Tuesday, September 3, 2019

2019 Quilters Meet and Greet


Hello and Welcome if this is the first time you are visiting my blog something rosemade.  I am happy that Benita has invited me to participate this year and looking forward to visiting the other Quilt Bloggers online and finding new ones to follow.  You can check out the other Online Quilters posts by clicking on the link above.

I've been quilting and buying fabric for over twenty years now and only been blogging for two years.  Next month will be my start of my third year and "Wow" for how far I've come along but" My Oh My" do I still have a lot to learn.  I am just thankful that my posts, sometimes few and far between, go through without taking down the system.  But I'm even more thankful for the many friendships and connections I've made. Three out of the four fellow Bloggers who I became "Sistas" with from participating in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop are also participating in this Meet & Greet also.  My blog wouldn't be if not from forming an online friendship by leaving comments on Susan Snook's PatchworknPlay blog and her suggestion to me that I should start a blog and it's easy and she'll help-which she did.  This is something that I would not be able to help you do but I may be able to find someone to help you start a blog.
Benita asked the Bloggers to include a photo of our favorite quilt and having made so many, I couldn't decide.  I sent her a photo of a quilt made last year "Big Cat Crossing" which I think represents my style and approach to quilting--lots of fabric and "making it easy" which is my theme for this year along with being on a Fabric Fast.  I love making simple quilts with just strips and squares and sometimes rectangles and have done several tutorials on making "Staggered Strips and Squares" which you can find here and here. Surprisingly, I have not made one this year but have done some sort of variation with quilts made with strips and squares.  You can see the other quilts I've made this year here. I should also mention that my favorite cuts are 2.5" strips and 4.5" strips or squares and it really helps that I use a die-cutter.
I've acquired quite a stash of fabrics over the year, i.e., Civil War, Reproduction, Asian, Traditional, Modern, etc., and I can still say I still enjoy the variety and love it when I can combine two different fabric lines like Modern (Cotton+Steel) with Traditional (Thimbleberries) together like I did with my Stacked Squares quilt made last year.  It was a great way to reduce the stash and the guilt of having these fabrics sit on my shelf.
Since being on a Fabric Fast this year, it has given me the chance to work with fabric that has been sitting far too long on my shelf.  So far, 9 out of the 15 quilts finally finished this year were made from stash; one quilt, Thirties Tart, was made from a bundle of fat quarters purchased thirteen years ago. Thankfully, the Sweettart Pattern designed by Shannon of the Fleming 9's came along to rescue this sweet bundle off my shelf. I also did not participate in many QALs this year since I really wanted to work on quilts I've already set aside the fabric with patterns.  If I did participate in a QAL, it was because I had just the right fabric.  
Sometimes I have the fabric but not the pattern in which case I then came up with one on my own which, of course, had strips, squares and rectangles like my just finished The Big Easy Quilt #1.  I like to let the fabric decide what the block should be and more often than not, the bigger the cut, the better.
Enough about me and being a simple quilter, it's time for you to visit the other Quilt Bloggers.  It's nice that the Meet and Greet is for the entire month of September so you can take your time to visit.  Be sure to click on the link above to be eligible for the drawing.  The more Bloggers you visit, the more chances you have for winning a great prize.

Thanks for visiting and Good Luck in the drawing! And also a big thanks to Benita for putting together this Meet and Greet for our enjoyment.  I just love inspiration and eye candy.

2019 Quilters Meet and Greet


Hello and Welcome if this is the first time you are visiting my blog something rosemade.  I am happy that Benita has invited me to participate this year and looking forward to visiting the other Quilt Bloggers online and finding new ones to follow.  You can check out the other Online Quilters posts by clicking on the link above.

I've been quilting and buying fabric for over twenty years now and only been blogging for two years.  Next month will be my start of my third year and "Wow" for how far I've come along but" My Oh My" do I still have a lot to learn.  I am just thankful that my posts, sometimes few and far between, go through without taking down the system.  But I'm even more thankful for the many friendships and connections I've made. Three out of the four fellow Bloggers who I became "Sistas" with from participating in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop are also participating in this Meet & Greet also.  My blog wouldn't be if not from forming an online friendship by leaving comments on Susan Snook's PatchworknPlay blog and her suggestion to me that I should start a blog and it's easy and she'll help-which she did.  This is something that I would not be able to help you do but I may be able to find someone to help you start a blog.
Benita asked the Bloggers to include a photo of our favorite quilt and having made so many, I couldn't decide.  I sent her a photo of a quilt made last year "Big Cat Crossing" which I think represents my style and approach to quilting--lots of fabric and "making it easy" which is my theme for this year along with being on a Fabric Fast.  I love making simple quilts with just strips and squares and sometimes rectangles and have done several tutorials on making "Staggered Strips and Squares" which you can find here and here. Surprisingly, I have not made one this year but have done some sort of variation with quilts made with strips and squares.  You can see the other quilts I've made this year here. I should also mention that my favorite cuts are 2.5" strips and 4.5" strips or squares and it really helps that I use a die-cutter.
I've acquired quite a stash of fabrics over the year, i.e., Civil War, Reproduction, Asian, Traditional, Modern, etc., and I can still say I still enjoy the variety and love it when I can combine two different fabric lines like Modern (Cotton+Steel) with Traditional (Thimbleberries) together like I did with my Stacked Squares quilt made last year.  It was a great way to reduce the stash and the guilt of having these fabrics sit on my shelf.
Since being on a Fabric Fast this year, it has given me the chance to work with fabric that has been sitting far too long on my shelf.  So far, 9 out of the 15 quilts finally finished this year were made from stash; one quilt, Thirties Tart, was made from a bundle of fat quarters purchased thirteen years ago. Thankfully, the Sweettart Pattern designed by Shannon of the Fleming 9's came along to rescue this sweet bundle off my shelf. I also did not participate in many QALs this year since I really wanted to work on quilts I've already set aside the fabric with patterns.  If I did participate in a QAL, it was because I had just the right fabric.  
Sometimes I have the fabric but not the pattern in which case I then came up with one on my own which, of course, had strips, squares and rectangles like my just finished The Big Easy Quilt #1.  I like to let the fabric decide what the block should be and more often than not, the bigger the cut, the better.
Enough about me and being a simple quilter, it's time for you to visit the other Quilt Bloggers.  It's nice that the Meet and Greet is for the entire month of September so you can take your time to visit.  Be sure to click on the link above to be eligible for the drawing.  The more Bloggers you visit, the more chances you have for winning a great prize.

Thanks for visiting and Good Luck in the drawing! And also a big thanks to Benita for putting together this Meet and Greet for our enjoyment.  I just love inspiration and eye candy.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Big Easy #1: 16" Blocks with Carrie Bloomston Fabrics

A perfect quilt sewing week for me is to have my blocks ready to sew together, layout determined, top made, backing and basting done, machine quilting and binding done without a hitch; a finally finish in the matter of a few days with no magical twitching of my nose involved. And it happened with my Big Easy #1 quilt.  I've been planning on making this quilt with my stash of Carrie Bloomston fabrics since April when I used some of it for my Beothuk Star Quilt.  After playing with this fabric and then deciding on the five fabrics used for this quilt, I knew I wanted to make another quilt with these fabrics soon. I've been buying Carrie Bloomston (Such Designs for Windham) fabrics for six years now starting with her first collection Collage and her subsequent lines; Paint, Story, Dreamer and her latest Wonder, some of each of these fabrics lines are in The Big Easy #1.  I just love everything about Carrie's fabrics, the colors, the patterns, the many texts, the big, medium and small scale prints and that each fabric line work well with each other.  

Coming up with the pattern was easy after looking at the prints and deciding big blocks were needed in order to show off the prints.  Once again I used my trusty graph paper after I decided that a variety of 16" finished blocks would be perfect for the Carrie fabrics with its different scales and patterns. I started with fourteen different blocks and added a few different ones later while I was assembling the blocks so the pattern shown here is not what The Big Easy #1 ended up being.



Depending upon the fabric, they were cut either in 8-1/2", 4-1/2" and 2-1/2" strips.  The 2-1/2" strips were sewn together for the different size of rail blocks needed.  After these strips were sewn and the 8-1/2" and 4-1/2" strips cut to size, the blocks were ready to be assembled. The rail strips were not cut until they were paired with the other patches in the block.
Each block was individually laid out on the design and the patches were not sewn together until all of the blocks were laid out.  I think this fluid way of assembling the blocks and doing the layout at the same time helped me to make sure the colors and patterns were evenly distributed and it was while doing this I came up with some additional block patterns.  

Once I was happy with the layout, surprisingly there were maybe one or two changes, the blocks were ready to be sewn  together and then the top.
I couldn't decide until the next day whether I wanted to do straight line or curvy line quilting and then came up with alternating the two and am very happy with the way it turned out.  I used Connecting Threads/Essential Threads in Parchment.
There was no question as to what to use for the backing which was the last yardage I had of Carrie Bloomston's popular and famous Newsprint, 108" width.  The binding, which is the only fabric that is not from her line, was also the last piece of Lakehouse Two-Tone Mini Check in black and gray which was the perfect accent fabric to go with all of the different prints in this quilt.  
The Big Easy #1 measures approximately 64" x 80".  If you're wondering about the name, I thought it was appropriate since the blocks were big and this quilt was so easy to make plus it's getting harder coming up with names. I know there are going to be other big easy quilts to make from my stash and just changing the number is so much simpler than coming up with a new name.  Now I understand why George Foreman named his sons George I, George II, etc.  I'm looking forward to curling up with this quilt, I won't need a book to read since there are so many texts and I keep finding new ones the more I look at this quilt.
Just a reminder that Tuesday, September 3rd is the start of the 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet hosted by Benita Skinner of Victoriana Quilts and I will be participating.  I will be posting on this day  to give you the links to Benita's website to you can visit the other quilt bloggers who are participating and enter into the drawing for some great prizes being offered.

The Big Easy #1: 16" Blocks with Carrie Bloomston Fabrics

A perfect quilt sewing week for me is to have my blocks ready to sew together, layout determined, top made, backing and basting done, machine quilting and binding done without a hitch; a finally finish in the matter of a few days with no magical twitching of my nose involved. And it happened with my Big Easy #1 quilt.  I've been planning on making this quilt with my stash of Carrie Bloomston fabrics since April when I used some of it for my Beothuk Star Quilt.  After playing with this fabric and then deciding on the five fabrics used for this quilt, I knew I wanted to make another quilt with these fabrics soon. I've been buying Carrie Bloomston (Such Designs for Windham) fabrics for six years now starting with her first collection Collage and her subsequent lines; Paint, Story, Dreamer and her latest Wonder, some of each of these fabrics lines are in The Big Easy #1.  I just love everything about Carrie's fabrics, the colors, the patterns, the many texts, the big, medium and small scale prints and that each fabric line work well with each other.  

Coming up with the pattern was easy after looking at the prints and deciding big blocks were needed in order to show off the prints.  Once again I used my trusty graph paper after I decided that a variety of 16" finished blocks would be perfect for the Carrie fabrics with its different scales and patterns. I started with fourteen different blocks and added a few different ones later while I was assembling the blocks so the pattern shown here is not what The Big Easy #1 ended up being.



Depending upon the fabric, they were cut either in 8-1/2", 4-1/2" and 2-1/2" strips.  The 2-1/2" strips were sewn together for the different size of rail blocks needed.  After these strips were sewn and the 8-1/2" and 4-1/2" strips cut to size, the blocks were ready to be assembled. The rail strips were not cut until they were paired with the other patches in the block.
Each block was individually laid out on the design and the patches were not sewn together until all of the blocks were laid out.  I think this fluid way of assembling the blocks and doing the layout at the same time helped me to make sure the colors and patterns were evenly distributed and it was while doing this I came up with some additional block patterns.  

Once I was happy with the layout, surprisingly there were maybe one or two changes, the blocks were ready to be sewn  together and then the top.
I couldn't decide until the next day whether I wanted to do straight line or curvy line quilting and then came up with alternating the two and am very happy with the way it turned out.  I used Connecting Threads/Essential Threads in Parchment.
There was no question as to what to use for the backing which was the last yardage I had of Carrie Bloomston's popular and famous Newsprint, 108" width.  The binding, which is the only fabric that is not from her line, was also the last piece of Lakehouse Two-Tone Mini Check in black and gray which was the perfect accent fabric to go with all of the different prints in this quilt.  
The Big Easy #1 measures approximately 64" x 80".  If you're wondering about the name, I thought it was appropriate since the blocks were big and this quilt was so easy to make plus it's getting harder coming up with names. I know there are going to be other big easy quilts to make from my stash and just changing the number is so much simpler than coming up with a new name.  Now I understand why George Foreman named his sons George I, George II, etc.  I'm looking forward to curling up with this quilt, I won't need a book to read since there are so many texts and I keep finding new ones the more I look at this quilt.
Just a reminder that Tuesday, September 3rd is the start of the 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet hosted by Benita Skinner of Victoriana Quilts and I will be participating.  I will be posting on this day  to give you the links to Benita's website to you can visit the other quilt bloggers who are participating and enter into the drawing for some great prizes being offered.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Baby Arturo Quilt and More

This is highly unusual for me to have three quilt Finally Finishes and two posts in one week.  I debated about whether I should write a post about this baby quilt which I abandoned back in July in order to play with the scraps I received from Mary which ended up being the two quilts I posted about earlier.  I was just going to post a photo of this quilt in my 2019 Quilt page in my blog, but I thought better to provide some information so that I have some sort of record of this quilt finish.

This quilt measures 40" X 45" and was made from the Ginger's Thicket Critter Panel along with some yardage from that collection and a few others from my stash.  Susan of PatchworknPlay also made a baby quilt using the same fabric collection and also used an accent of a minty green fabric which I liked.  I found this minty green fabric while vacation earlier this year and is one of the few pieces I purchased during my year of the Fabric Fast.

I have to admit I did not enjoy the quilting as much as I did with the earlier quilts I just quilted.  I always seem to have a problem when I combine straight lines with diagonal lines and there was more puckering than a kissing booth in the corners.  Like we quilters like to say, "finish is better than perfect".

As for why the quilt was named "Arturo", it's a little tongue in cheek.  My friend Mary had a grandson born in May/June and this is the third child of her oldest daughter and her first grandson.  I don't know what it is but this grandchild I know little about since info doesn't seem as much as the other two.  I don't remember the baby's name and only seen it once on FB and not as many photos.  I didn't even receive a birth announcement.  Knowing that the other siblings' names began with the letter "A", I decided to call it Arturo since I like to name my quilts.  Hopefully, I will see Mary at the end of the month being that's when her birthday is so I can give her this quilt and know more about this sweet baby boy.
Now that the baby quilt is a finish, I had the joy of deciding what my next project was going to be which I first chose another strippy quilt with the Carrie Bloomston fabrics which are on the right.  But lo and behold I got sidetracked with another project when my little stash of Downton Abbey fabrics  on the left caught my eye and I knew I wanted to make a lap quilt just for the movie which is coming out in September.  You've seen those ads on FB and IG haven't you?  The whole family is excited about seeing this movie, even Demando.  Sadly with the little fabric I have, this quilt is going to be too small to share so maybe the theater won't be so cold for the menfolk.
I'm posting this right before I'm going for another visit to see my precious granddaughter so I may not be posting again for awhile since these visits tend to take precedent over any quilt finishes.  I'm having the same problems again of not receiving notifications of comments left on my blog so I apologize for any delays in responding. 

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation NTT

The Baby Arturo Quilt and More

This is highly unusual for me to have three quilt Finally Finishes and two posts in one week.  I debated about whether I should write a post about this baby quilt which I abandoned back in July in order to play with the scraps I received from Mary which ended up being the two quilts I posted about earlier.  I was just going to post a photo of this quilt in my 2019 Quilt page in my blog, but I thought better to provide some information so that I have some sort of record of this quilt finish.

This quilt measures 40" X 45" and was made from the Ginger's Thicket Critter Panel along with some yardage from that collection and a few others from my stash.  Susan of PatchworknPlay also made a baby quilt using the same fabric collection and also used an accent of a minty green fabric which I liked.  I found this minty green fabric while vacation earlier this year and is one of the few pieces I purchased during my year of the Fabric Fast.

I have to admit I did not enjoy the quilting as much as I did with the earlier quilts I just quilted.  I always seem to have a problem when I combine straight lines with diagonal lines and there was more puckering than a kissing booth in the corners.  Like we quilters like to say, "finish is better than perfect".

As for why the quilt was named "Arturo", it's a little tongue in cheek.  My friend Mary had a grandson born in May/June and this is the third child of her oldest daughter and her first grandson.  I don't know what it is but this grandchild I know little about since info doesn't seem as much as the other two.  I don't remember the baby's name and only seen it once on FB and not as many photos.  I didn't even receive a birth announcement.  Knowing that the other siblings' names began with the letter "A", I decided to call it Arturo since I like to name my quilts.  Hopefully, I will see Mary at the end of the month being that's when her birthday is so I can give her this quilt and know more about this sweet baby boy.
Now that the baby quilt is a finish, I had the joy of deciding what my next project was going to be which I first chose another strippy quilt with the Carrie Bloomston fabrics which are on the right.  But lo and behold I got sidetracked with another project when my little stash of Downton Abbey fabrics  on the left caught my eye and I knew I wanted to make a lap quilt just for the movie which is coming out in September.  You've seen those ads on FB and IG haven't you?  The whole family is excited about seeing this movie, even Demando.  Sadly with the little fabric I have, this quilt is going to be too small to share so maybe the theater won't be so cold for the menfolk.
I'm posting this right before I'm going for another visit to see my precious granddaughter so I may not be posting again for awhile since these visits tend to take precedent over any quilt finishes.  I'm having the same problems again of not receiving notifications of comments left on my blog so I apologize for any delays in responding. 

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation NTT

Monday, August 19, 2019

A Pair of Finally Finishes: Scrappy Six Patches & Three Patches


It's been well over a month since I last posted and yes it's been that long since I've been able to finally finish one quilt, let alone two quilts, one being a DrEAM (totally unexpected make) and the other, an UFO from several years ago.  Between several visits to see my granddaughter and her family and dog sitting, there wasn't too much time spent on quilting plus several heat waves in the Midwest didn't help.  This past weekend, I was focused on finishing the DrEAM quilt and much to my surprise I was able to finish the UFO quilt which seems apropos seeing that these quilts share a common link of both being made with some Japanese Woven fabrics coming from the same source which I am happy to share the details.

Scrappy Sixpatch was the first finally finished quilt which came about courtesy of once again Squirrel Mail. Back in July when I was working on a baby quilt which needed to be made since the baby is now several months old,  I found out that my friend Mary of Country Threads was sending me a box of scraps which much to my surprise turned out to include some Japanese Wovens and Cottons.  Needless to say, I abandoned the baby quilt to play with the scraps which were like puzzles pieces waiting for a quilt to be made.  


After sorting through the Wovens and Japanese Cottons, I separated the large half rectangle patches and the 2-1/2"x4-1/2" rectangles which were already sewn together.



The half rectangles were sewn together and then trimmed to 2-1/2" to 8-1/2" and the rectangles were separated into two patches also measuring 2-1/2" x 8-1/2".  From there, four different six-patch blocks measuring 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" were made; three half-rectangle blocks pointing right, three half-rectangle blocks pointing left, six rectangle patch blocks which included a red print and another one which does not.

With a limited number of the half-rectangle blocks and way more rectangle blocks, this is the layout I came up after drafting it first on graph paper. When I initially laid out the blocks, I did not like the movement which I resolved by putting the half-rectangle blocks pointing left in one row and the ones pointing right on another row.  When they were mixed together on the same row, the movement made my eyes crossed which half rectangles does to me. Also, the rectangle blocks were laid out with the ones with red patches on one row and the ones without on the alternate row.  You wouldn't think by looking at this that much planning went into this layout.  There was a point that I thought these blocks were not going to play well with each other but I'm glad they decided to get along.
Machine quilting was a breeze, I think my Juki JuneBug was happy to be sewing once again and I think it shows in the 3/4" straight line quilting with Connecting Threads in Natural.  The backing and binding was from a Jan Patek collection which went perfectly with the top.  
While I was sewing the Scrappy Six Patch quilt, my Three Patch quilt was brought out since this quilt was also made with Japanese Wovens and Homespuns.  If some of these fabrics look familiar, I used them in my Kiwi and Mango Tango Bundle Buster Quilt made earlier this year.  Who would have thought I would have three quilts made with Japanese Wovens done in one year and the year is not over yet. The Japanese Wovens in this quilt was purchased four years ago from Mary when her Country Threads shop was opened.  The top was made over three years ago and was on my UFO List to one day finish.  I thought of using the top as a backing for the Kiwi and Mango Tango quilt but much to my surprise, this top was only 48" x 60" which was way too small.  I didn't think it was fair to finish the Scrappy Sixpatch and not the Three Patch, which if you're wondering why it's called this, it's because the 6" blocks consisted of two 3" squares using the same orange and gray fabrics with a 3"x6" rectangle patch.  Once the blocks were sewn together, alternating the block orientation, it looks like four patches with a rail block. Getting back to finally finishing the Three Patch Quilt, I was wondering why I made this quilt so small and then accepting that it was meant to be a lap quilt, I then had to figure out how I wanted to quilt it.  I wanted to do something fast and simple and thought diagonal quilting lines on the four patches would work but maybe would be too far apart.  I resolved this by putting fleece instead of batting in the middle which meant I didn't have to quilt it as much.
Juki JuneBug once again obliged me with some wonderful machine quilting done with me just eyeballing the diagonal lines with the Natural thread already loaded up.  Quilting with fleece in the middle, which I've done several times already, is no problem as long as you baste well which I did with basting straight pins.  I used yardage of a teal homespun from the backing vault and the binding was the gray homespun used in the top.  The other nice thing about using fleece besides not having to do a lot of machine quilting, is how soft and cuddly it mades the quilt, especially after it has been washed. I recommend this if you want to make a simple and fast quilt.
Now that these quilts are finally finished it's time to start quilting the Baby Quilt.  I like to give a shoutout to Mary for once again inspiring me to make another quilt.  I seriously can write a post of all of the quilts that "Mary Made Me Make".  Between her and the other mmmPetus, Sandra, these two keep me busy.  Last, but not least, I'm participating in  the 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet hosted by Benita Skinner of Victoriana Quilts which starts on September 3rd. Last year's Meet & Greet had over thirty bloggers participating and was an opportunity to meet new bloggers and be eligible to win great prizes.  This year's promises to be the same and I'm glad I am able to participate this year.  Now that I am back to writing posts and Hubby is back as being the Master Quilt Holder, I will be ready after another visit to see the granddaughter.