Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Vintage Quilt

A couple months ago, I helped my friend put some borders on a vintage polyester quilt top her grandmother made years ago. She sent it off to a quilter and brought it back to me to bind. I have to admit that this is the first quilt I've bound all by myself. Usually, I hand them off to my mom to finish! It felt really good to finally learn how to do it and get a lot of practice. I used this tutorial for a slick, quick, invisible stitch. My binding strips were 2 inches wide, cut on the bias.

{Credit} Fabric: Dream On by Urban Chicks for Moda. Pattern: Vintage.

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Projects

Well, I've been feeling the itch to start some new projects this week, so I pulled out some charm packs of April Cornell's Prayer Flag line that I've had in the closet for a year. These fabrics are beautiful. I think I could stare at them all day long. I know I want some applique on this one to spruce it up a bit, but I haven't come up with what yet.

I also decided to join the houndstooth craze and start a pink and black houndstooth quilt inspired mostly by Vanessa's pattern found here. Since I like figuring things out for myself, I made up my own measurements and methods for putting it together after looking at pictures for awhile. I think it's really fun and, surprisingly, it was quite easy to assemble. My mom thinks it needs a Scottie dog appliqued on it. So cute, right?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CutieTutties Winner

Congratulations Jami! You get to pick anything from the shop you'd like! I'll be emailing you shortly.

Thanks for all the blog love everyone. I hope you are all enjoying this Christmas season!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

CutieTutties Vinyl Giveaway

Remember these cute kitchen labels I posted a few months ago?

They are from my sister-in-law's Etsy shop called CutieTutties, and this week she's giving away any item in her shop to one of my lucky readers! This would be perfect for a last-minute Christmas gift or something for your own home. You can get up to two entries:

1. Become a follower of my blog by clicking "Follow" on the right side. Then leave a comment on this post telling me you did so. If you already follow my blog, just leave a comment telling me that you do.
2. Create a link to this giveaway by posting it on your own blog or Facebook. Leave a separate comment telling me you've done so.
That's it! US residents only, please.

The giveaway will close Wednesday, December 14th at noon. Good luck!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Basket Weave Baby Quilt

It's done and in the shop! I decided to use the cute stripe as a bias binding, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. This is actually a very simple pattern, but I love that it doesn't look like squares.

{Credit} Pattern: Original.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ginger Belle

Here's another beautiful quilt my mom-in-law recently finished. I had absolutely no part in this one, but I still feel like I need to show it off a little. I know this one took hours and hours and hours...and it looks gorgeous on her bed!

{Credit} Pattern: Ginger Belle by Carrie Nelson (Miss Rosie Patterns). Class taught by Flora Gillman. Fabric: Vicksburg by Judie Rothermel. Machine quilting: Lynne Peterson.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mary Belle Quilt

I wanted to show off my mother-in-law's latest finished quilt. She started this one at the Panquitch Quilt Walk back in 2010 and she let me tag along to the class with her. I helped her do a couple blocks, but that's about all the credit I can take. I think it turned out simply stunning!

{Credit} Pattern: Mary Belle by Joyce Weeks (Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.). Fabric: Assorted prints sold in a kit. Machine quilting: Lynne Peterson.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Basket Weave Baby Quilt Top

Mom and I came up with another baby quilt idea. We thought it looked a lot like the weaving on a basket, hence the name "basket weave." (Two words or one?) We're also thinking about appliqueing something cute on there...somewhere... 

I like this stripe, but I'm not sure if I want it as a border or binding. Thoughts?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Peek-A-Boo Posie Baby Quilt

This was a fun little project to do, mostly because the fabric is so bright and cheery. The funky little flowers are appliqued on and then I did a funky scribble-looking stitch on the top. The quilting was loopy and also echoed the flowers. Lots of fun. It's in the shop!

{Credit} Fabric: Assorted prints, including Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit Fabrics. Pattern: Original.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Decadence Winner

Congratulations Anna! You won the fat quarter stack and thank you to Riley Blake!

Happy November!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another Tutorial and a GIVEAWAY!

Look at this fun package that arrived in the mail this week from Riley Blake!

Have I mentioned before how much I love Riley Blake fabrics? I had so much fun doing the Trick or Treat runner for their blog and they are graciously allowing me to do another tutorial with their new Decadence line. I'll be posting it early next year. Anyway...this is what I'm really posting about:

Look at this beautiful fat quarter bundle they sent for me to giveaway to one of my readers! These are worth about 60 bucks, folks. And, the best part is, I have very few readers so you have a great chance of winning it! Here's how to enter:

Become a follower of my blog by clicking "Follow" on the right side. Then leave a comment on this post telling me you did so. It's that easy! If you already follow my blog, just leave a comment telling me that you do. If for some reason you have trouble posting a comment, send me an email.
One entry per person, please. US residents only.

The giveaway will close Saturday, November 5th at noon. Good luck!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rain or Shine Quilt

I finished this little baby quilt and gave it to my prego sister-in-law tonight. My niece will be arriving in January and it was so much fun to make this for her. I got some good practice quilting daisies on the goose chase runner, so I went ahead and did a similar pattern on this one.

{Credit} Pattern: Rain or Shine by Elizabeth Hartman. Fabric: Assorted.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fresh Squeezed Runners

I've got three runners from Sandy Gervais' adorable Fresh Squeezed line ready to quilt and bind! These fabrics were so much fun to play with--really bright and cheery. As soon as I can get these and a few more of my projects finished, I'm going to open up an Etsy shop. Details to come!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Goose Chase Table Runner

I finally finished up the last of my "Objects of Desire" scraps. It's kind of sad to have it all used up, but I'm happy that none of it was wasted! The flying geese units were made with a Lazy Girl ruler. The quilting on this one was a bit experimental; I went for a stipple-like stitch with daisies thrown in occasionally.

{Credit} Pattern: Original. Fabric: Objects of Desire by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blessing Gowns

My mother is a wonderful seamstress. She made these two beautiful blessing gowns a few months ago, and I thought I'd post pictures of them because they are just too precious not to show off a little. Hours and hours of work here, folks.

Here's the first:

And the second:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mod Leaf Shams Complete!

With lots of help from Mom, we got these babies done in two days! It was definitely a fun project. I spent a couple hours just playing with the fabric scraps. This project was a little out of my comfort zone, though..definitely more funky and modern than my usual baby quilt project.

{Credit} Inspiration: RobinsEggBlue. Fabric: Assorted scraps and linen.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Coming Soon: Mod Leaf Pillow Shams

Meet my new bedspread:

This awesome quilt was made years ago by Ty's grandma and I'm so excited to put it on our bed. I'm trying to break out of my blue-and-brown decorating rut and try something new! I love all the fun scraps and bright colors in the quilt and decided to make pillow shams that would both complement it's funky nature and update it.

I got my inspiration from this amazing blog. I love her raw-edge applique and funky stitch style. What do you think?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Man-Quilt Update

Well, I finally put the sashing on these blocks and finished the top. I agonized over using a color or just plain black for months, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. If you remember, Ty chose the pattern, color scheme, and fabric. I'm not sure if I can handle quilting this one on my own, but I might give it a shot.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rocking Horse Baby Quilt

Remember these red-white-and-blue squares from the girls' reunion this summer?

For whatever reason, I just could not get inspired to make a patriotic quilt. I tried lost of different layouts for the half-square triangles and they looked great, but I just wasn't feeling it. So, I defaulted to my comfort zone and decided to make a baby quilt. I picked out the most "cowboy" looking blocks and asked Mom to applique a rocking horse on the bottom corner. She's much better at applique than I am. I free-motion quilted it with a loopy "lasso" looking stitch. What do you think?

I still have several squares leftover blocks for another project!
{Credit} Pattern: Original. Fabric: Assorted. Applique: Dee.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quilt Camp...

...in my living room. Mom and I have gone a little project crazy lately, since my parents are living with us temporarily while their new house gets finished. We've started a few runners and almost completed a baby quilt that I'll post pictures of soon. We're having so much fun!

Here's a new runner using an adorable charm pack of Sandy Gervais' Fresh Squeezed line. This fabric was a prize at the Girls' Reunion I attended several weeks ago. No, I didn't win it. My husband's cousin did. And she was sweet enough to give it to me. Thank you, Whitney! I just love those citrus prints! Does the pattern look familiar? My sister-in-law's cute fall quilt inspired me, so I used the same design on a smaller scale.

More posts soon!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fabulous Fall Quilt Top

This quilt top comes from my sister-in-law JoEllen. I really can't take any of the credit for it, except for pressing a few of the squares for her last week! Every once in a while we get together and work on sewing projects, but busy lives and lots of kids makes it difficult. We really need to do it more often! I love these deep fall colors together, especially the aqua and gold.

{Credit} Pattern: Ashley's Journey by Pie Plate Patterns. Fabric: Fabulous Fall by Deb Strain for Moda.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vintage Quilt Top

I got the borders on the adorable vintage pink and green quilt this week. For the back, I decided to just do a simple strip of coral down one side with white stop borders on either side.

 This one is getting professionally quilted. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Vintage Quilt Project

My friend Jessica has asked me to help her finish this fun quilt project. Her grandma made this awesome polyester quilt top years and years ago and I'm going to help her finish it!

She found these awesome fabrics from Dream On by Urban Chicks for Moda. The plan is to add some borders and create a modern-looking back. I'll post pictures when it's finished!