Rose of My Heart - a Finished Quilt

  Okay, let's just start by acknowledging that my sister has been married for nearly four years. And this is my wedding gift to her. And you know what? It's not entirely my fault! I didn't get all the blocks until, um, last fall? So it's late. Very late.

Like, "she has a toddler" late. {But isn't he freaking adorable? My kids won't ham it up for the camera like that!}

So anyway. The wedding quilt. Obviously her colors were grey and purple.

Way back before the wedding, I used painters tape to stick the squares to card stock, leaving myself a wide seam allowance that no one could write in.

{Photo courtesy of Jessie Mary Photography}

Most people signed it nicely...and some kids drew jets in formation. {Wait, that was one of mine.}

Some fun sketches, lots of phones out to find the best "love" quote. {Yeah, First Corinthians is in there more than once.} And then, well...the squares were supposed to be out before the cocktail hour. And the open bar. But they weren't, so there were a few squares edited {like my cousins' Mike and Sue's purple block on the top right} and a few squares removed.

Sadly, one of those might have been mine, when my less-than-sober-cousins and I decided to give them some future baby name suggestions. Though to be fair, who wouldn't have a few {extra} cocktails after trying to supervise the Army guys' squares?

The monogram is my favorite part. It's my bridesmaid dress! I figured if I had to pay $150 for a dress I'll only wear once, I can do whatever I damn well feel like with it afterwards! And by that, I mean, I respectfully cut a portion of the lining, then hemmed it neatly before donating it.

The backing is a fantastic flannel from Maywood, the binding is On Plumberry Lane. And everything on the front is Kona. Violet, orchid, thistle, crocus, pansy, petunia, morning glory, and wisteria - a lovely garden! And silver, shale, pewter, graphite, fog, ash, coal, iron, shadow, slate, smoke, and steel...a lot of metal?

Oh, and the quilting is light purple loops and hearts.

The name is from their first dance, a Johnny Cash song. I've managed to refrain from making a rose/rows of my heart pun this entire blog post. You're welcome.

It was really an honor to put this together for my sister and brother-in-law. {And nephew.} But I'm not adding wedding quilts to my repertoire...unless there's no alcohol involved. Those Army guys scarred me for life with what they wanted to draw.


See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayMonday MakingMain Crush MondayScraptastic TuesdayOh Scrap!Finished or Not FridayShow Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along{list}

BOMs Away - Not Quite Eternal Bloom

  Good thing Lyn has a bunch of BOM work done this week, because I've got nothing.

My sister and nephew are visiting, and I managed to cut out some of my Eternal Bloom, with plans to catch a few moments here and there to piece it. But yeah, that just didn't happen.

My nephew did rearrange everything for me, though. That was helpful!

So how did you do? Was it an off week like me, or did you get some blocks done like Lyn? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

Hope Is the Thing With Feathers - a Finished T-Shirt Quilt

  An Emily Dickinson quote for an Emily quilt! My friend Emily is someone I met at church when I was in college and she was in high school. She then went to my college, joined my sorority, and continued on in the United Methodist Church as an ordained minister. And when she moved to her new job in Northern Virginia last month, she found some old t-shirts she couldn't bear to downsize.

And that's my job, basically! She sent me the shirts, I worked out the design, and boom! Functional, pretty memories. Plus, I have a bin of old W&L shirts of my own that didn't go in my t-shirt quilt, so she borrowed two of those for this one. {I asked my husband if he was now glad that I saved them...he was not.}

That's an original Return of the Jedi shirt! And the Walk for Equality is from 1981! And yet we're still having Star Wars movies and Women's Marches... One of these things is less awesome than the other.

Guess what? Pulpit butt... It's my new favorite joke.

The border and backing are both flannels from Joann's. The binding is leftover from Lori's quilt, Kaffe Fassett shells. I love it when a leftover piece has all the right colors for a totally different quilt!

The quilting is subtle all-over loops and stars.

Such a soft, cozy quilt! Perfect for wrapping up her new baby. Yeah - the same week she moved, she had her third child. And here I am whining about my impending move with two kids and no newborn!

Quarter Three Goals

  We're halfway through the year! And coming up on my busiest quarter of the year...not for sewing, but for everything else.

Moving my website. Moving to Oklahoma. Buying a longarm! <---really, only one of those things excite me...

First up, I'm moving my website to Squarespace. After the Canadian drug debacle in February, I knew I was done with Wordpress and GoDaddy. Then last week, Photobucket eliminated third party hosting without a paid plan. {$400 a year. With no notice. So don't go looking too far back, I'm uploading pictures and fixing things as fast as I can.}

Squarespace does it all, in one place, and probably won't deny they're my host if I get cyberattacked. {Thanks, GoDaddy. That really helped.} My accounts expire in a couple weeks, so I'm starting the design process, and hopefully it will be a smooth transition. As you can see, it's going well so far. {I should just get my twelve year old to do it.}

The blog isn't the only thing I'm updating this summer. I'm using the time off to revamp my t-shirt quilt business and my organization style. Hopefully then I can go into my new sewing room with a solid plan on how to make things work. And also find room for a longarm. And also find a house with a sewing room. And also find a house.

Like this - probably switching it for a corkboard with index cards. Wipe off boards...smear. It did work well to see/check off all the projects I had going {look at all those t-shirt quilts checked off!} but CC was constantly removing things from my list with her giant fluffy tail.

Anyway, the count for so far this year is ten t-shirt quilts, nine regular quilts, and twelve minis or pillows. Which, well, considering I usually finish about 25 quilts a year, I'm doing pretty well. If we just ignore the fact that moving this month will put a cramp in my productivity.

In fact, I don't really have much on my Finish Along quarter three goal list. I know this looks like a lot, but I started writing down any finished tops while I packed them last week. Most of them don't have backings, so I noted measurements, and if we happen to stop at a quilt shop on the drive from Washington to Oklahoma, I'll focus my browsing on that. See? Organization!

I also have a lot of already-quilted table runners, so I'm pulling those out to put binding on the front. Then I'll have a nice stack of stitching for the 24+ hours in the car. And some finishes to carry me through the dry spell of unpacking!

So that should get me through the end of September, and by then I should be set up in an entirely new place. Hopefully all organized! And creatively inspired! Or just so tired of unpacking that I hide in the sewing room. Whatever works.

BOMs Away - Main Street Blues

  Oh, I've definitely got the Main Street blues. I pieced together a bunch of blocks months ago, and ran out of my greys. So I sent the scraps to my sister to pick some up {she has a local store that stocks every shade of Dimples!} And then I had to calculate how much more I needed.

And then I realized I'm not even halfway there on blocks. These are just 3" finished, after all! And four plus the grey makes just a 9" block! And you need a lot of 9" blocks to make a decent size quilt.

Sigh. So I got back to work and made five more blues, making sure to pick from the more recent scraps. {Since I started this in 2014, there's already "old" blues in it.}

So how about everyone else? Revitalizing an old {endless} BOM? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

See also: Monday MakingMain Crush MondayDesign Wall MondayMoving It Forward MondayScraptastic TuesdayLet’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersSew Some LoveRainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!