Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Schnibble: Four Corners

Love this line. I wish I had bought some yardage of the wonderful animal prints.
Thanks for all the great comments about my Civil War Block of the Week quilt.  Y'all lived through last year with me and for that I thank you!  For more reports from Stitch In, you can check out Pat's blog here

Back to Stitch In, I also finished my July Schnibble right in the nick of time for this month's Another Year of Schnibbles parade.  The pattern is an older Schnibble that's been hanging out in my box o' charm packs and Schnibble patterns for awhile.  It's called "Four Corners" and I used two  "Central Park" by Kate Spain charm packs.

The fabric is wonderfully bright and busy so I added the thin little sashing that is not in the original pattern.

Can't wait to see everyone's choices for patterns this month.  It will be another wonderful parade at Sinta and Sherri's I am positive.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Stitch In 2012

As Pat said on her blog, Summer Stitch In is the funnest fun that ever was fun.  About 35 quilters from our Silver Thimble Quilt club come for 6 days from 9AM to 9PM for non-stop sewing and laughing and sharing (and a bit of eating) and more sewing.  Check out her blog for lots more photos and a funny story (or 20).  It's like a retreat except you can go home and sleep in your own bed.

Because of my jobs, I don't get to go for the full week but this year I went for Friday and Saturday.  Let me tell you, I needed some fun time.  And after 72 hours of quilting, caffeine, chocolate, snacks, more caffeine, and more chocolate, my friends get really loopy fun.

I just realized that I didn't take many photos.  Must have been sewing too much.

First up. I FINALLY finished the borders on my Civil War Block of the Week.

 I love this quilt.  I love this quilt, not only because it has some of my most favorite fabrics and I thoroughly enjoyed Barbara's wonderful stories every week, but because 2011 was a rough year for me and this quilt represents my perseverance through all that craziness and sadness of last year.

Pat showed me how to miter the borders since I chose not only a stripe but a stripe with a complicated pattern. Yea me.  She has a great, easy method though and if you have her book Spotlight on Neutrals, it's in there.  Love this fabric though; it's Barbara Brackman's Civil War Reunion line.

Here's another view.

I also started and finished this quick jelly roll quilt from the wonderful Jelly Roll Quilts book.  It's called Spiral Strips and the fabric line is an older Holly Taylor for Moda called "Natural Garden."

And here is Karin's mostest fabulous Eventide quilt out of French General fabrics.  She made this quilt just for me. 

Karin and Becky with Karin's Eventide quilt
 I wish. 

I love it!!!  

I also got everyone completely hooked on Starbucks new Refreshers energy drinks.  Have you tried them?  They are completely and utterly THE BEST THING ON THE PLANET and you need to buy lots and lots and lots.  And I can say this because I work there and I am hooked to :)  Oh yeah and we get stock options.  Hee hee!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Remy Post

Hi everyone! Welcome to Remy Quilts (I am trying to get Mom to change the name but so far she is not buying it. Stella never blogs anyway why is her name on the blog?)

Now what did Mom tell me to say...

Oh yeah. She wanted you to know that she has been busy with work and hasn't had much to post. However, the past two days, she has been sewing up a storm with her friends at the Summer Stitch In and will give a full report tomorrow. 

I hope Mom's friends helped her by hiding under her blocks and chewing on things because that's how I help Mom sew. 

 That's all from Mom and now I have to go sneak attack Edgar Poe. Bye from Remy Quilts!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fun with Hexagons

I jumped right into the Fat Quarterly Hexy Quilt Along without previously trying English Paper Piecing (EPP).

I am pleased to report that it is way fun and I am hooked on sewing these hexies.  

It's a great project to work on when it's too hot to do much of anything or when it's thunderstorming and I don't want to risk running the Bernina or when watching all day marathons of (fill in your favorite show here).

These are the first eight flowers I have done out of the 68 to make for the quilt.

It's a start!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Another Quilt Finish--Eventide

the only place big enough to photograph this quilt is outside on my fence!

detail--I used the same plum solid for the binding. 
It has been too hot (everywhere) to do much of anything so S. and I have watched an unusual amount of DVDs lately (we finished both seasons of "Game of Thrones" in record time).

So I sewed lots of binding. Finishing both Morph's quilt and "Eventide".

I didn't realize it was only last year when Thelma had her quilt along.  Good thing I have a blog to go back and check these things.

I just love this quilt and wish it were cold enough to snuggle under it.  Maybe in October...

The fabric is a Fig Tree line called "Fig and Plum."  The pattern is by Miss Rosie.  I adore this quilt with all its soft yumminess.  My long-arm quilter did a great all over feather design (click the photos to enlarge).  Joanna's new fall line called Tapestry has a similar deep plum color.  I just *may* have to add this to my "gotta have" list.

This quilt is definitely one of my favorites. But don't just take my word for it; this quilt is also Edgar Poe approved.

King of the Quilts 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Morpheus' Quilt Finished

The quilt top was finished back in September 2009.  My best beloved cat Morpheus helped me make it in this post.   A while after Morph passed away last September, I gave it to my local long-arm quilter to quilt the top.  I had her add Morpheus' name and dates to the bottom border.   

Border reads:  Morpheus J. ____ August 1994 -- 4 September 2011

scrappy back

It took a long time to sew the binding.  Maybe because it made me so sad.  I miss my beloved cat Morpheus every day.  And I love that I have a memorial quilt to wrap up in.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!  Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

I predict a rather lazy and quiet 4th of July here.  Right now all the cats are sleeping and I'm still drinking coffee and reading blogs.

Flag is flying from the porch, although our little town has had to cancel the parade once again because there is no money to have a parade.  I miss seeing all the kids on their decorated bikes and waving to the firefighters who saved my house last year.

Fridge is stocked with BBQ, watermelon, strawberries, cole slaw, and I don't have to cook (hooray!)

I'll be firing up the Bernina today and getting some sewing time in.  Betsy Ross would approve.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Best Thing About Summer

Two words:  Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberries from not-so-local farm stand

Cobbler recipe from Joy of Cooking and free-form dough

Yum.  Wish I had some homemade ice cream to go with it