Shabby Chic Joseph’s Coat

Yesterday was a lovely hint of the summer weather ahead. It was wonderful and warm and a bit humid and just felt fabulous to be outdoors. Absolutely no jackets or sweaters were required yesterday! And because it was so nice and dry and not windy, we were able to get some things photographed out on the roof garden.

One of those things was my Joseph’s Coat top. I’ve been dying to to get a half-decent photograph of this to show as I just love it. The grass out on the roof garden hasn’t been cut yet and was really holding the quilt top up off the ground quite well. It’s a big quilt by my standards – it’s approximately 70 x 74 (which is making me think I have to add some more to it as I really don’t like square quilts). It has a great mix of lots of my favourite shabby chic prints with some batiks and a variety of white on white background fabrics. When I picked it back up and realized I’d used the background fabric I had started it with in other projects, I decided that a variety of different white on white fabrics would not matter. Looking at it now, I’m glad I didn’t stress over that.

I started it way, way back in June 2011 (as can be seen on this post), when the Inklingo Joseph’s Coat collection was released. I’d work on it a bit here and there but, for the most part, it was on the back burner until this past winter when I got on a tear and kept going and going and going and printing more and more melons and background pieces. I just did not want to stop! Once I got into the rhythm of sewing it, it really became rather quick to stitch. So much so that now I’m contemplating a second one. The idea for that second one is really taking root in my imagination, so I would almost bet it’s a done deal that I’ll be doing just that relatively soon.  For me, sewing Joseph’s Coat has it all – curved piecing and continuous sewing.

The daffodils are up in the roof garden flowerbeds and the hostas are just starting to send up their shoots. A few more lovely warm days and I bet things really take off.

“Technicolour Clams & Friends”

Jake was watching us out on the roof garden from his perch on the top of the kitty tree. Mr. Q.O. captioned this one, “Come home to devil cat.” The sky had become rather overcast and he had to use the flash to get this shot and – well, cats’ eyes and the flash don’t quite mix. I can’t wait until the window washers get to our windows and then we’ll have lovely clean windows again.

I took this photo of Baxter the other day – love that huge outstretched paw!

Circles & Curves

What else have I been working on? Well, things that involve curved piecing, of course, because I can’t resist it. I made the label for the Joseph’s Coat top. I’ve basted the seam allowances under so that they don’t fray … Continue reading

More Half Pickled Ladies

The final eight half clamshell pickles are done – so now it’s time to start sewing them on to the top. But first, here are the final eight. I was happy to find so many of my floral fabrics had … Continue reading

Half Pickled Ladies on the Side

I had made the little strips of triangles for the side halves of the Clamshell Pickles a long time ago and they’ve been sitting waiting, all this time, for me to finally get the fabrics chosen and half Pickled Ladies printed … Continue reading

Clam Chowder

I know, I know – I said I’d try to blog more often. Well, at least this time it hasn’t been over three months since I last blogged. In fact, it’s just under two months, so maybe I”m getting a … Continue reading

Ribbon Dance

I know I thought I’d blog more frequently after I got Baby Bubbles done, but — well, the summer was hot and glorious and somehow blogging just went on the back burner. But piecing didn’t. When I first saw it, … Continue reading

Baby Bubbles

Odd title, isn’t it? That’s what Mr. Q.O. named the quilt that was finished late last week and delivered on Friday afternoon to the mum-to-be. Now I can write about and show it. I couldn’t before as I was a bit … Continue reading

I’m in the Pink

I know that’s an odd blog post title – no, wait a minute! If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I love working with pink. I have a fair bit to show and there’s lots of pink … Continue reading

COTSIM Key West Beauty Mystery Quilt – Clue 2 Finished

I know – I vanished again.  But I’m back and hopefully a bit more often. So what have I been doing? Well, I’ve been listening to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and following the clues in the new Inklingo mystery quilt, the … Continue reading