The Artistry of Sheena Norquay, Part 2 — The Beach Collection

Well, I’m not gonna lie…I love everything in this post!
Sit back and enjoy!

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Sheena Norquay’s Beach Collection was inspired by the colours of shells, stones, pebbles, sea glass and sand. It is a box of 12 Large Spools of 50wt thread.

The Colours are:
2524 (light blue/purple), 2564 (light pink/lilac), 4150 (yellow variegated)
1248 (dark blue/purple), 2311 (cream), 2375 (peach)
2610 ((dark grey/blue), 2312 (light beige), 2340 (light rust)
2615 (light grey), 2805 (light turquoise), 2326 (dark beige)

Please visit The Artistry of Sheena Norquay, Part 1 for more details + the full interview with Sheena.

GIVEAWAY
To enter-to-win The Beach Collection by Sheena Norquay, please leave us a comment on this post letting us know which of Sheena’s pieces below is your favorite and why. Entry will close at 11:59pm on Friday, August 18 and a winner will be announced here on Saturday, August 19. This giveaway is open to all of our International friends!

INTERVIEW (con.)
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Hello, April! We are looking forward to a wonderful Spring!

I finished the top I mentioned in this post that I started last week! I sent this photo out to the Facebook quilting group Just Us Quilters for the vote…borders? Yay or Nay?

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With an overwhelming 150+ likes and comments, the Yay’s won the day!! I had suggestions for borders including a solid or single fabric from the scraps, a piano key style border to just a white border and binding.

I thought the piano key style was too busy (plus I didn’t have enough variety of fabrics left to make that work AND I was a bit tired of chain piecing scraps by this point!) I usually lean towards an inner border to make the blocks appear to float so that was a given. I had enough scraps to do a scrappy border so I decided on this one!

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I think it turned out so beachy and cute!! I used a border technique (again…busting those scraps!) that I used in this scrap quilt, too! I like the corners wrapping around to the next section of the border.

Ahem…can you see the fabrics that are in BOTH of these quilts?! From here on, I pinky swear to only purchase the amount of fabric needed for one project…I will try not to purchase what’s left on the bolt…um, yea…good luck with that, right?! 😉

What are you doing to bust your stash of scraps!? I am using up the last bits of this stuff as pieced backs and small kid quilts to donate to our guild’s community service.

I am ready to move on to something new…hmmm, what might that be?!

Have a great weekend!

 

Hello, December…brrr!

Last night, November bowed out gracefully…after 3 full days of windy, leaf blowing audacity…then December showed up…at 23 degrees this morning! Did I ever mention how much I hate the cold?! Pretty sure I might have mentioned it…grrrr!! 😦

Mr. G started feeling crummy with chest congestion and aches; he had chills then was over-heated…not a great way to end the weekend, poor guy! And we were so over-the-top happy just the day before!

Wait for it…wait for it…no…we haven’t found a place yet to settle in Kauai, but…we did get some good news on Saturday! We did some inquiries with some mortgage lenders…who ran our credit report…and it was excellent!!! Our credit is in great shape to potentially go straight to purchasing a place rather than rent!!! Well, that made us do some happy dancing!!!

So as soon as Mr. G feels a bit more like his usual self, we can start a new search for our piece of paradise! It still won’t happen until after the first of 2015 but that’s just fine! I know our perfect place is just waiting for us to find it!

In the meanwhile, since we are STILL stuck inside and out of the bitter cold winds…might as well keep attacking the scraps. Enough “Falling Charms” already…I am ready for some beachy blues, greens and purples! Good grief…I think those scraps keep breeding just as fast as I sell fabric and move it into someone else’s stash!

I found this Seven Point Star paper pieced pattern as a freebie via Pinterest. You can get it free here, too! Thanks Jennifer Ofenstein! You can read her blog here. As you can see, I needed to practice a bit before I jumped back into paper-piecing again! Oops! I didn’t leave QUITE enough on this side!

Test...well, yea...it's a fail!

Test…well, yea…it’s a fail! And that’s why you do a test block!!

Using up scraps...how can there STILL be so much!?!

Using up scraps…how can there STILL be so much!?!

Not to be deterred, I got another one going…and here is a weekend’s worth of efforts!

And it begins...

And it begins…

Side A's and B's become...

Sides A and B become…

...a rockin' Seven Point Star ready for...well, not really sure just yet!

…a rockin’ Seven Point Star ready for…well, not really sure just yet!

Pretty, right?!

I am thinking…these are 5″ finished…maybe some framing strips to make them a bit bigger…say maybe like this…I do have a few more batik scraps…hmmm…what do you think?!?! I found Dilly-Dally Days blog here

Dilly-Dally Days star quilt using "Lucky Stars" by Terry Atkinson pattern

Dilly-Dally Days star quilt using “Lucky Stars” pattern by Terry Atkinson

or maybe something like this…ooohhh…isn’t that some awesome quilting?!??

Quilt by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Quilt by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Well, no matter what I go with, I gotta make more stars! Seems fitting since I am dreaming of stars over Kauai…sparkling above coconut palms…can you see it?!

Courtesy of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort via Facebook

Courtesy of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort via Facebook

Oh, and that 23 degrees here in Oklahoma? Well, it’s a lovely 76 in Kauai today…*sigh*

Hello March! You still look like February!

Yet another round of bitter cold yesterday and today in Norman, OK, USA! Yesterday, we endured wind, sleet and a bit of snow first thing in the a.m. and, with the skies still gray and gloomy, the afternoon brought thunder, lightening and sleet! Temperature this morning…5 degrees…high today?…maybe 22 degrees.  Schools and most businesses closed due to icy road conditions and frigid temps!

Come on, March…you are going to have to try harder than that!  At least you brought some sunshine today so the dog can at least go outside for a while!

Our Golden Retriever, Ruby,  a bit happier with some sunshine!

Our Golden Retriever, Ruby, a bit happier with some sunshine!

With the chill still on outside, you know what I’ve been up to, right?! I wanted to do some power sewing! I bought a ton some fabrics at Hancock’s of Paducah in 2010 and made these two quilts in 2012 (both are approx. 44″ x 55″)…the pattern is “Bobby Dazzler” (c) 2007 by Mary Hubka for Pressed for Time Quiltworks and you can get it here

Beachy Stars 2012

Beachy Stars 2012

Beachy Stars 2012

Beachy Stars 2012

I coordinated two teal fabrics from my stash with these fabrics:

Sea fan fabrics are “Beachcomber” by Barb Tourtillotte for Clothworks (OOP)

Sea shell beach postcards is “Tranquil Moments” by Wilmington Prints

Gold fabric is “America the Beautiful” by Clothworks (OOP)

Ombre Sea Spray is “Memoir’s of a Geisha” by Mizuki for Benartex

With the leftovers, I made this using the pattern I mentioned in a previous blog post (you can go back to it here)…

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…and today finished this…they both measure approx. 52″ x 65″…

Do you think I have used all of this fabric yet?!

Do you think I have used all of this fabric yet?!

Nope, there is still more! Lesson learned? Don’t buy all the sale fabric you find even if your friend talks you into it!! But, but…if I had not bought it all, then every quilter knows, I would have run out of something and my super, great quilt-to-be would have ended up in the UFO pile! Instead, I have four quilts – 2 quilted, bound AND with coordinating fabric on the back…and still counting! 😉

So the scrap stash is reduced a bit further and I still have a l-o-n-g way to go but I will not be deterred in my endeavor! For now, I am putting these lovelies aside to work on some more brights.

As March blows in with all it’s cold might, I will keep my little Husqvarna Viking DSM humming along and will bust some more stash. Maybe a few more “snow days” won’t be such a bad thing!

Happy sewing!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone is having a lovely day…the sun is shining here in Norman and that makes me so happy! This marks the 35th Valentine’s Day with my wonderful husband! No chocolates or roses for this girl…nope…I am holding out for our vacation to Hawaii in April! But, we did pick up a bottle of wine or two for this evening and we’ll watch a good movie to celebrate!

After a busy couple of days posting new items in my eBay store (if you need a fabric fix…check that out!) I was happy today to finish another quilt top that I started at retreat last week! After some fabric auditions, here is the final top! Thanks again to Lindsey Weight and Forth Worth Fabric Studio for the free pattern “Love Squared“! It’s a great pattern for today! It is approximately 51″ x 63”.

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My version is appropriately very beachy! The fabrics were purchased at Hancock’s of Paducah a few years ago – these were found on the sale tables in the back of that awesome quilter’s mecca and are scraps from two other quilts! Here is a close up of the focus fabric which I will use for the binding!

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I know you find this hard to believe but there is STILL more fabrics to make another one of these! It will be a bit different in color but the same pattern! (I really should not buy fabric without a specific project in mind! Lesson learned but it will probably happen again!) 😉

I also received the nicest Facebook post from a high school friend who bought a quilt from me…her friend wants one, too – in a Queen size! Here is the front and back of her quilt. Feeling pretty proud of that scrappy back! The pattern is “Zen” by Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios and I have her permission to show this on my blog! Ms. Walsh even asked me if she could post the picture on their Facebook page! I was thrilled and said yes!

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What a great day I have had! I hope yours is great, too!

Happy sewing!

 

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