Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New to Etsy?

Hello friends,

Etsy just started a new promotion where if you sign up for the first time, you'll receive a $5 credit toward any purchase. Pretty cool! If you're interested, go here:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Raffle for Ellie

There is an online raffle happening TONIGHT to benefit a family that lost their sweet 15-month-old daughter Ellie last week due to complications of a chromosomal abnormality. I'm donating this knit blanket that retails for $25. Please donate and help if you can.

Click here for more info!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fox and Stripes Baby Quilt

Just wanted to share one of my new favorite quilts (I think I say that every time!). This aqua and gray fox baby quilt was lots of fun to make. All of the fox squares were originally going to be the same size. A shortage of fabric called for some creativity, though, so four of the fox squares got gray sashing. I think I like how it turned out more than I would have liked the original. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

{Credit} Pattern: Original. Fabric: Socks the Fox from Les Amis by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics. Gray Stripe from Riley Blake Designs. Finished size: 39" by 39".

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Arizona Baby Quilt

I think I just finished my favorite quilt that I've ever made. This was my first time using Art Gallery solids (I usually use Kona) and I was impressed by their softness and beautiful color. I also really like this simple Greek Cross design and I think it lends itself well with the business of the fabric on the back. April Rhode's Arizona fabrics have been wildly popular in the quilting world. I'm glad on got my hands on some of it because I can see this one going out of stock everywhere soon.

I recently purchased a walking foot for my Bernina and this was my first time quilting with it. It's definitely a completely different process from quilting swirls with a darning foot, but I think it will get easier with time.

It's for sale in my shop.

{Credit} Finished size: 40" x 40". Pattern: Original. Fabric: Pure Elements solids by Art Gallery on front. Desert Blanket by April Rhodes for Art Gallery on back.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vive La France Quilt

Mom and I just finished up another quilt for the shop today. The design of this one is very simple, being just simple squares, by we used a mix of cotton and chenille to give this quilt something special. The chenille was a little tricky to sew on, but I love the extra softness and texture it gives.

The applique bunny on the back is chenille, too.

These topiaries are so petite and girly.

And there's matching burp cloths too!

{Credit} Fabric: Topiary print is Vive La France by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman. Assorted pink fabrics.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Nautical Nursery

I just wanted to share this picture I got today of a nautical nursery with my sailboat quilt draped over the glider. It makes me so happy to see that my quilts are used and loved!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Newborn Swaddlers

New items in the shop!

These blankets are made out of one layer of knit and are meant to be used as swaddlers or for lightweight 

I love these fabrics!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Red, White, and Blue

 Just in time for July... Mom and I finished up our Independence Day runners and they are in the shop!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Monochromatic Geese Quilt

I finished up the black and white geese quilt this week and had to steal my niece for a few minutes tonight to take some picture of it.

Isn't she so sweet? Love that little girl.

This quilt was pretty easy to make. The flying geese came together four at a time and I sashed them with simple white Kona cotton. I want to do another one of these, but in a color family. Any thoughts what I should do?

{Credit} Fabric: assorted cottons in black, white, and gray. Finished size: 36" by 39". Pattern: Original.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Monochromatic Geese

I've been wanting to make a flying geese quilt for awhile now. I'm not sure exactly what I want it to look like yet, but I have a rough idea. I started making these geese this morning with Lazy Girl Designs Flying Geese ruler. They come together four at a time, which is very convenient.

Hopefully I can get this quilt top put together in a few days. 

P.S. Spy that cute teal geometric fabric in the corner? I just got it for $5.99/yard at a home fabric warehouse and it will soon be hanging as floor-to-ceiling drapes in my living room!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Instagram Giveaway

Hello fellow instagram-ers! I am broadening my reach on social media and just opened a new instagram account for my shop. To encourage new followers, I am doing a giveaway for the next two weeks for a credit to my Etsy shop.

Follow me on instagram and enter!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Simple Elephant Baby Quilt

Just a quick finish for the weekend -  I pieced these squares together several months ago. They were leftovers from the Elephant Splash quilt I did last year. I threw in a few extra prints and colors too. Sometimes you just need a really easy project, you know? Last week, mom came up with the cute elephant applique, I quilted it, and she bound it. We make quite the team, I think.

The swirly quilting is supposed to look a little like an elephant trunk.

The cute flannel back is from JoAnn.

{Credit} Fabric: Elephant Splash from JoAnn Fabrics. Pattern: Original. Dimensions: 40" by 40".

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Finished Greek Cross Quilt

Mom and I found this sherbet orange chevron flannel for the back and I think it compliments all the bright solid colors nicely. All fabrics on the front are Robert Kaufman Kona cottons. The colors are Bahama, marine, lagoon, mango, candy green, banana, medium gray, and white.

{Credit} Fabric: Assorted Kona Cottons by Robert Kaufman. Pattern: Block inspired by Fresh Lemons Quilts.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Greek Cross Quilt - Coming Soon

I'm going through the leftovers from my queen size Plus quilt to make a smaller and slightly different version of it.

This block was inspired by the Greek Cross Tutorial over at Fresh Lemons Quilts. I used her basic dimensions, but I am skipping the HST triangle in the corners for a simpler look. I also think I'll alternate between white crosses and white background. I'm excited to see how it turns out.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Finished Sailboat Baby Quilt

I quilted my sailboat quilt last week and mom just finished the binding for me. All done!

I also finally got to use my quilt tags that I ordered from Lilla Lotta on Etsy.

{Credit} Pattern: Sailboat dimensions from "Ahoy Matey", Fall 2009 McCall's Fast Quilts magazine. Block setting and layout is original. Fabric: Assorted scraps. Dimensions: 40 by 44 inches.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Burp Sets

Spring is here and with the change of seasons, I'm working hard at getting several projects finished up. Almost all of last year's burp cloth gift sets sold, so I'm restocking my shop. These cuddly little things make great baby gifts.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Plus Quilt

Last Fall, my mom-in-law and I put together this plus quilt. I picked out the fabric, she cut, and I sewed. The machine quilter just finished it and I think it looks better than I could have ever imagined!

The quilt was fairly simple to put together. I found the tutorial at For the Love of George and used the queen size instructions. I didn't use as many colors as she recommends,so I just increased the yardage of each color a bit.

This quilting just kills me. I love everything about it!

{Credit} Fabric: Kona cotton solids and Large Chevron Tone on Tone Orange by Riley Blake (back). Pattern: Plus Quilt by For the Love of George. Machine Quilting: Lynne Peterson.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Scrap Busting

Just a simple squares quilt in progress. All of these prints are leftovers from different projects, but I think they look cute together in this baby-quilt-in-the-works.

Here's to using up scraps!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Welcome March

I can hardly believe it's March. I am so excited, though, because in just three weeks my parents will be coming home from their LDS mission. They've been in Italy for eighteen long months and I'm so proud of them. Once my mom is home, I'll have my quilting partner back and I'll be able to finish my projects much faster!

To get ready for her coming back, I've tried to clear some old things out of the closet and make room for the new. Like these cute paintbox-inspired squares that have been lying around for years:

Ready to be quilted!

Or this little guy that has been waiting to be quilted for a couple years:

I also played with these double-pinwheel blocks a little more and added sashing and a border. Not sure what the next step here needs to be yet:

I hope your March is starting out as productive as mine!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Patriotic Stars Runner

My first five stars are now a table runner that I just need to get quilted. These stars are great for using up little scraps in your stash.

I didn't quite get my fill of making them, so I'm starting some more that are a little more scrappy looking this time.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Patriotic Stars

I'm getting started on a little Fourth of July project. I'm not exactly sure what it is yet, but these stars are a start.

I used the same method as I did for my Reverse Wonky Star quilt.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sailboat Quilt Top

After a long break from quilting, I felt really good about finishing this quilt top today. The pattern turned out better than I had expected and I love the low-volume color palette.

 I think this quilt is a great mix of traditional and modern styles, combining the very literal boats with random squares that mimic the sky and water.
{Credit} Pattern: Sailboat dimensions from "Ahoy Matey", Fall 2009 McCall's Fast Quilts magazine. Block setting and layout is original. Fabric: Assorted scraps.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sailboat Progress

I made five sailboat blocks last month then left them alone for awhile. I think they're adorable but I definitely felt myself losing steam and decided I didn't want to make twenty more of them. So, I offset the blocks with white rectangles and sewed my boats in a strip. Now I'm changing gears a bit.

I thought it would be interesting to make the rest of the quilt scrappy squares in blue and yellow, with the boats about two-thirds of the way down the quilt front. The blue squares below the boat look a lot like water, and hopefully, the several rows of yellow squares will look like a nice, sunny sky. I didn't do any kind of math, but I lucked out and 16 three-inch squares in a row just happen to be the same width of my five sailboats. Booyah.

What do you think?