Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Gander Lake Quilt Pattern

60" x 72"

This is my latest quilt pattern called Gander Lake. It's a bit more modern than what I usually do. But I love the simplicity of it! It's made from 12 fat quarters. I used 4 colors (yellow, light gray, medium gray, and black) with 3 of each color. I wrote the pattern with the no waste flying geese directions, which also means no trimming!

I was inspired by one of Kelly's recent quilt backs (from My Quilt Infatuation) and a lack of fabric shopping to piece my quilt with matching prints. It was a great way to use up fabric since my quilt shop has been closed. But I have to tell you, these kinds of backs are my favorite!

You can find Gander Lake in my shop here.

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Heart Quilt

37" x 45"

I made this heart quilt for an art show we had at church for Easter. The show was called The Body and the Blood and our art piece was supposed to represent that somehow. I choose this pattern called Have a Heart by Michelle Watts because it was perfect for the body and the blood. The background is "broken" into many pieces and the heart is red for the "blood". He paid the greatest price for us!

I wanted the background to be different than the heart, but I don't have much in my quilting repertoire. So I did a straight line through each line of background fabric and then switched to a loop d loop in the heart.  It worked out great and you can even see it on the back of the quilt.

I had prewashed the red strips of fabric in the sink, but it still had quite a bit of dye in it. Red fabric...I just don't like working with you. But I do like this quilt! Hope you guys have a fabulous Easter and celebrated our risen Lord!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scrappy Stars

It's time to use your scraps! Put your scraps to good use in this new Scrappy Star pattern. Choose your three favorite colors, add in a background in a variety of fabrics and you will end up with a beautiful scrappy quilt. I used over 30 different background fabrics in my throw sized quilt. I was surprised to find so many. Each of my three colors has at least 8 different fabrics. The more the merrier!

I love scrappy quilts so it was about time I had a pattern in one. There were so many neutral fabrics in my stash and my scrap bins. The stars are made from scraps, but the sashing is made with strips. That helped this quilt go together much faster than you think it would take. 

I had a white and gray print in my stash and used some of the scraps in my three colors to make a strip for the back. I only had to cut a couple pieces to make it long enough. I love the pop of color!

This pattern is perfect for those stuck in their house and want to make something now! No waiting necessary. You can find Scrappy Stars Pattern in my etsy shop here.

Linking with:
My Quilt Infatuation
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Kite Tails

Hello! How are you all doing? I am usually home, so this isn't new, but there is the stress of getting groceries for 10 and dealing with all that store craziness. One of my kids is out of work until this season is over.  I'm keeping things sane in my house by staying in my quilting room! Creating is a great outlet for stress relief.

This is Kite Tails, my new quilt pattern. Doesn't it make you feel like spring is here? Well it is for us in the south. My kids have been asking when they can go fly their kite. They may get their wish tomorrow as is it is supposed to be windy and sunny at the same time...finally! We've had so much rain here lately so the sun is a nice change.

Anyway, this cute pattern come in 6 sizes. I made the lap size because I was running short on the accent fabric. This fabric line is Nest by Moda and I'm starting to run low! This pattern is fat quarter friendly, but I would recommend on the smaller sizes using  more than the minimum amount. Scraps would even be good for this quilt if you had some larger pieces.  I think I cut one square of each of my fabrics to make 2 of each kind of half square triangle.

Here is the baby size in one fabric. Wouldn't this make a cute baby boy quilt? All you would have to do is cut all the squares from one fabric.

If you're needing a new pattern to cheer you up in this season of craziness, this one will do it! You can find the pattern in my shop here.

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

Friday, February 28, 2020

Bee Squared

This is Bee Squared a quilt pattern my son and I designed a while back. There was just too many things on my plate to get it sewed up back then. But now it's all finished and ready for you!  I made the throw size in Pepper and Flax. It's just lovely, I love these fabrics. 

 Here's the queen size in Summer Sweet. I think I would really enjoy this on my bed! But I don't dare add that to my to do list.  Bee Squared comes in 5 sizes from baby to king. The pattern is written for the least amount of fat quarters, but I think it looks better with more. Scraps could even be used for the smaller sizes to add variety and use up those scraps.

You can find the fabric requirements and the pattern in my shop.

Linking with:
My Quilt Infatuation
Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Scrappy Doll Quilt

My daughter was playing with her fabric scraps a while back and had laid them out on my design wall. I love that she had lined them up in strips of color.  She loves order just as much as I do. I suggested that we turn it into a doll quilt. The scraps were all different sizes, so much trimming was necessary.  The wonkiness adds to it's charm don't you think?

I has just finished the table runner so was in the mood to continue with my new quilting practice. Josie asked me to quilt some words on her quilt. Okay, sure! Without a plan, I started with her name on the second row. But then has a thought, wouldn't hearts be so cute!  Never having done those, I plunged right in on the top row trying to figure out how to do a continuous heart pattern. Let's just say it needs some work before I try it on a big quilt. I did 3 more rows of this pattern. The other rows are either loops across or words with loops.

The back is also made of scraps that were awaiting their turn to be cut and put in the scrap bin. Josie helped me pick out ones that went together.  It's a perfectly fitting for a little girl to play with her dolls. And when she is older, she will be able to look back and see that her mom loved her enough to not worry about messy quilting. Hearts are hearts, and love is love. Imperfect is perfect.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Mini Picket Fence Table Runner

This table runner is purple and floral and ready for spring! It's a new pattern by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts called Mini Picket Fence. I whipped this one up pretty quickly with a charm pack and some Kona cotton.  

The quilting is a bunch of wavy lines. Most of them cross at several points along the path. I was trying to do something new with an organic feel but similar to the wavy lines that I use on the postcard quilt.  It does have good texture, but next time I want to try lines that are a bit straighter. Small projects are the perfect place to try something different than my standard meandering.

Myra has a bunch of new patterns in her shop. You can find them here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Frolic Quilt

72" x 72" 

I am excited to say this quilt is finally finished! I really love the color combination and am thinking I will use it again in the future. I left the border off completely because I am not a border person and this quilt is more than big enough without it.

Turquoise replaced the lighter blue in the original color scheme because I love bright colors. I also was very specific in my placement of blocks - alternating the navy and the blue. This meant swapping some of the pieces during the last clue, but I had enough cut to get it done. (There were so many pieces left over!)

While I was tempted to keep this beauty, I managed to resist. It did sit on my couch for a couple days, but now it is happily resting in the closet awaiting it's buyer.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Scrappy Trip Along Quilt

First finish of 2020 is this beautiful Scrappy Trip Quilt. It's cold and gray out this week so I will need to get a better picture of it, but I couldn't wait to share it with you! I love this pattern so much I think I could easily make several more. I chose to do the version that alternates with white, but the classic version is so nice too.  If you want to see some more quilts check out #wwscrappytrip on instragram.

To make this version you need blocks that have prints running up and blocks with prints running down. Make an equal number of blocks of each kind. 

My fabrics are plum, blue, and a grassy green color. Not Seattle Seahawk colors!!! (Myra!) Hopefully the sun will come out soon and I can get some better pictures. I always struggle to get good ones anyway white a white background, but I am determined to do better this year. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

More Cleaning Up and Some Sewing

If you are wondering what I've been up to this month, here it is. This is just some of the 500 yards I have sold from my stash. Yes, 500 yards! I spent some time going through all my fabric storage areas and cleaning out everything I didn't really want to keep. Most of my stash is under my longarm, but some of it is the closet in a few spots. I am trying to get it contained to the longarm area. 

.My bins were too full under the longarm before I went through them and now I have room! The closet still has a bit in there, but mostly it is stuff I need to use or want to use to make a quilt with. I was able to sell some online and some on facebook marketplace.  I did end up measuring and pricing each piece after I sold about 100 yards. Well worth the effort!

I have also been slowly working on two quilts, this one I should have done by this weekend. The lighting in my sewing room is terrible. The colors in this quilt are plum, green and bright medium blue. I can't wait to get it outside and get a proper picture! 

 The other quilt is the quiltville mystery quilt and it's going sloooowwwly! But I am pressing on and I will prevail. Then I hope to move on to pattern writing again. I have several good ideas brewing.  Hope you are all keeping your sewing space a fun space whether that's clean and organized or messy and productive!

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