Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along - Week 3

It's week 3 of the quilt along, and I made my first animal!  It's the adorable Chick Block.  <3


I'm having a lot of fun finally playing with my Flea Market Fancy fabrics.  After looking at lots of layouts this week, I've decided that I'm going to make a king size quilt for MY bed!  Oh yeah, my bed!  Yay!  I've never made my own quilt for my bed...I've used one I made from a block swap, so 95% of the blocks were not mine.

Here are the blocks I have so far:


I'm already in love with it. <3 <3 <3


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed day.  

~Summer


I linked up today with:

Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finished - Repurposed Table Runner Set

I'm so happy to share this project today.  This is a neat one.  My friend and customer brought me a bag full of the fabric from her grandmother's chair.  The goal was to repurpose the fabric into items that the family could put out to remember her.

Here's one of the pieces I had to work with:



After looking at the fabric, we decided on 2 hanging potholders and table runner.

Here are the pot holders...


I used leftover strips of the chair fabric to make the hanging loops.  I also used a 10" square as the backing, then folded it over as the binding.

I had some fun free motion quilting each of them.  I did a scrolling, swirly design to reflect the swirls in the fabric.



The table runner was slightly trickier, because I had to design a pattern around the available fabric, making sure to cut away any stained or warped fabric.

I've had the Irish Chain on my mind...you know the way the "chains" flow through the quilt and around the blocks?  With that in mind...this is what I came up with.


I had a stack of fabrics in my stash that just coordinated beautifully with the original fabric.  I wanted there to be motion in the pattern, so the eyes are drawn across it.


I really enjoyed quilting this too.  I did an wide meandering on the large blocks, then swirls on the borders.  I'm really pleased with how it came out.


I'm honored that I was able to complete this project, and I hope that the recipients love it and think of grandma when they see it.  <3

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Summer

I'm linking up today with TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday, and


Monday, January 9, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along - Week 2

I have a confession...it's only week 2 of this sew along and I'm already in love with this quilt!  I am so so glad I saved my Flea Market Fancy...I think I may even make this big enough for my bed.  <3

Here is the Week 2 Block - Autumn Star...isn't it gorgeous?  I'd love to see a whole quilt with just this block.


I'm having fun mixing the prints with solids.

Here's what I have so far:


Next week's block is a chick...I can't wait!  I've already starting picking fabrics.

Thanks for stopping by!!

~Summer

Monday, January 2, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along - Week 1

Hello!  Happy Monday and Happy New Year to you!!  I'm starting my new year by joining the lovely ladies at the Missouri Star Quilt Co Forums in the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along!  If you join us, I'd love to see your blocks!

This is our week 1 block - Apron Strings.

I fretted quite a bit about fabric.  I wasn't happy with my random scraps, and I thought about ordering some fat quarts...then it hit me...I have a huge stack of Flea Market Fancy, plus coordinating solids!  I've been holding onto these gorgeous fabrics for the perfect project to come along...and I think this is it!


All of the blocks have instructions to make either a 6" or 12" block.  I've decided to tackle the 12" blocks to end up with a decent sized quilt in the end.


I'm looking forward to expanding my skill set this year, and I really think this sew along will help!  I'll be sure to share my blocks as I finish them. :)

Have a really great day!

~Summer

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Amelia's Christmas Quilt

Hi there!  I'm am SO excited to share this finish with you!  I have had this quilt planned since my youngest baby girl was born.  She's nearly 3.5 now, so it's been a while in the coming.

This is Amelia's quilt.  <3


I really think this one may be my *prettiest* quilt to date.  I used Mimi by Chez Moi.  I bought a stack of FQs when Amelia was brand new...I just love how feminine the fabric is.


I used the Katie's Quilt pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Co.  This is the 2nd Katie's quilt I've made...it's a fun pattern that's not difficult and totally worth the time.


To go along with the gorgeous florals and paisley designs in the fabric, I chose to free motion and all-over paisley.  This quilting was a lot of fun to do!


I'm enjoying branching out from my normal meandering or stippling.


I just love this quilt.  My baby girl is now enjoying it on her little bed and for snuggling...that is the BEST.  <3



Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have some more finishes and tutorials coming up very soon!  I can't wait to share everything I have in the works...it's all so exciting!

Have an awesome day.

~Summer

I've linked up today with


Needle and Thread Thursday



TGIFF and Finish it up Friday

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gift Idea - Mini Christmas Quilts!

Hello and welcome!  Today I want to share a fun gift idea I have done this year.

Every year, a ladies ministry holds a women's Christmas dinner and gift exchange at the church.  It is SO much fun!  There's always good food and the local middle school's show choir performed for us.  It was delightful.

For the exchange, each woman brings 8 similar gifts, then you leave with 8 different gifts.  These are what I took for my gifts!


These mini-quilts were so fun to make!  Each measured approximately 8.5" - the perfect size to use as mug rugs, trivets, candle mat, etc.

 I used a leftover charm pack and made a stack of half-square triangles, then just made simple 4-patches by mixing up the colors and direction of the triangles...each one was unique!

Here's a close-up of each:









My favorite part was the quilting.  I usually do allover FMQ patterns when I quilt, so getting in there and trying some more detailed, design-specific stitching was soooo fun.

Since one of my favorite things is to look at the backs to the quilting...here are my favorite backs!






I used a single 10" square for the back of each.  Thankfully, I have this big stack of 10" "blenders" from Connecting Threads.  It's one of my favorite go-tos when I need just a few more squares to fill out a pattern.  These worked perfectly!

Do you have a quick "go-to" gift idea?  I'd love to hear about it!  Have an awesome day!

~Summer

I'm linking up today with Free Motion by the River!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Evie's Quilt - Finished for Christmas!

I'm so excited to have this quilt finished!  It's been a tricky one throughout.  I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like, but matching that idea to the size of my daughter's bed and my budget (I know you hear me ;) )...well, it involved several sheets of graph paper, some groaning, stitch ripping when I completed a whole section in the wrong direction, and lots of love.  :)


My Evie is an amazing kid.  She's crazy smart and loves math, science, and art.  She's a builder, a creator...always making and drawing.  I wanted to make a quilt that was as special as she is.  I wanted something with lots of movement, lots of bright color, and something where order could be found in the chaos.  This is what I designed for her.

I used Acreage by Shannon Gillman Orr for Moda, then I added in some solid white and a few coordinating prints from my stash to make it big enough.


This fabric line is sooo sweet and reflects my girl's personality so well.  There's the sweet and dainty flowers, the abstract fans, the action of the bicycles...and those beautiful bright colors!


Usually quilting a quilt of this size is like wrestling an alligator, but this one really was lovely to quilt.  I focused on the diamonds, starting with hearts in the center, then alternating between feathers, flowers, and loops in the larger diamonds that grow from each center.


I love using white as backing because the quilting can be seen so well.  I put the bright pink strip down the center as a little special surprise.


By the way, I super appreciate my sweet husband's support in my quilting...this morning, he was literally supporting the quilt while standing on a 4-foot stump, in freezing temperatures, so the quilt wouldn't drag on the wet grass.  He's such a great guy.  <3


Well, one Christmas quilt down and one to go!  I'll start piecing the backing to Amelia's quilt this afternoon.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Are you doing any special quilting for Christmas?  I'd love hear about your projects!

~Summer

I'm linking up today with Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF, and