Saturday, December 20, 2014

Custom Amish Shadows Quilted Window Valances with Coordinating Pillow Cover



Also in the works this month have been two custom quilted window valances in the Amish Shadows pattern.  I received three custom orders in one day the week before Thanksgiving!  Something about that time of year inspires people to order custom quilts - it happens every year for me.
My customer had a quilt an Amish lady made several years ago and wanted window valances to coordinate in her home.  She cut out a patch of the quilt so I'd have exact fabrics to match!  I just about spewed cocoa on my computer when I read she had done that!  {#@%$!!}  Then they come in the mail, and I realized she was serious!  I was so happy to have a Moda Bella Solids color chart on hand to match them just about perfectly!
As with many custom quilts, this is the first time I've made this pattern.  With the exception of applique and some really time-consuming patterns, I always say, "Of course I can make that!" and I set out to learn how.  

I used Missouri Star Quilt's YouTube tutorial, Summer in the Park Revamped, to create these blocks using strip piecing.  You can find the written pattern in Missouri Star Quilt's BLOCK magazine.  The downside for using this method to make these blocks is that it creates an even number of blocks with the colors on the opposite side.
With the extra blocks I made a coordinating pillow cover. 
Quilted window valances make a beautiful addition to any room.  

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Amish Shadows
  • Size:  38" wide x 15" tall
  • Fabric:  Moda and Kona Solids
  • Backing:  Natural muslin.
  • Quilting:  Straight lines on diagonal
  • Binding:  Double fold in black, attached by machine.
  • Value:  Simple and unique!
These window valances were a custom order in my Etsy shop.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt-Along {Clue #2 Finished!}



Clue #2 is finished!  Exactly 100 blocks in yummy dots!  The points match very well on most of the blocks - I was kinda worried about them not being right.  Center seams are pressed open so the little "V" appears which will help me sew them together in the next step with more perfect points.  

I used method #3 for these triangles, tossing the small triangles in the garbage.  I do NOT consider this a waste because I do not usually keep small pieces like that anyway.  It's all in perspective, folks!  I did think about making them into a separate HST but simply don't have time, so I tossed them, and it was liberating!!  {GASP!}

Clue #3's green, neutral and black strips have been cut and are eagerly awaiting sewing.  It's great to work with the green since it hadn't been used in any previous clues and was the last color we're pulling in.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll have time to work on Clue #3 because Clue #4 comes out tomorrow, and I don't want to get any further behind!  My goal is to finish along with the group!  I think I can ... I think I can ... I know I can!!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Laura Ingalls Wilder Biography + Little House Sew Along




I've found the perfect gift for Millie!  She loves Laura Ingalls Wilder and has the entire 9-book collection, as do a lot of girls! Also in Millie's Laura Ingalls collection are The Little House Cookbook, A Little House Traveler, Laura Ingalls Wilder Country, My Little House Crafts Book, Laura Ingalls Wilder A Biography, and Little House Paper Dolls
Due to ship at the end of the month is a new autobiography, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography.  I can't wait to read it along with Millie! 

"Pioneer Girl follows the Ingalls family's journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory, sixteen years of travels, unforgettable experiences, and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder's fiction.  Using additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers, and other sources, award-winning biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and leads readers through Wilder's growth as a writer.  Do you think you know Laura?  Pioneer Girl:  The Annotated Autobiography will reintroduce you to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions."

 

If you ♥ all things Laura Ingalls, you might be interested in the Little House on the Prairie Sew Along over at During Quiet Time!  The "live" Sew Along is over, but you can make the blocks at your own pace.


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