Thursday, October 2, 2014

3 Graduation Quilts

Somewhere in all the craziness of my life I had forgotten to blog about the three graduation quilts  I made for my nieces this spring.  All three graduated high school and are now off to various parts of the country for college.  Yea for College Life!!

It was fun to let them open them all together at our family reunion this summer.

3 Grad Girls

Since I was making three I wanted to go with a simpler design.  I made a quilt similar to these for my nephew's wedding a few years ago.  It is by far the most re-pinned quilt that I've made.

3 Girls Wrapped in Quilts
Anyway, you can see that the girls are all quite different with varying tastes, but I thought the simple, clean blocks would still suit each of them well.

Aqua Charm Square Quilt
Turquoise (aka Tiffany Blue) for this choir loving lady.
(backed with Geekly Glasses in off white by Riley Blake)

Brightly Colored Charm Square Quilt

Lots of Brights for this orchestra, swim team, bilingual-speaking girl.

Vintage Floral Sheet Quilt Back
And an equally bright floral vintage sheet for the backing.

Black and White Charm Square Quilt
 Black and white and hot pink for this cross-country running animal lover.

 Technicolor Quilt Back
With contrasting colors on the back.
(Technicolor Hexo in Kryptonite by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller)

3 Charm Square Quilts

Definitely my favorite thing about quilting is giving my creations to others so they can feel loved!  For these three it was no different.
They are all bright, fun, happy girls who are ready to conquer their dreams.
Here's to big adventures and catching your dreams!

Linking up to Finish It UP Friday.

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.