Thursday, July 25, 2019

100 Day Project

Have you heard of the 100 Day Project? Click over to the website to learn more. Basically it's an exercise to boost your creativity. Officially it starts in April, but I decided in March to start my own version.

My plan was to take one "quilty" photo every day, trying different staging set ups to create photos of whatever I was working on that day.

It's good to do a bit of pre-planning and set your project up so that it's simple, fun and fairly easy to achieve. I first decided that I would aim for photos that fit my "style" - light, bright, clean and simple. I decided to do all square photos since much of my work is posted to Instagram. Each day I took 3-4 photos of the same thing, changing angles, closeness, and maybe moving items around a bit.

Every Friday night, I uploaded my photos to my computer, edited and chose my favorite from each day. I tried to learn what I liked about each one and what I didn't like. I numbered each photo using the iPad app, A Design Kit. Then using the online photo printing site, Artifact Uprising, I added my 7 photos from the week to a soft cover book.

I missed a few days along the way, but finished up the project by taking my 100th photo on July 7th and ordered my photo book as a record of the project.

Here are just a few of the pictures...

Did I learn anything? You bet I did!

Number one, I learned to get my lighting correct. Lighting is everything in photography. In May, I was lucky enough to take a quilt photography class from Kitty Wilkin through the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild. As a result of the class, on Kitty's recommendation, I purchased these simple and inexpensive studio lights. They have made a world of difference and allowed more freedom as to where and when I can take a photo.

I love flat lay photography and learned to improve my composition in flat lay, primarily through trial and error. Practice makes perfect (or almost perfect).

Do you take pictures of your quilts and their progress? What I love about it, is that it makes me stop and appreciate what I'm doing, what I've done and where to go next. As someone who has a tendency to go, go, go, it's good for me. The proverbial "stop and smell the roses" or in my case, stop and appreciate the work.

I loved doing a 100 Day Project so much! Have you ever done one? There's definitely another in my future :)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Modern Fans Quilt

I have a new finished quilt to share today!

This one has been in the works for a while - not difficult - but a little time consuming with all the curved piecing. The pattern is Modern Fans from Suzy Quilts.

There are several variations of the design in the pattern. They're all very similar and this one is the "Calm Lagoon" version which uses blocks 1 and 3.

Suzy hosted a Sew Along on her website and has many helpful posts for the curved piecing and the trimming.

I had a hard time coming up with a quilting design for this one, typical for me. Circles would have been a great choice, but it seemed too obvious. I went with a simple stipple in the background, back and forth lines on the circles and echoes in the back curved diamond shapes.

The batting is Hobbs Silk. I won it in an online giveaway and it was my first time trying it. It's definitely nice and light and shows off the quilting well as it has a bit more puffiness than my usual cotton. The back is a lawn from Bonnie and Camille's recent line "Little Snippets".

Happy to add this one to my finished quilt inventory!

Saturday, June 29, 2019


Trinket is a quilt pattern by Alison Glass. She recently hosted a Quilt-Along for the pattern on Instagram and I decided to join in. I thought the blocks were unique and adorable finishing at 4" square.

I used Alison Glass' Kaleidoscope fabric in Sapphire for the background and set the blocks together in the checkerboard design featured in the pattern. Since I used the Sapphire for the background of the blocks, they appear to float on the quilt, losing the checkerboard effect. All of the blocks finish at 4", and I placed them on the quilt from smallest to largest motif.

For the quilting, I used angled straight lines that were spaced more closely at the top of the quilt and further apart toward the bottom the quilt. I started at 3/8", increasing by 1/8" increments until I got to 1" spacing.

I decide to create a bit of an "X" design near the top for more interest in the quilting. The thread color is a medium gray. (Note: this photo was taken indoors and the above photos better represent the color of the quilt).

A couple of my favorite little blocks...

This quilt is a really fun one to make as long as you like paper piecing!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Turning the Kids' Clothes into a Quilt

I can finally reveal the quilt I made for my daughter's family using the kids' worn and outgrown clothing! I've been working on it for several months and gifted it this past weekend.

I started with a big box of clothes that included knits, denim, cotton, and polyesters - many items featuring embellishments that were too cute not to include (like the little owl). I carefully cut each clothing piece into several 3 1/2" squares, fussy cutting here and there. I salvaged the clothing pieces where I could, using a sleeve for example and turning the item into a short sleeve dress/shirt. Most of the pieces were stained and/or worn and unwearable.

All of the knit fabrics were interfaced with a super lightweight fusible interfacing. Next, I turned the 3 1/2" squares into 9 1/2" Nine-Patch blocks.

I set the blocks by alternating them with a 9 1/2" white square to create a simple Irish Chain Quilt.

I used the graphic tees on the back and pieced them together with a lightweight denim chambray. The purple cat in the lower left corner was a hat, that I appliqu├ęd onto a gray background square.

I didn't get a great picture of the quilting, but I used the serpentine stitch on my Bernina and quilted vertical lines 1" apart. I was a bit worried about the thickness in some areas and decided to use a poly thread and a number 90 needle. It quilted up without a problem!

The kids loved it and it was fun seeing them find some of the fabrics from their treasured outfits!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Pike's Peak

It's been a busy and fun month! I've been working on a quilt that is yet to be gifted, so I need to wait a few weeks to share that one :)

The house was in disarray for a couple of weeks while we had some painting done, but once I had everything put back together, I decided the dining room wall needed a new quilt wall hanging.

I've had my Sunburst quilt (actually a couple different versions of it) hanging since we moved in 3 years ago. I felt that I wanted something simpler and more modern, and after searching for ideas, I landed at Meadow Mist Designs and found Cheryl's quilt Pike's Peak.

Since it would be hanging in my house, you probably know that it had to be some version of navy, blue, aqua or green. Wow, do I have the hardest time choosing colors when there are only a few needed! I spent days going through multiple combinations - all of them probably would have been great!

I'm pretty happy with my navy combined with dark and light shades of aqua.

The quilting on Cheryl's version is awesome, perfect and fairly simple to execute. The only problem was I made a big mistake right at the beginning and since I wasn't willing to rip out rows of quilting, I went with a slight variation of her quilting design.

My lines go straight through the center, creating a plaid effect, while Cheryl's turn at a right angle at the center without crossing ( creating a wide V-shape). The addition of the free-motion back and forth design between the straight lines adds a really nice touch.

All in all, it looks great hanging in the space!

Thursday, April 25, 2019


The Meadowland Quilt, a pattern by Meghan from Then Came June, has been super popular on Instagram and a recent Sew Along hosted by the designer. It's such a great design that creates a graphic and interesting quilt. 

 I chose navy, aqua and gray and pulled from my stash for this one, using mostly Cotton + Steel fabrics. Many of the prints are from their earliest collections and this quilt pretty much depleted my stash of Cotton + Steel prints.

For the quilting, I sewed straight lines in both directions through the pieced portions of the block. That left squares of background fabric in which I free motioned a squared-off stipple.

It really is a fun quilt to make - I'm considering making another...

Be sure to check out the #Meadowlandquilt hashtag on Instagram for tons of variations!

Sunday, March 24, 2019


Pivot is a quilt made from the pattern by Nicole, of Modern Handcraft. The design is simple, graphic and very modern. I decided to make it in primarily solids with the addition of one geometric print. It's a concept I used for my Swoon 16 quilt and of all the quilts I've made, still one of my favorites.

Once the quilt was pieced, I second guessed the addition of the geometric print and actually still wasn't sure about it until I saw the photos. There's nothing like stepping back to look at your creation and seeing it in it's entirety. I think sometimes in the making, we're constantly looking too close at our work. Good lesson learned - step back more often.

I wondered what others thought and threw my question out on Instagram. Everyone who commented agreed - it kind of makes the quilt!

I used wavy, echoed lines for the quilting and love how they turned out. I'm continuing to go through Jacquie Gering's book, Walk, looking for new straight line ideas.

The back is a print from Anna Maria Horner that was in my stash. I thought the colors blended nicely.

I photographed the quilt in front of a building in the Village of West Greenville, SC. I had to share with you the new sculpture that was just installed in the same plaza. 

Our city is rich in textile mill history and the sculpture represents a spindle. The words on the piece relate to the city also. The artist is Blessing Hancock.