Friday, July 31, 2015

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Vintage Makeover!

Hi, all!

Friday!  Isn't that a wonderful word?  So much inspiration on the web rises to the surface on Fridays, and that's why it's my favorite day of the week! So if you're ready, let's get our whoop whoop on!!


This week I have such a fun finish to share with you!  A couple of months ago, a friend of mine at church announced that she was finally getting a granddaughter, after three grandsons.  She brought me her vintage (circa 1970's) wedding gown and asked me to make a quilt, pillow, and garter for her new granddaughter.

The dress was made of polyester crepe de chine and polyester lace yardage - not your typical quilt material.  And she wanted me to only use the material from the dress if possible.   After deconstructing the dress and looking at the available fabric, I realized that there wasn't any place large enough to cut a 36" square, the bare minimum (in my mind) for a baby quilt.  So I asked her if I could purchase something for the back, and piece the top.  She said yes, and that made everything easy - sort of.  Crepe de chine isn't stretchy, but it does move around a lot!  I ironed stabilizer on the back to keep it from shifting around before I cut my pieces.  

OK, enough about the process.  Let's get to the pictures!

The first to be finished was the quilt.  It is made up of four different blocks - shiny side crepe de chine, dull side crepe de chine, seed-stitched lace over dull crepe de chine, and floral lace over shiny crepe de chine.

The seed stitching was done after piecing but before quilting.  The quilting is simple - just stitching in the ditch around each block.  No binding - I used lace from the wedding dress around the edges to finish it off.

Then came the pillow.  One larger piece of lace over shiny 
crepe de chine, and I did seed stitch once again 
over the plainer parts of the lace.

And finally, the garter.  This was new territory to me - I hadn't ever made a garter before - but I'm pleased with the way this came out.  I was excited to be able to use one of the tiny buttons from the dress as the center of the rosette on the garter!

And here's the trio, all together...

And some just generally pretty pictures!

It's all so beautiful together, isn't it?

I hope the new grandmother likes it too!!

So that's my big finish for the week - 
can I get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What are you whooping about this week?

What's got you dancing the happy dance?

Share - we REALLY want to know - 

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight -

Hope to see you there!!



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - More Color!!!

Hi, all!

Welcome to What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday!!  I was a bad girl this week and splurged on some new books - all related to each other so I'm going to share them all together!

Now, if you love color and don't know about Vanessa Christensen of V & Co., you are missing out!  She may very well be the queen of color - she's certainly headed that way!

Her fabric lines are so yummy - Color Theory, Color Me Happy, Simply Style, and Simply Color - I want them all!  And now she's written a series of books dealing with color....

These are powerful little books, each dealing with one color and discussing how color works.  I don't know about you, but the color wheel has always been a mystery to me - I knew it was important, but who has time to figure all that out?  Well, Vanessa has figured it out for us, and she makes it seem really accessible!

She takes us through the different types of color - hues, which are the pure colors; tints, which have added white; shades, which have added black; and tones, which have added gray.  It's so nice to know the difference between those!  

And oh, the projects!  Of course, there are quilts.....

(Sorry, I appear to be fixated on orange/yellow quilts this week!)

...but there are also some lovely non-quilt projects to do, like this fabulous LOVE pillow....

...and this lovely little wallet!  Don't you just love that pretty green?  It make me smile just to look at it!

The projects in these books are designed to be interchangeable - if you see a project in Red that you think would look fabulous in greens, it's a simple switch.  Oh, the possibilities!!!

 These books are beautiful photographed, lush with color and totally inspiring!  I can't wait for Blue and Purple to come out (in September and November respectively) so I can wander through the whole set.

I'm so glad I finally got my own copies of these books - I just love them and know that I'll be making many of the beautiful quilts and projects in them.  Plus they just look so pretty on my bookshelf!!


So that's what's on my bookshelf this week.  Have you looked at yours lately?



Monday, July 27, 2015

Make-A-List Monday - Not Enough Hours In The Day!

Hi, all!

Where did last week go?  Between babysitting, helping my daughter pack and clean her house before moving, and working on quilt-y projects, the week has just flown by!  So let's see how much of last week's list I actually managed to get done...

1.  Piece the wedding quilt top.
Finished!!!  I am so happy to say that this is completed!!  More pictures to come on Friday....

2.  Do the hand stitching on the wedding quilt pillow.
Not only did I do the hand stitching, but I finished it!  Also, more pics to come on Friday...

3. Work on editing the photos for the commission memory quilt.
Started!  I'll be cropping them to square and adjusting the color to sepia tone.  

4.  Write a book review for the What's on the Bookshelf Wednesday post.
Done!  If you missed it, I reviewed Amanda Jean Nyberg's Sunday Morning Quilts - definitely worth looking at if you've never seen it before!  Click here to read the review...

5.  Work on Nathanael's stocking. Just for fun, here's a shot of how much stitching is done so far - something to gauge next week's progress against!

And here's what I did on the stocking last week - not much, but any progress is good!

6.  Finish setting up the BlockRockIt!
Done!  And it's not only set up, we've been playing with it already! Here's a video of the first run.  And we've named her Grace - because Grace covers a multitude of sins!!


7.  Work on the plans for a September quilt show.
Not so good on this one - I've got a lot of info in my head, but none on paper (or iPhone list) yet.  

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.
Done!  We gave away a few quilts this week - 

This quilt went to a woman whose mother was abducted and murdered...

This one went to a young woman who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given a year to live...

This quilt went to an older gentleman who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told he has only a few months left to live...

And this one went to a gentleman who has had a series of debilitating mini-strokes.

So what's on tap for this week?  Lots more than I can possibly get done!!  Here goes the short list...

1.  Make a garter to go with the wedding dress quilt and pillow.

2.  Finish editing the pictures for the commission memory quilt.

3.  Work out a final estimate for another quilt commission.

4.  Make more blocks for the signature quilt.

5.  Start piecing the signature quilt.

6.  Work on Nathanael's stocking.

7.  Make labels for any of the grandkids' quilts that don't have one yet, since they're being stored at my house until the kids move into their new one at Christmas.

8.  Keep up with any quilt ministry needs that come up.

That's more than enough to keep me out of trouble, I think!  And I imagine there are more things that I need to do, I just can't remember them at the moment.  Out of sight, out of mind!

So now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?