Monday, September 8, 2014

September, So Happy to See You


and
welcome to my stop in the hop.




Shari over at Living With Purpose has kept this blog hop organized and has been a great cheerleader.
Thank you Shari!

Thank you Madame Samm
at
for dreaming of this wonderful place 
where quilters can sew and show!



For this hop, participants are to show 3 projects from the summer with one of those projects using 
Riley Blake Designs gingham.


September is a special month here in the sticks.
DH and I were married in September and we both celebrate birthdays.
In fact, today is my duck whisperer's (hubby) birthday.



We haven't been able to get away all summer, so to celebrate September,
 we loaded my three projects for the hop
into the car and spent the weekend in Teller County, Colorado 
taking pictures, shopping, relaxing, sightseeing, and eating great food.
The apron, above, was a vintage find during our trip.

This is where most of the photos were shot for this hop.   A beautiful fishing lake surrounded with mountains and lots of hiking trails.

I warn you, this post is very picture heavy!
Sorry.  I just have been waiting all summer to hop.

But this hop is all about what I did over the summer.


I tackled an attic window quilt to start the summer.  I've always wanted to make one and there is a spot in our cabin that is perfect to hang this.



The pattern is my own, put together by looking at other attic window quilts on the Internet.
I had the duck panel (South Seas First Light Panel by Austin Jackson)
 and figured out how to cut out 2 inch strips without loosing too much of the duck scene.


I had this quilt finished in time to enter it in our local fair.
The judge liked it enough for a blue ribbon  and particularly liked the wood grain free motion quilting
I did on the outside border.  I smiled for a week.
If you click on the non polaroid pictures above, I think you will see the quilting better.


Some of the first craft projects I conquered in middle school and high school were counted cross stitch.  My mom still has a few of them.  
I started this project and enjoyed a little summer stitching out on the porch.


Once this little jar was stitched
it became part of a nested churn dash block.


And then the block became a sweet 16" pillow with RBD gingham.
I had just enough of a pre cut strip of RBD small yellow gingham to make the first churn dash block.


The second churn dash, backing, and binding are RBD medium gingham in aqua.
I cut the binding on the bias for a different look at gingham.

But, my super sweet cross stitch pillow isn't my RBD gingham project.
(well it is, but it isn't the main one..lol)


Molly is always there to assist me.  
She was right there to work on a bridal shower gift for "Mini Me."

Stop reading right here, Trista!!
(I want it to be a surprise)
*wink*


My daughter, Trista, is going to be married in October and there is a shower for her in 2 weeks.
This throw (60" x 72") will be part of a gift for her and I am finished ahead of time (for a change).


(That's Pikes Peak in the background)

I used 4 charm packs of RBD large gingham to make the blocks. 
Each charm was bordered with Kona white to form the blocks.
Setting the blocks on point was a first for me and I can't wait to try it again.
It makes the quilt look more complicated than it is. :)




It was about to rain in this picture.  The purple looks so much darker and the wind was whipping it around.
Trista loves purple, so I used Kona solid for the back.  The inside border is also Kona solid and I chose a green because her wedding colors are purple with a touch of green.


I made a swirly flower pattern in free motion for the quilting and a scalloped edge seemed right for this quilt.
Trista will love this.


The lake was so reflective of the mountains in this photo, I had to show it.

And there you have it, my summer in a nutshell AKA blog post.

But, wait, you should sign up for my giveaway before you leave.

This summer there was a huge shop hop.
The Row by Row Experience was a chance to get free patterns from local participating quilt shops.  Many of the shops carried the Fabric Plates from Zebra Patterns 
and 
as a thank you 
I have one to give away.


UPDATE:  giveaway is over.  
Linda is the winner
Blogger Linda said...
Carla, you outdid yourself! Everything you made is gorgeous! I love the idea of putting a panel behind the attic windows! Wow!
 Thank you, Linda.  You always have the best things to say and you blow me away with your talent.

To win this fabric license plate, just leave a comment.
ANYONE can win, although it does say QUILTING USA.

And

If you follow this blog,
as a thank you,
leave a second comment telling me you do.

Now, don't be a "no-reply" commenter.  ok?
You can't win if I can't e-mail you.
I will choose a random winner at the end of the blog hop.
That's September 16th.

Be sure to visit my hop mates today!
Leave them comments and make their day!

Monday, September 8



Thanks for visiting.
Happy Birthday, to my wonderful hubby.


















122 comments:

Judy B said...

What wonderful projects you did this summer! The quilt for your daughter is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Judy B said...

I follow via GFC and email!

Mary said...

Love the quilt you made. The pillow is so sweet. Great use of gingham.
I am a follower, too.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a fantastic way to do a photo shoot - a getaway!! Your photos are lovely and so are all your projects.

Anita said...

Totally lovely projects, and the cross stitch is just adorable!

Anita said...

I follow via GFC.

Nancy said...

Yep, I am a follower too! Carla these are gorgeous and a first for me seeing these different styles of Quilting~ Congrats on your Blue Ribbon, indeed a very deserving Quilt! Love your Mason Jar Cross Stitch, so relaxing to do~ Thanks for sharing your Summer Get away with us!! Happy Anniversary and Birthdays too!

Huggs, Nancy

Heleen Groot said...

Your projects look amazing! I love the quilt you made for your mini me, she is a lucky girl! Congratulations on your blue ribbon it was well deserved! Thank you for sharing!

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Both your window quilt and your gingham quilt are beautiful. Lovely projects all through summer. It is a spectacular area of Colorado, I love to see photos of other countries.

Britt-Inger said...

As usual it is a great pleasure to read your posts and admiring your beautiful projects. Your attic window quilt is awesome. I love your cute cross stitch pillow , but the jewel in your crown this time is the gingham quilt.
Thank you for sharing your creativity.
Hugs from Sweden

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Britt-Inger said...

Of course I am a follower

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your projects are all gorgeous! I'm not at all surprised you won the blue ribbon for the duck quilt, and I adore your gingham pieces!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Just lively!! I adore your gingham pillow and quilt...just stunning!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Just lively!! I adore your gingham pillow and quilt...just stunning!

Mdm Samm said...

beautiful treasures....each one as delightful as the next....cross stitch is still one of my fav things to do and in a pillow it is absolutely delightful...your gingham delights are just that..

KaHolly said...

Oooh, such lovelies! Gorgeous pics, too!

Jeanie said...

First off... Happy Bday to your DH and also to you.... and Happy Anniversary. Love your great projects but the cross stitch pillow is my favorite. I just love the colors you chose. Your daughter will love that throw... it's so fresh and happy, just like her marriage will be. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

Jeanie said...

And I'm a happy follower through GFC and Bloglovin. Thanks so much!

Dorian said...

What great projects. Your gingham quilt is just lovely. I'm sure your dd will love it.

Thearica said...

LOVE that gingham quilt! Love everything but especially that! You are always so creative!

Vickie said...

Carla the pictures of your wonderful treasures turned out beautiful ! I'm very impressed at your attic windows quilt, what a great idea ! Congratulations on your blue ribbon ! I bet the birthday duck whisperer loves that one. And I'm sure Trista stopped reading LOL !!! Her gift is beautiful and the scalloped edges are so feminine..you'll have to teach me how to do that. Love your x stitch pillow and the way you photographed it too ! Happy anniversary and happy birthday !

Shari said...

Love your projects Carla...the x-stitch pillow is so cute, beautiful quilts...happy birthday to your precious duck whisperer. Thanks for keeping me organized!!

Renea said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt. It is sew pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.

Scrapatches said...

Carla ... thanks for the great photo shoot and all the wonderful projects. I can't believe how much you can get done while getting your daughter ready for wedding! I love the counter cross stitch gingham pillow.

The gingham quilt for your daughter is sew lovely. The on point setting and the scalloped edge is simply perfect. I have been wanting to make a scalloped edge quilt for a long time and this one is sew inspiring.

Happy Birthday to you and your duck whisperer and happy anniversary to you both ... may you have many many more.

Thank you for sharing your summer ... :) Pat

Needled Mom said...

Your work is just gorgeous. I love the cross stitched pillow! The quilt is beautiful too.

The attic window quilt is deserving of that blue ribbon. It is wonderful.

Linda said...

Carla, you outdid yourself! Everything you made is gorgeous! I love the idea of putting a panel behind the attic windows! Wow!

Linda said...

Of course I follow you!

Scrapatches said...

Of course I am following your always blue ribbon blog ... congrats! :) Pat

Needled Mom said...

I'm a follower too.

Joyce Carter said...

Hi Carla. Your projects are so beautiful. I don't know which one I liked the most. Congratulations on getting the blue ribbon. Your quilt deserved it. And I just adore the pillow. Great job!

Joyce Carter said...

I am a follower.

evelyn said...

Great attic windows quilt, and cross stitch pillow. Your daughters wedding quilt just blows me away-it is beautiful.

The Slow Quilter said...

All of your project are great. You seem to have had a great summer. I also love your daughts quilt and yes, it does look hard.

The Slow Quilter said...

I am following you.

Lana said...

Your wedding quilt makes me want to join your family!!!! That is so pretty...you had a quite a wonderful summer indeed!!!

Lana said...

Your wedding quilt makes me want to join your family!!!! That is so pretty...you had a quite a wonderful summer indeed!!!

Carol said...

Looks like a fun outing to show off those projects and your photos are really beautiful projects...love them all! The counted cross stitch is gorgeous and so is your daughter's quilt.

Carol said...

I follow you, of course!

Lovelli Quilts said...

I love your gingham quilt! It is a beauty, in particular I like the on point setting and the proportion of gingham to white. Great job!!

Nellie Duclos said...

Wow! That attic windows quilt is "out of this world" I also really like your gingham throw-so classic that fabric. Your pillow is gorgeous with the lovely cross=stitch. I visited a few shops here in CA on the Row by Row experience but wasn't enamored of their designs, so I passed on that. Maybe next time the designs will be a little more interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your projects turned out gorgeous. Congratulations on the ribbon at the fair. The quilt for your daughter is fabulous!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I follow via bloglovin

StitchinByTheLake said...

Carla that attic window quilt is so perfect for a cabin - it would be great in my camper too. :) I would never have thought of using a panel but it's a perfect way to showcase. I'm just getting back to counted cross stitch - haven't done it in 25 years but I picked up a kit in England and can't wait to get started on it. And your gingham throw - love, love, love that. blessings, marlene

BarbCarol said...

Just became a follower. Love all your work, but think my favorite is the duck panel. Looks like you had a good summer.

Joanne said...

Beautiful! I loved the pillow with the stitched jar and thought that was a lovely gingham project and then you threw the quilt at me and I fell in love with that. I admire you for getting the quilt completed early. I seem to always be rushing at the last minute. It is beautiful and I'm sure it will be love. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today!

Vicki H said...

I love your cross stitch pillow. The scallop border on the quilt is perfect.

Joan Kawano said...

Oh Carla, you have hit it out of the ball park again. What a fabulous gingham quilt for your daughter. I know she is going to love it. And I love the colors she chose for her wedding. Love the "windows" quilt, and all your cross stitching. Just too cute!

Martina said...

Such a beautiful gingham quilt! The apron is so cute and I really love your cross stiches...

Lynne Tilley said...

That quilt is so gorgeous. She will love it. And cross-stitch was my first love for 30 years... before I discovered quilting. I still cross-stitch, though. :)

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Leah said...

Love your quilts and your pillow! The attic window is beautiful and the gingham quilt looks fun and happy. Great summer projects.

Kathy H said...

Beautiful summer projects and the wedding quilt is gorgeous. She will love it.

Kathy H said...

I follow through google friends.

Judy said...

How did you manage to do all this, you are really a YEEYAA quilting lady, smile!
Your quilt is AMAZING, wonderful, beautiful and the wedding present. The shooting scene is terrific, you are GREAT!

LJ said...

I do follow you with Feedly and as always you've excelled!!

LJ said...

Your apron sure made me smile. Is the Welcome actually stitched or was it some creative PhotoShop? Either way - adorable. The cross-stitch sure makes me think I need to start a project - I've not done cross-stitch for a looong time - but the pillow is fabulous. Trista is a lucky young woman to be getting such a beautiful quilt - and just for a shower!!! Love the scallops - perfect; the on-point does add so much to the quilt. Congrats to Trista on her upcoming wedding and congrats to you for all your wonderful projects.

Farm Quilter said...

Fabulous projects this summer!! Your daughter is one lucky young lady!! One of my daughter's got married this summer and she got a quilt for her shower and a different quilt for the wedding - it hung above her cake table! Weddings are so much fun!!! Your daughter's wedding quilt is gorgeous!! I did the shop hop and I am collecting the license plates to create a quilt with - I would love to add another one to my collection!!

Gmama Jane said...

I'm a long time follower thru Google connect.
Gmama Jane

Gmama Jane said...

Congrats on being Top Pick. I can see why...love everything. Did you sleep?
LOL
Gmama Jane

Julie in WA said...

Really cute quilt using large gingham fabrics!

Jane's Quilting said...

Your picture quilt is beautiful. I love the fabrics you choose for it. Your counted cross stitch and gingham quilt is equally as beautiful and I know your daughter is going to love it.

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

What a fun post! You have been one busy Fiber Artist with so many eclectic fun things!

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

Follow via BlogLovin

Cindy said...

Lots of great projects. The gingham quilt you made is adorable. I really like the pillow too!

Cecilia said...

All of your projects are wonderful, but I really love the quilt you made for your daughter! I haven't tried scalloped edges yet, but after seeing yours, I want to try one. Thanks fir sharing your projects and for the giveaway.

Cecilia said...

I follow via email.

Abbigail said...

I love counted crosstitch too! Just don't have the time to do both!
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Lori said...

I love that your husband is the duck whisperer. So cute. Your projects are wonderful. I love your pillow. Count cross stitch is my first love also.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Lori said...

I follow you on bloglovin and pinterest.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Jacqueline said...

Love your summer projects, especially the quilt which! I'll bet your daughter will love

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Congratulations Carla,
your attic window quilt is stunning,
so beautiful and perfect!
It make me want to sew one myself :-)
Wonderful pillow and the gingham quilt is beautiful too, love the scallop edge.
Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics and the chance to win!
I do follow by bloglovin.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Congratulations Carla,
your attic window quilt is stunning,
so beautiful and perfect!
It make me want to sew one myself :-)
Wonderful pillow and the gingham quilt is beautiful too, love the scallop edge.
Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics and the chance to win!
I do follow by bloglovin.

Doris Rice said...

Wow Carla, those projects are awesome! Trista will LOVE the quilt. And congratulations on the ribbon! I personally LOVE the counted cross stitch. I love blue mason jars and this is perfect!

Lisa said...

Everything is beautiful and if I haven't said it before thank you for entering the county fair! So great you got 1st place! Makes me wanna kick my heels together for you with a big yahoo! As quilters we all need to enter the county fairs like our ancestors (not mine) so the county fairs continue! A wedding is so exciting! Lovely gingham!

Lisa said...

I follow because you are so talented!

Theresa said...

Your projects are wonderful. Cross stitch even after 25yrs is still my favorite thing to do. I used to pull all nighters because I just couldn't put it down. Your quilt is so sweet. Where in Teller County did you go?

gpc said...

What beautiful projects! And what a beautiful place to live. :) I love your daughter's quilt, and congrats on the blue ribbon, and the cross stitch is amazing! Happy birthday to your Hubs. :)

Janarama said...

All of your projects are fabulous. I'm sure your daughter LOVEs her new gingham quilt ... you know she peeked. LOL

Janarama said...

I follow you via Google Friends Connect.

Sewgirl said...

Great job with all your projects. I loved the Row x Row this year. Too much fun!

Sewgirl said...

I follow via GFC!

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Carla, you and your dear husband have so much fun together! Happy birthday to him and happy anniversary to you both! Love the apron...from the post before. I really loved your post, but the ducks window pane and the pillow were my favs. I realized that I wasn't following you so I signed up for your email posts. Many happy days!
Xoxo mp

madebymeinred said...

Oh my! What you did with that panel is amazing. Absolutely gorgeous. Pat yourself on the back for me. Lots of great goodies to see in such breathtaking scenery. Thanks for sharing so many photos--it's like a vacation at a quilt show.

madebymeinred said...

I follow but can't remember how. :)

Amy said...

I am in love with your daughter's wedding gingham quilt. It is just gorgeous and the photos, well they couldn't have been taken in a prettier location. Love the other projects, too. Cross stitch was my first crafty love also.

Suze said...

What a great summer! I love the duck quilt and I am thrilled you won a blue ribbon! Your quilts are amazing and deserving of blue ribbons. I made my first entries into my guild's quilt show this year and that was an experience for me. I love cross stitch and hope to be able to get back to that now that it's been about a year since my eye surgery and hopefully I'm getting used to these glasses. I love the yellow and aqua ginghams with it. They are so classy and fresh. I adore the quilt you made for your daughter. She is going to love it and I can tell you are thrilled to have it done ahead of schedule. Happy Birthday(s) and Happy Anniversary. I was married (the first time) 40 years ago this month. We are each single and care lots for each other; it just won't work. I wanted to call him and ask if he remembered what we were doing 40 years ago and couldn't go there again as much as I wanted. It's not healthy for me. It's also better for our children if we don't see each other. Thanks for participating in the hop and sharing your lovely, lovely projects.

Baa. xxx said...

Such beautiful projects - especially love the gingham ones - precious.

Carol said...

Wow, amazing projects! I love the attic window quilt--it creates a relaxed feeling, since it has a lovely nature scene. The pillow is great! I like to do counted cross-stitch too. And the quilt for your daughter! So neat! She will love it!

Carol said...

P.S. I follow your blog via email. Thanks for sharing all you do!

Susan said...

I like the attic window quilt. Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon. I also like the quilt for your daughter. She will like it too I am sure. Beautiful setting for the photos.

Susan said...

I follow you via email.

Vanessa Kasal said...

I *love* the gingham quilt - it is way too cute!! I follow via email as well - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I love your quilts and the pretty country pics .

My heart is here said...

Oh what an awesome giveaway!

Susie Q said...

I love your projects and happy birthday to your DH. Your cathedral window is stunning, must put one of these on my "TO Do" list which is getting longer after all these hops! Thanks for sharing the the Giveaway. Hugs, Susie x

Susie Q said...

I am a new Follower on Google. Susie x

toniaconner said...

Your daughters throw is gorgeous, and the pillow sweet. Looks like you had a good vacation after all.

Glinda ♥ said...

Hubby's birthday is the same day as our Wedding Anniversary! Belated birthday wishes to him. Love Trista's quilt and well done for finishing it in good time :)

Christine M said...

What wonderful projects. The quilt you have made for your daughter is beautiful.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Carla, your nested churn dash with counted cross-stitch is my favorite!! What a fun summer you've had!

Leslie Bower said...

I LOVE your daughter's quilt (she is guaranteed to love it) and your basting assistant (what an adorable dog! I have a Brittany Spaniel who loves to nest in my fabric and lay under my sewing machine). Thank you for the chance to win.

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

I follow you via email! yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Your projects are too cute! Love the teeny tiny change purse!
yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

OMG! Your cross stitch is so nice! I envy you cuz I can't do it anymore. The gingham is so bright and cheery...yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

Such beautiful projects! I love the duck window! sarah@forrussia.org

Sarah said...

I follow you on bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

Karen Thurn said...

Your quilt turned out beautiful and Trista will love it. I'm new to modern quilting and have been learning all about it. I've used gingham in sewing but never in quilting. I think I'll have to get some RBD gingham and give it a try. I love your choice of colors. I think I'm a reply blogger but I've heard that it can be changed without one knowing so here's my email just in case. kthurn@bektel.com

Lorna McMahon said...

What a post! Love all the quilty eye candy, Carla! Congratulations on your ribbon. The wood grain quilting looks so real! And congratulations on your daughter's upcoming marriage! The quilt you made for her is sew pretty. As is that dainty cross stitch pillow. Love your use of the gingham!

nicolesender said...

Your cross stitch is awesome! Great quilts, too!

Ella and Nesta said...

Great idea your getaway photo shoot! Your cross stitch churn dash cushion is perfect! I am in Italy but I bow to the American tradition of quilting!

Ella and Nesta said...

I follow you via Bloglovin'!

Quilt n Queen said...

OMG Carla...I must say all your summer sewing projects are blue ribbon winners!! I really really luv your daughter's gingham quilt...definitely one of the happiest quilts I've seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing your talent and for your inspiration. I have gotten so far behind in this blog hop, today I am trying to catch up as I don't want to miss a single project. Happy stitching, Pauline

Quilt n Queen said...

I am a follower...via GFC.

GarmA said...

The quilt for your daughter is nice!

GarmA said...

I follow by email

Karen Propes said...

Love to win, so cute I have many uses for this pattern. Thanks
ncjeepster@aol.com

Karen Propes said...

I follow you via GFC and Bloglovin.
ncjeepster@aol.com

Linda J said...

What a sweet gingham quilt and congrats on the ribbon for the attic window! I wonder how many of us came to quilting after trying other needle arts such as embroidery or cross stitch. Your piece is lovely!