Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Placemats

I have a lot on my mind this week, which is typical during Holy Week.  There's quiet contemplation and building anticipation and excitement for Sunday.  This is our second year of being in ministry, so it feels like there's extra business, AND my lovely customers are keeping me busy with projects...thank you!

With all of that said, it's projects like this one that help me bring things together.  See, there's more that goes on beyond the pretty fabric and stitching...sewing is my quiet time.  I often listen to my Bible or other books.  Sometimes I listen to music and worship, and other times, I just sit and just listen to the whir of my machine and listen for that still small voice.  I find my center and my happy place while I sew.

This isn't a super-complicated queen-sized quilt, but they gorgeous placemats were exactly what I needed this week.


These are for the customer who purchase this table runner and requested matching placemats.


The fabric is called A Beautiful Thing by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake.  I used White Kona to border and Charcoal Kona to bind.



These were so fun to quilt.  I free motioned simple loops, then bounced around each loop to make it flowery.  I'm pleased with how they turned out.



If the name "Quilting Is My Therapy" wasn't taken...I might have snatched it up, because really, I'm not sure how I'd cope without it.  I'm so, so, so thankful that I am able to do this and help support my family.  

Thank YOU for stopping by and supporting me...I truly appreciate it! <3

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm Linking up today with Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, TGIFF, Finish It up Friday, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Turtle Fun - A Finished Quilt!

Hello!  I'm here to today with a bright, fun new finish.


This was such a fun project.  Sometimes it's just so satisfying to just do squares and meandering, isn't it?


I was thrilled to find this "grassy" green fabric for the binding...it fit so well!

Here's the artsy, rolled up quilt picture:


(I often like to make fun while I'm taking pictures...lol)


The boldness of colors and the fun turtles really make me smile. :)

The best part...it's already being loved.  <3 <3 <3


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm linking up today with Monday Making and Linky Tuesday!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Memory Tree Quilt Finished!

I'm excited to have this one finished and in its forever home. <3


This is a memory quilt I created for a customer.  With the "tree of life" as our inspiration, I used his mother's clothes for the trunk, leaves, and stripped border.


One of my favorite parts about doing memory quilts is that you have to be flexible and constantly in "design mode".  This darling little bird house was one of her sweatshirts, and I was stuck for a little while on how I would incorporate it.  It wouldn't fit into my leaf templates, nor would it fit the border.  Then it hit me...I could use it as an actual birdhouse!  


The quilting was a lot of fun on this too.  This is the first time I played with a lot of negative space.  I used spirals for the base and around the trunk, then I filled in around the leaves with leaf shapes and echos.


If you look closely, you can see I quilted a bark shape into the tree trunk.  


It was so windy...it was nearly impossible to get it all in one shot!




I'm always honored when I get to do a project like this.  This quilt was so special. <3

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm linking up today with Finish It Up FridayCan I Get a Whoop Whoop? and TGIFF

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mini Quilt Potholders and Matching Coasters!

Happy Friday!!  I have some small finishes to share today, but even though they're small...I love them big. ;)

When you're working for hours on a more difficult project, do you ever need to take a break to just sew something, anything that's different?  I do!  The Tree Memory Quilt I'm working on is coming along famously, but one afternoon...I just NEEDED something else. So...I made these pretties!

I used Kate Spain's Grand Canal from Moda, along with Kona Solids in Ash and Charcoal.  I've had 8-point stars and flying geese on the brain lately, so that's what I channeled.


This first one was particularly fun, because, on a whim, I decided to quilt around the buildings in the center so they stand out.  ^_^


I LOVE the second one though.  Those gold and blue mosaic flowers on the navy...*swoon*


I have discovered the importance of quilting on the corners, even if it's just a simple straight line.  This makes it immensely easier to stop the fabric puckering and folding when attaching the binding.


Finally, I just had to add some matching quilted coasters to the mix.  It's not my fault Kate Spain has this darling print in 4 colorways, right?  


I had a lot of fun quilting these with narrow, random wavy lines.  I'm really happy with how they came out.


I think they feel like spring.  <3


I absolutely love making these potholders...I get the entire quilting process done in a short period of time, then I get to enjoy those satisfaction of a finish.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I'm linking up today with TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday, and Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Custom Memory Quilt - Work in Progress

I have a really special work-in-progress to share with you today.

Inspired by the "tree of life", this is a memory quilt.  I'm using the clothes of my customer's sweet mother.


I make leave templates of various sizes and tried to capture special little details from the clothes.





This is my favorite. <3




For the trunk, I used corduroy pants. <3


I currently have everything pinned and fused and will start stitching it all down this afternoon.  I can't wait to share more progress with you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have an awesome day!

~Summer



I've linked up today with Monday Making and


Sew Fresh Quilts

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Exciting Changes!!

When I started "professionally" sewing, about 7 years ago, I wanted to do something that would help our family financially and yet be something I could feel passionate about.  After several tries at different work-from-home efforts, I finally really asked myself what I loved and would be happy doing.  That's how I came to ask my husband, while in the car, "What do you think would happen if I just quilted like it was my job?"

The answer led me to take some classes to improve my skills and start Summer Lee Quilts a few months later.  I started by offering a couple of quilts, some soft bags, and a couple table runners.  I immediately started getting custom orders for quilts and purses, but I wasn't sure how to focus on my efforts.

After about a year, I realized that I just didn't enjoy making the purses, but I needed (wanted?) something to offer besides just quilts.  I decided to make my focus baby items after I made up some cute patchwork bibs for a friend's baby shower.  I loved making them, and really, I was hoping for another baby...so working on baby things helped me wait.

God heard my prayers, and I had my third baby 3.5 years ago and had to eventually step back from the business to care for a new baby and homeschool the older 2 girls.  

When I returned to sewing last year, I jumped right back into making what I'd always made...modern quilts with gorgeous fabrics and baby items.  I have thoroughly enjoyed making the baby bibs, burp cloths, etc., especially picking out the fabrics...modern, baby fabrics are SO fun.  

With that said, I feel like God has brought me to a time and place of re-evaluating what I'm doing and honing in on what I need to be focusing on.  So...I've been asking myself lots of questions about what drives me and where my passions lie.  I've got to be honest...it's making quilts.  I can do the other stuff, of course, but what energizes me and keeps me working and focused is the quilt process...the whole thing, mind you...from designing to picking fabrics, cutting and piecing, basting and quilting, even binding...I LOVE it.  But the truth is...the baby stuff...it's not making quilts.

Woo!  I've been thinking about that and holding it in for a long time, and it feels GREAT to say it aloud!  

Here's where I get really excited...the future of Summer Lee Quilts...  Today, I'm introducing you to my new Home Decor line!  From here on out, I'll be offering only quilts.  However, my quilts will come in many sizes.

I'm going to continue to make baby quilts, but expand to have lap and bed-sized quilts in the shop as well.  I'll also be carrying table runners, placemats, coasters, and mini-quilt potholders.  Everything I have will be a quilt, whether large or tiny.  <3

Here are pictures of what I've created so far.

Table runners and toppers with coordinating placemats and pot holders!






Modern Placemat sets that can stand alone as an artistic quilt.

(This set even has a coordinating pot holder!)



I'm making coasters too!  These tiny quilted beauties are soooo fun to make!

  



Instead of using only baby=friendly fabrics or fabrics I think will sell, I'm going to use only fabrics I love.  Whether those fabrics are modern, rustic, cottage chic, or anything in between...I want my work to reflect me and my diverse tastes.

All of these items are now in my Etsy Shop, and I have lots more on the way!

Also, because I will no longer be making baby items (unless requested by custom order), I have put ALL of the baby items 15% OFF in the shop!  They are already marked down so there's no need for a code.

I can't explain how free this decision has made me feel, and I'm sooo excited to have this fine-tuned focus.  <3 <3

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Have an awesome day!

~Summer


I've linked up today with Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along - Weeks 6 & 7

Hello!  I feel like I'm pulling back a curtain of fog and sickness and finally sticking my head back out into the real world.  Whew!  I'm glad to be over all the crud that's going around, and to finally get to show you my newest Farm Girl Vintage blocks!

I must admit...I was hesitant about this first one.  See, it's called "Canning Season", and I was nervous about having "canning" appropriate fabrics to show off the pretty jars.  I kept seeing these adorable blocks with fabrics with actual fruits and veggies on them.  Well, you can see I got over my nerves and picked these pretties.


I'm really happy with how it came out...it's so silly to compare our work and fabrics with others.

The Week 7 block was pretty fun.  It's called Chicken Feet and features lots of half-square triangles.  I decided to pull out some solids for this one, and I'm so glad I did.  I like the contrast of the prints and solids.


And here they are...what I have done so far!  I'm running out of room to get a good pic of all the 12" blocks.  In a couple of weeks, I may have to start breaking them up.


This has been a fun journey...I can't wait to work on next week's block!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have an awesome day. <3

~Summer


I linked up today with...


Sew Fresh Quilts

Thursday, February 2, 2017

TGIFF - Finished Custom Baby Sets

Hello, hello, and welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday!!  I'm thrilled to be your host this week and share a darling finish for a custom order.


My sweet customer has a precious grandbaby who is so tiny and sweet. so the first part of the order was to make him 2 receiving blankets.  His mama loves turtles, so we were excited to find this fun blue and green print.  For the second blanket, we used this darling elephant print that says, "I love my mommy"...how cute is that?!


Now the second portion of the order was my favorite.  There are twin baby boys on the way to their family!  Have you sewn for twins?  It is so fun!  We wanted "the same but different", so it was a bit of a challenge at first, finding those right fabrics, but we picked a winning combo, I think!


I started with these fun teal and grey fabrics, piecing each bib, then reversing the fabric placement.  (The same but different!)  I LOVE how they turned out!

Next, I took each print and made a matching burp cloth.  The burp cloths are my own design.  They are made to perfectly hug the neck, while providing a nice, wide bib on the front and back of your shoulder. <3


Each little guy will then have his own receiving blanket that coordinates with the set.  It says, "you so loved".  <3




I cannot wait to see the little guys in their bibs!

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