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!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Favorite Quilt

I'm linking up with SewMamaSew's "my Favorite Quilt" post today -- such a fun series and link-up party, too!
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt is definitely my Farmer's Wife Quilt, which I finished in late 2011.  The background is Kona Snow, and the fabrics are Sugar Pop by Liz Scott for Moda.  I started with 1 layer cake and a couple of 1/2 yards, but had to order more when I was about halfway finished -- another layer cake for variety, and another couple of 1/4 yards of my favorite prints.  This quilt is made of of 90 blocks, to celebrate my Grandma's 90th birthday.

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests? 
No.  I finished it just in time to give it to my grandmother for her 90th birthday -- so I missed the deadline on the Minnesota Quilt Show and State Fair.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
(Quilt Back)
My Grandmother, of course!  But my mom, aunt, and uncle helped me with the paper piecing of these blocks -- you can read more about the process in the original post
What do you like best about the quilt? How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I love everything about this quilt!  There are some blocks that were so tricky, but I just love how they turned out.  I certainly got a lot of practice paper-piecing while making this quilt -- so now I feel like a paper-piecing pro!  This was the first queen sized quilt that I free motion quilted myself.  I used a fairly small meandering pattern throughout the solid fabric.  I love how it made the individual blocks pop!
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I don't think I'd change a thing -- I love it just the way it is.
Where is the quilt now?
The quilt is in my Grandparent's condo, in their guest bedroom -- it's a beautiful space!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Adventures in Free Motion Quilting

My 2nd entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival this spring is a quilt I'm calling "Adventures in Free Motion Quilting."  The pattern is called 9-Patch Puzzle, by The Girl Who Quilts -- isn't it fabulous?!  Such a great pattern for using large scale prints.   For the 8 inch squares I used up most of my AMH Good Folks stash, and the borders are all various shades of Kona creams and browns.  I LOVE this quilt!

The back is made up of some "orphan" blocks, also from AMH Good Folks fabrics.  I don't remember when I made these, or why I didn't make enough for a full quilt, but I really like them on the back of this quilt.

Here you can see my quilting a little better -- for each of the front sections, I tried a different FMQ technique.  I had Angela Walter's book sitting open near my sewing machine, and when I finished one section, I'd look through the book for inspiration for what to do next.  There were many times when I was worried that I was ruining this quilt - but it was great practice, and it helped me figure out which designs I had fun doing, and which ones I'd never choose again!

Quilt Stats
Blogger's Quilt Festival "Home Machine Quilted" Category
Fabrics: AMH Good Folks, various shades of Kona Cotton solids
Pattern:  9-Patch Puzzle
Quilting:  free motion quilted on my Juki
Size: 64 X 72 inches
Binding: leftover scraps from the quilt top
Backing: orphan blocks plus large pieces of Kona solids

Thanks so much for visiting!
Enjoy the rest of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!