Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sweetart - A New Pattern!

60" x 72"

This has got to be my favorite pattern yet! I am excited to share this one with you. It's called Sweetart. The colorful strips are like a pop of candy in a bowl. Did I mention I have a huge sweet tooth? I do. This quilt is the lap size, but the twin size is also included in the pattern. It's beginner friendly and comes together quickly.

I had so much fun picking quilting designs for this quilt. I was able to do continuous quilting across each row of the quilt. There are some loops, u-turns, wishbones, and even some ruler work. It had the most wonderful texture after I washed it!

You can find the pattern here if you'd like to make one yourself. Tag me on instagram (theflemings9) or use #sweetartquilt when you get yours finished.

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation and Busy Hands Quilts.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Poolside - A New Pattern!

56" x 72"

Meet Poolside, a pattern I have been working on for a while. This one is playful and fun in these Bonnie and Camille fabrics! I made the lap size, but the pattern comes in 5 sizes from baby to king. The pattern has directions for using fat quarters or fat eighths along with a background fabric. 

I was really excited to see that it would work with fat eights because you don't see that much in patterns and I have a bundle that has been sitting on my shelf for a while that I should use. 

You can find the pattern here. If you make one post to social media with #poolsidequilt. I'd love to see your quilts!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Throwback Thursday - Rag Quilts

Rag quilts...does anybody make these anymore? I went searching through my photos and found a few to share with you. I haven't made one in a while, but I do have one started sitting on my shelf. It's been sitting there since November...does that make it a UFO? 

I wanted to start with the pretty one so I chose this one made by my oldest daughter. She doesn't really like to quilt much, but she has made a few quilts since 2010 when I started quilting. She picked the fabrics for this lap sized one. She was my main rag cutter for all these quilts. 

I think this was my first rag quilt. You can tell its old from the very bad picture! It was made in 2010 but this picture is from when I first got my longarm in 2012. It was sitting in the closet until I gave it away to a new mom at church. It's made from quilting cotton and has batting.

The front and back were similar, but slightly different. Yes, I used to keep my batting underneath my longarm. I don't do that any more. Now I store it upright in my closet and keep a beautiful rainbow of fabrics under there.

This one is made from flannel with no batting. I stitched around each square instead of the traditional X you usually see. We actually made 2 of these monkey rag quilts. Documentation was not a priority for me back then. I'm still not the best at it, but I think I've improved! I have left overs of flannel from these quilts just waiting for me to come up with something to do with it. It's on the list...the very long list.

I remember Lindsay helping with the layout of this one on the sewing room floor. I loved when she would come help, but she's older now and has a job. I do have 2 young girls that are ready and willing to help me anytime so all is good.

This last one I made for my youngest child. It's made with rectangles instead of squares and no batting. She was born in the summer and this quilt was nice and light. I had intended it to be one she could drag around with her, but she never needed to do that. Too many older kids to hang around I suppose.

This has sure been a fun trip down memory lane for me. I hope you enjoyed it too! Back to my original question - does anyone make these anymore?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sunshine - Up From Here

60" x 72"

This is a fitting color scheme for the summer we're having! I've been participating in a casual Sew Along with Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us. This is the pattern Up From Here that I have modified from the original.  The original has 24" blocks that I changed to 12" so I could use my 2.5" strips.  I also made it scrappy and changed the block direction on every other row.  The smaller blocks gave me the opportunity to use more variety.

I even went scrappy on the back. I only found two somewhat wild prints in my stash, I wish I had more in these colors. The white strips were added to brighten up the back and to make it a tad bit longer.

I didn't stop with the back, I decided since I had all those 2.5" strips, why not make a scrappy binding too. I was wishing I had done a straight seam, but I think on this quilt it works okay. But in the future, I will use straight seams for scrappy binding!

I do love this quilt, but it goes with nothing in my house. I'm mostly a blue person, with a little green thrown in for good measure.  It was sure a fun pattern to make. Thanks, Roseanne! You bring out the best in my quilting!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

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.

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