Monday, September 12, 2016

Cloud 9 Berry Harvest Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Cloud 9 Berry Harvest Blog Hop.  I am so thrilled to be included!

When I received the beautiful "Berry Harvest" bundle, generously donated by Cloud 9 from their Organic Cirrus Solids collection, I fell in love with the depth of color.  I immediately knew that I wanted to create a block that showed off that depth.  In keeping with the theme of "Berry Harvest", I began thinking of our wild blackberries growing along the paths on our property, which began the process of creating a "pathway block".

Just gorgeous!

Berry Patch Path

General instructions:

Do not wash fabric first
Starch and iron before cutting

After drooling over the lovely fabric, I had to painfully begin cutting:

From Shadow, cut four 4.5" squares
From Iris, cut four 4.5" squares
From Amazon, cut two 4" squares
From Lilac, cut one 4 1/2" square


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each Amazon square.

With right sides facing, layer an Amazon square to the top left corner of the Lilac square.  (Note the placement of the drawn line in picture below.)

Stitch on the drawn line and trim 1/4" away from the seam.

Repeat on the bottom right of the Amazon/Lilac block. (Note direction of drawn line below.)

Stitch on the drawn line.

Trim 1/4" away from the seam.

Ta Da!  Here's your pathway through the berry patch.

Complete the Berry Patch Path Block:

With RST sew Shadow square to Iris square, then sew another Shadow square for the first row.

With RST, sew Iris square to Pathway Block square, then sew another Iris square for the second row.

With RST, sew Shadow square to Iris square, then sew another Shadow square for the third row.

Sew the three rows together and you're done!

I love, love, love this block; and I have to admit, it was difficult for me to mail it off!  I had it displayed in my studio for as long as possible before sending it to Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs to incorporate into one of the charity quilts.

A big thank you to our hosts for pulling the hop together and another big thank you to Cloud 9 fabrics for donating five fat quarters from their Organic Cirrus Solids collection to each participant!  Please be sure to check out the other blogger posts for all of their creative blocks.

Monday, September 12th

Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Tuesday, September 13th

Host – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Wednesday, September 14th

Host – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Happy Home

I had to wait until after my son's Housewarming party to share the project I've been working on since April.  We found the best realtor to work with in finding Chance's first home.  She was so patient, so helpful, so ready to meet us at a moment's notice at yet another house.  She never treated us like we were buying a first-time, lower priced home.  We got to know each other so well that I could tell from the look on her face that we had finally found "the one" when she met us at the final house that became Chance's first home.

With the friendship that developed between us, I wanted to do something extra special for Angie to let her know how much her help meant to us.  I loved the thought of doing a homes quilt for our special realtor.  As I was in the process and discussing it with Chance, he suggested adding him waving from a window of  one of the houses.  We laughed about it and I said what a great idea it was. And then, I got to know that means trouble!

We had a great picture of Chance and Angie in front of his new home, so I decided to change the layout by replacing the middle house block with a picture block.  With inkjet printer fabric, it's really so easy once the picture is edited and the printer set up.  The key is to read and follow the printer fabric instructions closely to ensure the best possible outcome.

I used the Parkview Lane pattern in the Sept/Oct 2014 edition of Quiltmaker Magazine's Parade of Quilted Homes for my/Angie's quilt.

Design wall process

Finished Quilt on Design Wall

I meant to get better pictures before giving this to Angie; however, life gets in the way.  After celebrating my oldest son's college graduation, mourning the loss of my sons' paternal grandfather, preparing for Chance's housewarming, mourning the loss of our sweet furbaby, etc, etc...

Life moves on.  Kids grow up, do their own things in life.  Our furbabies become our babies.  We rescued Spencer after Shawn left for college in 2008.  Eight years later, Shawn has finished his Bachelor's after an extended break and after buying his first home, Chance is settled in his first home and is on to the next phase of his life and career, the step-grandkids are now 14.  We have moved to Hawaii and back with Spencer and Heidi-cat (now 16) in tow every step of the way.  We've celebrated three years of being back in Virginia; time flies, life moves on and we carry our accomplishments and our losses in our hearts always.

RIP sweet Spencer, our aloha boy