Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Radiant Orchid Stripes

My latest striped baby quilt.

Inspired by Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014
Radiant Orchid
Pantone Radiant Orchid Striped Baby Quilt Collage
Radiant Orchid Gradient Striped Modern Baby Quilt
Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Stripes
Radiant Orchid Striped Baby Quilt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fabric Pull

Been working on some ideas for fall inspired striped quilts

Here's my first fabric pull.
That teepee print pretty much rocks my world!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rethinking My Original Plan

I can't believe I'm saying this...
But I am rethinking my original plan for my postage stamp quilt.
After my initial happiness wore off that the top was finally finished after so long, I'm now thinking I should make it bigger!

Postage Stamp Quilt on Bed

It is perfectly sized for a twin bed right now, but let's be honest, my kids aren't going to appreciate all my hard work.  So I'm thinking of adding more rows/blocks to widen it for my queen sized bed.
Am I crazy?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quilt {Finished}

  I actually blogged about this quilt way back when while it was still in the process phase. 
 Now it's another WIP crossed off the list. Yay!

Scrappy Kitchen Sink Quilt Up Close

It was fun to take a crazy hot mess of neglected blocks and give them new life.

Kitchen Sink Quilt Full View
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would turn out so pretty.  I mean, I had hoped it would be cool, but... it turned out so fantastic!  I guess hot messes can be pretty, too.

Floral Vintage Sheet Quilt Back

I had my quilter do an all over baptist fan pattern for the quilting.  (Yep, I jumped on the "Baptist-Fan-Bandwagon.")  Again, I LOVE it!  For the back I used a fabulous vintage sheet I've been hoarding for a couple of years. It wasn't quite big enough, thus the stripes. Vintage sheets were also used for the border on the front.

Scrap Kitchen Sink Quilt Blocks

By far my favorite element in the quilt are those little triangles.
They were a happy accident.

Kitchen Sink Quilt Finished

This quilt contains: leftover blocks from a couple of doll quilt swaps, my 2 daughters' quilts, a quilt I made from my grandmother's clothes, test blocks, bee blocks, leftover strips from my bed quilt, and pieces from quilts that were started and never finished. So many great blocks and so many great memories tied up in one quilt.

Finished Measurements: 68" x 80"
Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Quilt Backs

Picked up some yardage for quilt backs recently.
All of them are pretty fabulous but that Gold Herringbone has me pretty smitten!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Work of Luke Haynes

A few weeks ago my husband and I were able to travel to California to mix a little business with pleasure. While we were there we were able to go to the LA Quilt Show.  The main attraction for me wasn't the show, but the works of fiber artist extraordinaire Luke Haynes. I had read a little about him online, seen some of his work on social media, and had become quite interested in his seeing his art in person, never really thinking it would become a reality.  When we got to LA I realized the timing was perfect for us to attend the show.

To say I was excited would be mildly understated!

 Here are the 4 pieces that were there.  All are quite cool in pictures, but I was most interested in checking them out up close. 

Hamburger by Luke Haynes
 I am by no means an expert or aficionado of art quilts, just a curious onlooker, but it was so cool to look at the pieces up close.  I was completely fascinating to see how they were created.  Luke did a class the night before that I was unable to attend but I can imagine it would have been worth it for those who actually got to be there!

Flag by Luke Haynes
 This flag was the most dramatic piece by far, but was created entirely of simple log cabins. 
I especially liked how the "stars" were created out of random shapes incorporated into the log cabins. 

American Flag by Luke Haynes
 It's a beautiful piece.

By Luke Haynes
 The layering on the art pieces gives each onesuch depth and detail.

By Luke Haynes
Here's a better view.
 Each color is, or course, a new layer.
 Luke uses a lot of recycled materials so it was fun to see that up close as well.

By Luke Haynes
The quilting detail was equally as cool.
This piece makes good use of the texture created by the quilting in the background.

 By Luke Haynes

I am so happy that I was able to see Luke's work in real life. 
 If you ever get a chance as well, Do it!
Definitely worth your time.

Thumbs up to the awesomeness, Luke!

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!


Linking Up to Finish It Up Friday

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.