Quilted Sewing Room Banner

>> Friday, August 16, 2019

Finally! I have thought about making myself a banner for my sewing space for a long time. And once I got the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to review, I set some big quilting goals for myself that I ended up not quite chasing as full time work and hesitation filled up a majority of my quilting time.

quilted rainbow sewing room banner

But now I've done it and I'm really happy with it!

PFAFF quilt expression 720 free motion quilting samples

I made one for my posts over at QUILTsocial this past week and I even did some free motion quilting! Of course, I used Pat Sloan's machine quilting book to help me too :)

User Friendly free motion quilting with PFAFF quilt expression 720

quilted banner sections rainbow free motion quilting samples

The quilt expression 720 is completely set up to help even a novice like me get the hang of free motion quilting - but it also lets me pretend by having built in stippling stitches. 

Free motion the easy way with the PFAFF quilt expression 720

You can check out all of my posts that will lead you through the steps to make your own banner.

PFAFF quilt expression 720 quilted project quilted banner

Make a Quilted Banner for your sewing space

I even found another seven letter word that would work - TWINKLE!

I think QUILTERs like seven letter words ;)

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Summer Sewing Scene

>> Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I guess this is more of a review post than I'd planned! Suddenly it's the middle of August! The temperatures have cooled a bit this week so I am doing more writing than I have been. It's our first summer in our new house with a pool! But I have been quilting too.

quilted tote bag

Before school was out I finished making this quilted tote bag. It's large enough to take to sew days or pack a quilt in for show and tell at quilt guild, but also to take to quilt shows and hide your new goodies inside of it! The free pattern is hosted over at QUILTsocial and features the wonderful PFAFF quilt expression 720. You can check out the posts to see all of the fun quilty stitches I used that are built into this machine. 

Quilted Tote Bag

outdoor inground pool view

And this is the view I'm tempted with when I'm sewing! It has been a very warm summer here (up until this week) and I have been enjoying doing a bit of quilting then spending time soaking up the sun and swimming. I feel like a kid again! What a wonderful thing we did picking this house :)

I've even tried growing geraniums for the first time. I think they get too much sun here though and would probably like to be somewhere a bit cooler. But, I still have blooms! I might try another type of flower here next year.

My latest project for QUILTsocial is very colorful and something that I've put off making for myself for too long. No longer! Take a peek at this week's posts and I'll share more photos here again soon.

I'm pleased to let you know that Benita invited me to join her Quilters Meet and Greet that happens on September 3rd. Come back here to read more about me and find links to several other quilters participating. There is a big prize too! Benita is the quilter behind Victoriana Quilt Designs, a membership site with quilt patterns and resources. You can also read her blog, Benita Skinner's Creative Space.

I think we're almost caught up now! I'll share some quilt progress in my next post after I finish some binding and a cup of coffee pool side :)

Hope you are enjoying summer too!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Patchwork Scraps and Umbrella Block Pillow Cushion Cover

>> Friday, April 19, 2019

pieced umbrella block quilted cushion cover

It's time for April showers! And my turn again at QUILTsocial.com. I designed this fun pieced umbrella block to welcome the season that melts the snow where I live.

Celebrating Spring with a cheery quilted umbrella cushion

patchwork scrap cushion cover PFAFF quilt expression 720

I got to use the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to create my project - my favourite PFAFF yet! 
For this cushion I decided to design one side using scraps from my stash to create a double four patch set of blocks with no repeating fabrics. Of course you could make it more controlled scrappy, but the challenge to reduce the stash is an ongoing one. With Earth Day next week I thought it would be a fun way to remind quilters that most of us already have enough fabric. What?!

Or, maybe this message is more encouraging:

Use up your stash so you can build a new one!

 Honoring Earth Day: use your stash to make a quilted patchwork cushion

harp space LED light PFAFF quilt expression 720

I used the built in Patchwork Program to make quick work of sewing all the patchwork squares together. You can see it at work in this post.

handlook stitches PFAFF quilt expression 720

When it came time to quilt the patchwork side of the cushion, I used different decorative stitches along the seams. 

scrappy four patch blocks quilted cushion cover

And I used a zipper to close the cushion this time. Of course I found a yellow one in my stash!

Quilted umbrella cushion cover

When I took my cushion cover outside to find a good place for a photo, I discovered that I have daffodils coming up in my front garden bed. This is my first Spring in our new house and I'm delighted to be finally living on the Sunny Side of the Street! Bring on the bulbs!

Embrace the season of change and find some time to quilt JOY into it:)

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Monterey Medallion progress at the end of March

>> Saturday, April 6, 2019

I have been doing a pretty good job of keeping up with this guild project; it's the Monterey Medallion by Atkinson Designs.

monterey medallion quilt by atkinson designs

I made a decision to change to the twin size of this quilt. Realistically, I was falling behind on completing all of the floating stars and when my daughter was home over Christmas she said she really liked the colours. So - change of plans! I'm turning this into a quilt for her and now it doesn't have to be a queen size quilt.

Since then I worked on completing all of the wood pile blocks. I'm really pleased still that I chose the bright turquoise for the contrast fabric. 

All that's left now is to make all of the Jacob's ladder blocks. The four patches were the first step many months ago; I'm working on making all of the hst blocks for them. Hoping that before Easter I will have all of the blocks complete!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


A Wordy Scrap Vortex

>> Monday, March 25, 2019

This quilt is an ongoing labour of love. I started it as a scrap vortex quilt several years ago and promised myself last year that I would work on it again. But for whatever reason, I didn't.

Believe it or not I started this quilt in 2016! Here's a link to that post.

This year I told myself that I would work on it during the month of February. I have been trying to focus on one work in progress a month. The hope is that if I give a project a month  of my attention I should come close to completing it, but if not, at least move it forward and determine if it's something I still want to work on.

It took me until almost the end of February to finally give myself permission to play with this quilt again. Do you do that? Work on the things for everybody else before the project that is just for you?  I have heard artists refer to this kind of project as a 'passion' project - something that they want to make just because, just for them.

machine blanket stitch around letter

I realized as I played (finally!) that a lot of the mini quilts that I've created over the last few years kind of belong with this project. One spoke to me and wanted a word added to it.

machine stitched word on quilt


I found some of my other word mini quilts and think that they will all be joining this project too.

scrap vortex quilt

I took some photos of the layout that I came up with and then put the project away again. Maybe I will play with it a bit this summer; I know it will be ready for me when I decide to play again.

Do you have a passion project?

With Joy,

Sarah V

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