Monthly Archives: December 2013

Friday Night Block Party: Snowball

December 6th 2013

 I’m soooo excited for this week’s

pinwheel block party

because I am featuring my December Fun Quilt Vintage Holiday by Camille Roskelley from Thimble Blossoms.

The whole quilt is based on the Snowball block #81 in the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Sampler.

snowball block#81

Each one is jazzed up in a different way.

I have to tell you that this quilt has been the MOST ANTICIPATED quilt ever for me.  I was secretly saving it to really pay it some well deserved attention.  It was one of the very first patterns I bought and really, truly Vintage Modern is one of my absolute favorite fabric lines.

vintage holiday jelly roll

So today I really just dedicated the whole day to cutting, and piecing and even made a few of my own blocks because I am strictly working with a jelly roll and charms pack.  The reason being that since it was one of my earliest fabric collection purchases, I didn’t splurge.  It was only after the fact, that I later bought some yardage for the sashing and backing.  And I have some other fabric as back-up in case I want to mix and match.

vintage holiday fabric options

 I can’t tell you what a fantastic and productive and overall just excellent day it has been sewingly, that is. Really everything has gone off without a hitch! Even the bobbin hasn’t run out!  (Of course, you might have seen all my excitement on Facebook)

First, I cut all the neutral fabric, the white is “SNOW” by KONA. I bought a whole jelly roll of it so I just pulled several strips out as the pattern indicated and had a couple to spare (smart cutting).  The hardest part for me was picking out the fabrics for each block, I always over think it, but gradually it all worked out. I made sure to use my absolute favorites (there are several!)  So I made the tops (on the left) and have the blocks ready to sew!

vintage holiday tops and block pieces

Even though I had planned on doing 2 blocks a day. It just won’t wouldn’t work because first you have to cut it all!  Then I pieced as much as I could until I got this pressing pile.

vintage holiday ready to press

Then I pressed and continued piecing the blocks and this is where I stopped.

vintage holiday blocks

Tomorrow I will turn them into “SNOWBALLS” by adding a white square to each corner kind of like Flying Geese fashion.  The white will make everything pop.  I promise to be back with those real soon. I’ll also let you know which block designs I had to change or adapt to accommodate my charms and jelly roll fabric sizes.  The best part was that I still had so much of this yummy fabric left to make another one!

vintage holiday leftovers

I think my new tradition will be to make one every year!

December Fun

December 3rd 2013

Whoosh! It feels like ages since I have visited my friends in the blogging world, I miss you guys.  I promise that I have been really occupied, see, it looks like there was an explosion in my craft area!! And it looks good here…

craft room explosion!

As I have been reflecting about my blog which I call Summercrafter  it has occurred to me that I have mostly been quilting! (And loving it) But since my motto is Craft. Quilt. Unwind, I really felt like I needed to stretch myself a bit and get more balanced creatively. I like to do and learn so many crafty things and  that’s why I started this in the first place, so I could post about all of it here. So the last couple of weeks, I have gone to explore some of my crafty counterparts and get busy with some paper crafts and other creative outlets that are also fun. I hope to make new friends and really make my blog a place for anyone to unwind creatively. I hope that’s ok with you all! : )

So this is what I’ve been up to!  Setting up my December Daily album to document this month one day at a time and a 30 days of lists challenge which are really like journaling prompts.

plain books

I put all the Christmas Craft items I have collected over many years in this box for easy access. I wonder how much I’ll actually put in the books but I really enjoyed decorating them.

dec daily box

Here is the December Daily Album.

Dec daily cover

The theme I chose is Vintage Holiday since I’ll be making the quilt by that name (more on that soon)

so I thought it perfect to cover and embellish it with fabric from the Vintage Modern line by Bonnie and Camille.

cover page dec daily This is the first page and a miniature quilted ornament I made.

Here are a couple of pages…

dec. page turkey Okay, so I started with the last days of November, big deal! ; )

dec daily pages I’m including the top 5 from the 30 days of lists in this album apart from the journal.

list decdaily And the 30 days of lists journal. Really I could think up 30 lists but the community of everyone sharing is really great!

30 days of lists journal

I always have to have an intro page!

intro 30 lists I just decorated all the pages with some candy stickers to continue the “Gingerbread & Candy” theme. Keeping it simple.

The first list was “Before the end of the year I…” And I am happy to say I have already checked off some of those things! Like finish the present quilt and put a pattern up for sale!

list 1

The second list was “Around the house…” which I rather not say what is lying around, that’s why I escape to craft. The new thing would be all the decoration boxes, train sets and craft room explosion!  The third list is “This is the only time of year I…” which is mostly reserved for seasonal stuff like Christmas music, movies, shopping and my beautiful ornament collection that I enjoy seeing every year!

lists Some people are going all out  making collages or doodling and some are just keeping it simple. It can really bring out the creativity once you get going!

My First Pattern!

December 3rd 2013

I am so excited to finally be able to show you my first pattern! I used the same theme I used for this free tutorial in the summer.  For this project, I used a jelly roll called Merry and Bright, it’s the first one I ever bought and it was just perfect for my new pattern which is totally jelly roll friendly, even the half square triangles were made of strips!

The Gift draped

The Gift (cover)

 

You can use it as a wall hanging, a table topper or even a baby quilt since it measures only 36″ by 36″.  It was a fast  project that is also pictorial and great for the holidays since it’s so easy to put together!  I am happy to say that it’s for sale now at my Etsy shop.  It’s fun and festive and great for beginners.