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Wedding Quilt

The wedding is done, the celebration is over. It was a lovely late afternoon when we gathered at a beautiful farm outside of St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate the wedding of two special people. It was a ceremony full of joy, delight, and a few happy tears.

Now I can show you the final photos of the wedding quilt. It was one of my favorite quilts to make, because the fabric was so amazing to work with.

Wedding Quilt - Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer fabric, pattern from Hawthorne Threads - piecefulthoughts.com

The quilt was a kit from Hawthorne Threads using Maureen Cracknell’s Garden Dreamer fabrics. I chose the fabric because the couple enjoys the outdoors, growing a garden, raising animals, and all sorts of things I know very little about. I thought the design on the fabrics would resonate with them.

The pattern itself was quite simple to do, so the blocks came together easily. The fabric has a beautiful hand! I absolutely loved working with it. I have a little stash leftover that I’m hoarding for now, until I decide what I want to make from it.

The quilt backing was as much fun as the front.

Wedding Quilt - backing view, Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer fabric - piecefulthoughts.com

Here’s a picture of Connie’s beautiful quilting. She did a simple wavy line throughout the quilt. You can also get a little peek at some of the fun garden designs on the fabric.

Wedding Quilt - detail quilting - piecefulthoughts.com

She added some fun, playful spheres.

Wedding Quilt - quilting detail up close - piecefulthoughts.com

Here’s a photo of the quilting from the back.

Wedding Quilt - quilting detail up close shown on back of quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

The quilt finished at 60″ x 60″, a perfect size for picnics, snuggling under watching a movie, or draping over a chair. Wouldn’t it look lovely draped over a porch swing?

Wedding Quilt - Quilt kit from Hawthorne Threads using Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer line - piecefulthoughts.com

Luke & Amanda, I had so much fun making this quilt for you. May you have many, many years of happiness together, and may the adventures continue!

Linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Beth at Love Laugh Quilt.

Enjoy your Monday, everyone! Happy quilting!

Wendy

Wednesday Progress

Progress is happening in the quilt room while this week has been buzzing along, and my sewing machine has been humming. I finished five little dresses and will soon get them in the mail to Lori of Humble Quilts. Lori will be taking the dresses with her on a missions trip. You can read about that here.

Wednesday Progress - Little Dresses - piecefulthoughts.com

They were fun to make. As I was walking back into the house after taking the above photo, I got distracted by our hydrangea tree. Look at those big blossoms, with just a tinge of pink beginning to show!

Wednesday Progress - hydrangea tree - piecefulthoughts.com

I finished the Maureen Cracknell quilt top using her Garden Dreamer line. I’m not going to show the whole quilt until it’s done and been given to its new owners. Here’s a peek though.

Wednesday Progress - Sneak Peek - piecefulthoughts.com

And guess what? I have some scraps left over! I cannot wait to play with them and make something more from this beautiful fabric!

I’m also just about finished with a quilt for my daughter. No pictures yet, but I’ll post some soon. It’s a really cute, simple quilt using a fun fabric with toadstools. I can’t wait to get it in the mail to her!

County Fair Block Update

Oh, by the way, remember that fun little red, white and blue block I made and submitted to our county fair? I got an honorable mention on it. I was up against some pretty talented quilters. Thought you’d like to know.

Wednesday Progress - RWB block - piecefulthoughts.com

I’m off to visit Connie this morning and drop off the 70273 Project Quilt and the Maureen Cracknell quilt so she can work her long arm magic on them. I hope to have my daughter’s quilt to her soon too!

That’s what I’ve been up to this week? What about you? What’s keeping you busy?

Wendy

 

Looking on the Bright Side

I promised you a picture of the bright quilt top, so I finally have one to show you. I still need to add some borders to this quilt, but that may involve hunting down some fabric, so it may be a WIP for a little bit longer.

Anyway, the quilt pattern is from Missouri Star and it’s called Two Step. This is a definitely a lively two step! The quilt was made from a jelly roll and a charm pack. After sewing two jelly roll strips together and cutting them, I got about three blocks from each strip. I ended up with 60 blocks and laid it out 6 blocks across, and 10 down. It is a long quilt, long enough for an extra long twin bed. In the photo below, my 6’6″ husband is fully behind the quilt. It completely covers him!

Looking on the Bright Side - piecefulthoughts.com

It was an easy quilt to make. The most difficult part was making sure I was alternating the placement of the white blocks while I sewed the blocks together!

I have no idea what I will do with this quilt, but it is one more pre-cut off my shelf. Yay!

In other news, I am almost done cutting out that lovely fabric I showed you on Wednesday. I’m itching to play with the leftover pieces; I think a pincushion might be a fun thing to make with the scraps. We’ll see!

What a fun couple of weeks it has been with the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop! Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement for my project, and for those of you who have begun following me. I thoroughly enjoy my online quilt community, and I hope you continue to enjoy my posts as I share my pieceful thoughts of my quilting life!

Just a heads up — the drawing for the blog hop will be on August 4th, so good luck to those of you who have followed along and commented on each blog each day. I can’t wait to hear who wins!

Hanging with Sarah was so much fun, so I’m whooping it up with her again today at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and I’m also linking up with Finished or Not Friday over at Busy Hands Quilts.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Wendy

Watery Wednesday

Last night, I finished up the bright quilt top that I teased you with a few posts back. I intended to show it off to you this morning, but the weather has been less than cooperative. We have had heavy rains the last two days. It is soggy, dark and dreary here this morning, with the anticipation of some humidity in its wake. So, I’ll show you the quilt top on another day when the photo opportunities are better.

In the meantime, I acquired some additional fabric for a quilt that will be given as a gift. I need to get going on it, so I will likely begin the cutting today. I wanted to find fabric that was kind of botanical, and this fit what I was looking for.

I chose Maureen Cracknell’s Garden Dreamer line. Earlier this year, when I was part of the 2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop, I won a gift certificate to Hawthorne Threads, and they had a kit with her fabric and a pattern that I think will work perfectly for the gift. Here’s the fabric. I snapped these photos with my phone, so keep that in mind.

Watery Wednesday - Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer - piecefulthoughts.com

Watery Wednesday - Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer - piecefulthoughts.com

Honestly, the photos do not do this line justice. The fabric is just gorgeous! The colors are vibrant and blend together so well. I cannot wait to get started. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to order more of this for myself! I hope there are some scraps leftover, at least!

I have to credit Bernie at Needle and Foot for introducing me to Maureen Cracknell and her line of fabric. Bernie has done a series of interviews with some fabric designers, and Maureen Cracknell was one of them. You can read Bernie’s interview with her at the link above. I encourage you to visit Bernie’s blog and meet some of the amazing people she has visited with. While you’re there, you can also pick up the designer’s fabric in Bernie’s store. It will be on your doorstep before you know it!

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you have a good day of sewing ahead!

Wendy

Projects Lineup

I went to a quilt show this weekend in one of the prettiest venues, the Owatonna Arts Center. If you are in the area, stop in and see the beautiful quilts in this setting. They are so inspiring. The show is there until the end of the month. Now that I’ve been inspired, I best get crackin’ on my projects for the week.

Little Mini Quilts

I have these little mini mini quilts waiting for me to finish. So I hope to do that this week. They shouldn’t take too long.

Mini Batik Mug Mat Projects (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Mini mini quilts projects (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Harmony Table Runner

I have the backing fabric for this now, so I hope to get this done this week. It’s going to a friend of mine, so I’m looking forward to finishing it for her.

Harmony Table Runner project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Sundrops Quilt

Okay, that’s not the name of the pattern, but it’s what I call this quilt. This is back from Connie, so all I need to do is add the binding. I hope to show you the completed quilt on Friday.

Sundrops Quilt project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

The Elephant Quilt

Do you remember this quilt? I am so excited to have this one done and can’t wait to show you the quilting! This one needs a binding and it’s finished.

Elephant Quilt project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Commission Quilt

The top is finally done, so I’ll be picking up the backing fabric this week and then taking it over to Connie. So excited to have this top finished! No pictures until it is given to its new owner, so you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like. It has lots of little pointy stars, to give you a hint.

2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop

I have been getting to know a group of new bloggers, like myself, over the past few weeks. This blog hop is hosted by Yvonne of QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and LeAnne at She Can Quilt. The new bloggers are divided into hives, and each of the three hosts are the “hive mamas”. Let’s Bee Quilt’n is the hive I’m in and LeAnne of She Can Quilt is our hive mama. You’ll see a blog post from me popping up on May 8th. In the meantime, hop on over to She Can Quilt and meet some of the other bloggers.

Hope you have a great week in your sewing room too! What are you working on this week?

Wendy

Victoria Miller Quilts

If you read my earlier post this week, you will know that last weekend was our Northfield Quilt Show. Today I want to share with you some of the quilts of our featured quilter, Victoria Miller.

Vici is one of the kindest women I know, always ready with a smile and encouraging words. She doesn’t talk much about her accomplishments, which are many. When you see the quilts below, take note of the descriptions and the awards.

I only took a few photos. She had many quilts there, both hanging and on display on tables. Many of them have been in magazines and calendars.

Each of her quilts are done by hand appliqué and are also hand quilted. They are absolutely stunning.

Mrs. Miller’s Quilt by Victoria Miller

Mrs. Miller's Quilt by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Vici willingly allowed me to take a picture of her with this beautiful quilt.

Look at the beautiful appliqué and the gorgeous hand stitching.

Detail Photo, Mrs. Miller's Quilt by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Another view.

Detail Photo, Mrs. Miller's Quilt by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Quilt Info, Mrs. Miller's Quilt by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Remembrance by Victoria Miller

The detail in this quilt is amazing. So many pieces, all hand appliquéd!

Remembrance by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Look at the beautiful colors in the bird’s tail.

Detail Photo - Remembrance by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Another view of the detail of her handwork.

Detail Photo - Remembrance by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

1840’s Revisited by Victoria Miller

This quilt is one of my favorites. The colors are so bright and vibrant.

1840's Revisited by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

The appliqué is just gorgeous!

1840's Revisited by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Up close photo of the border.

1840's Revisited by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

1840's Revisited by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

There were so many more of Vici’s quilts to see, but I’m going to leave you with this beautiful one.

Patricia’s Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller

Patricia's Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

I wish I would’ve asked Vici how long this took to make. Look at all that handwork!

Patricia's Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Another view of the Vici’s amazing talent.

Patricia's Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Patricia's Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

I hope this little tour has inspired you. I wish I could have shown them all! I’m grateful that I’ve gotten to know Vici and be able to see her work firsthand.

What’s up next for me? Well, I’m playing in my quilt cave this weekend, but I will be out and about at another quilt show too.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wendy

 

My Favorite Quilt

To be honest, each quilt I’ve made is a favorite in some way or another, but there is one particular quilt that still makes me smile whenever I think of it. I do not own the quilt; it was made for someone else. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let me tell you about it.

Connie and I have been friends for many years now. At the beginning over games of golf, which she still plays and I’ve taken a haitus. She has encouraged me not only in life, in golf (that’s another story for another time), but also in quilting. When she began long arm quilting, I wanted to encourage her in her growing business. One day Connie called me about a woman wanting a quilt made. Would I be interested in taking it on?

Here’s a little secret about me. There are a lot of things in life that I’m too chicken to try, but taking on a difficult quilting project is not one of them. I love the challenge of new things in quilting, just to see if I can do it.

So I said yes and asked about the quilt. Connie said the customer wanted a quilt with a Frank Lloyd Wright design. Ok, I’ll admit — I was a bit intimidated by that. You can imagine the patterns and lines that were running through my head.

I agreed to meet with Connie and Carol, the customer, to chat about the quilt and see what Carol had in mind. She had found a book with a Frank Lloyd Wright panel and wondered if I could make it into a queen size quilt. The panel measured approximately 14″ x 40″ as I recall.  I was excited to begin.

If my memory serves, the book where she had found the pattern for the panel was Quilts in the Tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright by Jackie Robinson, published back in 1995. I believe I found a copy of it at our library, and I was on my way.

I enjoy sketching out quilt designs on graph paper. It feeds my creativity — a little sketching, a little color, a little math. Well actually the math makes my brain hurt a bit, but I usually get it figured out. Once I had the design in my head and sketched out, we moved forward with the fabrics. The colors she chose were tan, burgundy and black. My plan was to make 3 panels and lay them side by side. The rest of the quilt would be a lighter tan/cream fabric. When finished, it would be a queen size quilt.

If you are familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, you will know that they are very linear in nature. Straight lines that intersect, or chevrons. I was thankful there were no chevrons!

The black fabric represented the leading in the panel. I remember that the black strips were cut at 3/4″, so after sewing they finished at 1/4″. I was still fairly new at quilting, so mine were probably closer to 3/8″. At any rate, they were tiny when finished!

The first panel went together well. I got the second one done and laid it next to the first one, to make sure they were coming out even. It was then I realized that I had shifted one of the little burgundy squares to the wrong place. I had to rip the entire panel apart to fix it! That done, I moved on to the third panel.

Third one done, I laid all three panels out on the floor. I have no idea how, but one panel was longer than the other two. Not knowing where the mistake was, and not really wanting to rip yet one more panel apart, I wondered what I could do. And then it came to me — why not offset the longer panel just a bit from the other two. Problem solved!

Once I had the top done, it was Connie’s turn to work her longarm magic. To bring the focus to the panels, she just quilted in the ditch on each one. She crosshatched the rest of the quilt. She also made the pillows you see on the bed in the photo.

Carol was nice enough to invite me out to see the quilt once it was on her bed. I have to say, it was stunning. The house was newly built, and they had matched the paint in the bedroom to the colors in the quilt.

To this day, I still get excited when I think about making this quilt. It was nerve wracking but really fun. I enjoyed the challenge!

Happy stitching, all! Enjoy the challenge!

Wendy

Friday Frolic

Friday is here and once again I am late at getting this post done. One of my goals for this year is to work on getting more of my posts ready ahead of time rather than flying by the seat of my pants. So far, it’s not going too well, but there is some improvement. So, strapping on my inner Last Minute Lulu, here goes!

I actually started and finished a large quilt top this week. That hasn’t happened in awhile. Now, granted, the quilt was easy because I was working with pre-cuts. Sometimes it’s just good therapy to grab and sew, y’know?

I made this quilt while waiting to begin another project that will involve more intricate piecing. I couldn’t go to the quilt store until this past Wednesday, so I had to find something to do in the meantime. I mean, I have no other unfinished projects that I could’ve, well, finished. Ha!

In Wednesday’s post, I showed you the pre-cuts. I used fabric from Corey Yoder’s Sundrops line along with a Kona Solid in a creamy white. The Sundrops pre-cut pack had a pattern in it named Garden Gate. So armed with everything I needed, I got to it.

Yesterday I was finishing the quilt by putting in the sashing. Easy peasy, until I did this.

Been there, anyone? So I spent some time with Jack, the ripper. We had a long conversation . . . 59 inches of conversation. Not doing that again, I hope.

I was so excited to show you the finished quilt, but I needed to take some photos. So I slipped my hikers on (who needs to tie them – this was gonna be short and quick anyway), and headed out on to my patio. Did I mention it’s currently -2 degrees here this morning? It was a short and sweet photo session, so don’t judge too harshly. Long sleeved shirt, denim capris and hikers; probably should’ve rethought that fashion statement before going out. I don’t think anyone noticed . . . they were probably tucked in their warm houses, slurping coffee!

So anyway — here it is, right next to our Christmas tree which has migrated to the deck. I told you it was tradition, now you have proof.

Even my cat got a short burst of energy from my foray onto the deck. That chilly air wafting through the house had him zipping to and fro, which of course means he will be napping on my ironing board later when I need to use it. Did I tell you that he once singed his fur nestling too close to the iron? Silly cat.

Today I begin cutting into this lovely cache of fabric. This will become a quilt that has been requested by a friend. I hope she likes it. I can’t wait to get started!

Happy Friday, friends! Enjoy your weekend, may it be full of long running stitches (and no Jack)!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict. 

Wendy

 

Quick Quilting Wednesday

We finally have a winter wonderland look in our backyard. We had about 3 inches of snow yesterday, and a little more today. It makes everything look so much better, but really messes up the drive time for those heading to work. I’m happy to be here at home, where my commute is up and down the stairs.

I was inspired to take our Christmas tree down last night (we put it up later in December and leave it up a little longer in January, it’s tradition). The tree is sitting on our deck (also tradition) and has a lovely dusting of snow on its boughs. I enjoy watching the little birds flit in and out of it while I have my morning coffee and catch up on quilt blogs.

I am working on my first quilt of 2017. I thought I’d have the top done and ready to show you, but not quite. Last year, in one of my Sew Sampler boxes, I received a Jolly Bar (5″ x 10″ precuts) of Corey Yoder’s Sundrop fabric line. I had a charm pack of Kona Cotton Solids, so I combined the two precuts and decided to make the pattern that came with the Jolly Bar. No cutting, so easy to put together.

Pretty simple, just chain sew the pieces together. Look at all that cheery fabric as I stitch. I needed something with bright, happy fabric!

Here’s a little peek at one of the rows, patiently waiting for me to finish them into a quilt top. I should have this done by the end of the week.

I’ll be starting another quilt soon, one I’m making for a friend of mine. Today I plan to get the fabric for that, so it’s off to the quilt shop I go!

I shared this little quote on Instagram yesterday. Thought I’d share it with you today.

Linking up today with Sew Fresh Quilts and Quilt Fabrication.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Wendy