Sunday, March 29, 2015

Inspired by Van Gogh

Van Gogh and the Valentine's Rose Pattern

Inspiration:   March Calendar   .... Van Gogh's  Vase with Pink Roses ( 1890)

Vase with Pink Roses (1890)  Van Gogh

Block Pattern:    Valentine's Rose paper pieced block  
         inside the  Paper Piecing 1/4 " digital magazine by QAD Publishing  {here}

The pattern   Valentine's Rose
from Paper Piecing 1/4 "  digital magazine

My 12 inch block:

See.... you don't have to make a red rose....

Greens-  batiks  from  my stash
Dimples   by Andover  -  cream, beige and light gray

*** Dimples are my new favorite blenders!   My friend, Mad Max, and I go to Ladyfingers  Sewing Studio, for Gail Kessler's amazing Dimples collection. 

Van Gogh inspired Valentine's Rose    by Susie's Sunroom

I have decided to make  this block into a mini wallhanging.  It will be perfect for spring. 
Stop by soon to see the finished mini!!
I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:   Can I Get a Whoop Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                          Paper Piecing Party #12  @  Quilt Art Designs    and
                         Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Geometric Gradation Quilt

Last month, I was a guest blogger on  Alyce 's blog, at Blossom Heart Quilts .  I had fun sharing a bunch of projects to her readers.

I introduced my finished  Geometric Gradation Quilt on that post.     I wanted to show some more pictures of my finished quilt.

Quilt:    Geometric Gradation Quilt -   "Penn State White-Out !"
        pattern by  Geta at Geta's Quilting Studio   {available here}

Size:   66 inches x 78  inches

 I was commissioned to make a Penn State University quilt for a young lady  in our church.
 I knew that Geta's pattern would be perfect to feature the PSU team fabrics, and would spotlight  the navy and white colors for Penn State.

This pattern has a lot of blocks, but don't let that intimidate you.  The  pattern is  easy to follow and so logical, with  many pictures and diagrams. Geta takes you through the process, step by step.     I love making projects designed by Geta! 

Front side-  " Penn State White-Out "    Susie's Sunroom

Front side   Geometric Gradation



She can use the back panel for decorating her walls , too

I had some nice small pieces leftover, and decided to make a pillow to accompany the quilt, for an "extra." 

I used the scraps for a  12 " x 16 " pillow      Susie's Sunroom

   I used this really neat The Patchsmith pattern,  Ticker Tape Mug Rug,  for a way to layout  my scraps.  ( I had to give and take, as my scraps were not the correct sizes.)  I like how it turned out, and so did the Penn State gal. 

Ticker Tape Mug Rug
                                             This is a great little scrap buster mug rug pattern!
And.... speaking of Pillows.....

I am so happy to share a couple of pillows that a new quilter friend, Martina, has made using my Simply Striped Accent Pillow pattern!   { here on my Craftsy}

Pillows made  by Martina,  at Stufenzumgerich blog  
photo courtesy of Martina

These pillows really brighten up her gray couch!

Martina's Simply Striped Accent Pillows-  fabric by   Malka Dubrawsky
photo courtesy of Martina
You'll want to hop over  to visit Martina on her  Stufenzumgericht  blog and see all of her gorgeous work .    I think that Stufenzumegericht (German)  means "courthouse steps" in English!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Can I Get a Whoop Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Monday, March 16, 2015

Giveaway Winner

The Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop Winner

I put Mr. Random Number Generator to work last night, and he picked out:

MokkiMarch 4, 2015 at 5:31 AM       Comment #39
My fabric stash is medium sized but very varied. Too varied to co-ordinate, I almost always have to buy more fabric for each project.

I have sent out your giveaway goodies,  Mokki !  Congratulations!!

I had fun reading  all of the stash comments, and here are some fun comments:

  • I think my stash is in the medium range...of course that doesn't stop me from adding to it, lol. 

  • I have a --shh-- large stash. One of my friends said it's like paint for a painter, you need a lot of choices. :-) Somehow, I find I still have to make trips to the LQS or online stores, drat, you know how much I hate that...haha. 

  • Small in comparison to a fabric store. Ha! 
  • I think my stash is small.   My husband thinks it's huge!


Another week on the Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long

I am having so much fun doing my weekly "homework" on my first Irish Chain quilt.
Melissa, at Happy Quilting,  has it all divided up into weekly work units. This is making the process of creating the blocks very enjoyable.

This week we worked on assembling the Appliqued Chain Block.

These orange peels will be machine appliqued onto the block next week.

 I was totally prepared for this fusible applique' step, after working on applique' all last year when Amanda, The Patchsmith, and I made our Patchque' blocks!

Spreading out some of the blocks.... to get a feel of what my quilt will look like!

Of course, I wouldn't be as far along, if I didn't have my faithful little helper working on the job right beside me!
Whiskers helped me lay out my Modern Patchwork Blocks from last week.

"Oops... wait a second while I get this little thread off of my face...."

' Yes, these  will be "nappable" '  upon the quilt's completion

I am adding my  assembled blocks to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and  posting  it on social media with using #irishchaintwistqal.  Hop on over to see all of the gorgeous fabrics!!

I can hardly wait for Thursday to come, for the next set of instructions in our Quilt-A-Long!
Don't you love it when you are working on a project that you just can't wait to work on!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Irish Chain Twist QAL @ Happy Quilting