Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Modern Quilting, Cats

Here is my latest finished quilt, meow!
I'm calling it Modern Cats:
I've had a cat quilt in mind for a long time, ever since I saw this one on Flickr.   October is my month to be the quilter for my do. Good Stitches circle, so I asked the other members to make cat blocks in bright solids or black and white prints.  But then I just couldn't wait for all of the blocks to roll in, and decided to make a cat quilt of my own.  For my cat quilt I actually used the tutorial for making a "basic cat" at Oh, Fransson, and then added wide white borders.  It was a quick one to sew up -- I finished it in just a couple of days!
(my sample blocks for do. Good Stitches)

Quilt Stats
Modern Cats, a baby quilt measuring 46 x 36 inches
Fabrics: Kona white background, various black and white prints
Backing: an Ikea houses print I've had forever
Quilting: 30 degree diagonals, spaced 2 1/2 inches apart
(it crinkled up nicely after washing/drying, and I'm glad that the diagonals are still visible!)
Binding: Kona chartreuse, with scraps of black/white dots
Entered into the Modern Quilts Category, Bloggers Quilt Festival


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rainbow Butterflies

As soon as school was out last June, my twins asked me what type of quilt we were going to make for the summer.  They loved helping me put together the Scrappy Squares Quilt last summer, and could hardly wait to start a new project.
  I made a sample block, and my girls designed the rest.  They worked with my jar of 2 inch square scraps first, and then moved on to the 1.5 inch scraps (I did the sewing --they found it more fun to design blocks than sew -- actually sewing blocks will be my goal for them next summer).  All the butterfly blocks are in rainbow order, with some completely scrappy, and some "symmetrical," as my girls like to say!  I used a black and white dot print for the center stripe and the binding, and a white with black dots print for the backing.
  We took the quilt to my parent's house last weekend for a photo shoot, and wouldn't you know, in all of our photos the quilt is upside down.  I can't believe that I didn't notice this!

 My crazy block designers, so proud of their quilt:

Quilt Stats
Rainbow Butterflies, A Scrappy Rainbow Quilt
Measures 68 x 48 inches
Quilted on my Juki, in a flowery/butterfly design
Blogger's Quilt Festival, ROYGBIV category

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Works in Progress

Here's a sneak peak of something I've been working on for the past two weeks:
It's a really fun block, but complicated, too!  
I'll show more of it when Elizabeth releases the pattern, later this month.
I have a large collection of various Amy Butler dot fabrics,
and am happy that I finally found something to do with them!

I started a new project this week:
 In the midst of a complicated project, sometimes it's nice to make something that comes together quickly!  This pattern is called Refreshingly Retro, from Elizabeth's book Becoming a Confident Quilter.  It's a fun twist on a nine patch, and quick and easy, too.  I cut out all of my fabric yesterday AND finished four blocks.  Hopefully I'll get the next eight done today?!

 Linking up to WIP Wed!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quick Summer Project

Here's a sweet little quilt that I made over the summer:

The pattern is from Rachel's (Stitched in Color) curves class that she taught online last year sometime.  I made one during the class time, but was never completely happy with it, and always planned to make another.  I love this one!  Wouldn't these make fun Christmas gifts, too?!
This mini quilt measures about 18 inches square.

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


This summer we . . .
ate a lot of ice cream,
grew flowers and veggies,
went to a Little House on the River camp,
enjoyed the MN State Fair,
made a few quilts and bee blocks,
spent lots of time on the water,
made a crafting table out of an old door,
fostered 2 litters of kittens (& only adopted 1!),
and celebrated a birthday.
So much fun, I didn't want it to end.

I'll be back soon to write more about this summers' quilts!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sewvivor -- CityHouseStudio

Here is my entry into Sewvivor 3: Quilters Edition -- a New York Beauty Mini quilt.
Here you can see the small scale of this quilt -- it finishes at just under 20 inches square.

This mini quilt uses the NYB block 4 template, and some of my favorite Katie Jump Rope fabrics.  I absolutely love the KJR yellows!  This quilt was definitely a challenge to piece, but fun, too.  I loved seeing the tiny paper pieced sun's rays come together!  And I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I had to make sure that all of those curves matched up really well before I was satisfied.  I've seen NY Beauty blocks quilted in a variety of ways, but I'm really happy with how I chose to quilt it -- straight line rays in the middle, and circles that gradually widen around the edges.  
(quilt back)

Thanks so much to Rach H at Family Ever After for hosting Sewvivor 3!
I was SO thrilled to hear that it was a Quilter's Edition!

Bright Solids

I recently finished another quilt!
This one has been a work in progress for quite awhile.
Last year sometime, I asked my do. Good Stitches bee mates to make Road to Tennessee blocks with bright Kona solids.  The blocks sat in my sewing room for a long time, until I came up with a layout that I liked.  I love how the one block set in a square of white really shows off the pattern.

I quilted the white spaces in straight lines -- rectangles around the outer edges of the quilt, and straight lines that echo the center solids in the middle.  The rest of the quilt is quilted in a swirly/loopy meander, in a bright variegated thread.  Fun!


The finished quilt measures 62 x 50 inches.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts at Finish it up Friday!