October 22, 2016

"So Chelsea"

Early summer when Amy Garro came to visit, she has brought me a surprise. She had picked some fabrics from her personal stash that she had deemed, So Chelsea. Hence the name of this quilt. 

That gorgeous stack above sums up the color inspiration for this quilt. I also pulled some fabrics my Gram gave me. Then mixed with some prints I'd been hoarding. The chambray and Les Fleurs fabric are new, but I am obsessed with both at the moment. This quilt basically sums me up! 

The pattern is Daydream from the book Striking Strip Quilts. I am typically don't buy books, but this one rocked my world. Three patterns have made their way to to the top of the "to do" list. The local quilt shop we visited on retreat had a well curated book selection. It definitely renewed my interest in quilt books. Anyone have any book recommendations? 

October 19, 2016

Swell for the Win

Last month I decided to pull all my Bonnie and Camille fabrics for a quilt, learn more here. The final decision came between my tutorial Twisted Nines and Swell from Simply Retro. Clearly, Swell won. I was able to work on the top while at fall retreat.  It was a prefect retreat pattern! Simple so I could talk and not focus, but not too mindless.

A gigantic roll of batting arrived at the house yesterday. Now I need to baste some quilts so it fits in the closet!  Apparently last time I got the 20 yard roll, not the 30 yard. Those 10 yards make a huge difference. This roll is going to last a while!

October 15, 2016

Antique Adventures

Last month I took Mike to his very first auction. He got an antique shotgun, I got a quilt. Unlike Mike, who has spent hours meticulously cleaning his purchase, I have not. Hence this post seeking advice on how to move forward.

I made the rookie mistake of not examining it carefully before bidding. Although, it was only $45 and I do LOVE the colors. Now, I need to figure out what to do with this quilt ...

First up, cleaning. The quilt is very "loved" and is grimy. Any recommendations on cleaning?  Methods or products.

Second, repairing the damage. If you look at the picture above the damage is quite extensive. It has huge rips, and in many places the fabric has actually split. Someone has zigzag stitched with a machine over already repaired areas. Is this the method?

You can see the edges are very grimy. It probably won't all come out but hopefully a good bath will get some out. It will be nice to know it's clean.

Any advice from you all would be great! 

October 08, 2016

School Charity Quilt

At my school the family and consumer science teacher has always donated a raffle quilt. All the proceeds go to help needy families in our building, as many of the families need help with the holidays. 

The torch along has been passed along! 

When pulling fabrics from my stash, I went with a gender neutral theme. The quilt will be done using Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial Squares and Stripes. It looks like a nice quick pattern!

My absolute favorites in the bunch!