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Autumn Calling

When the autumn season comes, I find myself drawn to warm, earthy colors in my fabrics. It reminds me of autumn leaves, golden sunsets, warm sweaters and hot chocolate.

With that in mind, I pulled out some of those fabrics and started to cut them up. I have a pattern that I’m using as a guide, but my blocks are a different size. They are just simple half square triangles. The trimming is tedious, but it’s such a rewarding, happy feeling when that part is done!

Autumn Calling - the tedious work of trimming - piecefulthoughts.com

I’m not really sure how many blocks I will end up with yet. I am working with the blocks I have and will make more if needed. If I end up with too many, I may split them and make two quilt tops.

My Third Eye

One of the things I struggle with when making a scrappy quilt is trying to control the block layout too much. While it’s important that the blocks play well together,  I need to remember that sometimes that renegade block that bothers me might be just the thing to make the whole quilt pop. It’s also easy for me to get all caught up in not wanting to have two of the same colors or fabric patterns too close to each other. This is where my phone is a handy tool in the quilt room. Snapping a quick photo helps me see layout problems that I don’t always catch  while I’m working on it.

So here’s my design wall progress with this quilt. I tried to capture a picture that shows the warmth of the autumn colors in the fabrics. The creams and tans are actually more golden than they show in this picture. I can already see that I need to tweak it a bit and add a few more colors. It’s not quite where I want it to be yet.

Autumn Calling - Playing with Layout - piecefulthoughts.com

Here are the rest of the blocks, laying about while they waiting to be put on the design board in a somewhat orderly fashion. You can’t see the ones laying all over my sewing machine because that would show the rest of the mess on my sewing table.

Autumn Calling - Blocks in Waiting - piecefulthoughts.com
There’s quite a few red/yellow combinations here. I think I’m going to need some other combos for balance.

The cheddar fabric in the bottom right of the photo below is a favorite. Someday I will make myself a two-color quilt out of cheddar and cream. I don’t know why I’m waiting…

Autumn Calling - Blocks in Waiting - piecefulthoughts.com

So, who knows? This quilt may end up as two minis, one wallhanging, or grow to lap size. We’ll see. It’s all in the process, right?

I’m looking forward to seeing what you are working on today! Happy Friday, all!

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Sherry at Powered by 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

 

Wednesday Wanderings

I haven’t posted a Wednesday Wanderings in awhile, and since I have been wandering a bit as of late, I thought it appropriate to post a few pictures.

One of the things we enjoy while traveling is finding coffee shops. Not Starbucks or other chains, but local coffee shops. Thank goodness for Mr. Google and all things internet these days, which makes that so much easier!

While we were on our way to Florida, we stopped by Innkeeper’s Coffee in Galesburg, Illinois.  It was a bit of a drive off the freeway, further complicated by construction, but well worth the effort. Upon entering the shop, I was surprised at how bright and sunshiny it was. It was just a happy place to be. The staff were smiling and cheerful, as well as patient as we tried to decide what we wanted. We are a divided family, with two of us coffee drinkers and two tea drinkers. All of us agreed that the coffee and tea were delicious! I was so busy with ordering coffee and looking around that I forgot to snap any pictures, except for this boring (and blurry) one of the street signage. If you go to their website, however, and click on “About Us” you can see a photo of the inside.

Wednesday Wanderings - coffee shop - piecefulthoughts.com

Anyway, if you are traveling through Illinois and are near Galesburg, it’s worth the stop!

Works In Progress

Meanwhile, I’ve been stitching away on the Maureen Cracknell kit, with little to show for it I’m afraid. If I get some decent stitching done today I should get the second set of blocks done. They go together pretty quickly, so if I stay on task I should have the top done — maybe this weekend!

I made another little dress, so now I have two. I do plan to make a few more.

Wednesday Wanderings - pillowcase dress - piecefulthoughts.com

Wandering Wednesday - pillowcase dress - piecefulthoughts.com

I also made this little flannel receiving blanket, and had enough flannel left over to make two little burp cloths. This will be gifted later this week. I’ve had the fabric in my stash just waiting for the right time, so I was happy for that. The flannel is so soft and snuggly.

Wednesday Wanderings - receiving blanket - piecefulthoughts.com

And just as I decided to take this picture my camera ran out of battery, so I apologize for the dark photo.

What are you up to this week? I’d love to hear!

Wendy

 

Pieceful Monday

Monday, Monday! I planned to post throughout last week. I really did. However, after we got back home from moving our daughter to Florida, I spent most of my time doing some housekeeping (laundry, grocery shopping, etc.) and then doing this . . .

Pieceful Monday - piecefulthoughts.com

When I wasn’t napping, I did make a little bit of progress on some of my sewing projects.

On Wednesday, I stopped in at JoAnn Fabrics to get backing fabric for The 70273 Project Quilt. I took my time and wandered through the store. I came away with more than just the backing for the quilt, but thankfully most of it will be used for some projects I’m working on.

I’m also beginning to construct the blocks for this quilt. This will be a gift, so I can’t reveal too much about this yet. This is a kit using Maureen Cracknell’s Garden Dreamer line. I love the colors and the feel of the fabric.

Pieceful Monday - piecefulthoughts.com

And I started work on a bed quilt for my daughter. I’ll show you more on that soon. For this project, she picked the cutest fabric with toadstools on it. We bought the fabric all at 50% off at a local quilt shop. I bought my first full bolt of fabric. Thank goodness it was 50% off! I’m looking forward to getting this put together soon. I think the toadstools will be fitting, since these little guys seem to show up at her place quite often.

Pieceful Monday - tree frog - piecefulthoughts.com

Recently Lori of Humble Quilts posted that she is once again going to make a trip to Columbia and would once again be taking pillowcase dresses along for the little girls. I have wanted to make some of these for Lori, so today I made my first one. They are so easy and quick to make. You can read Lori’s post and find directions for the dresses here.

Pieceful Monday - pillowcase dress - piecefulthoughts.com

I took this picture in the late afternoon sun. I’ll post more pictures as I get more dresses made!

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Linking up today with Beth and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.  

Wendy

70,273 Project Update

Earlier this year, I wrote a few posts about The 70,273 Project and shared a few pictures of the blocks I was making. I also put a challenge to our quilt group, asking them to make blocks as well. Those blocks were gathered in June. I had a few friends make blocks too.

70,273 Project Update - piecefulthoughts.com

Now all of the blocks have been gathered, identified, and sewn into a quilt top.

The 70,273 Project - finished top - piecefulthoughts.com

The blue tape on the quilt helps me identify the makers of those particular blocks. The green tags indicate the rows. I’ll need these when I make a quilt map, which will be sent along with the quilt. The quilt map helps Jeanne keep track of the makers of each block.

Once Connie finishes the quilting and the binding and hanging sleeve put on, the quilt will be shipped to The 70, 273 Project headquarters to be ready for display when needed.

Here’s the really neat thing. The 70,273 Project has been juried in (had to go through a special process and was chosen) as a Special Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas this November.  The quilts will be on display in Texas! Needless to say, those of us who have been working on this are very excited! Congrats to Jeanne Hewell-Chambers for all the hard work she continues to put into this!

Join In – There’s Still Time!

There are so many people all over the world stitching away on blocks and quilts. You can still join in and make blocks for this project. All the details are here. The blocks take so little time to make.

Linking up today with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Have a good weekend, friends!

Wendy

Project Line Up

Projects! Our quilting lives would be dull indeed if we didn’t have projects to be done (and fabric to be bought, but more on that in a minute). I was just thinking that I had some pretty relaxed quilting time ahead, and before you know it, I have a list of projects to keep me busy. We won’t talk about the WIPs languishing on my shelves!

I had a delightful time last Friday when I went up to a local quilt shop, Quilt Cove, and finally was able to meet Nancy from Grace and Peace Quilting. I was able to chat with her for a bit, just before a busload of quilters came in for the Minnesota Shop Hop. Nancy is just as delightful in person as she is in her blog. If you don’t follow her, go visit her page and get to know her!

One of the things I’ve enjoyed since I began blogging is getting to know you, my readers or followers. On Saturday, Karen of Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats sent me a quick notice that she was going to be at another local quilt shop. I couldn’t get over there to meet her, and I am so sad that I missed that opportunity. Karen writes such great posts on her blog; she makes it just plain fun and is very creative. I encourage you to visit her as well; you won’t be disappointed!

I picked up fabric at Quilt Cove, of course. I was specifically looking for fabric for the Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt. I’ll share that fabric with you in another post. The mystery quilt begins tomorrow, so I’m ready! One thing I will tell you is that some of the fabrics are bright! Surprised?

While I’m waiting for that to start, here’s what I’ve been working on.

Garden Dreamer Quilt

All the pieces are cut for the quilt using Maureen Cracknell’s Garden Dreamer fabric. Truly, this is gorgeous fabric.

Project Line Up - piecefulthoughts.com

Improv Play

I’ve been exploring some improv quilting, and finding that I really, really like it. I have over 20 blocks of these two color blocks. I know where this is going. Once I finish the rest of the blocks, I need to square them and then put the rest of the quilt together.

Project Line Up - improv blocks - piecefulthoughts.com

Since I was having so much fun with those, I decided to join up the improv stripes quilt along with Debbie Jeske at  A Quilter’s Table. This is a fun way to give improv a try if you’re interested. Jump in and join along if you wish. You can see all the fun progress at #improvstripesqal on Instagram.

Project Line Up - more improv - piecefulthoughts.com

I wasn’t really sure where these blocks were going, but an idea has come to mind. I’m excited to see if I can make it work.

That’s my mid-week project line up. I’ve purposely signed up for projects that have no tight deadlines since I have a couple of trips scheduled in August and September and I don’t want to fall behind on projects.

Linking up today with Mid-Week Makers at Quilt Fabrication and Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

See you Friday!

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

Three Project Peeks

I have three project peeks for you today. This week has been a fast one with the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop and seeing all the fun projects from the bloggers who are participating. I hope you keep following each day, fill your to-do list with some fun Christmas projects, and make sure to comment on each blog so you qualify for the great giveaway. You can find the details on the giveaway and the blog hop  here.

So let’s get to the peeks! I’ve had some fun this week working with my stash of fabric. Do you ever get fabric and know you want to make something — like, you kind of have an idea, but not really? I have had a couple of pre-cuts that fit that description. Finally this week the lightbulb went on, and I had to get to work on them.

So I’ve been doing a little of this. This will be a gift for a friend.

Three Project Peek - piecefulthoughts.com
This is not my design, but a fun little project.

And a little of this. I have no idea what I will do with this.

Three Project Peeks - piecefulthoughts.com
This isn’t a design of mine either, but it sure is colorful!

And a whole lotta this. I have no idea what I will do with this either, but I am having so much fun.

Three Project Peeks - piecefulthoughts.com
I told my husband, “It’s improv, but I have a plan!” He thought that was funny.

None of these projects are done yet, but they are well on their way. I’ll post my progress!

In Other News

What else is going on in my life? Here’s a few random things.

  • In less than a month we move our daughter to Florida.
  • In a little more than a month we go on our 30th anniversary trip.
  • I have 6 quart jars of brandied cherries soaking up the sun in my kitchen window.
  • Fred and I have separated, but we are still friends. He is residing with my other boots and shoes. PT is more fun than wearing Fred the Boot.
  • I’d like my own personal chef so I wouldn’t have to make dinner.
Before You Go

Since we’ve been talking about Christmas projects this week, and if you’ve enjoyed the QAL that’s been going on with the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, I want to put a little plug in for another QAL coming up on August 1st.

Earlier this year, I was part of the 2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop and I have met some of the most amazing bloggers through that group. Some of them have put together the I Wish You a Merry Christmas Quilt-A-Long and if you enjoy QALs, you don’t want to miss this one! I’ve seen the blocks that will be part of this, and they are cute! You can get all the details here.  Don’t miss it — you’ll have a fun quilt all ready for Christmas!

Have a great weekend, everyone! I hope you sneak some sewing time in!

Wendy

Friday Fun

This week was a little off with the holiday and other things happening, unrelated to quilting. I planned to get a post done on Wednesday, but spent the day at the Twins game on Tuesday (it was hot and the game was long) so I had nothing to post about.

Now that Friday is here, I thought I’d introduce you to a new, hopefully temporary, member of our household. Meet Fred.

Friday Fun - meet Fred - piecefulthoughts.com

Fred and I are getting to know each other. I’m not sure I like him much. He’s a bit cumbersome and messes with my fashion statement.

Back in April (yes, April) I sprained my ankle while we were in New Mexico. We did all the things you should do for a sprain, except go to the doctor (because we thought it was just a bad sprain, y’know?). This week, 4 months later, I decided I should ask the doctor why the swelling wasn’t going away and find out what stretches I should be doing now that it felt good enough that I should be able to start my daily walking again. I came home with Fred and a possible fractured fibula. Another doctor appointment next Tuesday. Thankfully, it’s not my sewing foot! I’m not sure if this is Friday Fun, so let’s move on to the fun part.

When I have been doing some sewing, it’s been mostly secret sewing. Here’s a peek at the fabric I’m playing with. This little project will be for the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, which starts on July 14th. Watch for my post on July 17. I hope you’ll stop by and see what I’ve been working on.

Friday Fun - Secret Sewing Sneak Peek - piecefulthoughts.com

When I have deadlines and I get overwhelmed, I start a whole new project, totally unrelated to anything. Do you do that? Please say yes. Here’s what I decided to start on over the weekend, thinking I could get it done in a day or two. I’m itching to finish it, but it needs to wait for now. You may need your sunglasses, this fabric is bright!

Friday Fun - New Project - piecefulthoughts.com

Stay tuned, friends. Fred and I will be back soon. I expect he’ll be around for awhile. We’ll see!

Enjoy your weekend! I hope it’s full of stitching!

Wendy

Work In Progress Wednesday

This weekend was a mix of busy and quiet, depending on the day. We attended a wedding on Saturday and served in the kitchen, so we were grateful for the cool weather. The reception was outdoors and it was a beautiful day for it. It was a simple, beautiful wedding.

Thank you to all of you who commented on the Devil’s Claw quilt. I meet with Connie today to hand off more quilts, and will  relay your good thoughts to her as well. I enjoy hearing from each of you, and do my very best to respond back to each of you!

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