Friday, May 1, 2015

Quilty Fun

Lately I have really felt the need for some fun, easy sewing in happy colors. Is it the change of seasons, all the life stuff happening or something else? Who knows but my new project certainly fits the bill. My SIL have decided to both make our own version of Quilty Fun by Lori Holt. This was a popular Quilt Along a few years ago that was turned into a book. I decided to use colors and fabrics much like the original quilt because they are both happy and I had them in my stash already pulled for another project that never got started. Well, most of them. Seems I am quite short on bright reds as I seem to use more orange in my bright quilts so a quick trip to my LQS and I came home with a couple of pieces of red to add to the stash. Good job I went when I did as the next day the air conditioning in my upstairs sewing room failed and we discovered that the whole unit needs to be replaced and now I am on a no fabric buying diet for several months! After a few sewing sessions here is where I am so far. First up, four patches and butterflies.

Next, the chubby chevrons and apples.

And here are the flying geese and coffee cups.

And finally all of them together. It is just so fun pulling these bright happy fabrics together. The color combination is a bit of a change for me and I am liking the red much more than I expected.

So sorry about the picture quality. It is difficult taking photos in my cramped sewing space. My design wall is filled with a special project that my DIL is working on for her brother's wedding. With 2 small children and limited space at her house the project has moved here. We are working marathon late night sewing sessions getting it put together. She sews while I run the bits back and forth from the design wall and keep everything organized. It is looking good and last night we passed the 1/2 way mark.

The lower level studio is ready for the big move to begin but first I need to make and install a large design wall and DH needs to set up the longarm. I am looking forward to finally being set up in one place but oh how I dread another move, even if it is only down 2 flights of stairs!

 

12 comments:

Cathy said...

Love watching your progress. Two great quilts. Hugs

Oops-Lah said...

How lovely are those bright and cheerful colours. It'll make a wonderful quilt. And what a wonderful MIL you are helping your DIL to make a quilt.

Janet said...

Beautiful!! I especially love the row of apples :0)

Kyle said...

Im with you. Change is good. Your colors are bright and happy and the pattern pieces look easy enough. Have a good time. That's what it's all about.

audrey said...

What a great quilt project. The colors are definitely fun.:)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

That is going to make a wonderful gift--awesome! I love your version of Lori's row quilt--very fun and the colors look great. I hope you make it through the fabric diet!!

Brandie said...

I love the brights you are using. It's sew cute!
Your DIL is making a gorgeous gift!

Judy Dietrich said...

I have rediscovered brights lately. I have worked with civil war fabrics for awhile---I was not a fan of the darker colors in the beginning........but, I dove in and love them now!! My first collection of fabrics was Aunt Grace. I love the bright & happy colors. Your row quilt is sew cute!! So happy your daughter-in-law is sewing with you. What a gorgeous quilt design and fabric choices!! She is going to give this away??? She is a true quilter then. I am moving things around in my quilt room & the stairs are starting to wear me out. There are good things though---I am getting organized correctly (at least until next week) and I sleep better when exhausted!! Happy sewing.

Barb said...

I love the apple row too! what fun this project is - enjoy

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love your bright happy quilt! It's so fun to see those sweet blocks done in rows. Your DILs quilt is looking wonderful too. She's lucky to have such a great helper, it would really make the assembly go a lot faster.

Bren + Lucy said...

Loving your pictures and the simple yet effective way you have put your story across - you're an inspiration and I am following your journey - awesome work!

Bizarre Quilter said...

Oh! How fun! I love it!