Friday, September 6, 2019

Eyeshadow - a New Pattern

60" x 72"

This is my new pattern called Eyeshadow. I love the how the the diamonds are subtle and have a shadow effect to them. I made this quilt with a fat quarter bundle called Nest. The pattern is available in my etsy shop. It comes in 5 sizes from baby to king and can be made with fat quarters or 10 inch squares. 

Being as my favorite color is blue, I did a mock up in a blue monochromatic color scheme.

I love it in these grays too which would be perfect for those who love a more modern look. Gray seems to be very popular these days in home decor.

If you like to get the PDF version of Eyeshadow you can find it right here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Rainbow Chain Quilt

 62" x 74"

I've finally finished this beautiful rainbow quilt! Yep, I'm pretty excited! Not only is she a rainbow, but I was able to use scraps for the entire top. Or I would have if I'd had enough of the background fabrics in my scrap bins. This is a free tutorial from Melissa.

The back is a white and gray cross hatch that I got at Joann's. I think that is one of my favorites that they carry. I probably need to go get a bolt of it to have on hand.

I was even brave enough to add some backgrounds with a bit of color. There's a light blue print up there in the oranges and cream prints with orange and pink down there in the blues. There is more than that in the quilt, those are just the ones you can see in theses pictures.

I would make another one of these if I could, but what's left in my scrap bins isn't so bright and pretty.  I'll need to do some thinking to see what can be made of those duller fabrics. It may come down to a simple 2 inch patchwork quilt. I just don't know.

I've got a pattern in the works...and I've even started cutting the fabrics! Well, I have two patterns. I just haven't picked any fabrics for the second one yet. One thing at a time is the theme for September!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Checking In

I am excited that I will actually have a finish to share this week! That scrappy quilt is getting quilted today finally! It's been a long time since I've hit the needle to the fabric. So what have I been doing this month?

We painted the master bedroom a beautiful light blue and added this faux headboard. I was going to make a quilt for our bed, but I've put that off for a while and decided to use this old one I made years ago. I'm still in the process of finding lamp shades to go with the new lamps I bought. I'm also looking at making something for over the bed and the other walls in the room. I haven't decided yet, but my friends have been giving me ideas. This is a long term project as there are other things on my plate this fall. At least the hard part is done.

I also made this junk journal for a class I am teaching in a couple weeks. It's not really a class - we call it life group. It has taken a while to make the book and then put the supplies together. There will be 12 ladies in my life group. I am no expert, and since most of the ladies are my close friends, they don't expect me to be. Should be a fun 8 weeks! 

I will be back later this week with my rainbow quilt finish!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Queen Postcard Quilt

96" x 96"

I just love how vibrant these quilts are! This one is a queen size, the one size I had not made yet. It's also the only picture I took. We've been super busy here this summer and I still have a lot left to get done. We just started the master bedroom paint job this morning. 

I do have two quilt tops ready to quilt, one of which is the scrappy one I'm excited to get to. We'll see how much time I'll have this week. Ah, summer, I will be glad for you to come to an end. Or maybe just the end of my projects!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Postcard Wall Hanging

32" x 32" 

Here's what I've been up to in my sewing room lately. I small postcard quilt sized to be a wall hanging. This one is smaller than the baby quilt that I make. I took off two rows and one column all of which had the more orange/red than blue/green. 

Working on a Preppy quilt to specifically use up a large piece of fabric which will be the back of this quilt. I strip pieced the blocks so it went pretty quickly. 

And finally, my favorite of the three. This is a very scrappy quilt. Low, low volume background pieces with bright X's made in a rainbow of colors. 

I'm waiting on some fabric to make a customer quilt so these two won't be finished until I get that one done. Fabric is coming tomorrow so I hope to jump right on that one! It's another postcard quilt, but this time in a queen size. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Waffles - A New Pattern!

59" x 68" 

Introducing my new pattern - Waffles! This is the throw size, but the pattern comes in 5 sizes from baby to king. This is such a fun design that uses Fat Quarters and an accent fabric. The squares are designed to make a weaving pattern. Can you see it?

I had fun playing with the colors on this one. Here's a few different versions. Blue as an accent with Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

Black background with gray as an accent. Would look great in some prints too!

Blue background with a white accent. I love seeing how changing the dark and light fabrics can make a big difference in the look of a quilt.

Here's a simple version in just 2 prints. Wouldn't this look great on a bed?

Hope you enjoyed seeing some fun layouts as much as I had making them! You can find Waffles and all of my other patterns in my shop

Monday, July 1, 2019

Checking In

I thought I would just pop in quickly and let you know what I've been up to lately. It's not sewing! We've been redoing our laundry room. As you can see, it needs a little loving. The orange walls are gone and so is the red oak cabinets. Well, the cabinets are still there, I just painted them white.

And my husband installed a new light for me. It used to be so dark in our laundry room and now it is full of light. I told him I need some of these up in my sewing room. Wouldn't that be nice? I still have to paint the ceiling around the edges where I was messy and the cabinets have to be adjusted. But we had a our yearly celebration at church this week and that always wears me out! 

The master bedroom is also on the list for an update, but I think I need a week or two before I have the energy to tackle that project. Maybe I can get some sewing in this week.  Summer is a good time to fix up the house. We are hoping to get it back on the market once all the updates are finished.  I hope I get my room looking just as nice as the laundry room!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

August Rain in June

56" x 68" 

I had a backing fabric in my stash that I wanted to use up, so fabrics were pulled to match it a while back. Then I saw this quilt pattern here and just loved it! It was a bit too large for what I wanted so I modified the size a bit and took off the borders. Perfect!

Here is a shot of the backing fabric. It has muted shades of red, orange, green, and teal. Seems to be a go to theme for me lately - muted or bright. I also threw in a couple grays just for fun.

Seems it's been a while since I last finished a quilt, but I have been busy. Some quilting related and some other things. We just started updating our laundry room. The oak cabinets are stained a reddish brown stain and it was time to try our hand at painting them white. The walls will be getting a light gray coat of paint as well. Hopefully, I'll find some time to get in my sewing room while we work on other projects. Feels good to get a quilt finished!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Play Date Pattern Sale

I'm having a sale this weekend on my Play Date Pattern! Myra whipped up this cute version in a baby size. I just love the colors! Notice she used only grays for the triangles and blues for the squares.

This is my original version that I made when the pattern came out. Mine is made by random placement of multiple fabrics.

Here are two quilts that put the fabric in spots that make arrows. This baby quilt only uses 4 fabrics to get this cute look.

And this rainbow quilt uses 8 colors to make the arrows. If you look closely you can see that the color blocks are repeating. One set has pink, orange, green and purple. And one set has red, blue, aqua, and yellow.

With this pattern, it is all about fabric placement. So many fun options for you to play with and it comes in two sizes - baby and lap size. You can get this pattern in my shop here. It will be on sale this weekend until Sunday.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Two Twin Sized Memory Quilts

A customer requested that I make these two memory quilts from my Lindsay Lou pattern for her daughters.  She sent me several dresses to use. One quilt used all blue dresses and the other had a few pink and red dresses added in. I stabilized all the clothes with some pellon 906.

My friend  has an embroidery machine so I had her stitch me up these labels. I cut a square on the diagonal with the label in the bottom half. I folded it in half and sewed it in the corner of the quilt before adding the binding. The diagonal seam was then hand stitched to the back of the quilt.


I think they turned out great. There is one dress in there that has such a wonderful kinkly feeling. I wasn't sure the longarm would like it, but I didn't have any trouble with the quilting. I did go a bit slower over those fabrics, but the stabilizer did it's job and held it flat. I think she will be very pleased with these quilts.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, May 17, 2019

Wedding Quilt

60" x 72" 

Seems my friends prefer neutrals for their wedding gifts. This one is a mix of gray, taupe, and cream in various values.  I didn't get a count of the number of fabrics in this quilt, but there has got to be at least 30. The quilt is made from 2.5" strips and just one block. It looks amazing!

Most of the gray prints came from a fat quarter bundle of Compositions. I was surprised how many taupe fabrics I had in my stash. I didn't have to buy anything except the back. I backed it with a taupe colored minky fabric so it is super soft and heavy.  My son said it was luxurious! What an awesome compliment.

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Invisible Thread Battles

While making this quilt, I really struggled using the monopoly thread. I've quilted tons of these in the past and I have no idea why it was so hard this time. I watched this video and read this here and both of these seemed to help with my struggle. So I am saving these links in this blog post so I can find them later. And well, the quilt is done. So there is that too. I think one of my kids messed with the tension on the side bobbin winder and that was causing all the problems, but I can't be for sure. I also had to really turn the top thread tension dial to let the thread through. I think I turned it more than 4 full turns! It's gonna be real fun to put that back where I had it before.

And I also finished these two pillow cases. Whew! Just for future reference this was the first time I did not use the monopoly thread on the back of the quilt and pillow cases. I used a matching thread instead. I don't know why I thought I had to use the monopoly. So much easier to not have to wind those bobbins.  Hope you all had a much better time in the sewing room this last week than I did!

Friday, April 26, 2019

New Postcard Sizes

I debated on posting these quilts separately, but they all seemed to fit a theme. That theme being resizing the Postcard from Sweden Quilt.

 56" x 68"

This is one of my favorite quilt patterns and I've always wanted to make the lap size a bit bigger. So I've added a few rows and columns to enlarge the lap size while still maintaining the look of original quilt.

36" x 40"

Who wouldn't want a cute little baby postcard quilt?  For this one, I just took a portion of the large quilt that looked to have the same colors in the same spots.

I also tried out a different style of quilting just to see how it looked. I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of the meandering on this quilt.

36" x 52"

Finally, someone requested a crib size quilt, so here it is. I went back to the lap size and found a good spot to get 13 rows from. I went back to the wavy line quilting for this one too, but the camera was not picking that up very well.

I think I have made this pattern in just about every size now. Roseanne, I did not forget about your request for a tutorial on making batting from scraps. I promise I will get to it! My plate is very full at the moment and need to get some things done. I need more time in the day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Scrappy Trip Around the World

 64" x 64"

This quilt is made from the fabric line Voyage by Kate Spain. Some time ago, I won a fat eight bundle. I waited patiently for just the right pattern to come my way. I wish I had just a bit more so I could make this quilt bigger. But as it was, I had already added a fee fabrics from my scrap bin and some purple yardage already.

The colors are just fabulous! I tried to be somewhat random in my strip placement, but as I was laying out my blocks, I noticed that I am not so random at all. I did try to keep a lighter piece on both sides of the purple to help it stand out more.

This picture isn't as blurry as the first one. Seems like the wind has been blowing every single day. And we're in for some storms tonight. But done is good and another one is out of the sewing room!

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Somerset - A New Quilt Pattern

Meet Somerset, a fun new pattern. It comes in 5 sizes from Baby to King. I made the lap size in 5 fabulous summery colored fabrics.  This was my favorite color scheme, but you'll see down below that you can use 2 to 5 different fabrics in this pattern and change the look of it. Lots of pictures ahead! It looks complicated, but it's really not.

This one below has 5 fabrics and is just a different color scheme that the original. I love the use of gray and black in this one.

In this one, the gray fabric (fabric #3) is replaced with white and give is a lighter feel.

For this red and black quilt, fabric #1 and fabric #5 are both red, fabrics #2 and #4 are black, and fabric #3 is gray.

I swapped out the gray (fabric #3) for white in this next one to make it a two color quilt.

This quilt has fabrics #1 and #5 the same. The bolder colors stand out more and the lighter colors fall more into the background.

Here is a baby size in a monochromatic color scheme using 4 shades of blue. Fabrics #1 and #5 are the same in this quilt.

Finally, how about a different background color? Black is nice with this color scheme.

By changing up where you put the prints and how many prints you use, you can get different looks to the quilt. I hope I've given you some inspiration today to looks at patterns a little bit differently. 

You can find the pattern in my etsy shop here.

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