Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mini Flag Wall Hanging

I finished my mini American flag and found the perfect spot for it to hang. It looks great above this awesome 1940's Singer in my entryway.

I added two simple pockets on the back for a small dowel to fit inside. I also quilted the heck out of this thing and it was so fun! This is definitely one project worth repeating.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Quilting Inspiration

It has been a long time since I've looked at a blog that has made me literally drop my jaw. Yesterday, I discovered Jenny Pedigo's Sew Kind of Wonderful. Go check it out. You won't be disappointed. Even though I don't have a long-arm quilter, I felt very inspired to try some more difficult quilting designs on my regular machine. I had a mini flag laying around that I pieced last month and decided to experiment on it.
Here's how it turned out.

I think it's easier to see the detail from the back.

It was fun, different, challenging, and all that other good stuff that leaves you feeling satisfied.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Christmas Sewing

I've spent the last week or so finishing up some Christmas projects. Here in Phoenix, it's still warm and sunny but we've got to be having some cold weather coming any day now... First, I finished my Frolic block runner that I started a few months ago. I also made a Christmas runner similar to the Halloween one I did this year. Enjoy the pictures and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Phoenix Holiday Boutique: Coming Soon

For those of you in Phoenix, on Saturday, November 16th from 9 am to 2 pm there will be huge holiday craft/gift fair at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Central Ave. and Bethany Home.

One reason you should come is that I will be a vendor there! This is my first time selling at a boutique and I'm excited to see how it goes. Wish me luck!

For more information, check out the Facebook page here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Some Thoughts

Just one picture to share today:

This beautiful stack of Kona solids is going to become a quilt. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

I'm not a writer. I've never considered myself one. The only English class I feel like I've ever truly enjoyed was Business Communications in college. That class was all about grammar rules and being as succinct as possible - I think it's the most mathematical form of writing. There's no need for flowery words and convoluted sentences in business. Sometimes I worry, though, that I am too succinct in my blog writing. I throw a few pictures of a quilt in a post, slap on a caption, and call it good. I rarely really write about my inspiration, my process, and just life in general. I'm going to attempt to do a little of that in this post. If it fails, I'll go back to my old ways...

First of all, I have no idea if anyone is even out there. That's not why I blog, though. I blog because I love looking at my projects and the sense of accomplishment I feel when I realize I can get things done and have a life separate from mommyhood. That's so important for me now when so many days feel like a song stuck on repeat. It's my favorite song, but it gets old nonetheless.

Lately, my inspiration has been coming from other traditional/modern quilt bloggers. Basically, I love seeing modern fabrics used in traditional designs. For some reason the really-out-there-modern quilts don't do anything for me. Right now, I'm loving the fresh style of Rita from Red Pepper Quilts. She's probably my favorite. Once upon a time, I had someone leave a comment on this blog and tell me that all my ideas were borrowed and I had nothing original to contribute. Well, duh! This is quilting. Of course everything is reinvented - we're talking squares and triangles here. Needless to say, I deleted the comment, but her still words stung. What is it about the impersonal world of the internet that makes us think we can tear a perfect stranger down? Maybe I should have written her back and made up some story about how my dog just died or I'm a paraplegic or something. She would have felt awful. I'll have to remember that for next time. The point I'm trying to make is that quilting makes me happy and I don't have to do something that's never been done before to get satisfaction from it. I just have to be me.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Flying Geese

Every once in awhile, I get in these moods where all I want to is finish up old projects. A couple years ago, I won a couple yards of Riley Blake fabric at a drawing at Quilt Retreat. When I got home, I started making several flying geese units. I don't even remember what I had in mind for them. I found them again this morning and decided that something needed to happen with them or I was just going to throw them out.

I started putting together these pinwheel-looking blocks. I'm sure there is a technical name for this pattern, but I don't know what it is.

Now, I just need to incorporate them somehow into a quilt!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Nine-Patch Variation Quilt Top

I know it's been almost a month since I've posted anything, but I haven't been sitting idly. I have been finishing the biggest quilt top I've ever made.

This quilt is going to be my sister-in-law's new bedspread for her king-sized bed.

She bought all the fabric and told me to turn it into whatever I wanted. I love the bold primary colors and thought something simple and geometric would compliment the traditional prints. I was inspired by a pattern in a McCall's magazine called "Two Simple." It was actually supposed to be for just two different fabrics - red and white. I decided to keep red a main color, but throw all the other colors in to replace the large white blocks. I also made the blocks a few inches larger than what the pattern directed.

{Credit} Pattern: Inspired by "Two Simple" by Janice Davis, from McCall's Fast Quilts. Fabric: Assorted. Finished size: 99" by 110".

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Christmas Wreath Mini Quilt

A little finish this weekend that has me ready for December:

My last couple of quilts, I have tried a new binding method that I've seen a lot lately on the internet. After you sew your binding to the top of the quilt, you fold the binding to the back and top-sticth, but while still looking at the top. It requires a lot of pinning and can be frustrating, but I think the result looks very nice.

I love the tight quilting in the negative space only.

{Credit} Fabric: Assorted scraps. Pattern: Original. Finished size: 15" x 15".

Friday, September 13, 2013

Black, White, and HOT PINK!

Just want to show off these pictures I just got from my niece who just finished this quilt. Isn't it fun? The minky on the back looks heavenly, too. This was actually showcased in a county fair last week. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, my niece is eight!

Nice job, Josie. It's beautiful!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Copycat Fall Table Runner

A Fall runner of mine recently sold that I was just starting to think I needed to keep for myself. I decided to replicate it as closely as I could with different, but similar fabric. I used scraps from from other runners I made last year.

{Credit} Fabric: Assorted scraps from Gatherings by Lisa Ballard for Newcastle Fabrics and Trick-or-Treat by Riley Blake. Backed with Kona cotton in Sand. Pattern: Original.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Striped Halloween Table Runner

Just wanted to show off today's finish for the shop. I found a fat quarter of this adorable graveyard print at the local quilt shop for half price and couldn't pass it up. I used another fat quarter I had of an orange print from the Terrain fabric line and striped it with some white Kona cotton. That's it. Super simple.

My free-motion quilting design was inspired by the amazing Elizabeth Hartman. You can read more about her quilting style here.

{Credit} Fabric: Costume Clubhouse by Sheri Berry for Riley Blake (print), Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda (orange), and Kona cotton in black and white. Pattern: Original. Finished size: 14" x 42".

Friday, August 23, 2013

Finished Chickens

Today, I discovered this chicken quilt block that I pieced over two years ago at the quilt retreat in Bryce Canyon. I really enjoyed making the little chickens, but they just got lost in the sea of projects that I've been working on. Instead of making another four blocks like the mini-quilt pattern called for, I decided to just stick with one and make a candle mat. That way, I could finish it now! That's one more WIP crossed off the list.

Quilting this little guy was fun...and only took about 10 minutes!

{Credit} Pattern: Chicken Coop By Cheri Saffitoe for Indygo Junction. Fabric: Assorted prints. Finished size: 12-inch square.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sign up at Etsy

Ever thought about opening an Etsy shop? If so, now is the perfect time to do it! Right now, Etsy is running a promotion of 40 free listings for you and me when you sign up HERE. Listings normally cost $0.20 each, so this is basically $8 in Etsy credit. There is no risk involved. If your items don't sell, you aren't out any cash.

Etsy is a wonderful way to advertise your items to people all over the world that want something unique, quality, and handmade. I have loved having my little shop open the last few years. Even though sales are slow some months, having orders to fill has given me something to do with my spare time and provided a little $ to further my fabric addiction. That's a beautiful thing.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Reverse Wonky Star Mini Quilt

I'm not sure what I love most about this project...The color combination of lime green and tomato red, the funky stars, or the fact that it's headed to Italy this week to be a gift for one of my parents' dear friends. I hope she loves it!

This project definitely took more time than I anticipated. The stars aren't necessarily time consuming, they just require a lot of clipping and pressing.

This mini quilt is meant for use as a Christmas table decoration. I suppose it could also be draped over a couch or even under a tree.

{Credit} Finished size: 27in. by 27 in. Fabric: Green print from Flurry by Kate Spain for Moda.Tutorial used: Silly BooDilly.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Christmas Wonky Stars

I'm finally trying my hand at making wonky stars. These free-pieced stars were originally designed by Gwen Marston in the 90's and are referred to as "liberated stars" in her works. They have become very popular in the blog world as of late, and now I know why. They are incredibly fun to make!

I found this tutorial by Silly BooDilly helpful in making my stars.
{Credit} Fabric: Green print from Flurry by Kate Spain for Moda.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pattern Review: Easy Striped Table Runner

Last week, I pieced and quilted this table runner for my mother-in-law. She picked out a pattern called Easy Striped Table Runner, and it really was quite easy.

The trick is using a fabric with large-scale stripes and creating a mirror image by sewing two sections together.

The entire runner is just five seams. This would be a great project if you only have a few hours.

{Credit} Pattern: Easy Striped Table Runner by Karen Montgomery for the Quilt Company.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Frolic Progress

Just a little progress on my Frolic Christmas blocks. I love how the red really pops out and almost looks like a ribbon wrapping around the other fabrics. I think these blocks just need a border and then they'll become a table runner.

There's definitely a little bit of "fudging" going on here in the seams but the busy prints do a good job at hiding small imperfections.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Custom Snuggle Blanket

Last week, I received a custom order in my shop for a snuggle blanket. The buyer wanted it to look as much like my Vintage Baby one as possible. She sent me the fabrics and I got to work.

The challenge was that the fabric pieces she sent me were leftovers from another project. I had to be careful not to waste any of it, because for several of the prints, I literally used all of it. I love the yellow, aqua, and brown combination for a baby boy and hope the new mommy enjoys it too.

{Credit} Fabric: Prints from Seaside by October Afternoon for Riley Blake and Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit. Back is cuddle fleece from JoAnn. Pattern: Original.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Frolic Variation Quilt Block

This morning I decided to tackle a pile of leftovers from BasicGrey's Jovial line. I wanted to try something new and a little bit challenging - not paper piecing, or partial seams, or anything crazy - just a little more time-consuming.

McCall's Quilting website has an awesome library of traditional quilt blocks and instructions how to make each one. I went with the Frolic Variation. I like it because it looks complex without being over the top. There are very few seams to match up, so it's also very forgiving.

Lots of prepwork (and Lego man photo bomb):

The finished block.

I think this plus two more blocks would make a perfect table runner and maybe, at the rate I am finishing projects, I'll have it done in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Simple Frames Baby Quilt Top

This week, I started a simple quilt top using some adorable nature prints, mostly from Robert Kaufman.

I'm thinking some applique needs to find a home somewhere in there, but I'm not sure what yet. It probably will be awhile before I finish this one, because I already started cutting out squares for two other new quilts. I don't know why I do that... It drives me crazy, but I can't help it.