Monday, March 12, 2012

half a trip around the world

I'm just back from a restful weekend away with Brandon in the mountains of Tennessee.  We kept to ourselves much in a modest little cabin and drank up quite a few hours of "nothing" to do.  What a good idea and all his!  At the last minute, we decided it was fitting for me to bring my sewing machine, so the night before we left, I cut this lovely stack of fabrics into ever so many 5.5" squares.

England Swings by Rebekah Merkle

What is this?  It's England Swings by Rebekah Merle for Timeless Treasures.  I first came across this cheerful collection browsing online at Moona Fabrics.  And I just couldn't get it out of my mind.  The colors are so clear and pretty.  I hardly ever work with true blue and bright red and clear, shining green. I instantly saw a quilt made with simple patchwork for this fabric, with nice big squares and plenty of old timey charm.

 Smokey mountains

And so when we weren't enjoying the sights of the Smoky Mountains, I was often to be found stitching away in the cabin while Brandon and I watched a movie or two.  Although I had the entire quilt cut out, I refused to pressure myself to get her finished.  It was just for fun.  And it was fun.

a pretty red barn...  and a quilt.

In our driving in and out of town, we passed this barn many times.  Today on the way out, finally headed for home, we stopped to take this photograph.  It's just half a trip around the world.

half a trip around the world

This quilt is not straight England Swings.  I've edited out a few prints and mixed in some of my own to bring the shining spring green and fresh aqua blue tones more into focus.

in clear, true shades

I know exactly who this one is for, which makes the process about 10 times more delightful!  More to come soon, don't doubt it!  But now it's about time for the children to arrive and traveling gifts to be discovered and - oh here they come now!!!


33 comments:

  1. Good for you for taking a relaxing weekend away! I like the quilt top you worked on while there too.

    ReplyDelete
  2. A nice relaxing weekend and a beautiful quilt ,what could be better.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I just discovered your blog and I love it. I've also discovered we have the same sewing machine! I can't believe how well it does considering the price. I also was wanting to upgrade but I'm scared. I enjoyed your post on the shopping experience for a new machine. I want to make the curtains you have in your living room and the rainbow mosaic quilt is to die for. Sorry, I feel like I'm stalking your blog. lol BTW- I can free motion quilt on the Kenmore if I set the tension to 9!!! yes it work for some reason

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll throw in my 2cents on a machine I have an elna and honestly a lot of the stitches I dont use or not very often but the 2 things that it does have that I LOVE and would hate to live without are 1. control on the pressure foot-how much pressure is applied as the fabric feeds thru (machines always used to have them now not so much and it make a BIG difference) and 2 "needle down" which is basically the option to always have your machine stop with the needle alwaya in the down (or up)postion -down in the fabric is a real help when you free motion)☺

      Delete
  4. it's lovely! and stopping for a photo in front of the barn was a wonderful idea

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Ellyn. It was nice to have something to photograph as an excuse to stop!

      Delete
  5. What a wonderful quilt! and a lovely weekend, too. It's so nice to get away and just take it easy, good for you.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a great quilt...I am jealous...love the idea of a weekend getaway and sewing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, at first it was a "no sewing machine" allowed weekend, but thankfully he changed his mind!

      Delete
  7. What a fresh quilt! It's simple but yet has such bright, clear, happy fabrics which makes it very special.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Gorgeous quilt!! Love the pictures of the great outdoors!! =D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I had a waterfall to share too and completely forgot when the kids arrived!

      Delete
  9. The Smokies are on our list this year!!! But first, we are test camping at Assateague Island with the wild horses... we'll see how that goes :) And, I actually finished an inverse color wheel inspired by your curves class. My first curves! Yeah!

    ReplyDelete
  10. We love TN - the mountains are hard to beat. Great quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lovely! Your weekend sounded wonderful and it's such a beautiful quilt. :) I've always wanted to go to the Smokie Mountains.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Love your quilt! The Smokies are a great place to go for a nice relaxing time. I don't get there often enough even though it's only 3 1/2 hours from where I live.

    ReplyDelete
  13. oooh, I love the half trip around the world! :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Gorgeous quilt, and what a setting to be sewing in, the photos are all stunning too!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your weekend away sounds wonderful! And now you have a beautiful quilt to remember it with :-) such pretty colours, and I like the off set centre, it really adds interest.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Very pretty! England Swings is a beautiful line. Did you see their promotional video for it? I've never known a fabric line to have a video before, but its super cool and has a really catchy song.

    ReplyDelete
  17. How beautiful! Both the quilt and the barn. Wonderful to be able to get away and be able to sew relaxingly :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh my gosh I love love it. The scale next to the barn is incredible. What a fantastic photo. It would be great for you to photo it there when it is all finished. Beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh, I love this quilt! the bright colors and design are wonderful! And then the barn behind makes it even better! Great to get away to relax and do nothing (teehee, you did a lot!).

    ReplyDelete
  20. It's so beautiful. The prints you added work so well. That Amy Butler green lantern print is a favorite, and it is such a great addition. I'm glad you and Brandon had such a lovely anniversary weekend! I visited the Smoky Mountains several years back, and just loved it.

    Also, it's awesome that bringing the sewing machine was B's idea. I love that!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I just love your quilt and your fabric selection is perfect! That's one lucky person : )

    ReplyDelete
  22. Fantastic combination :o) I wish I were as lucky as the person receiving that quilt :o) Great quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I've been a bit absent from commenting lately. Ever since I subscribed and I can see your blog from my e-mail I just don't take the extra step of commenting. Well, that and a move, and a teen, and life in general....

    But, today I just had to say I much I love this quilt. It looks stunning and it seems to be fairly easy. I think that I'm going to have to put this one in the mental queue. You are so talented and I'm so thankful that you share so faithfully with us your sewing adventures.

    ReplyDelete
  24. It's so wonderful, I just simply love the colors on it! It was great to see with the barn in the background, the quilt just popped! Great job, thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Very pretty! "Love your print"s. ( Don Knotts, "Ghost and Mr. Chicken)

    ReplyDelete
  26. I adore this quilt. The colours, the design. I'm very inspired to make one.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts with Thumbnails