Friday, July 20, 2018

Full Size Minecraft with Diamond Ore Pillow Cases

I seem to be making less and less of these minecraft quilts, but their block choices always surprise me. No TNT in this quilt. I think the red blocks really add a lot to all the black and gray. I really don't mind the long break between making these because it is a lot of sitting at the sewing machine without doing too much moving.  

This time I got to make these Diamond Ore pillow cases. They were fun to layout and put together. I wasn't sure how the black binding was going to look, but it really helps tie the pillow cases and the quilt.

I put it on Lindsay's bed as she is the only one with a full size. I love the quilt on there, but her pillows are so flat! Maybe I need to get her some new pillows. Maybe she likes them flat. I don't know. 

The pattern is available here if you'd like to make one for yourself. And if you're not keen on the idea of buying all those different Kona Cottons, I'd be happy to make one for you. Just send me a convo in my etsy shop.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Graduation Quilt

 58" x 74"

This quilt was made for a customer who wanted to give as a graduation gift. It's perfect for that! It's called Rah, Rah, Rally and I've made this pattern a couple times before. Here's the first one and here's the second one

This one is exactly like the first one I made except I used a blue thread to quilt since the back is a solid blue. I'm not sure I totally like the blue thread, but I think a white or yellow thread would look about the same. 

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Up From Here Update

Here's where I started at the beginning of this week on my Up From Here quilt. I did some changing to the original pattern so that I could use a lot of scraps. I made the quilt block 12" and I decided to rotate some of the blocks.

And here she is at the end of the week. I had to get it all on the design wall so that I could take it all down for another quilt I've been working on. Now it gets to sit for a while....good thing it's a no pressure sew along!  If you want to join us you can get the details at HomeSewnByUs. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Josie's First Quilt

31.5" x 31.5" 

This is Josie. She is child #7 and she just turned 8 not too long ago. She loves to play with my fabric scraps, but last week she asked to if I would teach her how to sew. Why yes, I'd love to!  She was so excited to pick out fabrics, I wasn't sure she was going to be able to choose. But she finally did and this pink and purple match her bedding perfectly!

She was such a fast learner. It only took a couple practice pieces before she was ready to start sewing on her own top. She laid it out on the design wall, then took in down and marked the rows. I slowed the speed down on my machine for her so all she had to do was follow the quarter inch foot. She is the best one I've taught yet. I guess that means I finally have a quilter!!!

I pieced the back for her and did the quilting, but she did all the top by herself. She was so excited her seams all matched up.  I think she did a great job!  She is ready to start her next one....I don't know how I'm gonna get anything done anymore!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Throwback Thursday - Pixilated Horse Quilt

I've only been quilting since 2010, so I can't go back too far for Throwback Thursday! In 2012 I started working on a pixilated horse quilt. The kids love to take pictures of the horses when they go out to ride. I couldn't find the original picture, but the one on the left is what the horse really looks like. The background has already been edited to remove things from the photo.  In the picture on the right, I edited the horse's head so there would be less variation when I pixilated it. 

I used photoshop to reduce the number of colors in the picture which then pixilated it, but there are also sites that will turn your photograph into a pixel quilt design. The one I was trying to use is not around any longer, but I did find YouPatch if you'd like to give it a go.

Above is my final pixel layout after doing some moving of colored squares to make it look like I wanted it to. And below it the finished quilt. I gave this quilt to a friend, who loves horses very much. I'd love to make another one, but it is made from 2" strips and it takes a while to get one finished. Maybe someday I'll get time to make one for our family.

Let me know if you design a pixel quilt pattern for yourself. I'd love to see what you come up with!

Linking with MMM Throwback Thursday.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Scrappy Patchwork Lap Quilt

54" x 67.5" 

This fabric line is from Moda and is called Sunday Supper. I love the silverware prints in this line. There are also some prints with words on them which I don't get to use very often. Word prints are so awesome! This is one of my go to patterns because of the pieced border. It's a nice upgrade to a plain patchwork quilt, and an upgrade to a plain border. Win, win!

I found a nice backing fabric at the store the other day. Most times I forget to plan this out in advance and it can be hard to find something that matches some of the colors in the moda lines. This navy blue is not like any of the navy blues in my stash.  I got smart this time and ordered binding fabric from the Sunday Supper line before it runs out.

You can find Scrappy Patchwork pattern here. It comes in two sizes - baby and lap.  It's a great pattern in you are a beginner or you want a patchwork quilt with a modern feel.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Scrappy Patchwork Baby Quilt

 36 x 40.5

Here is a simple baby quilt is some nice colors. I love the aqua with the coral and tans especially for a baby quilt. There are even little foxes and birds on the fabric to make it oh so cute!

I found just enough of this aqua fabric in my stash for the back of this quilt. Although, I'm glad I was forced to add the leftover from the front because it just adds so much. I've been getting quite lazy lately and not piecing my backs. Let me just say that it's a quick way to build up the scrap pile, but not in a good way!

The pattern is called Scrappy Patchwork and comes in 2 sizes - baby and lap.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Hydrangea Quilt

52" x 68"

This quilt is full of hydrangea prints from Benartex. I had a customer send me the blue center fabric with the butterflies and a backing fabric. We worked out the rest of the fabric placement before I placed the order for the rest of the prints.   

I had enough of the main print to fussy cut the hydrangeas. I didn't fussy cut the dark centers though, the hydrangeas on that print were too big. The green tonal print softly outlines the main print blocks. And the dark inner border ties in with the small dark centers of the other block.  Turned out wonderfully! 

I think the missing comment issue has been fixed on my blog. So hopefully if you leave a comment, I'll be responding with an email again!  It was a pretty easy fix. Just read this post here from Just Let Me Quilt.

linking with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Pattern Sale!

I'm having a pattern sale this week in my Etsy Shop. Now is a great time to get that pattern you've had your eye on!  Find my shop here

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Second Sew Along with Roseanne

Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us is hosting another Sew Along. 

It starts July 1 and I'm ready to get started!
 I will be making option #1 which is Up From Here.
This free tutorial can be found on Sew Mama Sew.

I chose these citrus colors for my quilt.  I decided to make my blocks smaller at 12" instead of 24". I will be doing a 5 x 6 block setting and using all scraps to make my quilt. I am going to try to use the larger pieces on the left for my back. Hopefully I can come up with a creative way to piece it all together. 

If you're not into this pattern, there are a couple more choices for the sew along. I hope you'll pick one of them and join us. This is a no pressure, no timeline sew along. If you don't know Roseanne, now is a prefect time to meet her. I would say there isn't a quilter she doesn't like. Pop on over and say hello!

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