up – her name is Maxine Oakeson!) Maxine brought some AMAZING vintage quilts.  After taking pictures of about 20 vintage quilts, guess who realized they’d forgot their camera card?  Fortunately I had an extra in the car and at least got pictures of these two.

This applique quilt was to. die. for.  Maxine bought this quilt as a kit on clearance from a department store in the 1960’s. It came with all the fabric and the pre-marked backing fabric that showed where everything was to be placed and even has quilting lines marked.  It’s a Queen size quilt. She does not enjoy applique (even though she totally rocks at it) and has steadily put it together over the years.  I loved how current the colors are even though they’re from 40 years ago. LOVED it.

This is another antique quilt that was on display. Such a sweet quilt and check out that amazing hand quilting!! I’ve never seen a quilt so heavily hand-quilted – which is probably why it has survived in such amazing condition.  This one is OLD. I’ll have to do some-more sleuthing to give it a date estimate.

In other news, if you’re a Utah local and want to come hang out and sew with other stitch-y friends, check out this little quilting retreat hosted by Pam of French Knots. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to get away for one of those days of sewing.

Also, the winner of the Sewing Summit Swag has been notified. Thanks to all those who entered for your sweet comments.