Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mystery BOM 2015

After my hexie project, Colonial Patches, was finished, I needed a new travel project.  That's about the time that I discovered Buttermilk Basin!  We have a LQS here, Calico Moon, (now preparing to close) who carries wool and the darker, muddier civil war-style fabrics.  I love this store, but never dabbled in wool anything.  Why?  Well, #1, wool is expensive and #2, I do not need another hobby!  But....I did need a new on-the-go project and Buttermilk Basin was offering a FREE BOM... and well....
I started preparing one block of this Buttermilk Basin Mystery Block of the Month (from 2015) at a time to travel with.  As this was my first wool applique ever, I wasn't sure what technique i wanted to use to prep the blocks for applique.  I decided to use tiny applique pins to keep all of the wool pieces in place.  Before each trip, I packed a block or two (or three if I was feeling hopeful) and worked on them on the plane, in the car or even in the hotel in the evenings.
Once all of the blocks were appliqued, I needed some machine time to make the sashings and to piece the whole top together.  Those tiny HSTs were made from flannel shirts!  Then, I packed it back up for a trip to finish up the hand quilting.  I finished the last stitches of this BOM the next year in July 2016.  
Buttermilk Basin still offers free BOMs on their website!  Designer Stacey West is super generous with her designs and now I'm currently participating in my 4th BOM through her shop!

Buttermilk Basin BOM 2015
Pattern:  Mystery BOM
Designer:  Stacey West (Buttermilk Basin)
Size: 23x44.5"
Featured Fabrics:  asst. wool on muslin & homespuns
  Hand Quilted
Quilting Thread:  Coats & Clark (neutral variegated)
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20

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~ Heather

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fancy Forest (x2)

Armed with one FQ stack of Elizabeth Hartman's Pacific fabric line in the cool tones, I set out to make 2 crib-sized shop samples for Jackman's Fabrics.  
The managers at the shop tend to call me with trepidation when there's a pattern with tiny piecing that they'd really like to showcase.  It's funny because...those are the quilts I love best!  Tough to do on a deadline, but I seem to always finish on time!
These were fun quilts to make, building 2 at a time  (the pattern is written so you can build 4 at a time and combine into one large quilt with the option to make smaller crib-sized quilts).  It took me a few minutes to get my bearings to begin with the way this pattern was written, but once it clicked, I was off and piecing.  Don't get me wrong, this was  a well written pattern, but I was not accustomed to it's chart-like directions.  It really didn't very take long to get used to!
One of these quilts now lives with my sister, Jenna.  I gifted it to her when her son, Connor, was born.  Perfect for a little baby boy!  I still have the other one!
Fancy Forest (x2)
Pattern:  Fancy Forest
Designer:  Elizabeth Hartman
Size: 32.5x44.5"
Featured Fabric:  Pacific (cool) by Elizabeth Hartman
Quilting:  Wood Grain Pantograph (Jessica Schick)
Quilting Thread:  Madiera (9270 Grey Beige)
Batting:  Legacy Wool

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~ Heather

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Colonial Patches

Do you have a travel project?  A project that's always packed and ready to go every time you go somewhere and you'll have "idle hands" time?
Colonial Patches was my take-along project in early 2016.  First, I was just toting around a bunch of 2" squares to make the little hexagon patches.  Then, I was carrying around a ton of hexies to sew together into the Colonial Patch design.
After the borders were added (by machine), I kept carrying around the top for hand quilting.  And, of course, the binding was also hand tacked on the back...another step easily done on the go!
I specifically remember taking Colonial Patches on our long trip from Colorado up through The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks.  We kept driving through Montana, South Dakota and onto see the Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore and back to Colorado.  I'm missing a bunch of sites, but you get the idea.  Colonial Patches kept me busy through miles and miles of driving time!

Colonial Patches
Pattern:  Colonial Patches (Prairie Women's Sewing Circle)
Designer:  Pam Buda
Size: 28.5x28.5"
Quilting:  Hand Quilted
Quilting Thread:  Coats & Clark (neutral variegated)
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20

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~ Heather

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Snowman (Dresden Buddies)

I haven't decided how many of these Dresden Buddies that I'm actually going to make, but it seems like each time I see the patterns in my basket, I just have the urge to stitch one up!
Maybe it's because Susan has really made me stretch my creative boundaries by making encouraging me to do more applique (even the fusible raw-edge kind).  Who could say no to this sweet little face?
Admittedly, I have become more comfortable with applique thanks to Susan and Jackman's fabrics and the projects they often ask me to make.  And that perfectly average-sized waist line!
I may never give up my pantograph quilting, though, and yes, I quilt right over all of that applique!  There are NO hard and fast rules in what pleases you!  What pleases me is a pretty allover design that holds all my quilt layers together!  Tiny Dresdens under tiny feet also please me!
This snow man will be also be featured in the Holiday Seminar at the shop.  I think this pattern is gonna be a hit!  Susan's patterns are very well written and easy to follow (not to mention sooo cute!!!)...and those are always the best kind!

Pattern:  Dresden Buddies - Snowman 
Designer:  Susan Marth (Suzn Quilts)
Size: 10x43"
Panto:  Jessie's Swirls (Jessica Schick)
Quilting Thread:  Fil-Tec Glide (super white)
Batting:  Warm & Plush

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~ Heather

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dresden Quilt Workshop Quilt-Along Challenge Week #6

Just one lonely block this week, but it wasn't a quick one!  Admittedly, Suzn Quilts Tiny Dresdens take a little extra time to make (so you have to be patient), but they are SO worth the extra effort!
Argyle Retreat Block
I am using just one fabric collection, "Gratitude" by Jo Morton (Moda), so my color scheme is already set.  I used the coloring sheet provided on Susan Marth's blog to help plan color placement, but even takes time to pull the perfect fabrics for each little unit!  One Argyle Retreat block required 21 different fabrics - that's not easy using only one collection that includes only 4 colors.  Thank goodness that a few of the colors do offer a couple of shade variations!
Back to the design wall!  Last week, Susan let us know that we had completed 1/4 of the quilt - we're starting to get somewhere!

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~ Heather