Saturday, February 28, 2015

Whirligig Quilt

This quilt is a labor of love.  Some quilts we make take a long time to do, and we are okay with it.  Really taking your time and enjoying the process of creating something beautiful is so fulfilling.  I agonized over this quilt, choosing the right fabrics, and really learning how to applique correctly was important to me.  I enjoyed every minute of it!

It took over two years to make this.  It is all hand appliqued, and hand quilted.  The pattern is called Whirligig, by Sarah Fielke.  It is in the book Quilting: The Little Things.

It took lots of scraps to make the leaves, and tabs around the border.
I used my favorite scraps, so cute!  Anything went, I wanted bright and happy.
I used Perle cotton thread for the hand quilting.  It's big and fun.
I hand quilted around the leaves, and stems.
I also hand quilted around the yellow flowers.

I'm now on the hunt for my next hand applique project!  I'm loving this quilt, it was just too fun to make.  If you like handwork, try applique, I'm sure you'll love it.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Minecraft Quilt

My 13 year old son is obsessed with Minecraft, I know many of your kids are as well!  He has been talking for well over a year now about making a quilt for himself that was all Minecraft.  My friend Carla and her son made a fabulous quilt, you can see here: Minecraft Quilt  Thanks for the inspiration Carla!!

I made it big enough to fit his twin size bed, and it turned out pretty fun I think!  He was pretty happy with it, and has been using it ever since he got it for Christmas.  I wrote all about the process of making it below.

Curren loved their quilt!  I told him we could make one similar to it, but he wanted to add his character to it as well.  So, he spent lots of time choosing the exact colors using a Kona color card.
Here is his Minecraft character
Here is our layout, pretty simple!

We then went on a trip to Fabric Depot to get all of the fabric, he filled that cart right up!
I then cut out lots of 2" squares, and we started laying out the design.  To make perfect squares, and to make the piecing a bit easier I bought fusible interfacing with a 2" grid on it, this helped to make it look a lot better, and to keep my seams straight.
I made it in 10 x 10 sections, it helped a lot.  Here is the "dirt" section.
And now the tree trunk, body and sky....
I then put these two sections together, so it was halfway done.  
I then started the rest of it, I was already really tired by this point haha!  The things we do for our kids.
Here is the top almost done, I just needed to add the two borders.  
This Minecraft quilt was a labor of love.  It took a long time to make, and wasn't the easiest thing to do, but I am so glad I did.  Curren loves it, and it was so fun to work with him in making it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Liberty of London Quilt

I've been hoarding fabric again, this time it was Liberty of London tana lawns.  They are beautiful, colorful, and soft.  Since the fabric is pretty spendy, I have collected small pieces, and joined in on a swap, where we all bought one yard, cut it into fat eighths, and traded them, so we all got lots of different pieces.  It was a good way to do it!

So, after all of that, I decided on a quilt pattern.  This pattern was perfect for small pieces, and the overall design has a big impact.  The pattern is from a book by Sarah Fielke called Hand Quilted with Love.  I'm a huge fan of Sarah's patterns!  This went together so well.
Along with the Liberty of London fabric, I needed a neutral.  I decided on Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Natural.  It is linen, so it's somewhat rough feeling, and I liked the difference in the feel of them.  It gives it lots of texture.
My friend Christina who blogs at The Sometimes Crafter, quilted it for me.  I love her feathers, and she did a beautiful job, thanks Christina!
I am keeping this quilt for me, I love it!  Do you have some Liberty of London fabric, what are you doing with it??


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Modern Arizona Baby Quilt

This fabric has been calling my name for awhile, I finally made a quilt using it!  The fabric is called Arizona, by Art Gallery fabrics.  Art Gallery has really been drawing me in lately.  Whenever I go to Fabric Depot, I can't get out of that section.  Their fabric is really soft to the touch, and the colors are awesome!  Go check them out if you haven't already.
I cut 6" strips from yardage, and used a 60 degree triangle to get my large triangles.  It went together fast.  And it's so pretty!
I used a mint colored fabric from Cotton + Steel for the back and binding.  It matched perfectly.  This quilt is for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quilted Halloween Table Runner

My friend Barbara and I had a sewing day where we made Halloween tablerunners.  It was so much fun!  This was very simple to make.

I used one charm pack and made two table runners from them.  Those 5" squares go a long way!  I used the fabric line The Boo Crew by Moda.  I had some other fabric yardage for the borders.  I made one for me and one for my mom.

The fabric for the back is so cool, the skeletons glow in the dark!
It's all about the fabric, am I right?
Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

European Pillow Shams

One of my Etsy customers asked me to make European Pillow Shams for her.  I've made her several quilts already, and she wanted them to match the quilts that she has.  This was a really fun project!

I used my favorite bright and happy prints for these, and quilted them.  They are like mini quilts!  Each pillow is 26" square, or 65cm square.
This pattern is called Spin Cycle by Cluck Cluck Sew
This pattern is called Pow Wow by Cluck Cluck Sew
This pattern is Rectangle Squared by Film in the Fridge
This pattern is X-Rated by Carrie Nelson.

Aren't they so fun??

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aqua Centre Quilt

I picked up the book Making Quilts by Kathy Doughty and loved the pattern Red Centre.  It was so versatile, and would look good in any color combination.  I decided to go with aqua (big surprise!).  I used a lot of Cotton + Steel and Architextures fabric, with a lot of low volume scraps.  This quilt was really easy to make, and I ended up adding a few rows to make it bigger.

I had fun quilting big loops on it using my friend Beth's longarm machine.  I'd love a longarm, but we'd have to sleep on the couch in order to make room for one haha!

Friday, August 08, 2014

The Sewing Room Swap

Instagram is one of the funnest social media sites.  One of my friends said she was joining the Sewing Room Swap.  I had to jump on board, I hadn't done a swap for a long time.  We all got our names and suggestions for what our partner's would want.  Everyone really went all out and made beautiful items for each other's sewing rooms.

My partner loves Anna Maria Horner, and wanted something to carry her hand work around in, since she's always on the go.  I settled on making the Divided Basket by Noodlehead.

And the Triple Zip Pouch.  So much fun to make!  I changed the pattern to make it a bit longer.
My partner sent me the most beautiful items, I can't believe how well she had me pegged!  I am thrilled with what I received.  It was really a fun swap!
I just love it all, the mini quilt is hanging in my bedroom, it's adorable.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Woodland Sampler

This adorable cross stitch sampler was finished last winter, and I haven't been able to share it yet.  The pattern is by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  Isn't it the cutest?
I've stitched so many "monthly" samplers, I just can't help it...
I've yet to find a new cross stitch project, I've got to start digging in my stash to see what I can find!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Swoon Quilt finish

Almost every quilter that I meet, wants to make a Swoon quilt, or they have already!  It's a very fun pattern, that uses fat quarters, and comes together to make a large 80" x 80" quilt top.  My friends and I did a quilting bee and all made each other blocks, this was the pattern I chose.  It makes me so happy to see this quilt finished.

You have all got fabric stashed away for the perfect project right?  That is what these fabrics were, my favorites!  A lot of Tula Pink, and Anna Maria Horner, with a few perfect beachy fabrics thrown in.

I used a white with gray dots for the background, it softens it quite a bit.  The fabric is from Bonnie & Camille's Moda fabric line called Vintage Modern.  The binding is a Tula Pink fabric from her line Salt Water.  I used an aqua voile on the back of it.  My friend Beth let me borrow her long arm to quilt it.  It was such a fun quilt to make.  Thanks for the memories Jenn, Barbara, Colleen, Ellen, Becky, Elizabeth and Joni!
I was able to finish this quilt while camping up in the mountains at Odell Lake, and the whole reason we went all of the way out there was to see Crater Lake!  Have you been there??? It was so beautiful, here are a few photos, and yes, the water really is that blue.
I hope you're having a lovely summer! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Odds and Ends baby quilt finish

This quilt has been on my mind ever since I made the quilt Odds & Ends for the book Quilting Happiness.  I wanted to make one in bright colors, and finally, I got around to it.  

Here is the quilt I made for the book:

When my best friend from high school told me she was expecting a baby girl this summer, I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her.  
I went for bright and summery.
I also decided to leave out the sashing and borders for this quilt, I didn't want it to be too big.
I finished it while we were in Sisters for the quilt show.  The house we stayed at had a corral out back, perfect for pictures.
I love making quilts with lots of pieces, it's a bit fussy and requires some concentration.  
I free motion quilted flowers on each block, and put a soft aqua flannel backing on it.   It was so fun to make, and with each stitch I thought of my friend and her soon to be baby, such a wonderful thing!