Thursday, February 26, 2015

Up next...

I'm about to start working on a customer quilt. Spa style colors were requested with full license to choose any pattern I think best. It didn't take me long to decide on a postage stamp quilt (very similar to this one). I just think it will be perfect and will almost mimic the mosaic tile that a lot of spas have. Can't wait to see it!
Got all my light and dark fabrics pulled.
Another postage stamp quilt up next
But before I get to cutting...

...I need to bind this baby up! Totally in love with how this is looking and can't wait to show you the finished product. Going to have a little pattern for this one too.
Almost finished! Pattern coming too. Totally in love with this one!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fenced In throw quilt

I'm so happy you all are excited about my Wonky Stripes tutorial! Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

A little while back I fell in love with a fabric collection, Priory Square. I must have been dreaming of spring! So I know I'm not alone here but let's be honest...I don't need to buy another fabric collection. So what I did was try to recreate the color palette of Priory Square with fabrics I already had. The pink I used isn't quite the same but overall I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Fenced In Throw Quilt
I went with the tried and true Fenced In pattern by Elizabeth Hartman using Essex Linen in Flax for the background.
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I did order some Priory Square fabrics for the back. I don't use a lot of large scale florals but I really do love this one! Very bright and cheerful.
Fenced In Throw Quilt

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wonky Stripes Baby Quilt + Tutorial!

I have the cutest little baby boy quilt to show you today! It is so easy and fun to make I though some of you might like to whip one up too so I have a quick tutorial made up.
Wonky Stripes is the most unoriginal name but I am at a loss....what would you name it?

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This quilt ended up being 37.5" by 48".
You'll need at least 10 fat quarters.
Cut 40 8"x8" squares from your fabrics.

Stack a variety of 4 squares, making sure that the top and bottom squares are not the same color (because they will be touching each other when you sew them into blocks).
Wonky Stripes Tutorial

Make 3 cuts at slightly wonky angles so that you have 4 stacks of strips. Make sure to keep the stacks in the order you cut them in.
Wonky Stripes Tutorial

Next, rearrange the layers so you can sew them together into blocks.
Wonky Stripes Tutorial
Now sew together the strips in the order you see them from left to right.

One thing to take note of when you're sewing the strips together. Because you are sewing angled pieces, you need to overlap the points where the seam allowance is.
Wonky Stripes Tutorial
You'll end up with 4 finished blocks that are 8"x6.5".
Wonky Stripes Tutorial
After all the blocks are pieced, you can arrange them (with the blocks turned horizontal) 5 blocks across and 8 blocks down. Finally, sew the blocks into 5 vertical columns and then sew the columns together. Done!

I'm working on a version of this with girly colors as you can above. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Friday, February 06, 2015

inspiration overload

Well January went by fast!
I'm in the midst of finishing up a few little baby quilts right now and have been trying to plan my next project. I actually started to feel a little "stuck". There is just so much inspiration out there and lots of patterns and fabrics I want to try that I don't know which way to go! My Pinterest board for quilt inspiration has been growing like crazy the last few weeks. So has my Flickr favs.

Yesterday, I wrote down a list of quilts I want to make and what fabrics I want to use, etc.
Here are a couple of things that are on my definite to-do list:
  • Fancy Fox pillow for my son!
  • A Pacific Crest quilt from Beyond Neutral book (downloaded it on the iPad a few weeks ago; love lots of the designs in it!)
  • and lastly, I am wild about this fabric combo: 
Wild and Free plaid
Not a 100% sure what pattern I'll use yet but I just love the bright red against the Essex Yarn-dyed Black again the Wild and Free plaid fabric. Maybe add a little mustard in too.

Does this ever happen to you? You're all ready to sew and make something but you just don't know what to start with?

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!