Sunday, March 22, 2015

Geometric Gradation Quilt

Last month, I was a guest blogger on  Alyce 's blog, at Blossom Heart Quilts .  I had fun sharing a bunch of projects to her readers.

I introduced my finished  Geometric Gradation Quilt on that post.     I wanted to show some more pictures of my finished quilt.

Quilt:    Geometric Gradation Quilt -   "Penn State White-Out !"
        pattern by  Geta at Geta's Quilting Studio   {available here}

Size:   66 inches x 78  inches

 I was commissioned to make a Penn State University quilt for a young lady  in our church.
 I knew that Geta's pattern would be perfect to feature the PSU team fabrics, and would spotlight  the navy and white colors for Penn State.

This pattern has a lot of blocks, but don't let that intimidate you.  The  pattern is  easy to follow and so logical, with  many pictures and diagrams. Geta takes you through the process, step by step.     I love making projects designed by Geta! 

Front side-  " Penn State White-Out "    Susie's Sunroom

Front side   Geometric Gradation



She can use the back panel for decorating her walls , too

I had some nice small pieces leftover, and decided to make a pillow to accompany the quilt, for an "extra." 

I used the scraps for a  12 " x 16 " pillow      Susie's Sunroom

   I used this really neat The Patchsmith pattern,  Ticker Tape Mug Rug,  for a way to layout  my scraps.  ( I had to give and take, as my scraps were not the correct sizes.)  I like how it turned out, and so did the Penn State gal. 

Ticker Tape Mug Rug
                                             This is a great little scrap buster mug rug pattern!
And.... speaking of Pillows.....

I am so happy to share a couple of pillows that a new quilter friend, Martina, has made using my Simply Striped Accent Pillow pattern!   { here on my Craftsy}

Pillows made  by Martina,  at Stufenzumgerich blog  
photo courtesy of Martina

These pillows really brighten up her gray couch!

Martina's Simply Striped Accent Pillows-  fabric by   Malka Dubrawsky
photo courtesy of Martina
You'll want to hop over  to visit Martina on her  Stufenzumgericht  blog and see all of her gorgeous work .    I think that Stufenzumegericht (German)  means "courthouse steps" in English!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Can I Get a Whoop Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Monday, March 16, 2015

Giveaway Winner

The Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop Winner

I put Mr. Random Number Generator to work last night, and he picked out:

MokkiMarch 4, 2015 at 5:31 AM       Comment #39
My fabric stash is medium sized but very varied. Too varied to co-ordinate, I almost always have to buy more fabric for each project.

I have sent out your giveaway goodies,  Mokki !  Congratulations!!

I had fun reading  all of the stash comments, and here are some fun comments:

  • I think my stash is in the medium range...of course that doesn't stop me from adding to it, lol. 

  • I have a --shh-- large stash. One of my friends said it's like paint for a painter, you need a lot of choices. :-) Somehow, I find I still have to make trips to the LQS or online stores, drat, you know how much I hate that...haha. 

  • Small in comparison to a fabric store. Ha! 
  • I think my stash is small.   My husband thinks it's huge!


Another week on the Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long

I am having so much fun doing my weekly "homework" on my first Irish Chain quilt.
Melissa, at Happy Quilting,  has it all divided up into weekly work units. This is making the process of creating the blocks very enjoyable.

This week we worked on assembling the Appliqued Chain Block.

These orange peels will be machine appliqued onto the block next week.

 I was totally prepared for this fusible applique' step, after working on applique' all last year when Amanda, The Patchsmith, and I made our Patchque' blocks!

Spreading out some of the blocks.... to get a feel of what my quilt will look like!

Of course, I wouldn't be as far along, if I didn't have my faithful little helper working on the job right beside me!
Whiskers helped me lay out my Modern Patchwork Blocks from last week.

"Oops... wait a second while I get this little thread off of my face...."

' Yes, these  will be "nappable" '  upon the quilt's completion

I am adding my  assembled blocks to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and  posting  it on social media with using #irishchaintwistqal.  Hop on over to see all of the gorgeous fabrics!!

I can hardly wait for Thursday to come, for the next set of instructions in our Quilt-A-Long!
Don't you love it when you are working on a project that you just can't wait to work on!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Irish Chain Twist QAL @ Happy Quilting

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Last Day of the Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop

Day 7 of the Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop !

       Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop
March 8 

Welcome to my first Blog Hop on Susie's Sunroom!

I invited six "super star" quilters to make a pillow  "any way you like" from  one pattern-   
     the Simply Striped Accent Pillow Pattern   { available on my Craftsy here}!

Each day of the hop we have shared another pillow.
I also have a giveaway to share with you at the end of the post!

So let me introduce our last guest blogger!!
She is Amy,  modern quilter and designer, from  Amy Made That !  blog...

Meet Amy  @ Amy Made That!  blog

From Amy~

New babies are such a joy!
When one of my friends becomes
a new mommy or grandma,
I love to make something special
for the baby's room.

For baby Trey,
I used some of the blue fabrics from
Riley Blake's Fly Aweigh collection.

The nursery has a nautical theme,
so the flags and ships caught my eye.

I chose a navy gingham for my background fabric.

I love pillows for decorating the nursery,
was just the right choice for my baby gift!

If you look at the pattern,
the first thing you will notice is that the cover photo
shows a smart vertical stripe of contrast fabric.
I love that...but I couldn't choose just one fabric
when there were so many fun beachy prints!
That's why I made my pillow with a pieced stripe.

Problem solved!

Susie's pattern features an easy envelope backing.
Well...I took some artistic liberties and made my pillow reversible.
For the flip side, I used a horizontal stripe.
I just followed the instructions for the making the pillow front,
but I changed the direction of the prints.

{Notice that I didn't have to match any seams on the edges.}

I put a zipper along the bottom edge of the pillow,
so I wouldn't have to interrupt the designs.
This pillow cover can now be easily removed for cleaning.
It's a really pudgy pillow, though...
so squeezing the pillow form back inside takes a bit of coaxing.

This little pillow was so much fun to make.
The instructions are clear and easy,
and I had a sweet little finish in no time!

Simply Striped Accent Pillows are fun for any room,
but especially nurseries.
Thanks, Susie, for helping me to create
a sweet baby gift for another sweet baby!

How fun to make the pillow back as beautiful as the front!!  I love that zipper  in the side seam!!  Amy has a magical touch of combining her  fabrics to make this an elegant nursery gift!!   

The schedule of bloggers, in case you have missed a day ~

The Schedule-    here at Susie's Sunroom  :      
March 2   Elaine    Summercrafter       

March 3   Susie  Susie's Sunroom      

March 4   Geta      Geta's Quilting Studio     

March 5   Sheri   Sunshine in the Attic         

March 6   Lara    BuzzinBumble          

March 7   Amanda    The Patchsmith   

March 8   Amy  Amy Made That!   

And don' t forget to go to the first day of the blog hop , and sign up there for
               ~it   will remain  open until Friday, March 13 , 2015  12:00 pm  EST 
                       click here  to enter

Thanks so much for stopping by during the blog hop!  Let me know if you make yourself a Simply Striped Accent Pillow!

And a huge thank you to all of  the guest bloggers who took the time to participate in the blog hop!  Aren't their pillows just gorgeous and so unique!!  

Thank you for all of your lovely comments on the blog posts, too!  It has been a pleasure getting to say hi.

1. The pattern              2. Summercrafter                       3.  Susie's Sunroom             4   Geta's Quilting Studio
5,  Sunshine In The Attic         6.  BuzzinBumble                       7.   The Patchsmith                   8.   Amy Made That!     

Remember , if you make your own Simply Striped Accent Pillow, I'd love to see it!
I'm off to my sewing room!