Monday, January 19, 2015

Vintage Style Bowtie Quilt

Hey guys! It's Monday, hope you're week is off to a great start!

I've got some very mediocre, boring brick wall photos of a really GORGEOUS quilt! I do want to step up my photography skills but I always end up taking the quick and easy way out by snapping the same old pics.

This quilt I love! I was totally inspired by this vintage bowtie quilt I saw on Pinterest.
Hadley Bowtie Quilt
Denyse Schmidt fabrics are so perfect in a quilt like this. Modern but vintage all at the same time. I made 7" bowtie blocks using mostly Hadley fabrics with a few solids and Katie Jump Rope prints mixed in.
Hadley Bowtie Quilt
Even the backing is a Denyse Schmidt fabric from JoAnn's.
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This quilt really makes me smile!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

a quilter's best friend...

Quilters, you will know this, when your iron is in danger of dying you start to panic! at least that is what I did.
I've had this Sunbeam Steam Master (model 4228) for about 5 years and used it heavily during that time. It actually did break a year or so ago (the cord at the base became loose and wires weren't connecting) but my super hubby fixed it. It has been a great iron! I'll be honest, I didn't treat it the best either. I always left water in the tank and only used tap water (distilled is always recommended). But aside from a bit of drippiness now and then I was very happy with the steam it made and the heat it produced. But sadly, we all know that irons don't last forever...
Old iron...."shut down"
My son was kind enough to label it "shut down" for me.

So last month I started researching irons. Luckily, my Sunbeam was still working but I didn't want to take the chance of being without and iron (because no iron, no quilting!).
What I concluded is that picking an iron is basically a crapshoot. It's hit or miss! There are good and bad reviews for every iron out there (if you've ever shopped for irons on Amazon and read the reviews you'll know what I'm talking about.
New iron!
I settled on a Reliable Velocity V50 and ordered it from Aamzon.
I'll be honest. This thing is really different from my other iron. It has a little motor that produces continuous steam and it makes a loud humming sound when you have it on (kind of unnerving at first). The good part is that you can turn the steam off and on at the easy touch of a button. So I just turn the steam on when I'm actually ironing something and then turn it off when I set the iron back down. And this sucker gets nice and hot too!

I've been using it for almost a month now and at first I didn't like it but after a short while I started getting used to it because this thing really works great!
When you iron a seam, it stays ironed FLAT! Case in point: FWS
The picture is not as impressive as in real life but that center seam is so flat and crisp! It's awesome.

A little warning though, the steam it produces is some serious steam! watch those fingers, ouch! Oh and, I'm trying my best to treat this iron well so I'm using only distilled water. This thing is a water hog! It goes through a TON of water to make all that steam. But for me, the most important thing is that it irons seams nice and flat. So, with that, I'm really happy with it!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Quilts of 2014

Since this year felt like it just flew by, I was curious to see all the quilts I had made. My mosaic turned out really tiny for some reason but I spent all that time on it and didn't want to redo it. All the original pictures are on Flickr if you want a larger look at them. :)
Turns out, I made more than I had thought! In fact, I think about 8 of these never made it to the blog.
2014 Quilts
I don't think I was as creative this year with my patterns. As you can see, I repeated a lot! Two "Love" quilts (Tula Pink pattern), 2 Tango quilts (a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern), 5! Optimism quilts (3 baby size, 2 throw size) and 2 Archaeology quilts. But I really loved making all of these and sometimes keeping it simple can be so enjoyable and rewarding!

My only goal for this year quilting-wise is to keep making things I love! Oh and try to take better pictures.
So here's to 2015! I hope the new year brings you much creative joy!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

sampler blocks

Happy New Year's Eve!

We had a lovely Christmas, I hope you did too.
This past week I've been blissfully working on my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.
farmers wife sampler
You can click the pictures to see the block names and numbers on Flickr.
farmers wife sampler
farmers wife sampler
I've got 36 blocks now!
farmers wife sampler
I started these blocks exactly 3 years ago. I've still got a ways to go but it would be really cool to try to finish it by the end of this coming new year.
Have a happy new year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Postage Stamp Quilt

This is most probably my last quilt to be finished in 2014 and boy, it's got to be one of my favorites! As a gift for my sister I'm happy that I'll get to see it often :) It's also a surprise for her, she has no idea I've been making a quilt for her.

I used the Snapshots pattern from the book The Practical Guide to Patchwork. It's just a basic postage stamp quilt but I used a lot of different fabrics to give it a scrappy-ish look.
Postage Stamp quilt
I used so many fabrics in this quilt! I was going for a color scheme of navy, coral, turquoise, yellow, gray and lots of low volume prints.
Postage Stamp quilt
My favorite quilting ever! overlapping scallops.
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The back is a large piece from Leah Duncan's Meadow collection plus some random scraps.
Postage Stamp quilt
I know my sister is going to love it! Christmas is just a few days away, can't wait!

Friday, December 19, 2014

12-Patch Quilt

Happy Friday before Christmas!!!
I'm working on one last gift item that I'll show you in a few days. How about you? all ready or still scrambling? I'm usually scrambling with last minute gift making at this point but this year I took it easy and am only making one thing.

Anyway, I have a super cute finish to show. 12-Patch quilt

I was completely inspired by this little mini quilt I saw on Flickr. These blocks are perfect for digging into those scraps! And they are SUPER quick to boot. Love them, I could totally make another quilts worth of these blocks.
12-Patch quilt
For the back I finally used up a yard of Denyse Schmidt plaid I'd been saving for a long time.
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The finished size of this quilt came out to about 39"x52".
12-Patch quilt
Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

2 quilts for 2 little boys

Oh my! where have I been? just busy I guess!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family up in Colorado last week, the weather was beautiful! And part of the reason I was able to enjoy it so much was I had just completed an order for 2 lap quilts.

The customer requested quilts for her 2 young sons and the amazing part is she provided all the fabrics (the really good stuff too!) so all I had to do was sew it up. She said her sons each picked their own fabrics. These boys have quite the eye for color!
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These were a lot of fun to work on!
I'm cutting into fabrics a Christmas gift quilt today so I'll share more on that soon! Anyone else making a quilt for a Christmas gift?