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.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Colorwash Quilt

72" x 72"

I took a break from some planned quilting projects to make this beautiful rainbow quilt. Rainbow quilts help keep the mojo flowing and are a necessity every now and then! This one has 28 different prints in it. I had so much fun going through my fabric bins looking for just the right colors.

I tried out a few different prints for the back, but this black and white weave was the best I had to choose from. I also tried it for the binding, but it didn't seem to work. So the choices were either black or white. Black seemed to take over the quilt and the white gave it a soft spring look.

It is so lovely that I have plans on making another one. I have lots of plans! But this pile is still sitting out so I may actually get to it soon!

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

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Midday Morsel - A New Pattern!

 60" x 72"

I have a new pattern for you! It's called Midday Morsel. The one you see above is the lap/throw size. It's made from the Moda line Sunday Supper. This pattern comes in three sizes: baby, lap,and queen and is fat quarter friendly.

The blocks create a fun secondary pattern that reminds me of weaving. It's a modern block using some old time favorites.

Seems I never remember to order a backing fabric when I purchase a fat quarter bundle. I guess I just get so excited when it come to buying fabric! But I was able to find a print in similar colors at the store the other day.

You can find my Midday Morsel pattern in my Etsy shop along with some other great patterns as well. Have a great weekend!

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

Friday, March 22, 2019

Castle Dreams Baby

37" x 37"

This little baby quilt came about because I found 4 matching layer cake pieces sitting in a pile on the shelf and decided there had to be a pattern to use them. Well, turns out there is! Castle Dreams is a pattern from Busy Hands Quilts. All I needed was three matching prints and I could whip up this cute baby quilt.

A couple of matching strips were added to the back to make it big enough since the green piece was a tad short. And I had enough of the green from the front to do the binding.

I'm making a small dent in my batting scraps one baby quilt at a time!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Double 4 Patch

60 x 68 

Sometimes I ask myself, "Why did you ever buy that fabric?" As I type that sentence, I am reminded that I didn't actually buy the cream floral fabric in this quilt. It was given to me a long time ago. But I did purchase the red floral fabric. I don't think the problem here is the fabric. I think it is the pattern I chose to use up the not so loved cream floral print.

And in my defense, I picked out this pattern years ago too. I even found all the strips cut and ready to sew along with my graph paper with the math all figured out. So there wasn't much I could do about changing it at this point. All I could do was hope for the best and maybe it wouldn't be too bad.

It's a little plain and some of the red flowers on the cream print hit the wrong spots, but it is done and done is good. Maybe someone will appreciate the old fashioned look of this quilt.

The back has the same red print from the front. I do like this fabric at least. And as I said before, done is good.  I wanted to show you this quilt so you can see not every choice I make is a good one. And I can show myself, that my choices have gotten better over the years. Or at least I think so!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yellow and Gray Baby Pinwheel

40" x 40" 

Another baby quilt for me this week. And more batting scraps used and out of the closet. I love the look of this one, soft and sweet for baby. I used a mixture of bold and soft yellows and grays for this one.

I went with a lighter yellow binding to finish the quilt. The darker ones seemed too bold for this little beauty.

Quick and easy finish for the week. Good thing too since I had to have my sewing machine worked on. Somehow the bobbin case got broken. Apparently, I had a couple singer bobbins hiding in my Janome ones and that is a big no-no according to the sewing machine repair guy. But it's all fixed now and she's purring much better now.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Rainbow Baby Quilt

36" x 40"

Oh what fun this rainbow quilt is! And as a bonus, every fabric in this quilt, except the background is from scraps! The HST's are made from 5" squares from my scrap bins. Even the back is made from some scraps. 

I had this gray fabric left over from a quilt a made a few weeks ago. It was a bit short so I thought a rainbow strip would be great, but I didn't want to make one. Then I remembered I had some strips left from the bargello quilt I finished. I took out a few pieces and stitched it back together. It was perfect for the back of this quilt. Don't you just love it when a quilt comes together!

The 2.5" strip bins are the last ones left to tackle. Several colors are getting to the overflow stage so i need to make a scrappy quilt from those next. I have really enjoyed making a few quilts with my scraps this year. I think this needs to be something I do at the beginning of every year.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.
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