Monday, July 18, 2016

Steph Don't Read....Awesome Stuff!!!

**STEPH, look away....Don't peek...

I'm putting in a picture of some Amy Butler Soul Blossoms fabric that I pulled for my next pattern.  Though I've made it two other times, I still think I want a different cover quilt...And this pic takes up space so Steph can LOOK AWAY and not have the surprise spoiled...


I mentioned that I've been working on some stuff for a friend's baby shower.  She went with the Fawn fabric collection from Hawthorne Threads.  Steph is into modern quilts so I made her a triangle baby quilt--and had enough leftover fabric for an adorable pillow.  But I'm confessing that I stole the idea for the pillow from Hawthorne Threads and tried to copy it exactly.... This is my version...


Having never sewed with pom pom balls, it made for an interesting morning.  And I've only made one other pillow before (for Maria), so it's a wonder it turned out at all.  LOL....But I love it!

I quilted the quilt with a new panto called Blooming Love by Irene Steele from Quilts Complete.  I love how the word "love" is quilted right into the quilt top.  Steph will adore it.... ;-)


Here is an up close shot...


And the "love".... so sweet!


Anyhow, that is all for now.  We are in the middle of renovating my son's bathroom so everything is messsy and out of whack.  But it should be done soon--no worries.  And remember, the blog will move to LogCabinQuiltery.blogspot.com on August 1st!!  Tune in for more quilty stuff!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Pattern...and a blog change....

Hello there!  I've been working on this pattern for months now.  Due to distractions, and quilter's ADD, I haven't been able to write it....I have two samples made and quilted, but the pattern was just dragging.  Here is a little preview pic...


This one was made using the Ellis and Higgs "Bloom and Bliss" fabric line.  It is just adorable.

But now I am remaking it yet again in Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler.  We'll see what kind of look I get with a different fabric...There is more to come in this story....

Next order of business:  Switching blogs...

I've been thinking about this change for years, and now is the time to do it.  You see, I've been ZanyQuilter since 2004--prior to my nasty split from my unworthy ex.  Unfortunately, every time I see the name I want to vomit.  I don't want to be associated with it at all, honestly, and it has been gnawing at me for 12 years.

My quilting/pattern writing business is done through Log Cabin Quiltery--a much more appealing name to me.  I've already got the blog going and will split from this one August 1, 2016.  All of the material for this blog will remain, but new content will start to show up in LogCabinQuiltery.blogspot.com  I hope that if you like what I post, you will follow me there... Since I only have one more year left in teaching, I will have a lot more time in retirement to "work" on quilting related endeavors.  When I do the official switch, I will post a link to the new blog and possibly set up a giveaway (or something fun) to encourage you to make the change.

That's it for today.  Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Nerd Project...

Honestly, I'm going to finish something someday...maybe.  The first two weeks of June I was trapped upstairs in my sewing room while the downstairs floors were removed/replaced. I say trapped because my family was up there with me too....much family time.  And they all got a good look at my "stash" and I think Ryan realized that his college fund might be a little light due to my stash being a little heavy...LOL.

Somehow, during that time, I came across the brilliant idea to make a Nevada mini quilt.  I had plenty of time to cut out little states of Nevada.  You see, I was born here in Las Vegas and have lived her for 46 years--there aren't many natives here (Denise is an exception!!).  And it's not that I'm particularly love in with the desert, dry heat, low water supply, tourists, gaming, etc...so why would I make this quilt??  Who knows??  It seemed like a brilliantly innovative idea at the time... but if my state were a more complicated shape, this wouldn't even be a possibility.  ;-)


I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them, but I have 50 rainbow states of Nevada.  Hmmm....I can't wait to see where this goes.... Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 1, 2016

EPP Update....

In my free time I've been doing some EPP with my Summerfest fabric.  I have 37 jewel flower hexagon blocks out of the 63 that I need.  Not bad for a month's worth of work....


Here they are on the floor...the new floor... ;-)


*** Spoiler Alert for Steph ****  Stop reading, Steph, your baby shower quilt is shown below....

OK...so a friend from elementary school is having her first baby in September and she is in love with the Fawn fabric line from Hawthorne Threads.  I ordered the FQ collection in the petal colorway--it is  a custom printed to order. Very strange to get the fabric in large sheet form.  Check it out...the FQs and some yardage for binding and backing.  Consider ignoring the random laundry in the background.... Ryan is there for perspective.



This is the fawn in the main print...very girly and pretty!



*****   Once again, Steph, DON'T LOOK......*****



I'm doing a modern triangle pattern.  Some of the triangles are pieced, some whole, some coordinating Bella solids.  We'll see, but it looks good so far!!  Anyhow, this is how my summer is going.  I hope you are having a restful summer as well...Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jewel Flower EPP project...

May was a busy month around here...ending school, renovating our floors, etc.  I hardly had any time to sew on my machine, so I started another EPP project.  This time I'm using the jewel piece, with a hexagon center, and diamonds around the edge of the hexagon blocks.  The line of fabric is called Summerfest--with a few scraps from my own stash thrown in for more variety.


Here are some finished hexagon blocks on my new floor!!  We ripped out 12" square, beige ceramic tile and put in 8" x 36" porcelain tile that looks like wood plank.  It is super awesome!  I can't tell you how much we love it.


And an up-close shot...


I really, really love EPP...more than any other sewing I've ever done.  It is so relaxing and calming.  Most people probably think that the idea of making a quilt by hand would be daunting--but I just don't think about how long it will take.  It is more of a process for me... 

Anyhow, I'll do some sewing on my Juki now that I can set up my table downstairs again...yeah!  I'm definitely going to get back on the vintage sheet project that I cut out in May.  Happy quilting!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Vintage Sheet pull...

These are the vintage sheet winners for my soon to be started Maybellene quilt.  The pattern looks like this...


But I'm going to make a smaller, wall-size quilt.  I needed (18) 10" x 10" layer cake squares and (36) 5" x 5" charm squares.  I recently (and boldly) began cutting up my vintage sheets.  Here are the ones I pulled for the quilt...  I LOVE them!  I don't usually show fabrics like this, but vintage sheet lovers will appreciate the eye-candy, right??


I still have a giant pile leftover... this is ridiculous!  And those of you who collect vintage sheets know how difficult purple ones are to find.  The 70's must not have appreciated purple as much as I do!!

The remains... I'm pretty sure that I see a few more vintage sheet quilts in my future.  ;-)  My family won't use them (they have issues with "used" sheets, so maybe the quilts will end up in my Etsy shop. or hanging on the wall.  Who knows??



Junior is already shocked that I'm planning to take over his mancave when he leaves for college in two years and turn it into a giant longarm room.  He thought I was joking until I fully described the future of what he thought was "his stuff" in "his" room.  Some chalk painted furniture, new flooring and wall paint, my longarm, a seating area, large cutting table, etc....  Wow, I have lots of plans!!  If he wants to go away, do I need to keep his stuff in there as a shrine??  Nope....OK...off to do some school work.  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lots of Vintage Sheet precuts....

If by "precuts" I mean that I cut them myself...they didn't come that way!!  LOL... I took about 50 different vintage sheets and cut them into assorted 10" layer cake squares and 5" charm squares.  This pile of fun is over 8" tall with them. I figure, using some math, that it must be 700+ layer cake and charm squares.  OMG...and this didn't even dent the stash of vintage sheets.


I may end up selling some sets in my Etsy shop.... I have really nice vintage sheets.  I mean r.e.a.l.l.y. nice sheets.  Bright, fun, etc...  I think I may make my Maybellene pattern in some of these this month.  Each block requires 1/2 of a layer cake square and 1 charm square.  We'll see....

...because I got side-tracked on another English Paper Piecing project.  Notice the capital letters--it's because EPP is that cool.  Yep, really old, old school is cool--don't doubt it's addicting properties.  ;-)

So on that note, I recently placed an order with PaperPieces.com for some jewel shapes and some enlongated hexagons (with the acrylic templates to match).  I know that I could cut these out myself, but life if too short for me to do extra cutting.  Who needs the stress??  My son just got his driver's permit and he is going to get my Jeep so letting him drive me around like Miss Daisy is enough anxiety for me each day!!

I'm going to do a jewel star sort of hexagon quilt from the new fabric line Summerfest by April Rosenthal.  Let me show you the fabrics...they are lovely!!


I'm sure you could tell that the soft rainbow-y goodness was a quick draw for me. I bought the charm packs online a few months ago from someone who picked them up at Sample Spree at market (and wanted to part with them??  Foolish...).  Then I ordered the jelly roll from my favorite online shop, Green Fairy Quilts (free shipping and low prices).  Now I really need the FQ stack...maybe for Mother's Day???  Here is what I've started so far...


I'm not cutting from charm squares (I'm using 2.5" strips), but I thought a gratuitous shot of them was necessary.  I'm supplementing with other fabrics from my stash that are in the same color range.  If I can do one hexagon block a day I might have a quilt by the end of summer!

Anyhow, that is what's up around here.  One month until school is over!!  21 school days, to be exact.  The teachers are way more excited to be out than the students ever will be.  I've been trapped in high school for over 30 years now!!  Let me out!!  Also, I think I only have about 402 days left until retirement (one more school year).  Awesome!

Happy Quilting!