Tuesday, November 29, 2011

catching up!

Well, I certainly didn't mean to be gone so long but there's been a lot going on at home the past few weeks. We have a daughter who turned 12 last week and wanted a sleepover party with her friends to celebrate! I hosted a Mystery Party for part of the time... and it was a lot of fun and it seemed like the girls really enjoyed doing that. I had been trying to think of something different they could do as a group and when I came across the Mystery Party I knew they would all really like it. They each got to play a character and it was really cute to see them dress up and play the part.
Since then, we've celebrated Thanksgiving and have spent the rest of the weekend switching our boys bedrooms around. They used to share a room, but the younger one keeps the older one up at night and that's not so good when you have to get up and go to school in the morning. So, I've been painting and updating our spare bedroom so that our oldest son can move in there. It's fun to see how a room transforms with just a little paint!
center tiny squares
Anyway, last week I was over at A Little Bit Biased with a post about my sewing area in her Tuesday Tips feature. Amber has a great quilting blog and lots of pretty patterns! I've really enjoyed reading her blog and seeing her creations and I think you will, too.
tiny squares
These pictures are of a quilt pieces that I cut out a few weeks ago. I was so inspired by Jane Brocket's book called the Gentle Art of Quiltmaking that I got out of the library a few weeks ago. There's a trip around the world quilt pattern in the book and I knew I'd love to make one of my own.
a new start - trip around the world
Of course I decided to start this at about 9:30 at night. All the fabrics are from what I had on hand and so many of them ended up being *just* the right amount to make a round. It's a cheerful color combination and features so many of my favorite fabrics. I finished up laying out the rounds on the floor in the morning and took a few quick pictures. I knew if a little boy or a dog got near this it wouldn't stay neat for long!
labeled rows
I picked them up in piles and labeled all the rows and direction in which they're supposed to be sewn.
trip around the world corner
And here I started on the top left corner. So far I only have a couple of more rows to add. But that's ok, I think this will be a nice slow project to work on this winter.
I hope you have a great day!
~Jessica

** Please vote for me in the Celebrate Color competition! I'm a finalist in the Needlepoint category with my Three Pears Pillow. Thank you!**

32 comments:

randi said...

wow! this is going to be a beautiful quilt!

Gabriella said...

I have voted for your wonderful Pillow ^__^

And your trip around the world is WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW .. I REALLY LOVE THIS PATTERN and your fabric choice!!!

Great job Jess

Linz said...

That is lovely!! Wow!!

And I already voted for your pear pillow!! Good luck!!

Jeni said...

Oh my goodness Jessica! Seriously, gorgeous! I love that pattern! We have a Trip Around the World quilt my grandmother made, so I will definitely be making one myself someday too! :)

Love the fabrics you're using!

elizabeth said...

What a fun quilt! It is going to be gorgeous : )

Kristy said...

WOW! That is going to be so beautiful!

Jane said...

Gorgeous quilt! Makes me want to start cutting, but I can't. The movers are loading my stuff onto the truck as I write this! Your sewing space is great, too.

Cassandra said...

I came across your blog via quilterblogs.com.

Your quilt is going to be gorgeous! I love the Trip Around the World pattern and I think these colors are just beautiful. :)

a little bit biased said...

oh my gosh. that quilt is going to be beautiful!!! I love your fabrics. isn't it funny how the simplest pattern (just squares) can be so beautiful!?!?

Erin Marie said...

The quilt looks amazing. It'll be fabulous when it's all done. Love it.

Pamela said...

So pretty! I love it!

Chrissie Grace said...

This is gorgeous!!

Kris from DukeSaysSewWhat said...

Just love this quilt! The fabrics and the layout. I voted for your sweet pear pillow yesterday!

Jacey said...

I voted for you! And I love your Trip Around the World so far. Beautiful! I'd love to make one of my own someday.

Kelsey said...

so pretty!! Love all the bright colors :)

Jeanie said...

That quilt is going to be the most awesome quilt ever:) I can't wait to see it completed!

Longvacation said...

Very pretty quilt, love the colors, they are like sherbet!

Leila said...

Beautiful! An Around the World quilt was one of the first that I made - baby sized though. Yours is beautiful!!!

Michelle said...

I loooooovvvveeee trip around the world, just gorgeous, especially in fun funky fabrics! (have a peek at my blog for a quilt I finished last night and presented to my daughters prep teacher this morning... I have been super excited about it!)
Michelle xxx

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

This is so beautiful. I totally appreciate the fact that you have to move quickly lest the kids and dog disturb the peace (or is it piece!). Nice post about your workspace too.

PS. I did blog about those coasters I made from your tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, that quilt is fabulous. good idea to get those pieces and label them.
I did vote for your pillow the other day when I was on the "color" blog. Good luck!

Pamela Nees said...

This will be a great quilt!! Love that you used what you had on hand...

(and I already voted for you!! Hope you are a winner!)

**nicke... said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! i would inevitably mess it up by sewing it wrong. ;) can't wait to see it finished!

Lee said...

I have no words! Except WOW, which other people have definitely used! Amazing!

Karin said...

WOWWWW! Now, you went and done it! I have to make myself one of these! Hmm - maybe with the Bliss fabrics I have been hoarding - um, I mean collecting!

Franziska said...

how do you manage to match all seams and all square sides so well? I still have problems with that. It looks so perfect in the picture.

Darci said...

Jessica that quilt is going to be amazing!!! I am terrible at having those kind of small squares line up. We are fabric twins since all of those fabrics are my favorite to. The colors are amazing. I am going to covet this one for sure.

Angela {fussycut} said...

How fun! That is pretty ambitious for 930 at night, I'm usually vegging on the couch at that point. :) Anyways, it is beautiful. Love the fabrics you picked, and the pops of blue are perfect.

laura said...

beautiful quilt!

Domina said...

This is going to be amazing when it's done! Brockett's book is on my list of Must Buy books. Maybe I'll get a copy for Christmas!!

Heidi said...

It's going to be gorgeous! I made one like it in shades of pink and purple for my sister and it turned out so nice.

When you stack the squares by row, how do you sew them together? Do you have to cut the thread after every pair or is there a way of chain piecing without mixing up the order? That's the most tedious part for me.

amandajean said...

this quilt has me swooning! it's soooooooo pretty! i thought about making a quilt like this someday, but i rarely buy more than a FQ or a half yard of most fabrics, so i don't think i'd get very far. but maybe i'll attempt it someday anyway.

hope your blocks stay in order to the end! :)