Hummer Storm at Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

In an earlier post, I showed you the BOM quilt that I’m entering into the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. I’m also entering this Happy Halloween applique quilt.

I finished my third and final quilt to display at the show called Hummer Storm! This quilt is entirely paper pieced using just 3 fabrics. The design is by Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio.

I just love how this quilt turned out! The movement of the Storm at Sea blocks combined with Snail Trail blocks showcases well and the turquoise zinger really adds that extra pop.

Here’s a look at the quilt front:

Hummer Storm Quilt Front

Hummer Storm Quilt Front

For the quilt back, I used leftover pieces of fabric to add some interest to the label area:

Hummer Storm Quilt Back

Hummer Storm Quilt Back

The finished quilt is about 66 inches by 66 inches.

I can’t wait to see it displayed at the quilt show in just a few weekends!
Enjoy,
~Jennifer

Country Lanes Block Swap

I’ve signed up to participate in another quilt block swap with my sister’s guild. For this latest swap, we have to make 6 blocks using primary colors and a specific block called “Country Lanes.”

I’m really enjoying making swap blocks because they often use color combinations or patterns that I haven’t tried. I looked through my stash for primary colors that would really pop together.

I used batiks, but found out that I only had enough of the original yellow color for 4 blocks. For the last 2 blocks, I used a substitute yellow that I actually like better than the first one! Since the blocks are going to 6 different people, the difference in yellow fabric should be fine.

Here’s a stack of blocks:

Country Lanes - All Stacked Up!

Country Lanes – All Stacked Up!

Do the colors pop for you? I like the bright snap of these colors together.

Here’s another look at all 6 blocks together. In this picture, the 2 right-side blocks are the ones using the different yellow:

Country Lanes - 6 Swap Blocks

Country Lanes – 6 Swap Blocks

And, finally, what quilt block can be considered ready until it has received an official cat inspection:

Country Lanes Gets a "Paws Up" Rating

Country Lanes Gets a “Paws Up” Rating

My next step is to package up these swap blocks and mail them to my sister. I can’t wait to see what blocks I’ll get in return!

Happy quilting!
~Jennifer

Summer Flip Flop Project

I saw a cute flip flop paper pieced pattern the other day while browsing on Etsy. Immediately, I thought it would make a lovely little wall-hanging for a co-worker who is having a big birthday in a couple of months. I decided to purchase the pattern (only $4.50) and make up a test project for myself. The pattern is by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. She has other fun patterns so check out her store!

I used batik fabrics from my stash with pink for the flip flop pieces because I love pink at the moment! The background is a nice light blue for a summery sky or day at the beach. The base uses a tan fabric with a weave-like texture that reminded me of sandal bottoms. The binding is a lovely dark gray/light black batik that I picked up at the Sew Batik booth at the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland last fall.

Here’s a look at the finished wall-hanging (approximately 12 inches by 12 inches):

Summer Flip Flop

Summer Flip Flop

I used a sparkly flower button to accent the front part of the flip flop sandal. I always love a little bling!

I’d recommend quilters be familiar with paper piecing before creating this little cutie (confident beginner or intermediate). If you’ve never paper pieced before, I would start with a simpler block or take a class at your local guild. I also highly recommend Carol Doak’s teaching CDs and books!

Enjoy!
~Jennifer

March 2013 BOM (and with a twist)

The March 2013 block is the final one in an almost year-long mystery block-of-the-month (BOM) quilting odyssey hosted by Carol Doak on her Yahoo group site. She gave us all a little treat and posted it a bit early! Next month, she will reveal the mystery solution and everyone will be assembling their quilt tops and posting gorgeous photos to the group site. It’s not too late for you to join in on the fun!

Here’s my March block:

March Mystery Block

March Mystery Block

For a twist, I decided to shake up the colors a bit for a black/white/zinger swap. This is the same block, but the look is completely different!

March B&W Block

March B&W Block

And here are the blocks side-by-side:

March Blocks Together

March Blocks Together

I hope to finish up both my traditional BOM quilt plus my black/white/zinger quilt this spring! What crafty projects do you have going this spring?

Have a sewful weekend!
~Jennifer~

Batik Play Day!

Originally, I had planned to work today on a snowman block-of-the-month program that I started more than a year ago. I have all the blocks pieced, but I needed to add on the inner and outer borders before prepping it to quilt.

Then, Carol Doak surprised us Yahoo groupies with a special paper pieced project since we have reached 8500 members. Usually, we get a great block when we reach milestones, but this time she wowed us with a mini quilt pattern called One Sunny Day – yippee! A little bit of sunshine and springtime is most welcome!

I’m going to do this mini quilt in batiks. I spent a good hour or so this morning sorting through my batik stash and loving the rich, warm colors. I’m picking the fabrics out as I go along and selected a few for the top portion of the quilt.

Here’s a look at the first row:

One Sunny Day Top Row

One Sunny Day Top Row

I just love the beautiful rays of sunshine and the gorgeous rainbow colors in the flying geese!

These flying geese are quite small, and Carol recommended that we use the add-an-eighth ruler rather than the usual add-a-quarter ruler for paper piecing and I did take her advice.

Here’s a close-up of how tiny those flying geese are as compared to my finger (picture compliments of my adorable 7-year-old son!):

Flying Geese Close-Up

Flying Geese Close-Up

I only had time today to finish this top row. I hope to be able to work on this fun little quilt some more next weekend.

If you’re interested in making this quilt, please join Carol’s group by clicking on the Yahoo Groups button in the right-hand column of my blog.

Enjoy!
~Jennifer

Completed Island Breeze Batik Quilt

Last year, I blogged about starting a large batik quilt because it reminded me of a quilt cruise that I took with my sister. You can read about the start of this project here.

I finished up the quilt blocks over the summer and then took it to my mom’s house for quilting in the fall. Then, I brought it home and there it sat in my to-do stack until last week. After working on winter themed projects for a while, I finally decided to add the binding and finish it.

Here’s a look at the quilt with my cat supervisor in the foreground:

Finished Island Breeze Quilt

Finished Island Breeze Quilt

This is a large quilt at about 83-inches square. The pattern is called “Island Breeze” by Jackie Kunkel and be found in the June/July 2012 issue of Quilt magazine.

The finished quilt is quite warm and inviting, and I hope to get a better picture of the finished project in different lighting. I really wanted to make a quilt using pink batiks, but not one that would be too feminine for my husband to look at every day! I think the blue, green, and yellow batiks really help to keep the pink from becoming too much.

Here’s another look:

Island Breeze

Island Breeze

Just looking at this quilt makes me long for warm, summer days!

Happy quilting!
~Jennifer~

Visiting Center Diamond Quilt Store

This weekend, I went on a camping trip with my 2 favorite guys – my husband and our son. On the way down to the campground, I managed to convince them that I needed to stop at a quilt store. Lucky for me, they didn’t mind waiting for a few minutes while I browsed inside Center Diamond in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Center Diamond is a great little quilt shop along the Oregon coast. I particularly love their collection of batik fabrics.  It’s definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

I was searching for a turtle batik for a while and happened to find one while visiting. I picked up several coordinating fabrics that just feel summery to me. Wonder what I’ll make?

Turtle batik and other fabric

Aren’t these little turtles just wonderful?

Happy crafting!

~Jennifer~