Sunday, July 2, 2017

Happy 4th!

We aren't there yet, but Polly and I will be in mid August.  The weekend of the 11th to be exact. There will be a book signing and show of some quilts and rugs.  We'll have more specific details closer to the event.  If you're in the area, stop by and say hello.  Nantucket in August - there are worse places to be.

Since I last posted (sorry, it's been awhile), I've finished a long gestating project - my Star A Day quilt.


This was my handwork project every evening - when I wasn't working on something else.  Does that make sense?  I think from start to finish it was about 2 1/2 years, but there were dozens of quilts in between.  There are hundreds and hundreds of different scraps in here.  Fabrics from every Minick and Simpson collection, plus a few ringers.

Because my scrap basket (it's really a vintage wagon) was next to my stitching chair the past several years feeding this project - I've started another quilt.  Basically, because I was too lazy to deal with tidying up the scrap wagon.  It's already loaded with red, white, and blue scraps - so this is what was started this week.
The pattern is Glitter by Jen Kingwell.  I'm not sure what will happen next, but it's my fall back project when there is nothing else to work on.  God forbid my hands be idle for a few minutes.

I have been working on a new quilt and pattern too.  The first step was selecting fabrics (scraps!) and prepping them.
These are 2 large IKEA laundry racks with drying red and cream scraps.  This was right after I saturated them with spray starch.

I made some blocks like this........
And it turned into this.  We are in the process right now of writing the pattern.  I expect it to be available in our Etsy shop very soon. I'll keep you posted. The pattern name is On The Plus Side.

Have you sensed a red, white and blue theme for this post?  It's very timely.  In honor of July 4th we will have a month long sale in our Etsy shop.  Just use the coupon code FIREWORKS and receive 20% off of anything in the shop for the month of July.  Have you had your eye something - this is your chance.

Have a wonderful holiday

Laters,

Laurie

18 comments:

Susan W said...

Happy 4th of July! Your new quilts that you've A. finished B. started C. planned for are just wonderful. Love the colours, designs, everything. Polly's rug looks pretty good on the beach, in the sand. If it ever stops raining here I'll wash some quilts that needs a wash. Meanwhile I'll go visit your Etsy shop. Enjoy fireworks

Susan W said...

Forgot to ask. Do you ever use liquid starch, not the spray can stuff? If not, is there any particular reason? Thanks

Laurie said...

@Susan W

It's for ease of use. I have used all 3. My first choice is the pump spray - which I just unscrew the top and pour over the fabric. My second choice is the aerosol spray used in conjunction with a spray paint gun handle. 3rd choice is the old fashioned starch which you have to blend yourself.

Janet said...

I love your star-a-day quilt - the baptist fan quilting is just perfect for it! Your Glitter start looks wonderful too - I've had my eye on that pettern ever since I bought her book but I have only about 70 star-a-day stars made so sometime in the next decade I might get to starting another handpieced project. On the Plus Side looks like lots of fun to stitch :0) Happy 4th of July!

Paula DiMattei said...

I love all of those itty bitty stars and long to make one myself. I am getting ready to start on my own Glitter quilt to help tame my scrap basket. I do love your red, white and blue version. Happy 4th!

Paula Philpot said...

Laurie I never did hear from u from previous post Paula in KY

Laurie said...

Paula

I've emailed you twice now. Is your email correct on your google ID?

Yvonne said...

Your star quilt is awsome! Love it!
Boy I would love to take a peek into that scrap wagon! If that fabric that is hanging there is called scrap.......
We call scrap a piece of fabric that messure 2x2 inch!
Happy stitching!

farmhousequilter8 said...

Sorry Laurie, I don't use that account. If you don't care email me at farmhousequilter8@windstream.net Thanks Paula in KY Love the star quilt.

moosecraft said...

Oh my! Love your star a day quilt! The Jen Kingwell project looks to be another winner... I can never get enough of the red, white & blue!!!!
The Nantucket hooked rug is gorgeous too... sure wish we still used those "old-fashioned" swimsuits!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Your star a day quilt is wonderful! I have the pattern and had been thinking of doing it in reproductions, but now I'm having second thoughts. Might have to do it in red, white and blue. I was wondering, Is the quilting traditional or big stitch? The glitter block has caught my interest also, I've seen several on blogs. There's just to many quilts that I want to make.
Valerie

Phyllis said...

Oh, this blogpost.... so much inspiration. The star-a-day quilt is one of my all time fav quilts, so glad you quilted it the way you did, it is just gorgeous and it looks so soft and huggable! Would love to dive into your scrapbasket <3 :-)!
Hope you had a great 4th of July!

Laurie said...

@Valerie

The hand quilting on the Star A Day is traditional. Thank you

Mona Snowden said...

Hi Laurie.......Love your Star a Day quilt ..... I started one and was so diligent, but tired of making the little stars and stopped at a lap/throw size...but I like it very much anyways! LOVE your Jen Kingwell one.....I've wanted to start that one too.....i Love hand piecing......
The fun never ends!
Mona

Barb said...

Great post. Love your Star a Day quilt. The fan quilting is fabulous, I'm wondering what stencil you used and if it hand or machine quilted.
Have fun on Nantucket! love that rug

Laurie said...

@Barb

I used YOUR stencil to hand quilt it. I hand quilted it with a traditional stitch (small). I have about a dozen different size Baptist Fan stencils and your big one was just the thing for this allover design.

Laurie

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saltandpepper said...

I have to ask... are you and Polly signing your new book at a book shop or sewing shop or maybe even at the antique fair on Nantucket in August? Sounds interesting. Could we get more info. Thanks and hope you enjoy your visit to Nantucket. ~ Christine

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