Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trunk Show

Trunk Full of Quilts Online

Share your Trunk Treasures at Whims and Fancies !
Would you  like to see favorite projects that other quilters want to "pull out of their trunk" and share ? 
If so, then hop on over to Soma's blog,  Whims and Fancies  (Nov 10-18 ) and see what everyone is pulling out to share !!  I just know it will be inspiring and creative and fun!  
And, if you are blogger, you can write up your own post  ( details here  ) and pull out a few things from your own trunk!  Soma has even arranged for sponsors for the blog hop, who are donating some awesome  prizes for participation.

So here is what I pulled out of my Susie's Sunroom trunk!!
(I started out making bags and totes,  and they aren't "stored"  in my trunk.)

I found this on the very  bottom of my trunk.  It's from "way back" in 2009  :  (My roots aren't very deep yet! LOL)

My first official quilt that I made:  The Scruffily Quilt   A Moda Bakeshop Pattern  {here}

My first quilt.... The Scruffily       Susie's Sunroom  

This quick and easy pattern used a Layer Cake, a Jelly Roll and a Charm Pack of fabrics.  I chose Moda's Glace (by 3 Sisters)  fabric, and still LOVE these fabrics.  The smaller squares on top of the 10 inch blocks were just sewed on top, leaving raw edges.  Hence the name "scruffily." 

Uhhmmm... Don't look too closely at where the blocks join up.... (remember it was my first quilt!  I hadn't figured out how to line up  and pin the blocks as you sew them together, yet!)

Oops!   I did get the scruffily part right!!

Well, anyway,  I was happy to see that I made a  quilt label for the back!

Yay for a quilt label!

I still have scraps left from this  quilt.  {Happy Dance !}  Now I can make a pillow to go with my quilt , pull the  quilt out at Thanksgiving time , and USE it this year!  Despite this quilt's imperfections and simplicity, it is still very dear to my heart.

What's next in my trunk?

The Scottie Dog Mug Rug-      2012                  pattern by The Patchsmith

Scottie Dog Mug Rug     Christmastime version by Susie's Sunroom

I fell in love with making small, fun  and heartfelt patterns, using Amanda, The Patchsmith's patterns!!  The Patchwork patterns actually taught me how to use fusible applique technique and create patchwork ! 

I gave this mug rug to my mother.  She pulls it out every Christmas season now.  It is still one of my favorite designs!!  I have since made MANY mug rugs with The Patchsmith patterns!!

Excuse me while I lift my cat out of the trunk.... she 's snoring away on top of  my pile of quilts!

So what is on the top of the trunk?    This  Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt.   I finished it up last week.  You can read about it {here}.   
          Design from book " Farm Girl Vintage"   by Lori Holt

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt  

 The 48 blocks on the front were sewn with the fun Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along.  What fun I had making the blocks and seeing everyone else's blocks!  

Note:  I  guess I have come a long way from sewing 10 inch squares together.... to making 106 Flying Geese in a border!

I wanted to use more patterns from the book , for  on the back of my quilt.   I made four barns with four animals in the barns.    I also got brave enough to free motion quilt the outer border, to add some texture and crinkles!  (I just noticed  the "scruff" and "crinkle" affinities that I have !)

The back of my Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt  Susie's Sunroom

I used another  adorable  The Patchsmith pattern for this Daisy cow in the barn!  I also used this pink gingham material for the back and binding... it was in my stash since about 2010!  And of course, I made a little label for the quilt.

I invite you to go over to Whims and Fancies blog to see what is in other quilter's trunks!

Look over Soma's blog posts and her pattern shop while you are there! She is so talented and interesting!  I think I  first learned about  Soma by  seeing her  amazing paper pieced patterns.  She was in the line-up of  designers in the  Garden Party  blog hop  , back in 2012.  Before long I was hooked on her blog, and in admiration of all of her  widely varied talents and  interests in the arts and sciences.  It didn't take me long to realize that Soma creates from her heart! 
I made this mini wallhanging, "fREADom"  , designed by Soma in July 2015: { blog here }

fREADom  Bookshelf   Mini      Susie's Sunroom version

See you over at Whims and Fancies!!  And , Thanks for stopping by here!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

PS   Voting  is open from now until Nov 17 ,  at Sew Fresh Quilts,  for your  Dog Gone Cute  post favorites...

My "The Naughty Little Puppy baby quilt " version... 
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    I'd sure appreciate any votes cast my way!!


Linking up at:          Trunk Full of Quilts  @ Whims and Fancies    and
                                Dog Gone Cute @ Sew Fresh Quilts    and

Sunday, November 8, 2015

My Finished Farm Girl Vintage Quilt

Finishing My Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt!

Farm Girl Sampler Quilt   made by Susie's Sunroom

At Bee In My Bonnet Blog

Yippeee!  I finished sewing my  Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt this past week!

What are the ingredients for making this fun quilt ...and having a marvelous time  sewing , learning and improving my techniques ?

The Book:  Farm Girl Vintage   by Lori Holt   at  Bee In My Bonnet blog


****   This book is excellent... with exceptional directions and diagrams !        I highly                                      recommend it!****                Thank you, Amy!!

                     My Fabric:    

Fat Quarter bundles of 30's Playtime Favorites  and Aunt Graces's Classics

Kona Cotton   Snow  -  background
Line Dried  Flowery Check in Shamrock for outer border
Back and Binding-  Canopy  Rose  by Timeless Treasures  "the pink/rose checks"Happy Go Lucky    Bonnie and Camille   Moda
Aunt Grace Classics    Judie Rothermel  
Aunt Grace Christmas  Judie Rothermel  
Hannah Bella   by Robyn Pandolph  SSI
DS Quilts Collections    Denyse Schmidt
Lazy Daisy Baskets Small    Darlene Zimmerman  Robert Kaufman
Paula Barnes  Marcus Fabrics
Mirabelle  Fig Tree & Co.    Moda    charm packGinghams  from my stash

   Stash  ***   anything that reminds me of 1930's fabrics, small flowery prints, or  make- me- happy prints!   ( I am not excluding anything that makes me smile!)  And I am "finding" charm packs I have hoarded  lovingly stored away!
Batting-  Warm and Natural

Happy Note:  The binding and backing gingham fabrics are a "SCORE !" for me....
Shortly after I learned to sew bags and totes, I went to a fabric store and found a great deal... I bought a whole bolt of this rose colored Timeless Treasures gingham.  I didn't realize how much fabric 11 yards is!!!!  I have looked at that bolt for years and years ... and finally found a good way to use a lot of it!!

How to do it:

 Read the book,   Sew two blocks a week, and look at everyone's beautiful and creative blocks on  Instagram!  #FarmGirlFridays    Measure carefully,  cut wisely and mix up all the fabrics!!

The Result:

Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt   by  Susie's Sunroom
a 59 " x 73 1/2 " quilt

Quilt Stats:          Size  59 " wide  by 73 1/2 " tall
                          Flying Geese:   102 in the border
                          48 blocks at 6 " square size
                          Thread:  Aurifil # 2026    Cream
                          Quilting:  FMQ in the outer border
      I used a basic leaf and stem design in the wide outer border,  for texture
      I used a large zig zag stitch for quilting in the sashes around all of the blocks and the flying geese borders  ( using my walking foot)

And here is the Back of my quilt:

The Backside of my Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt
These barns are also in the book!!

I decided to make the back "another mini quilt" from more of the Vintage Farm Girl patterns!
I made two each of the larger (14 inch) barn blocks... Silo Barn and Quilty Barn,  and added animals to each barn (6 inch size).    I just love this design!  The 9 patches were so fun to make for the borders.

** Animal block notes:   The Pig is a newer design, not in the book, but avail at the Fat Quarter Shop  {here}
                                   This  patchwork cow is designed by The Patchsmith, and is avail at The Patchsmith Pattern Shop  {here}

How fun to use black gingham in this sashing!!  (on the back)

I also made a British Union Jack block...   and put that on the front of the quilt.  (It is another The Patchsmith design. )

 Union Jack block by The Patchsmith   available {here }

"Hey Mom!  I found a thread here!"  

I got a great tip from my friend, Geta, from Geta's Quilting Studio {here}:
Use washable magic markers to mark the design for your FMQ.  (Test it first!!)
This gave me some more confidence to try to do the free motion quilting in the outer borders.

You can see the FMQ  Leaf and Stems on the border.  And the zig zag stitches
 in the sashings

I am lucky to have the room  to put a few tables, plus my ironing board, together to create a larger surface to keep my quilt level while sewing.  This is how it looked:

After washing the quilt  ...  it left a nice crinkly texture to the border !  I thought this design would fit in nicely with a Farm  themed quilt!

The borders were FMQ with a leaf and stem pattern

I'll close with more photos of the quilt.


 Lori Holt has already created a Barn Cat to add to the farm.  You know I'll want to make that!  

" There must be a cat SOMEWHERE in this quilt...." 

I will miss making the weekly blocks from this Sew Along.  And,  I will definitely make more projects from this book! 
That's what I call a successful project!

Linking up at:       Can I Get A Whoop Whoop!  @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict    and
                         And Sew We Craft Together  @ And Sew We Craft      and
                           Fabric Frenzy Friday  @  Fort Worth Fabric Studio    and
                          Sew Darn Crafty  @  Sew Many Ways    and  

I'm off to my sewing room!