Friday, August 29, 2014

Big Stripes

I've been exploring the idea of adding BIG Striped quilts to my Etsy Shop, along with the skinny stripes.

Happy Baby Jumping with Big Stripes Crib Quilt

So here's my first one.

Hanging Big Stripes Quilt

A great mix of subtle prints and patterns in plum, ivy and blueberry colors.

up close details of binding and backing fabrics

 Hand binding = My Favorite!

Big Stripes Crib Quilt

Available for purchase here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dazzling Blue

Pantone Dazzling Blue Stripes

The start of a new striped quilt.


Brought to you by Pantone's Spring 2014 Color {Dazzling Blue}

I love where this is going...

Monochromatic stripes? 
Yes, please!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Service and Teaching Others to Sew {Part 2: Boys Can Sew, Too}

 Welcome to Part 2 of my Teaching Others to Sew Posts

{Part One Here}

Back in March when I was helping the young women learn how to sew my nine year old asked if I'd teach him to sew as well.  Not wanting to miss that opportunity I quickly jumped at the chance to let him start sewing.  I mean, boys can sew too, right?!  Since I was in the middle of making improv blocks I decided that would be a good place for him to start. And just like with the girls I gave him a few pointers and turned him loose.
A Boy, a Sewing Machine, and Improv Blocks

 I didn't really think that it would amount to anything more than a day spent with me in my sewing room...

A boy and an Improv Quilt Block

 But low and behold he made a block and LOVED it!

And then he made some more. And a few more...

A Boy and his Quilt Blocks

Over the course of the last few months he's managed to make 18 blocks!  
Thirty blocks will give him a nice sized throw when he's done so he's well on his way. 

As you can see he's pretty happy with his progress. 
And I'm happy that at least for now he's sewing!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt {Finished}

 Looking back on instagram, I started this quilt 35 weeks ago when I cut into my beautiful FQ stack of Joel Dewberry's True Colors.

Joel Dewberry True Colors Fabric Squares

I'm not normally an "all-one-line-of-fabric" kind of girl, but I love basics and Joel Dewberry does them well in this line.

I sewed the blocks into a top when I attended Quilt Bliss back in January.
Arkansas Crossroads Quilt Top made from Joel Dewberry True Colors

Now, six months later it's finally quilted and finished!

Finished Arkansas Crossroads Quilt

I'm so excited to have it done.

Up Close Binding of Arkansas Crossroads

I debated on the binding color, ultimately settling on this lovely Mint Polka Dot. 
I pretty much think it's perfect.  I love how it pops against the navy backing fabric, as well.  Speaking of the backing it's a navy chambray that I've had in my stash for at least 10 years!  It felt good to finally give it a purpose.

Quilting Texture on Arkansas Crossroads Quilt

I'm pretty smitten with the quilting done by my local quilter!
Those X blocks would be nothing without her beautiful quilting.

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt made from Joel Dewberry True Colors Fabric

Lori Holt just posted a fabulous tutorial for this particular block design if you want to make your own. I made the X blocks and the O blocks separately (different than her tutorial) so my finished quilt has a little different look.  

Quilting Texture Joel Dewberry True Colors

Happy Friday!

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday
Finished quilt measures 60" x 85" (or in other words a nice sized twin)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Postage Stamp Flimsy

I'm pretty sure I started this quilt over 18 months ago, but it's been so long I can't really remember.

Postage Stamp Quilt Squares Progress

Looking back on my one and only post about it I rightly predicted that it would be a slow project with no real timeline for finishing.  I think I originally made 10 or 12 blocks way back when then promptly put them away to patiently wait in my closet.

 Last fall when I blogged about them I made some more blocks.

Postage Stamp Quilt Squares
Sometime in May I got serious and pulled the blocks out of hiding once and for all. Over the course of the next month I worked on blocks here and there and finally finished the top right before the 4th of July.  It really was an "eating the elephant" kind of project for me.

Postage Stamp Quilt Squares Close Up

I'm happy with all the little hidden fabric treasures I was able to include. A close up view reveals some hidden gems and even some uglies.  
Quite honestly, though, for me the uglies get lost in the sea of pretties.

Bright and Cheery Postage Stamp Quilt Top
 The nerd glasses and the cruiser bike squares might be my favorite little gems.

Even though it took me to finish I'm predicting it will soon be one of my all time favorites!  I'm definitely a scrappy quilt kind of girl.
Bright and Cheery Postage Stamp Quilt Top

This is project number five from Sunday Morning Quilts Book. You can find the others I've done here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Handmade Quilt Show Ribbons

(Hey, look, I'm blogging again!)

Some of you might remember that last year I was asked to be in charge of our small town art and quilt show.  I came away from that experience with lots of ideas for improving this year's show.  Some of those ideas are still just "ideas" but one came about just as I'd hoped!

After seeing the beautiful handmade ribbons that were given out the first year of QuiltCon I decided that if I could find the time, and figure out how to make them, that I'd have handmade ribbons for our little show.  What really motivated me to get them done was when I found out that our town car show gives out trophies made of car parts to the winners.  I figured if the car show winners can get trophies made of car parts then the quilt show winners can get handmade fabric ribbons. 

I really had no idea how to go about making them so I pretty much had to figure it out as I went along. My only reference point were the "store bought" ribbons we had for last year's winners.

Handmade Quilt Show Fair Ribbons

I started with strip sets made entirely from my scraps.
Purple for the winners, blue for second place, and red for third. 

 In the beginning I wasn't sure if I wanted them to have one "tail" or two.  I ended up using one because it seemed to work out best with the final scale. 

Handmade Quilt Show Winners Ribbons

We bought custom pin backed buttons off the internet that we designed ourselves for the center of the rosettes. The rosette fabrics were also from my scraps (and yet my scrap bins are still overflowing!).

Believe me when I say that as the whole process was unfolding I was SO excited that it was working out how I had envisioned.
Handmade Quilt Show Fair Ribbons

The two big colorful ribbons are for Best in Show (one for Quilts and one for Art).
I think it took me about 10 days to get them all finished but that included the time it took me to figure out the process along the way.  Next year they will definitely come together faster.

Handmade Quilt Show Fair Ribbons

One last shot of all the ribbons together. 
I'm really, really happy with how they turned out!


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Friday, May 2, 2014

Young Women's Value Quilt

In January my oldest daughter turned 12.  In our church 12 is kind of a big deal.  Like that of a Mexican Quinceanera or a Jewish Bar Mitzvah, 12 marks the passage of childhood into young adulthood for our kids.  Girls enter the Young Women's program, where they focus on eight values as they build their faith and increase their understanding of all things spiritual.

I decided to mark her birthday milestone with a quilt.  Each value has a color associated with it, so that was my starting point.  With the help of the Sew Pieceful Swap group this quilt came together in record time.  I started it in November and had it done in time for her birthday in January. That is super fast for me!

LDS YW Value Quilt

The quilt design was a giant take on this block I made for my pinterest sampler.  Can you see it? The design gets a little lost with the white block disappearing in the upper left corner, but I wanted to stay true to the value colors.  In hindsight I probably should have used a different background color, but oh well.

LDS YW Value Quilt quilting details

My quilter stitched words into the quilting, along with my daughter's name and part of the Young Women's theme.   

LDS YW Values Quilt

She also embroidered each of the value names on their corresponding color blocks.
That rainbow block in the center is by far my favorite part, though!

LDS YW Values Quilt Rainbow

For the back I used a reclaimed sheet that has multi-colored polka dots. 
 The binding is an aqua/white (my daughter's favorite color at the moment) dot from the DS line at JoAnn's.
My daughter loves her quilt and loves being in Young Women's.  
She is rapidly growing up and becoming a beautiful young woman that her mom can be proud of.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monochromatic Stripes

I've recently finished three more striped quilts to add to my little shop
 I was exploring the idea of monochromatic stripes, rather than gradient stripes.

Modern Striped Baby Quilts

 I'm pleased to say they turned out just as awesome as I'd hoped!  I'd pinned some striped rug pictures as inspiration in hopes that I could recreate them in quilt form.  I'm calling it a successful endeavor.

Black and White Striped Modern Baby Quilt

Obviously black and white was my original color scheme idea based on the rug picture.
 I am still obsessed with the IKEA briton numbers print for the back and will probably use it again 100 more times before I tire of it.  

 Charcoal Gray Modern Striped Baby Quilt

 Gray was my toned down version of black, but when I went to put the binding on, the gray fabric I had originally picked out just made the quilt seem really bland and boring.  So I went with the always fabulous woodgrain print (Color: Straw/Vintage Yellow) from Joel Dewberry.  I think the yellow makes a great statement on this little quilt.  Definitely not boring anymore.

Navy and White Striped Modern Baby Quilt

Navy and white have always been favorites of mine! 
 I wanted this quilt to have a classic yet modern feel to it.  The tiny striped binding (reminiscent of classic ticking) is my favorite part!  If you're a long time reader of my blog then you know of my love for ticking stripes.   The paper airplane print from Sarah Jane's line Children at Play, I feel, lends itself well to both the classic and modern sides of the quilt.

Happy Monday!

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.

Monday, March 17, 2014

More Gradient Stripes

I finished another gradient striped baby quilt.
This one uses some light yellows, yellow-greens, and green-blues.  
The colors remind me of the ocean: sand, water and sky.

Gradient Stripes Baby Quilt Dyptich

I used the IKEA britton numbers print for the back again. Seriously, I LOVE that print. 
 It makes such a great gender-neutral backing.  Those can be tricky sometimes. 

Gradient Stripes Quilt Full View

There is great beauty in simplicity, don't you think?!
Gradient Stripes Quilt Detail

For the binding I used a print from Oliver + S.

I'm pretty sure the bottom two aqua stripes are the perfect color in the history of colors. 
Just Sayin'

Monday, March 3, 2014

Service and Teaching Others to Sew {Part One}

I am passionate about sewing (duh!) and teaching others to sew.  When sewing can be combined with service I'm a happy girl.

 A few weeks ago I offered my sewing/teaching services to a friend. We had decided to help the young women girls (age 12-17) in our church congregation (also known as a ward) learn how to sew.  Since none of them sew at all, the challenge rested in figuring out something for them to sew that would be fun and easy without requiring much precision. Our goal was to spark some interest in sewing and the creative process. 

After making slab blocks I knew that would be a great jumping off point for the girls. We could let them get behind a sewing machine without having to worry about matching points and 1/4" seems.  Pink and Orange Scrappy Improv Quilt

We had decided that the girls blocks would be made into a baby quilt for one of their youth leaders who was having a girl after having 2 boys.  The girls were pretty excited to turn their blocks into a special quilt for their leader.

Pink and Orange Improv Quilt Texture and Quilting

I gave them a brief lesson on the sewing and block making (things like sew right sides together and trim and press as you go) and then turned them loose!  They did such a great job and dove right in to the creative process.  There were only a few minor adjustments to be made to a couple blocks but other than that I didn't do anything but watch and advise.

Pink and Orange Scrappy Improv Quilt

The girls definitely had fun digging through my scraps in search of "hidden treasures" as they designed their blocks.  It was fun to see them be creative and have fun while doing something new. Limiting the color palette was key to taming the chaos.

Pink and Orange Improv Quilt Collage

As you can see, their quilt turned out so fantastic!!

There is plenty more to this story so you'll have to tune in next time for another installment.  It's when I get a hair-brained idea and the project suddenly takes on a life of it's own.
Stay tuned...

Blocks: 12" finished, 20 blocks total.
Finished Quilt:  48" by 60"
Straight-Line Quilting By Me with a Machine Stitched Binding
Backing: From JoAnn's

Monday, February 24, 2014

Orphan blocks find a home

This is a fun little quilt top I put together over Christmas Break.  

I've been "collecting" orphan blocks for at least a year in anticipation of making my own kitchen sink quilt.  I've pinned a few really beautiful ones, like this and this, that I was hoping I could duplicate in my own way.

Here are my humble beginnings:

Orphan Quilt Blocks
Not much to look at when you first see them but I knew that with time I could make them beautiful.  I'll admit at this stage of the game I was a little skeptical, though...

Scrappy Orphan Quilt Blocks Organized
 But the more I dug, the more blocks I found!  
I started laying them out to find a pleasing arrangement.

It took a lot of trial and error and LOTS of rearranging to find an arrangement that I liked, but even then I still needed to fill in some gaps!  I tried hard to stay true to the nature of the quilt and not use anything that wasn't a scrap or an orphan block for the gaps.
Tiny Scrappy Triangle Quilt Block
By far my favorite part of the "fill in the gap" phase was this happy little accident of triangles.  The triangles themselves are tiny (2") leftovers from some bee block making.  But they became even more awesome when I sewed the two rows together with one of them upside down.  My original thought was to have them all going the same way stacked up nice and orderly, but I LOVE them so much better like this!  A happy accident, indeed.

Scrappy Orphan Quilt Block Top

Here is the final layout in flimsy form all pieced together.
I love that it is a scrappy beautiful hot mess of blocks, as well as a sort of diary of blocks from the past year.  Crazy, yet cool!

More kitchen sink lovelies: here, here and here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lone Starburst

Lone Starburst Paper Pieced Quilt Block

I'm thinking I'll turn it into a pillow...

Pattern: Lone Starburst by Anna of Six White Horses.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Aqua and Orange {finish}

This one's actually been finished for awhile, but our dismal weather was making is hard to get any good pictures. 

Aqua and Orange Sampler Quilt

If you remember right, the blocks for this quilt were made by the ladies in the Sew Pieceful Swap last spring/summer.  Aqua and orange was my first color scheme with this group, but I'm already on my 3rd color!

Aqua and Orange Sampler Quilt Finish

I've been saving the flannel backing piece since last year when I got it on sale.  Can you believe I've never actually used flannel on any of my previous quilts?  It's a perfect aqua gingham if I do say so myself.  I'm pretty sure you all know this already but I could buy gingham in every color of the rainbow and still not tire of it.  And gingham flannel? That's pretty much perfect!
Aqua and Orange Sampler Quilt Folded

Aqua and Orange Sampler Quilting Texture

 I think my quilter did a fantastic job giving the quilt great texture without taking away too much from each block.  

Aqua and Orange Sampler Quilt Crumpled

As for those orange cornerstones...I love the little pop of color they add to the sashing.

Happy Monday, All!

Previous posts about this quilt here.