Friday, September 28, 2018

Pumpkin Harvest Quilt

It's Pumpkin Harvest time!

Pumpkin Harvest in the field by QuiltFabrication

Just look at all of those pumpkins out there in the field!

Pumpkin Harvest pumpkin quilt in the field by QuiltFabrication

This 51" x 69" lap quilt started as a spin off of my Pumpkat Patch table runner

Pumpkat Patch table runner by QuiltFabrication

since I've always loved the combo of pumpkins and leaves. In case you didn't already know, I do like cats too, and have played around with more pumpkin/cat settings, though they still need work - hah!

Anyway, I love how these pumpkins just pop off the black background! Of course, with all that orange and green, they'd pop off a grey or a cream background too!

Solid pumpkin block from Pumpkin Harvest

That's one of the solid color pumpkins, while here's a pumpkin that's scrappy:

Scrappy pumpkin block from Pumpkin Harvest

Combining the two styles in the quilt really adds to the interest, keeping the eye moving around that pumpkin field, wanting you to pick out your favorite!

Pumpkin Harvest Quilt by QuiltFabrication

As for the quilting on this: swirls in the scrappy pumpkins (thanks Vicki of Vicki's Crafts and Quilting for that idea!), curved lines on the solids, and veins in the leaves and stems. 

solid pumpkin quilting design

The background is a fairly large stipple, mainly because I wanted this quilt to be soft and snuggly, and anything fancy would be hard to see on the black. The quilting is easier to see on the really pretty backing fabric.

quilting and backing fabric on the Pumpkin Harvest quilt

If you look closely, you'll see how I quilted up to the HST's in the border, stitched-in-the-ditch around them, then came out again, keeping the flow of the stipple.

Are you ready for a Pumpkin Harvest in your house?

Happy Quilting everyone!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In the Swimming Pool - My Happy Place Row

My day has arrived for the My Happy Place Rowalong, hosted by Marian of Seams to be Sew! And here is my current happy place - In the Swimming Pool!

In the Swimming Pool, Stanford Masters, Stanford University

The Back Story

Yes, hard to imagine that anything involving exercise could be a happy place, but after 25 years of swimming with the Stanford Masters program, I'm happy that I'm still there.

You see, 30 years ago, I was treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma, and upon approaching the five year mark, I decided I needed to commit to a life of exercise. Having grown up on a lake, swimming was a natural fit, especially since it could be done year round in CA.

Fast forward to two years ago. After so many years of swimming, I started having neck/shoulder issues, and sought physical therapy. Turns out, I wasn't using the right muscles to swim, causing pain and numbness. 

Now I'm on a mission to change my stroke, and build up the proper muscles in my back. It hasn't been easy, but I'm getting there, and I find that I really enjoy swimming again. Of course, with a Master's workout, I can also let the diet go a bit - I just work harder to burn off any extra calorie intake!

So, yes, in the swimming pool is my happy place.
In the Swimming Pool Row by QuiltFabrication


This row is really simple to construct, thanks to the wonderful water/wave fabric from Northcott. The company was kind enough to contribute fabric for the rowalong, and this Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer, Blue Lagoon (20425M-45) is perfect! Below is their picture,

Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer Blue Lagoon

and this is what it really looks like.

Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer Blue Lagoon

Using Kona Cotton Solids to add a few lane lines and an applique swimmer, and this row is complete!

In the Swimming Pool row

The In the Swimming Pool row pattern is available in my Etsy shop, and now includes 3 additional silhouettes,  butterfly, backstroke, and breast stroke, for a whole pool of swimmer rows

Previous Years Rows

And just for fun, here's the row from last year:

Let It Snow,
Let It Snow by QuiltFabrication

which is now a Let it Snow wall hanging pattern,

and the year prior:

Silicon Valley Road Home row, which, is currently unavailable.

Silicon Valley Road Home by QuiltFabrication

Happy collecting and enjoy the hop!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Welcome to My Birdhouse

Come join me today, while I participate in the Welcome to My House Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt -

Welcome to My Birdhouse wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

and Welcome to My Birdhouse wall hanging pattern!

The idea for this new modern wall hanging came to me after receiving one of those 'home for sale' postcards in the mail. It was for a newly remodeled Eichler home in the neighborhood, and even though the price was flabbergasting, it was an attractive, modern style home. 

Around here, one either loves Eichler's or hates them - they're not your typical style or constructed house. But, they have a modern, open vibe even if built 60 years ago, and those that are remodeled can be quite stunning.

Thus the modern house idea, which was simplified and evolved into these modern birdhouses,  

Kona Terra Cotta/Tarragon modern birdhouse by QuiltFabrication

that are creatively stacked on the pole.

creative modern birdhouse display by QuiltFabrication

Keeping with the simple, modern lines, the quilting adds to the modern feel without overpowering the quilt.

And if you look closely, each door is a different style, 

One birdhouse from Welcome to My Birdhouse by QuiltFabrication

to add to the interest.

Welcome to My Birdhouse wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

I bet these birds are really happy to live here!

To make your own Welcome to My Birdhouse wall hanging, the pattern is available at Etsy. With detailed instructions, the birdhouses are suitable for the confident beginner quilter or above.

Again, Welcome to My Birdhouse, and thank you for visiting!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilters Meet and Greet Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Quilters Meet and Greet, hosted by Benita of Benita Skinner's Creative Space and Victoriana Quilt Designs. For those of you new to my little corner of the quilt world, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and prepare to spend some time. There's lots to see -

tutorials page at QuiltFabrication

including quilting videos

quilting tutorial page at QuiltFabrication

and patterns. So glad you're here!

pattern page at QuiltFabrication

First, a little about me. I've been quilting for over 15 years, acquiring an extensive stash, numerous tools, and an Innova longarm that helps to beautifully finish my quilts!

When I'm not quilting, I'm off swimming or jogging, plus taking care of a husband, three kitties, and thirty orchids. There's also two sons, but they're out of the house now.

So what inspired me to start quilting? Let's go back 20 years - The Quilt Show was on PBS, and Ruth B. McDowell was creating incredible quilts. The whole quilting world had exploded, with lots of new fabrics, books, and tools. Certainly time to jump in!

And jump in I did! As a mostly self-taught quilter, I was encouraged to start blogging to share what I had learned and show what I made - QuiltFabrication was born.

I've been asked to share my favorite quilt, which is super tough, cause I have many. So, I'm giving you my current top three:

1. Patriotic Wave

Patriotic Wave by QuiltFabrication

I'm a big fan of red/white/blue quilts, and the stripes, curve, and stars of this runner make it one of my favorites! It's also a favorite of lots of quilters, as the Patriotic Wave pattern is my #1 seller.

2. Seafarer

Seafarer Quilt by QuiltFabrication

This is for sure one of my favorite quilts, and was made for my son before he went off to the Peace Corps. Seafarer is incredibly popular with a pattern that includes baby, lap, and twin sizes, available at Etsy.

3. Strawberry Splendor

Strawberry Splendor by QuiltFabrication

I just love the elegance of the strawberries and blossoms - it's hard to resist my favorite spring wall hanging, also available as the Strawberry Splendor pattern

So there you have it, a brief intro to me, Susan, the quilter behind QuiltFabrication

Happy Quilting!

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My Favorite Patterns

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 2018 Book of the Month

It's time for a new Book of the Month! The September selection goes to a brand new quilt book, Oh, Scrap! (affiliate link) by Lissa Alexander.

After making Regatta 

Regatta quilt by QuiltFabrication

and Saxon this summer

Saxon Quilt by QuiltFabrication

I reached a point where I really don't want to make a super scrappy quilt for awhile. By that I mean a quilt composed of little, itty bits and pieces leftover from other projects, sewn together to make a larger chunk of fabric.

But here's the problem: I have a lot, and I mean a lot, of old fabric that is perfectly useful but just not inspiring. Sure, I could sort through it and give some away, but I did that massive clean out in the spring.

I'd rather try to use it up, much like I did for Leaf Piles. Though there was older fabric in that quilt, it came out beautifully.

Leaf Piles by QuiltFabrication

When it comes right down to it, I think I'm happier making controlled scrappy quilts, like Leaf Piles and like the one that's on the cover of the book.

These are really more my scrap style. Of course, my style also consists of using many different fabrics of one color or value too - I do like that variety!

Happy Quilting!

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