Monday, October 28, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival: When In Rome

For years, I have gushed over all the beautiful quilts shared during Blogger's Quilt Festival, but I've never participated myself.  This year I thought that should change. 

When I thought about the quilts I've made and worked on in the last year, I couldn't help but choose "When in Rome" as my festival quilt.  This quilt is important to me because it's the first pattern I've ever written.  It is a testament to a lot of hard work and dedication.   This quilt sleeps with me every night, and I have been tempted to make it a few more times because it works so well with so many fabric lines.

Stop on by the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and check out the other beautiful quilts on display.  You won't be sorry!  Click HERE to head to the festival!
The Quilted Mitten

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Even Lovers Need a Holiday.

Don't worry, my boyfriend and I are doing great. The title to this post is in regards to a quilt that I need a break from.

Remember this post?  Well, I HAVE been working on the postcard quilt, and slow progress is being made.  However, I can't tell you how many times I've had to tear out and re-do parts.  Part of my problem is that I converted the template cutting to rotary cutting, and that left me with a lot of bias edges.  I thought I had fixed the problem, but as I started to move forward, I am ending up with wavy edges again. 

For the time being it has been put on the shelf.  Not for long I hope, but I needed a break. 
I needed something easy, and mindless, and happy to work on for a quick minute.

Since it is Autumn (my favorite time of year), I thought it was high time I made another quilt to decorate my home this time of year.  I decided to make a jumbo bowtie quilt (tutorial here by Katy Jones) with some fat quarters from my stash, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

 The background was a great purple and black print from the late 90s that my grandmother gave me.  I love using up large pieces of fabric.  It makes me feel like I've accomplished something.  PLUS, I didn't have to buy any fabric for the front OR the back on this one, so I'm feeling great about using what I already have.  The colors in these pictures aren't quite right.  The oranges are much deeper, and that one green polka dot is not nearly that yellow in person.
We got some light snow last night, and I'm having mixed feelings about it.  I am looking forward to snuggling in quilts when the weather is cold.  I'm also looking forward to Christmas and hot chocolate.  I'm not sure I'm ready for winter yet though!   Last year was a long winter, and I'd be happy for our indian summer to last a little longer.

 I hope everyone has a great week!  I have more projects in the works already that I'm getting excited to share! :)
The Quilted Mitten

Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekend Pattern Sale!

Hey everyone!  Just wanted to let you know that I am running a sale on "When in Rome"!  You can download the PDF pattern for just $4.00 this weekend!

Get yours HERE

Sale ends Sunday at Midnight EST.  Have a great weekend everyone!!!

The Quilted Mitten

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WIP List Update!

Well it has been a few months since I have taken a good look at my WIP list, so here goes.

Projects that are being pieced:Civil War Sampler (still needs it's last border)

Classic Strippy Quilt

Kaffe Fassett Postcard Quilt (A LOT of progress has been made on this, but we need some time apart)

Scrappy Friendship Braid

Giant Granny Panties

Autumn Bowtie Quilt

Tops awaiting quilting:
Civil War 16 Patch

1974 Quilt

Meadowsweet 2 Quilt

Amy Butler Picnic Quilt

Happy Hour Quilts (x2) (Hanging in the store)

Patches and Pinwheels (scrappy)

Stack and Whack (Parrots)

Vintage Floral Quilt

Make it You! Log Cabin

Batik Scrap Quilt

Deer Valley Girls Best Friend

Sparkle Quilt-Along

Christmas Wall Hanging


DS Quilts: Pick-a-Nick Basket

Scrappy Trip Around the World

Neptune Swoon

Projects that I have not started (but have the fabric):

Parisville quilt (still not sure what pattern)

Solid flying geese

Bella Medallion Quilt

Grinchmas Quilt

Finished Quilts:

Garden Party Shadowbox

Total Projects: 27

I have been getting a little bit more sewing done lately, which has been nice, but I've also been spending as much time outside as I can

Last weekend, Russ and I went to the Apple Orchard/Pumpkin Patch with his nieces.  We had a great time, and even though the weather was unseasonably warm, it still felt like fall.  Here are some photos from the farm.  Aren't the chickens cute?

We had a great time, and I'm sure it won't be the last time we visit!  I hope everyone is enjoying the autumn weather!

The Quilted Mitten