Sunday, June 9, 2024

Sewing Room Update, 6/9/24

 I've been spending a lot of time in my sewing room lately, trying to sew my way through as much of my stash as possible. It could take a while but I'm really focused and determined.

I finished the Strawberry Jam quilt top and backing. I had a lot of fun making these blocks, choosing lots of fun fabrics and diving into my extensive stash of pink fabric.

These were some of my favorites, especially that pink violin!

For the backing I sewed 12" squares together. I was mildly surprised that with my extensive stash of pink, I had a hard time finding 48 different fabrics that were large enough or wide enough to cut 12.5" squares!

And seriously, how cute is this strawberry cottage block that will serve as the quilt label (pattern by Kate Basti). 
So now my job is to find someone who really loves pink. And strawberries!

After piecing 1,369 squares together, I needed a project that was a bit quicker. Charlotte had given me the t-shirts from her years of participating in plays at Roosevelt High School. Her school colors are green and gold, and I had this cool ombre fabric that was perfect for the sashing.

I'm in a bee group that is called Not a Bee. Haha. It's different in that you don't sent blocks to anyone. Each month someone is in charge of the block design. We each make the block for ourselves and keep it. The theme this year is triangles and June was my month. I chose a block I had designed a few years ago called Split Chain.

I got my color inspiration from this very quilty announcement.

Here are my blocks so far.
Sarah, one of the bee members, made this version of Split Chain. I haven't ever made the block with prints and her block is so pretty.


Charlotte has chosen to go to college at Oregon State University, so I made a couple of things to take along with her: a bowl cozy and a key fob.

A zipper pouch for an upcoming Central Valley Justice Coalition event.
In the evenings when I have time, I make more echinacea blocks, three of each colorway. This is Seaweed.


These templates that pop up on Instagram are so much fun.

I'm very saddened that my all-time favorite fabric company, Oakshott shot cottons, is closing up shop. The owner, Michael Oakshott, has been ill and has chosen to retire. Over the years, he has been generous and supportive, and I will miss him.
This photo popped up on the Fresno Arts Council website and I'm trying to find out if it is a real place or just AI. If it is a real place, wouldn't it be a great place to photograph a quilt??
And finally, Christa brought me this very cool wine bottle. 
And that's it for this week.


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Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

The concept of Not a Bee is really fun and different, and I like that it has a theme for the year. The Strawberry Jam quilt top and backing looks fantastic; I'm sure it will find a perfect forever home!

Charlotte M. said... #

I LOVE your strawberry quilt! I have made a couple of pink quilts over the years and they always bring me joy. I think one of the things I like about it is the caramel colored squares. That makes it! Charlotte's quilt is great. Something to be treasured for sure. I am enjoying watching your ice cream soda blocks come together. I always wanted to find a way to use those echinacea prints together and you have done it brilliantly. Nice job!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

Your Strawberry Quilt is just "delicious". That was a lot of squares to cut up and because the back is made up of all those 12" squares, it is like having two quilts! Will Charlotte's quilt go to school with her? I'm sorry to hear that OakShot is closing. I've drooled over their fabric for years but never bought any. I've always enjoyed the quilts you've made with their fabric. Those echinacea blocks are lovely. Just watered mine this morning. Lots of buds waiting to bloom.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

So many fun things in one post. I love the variety that you are able to achieve with your echinacea blocks. It's going to be such a cool quilt. Hope you find that staircase for a quilt photo too. It would be amazing! The yacht/iron meme was perfect. Where do find all the good memes? They always give me a good laugh.