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.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Midnight Mystery Quilt

My Bernina 710 is finally recovered from surgery, back home, and running perfectly! It was gone for almost 4 months and in that time a few quilt tops piled up. I'm happy to say I'm making progress on the pile-up and have a finish to share today.

This one is Midnight Mystery from my friend Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. You may remember that I started this one and discovered my dislike for yellow-green, which required me to start over.

The blocks are large, making the quilt finish at 72" x 72" and a real stretch for my quilt holder :)

If you've seen this pattern you may have noticed that mine is set a little different. The pattern offsets the blocks in the three rows, the middle row requiring half blocks at top and bottom. I didn't look back at the pattern when I restarted from the first version and completely forgot about the setting. The blocks were made and ready to sew together before it hit me that something was different! At that point, I just went with a traditional setting...

I had this Anna Maria Horner print in my stash from a sale, that I thought looked great with the colors of the quilt.

Straight line quilting again! I really felt like the quilt needed the straight line quilting to modernize the traditional blocks. And I love doing it - so there you go! The lines are spaced an inch apart and stitched with Aurifil 50 weight in color 2021.

Do you think it feels a little like Spring?!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt

I was honored to be part of the committee tasked with designing and creating the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild Charity Quilt for QuiltCon 2019.

Elise Dunbar and I brain-stormed ideas for the quilt, and Elise proposed making a child's bed quilt that would work similar to a play mat for toy cars. Our guild members made the blocks and Elise, Paige, Didi and I assembled the quilt top.

You can read more about the process here, but I thought today I would share the results with you!

 We decided on a mix of free motion and straight line quilting and I did all of the straight line quilting. It difficult to see in the pictures, but the lines go in different directions, some horizontal, some diagonal and some vertical. It meant a lot of starting and stopping, but the result was totally worth it. We used Aurifil 50 weight thread in color 2021 for most of the quilt.

After the straight lines were quilted, I passed the quilt off to Cheryl and Faye to add the free motion designs. Paige from Quilted Blooms did the binding.

The compass in the lower right corner was such a great addition and I volunteered to piece the block. The compass is paper pieced, then framed using the 6-minute circle technique.

For the back of the quilt, we used some leftover blocks and I decided to improv piece some letters, spelling out our city's tagline "Yeah That Greenville". I used the book Word Play Quilts as a guide.

It was so much fun collaborating with other members of my guild! And I think we ended up with a pretty fun quilt!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Economy Block Quilt

Last Fall, you may remember, I participated in the South Carolina MQG Mini Quilt Swap. My swap partner requested purples, greens and navy. One of her favorite fabric designers was Jessica Swift. I really didn't have a lot of purple in my stash and I wasn't familiar with fabric designer, Jessica Swift. So I decided to purchase Jessica's latest line of fabric to make my partner's quilt.

Once the fabrics arrived and I started sewing with them, I completely fell in love with the fabrics and colors. Luckily, I had purchased a bit extra and vowed to make something for myself with the leftovers.

The Economy Block has always been a favorite, and I decided it would be a great block to showcase the beautiful fabrics.

The Economy Blocks are 10" finished and I alternated them with a 10" Hour Glass Block to create a setting for them, inspired by the Economy Block quilt made by Saija that she featured on Instagram.

I love how the black and white blocks create space for the print blocks to shine. This setting required large Flying Geese Blocks and background rectangles to finish off the pattern on the borders of the quilt.

Straight line diagonal quilting, spaced at about 5/8" created simple texture.

The solid backing shows off the quilting lines nicely. I auditioned several binding choices, including purple, green and black, but ended up with a dark charcoal gray that frames everything nicely.

A quilt that's not predominately blue? Unusual for me! And I love it!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Campfire Quilt

I have a new quilt to share today! This quilt is a pattern from Suzy Quilts called Campfire. I just love the modern play on a Log Cabin design.

I took advantage of a beautiful February day in SC to photograph this one in our city park...

In addition to Kona Ash, Kona Snow and Kona Navy, the fabrics are all from Jen Hewitt's line, Imagined Landscapes for Cotton + Steel. I love Jen's printmaking work so much, and was thrilled to see a line of fabric released with her designs. I sat on some half yards for a while hoping, to come up with a pattern that would do it justice. 

I quilted this one on my Bernina 440 using the walking foot and a curved cross hatch. It's a quilting design I hadn't tried and it was so simple to execute. I drew the first curve in each direction, then used the guide on my walking foot to space my lines 1" apart.

For a backing, I used this Loominous fabric by Anna Maria Horner. I think it compliments the fabrics really well. Be forewarned though, that this fabric bleeds considerably. I washed it 5 times and still found blue Color Catchers in the wash. I went ahead and used it, but I very likely will avoid washing the quilt.

The binding was made from a couple of leftover strips from the fabric line and Kona Navy.

I'm so happy with how it turned out!