Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rewarding Myself!

I have a tough boss.  She is demanding, rarely lets me takes breaks and always assigns projects to me that I don't want to do!  We argue quite a bit actually.  As my boss is my sensible side that makes good decisions and runs a successful business, she usually gets her way!

But my carefree, creative side needs to have her way sometimes too!

 You wouldn't think that longarm quilting is seasonal but there are annual events that affect the amount of work we quilters have.  This time of year, we are loaded with graduation and wedding quilts.  And these type of quilts are usually large bed size and custom quilted.  So I have been really standing at my machine for many hours each and every day.

So I thought it was about time I got to start something new and not have to make something out of my older stash.  Reward myself a bit.  Last August I had won a gift certificate to the Knotted Thread from The Littlest Thistle.  I used it to purchase these two half yard bundles.

A total of three yards of Simply Style by V & Co.

And a total of 4.5 yards of Alison Glass' Bike Path Sun Prints. 

 I decided to combine the two collections and add in some Kona Ash and make some Rolling Stone blocks.  This block is my all-time favorite block!

 My beautiful niece graduates from high school this June so I thought I would make her a quilt top she can take to college if she wants.  She, of course, is probably not going to get it until next fall!

I am having so much fun sewing up these blocks!   I have been thumbing my nose at my sensible self and staying up too late, ignoring my chores and eating poorly because I want to spend all my time in my sewing room.  Even though I took this photo yesterday morning, my design wall is now covered completely with blocks.  Soon I will have all of the blocks finished and will be sharing the next steps with all of you.

Recently, my sew group made a quilt using this same block for a charity quilt.  We used a bike theme fabric in the center and swapped around the color placement.

Here it is on my longarm - I love the thin dark gray sashing that was used to sew the blocks together.  I haven't decided yet how I will be setting my blocks.

That will be for another post!

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Julianne said...

Beautiful, I love this block too!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Good for you girl!!! I too love this pattern and of course, that dotty fabric! I'm sure your niece will treasure it.

Rike Busch said...

Very nice and beautiful fabrics! The quilt looks really bbeautiful, too.
Greetings, Rike

Helen in the UK said...

Great fabric - looks like you're really enjoying you time working with it :)

Lauren Deel said...

Good for you in ignoring your chores, eating poorly and treating yourself with pretty fabric! :) Both those quilts are lovely, and I agree with the thin, gray sashing being great.

Vicki in MN said...

Cynthia every time you make something I wantta go make it too! You are such an inspiration :-) I love the quilt you are making for you neice.

Jayne said...

What a great block and the fabric choices are perfect for it! I have a boss just like yours...and yes, you so deserve to reward yourself! It's like getting a bonus from your boss!

the zen quilter said...

Thanks for sharing those fabrics - I love them! I'm writing them down so I can get some. And your quilt is really cute, too.

Vera said...

Yay look at all those pretty colors and prints! :)

Chantal said...

Oh I love the fabric you've picked. Beautiful bright, happy colours to help you forget that dreadful boss lol. They look really good together ... the fabric I mean lol. Enjoy!

Suze said...

Thank you very much for the paper copy of the Sunbonnet Sue pattern. It's actually lying on the ironing board in my living room. I have looked and looked for that particular bonnet for years. Thank you very much for your generosity and taking the time to do that for me. I have one granddaughter that I don't know yet. Long story. My brother has three granddaughters and it was my mother and her grandmother who made the original blocks that are long gone. So, who knows who will maybe someday get a quilt. Again, many thanks. I'm glad to see that you are piecing for yourself since you are doing graduation and wedding quilts now.

Jasmine said...

I love seeing the two versions of these blocks. I can see why it is your favorite. I think I work better when I have had a break. You will probably work better now.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Rosemary here
Well these fabrics are adorable. I love them. I like this block too. Gosh, I love the kona colors you chose too.
The charity quilt is really cute with the bikes
Well done productive.
Happy Easter

Barb Neiwert said...

It just feels good to make something of your own, even if it is a gift. This is a great design and color - your niece will love it!

Lara B. said...

You do deserve a reward Cyndy and you picked very inspiring fabrics! I love the look of that quilt block and it is really neat that it can also be used to frame a fussy cut piece like those bikes. Your Niece will love her quilt for sure!

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