Love at First Sight returns

Working on replacing pillows for our sofa at the cottage. This is going to be such a huge improvement I know you will be impressed when it is finished. I have disliked the pillows ever since we bought these sofas in 2002. Just didn’t know what I wanted to do, which direction to go… Not a lot of color, outside of nature, in our space and while I was contemplating colors, for years, obviously… I am finally learning that doing anything is better than nothing. I can be such a slow learner….

Modern neutral pillow by SewfrenchAnother rainy day and finally got around to testing out an idea, and of course I would love it, just when I ran out of the Kona Stone fabric. This is a variation of my White Labyrinth quilt, with blocks enlarged to fit our 24″ pillow fronts.

I loved that quilt from the first second I spotted the quilt before there was even a pattern. And why not recreate a version that I don’t give away?!! And a funny thing about that Zen Chic quilt? It would appear only myself and one other person have ever even made it. My neutral version and a red, Fiery Labyrinth one. Crazy when this is one of my very, very favorite quilts.

White Labyrinth by Zen Chic

More later. When my fabric order arrives. :)

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“Always in My Heart”

My low volume quilt top is finished. I talked about it last week and so much heavy thinking and prayers went into this one.

Always in My Heart quilt by SewfernchIf you feel the tug in your heart, donations are still being accepted at Give Forward.

Always in My Heart by Sewfrench

On to the quilting…

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I thank you for supporting my addictive habit. ♡

The votes are in!!

Every time the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival rolls around, I say I am not entering, then somehow I get sucked in to the fun and excitement of it all. If we don’t enter what can we expect of others. Then where is the inspiration we have all come to count on??

This year the hand quilting category had been eliminated, to reduce the number of overall categories,  but an outcry of hand quilters brought it back. So I felt I *had* to participate in support of hand quilting.

There were 650 quilts entered across all categories.  You can click on the picture to see how the votes fell. This is for the hand quilting category. I love all the variations there really are in hand quilting.

BQF Spring 2014

Just look at the variety, of the quilts, in the Viewer’s Choice category. I am surrounded by inspiration.

BQF Spring 2014
Thank you Amy for hosting this HUGE endeavor! I can not begin to imagine how little sleep you must get throughout the festival!

And a big thank you to Pink Chalk Fabrics, for honoring the winners. You know they are my favorite online quilt shop with for color matching services, not to mention the BEST in customer service. They helped me match the solids in my Head Over Heels in Love quilt and were spot on. I don’t know what I will splurge my winnings on, but I will let you know!

I thank you for supporting my addictive habit. ♡

Oakshott quilt by Sewfrench

“Blowin’ in the Wind”
Category: Hand quilted quilts
48″ x 52″
An original by: Sewfrench
Inspired by: 12 Trees by Oakshott
Oakshott cotton
Backing and Binding by
Robert Kauffman, shot cotton
Machine pieced
Self hand-quilted in a freeform style
using Aurifil 28wt thread

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A Little Birdie told me….

Little Amelia, and her mommy, came to visits us, at the cottage, and I got the opportunity to try this little linen dress on her. It is still quite cool up here, so I was glad she had tights and a long sleeve that worked well under it. It still has plenty of room for her to grow over the summer.

Linen baby dress

I started out with Simplicity #3854. To give you an idea of size, Amelia is 9 months and weighs  18-19 pounds. She has just about out of 12 month clothes because of her height. I used the bodice, of the size medium, and then followed the side seams to draw it into an A-line dress, guessing at length and width. As with quilting, I never use a pattern as is… I added an invisible zipper and bound the neck and arms using bias I cut from a piece of Liberty of London fabric. It could have been slightly narrower across the front. I’m guessing she will still be wearing this into the fall.

DSC_2765Look at all those teeth. What a happy baby girl!

embroidery bird dress

 

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How Do You Fix a Broken Heart?

If I knew I would.

My heart is heavy this week as my friend, Michelle, both mourns and, celebrates, the short life of her HS senior, Johnny. He was killed in a motorcycle accident, on Monday, just a week before graduation. He leaves behind 5 siblings who I know will miss him fiercely. While Michelle is one of the strongest women I know, I just can not imagine the pain she, and her family, are feeling right now. It is outside the natural order of life to have to bury a child. If you have the means to donate, a couple of dollars, and feel the urge to help with expenses, please do.

Give Forward

Sometimes, when I can’t seem to focus, I start another quilt top….. Sometimes you just  need to get your mind busy on something. And doing quilt math sure blocks out all other thoughts.

Sewfrench sketches a quilt

And as you can see, I am not the sketch artist of the family. But it gets the job done. I never cut all the pieces I need, for a quilt, ahead of time, but quite a few of them, see how it goes, make sure my colors are going the direction I want, then drag out more fabric, cut some more…

The mess it takes to make a quiltThe place stays messy, longer, this way, but it is what works for me. I suppose if I was still sewing at the kitchen table, I would have gotten over this method by now.

I  like to start laying out my progress as soon as I can.

HST and charm blocksMy half square triangles started out a 5″ blocks, which will be trimmed to 4 1/2″ HST after they are pieced. This way they match up to the four place, 2 1/2″ red charms, I am using. I have collected charms through swaps, over the years. Also, taking advantage of cleaning out my red, and neutral, scrap baskets.

Low volume quilt by SewfrenchMy heart is broken. I wish they were all this easy to fix.

Sewfrench Low Volume Heart quiltI have never made a low volume quilt that has so much color in the light fabrics. I have done lots, and lots, of neutral quilts, but none like the “modern” low volumes, where color, other than tan, beige, cream…, is perfectly acceptable. I guess, if you have enough contrast, it is all good.

If you haven’t voted already, today is the last day to support your favorites over at the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival. More info here.

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It’s Time to Vote!

I woke up to a text message saying my blog had an usual amount of traffic. Uh-oh! What is going on, I thought. Went to check my stats to see where everyone was coming from and realized the top 25 quilts, in the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, had been announced. It is pretty exciting stuff to be nominated, by your peers, into the top 25 Viewer’s Choice category!!

“Blowin’ in the Wind” is still in the running in the hand-quilting category, too! And boy is there some tough competition. The toughest of any, I do believe. Many very inspiring stories behind these wonderful creations, too.

My original post on this quilt, can be read here.

Blowin' in The Wind by Sewfrench
650 quilts entered in 12 different categories. 40 in the hand-quilted category. Four of the top 25 are actually hand-quilted. How about that statistic?! Considering that this group was to be eliminated, this year, I am so glad it wasn’t. With this presence, we are shining a spotlight on hand-quilting. It will not die out, I am sure. I actually think, because of the Facebook group, Celebrate Hand Quilting, that it is on the upswing.

Freehand quilting by SewfrenchAnd voting is easier than ever this year. Hooray for that! You just click on the heart in the upper right-hand corner of the picture of the quilt you like best. If you click on the picture it will take you to that page, so you can read the story behind it. It will also put a check mark on it so you can remember which ones you have looked at. The heart must turn red for your vote to be counted though.

To vote on the top 25, Viewer’s Choice, click here.
To vote for your favorite hand-quilted, click here.
To see and vote on all the other categories, click here.

Sewfrench Oakshott quilt

“Blowin’ in the Wind”
Category: Hand quilted quilts
48″ x 52″
An original by: Sewfrench
Inspired by: 12 Trees by Oakshott
Oakshott cotton
Backing and Binding by
Robert Kauffman, shot cotton
Machine pieced
Self hand-quilted in a freeform style
using Aurifil 28wt thread

Now GO vote for all your favorites!!
And the results are in!!

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And they all played games…

… at the ladybugs’ picnic!

Remember that song? Flashback to when my kids were young and never missed Sesame Street. Those were the good old days when it was still okay to let your children be entertained by the television!

The Ladybug Picnic

I love sewing for babies!

Baby crossover top

I forgot how much fun Ric-Rac can be, too!

Ladybug fabric

And covered buttons? Oh my!

Covered buttons
Don’t forget today is the last day to nominate your favorite quilt  in the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival.

Voting starts later today!

Sewfrench Quilt using Oakshott fabrics

I hope your favorites are recognized!

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