Thursday, October 26, 2017

This And That!

I finished a project that I started in the summer.   This delightful pattern is one of the 5 Fat Quarter patterns published by Jedicraftgirl and Gigisthimble this year.  I loved the patriotic pineapples and simply had to make one.  I made a table runner using the same pattern.  

I finish a top, make the binding and get the backing sorted out and then I hang it on a hanger in the "to be quilted" pile.  Sometimes this leads to quilt tops not being quilted for ages.  I really wanted to get this one quilted as I had the perfect place to hang it.  So, it jumped ahead in the queue!  

My dear friend Joy and I attended Stitchfest Tx this July.  We give each other a gift every day of the retreat.  This sweet kit is one of my lovely gifts and I felt like a quick project one afternoon and decided this would be perfect.  Isn't it sweet?

Sarah over at Sarah Did It! is hosting a temperature afghan sew along.  I am still playing catch up because I was late to the party, but here is my end of August block.

I write the date and the average temperature for the week on the stem.  

Meanwhile, fall is sort of happening outside.  These Maples border our property and are dressed in their fall finest.  So pretty.

I have a lily which seems to be a bit confused about the seasons.  I'll take it though as there are not too many flowers around at the moment.  

I hope you are all having a wonderful week and getting some sewing done.  

Love
Chantal

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hexie Temperature Quilt!

started a hexagon temperature quilt in the summer of this year.  I wanted to join in the fun but have so many UFO'S that I did not start at the same time as everyone else.  I did write down the temperatures......just in case, and am I glad I did.  I have recently finished the top of a plain hexie rosette quilt so I knew I wanted to do something different with my rosettes.  I decided on on point flowers.  

I am using grey neutral fabrics for the background blocks which I randomly decided would be cut at 8.5".

I am also writing the date of the flower on the stem along with the average temperature for the week in parenthesis.  

Of course I am playing catch-up on this project, but I am thoroughly enjoying the process of making cute flowers.  
Thank you for visiting.

Love
Chantal

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Queen Size Finish!

My son moved to an apartment to start his working career down in Charleston.  Furniture was procured and a queen size bed arrived.  Of course Momma was comissioned to make a quilt for said bed!

The boy loves anything patriotic so I made a flag quilt with pinwheels as setting squares.

Of course it got quilted within an inch of it's life.  I free motion quilted it on my domestic sewing machine.  

I had so much fun coming up with designs for the red stripes in the flags.  All the white stripes got the same figure eight treatment.  Loopy meander in the sashing.

I hope you can see some of the quilting in the red stripes.

I made two matching pillowcases for the bed.  Cuff = border fabric, accent fabric = binding and the main body of the pillowcase is the same as the sashing strips.

I had so much fun doing this quilt.  It arrives at my sons place on Saturday and I can't wait to see how it looks on his bed.  
Thank you for stopping by to visit.  

Love
Chantal

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Little Baskets!

I started a basket project many years ago.  I think it was my first applique project.  Of course it ended up in the UFO pile.  Well, I am happy to announce it came out to play and has had a major growth spurt. 

After making many baskets, I thought I would lay them out to see how big it was getting.  Hmmm, halfway done.  Still loving the appliquéing of these baskets I carried on churning them out.

Yup, still growing.  I think I have around 20 baskets left to make.  Totally doable.  I am thinking of putting a border down two sides for some vine and flower appliqué.  Still to be determined though.  I am so happy that this project has come out of hiding.  I am enjoying it like a new project.  

I had to get a picture of this little guy.  He is as big as my thumb nail and very camera shy!  Lol.  So cute though.

Have a happy week and thank you for stopping by to visit.  

Love
Chantal

Thursday, August 24, 2017

More leftover half square triangles!

I had a baggie of trimmed snowballed corners which I had stitched together.  In an endeavor to clear off my sewing table a bit, I decided to piece them into a tablerunner.   I am so glad I did.  I now have another patriotic decoration!!!

I was getting behind on my mini dresden BOM too.  So I stitched up July and love how bright and sweet it is.

My son moved out in May as he graduated college and found an awesome job in Charleston.  I have slowly been changing his room into a guest room.  I have a patriotic/ beach theme going on in there.  Prompted by the blue color on the walls.  I have been eyeing out this whale shelf for months at Hobby Lobby.  I found it in the clearance section for $11 a few weeks ago.  I could not pass it up.  I just need to put some goodies in it.  Love, love, love my whale.

My washer broke two weeks ago - in the middle of a load of bedding!  I had to carry the bedding upstairs to rinse out in the bath and drag it downstairs again to go and hang outside to dry.  What a mission.  But it was all worth it as I now own this set of beauties.  I love a front loader and they work so wonderfully well.

Thank you for stopping by.
Until next time, happy stitching.
Love
Chantal

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Completed Table Runner!

I started this table runner in June.  It is a free pattern posted by Jedicraftgirl and Gigisthimble.  They do a 5 Fat Quarter free quilt pattern at the beginning of every month.  

I love these patriotic pineapples and pinwheels.  The quilt is in a 3 x 3 configuration.  I made some extra blocks for the runner.

Of course I still have to quilt the 3 x 3 configuration quilt.  I love how this runner turned out.  It is long and has presence on my dining room table.

I cross-hatched the pineapples and did an all over meander with stars in the background fabric.

I thank you for visiting.
Have a lovely day.
Love
Chantal

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The New Hexagon Quilt.

I started this quilt about 3 years ago.  I taught it at my LQS!  Then we moved and the project ground to a halt.  My friend Ellyn from Ellyn's Place took over teaching in my stead.  Somehow we both stalled on this project.  That is, until this year.  We vowed to get it done and motivate each other in the process.  We agreed to make a block every two weeks. 

I was further behind on the project than Ellyn, so I threw in an extra block every now and then.

I have been traveling too so I had to play catch-up!

I have started sewing my rows together.  This is row one and two which are joined.  I am so thrilled at how easily these rows come together and how easy it is to join the rows.  I place them and then use a binding clip at the intersection of the two blocks to hold everything in place while I whip stitch.
I have to give Ellyn a shout-out for being such a wonderful motivator.  Her top is put together and she is at the border stage.  I would never have made it this far without being accountable to her.  

I am loving this project with all it's fussy cut loveliness.  

Thank you for visiting.

Love
Chantal