For the past several months I've referenced a few secret projects I've been working on. I'm excited to share one of them with you now! Meet In Good Company, my very first tutorial for the Moda Bake Shop! (EDIT: If you're looking for the Cutting Diagrams, you will find them on the Tutorials page.)
IGC is my take on a traditional friendship star quilt. It was a lot of fun playing with scale and alternate grid work. I used Natalia & Kathleen's upcoming Thrive collection. I am crazy about the limited, modern palette and the linear designs in the prints. I'm so happy I have leftover fabric, because I'm going to need to make another quilt and possibly some pillows with the panel that comes with the FQ bundle. Thrive ships in October. (However a quick internet search confirmed it is available for pre-order at Fat Quarter Shop.)
I was very lucky that my annual trip to Michigan fell at just the right time to get some beautiful shots of the quilt with Lake Michigan as a backdrop. My photography skills are a work in progress so I was grateful to have the beautiful blue waters of one of the Great Lakes in the background.
If you have a few minutes, I'd love it if you'd check out the tutorial over at the Bake Shop.
Moving on to last week's to-do list...
I was 99% unsuccessful. I have a good reason though: our A/C has been out for a week! In August. In Tennessee. Being upstairs, where my sewing room is, has been unbearable. We've even been sleeping in the living room! The new unit is supposed to be installed today or tomorrow. Needless to say, we are all a bit grumpy at Casa de Elliott.
The only thing I accomplished was contacting clients about outstanding commissions. So this week's list is a lot like last week's list:
1️⃣ Whip up a personalized label for a recently sold quilt
2️⃣ Ship that quilt 👆
3️⃣ Work on new project
4️⃣ Make a few blocks for our Friedlander bed quilt
5️⃣ Try very, very hard to ignore the pretty stacks of Chroma and Tattooed taunting me from their shelf!
6️⃣ Make Raspberry Kiss blocks for @CraftyCop's #blueRKblocks on Instagram.
Linking up with Christine
While out on my morning walk on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, I wandered into a crowd of people and realized it was Antiques on the Bluff today. I decided to take a look and see if there were any vintage quilts for sale.
I came across several, but none that really caught my eye. I was about to break off from the crowd and head down the steps to the beach when I realized there were a few more booths by the fountain. I'm so glad I decided to check them out because I found an amazing quilt top!
Last week was a success! I love it when I complete all the items on my list. (Let's ignore the fact that their were only 2.)
Last week I reorganized my to-do list for the rest of July due to a secret project that I will share later this summer. Long story short, I was originally scheduled to complete this project in June, but it got pushed back. Not a big deal, although the next several days will be jam packed since I need to complete this project before I leave for Michigan a week from tomorrow..
Even with restructuring my list, I was able to get a few items from last week completed:
Last week I completed 4 of the 5 items on my list:
Happy Independence Day, Y'all!
I've been reasonably productive lately:
This spring I've been struggling to get in as much sewing time as I'd like. Between my travel plans and other commitments, it's been difficult to get things done. Luckily, I'll be in town for the next month and have cleared my calendar as much as possible in an attempt to finish some things.
I did finish something. I finally got the ombre triangle quilt top done. (Don't look too closely, some of the points aren't exactly what I'd call perfect!) Now I just need to decide on backing and binding fabrics. I don't have anything on hand that I really WANT to use; I do have a couple of things that would work, but I'm kind of blah about them. Since I need to catch up on commissioned work, I think I'll hold off on that. Maybe something will catch my eye on the sale pages. Otherwise, it's that Windham wide back text print with all the color names.
FIFTY YEARS! Can you even imagine? Not having gotten married until the age of 36, and being married less than eight years myself, I can barely imagine a 20th anniversary, let alone a 50th. It's definitely a milestone worth celebrating, So when my sister reached out about having a quilt made for her in-laws big day, I was thrilled!
.We had a blast in Atlanta visiting with my parents and going to see the Braves - even though they lost...and lost badly at that. SunTrust Park, the new stadium, is amazing and I honestly don't think there's a bad seat in the house. We had spectacular seats, thanks to my brother, and the weather was perfect. We ended the trip with a delicious meal at Camp's Kitchen & Bar where I had what was quite possibly the best grilled cheese sandwich ever.
Since I was out of town for a few days, I didn't get as much quilty stuff done as I'd hoped.
Before I get to my list, I wanted to share the details of the Knoxville MQG's upcoming quilt show: