Sunday, November 9, 2014

Oh my gosh you guys! I am so humbled and excited. This was my first time doing an all applique quilt. And the first time doing free motion on a longarm! I'm so thrilled to have won the favorite quilt in the applique category. I just wanted to post and thank you all for your votes! This is so thrilling for me and I appreciate all of your votes!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Mini Flower

I am also entering this quilt in the Bloggers Quilt Festival - the Mini Quilt Category. I made this quilt over the summer for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap on IG. This was a design I had seen on an accuquilt block contest that I used and interpreted for the swap. Final size on this was 20" wide and tall.

First thing I did was a test version in my own colors.

I decided it needed an added border and that I loved the spiral quilting. I gave her pockets in the corner for hanging and a little note on my label.

The recipients colors were fushia and orange. Not a color combo that I typically work in, but I LOVE! It was so fun to step out of my box and make this. And I think the colors are perfect for a flower.

If you like it, please go and vote for me at the Bloggers Quilt Fest!

Bloggers Quilt Festival - The Tree Edition

Hi everyone and welcome to my little stop of the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I'm entering these two quilts as one entry into the Applique category because they are the same quilt in different colorways. So if you like what you see, please go and vote for me! :)

Of course there is a story behind these quilts!  My sister's girlfriend had asked me if I could make her a baby quilt for her girlfriend. I immediately agreed. I love doing baby quilts! She told me the mother loved trees and so I started searching for a great tree pattern.

Shortly after I had started the planning process, she sent me an email. The mother had her ultrasound and she was having twin girls!! So, could I make two tree quilts.  Well, that made the price of this Lilly Pilly pattern much more affordable!

The other story behind this quilt is the binding. This is the bridesmaid dress worn by the woman who commissioned the quilt at the mothers wedding. I thought that was such a sweet touch! I had wanted to do a very wide binding, but once it changed to two quilts I was nervous about having enough!

For the backs of the quilts I decided to use only one print so they could be flipped over. I love these backing prints!

Both prints are part of the Joann's designer collection (but I can't remember the specific names). 

The tree trunk, branches and birds are raw edge applique. The leaves were done by drawing the shape on interfacing, sewing to the fabric and then flipping inside out. That way I was able to just free motion stitch those down.

I do have to say, I'm most especially proud of the quilting on this.  I was able to go over to my friend Denise's house and use her long-arm. For the first time I used the front side and did free motion quilting based from Angela Walters new book Shape by Shape Quilting. I can't say enough good things about that book - go check it out!

And just a close up of the cute little birds on the tree and my quilting within the leaves: 

I'm very proud of these quilts and I hope you've enjoyed seeing them! If so, please go vote for me on the applique page right here.

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Trees for Twins
Pattern: Lilly Pilly
Fabrics: scraps, kona white and snow, bridesmaid dress
Finished size: 38"x51"
Finished: 10/5/14

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A special wedding gift!

I just finished and photographed my Metro Lattice quilt from Sew Kind of Wonderful. This quilt is going to be a wedding quilt for my nephew who is getting married next weekend.

They are in their early 20's and so I wanted to find something with a cooler vibe for them. I thought this was appropriate since it is a new twist on the Double Wedding Ring.

I found out that the bride's favorite color is purple so I went with my favorite Joel Dewberry line so far, Bungalow. Mixed it with a kona purple (I don't remember which one!) and a kona snow and voila!!

My feet as I try to get high enough to take the photo!!
My lovely friend Denise had me over to her place to long arm this quilt. I'm so addicted to long arming, I love how fast it is and the great results. Here are some shots of the quilting I chose. I love the secondary pattern that looks like a heart.

I have to say, I love how this pattern came together. This is my second quilt with the Quick Curve Ruler and I love the detail they put into their pattern writing. Everything is clear and easy to follow and leads to such impressive results (in my option).

I went with the blue color on the front for the backing. I found this print from ModKid at Joann's and I loved it so much I did the entire back in it with my label pieced within.

And the binding is one of my favorite prints from Bungalow. Cut on the bias it makes a really fun binding.

I hope the newlyweds love it as much as I do! I'm having a hard time parting with it!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Wedding Metro Lattice
Pattern: Metro Lattice
Fabrics: Joel Dewberry Bungalow, Kona purple and snow
Finished size: 57" x 69"
Finished: 9/22/14

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Zig Zag Quilt

Have you ever just been so glad to be done with a quilt that you aren't even sure if you are happy with it?! I'm on the fence with this one and I'm thinking it's because of all the hurdles. I'll start showing all the pictures of the quilting on this as I tell the story behind this quilt (because I did different FMQ on each fabric!).

This quilt is for my mother and we started planning for it in January when I went to visit her. She chose The Zig Zag Quilt pattern from the book Quilting Happiness. I was thrilled because it's one of my favorites in the book. We went to her LQS and she chose these fabrics for her guest room. At first she wanted queen size. A friend was helping me do the math for that when she then decided the size in the book was okay! I had already cut my white fabric so I went out and got more.

The piecing on this one gave me a bit of trouble. First off, it uses templates. I really hate using templates! And especially for the number of pieces this quilt required. So I used my triangle ruler and my Sidekick ruler and laid them on the templates to get my measurements for the cutting. Maybe that was my problem? But I also had issues with the measurements and quantities that were listed in the book being incorrect. I had to go back and cut more.

So I would definitely categorize this quilt as intermediate/advanced because of those issues. But I believe the designer had said the same thing!

Then I made a rookie mistake and just threw a backing on the quilt without thinking about it. You can TOTALLY see all my quilting on the back and it just rubs me the wrong way.

I even considered putting a second backing on this to cover it up and then stitch in the ditch for the continuous zig zags. Ultimately I decided to let it go! Cue the music for all of you with Frozen loving children.

I'm sure I'll grow to re-love this quilt once I've had some space for it. But at the moment, I'm happy to say goodbye to it and send it off to Florida!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: The Zig Zag Quilt
Pattern: from Quilting Happiness
Fabrics: various batiks, kona, white sketchy print and a Basic Gray black/grey
Finished size: 42" x 54"
Finished: 6/1/14

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rail Fence for Charity

Have you seen Crazy Mom Quilts Charity QAL? She is doing her QAL for charity and all quilts are welcome, not just the Rail Fence pattern. They are being sent to Margaret's Hope Chest. 

The Rail Fence is the tutorial she gave so I followed along and made this 'boy' quilt. It was a great use of scraps and yardage and came together so quickly!

Here's a close up so you can see some of the fabrics I used. My 5 yr old was particularly smitten with those robots!

I bound this completely by machine using this technique and I loved it. It was quick and easy and I feel like my quilt is more stable which I prefer when I don't know who will be caring for it.  You can see both the front and backs of my binding in the above photo and see how clean it looks.

I totally forgot to piece my label on the back! I don't often forget that step, but I guess because I had all these great big pieces, I was excited about how easy it was going to be and it never occurred to me. I will probably hand sew a label before I mail it.

I did a simple wavy line quilting across the whole thing. My daughter helped me with this stage. I put the pedal up on the table for her to push and she was thrilled!

I was a bit nervous about how this would come together, but I'm thrilled with the results. Hopefully this quilt will make some little boy (or girl!) happy!!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: none
Pattern: Rail Fence
Fabrics: Scrappy from stash
Finished size: 54" x66"
Finished: 6/8/14

Monday, June 30, 2014

A mini quilt - or 2!

I was one of the lucky 600(!!) to participate in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap#2. My package has been received by the new owner (and she loves it!) so I wanted to share it here. 

My partner didn't have a very large presence on social media with her likes and dislikes. Thankfully, she provided me with her favorite colors. She likes Cerise (deep pink) and Orange as a color combo. So I ran with it. What I tend to do with these swaps is try and find something that inspires me. If I'm inspired, hopefully others will like what I make!

Lately I've been obsessed with curves. So I was inspired by a posting in the AccuQuilt Block contest called Pretty in Purple. I posted the start of my trial quilt before. Here's the finished version.

I'm glad I did this trial run. What I discovered was that when I was trimming my curves, I was trimming to 1/2 inch and that was leaving gaps, I need to trim to 1/4 inch. And, after I got the binding on, I realized I have some misplaced fabrics in the blue petals!! Once you see it, you can't un-see it!

My quilt for my partner turned out much better! I even like the color scheme better. This was my first time with spiral quilting and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I spiral quilted it with variegated pink thread.

I added my label and some corner pocket holders for hanging to the back.

I had some great fabrics on the back!

And as always with swaps I included some extras. Though I was starting to feel bad about not including enough. Some members were including great homemade pouches, mug rugs and other goodies! I did include a rainbow loom bracelet for her little girl, that my little girl made! And you can see, I stuck to the pink and orange theme!

This was such a great swap. I'm so excited to get my package, I'll be sure to post photos when it arrives. Now what am I going to do with all this found time since I'm not stalking #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap! Better go check my mailbox!


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