Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival--The Roadwork Quilt (Bed Quilt Category)


This is my second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. You can find my first entry here.

This is my Roadwork Quilt. I made this for my little guy's bed. I created the whole quilt from just a few simple blocks. I then used heat transfer vinyl to apply the white striping and road signs. I love how it turned out, and it was so perfect for him considering his love of cars. He was so excited about it when it was on my design wall and kept asking me to finish is "roads". Now, a couple months after being finished, it is often on the floor rather than his bed, but at least he knows I made it just for him.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Bee Quilt Entry


It's the Blogger's Quilt Festival! I'm entering my Stars Quilt into the Bee/Group quilt category. You can view my other entry here.

This quilt was a combined effort from about 20 other women from two bees in which I was participating. I made six additional blocks to complete the layout. I was so happy with how it turned out. These blocks sat in a box for more than a year while I decided how to actually arrange them. I posted my dilemma on Instagram. Someone commented with the suggestion to do one or two blocks with a dark gray background. It was an idea I hadn't considered, but I love how it worked out. Those blocks with the dark backgrounds really give the quilt personality. I chose to quilt this with all over swirls to soften the lines of the blocks and pull everything together.

I gifted this quilt to a friend after her father passed away. I'm happy knowing it will be loved and hopefully gave her comfort during a difficult time.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


I'm in the process of destashing some fabric. I thinned my blenders collection significantly to create some color wheel 5" charm packs to sell. These packs are all slightly different and contain approximately 102 hand-cut charms from my stash. Packs do not contain duplicates of any fabric. A few fabrics have been prewashed, but most are not. Notice there is very little purple in the packs, although all other colors are well represented. More than twenty packs are available for sale. Not all fabrics shown will be included in the pack you receive, although the color distribution is about the same for all packs.

Cost-- $23/pack (There are still a few packs left)
Shipping--$3.50 US shipping for one pack or flat rate for multiple packs, contact me for pricing on international.

Also up for grabs is this bundle of Beyond the Gate from Henry Glass Fabrics. It's 21 fat quarters.
Cost-- $30
Shipping-- $5.60 US flat rate envelope unbundled, $11.30 US medium flat rate box if left bundled.

***Contact me at fromthebluechair at gmail dot com if you are interested in any items. Please include your PayPal email address as well item(s) requested. I'll send out PayPal invoices. Orders ship once invoice is paid. Thanks!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fat Flying Geese Quilt

Believe it or not, I have never made a flying geese quilt before. It's always been on my list. Several months ago the kind people at Timeless Treasures sent me some fabric to play with. I requested a bundle of Matilda by Alice Kennedy. With the busy summer, it took me a while to finally dig in.

When fall rolled around, I decided it was time to work with this bundle. I love the big prints from the line, but large prints don't generally fit into my quilting style. I decided to finally take the leap and make a flying geese quilt, but make the geese large enough to showcase the prints.

I backed the quilt in minky which really has become my favorite quilt backing.

The binding is Timeless Treasures Sketch in Coffee.

I did a simple all-over stipple using cream thread. My geese were cut using the EZ Quilting Easy Star and Geese Ruler which I believe I purchased about three years ago. It was so long ago that I forgot I even had the ruler and almost bought it again. Luckily I checked my ruler stash before checking out.

The geese are 4 1/2" x 9" finished which ended up being the size to best use my fat quarters. The quilt finishes about 60" x 72". It will be wrapped and gifted this Christmas to someone special. One gift checked off the list!

And since I was taking these quilt pictures in the leaves, here are a few other pics from my little photo shoot. Fall is my favorite time of year for photos.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WIP Wednesday

In my quest to start emptying my boxes of WIP projects, I pulled out my Chicopee Kaleidoscope quilt this past weekend. I have been working on this guy for more than a year and decided it's time to finish. I actually started this one with the intent of taking a while. It was my traveling WIP. The random placement of fabrics made for easy chain piecing. It lived in a box on the shelf, and I slowly chipped away at it. I'd take it to Sew Saturdays with my guild or sewing night with friends. It was the perfect project to work on while chatting.

Maybe it's the fall weather. but I had a sudden urge to finish this one up. I love the autumn colors of this quilt. I'm still amazed how I didn't like this fabric line until I started seeing it in multiple projects on blogs. When I saw it all sewn up, I fell in love. Now all I need to do is sew the blocks together. I'm also debating on a back for this one. I have fat 1/8's leftover of the whole line. I could certainly piece them together for a back and use up all my Chicopee, but I might just need to hold onto those for another quilt down the road....

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A new autumn pillow

My autumn decor is up in the house, but I needed a new pillow cover for the couch. Over the past couple days I put together this guy.

I used some Kaffe Fassett shot cottons that were scraps from another project. I love the colors and the idea behind this project, but I cut the leaf a bit too big. I still like it, but it needs a larger neutral border around the leaf to emphasize the image. Despite that, I still like having it on our couch. I love pillows because they are such quick projects. I also had a lot of fun with the quilting on this. This spiral is definitely one of my favorites.

The back is pieced from some larger scraps. I used an invisible zipper on the bottom for the closure.

Here is the Instagram shot of the pieced top before finishing. I am thinking of making a second pillow. I'll get my scale right next time so it looks more like a leaf in the finished pillow.