Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Round Up


Here are my swoon blocks I've been working on.  I love large quilt blocks!  These fabrics are from Joel Dewberry's Wild Wander collection.  This quilt pattern finishes 80x80, which will be the biggest quilt I've ever done.  





Friday, February 3, 2017

First Friday of February

January flew by!  I'm starting to see signs of longer days as the sun is setting later.  My sewing room has been pretty busy.  I've been staying organized using my Quilters Planner.  Each week has been inspired by the quilt blocks featured in the month of January.  I've completed three so far, but got side tracked by a new project, my first Swoon quilt.  


Unnamed by Jane Armstrong of 


Doves in the Daylight by Michelle Bartholomew










Sand Dollar Star by Cassandra Beaver of 

This last block I finished in January was a challenge.  I'm not confident in paper piecing yet, but Cassandra's directions were great.  So if you haven't tried this one yet, dive in.  The end result is worth it!





There are more January blocks in my planner, but who can resist a Swoon-a-long when February is here?  Thimble Blossoms had a special on this pattern recently, and I've always wanted to try it!



Block #1




Block #2



Block #3

I love these super-sized quilt blocks! They are all over instagram if you are interested in seeing these pretty blocks in abundance!

Thank you for spending some time on my blog!
I'm sharing this post on Crazy Mom Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation !

Jen
Pretty in the Port 


Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Watch Out

This time of year is a reset for everyone!  You get to create new goals, redefine who you are and set intentions for your life.  The possibilities are endless, right?  January is the time to start.


For this year, I've started by just doing... I signed up for a 28 day cleanse to give me fuel for this new year.  It's the first time I've ever done a cleanse.  Honestly, I could live a happy life based on coffee, wine and pizza.  It would be perfect, but the scale doesn't agree.  I truly enjoy food and have always struggled with dieting.  I felt the need to jump in and try something that would make me feel energized, less 'puffy' and perhaps, lighter.  Seaweed, kale and nuts aren't my cup of tea, but I'll give it a try.  Embrace new things in 17, right?  The other appealing approach of this cleanse is the addition of meditation and yoga as a foundation.  I really enjoy yoga practice in addition to weight training and cardio and feel it will be a great compliment to this new venture/lifestyle.


  



Getting more organized is #2... I purchased the Quilters Planner in 2017.  It's a calendar filled with inspiring quotes, beautiful quilts and their patterns from different designers that can be downloaded in the form of an online book.  I've already jumped ahead and made August's quilt top, Canvas Lines. Take a peak below to see my version with Carolyn Friedlanders fabric along with the original by Meadow Mist Designs.  I've also begun sewing their featured weekly blocks!  I believe these are free patterns for everyone.
The first block of January is Unnamed, by 
Jane Armstrong of Jolly and Delilah.











Here's to 2017!  May it bring joy, good health and a creative full life.
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jen 



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Ruthie's Trunk Show

After posting my own trunk show, I realized that my mother -in -law's quilts deserved to be shared too! She is the reason why I started sewing and ended up having a passion for quilting.  Her work is beautiful.  Her quilts are enjoyed every day by the whole family.

The first quilt from Ruthie (Gramma) was made for my daughter, Katherine.  The bonnet girls are lovely, each with their own story.  I think they are timeless, and beautiful surrounded in red.




Ruthie's next quilt was gifted to me after it was shown at her guild.  She named it Hydrangeas for Jen, as Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine.  The piecing on this quilt is amazing!  I believe she had most of her quilts sent out to a long arm quilter for finishing.  I treasure this quilt.




Up next is a quilt I was lucky enough to finish.  The top was pieced by Ruthie.  I love the blueberry fabric.  This one has been cuddled with quite a bit and has held up to a lot of washing!







 Lastly, I'd like to share my son's log cabin quilt.  This one hangs out on our couch and gets used daily.  It's quilted in a Christmas tree pattern which I think, is the perfect compliment to the quilt.







Ruthie passed in 2005 at a young age after a years battle with glioblastoma.  She was a wife, a mom of ten children, a sister to seven and a friend to so many.  She is missed greatly.  I know if she were here, she'd love to be part of this online quilting community.  I am thankful for her gift of the love of quilting.

What inspired all of you to become quilters?

Thank you for visiting!  I'll be posting along with all of you at Crazy Mom Quilts and also with Whims and Fancies Trunk Show!
Jen

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Trunk Show 2016

I recently came across the blog, Whims and Fancies.  The blog's author, Soma, is hosting a Trunk Show link up for other fellow bloggers.  I think this is a great way to see what talented quilters are out there!  Also, this is a great way to reflect on the year and be proud of those crafty finishes!


#1CRAB WALK QUILT
THROW SIZE 
EMILY HERRICK GOING COASTAL FABRIC
This one's at my Mum's home on the Cape!



#2 LANTERN BLOOM QUILT
THROW SIZE
LAURA GUNN LANTERN BLOOM FABRIC
This one lives on the back of our family room couch and is used every day!


#3 DIAMOND QUILT
THROW SIZE
Sadly, this one is in my etsy store and has not found a home yet.


#4 HERRINGBONE NAUTICAL BABY QUILT
CRIB SIZE
This was my first herringbone quilt and first time working with solids!


#5 FIREWORKS QUILT
PATTERN BY CAMILLE ROSKELLEY
DAY SAIL FABRIC
This one went to a dear family friend after a tough year....


#6 ROUND AND ROUND QUILT
PATTERN AND FABRIC BY CAMILLE ROSKELLEY
Gifted to my Mum!


#7 ON POINT QUILT
TWIN SIZE
FULL MOON LAGOON FABRIC
ART GALLERY FABRIC


THANKS FOR JOINING MY TRUNK SHOW!  I'M OFF TO LINK UP TO SOMA'S PARTY AT WHIMS AND FANCIES!

JEN

Friday, August 12, 2016

Healed hearts and broken bones



 I can't believe it's August already.  I've been able to do a good amount of sewing this summer for which I am so thankful.  I've discovered @latenightquilter on instagram.  She has so inspired me to take my quilts out on field trips to do some more creative photo shoots.   I ordered the Quilters Planner 2017 and cannot wait to receive it!


Here is my latest quilt featuring the Sun, Sand and Surf panel from Timeless Treasures.  It measures about 50x50 and is listed in my etsy shop!






Here are a few of my favorite people.... my niece and nephew and my daughter, Elizabeth in the middle.  If you get a chance and are on the Cape, go to Sesuit Harbor in Dennis for breakfast!  It makes for the perfect start to any day! 














 Here is my other daughter, Katherine.  She's amazing.  In May she underwent two open heart surgeries and is doing so great!  So much to take on at 14 years old, but time has healed her heart in so many ways.


And here is the broken bone part of my post....
Broken Herringbone pattern by Violet Craft that I purchased at Hawthorne Threads.







 I can't tell you the fear I had cutting this apart to create this quilt top.... but somehow, magically, it all came together. 
This one's for my two girls when I finish quilting and binding it.







And lastly, just wanted to share this pretty selvage as a reminder to say yes to new experiences more and not miss out on anything that comes your way in life.



 Thanks for stopping by Pretty in the Port!
Linking up with NTT for this week.

Jen:)