Monday, September 15, 2014

A French Courtyard Patchwork of the Crosses Quilt

My new Patchwork of the Crosses quilt fabric!
This fabric line is 

These are my birthday gift fabrics.
Red, buttery yellow, gray and off white ...
the colors are personal favorites.
They are so pretty! 
The colors are more vibrant than the photos taken here on my gray day 
in the northeast or the ones on the website may show. 

Plans are to make a 

I have made a cutout cardstock viewer to help me determine how to best fussy cut these fabrics for the honeycomb shape.

I learned this "view before you cut" technique from my expert 
Lucy Boston block friend,

I am putting together a few block kits today to pack with me to sew on my upcoming trip to visit my daughter and grand-darling.

It will take me a long time to hand piece this quilt.

I am happy I have these beautiful fabrics to keep me inspired to keep sewing.

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stitchin' Sisters Round Robin Update

This is my beautiful RR in the making!

Gina added this wonderful border last month 
and I am just getting to posting this in our

I love this border!

It is the perfect border at the perfect time.

Gina has a knack for this.

In the RR that I am working on Gina added the middle border
of our five rounds and hers is the defining border in the RR.
It provides the focus and turning point in the rounds.
building on the past and turning outward to the last rounds.

In my RR Gina's task was to frame the center 
and prepare the way for the final border.

I think her border is just what my RR needed.

I love sawtooth borders.
 The subtle choice in the paisley and background fabrics 
really lightens this quilt in the making.
It compliments the scrappy snowballs in the previous border 
and points outward to the last frame.

I am really looking forward to this beauty coming home after
my stitchin' sister Annette adds her final border magic.

The last border is always a surprise package
for the owner of the RR.

No pictures are posted until the RR makes it way home.

The excitement is building!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

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The gifts will be flying around the world!

If you have never signed up for one of these hops,
I can tell you that it is fun and easy.

The key is commitment ... 

commitment to joining in this heart-warming, world-wide quilting bee,

 commitment to trying something new,

commitment to being organized,

commitment to being present in the hop,

... and most of all ...

commitment to having FUN. 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Debbieann's Round Robin is Home!

Debbieann's Finished RR has arrived home!

The last border is these cute paisley kitties and corner hearts.

Cherie made 82 paisley kitties for this border.

Cherie and I were in "Quilty Cahoots."

I sent her some of the neutral green I used to frame my border to frame her kitties and our quilty muses agreed that the black would be a nice final outer frame for this quilt top and the last of the original paisley, enough so she was able to make four kitties for the centers or the sides.

Cherie actually started piecing these kitties in July 
while I had Debbieann's RR and was still thinking of what to add for a border 
so I planned a transition border.

I had originally thought to have orange paisley and a darker multicolored paisley
in my fan blades but felt that a more neutral and restful colors would better highlight the colorful kitties.

I was also in "Quilty Cahoots" with Annette who sewed the border before me.
When I could not decided on the right fabrics for my fan blades with what I had, Annette went fabric shopping for me and sent me a yard to the brown paisley that was in Debbieann's medallion and this worked well.

When I saw Annette's border, I thought "shooting stars" 
which was the inspiration for my border.

I love these stars "open up" the center squares of this medallion ...

Gina used the same orange as the border before hers and some of the paisley from the center block for her heart warming border.

Tricia added the first border to Debbieann's Medallion and introduced the orange as the pop color for this Round Robin.
Orange was a the perfect choice to compliment 
the mossy greens and browns in the center medallion.

Now this Round Robin has traveled full circle.
 From Canada to the upper midwest to the deserts of Nevada across the the country and up the east coast and home to Ontario, this quilt top in the making has had a fabulous trip and found some companions along the way.

Cherie made one more kitty for the back ...

This is "Emma" 

who is a friend of "TC"

whom Annette made for the back of this quilt.

Debbiann is having this RR custom quilted by her long arm quilter.

Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!

Enjoy your quilt, Debbieann, 
with love and hugs all around
from your Stitchin' Sisters!

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3