Wednesday, March 25, 2015


A friend of mine embroidered the squares in this quilt for her grand daughter and then asked if I would be willing to finish the quilt.  So I got it put together, and now I am completely unsure of how to quilt it.  I know I can't go over the embroidery, so I'm going to stitch in the ditch around each block, but after that I'm not sure.  I've considered in the ditch on the whole thing, which might be best, but I'm not the best in the ditch quilter.  I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

farmer's wife

I've had the Farmer's Wife book for a couple years, and have finally started making the blocks.  All the blocks are 6.5 inches, and they have been so fun to make.  Each block is different, so it doesn't get old.  I usually make four at a time.  I don't plan to make every block, I think I'll make mine lap size.

I messed up the bottom right two blocks.  I don't know how I put them together wrong, but once they are together, I just don't want to take them apart.  I think they look fine too.  The navy blue/mint green one kinda looks like a bird.  Can you see it?

(the book has templates for each of the blocks, but I really don't like templates, so I have been modifying each block (somewhat) using my rotary cutter and ruler.  The blocks I can't figure out, I will either use the templates, or foundation piece.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

star wars

I finally pulled my Star Wars quilt back out.  I am determined to finish it!  

I expressed some concern about the size of each character in this post, it was just getting to be too big so, I put it away--I didn't have a good solution.  Last May, when I started, there was no way I was going to redo it, but when I picked it up a few weeks ago, I knew that I needed to shrink it down. So I did.  I cut it in half, went from 2 inch squares to 1 inch squares and I am soooooooo happy I did. It is going to work so much better now.  I am so pleased with how it turned out.  I love it.

Pattern is found here.  It is a cross stitch pattern, turned pixellated quilt pattern, with each stitch being 1 inch.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

her first quilt

My five year old has been asking for a sewing machine for a while now, and this past Christmas we finally made it happen. 

(For the record, I think she is a little young for it.  I can't plug her into the machine and let her sew, while I do my own thing.  I pretty much sit with her and walk her through almost every seam she sews.  It's tedious, and definitely takes a lot of patience, but I think it is a good thing.  I probably need to spend more time with my kids individually, so this is a start.)
But, we finished her first quilt and she is so proud of herself.  She told me that I no longer need to make quilts for her, she can make them herself.  
She really only made the quilt top, but she feels like she did the whole thing herself.  I let her pick whatever fabric she wanted...(this is such a hard thing to do.  I soooooo badly want to give suggestions, but I try to keep my opinions to myself).  Of course kids pick the cute fabrics, and what appeals to them at that very moment (not what necessarily matches), and we end up with a quilt salad--a little bit of everything.  And it ends up looking great!  
We (I) cut the squares out at 15inches (the biggest square ruler I have), so we could make a quilt that was big enough but not completely overwhelming for her.  She sewed the whole top together in one sitting!  It was perfect for her.  I think if she had to walk away from it, she might've become discouraged or lost interest.
 She picked the backing too.  Purple and red.  Red=her favorite color and purple=her brothers favorite color.  I was so happy to use up that purple fabric.  I bought it to line a halloween witch cape for my daughter, but she wanted nothing to do with a cape after I had already purchased the fabric, of course.  I don't know if I'd have ever used it otherwise.  It's really bright.
 For the binding, she wanted scrappy.  (I don't know when I first started sewing the remains of my bindings together to make scrappy binding, but it's such a great way to make scrappy binding, and it's perpetually...virtually never ends.)  I think it adds to the quilt salad perfectly.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

economy block quilt

I finished up my economy block quilt earlier this week, and it's been keeping us warm.  The weather turned COLD again this week.

I started making the blocks a year ago, and didn't want to stop (tutorial here).  They are a great scrap buster and pretty much anything goes.  I love that you can highlight those cute prints that we tend to collect.  My quilt ended up being rather large.  Each block is 5 inches square, and my quilt is 14 blocks x 16 blocks.  The quilt finishes at about 70in x 80in.
The backing was a happy surprise, it started out with various blue pieces from my stash (still trying to use my stash up), but I didn't like it.  The blues clashed and it just didn't feel light enough for this quilt top.  I almost went ahead with it anyway, but decided I didn't want to hate this quilt, I really wanted to like it because it has so many fun fabrics on it.  So, I scrapped the blues and went with Sarah Jane (can't go wrong there) and Orange.  I love the backing now and it makes me love the quilt even more.  
Using a border print on the back is a little tricky, especially when you use it on top and bottom.  You can see, I barely made it work...the selvage is pretty much showing.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Heart Quilt

It's the perfect week to post this quilt.  After I made my heart pillow, using this tutorial, I was contacted to make a baby size quilt.  Of course I said yes, these hearts are really fun to make.  And I still love the black and white.  We made the hearts 8 inches finished.
 We used this polka dot (by Lotta Jansdotter) for the backing and black and white stripes for the binding.  

to add some interest my customer wanted one polka dot heart on the front.  I love it.  
 (that black fabric is tricky.  It's hard to keep all the threads and tiny scraps off of it.).
Happy Valentines Day.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Twilight and Out to Sea Quilts

I feel like I can make this zigzag quilt in my sleep.  I have made a lot of them!  (pattern here) But I still like it.  It's a really easy, straight forward pattern that lets me sew and watch a movie without thinking.  Also a great way to showcase a particular fabric collection.
Both of these quilts were custom orders for my customers two little girls.  
They both turned out really cute, but I particularly love this wee wander one with the dark blue and mint and aqua.  We used the prints from the twilight color way.

 I love these stripes from Sarah Jane's Out to Sea line for binding.   They just perfect, and the colors have worked for so many quilts

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