Thursday, August 22, 2013

Briar Rose

Some fabrics are just so pretty that I can't bear to cut into them without properly photographing them first.  That is definitely the case with Briar Rose, the latest line from Heather Ross.  In case you haven't noticed, I am a big fan of her work.  I even went to sew with her and Denyse in Vermont a few years back!  Best weekend ever.  Anyways, I purchased this lovely stack of Briar Rose the week it came out.  My favorites are the ones in that bottom photo: the strawberries, honeycomb, and then that pretty red/orange one.
briar rose - on a whim
briar rose - on a whim
briar rose - on a whim
I don't always have a plan for the fabrics that I buy, but I totally did with these ones.  Remember the On a Whim quilt I made last summer?  It was a gift for a friend, and I've wanted to make it again ever since.  I adore that pattern, which is by Camille Roskelley.  I think that it is the perfect way to display special fabrics like these.  This time around I used Essex yarn dyed linen in flax and Kona PFD white along with Briar Rose.
briar rose - on a whim
briar rose - on a whimbriar rose - on a whim
An impromptu quilt along was formed over on Instagram after Camille decided to make a matching Briar Rose On a Whim quilt, too! It is so fun!  I love seeing all of the different versions.  If you are on IG, you can see them all under #onawhimquilt, and I'm @fussycut if you haven't found me there yet.  Come join us!  xo, A

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

fresh flowers quilt

fresh flowers herringbone quilt
fresh flowers herringbone quilt
fresh flowers herringbone quilt
My herringbone quilt has been done for a couple weeks now, and I finally found the time to photograph it yesterday.  This was such a fun quilt to make.  I've always loved herringbone quilts, it is about time I made one!  I didn't use a pattern for this one, I just drew a quick sketch and the cut 2.5" strips.  I especially love all of these fabrics together.
fresh flowers herringbone quilt fresh flowers herringbone quilt fresh flowers herringbone quilt
quilt stats
fabric - Freshcut by Heather Bailey, plus coordinates from my stash
pattern- modified herringbone, my own
backing and binding - DS Quilts
pieced and quilted by me

This quilt is available in my Etsy shop, if you are interested!  Update: SOLD, thank you!!  Now the kids and I are off, time to get some shopping done before we go fishing and swimming at the pond this afternoon.  I cannot believe that school starts next week!  xo, Ang

previous posts on this quilt:
sewing and blogging again
finally binding

Monday, August 19, 2013

basting made fun.

basting Little Apples
My least favorite part of the quilting process is basting.  Always has been.  As a new quilter, I learned to baste with pins, but as time went on I switched over to spray.  I don't always love the added expense, but it is worth it to me.  It makes the actual basting process go quickly and I love quilting when there are no pins to interfere.  I forgot to buy basting spray for my herringbone quilt so I pulled out my pins for that one.  While the finished quilting turned out fine, it took soooo long!  I may be spoiled, but I learned my lesson and stocked up on my next trip to JoAnn's.
basting Little Apples
basting Little Apples
I basted my Little Apples quilt top one early morning a couple weeks ago.  The house was quiet and the sunrise was peaking through the windows.  Since I was using spray, all of the windows were open for ventilation and the house was nice and cool.  It was the first time I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of basting.  This is such a rare thing for me, I had to snap a few pictures.  I wish it was this enjoyable every time!

Happy Monday! xo, A

Monday, August 5, 2013

Little Apples quilt top

little apples garden fence
My Little Apples quilt is almost finished, but I wanted to share some pictures of the process before I finish stitching on the binding.  When it comes to quilting and quilt blogs, I am one of those readers that loves seeing the entire process.  I love the finished object, of course, but it always means more to me when I've seen the process unfold first.  That is why I like to share the way I do.  It also reminds me of what I went through during the making of each quilt.  Most of my quilts I gift or sell, so these posts are the nicest reminders for me when they are gone.  That is the main point of this blog, in case you are wondering.  It is pretty much my crafting journal.
little apples garden fence little apples garden fence
Anyways, I really happy with this quilt top.  I am a big fan of all of my friend Aneela's fabric lines for Moda, this one included.  I decided to added some black and white to the mix, I'm glad I did!  When I first made the blocks and laid them out on my floor, I wasn't sure about that decision so I ended up stacking them up and putting them away for a couple weeks.  I guess I just needed to look at them with fresh eyes, because when I pulled them back out, I loved them!  Does that ever happen to you?  I'm so glad that I didn't change a thing. 

Hope you are having a great week!  with love, Angela