Thursday, February 5, 2015

Nautical Economy Blocks

If you spend any time on instagram you know that, a while back Red Pepper Quilts posted a tutorial for the Economy Block. Initially I wasn't sold on the block. It's great for fussy cutting and "I don't really have a lot of novelty fabrics" is what I thought.

Then I was organizing my fabrics I realized that I have a ton of novelty fabrics and they are all one theme. Surprise surprise. Nautical!

So this project became a leader/ender project that I've been working on for many months.

These are fun little blocks, but you do need a LOT of them to wind up with a quilt of any size. I kept thinking I had plenty only to find my quilt was more the size of a doormat.

Ultimately, I think this will make a great I-Spy quilt for a kid. It would also be great for baby tummy time! 

I also backed this one in flannel for a little extra warmth and snuggle factor.

Quilt stats:
Size: 40"x50"
Pattern: Economy Block
Fabrics: Mix of scraps and stash
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 1/20/15

Monday, February 2, 2015

Chopsticks Finished

This pattern is one of the greats. It's called Chopsticks and is by Jaybird Quilts. Why do I say it's a great pattern? For one thing, Julie always makes her patterns so easy to follow with great diagrams. There is no 'trying to figure it out'. It's so easy! The other reason is that if you do a google search for this pattern you will see it in so many colors. You can't go wrong, all fabrics look great with this pattern!!

Mine was made with Joel Dewberry's Bungalow. I fell in love with this line immediately and knew I needed to make something just for me!

Of course when I was laying it out to baste it, both my kids wanted to lay claim to it!  I think my daughter may have wanted it for the backing. I used flannel on this one and the color screams Anna from Frozen (at least to me!).

You can really see my straight line quilting on the back with that flannel. What I wound up doing was dividing the triangle into equal parts and then stitching a quarter inch from the edges. I think it gave it a nice texture.

I used up my scraps for a scrappy binding.

I will definitely be making another Chopsticks!

Quilt stats:
Size: 49" x60"
Fabrics: Bungalow
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 1/25/15

Monday, January 5, 2015

Diamond Quilt finish

I got in another finish in 2014 that I never got a chance to blog about. This one will be hard to talk about because honestly, it took me so long, I don't remember much about it! I started this quilt in 2013 after I started back to work. This quilt was planned to match the colors at work so I could hang it in my office.

When I pulled this out of my WIP pile this year, I had labeled the backing with Fall 2013.  Whoops! It sat in my sewing room for a year finished, back constructed, but un quilted!

I also don't remember the pattern I used. I know this was a really old pattern and it was paper piecing. I remember struggling with this because when I made copies of the one block, it must not have been laying flat on the machine. I think there were some slight bends because it got a little fiddly as I was putting it together. As a result, it is not the most flat wall hanging. But only you and I know that! ;)

I did have a lot of fun with the quilting on this one. I practiced my fmq on this in the green parts and then did a pattern I got from Angela Walters latest book Shape by Shape. Side note - fantastic book, highly recommend it!

As always you can see the quilting much better on the back. My straight lines need a little more work, but I was pretty happy with my stippling!

So there you have it!  Sorry for the lack of information. It's now been taken to work and hangs in my office.

Quilt stats:
Size: 50"x50"
Pattern: Unknown
Fabrics: Mix of scraps and stash
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 12/2014

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Clothing

I normally don't like sewing clothing for the kids. Neither really seems to appreciate it (my daughter is NOT a girly girl) and it's not my favorite type of sewing. However, I got bit by the bug when I saw this cute London pattern by Mod Kid Boutique. We don't do a super dressy Christmas so when I saw the styling ideas in corduroy, I was sold! I made this cute little dress out of snowman and black corduroy with red accent fabric.

Then, as I was making this dress, I had the snowmen laid out and my son came in and announces, "I want one!". I'm sure he had no idea what he was asking for, but I had enough fabric to make something else. So back to ModKid's website and I found the Keagan pattern. I mean how cool is that for a little boy. I love all the different styles. I decided on the bowling shirt for Evan and it came out so sweet!

And here are my little munchkins in action. (Of course they don't like posing together so this was the best I could do!)

The outfits were perfect! The short sleeves were great for how warm it is at grandmas and the snowmen were a hit! And I would highly recommend ModKid's patterns. I don't do a lot of sewing, but they were easily understood by me so I'd say most with a basic garment sewing knowledge could do them!

And I have to give a shout out to my mom who used to make matching dresses for me and my sister.
Check out those pinafores!! I'm the little one - you know the one who looks exactly like my son! haha! The clothing tradition continues.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Teacher gifts this year

In all the holiday busy-ness, I never shared my teacher gifts. I had 16 teachers to make for this year because of my little guy being in a toddler room and my older one in two schools (blasted part time kindergarten!). So for the majority of teachers, they got these little Mini Treat Totes. I've linked to the free pattern for you.
These went together so fast! I did most of them during our Philly MQG retreat in November. And i used a lot of my adorable Kawaii fabric from the Pink Castle Kawaii Fabric club. Here's a close up of one of my favorite pieces.

I got a great groupon for the Body Shop and got body butters to put in these bags for the teachers.

I decided that my daughter's kindergarten teacher needed a bigger gift. She has 25 kids in her class but still really takes the time with each kid. So I made her the Jane Market Tote from the pattern I bought a few years ago.

 These are such a great bag. Good all purpose size and quick to go together!

The pattern doesn't call for it, but I use stabilizer in it so they are a little stiffer and will maintain shape a little better. Helps when you are trying to load it.

I also made some key fobs for the bus drivers, but forgot to take pictures of those. I hope they are happy with them!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Must love purple again....

I have another quilt to share, but it looks very much like something I've made before!

 Yup, my Must Love Purple quilt that I showed at Bloggers Quilt Fest 2012. I was contacted by someone who wanted me to recreate this for her and I was happy to do it. After all, I love purple!

Most of the fabrics came from my stash, but she did provide several and I tried to tailor the color palate to what she sent me. I had taken this to a retreat to quilt it and was asked where I got all the purple. I realized that I have just been collecting it! When I find it, I buy a little bit here and there!

The tutorial for this block can be found here at Nittany Block Party.

I kept the quilting deliberately loose (as in, not densely quilted) so the quilt will be nice and snuggly. I only quilted along the scrappy stripes and then around the borders. I used a variegated thread (didn't get a great shot of that).

This is ONE BIG QUILT! Because I stink at quilt math, she asked for 80" x90" and I wound up at 90" x 100"! LOL  To give you a sense of the size, one of the 4 parts that makes up the square is 6.75".

You can see the quilting a little better on the back of the quilt. All of the greens and the blue back here are extras of what the client sent me.

I made the binding scrappy too. I always love a scrappy binding. Now to send this off to it's new home!

Quilt stats:
Size: 90" x 100"
Pattern: X String Block
Fabrics: Mix of scraps and stash
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 11/14/2014

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!


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