Friday, October 24, 2014

Sampler Quilt Finish

While looking through my quilt pictures to decide which quilts to enter in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I came across some pictures of a client's quilt I meant to share.



This quilt is made from the book Vintage Quilt Revival by Katie Clark Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and Faith  Jones.  I love the vibrant colors against the soft gray background fabric.




I quilted each block differently but I tried to use the same shapes to keep the quilt cohesive.



Some blocks were very organically quilted while others had a lot of line work in them.



And of course, some were a mixture of both.



 







The wide outside borders were also fun to quilt with these big overlapping swirls.  You can also see a few more blocks with some matchstick and straight line quilting in them.




 
 



But I think my favorite quilting in the whole quilt was the way the quilting in the sashing echos out from the cornerstones.




The back was mostly negative space so the quilting really shows up!




Have I told you guys how I have the best job (and best clients) ever!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Up, up and Away!


Originally, I wasn't going to share this small quilt but as I thought more about it, this humble little quilt reminded me that quilting doesn't have to have rules and sometimes I make a quilt far too difficult with my own preconceived ideas.





This project started when I was given the below fabric panel to use for one of my charity quilts.  I am not a fan of panels but charities always love boy themed quilts so I thought I could easily make a quilt from it. 







Well, this panel hung out in my sewing room for months.  I would frequently go to my fabric stash and try to get some inspiration but all I did was drag out tons of fabric that only had to be put back away.

The panel is actually quite large at about 30 x 40" and I just couldn't come up with any ideas on how to make a quilt from it.  I even put the project on my Q3 FAL list thinking that might motivate me to finish the project....Nope!



Then, one day while I was looking at block ideas, I came across some paper-pieced airplane blocks and the quilt finally clicked into place.  Why does the panel need to be part of the quilt top?  Instead, why not incorporate it into the quilt backing!



So I went to my fabric stash (because I don't like to buy fabric for my donation quilts) and pulled some red and blue fabric and a colorful text print for the background and made these cute paper pieced blocks from a pattern I found.  I had just enough to make 5 blocks of each color.  Finally, this project was moving forward!

Except it stalled immediately.  I needed fabric for the alternate blocks.  I had originally envisioned clouds but I didn't have enough of any one fabric.  And no matter how deep I dug, there just didn't seem to be any fabric in my stash that would work.




After a few weeks, I finally came to my senses and heard my inner child say, why do the clouds have to match?!  Simple as that!  By the end of the day, the quilt was pieced and quilted. 




And the panel, now residing on the back of the quilt, looks great with the light weight striped denim I used.  I quilted fun clouds all over the quilt so now its new owner can decided which side he (or she) likes best.  I even used a higher loft polyester batting that has been hanging around for years so the clouds are puffy and the quilt feels really squishy!

Thanks little quilt for reminding me to keep a more open mind.  I wanted to make a quilt to bring comfort to a child in crisis, not be scrutinized by the quilting police.  Even though I fought this quilt through the whole process, I am glad I stuck with it and learned the lessons it had within it.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wiggle Time Pattern Winners

A big thanks to everyone who entered to win my newest pattern.  
Your wonderful comments really made my weekend!  And just who won you ask?
 
The random number generator picked....

I really like this pattern that you've designed! I like things that look good scrappy! I follow you on Bloglovin and Facebook!


What a great pattern! you picked a fantastic one to be your first. Even if I don't win it, I will be purchasing one. thanks for the opportunity. I "follow" you by checking your blog a couple times a week


Emails have been sent with the patterns to the winners!  Congratulations!!




And if you didn't win but still want to try my pattern, it can be purchased  here in Craftsy or through my Etsy shop.
 
Thanks again for all the wonderful support!

 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Wiggle Time Pattern plus Giveaway








I am so pleased to announce I have finally gotten around to releasing my very first pattern!  This one I call Wiggle Time and it is available in a .pdf download from both my Etsy and my Craftsy store.


The pattern is fat quarter friendly and perfect for the beginner quilter or the advanced quilter who needs a smaller quilt done quickly.

The finished quilt is 48 x 54".












The pattern is quite versatile.  You can make a version using just 5 fat quarters and some background fabric...












Or the instructions also include how to use your scraps to make the quilt.


I have even included a coloring page so you can create your own version along with a link to my Wiggle Time Pinterest board for inspiration..






And here is one made using scraps and a print for the background.  It is definitely my go-to pattern when I need a small quilt fast.


One of the great things about it is I always seems to have the fabric I need right in my stash!








And to celebrate its release, I am giving away a .pdf copy of the pattern to two lucky readers.  The giveaway will run until noon PST Sunday October 19th 2014.  So if you want to try and win a copy, let me know how you follow along and be sure I have your email to send you the pattern should you win.  That's it - one entry per reader with no additional hoops.  (And because it is a .pdf download, my international readers can enter too.)

***Sorry, this giveaway is now closed!  Best of luck to all that entered!***   

And if you want to get the pattern on your wishlist (just in case you don't win so you can purchase it later), you can do so here in Craftsy or through Etsy.  Thanks for celebrating with me and good luck!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #10 Part Two

Sorry to take so long to get part two of this month's Scrap-A-Palooza post finished but I haven't been able to get into my sewing room much this month and I sure picked a bunch of small scraps for this project!  Let's just say I have been chain sewing up a storm!
 
 
 
I started out last week with this pile of pre-cut 3.5" wide pieces.



 
 
 








I just randomly began sewing them into strips.  As I started pinning the strips up on my design wall, I kind of liked the look of the irregular lengths.





I soon had 10 strips sewn and laid them out like this.  When I am sewing a quilt top that I have no firm plan for, I love to just let it evolve right in front of my eyes.


 Once I had the pieced strips how I liked them, it was time to start sewing in the background.  Because my pieced strips are all 3.5" wide, I cut the same width from my background fabric.



Then I just rough cut lengths long enough to fill in the irregular space at the top of each strip.  I simply used the top of my design wall as a guide.


I used the same process for cutting background fabric pieces for the bottom.  Once I had the strip sewn, I did trim them all to a consistent 74" long.  I also cut some 2" pieces to sew between the strips.  These I also trimmed to a 74" length.



Next it was time to sew in the strips.  I did pin these strips all together as I sewed the long seams and I pressed toward the sashing.  This helped to keep the quilt top nice and square.




 Finally I added a 6" border to both sides.  I love how the strips of color float in the top.




The colors in these scraps look fantastic together.  I still have quite a few scraps left so I might have to make a second top with a little different layout.  I think this is a perfect quilt for fall! 


Here's an overview of the important stuff to do before the next step!

  • Create your pieced strips
  • Layout all your strips on your design wall
  • Cut and sew background fabrics to top and bottom of strips
  • Add long sashing strips and borders.
  • And quilt as desired...Easy Peasy!



So that's all there is to this simple lap quilt.  I will be back before the end of the month to share my finished quilt.  Hope I have inspired you to pull some scraps of your own and join in the fun.
And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
Now go sew up those scraps!
 
 
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Gimme a G!

I am still busy working away on my three sets of alphabet blocks with Temecula Quilt Company.  I was hoping to finish up through the letter "I" this week but I got a bit sidetracked by a new project.  

Hard to believe, huh!?!



I have been giving some thought to how I want to finish each of the sets and I started setting the blocks for the black and gray set.  I have a drawer full of odds and end solid pieces so I thought I would incorporate them somehow.




First, I surrounded a block with a 3.5" strips of a single fabric.  



 
I decided I wanted to make these blocks "wonky" so I got out my 8.5" square ruler (the cut size I want for the block) and taped a 4" piece of paper (the finished size of the letter) to the center at the angle I wanted each letter.  I can then just line up the paper to the inner letter and trim - I will have a uniform slant to each letter.  I just have to flip the ruler to get the block to angle in the other direction.  
Great little trick huh!?!



I have one block finished and hope to work on some more this week. Not sure yet how I am going to finish out the other sets yet but I will certainly share once inspiration strikes!




But that wasn't what really distracted me this week.  I finally found some inspiration for the airplane quilt I have wanted to finish up for months.  I found this great paper pieced block and made a stack of planes in red and blue.  I love it when a stalled project finally gets kicked into gear and you have a plan! I hope to have a finished quilt to share with you next week!


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Planning Ahead...

Every fall, I start thinking about the new year and the changes I want to make to my business.  Over the past year or so, as my internet presence has grown, I am finding myself working really long hours.  In most areas of my business, I generate at least some income for the time I spend on it....most areas except blogging.

I have never liked ads and over-excessive self promotion in the blogs I follow.  I like the direction my blog is going and want to continue to improve it.  But I have been thinking about simple ways I can create at least a little income to help justify all the hours I put in to it.  I am hoping my readers can help me do this.

Craftsy LogoSince I am already a big fan of Craftsy and am starting to sell some of my patterns there, I have decided to become an affiliate.  What this means is if you are planning to make a purchase of any of their great classes or products, and you use one of the links on my site, I receive a small commission from the sale.



Right now, I am only planning on posting a button or two on my sidebar and have added an Affiliates page with links and additional information.  I really want my blog to continue to be about me sharing my love of quilting.

If I can start generating at least a little income from my blog, I can start lessening the hours I spend generating income from other areas of my business and share more here...

More tutorials, more tips, more designs!


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I really do appreciate the support I get from my readers and look forward to the next year.  In the next few months, I will be giving each of you the opportunity to help formulate my plans for next year by sharing what you want to see on my blog.  Thanks again!