Friday, August 26, 2016

Rainbow Sewing

August has been busy... in a good kind of "sewing" way!
I have been having sew much fun helping test some patterns from some of favorite designers!   If you follow me on my Instgram, you have seen  photos already.

*  Sew The Rainbow Quilt   -a paper pieced dream quilt!
  -   by Kristy at  Quiet Play   { here}

Kristy has designed a quilt... that features her  popular Geometric Sewing Machine block, and is surround by these sewing goodies... spools, scissors and flying geese!!

This is Kristy's quilt...

Sew The Rainbow Quilt   -  by Quiet Play
photo by Kristy at Quiet Play
    Want to see my version?

I had a  plump , unused,  fat quarter bundle of Mimosa fabric, by Another Point of View   Windham Fabrics, and some pretty blenders ... Basics from Connecting Threads, just waiting to be used!    I even had the low volume  Line Dried fabric, which would  prove to be perfect for the background fabric!

I started  getting excited here...  (I made the scissors first.  The sewing machine was my reward!!)

The geometric sewing machine and four pairs of scissors! 

And then Whiskers began to get excited!!
Whiskers...  my little quilty helper

The Geometric Sewing Machine center piece !  by Susie's Sunroom

Be still my heart.... there are Spools and  Flying Geese !

The spools are big enough to let you feature a fabric.  Mimosa is a beautiful line!!

And here is my finished flimsy top!  
Sew The Rainbow quilt      by Susie's Sunroom
Design by Kristy at Quiet Play
available soon! ( early September)


I had to put the backing construction for this quilt on "pause" for a bit... while working on some other test patterns. 

But I have a great idea brewing.....
Come back soon to see progress on my Sew The Rainbow Quilt,  and see the other  cute projects I have been working on !!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Can I Get a Whoop Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict    and
                          Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts           and
                         Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio    and
                         TGIFF  @ Anja Quilts   and
                          Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer Sewing

Summertime Sewing 

How cute are these little Kissy Fishy blocks?  I didn't have to go find my fishing pole to have some summer fun.     I just  sewed up some super cute  fish blocks, for testing  out a brand new quilt pattern by Lorna, at Sew Fresh Quilts!  She has four new designs out!

You'll see the rest of this school of fish soon.... and another pattern I was able to help test for Lorna!

Kissy Fishy blocks  a  new pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts
by Susie's Sunroom
 An Instagram friend pointed out the heart in the center of  these four fish , when 2 fish  kiss and two  fish rub tails together!  (Accidental placement for an IG shot!)

I didn't go fishing, but I did take some nice walks.....

Some dramatic Coneflowers

This " extra -ruffily"  Rose of Sharon, came from a seed of the
 "non-ruffly" Rose of Sharon bush, below

Delicate Rose of Sharon blossoms

Fence and wild flowers

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:   Wandering Camera @ Whims and Fancies   and
                        Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Woodpecker Pillow

Pileated Woodpecker Pillow

Recently,  my husband and I took a little trip, and visited his brother and wife, up in New York state.  We had lovely weather during the  weekend visit.
I discovered that one thing that "the brothers" share in common, is the love of  watching  birds in their backyards.  (They also both hate the squirrels, but we won't talk about that now!)  While we were visiting on their patio, it didn't take long for a Pileated Woodpecker to eat from their suet feeder.

They had this same feeder, that holds the  suet , and supports the tail of the woodpecker while it feeds.

This is a special woodpecker feeder for birds like the Pileated Woodpecker {here}

We even saw an adult woodpecker feed its young.... just like in this photo.

An adult feeding a baby  (from this site)
When I got home, it came to me that  I had filed away a pattern for a paper pieced woodpecker awhile ago. If I remembered correctly, I figured I could make a few changes on it, to make it resemble a Pileated Woodpecker.

The Pattern :   Woodpecker PP Block  by Julianna @ Sewing Under Rainbow
           It was designed for the ForestQAL
           Size:  12" x 12" block

Woodpecker pp block here

Janelle, at Emmaline Bags, made this  beautiful woodpecker in the QAL
  (photo by Janelle)

And here is my Woodpecker Block:            
Woodpecker    made by Susie's Sunroom

I didn't have to change a single line on it.  It just needed the right fabrics!
(Don't you love that background fabric.... it's Andover Fabric 's Alison Glass- Sticks & Twine)

The Pileated Woodpecker   photo from Wikipedia

I made my block into a pillow.... for their window seat.

Pileated Woodpecker pillow   

Of course the back has the covered zipper !

Pileated Woodpecker      by Susie's Sunroom
I got two big hugs when I gave them their pillow at our family reunion last weekend.
                                              I just love to quilt!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:    Can I Get A Whoop Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                         Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio      and 
                         Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts