Friday, June 26, 2015

A Friday Finish

I can't believe it's been almost two months since I posted here.  Spring just flew by in a busy flash and we are now in the long warm days of summer.  We are all fine here; I just haven't gotten around to blogging in a long while.

I finished this small lap quilt recently quilted, bound, washed, and de-cat-haired (for all of five seconds).  The pattern is Charm Box Quilt, a free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop.  I used two charm packs of Persimmon by Basic Gray and a Moda Bella solid in Prussian Blue.

I quilted it myself using the ever-so-easy squiggly stitch using Aurifil thread.

The backing is from the same fabric line.

We are slowly adding Southwest art and colors to our house and this fabric line seemed perfect for a quilt to throw over the chair in our living room (which is actually a quilt for cats to sleep on, of course).

This quilt matches nicely with the Native American ledger art we bought last year at Indian Market.

I have several other projects in the works but was inspired to start a new project (left).  Perfect colors for summer :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp: Weeks 5-11

I finished my next batch of Stars in a Time Warp block of the week.  I am working on several weeks at a time rather than get discouraged by being behind every week and this method seems to be working so far.  Barbara Brackman's weekly post fun reads and a fabulous resource even if you are not making the blocks.

Overdyed Green Solids  
I used a couple of different Moda Bella Solids and although it's not quite the correct color, it's as close to it as I had in my stash.

This background is a Jo Morton print and it is one of my favorites.  Wish I bought oodles of it...

Double Pink

Madder-Style Prints

Look there's that Jo Morton print in a different color way!

Indigo Blue
After digging through stash, I discovered that I need more blues. Wonder if I can fix that BAHAHAHA!

Chrome Yellow

I bought a small bundle of poison greens, chrome yellows, and cheddar long ago and it's served me well for this BOW. These fabrics are much brighter in real life than photos.  Guess my iPhone was overwhelmed LOL!

Green Calicos


I just love purple reproduction fabrics so I used three different purples for each of these blocks.

Thanks for making it all the way to the end of this photo-heavy post!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Finish for March

Finally finished the top for the French General quilt I worked on last month.
I just love this quilt and I'm waiting for some backing fabric to arrive to finish it up.  It's always windy in Santa Fe so it's difficult to get a good photo (if you look close Mr. SBQ's toes are peeking out but don't tell him. Also it was warm enough for bare feet here yesterday and I am sorry if it is cold where you are still).

With the arrival of spring, my quilting mojo is back and I am ready to work on a zillion projects at one time! I should be able to catch up with the Stars in a Time Warp blocks by tomorrow and will post those soon.
 We went for a walk yesterday and saw these blooming trees peeking out over a fence. 
 I opened a couple of windows to air out the house and the cats all crowded in to see what was going on outside.  (Rather unflattering view of Edgar and Stella looks like they need some running around the house time).

If Spring hasn't found you yet, I hope it does soon!

Post Edit:  I just discovered that I haven't been receiving all your comments via my email.  Deepest apologies if I haven't responded to your comments!!!!!!  I appreciate each and every comment. Thank you!!!! I hope I fixed the problem and will keep an eye out.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Black Cat Friday!

It's Friday the 13th and at my house, we celebrate black cats.   To make up for centuries of superstitions, how about extra hugs and treats for black cats too :)
Remy says "Did someone say extra treats? That's worth waking up for!"
Gomez selfie 

Don't worry tabby cats Edgar and Stella will get extra hugs and treats too, just to be fair.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp: Weeks 1-4

Barbara Brackman's blocks of the week/month are impossible to resist.  I love the history lessons and seeing all the variations of the blocks.  Even if you don't join in, be sure check out the great photos and history of fabrics through time on her blog every Wednesday.

I am making two blocks of each fabric and sewing several weeks worth at one time seems to work better with my schedule.  These 6" sawtooth star blocks are so much fun.  Let's see if my stash will carry me through to the end of the quilt.  Here are my stars for the first four weeks.

Multi-colored Turkey Red Prints

Prussian Blue

Shirting Prints

Chrome Orange/Cheddar

If you made it all the way to the end, your reward is these cutemous photos of Edgar and Stella.  They were curled up so sweet most of yesterday afternoon in a yin-yang shape and rotated places at some point.

The weekend is almost here.  Hope you have lots of time to sew.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Too Much Help

I am still working away on my French General project.  The pattern is called "Cribbage" from Monique Dillard's book Fat Quarter Winners.  
I just love the patterns in this book and the directions are very well done.  The blocks were fun to sew and I am happy to be using this hoarded bundle of French General fabrics at long last.

After finishing both sets of alternating blocks, I started laying the quilt out on my "design floor" in the kitchen.

 So far so good.  There are 140 blocks in the quilt so I decided to sew rows together as I went along instead of laying out the entire quilt and waiting for......

one of my four "quilting assistants" to happen along and the blocks to scatter all over the kitchen.  

REMY:  "I'm just going to rearrange this into a vertical layout for you"

"I want to be the Moda spokescat.  Every color goes great with my fur."
 "I think your 1/4" seam is a little off here"
It took twice as long to get to this point as it should have but here is the quilt about half way done.

If Remy lets me, I hope to get this one completed soon.

I have several other projects lined up including the American Patchwork & Quilting "Go Four It" quilt along.

I have my fabrics chosen and picked out this pattern.
I just need to start cutting and sewing.

This month's Another Year of Schnibbles pattern is calling to me as is the Stars in a Time Warp block of the Week so the fabric will be flying around the house this month.  Hope everyone is surviving winter and planning as many new projects as I am!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tap, Tap, Tap...Is this thing on....

Why, hello there Blogland.  Is anyone still out there?

Hellloooooooooo from Remy
You may have thought I was abducted by aliens.

Which is perhaps more likely than previously as Roswell is only 190 miles (as the alien flies) from here (yes, this X-Files mega-fan will be making a road trip there once the weather is nicer. You can bet your replica Scully FBI badge on that).

In (boring) actuality, I just got busy with the holidays and work and then recovering from working during the holidays. And I spent some time trying to figure out what I was going to do with myself in 2015 as the past two years were such a crazy whirlwind.

And well here I am.

Everyone is fine here at Stella Bella Quilts.  The cats are as spoiled and happy and cute as always.

I finished a couple of little wool appliqué projects

A Primitive Gathering pincushion from 2011

and a green (alien??) owl pincushion from Guildcrafters quilt shop in Michigan.  Also an older-ish project I found while packing-unpacking.

I've been working away on the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt and need to finishing sewing blocks and rows together.  Photo hopefully soon :)

I decided to break down and cut into a bundle of French General fabric that I have been hoarding for awhile and start a new project. It's mostly the Rouenneries Deux line and I just adore this line.  Why is it so difficult to actually use the fabric you love the most??!?!?!?

Woke up to a beautiful snowy morning today (my day off YAY!) so I'm spending the day working on my new project and planning which of the new sew-alongs I want to jump into.  And hoping my blogging mojo is back.
Back patio with 3-4" of snow this morning