Lighthouse Quilt – Finished

I finally finished the Lighthouse quilt. I am so excited, and can’t wait to wrap it up and send it to Chicago. My cousin had a baby boy on March 12, 2014, and that is who is going to have sweet dreams under this 100% cotton quilt. It will certainly keep him toasty during those cold months in the Windy City. It’s important to me that the quilts I make will stand up to a washer and dryer.

This quilt was designed by Faith Jones, who sponsored a quilt-a-long of Fresh Lemon Quilts http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=3099 


















I changed it a bit to make it my own, and customized it for my cousin’s family and the baby. I decided to make the middle block a yellow lighthouse with the brightest light as the beacon on Lake Michigan. One of Faith’s beautiful samples was in a rainbow color order, but this one isn’t. And my colors are not all solid, and some have a pattern in the fabric.

I machine quilted this, by first sewing in the ditch. In the light spaces, I stippled using free-motion quilting. We couldn’t get a good photo of the stippling from the front, but you can see it quite well on the back.




















When I thought about the backing, I wanted to try something I had never done before.  I decided to split the fabric into 1/3 and 2/3rds. Then I stacked random fabrics to bring the two pieces of the back together.

Some of the choices in the stack were intentional. The fabric with the music notes represents the family’s love of music. The paw prints fabric is for their large poodle, Dixie.
 

My cousin is from Texas, which is why I picked the western cowboy fabric to use for the inscription, date of birth, date of completion and where it was made. 

My cousin’s husband is from England. So adding a patch with Paddington Bear was essential.

 

I enjoyed making this quilt, and can’t wait for it to be delivered to a new, sweet boy who is part of our family. I wish for him healthy and happy life.


Back From Vacation

Back in early February, when the snow and cold were relentless, (it hasn’t exactly let up), we decided to make a spontaneous decision to go someplace warm during the last week in February. We left New York very early last Sunday, to go to Scottsdale, AZ, and came back on the red eye this past Saturday night. 

We had a great time doing nothing. Sometimes I get so busy, stitching, planning new blog posts, researching and writing them, I don’t get time to just relax and hang out, not to mention get enough exercise. 

Before I left I wanted to post this WIP,which came from Faith Jones blog. It is the first QAL, I have ever participated in http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?s=lighthouse+quilt

 

I finally finished the quilt top!! My goal for March is to have it basted and machine quilted. Wish me luck.

Happy Quilting!!

What a Difference a Snow Day Makes

Yesterday we had the wintry mix storm, which is the one I stay home and inside for sure. Within a second, you could find yourself on black ice. I don’t love staying home all day, but I finished all twenty-five of my Lighthouse Quilt blocks, and am very excited about that.


Pattern design from www.freshlemonsquilts.com/‎  QAL.

Tomorrow I go to a weekly open quilt studio at Pins and Needles in Mt. Kisco, when I am not scheduled to be at work at the library. I am planning on squaring them all off, and will hopefully begin to sew the rows together. For the back of the quilt, I am planning something modern and fun.
Also something I’ve never done before and will share soon.


 Our sweet boy cat, Biscuit fell asleep and used the stack of blocks for a pillow shortly after I finished them.  He loves to hang out near the sewing machine, even when I’m not using it. I started a tradition about ten years ago. I always make a single-sized bed quilt, and dedicate it to one of our cats.  Biscuit is sitting on his below.

When I finish Emma’s I will post it. She is the cat in the masthead sitting on my sewing box. I still have a long way to go on that one.

Next week I hope to show a lot more WIP, and I will be posting a book review of a sewing book, which no quilter or sewist should be without.

And, I believe I have an addition to make. In an earlier post, I mentioned that these were the spring, 2014 colors home dec colors,
http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2014/01/pantone-home-dec-colors-for-spring-2014.html Today I received an e-mail from Panetone pantone@web.pantone.com Fashion Color Report Fall 2014, because it is fashion week, and the colors are somewhat similar.

Have a great weekend.  

Enjoy the Olympics. 

Go USA!! 

The Winter Olympics are my favorite. I would have a tough time choosing my favorite event, I really enjoy so many. I would love to hear what your favorite is, so please let me know in the comment box. I think if I had to pick one, it would be the figure skating events.

Happy Quilting.

Work In Progress – Quilt 2

Another quilt I’ve been working on comes from a QAL I participated in with Fresh Lemon Quilts, http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=3149.

I chose to do this QAL, because paper piecing is not my strength, and this one is much easier, than my first paper piecing project. It still is a great challenge for me. There are only two pieces to sew per quarter block, as opposed to several,which was my first introduction to paper piecing a few years ago. 

I highly recommend if you are new to paper piecing, plan a paper piecing project with a small amount of paper pieces first, such as this one. 
Then challenge yourself with more intricate paper piecing projects.

I rearranged the given color pattern from the QAL to this one:



 

My points on my blocks, (see below), came out really well, and I am very happy about that. The photos are not giving the light colored fabric justice.   It is a very light beige, with a tiny pattern in it. In one of the lower purple blocks, (see above), I plan to add a little unexpected surprise. I can’t wait to see how the quilt top comes out. I am hoping it will be finished by the weekend of February 15. Stay tuned….

Happy Quilting!! In Ossining so far we have at least 10″ of snow, and it’s still coming. For those of you who are having a big snowstorm today. Stay safe.