Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Half Rectangle Quilt

I'm back with another quilt I finished up this Summer!

On a whim one day, I bought Rashida's newest line from Cotton and Steel, Paper Cuts. After removing some of the mustardy yellows, I added some C+S basics and tried to come up with a mindless, simple design to use. I thought of half-square triangles, but decided on half-square rectangles.

Was I wrong when I thought this would be mindless! The math for half-rectangles doesn't work out quite as easily as half-squares. After a bit of internet search, I ended up using this chart from Blocloc for my oversized cutting measurements.  I didn't have the ruler so once the blocks were sewn, I just kind of winged my way through the trimming.

I've since found this tutorial from Then Came June, which gives a good explanation of the trimming.

Once I got the hang of it, this quilt was fairly easy and relaxing to piece. To be honest, it's not one of my favorite quilts, so I did some pretty simple quilting using my walking foot and outlining the seams.

Chances are this one will be donated to charity at some point. It's cozy, soft and has a bit of charm :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Flight Path Quilt

It's good to be back! Unwittingly, I took a two month hiatus from the blog. It's seems with travel, visitors and some weather too rainy for photos this Summer, my quilt production has slowed down. But of course, I'm still sewing a bit every day :)

This quilt has taken me a while to complete. I've gone through ups and downs with it in terms of fabric and quilting. The pattern is "Flight Path" by Alison Glass. I've had the pattern for some time, loved the cover version, but really wanted to try and do something different with it.

As much as I loved the bright colors in the original quilt, I wanted to see how the pattern would look with a completely different look. Flipping through a West Elm catalogue, I felt inspired by the neutral, minimalist, mid-century style. I decided to go with blues, grays, navy and a pop of gold for added spark. I looked for modern geometric prints and used prints from Carolyn Friedlander and the Aligned Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. It took a couple tries {and fabric purchases} to get the background shades right, but I persevered.

After some time with my seam ripper, I finally had the top completed and I have to admit I didn't love it. I also had no ideas on how to quilt it. I showed some friends one day and they noticed how unusual a color palette it was for me especially with the bright gold and said I just needed to finish it! We brainstormed some quilting ideas and I was determined to carry on!

I ended up quilting one of my favorite, go-to designs, organic straight lines. If you're not familiar with them, it's a super easy design to quilt with a walking foot. You just quilt edge to edge and don't try to keep the lines perfectly straight. 

And now I love it!

For a backing, I used Kaufman's Carolina Gingham. I've used this line for backing in the past and I love that it's fairly inexpensive and results in a really soft drape for the quilt. The binding is the dark navy and frames the quilt nicely {another texting consultation with some friends!}

Do you ever go through stages of liking, not liking and liking a quilt? Sometimes we just need to power through! Hope to be back soon with a couple other Summer finishes!

My quilt has feet!

Thursday, July 12, 2018


As I mentioned in my last post - I'm finishing up some quilts that have been sitting in my UFO pile. With this one done, I've got one more charity quilt to quilt and the pile will be zero. Yay!

Today I'm sharing another quilt from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts, written by my friends, Cheryl and Paige. The quilt, named "Intertwined", is a classic, modern Plus quilt and I loved both how easy it was to make and how great it shows off some beautiful fabric.

The quilt as patterned is quite large. I reduced the size by cutting the border width in half and it still ended up pretty long. You can see my husband had a hard time holding it up high enough...

The color palette started with this print as inspiration. It's from Leah Duncan's new line for Cloud 9 called "No Place Like Home", inspired by my favorite movie Wizard of Oz.

I love the color palette, especially after ripping out 6 Plus Blocks that were that peachy-pink color from the print. The quilt was completely pieced before I changed my mind on the peachy-pink and resulted in 2 days of tearing out and resewing! Although once I was finished, I was so glad I took the time...

It may be hard to see the quilting - I used the Serpentine stitch, #4 on my Bernina, and adjusted the width to 3 and the length to 2.5.

The back is "Blue Birds Fly" from the Leah Duncan line.

For a binding, I chose Karen Lewis' Blueberry Park fabric and I love how the pattern changes on the binding.

The quilt was photographed at one of Greenville's newest outdoor murals on Stone Ave by artist, Annie Koelle...

The colors were a perfect backdrop for the colors in the quilt!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Spiced Chai Quilt

We may be in the heat of Summer, but I have a Fall quilt to share with you today!

Although it may look bit Summery to many of you - but this is about as Fallish as I get!

The quilt is called "Spiced Chai" and uses a traditional Tea Leaf block. The pattern is by Katie Blakesley from Swim, Bike, Quilt and found in the book Vintage Quilt Revival.

Last Fall, Katie started a Quilt Along on Instagram and since I'd been wanting to make this one, I decided to join in. The fabric all came from my stash, including the Kona Silver background. The QAL was pretty quick and I was able to keep up each week until it got to the quilting. And once I missed the deadline, my quilt sat for 9 months

I'm happy to finally have it quilted, because I love how it turned out!

I quilted it with straight lines spaced 3/4" apart, that radiated from the center of the navy block.

The backing was pieced together from some yardage of Bonnie Christine's, Buck Forest fabric and some fabrics leftover from the blocks.

Good to finally have this one off the UFO pile and ready for Fall cuddling!

Friday, June 15, 2018

More Quilts for Kids!

Kids quilts are just so much fun to make! Every step of the quilt making process is so much easier in the smaller size. Plus it goes to a kid - hopefully to be snuggled with!

I recently finished up 2 quilts that I have to share today...

 First up is a baby quilt that I delivered yesterday. It's for my nephew and his wife's new baby, Arthur (aka The Amazing Arthur)

I used a go-to pattern, Pow Wow by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. I've made this one several times now and it never disappoints in any color combo...

I used simple loopy quilting all-over...

I wanted a black and white for the backing and I had this cute print from Cotton and Steel in my stash. Unfortunately, I just had a small piece left, so I pieced it into a simple black and white print to make a backing. I love how it turned the back into somewhat of an I-Spy Quilt. They loved the back!

The second quilt is for my guild's charity program and the fabrics were all pulled from my stash. It's a simple star made with half-square triangles.

I used my walking foot to quilt straight lines in the star points and more free-motion loopy quilting in the background...

The backing is another pieced together one. I had a small piece of the Lizzy House Cat fabric and pieced it into the backing. I'm hoping a child will enjoy that bit of whimsy.

And that's it for today! I've been trying to little down my WIP pile, so I hope to have a few more finishes soon!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bjorn Bear

Hi All! I guess I took a little break from blogging. Didn't mean to, but time flies. And I have been sewing as usual, so I have a few new quilts to share over the next couple of weeks.

First up today is Bjorn Bear, a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. You've probably seen tons of these as the pattern's been out for quite some time. I have a husband who is a bit obsessed with bears for some reason and I've been thinking about making this one for a while. What stopped me was all those pieces! Each block has many different sized pieces and I thought it would be a tedious, slow quilt to make. So I finally decided to make a small version and was so surprised at how quickly it came together.

I actually loved making each of these blocks! I'm not sure why, but each bear seems to have some sort of "personality" that was fun to see emerge. Gotta love this guy with the glasses.

I had a quarter yard of Cotton + Steel's bear fabric and had to find a way to add it to the back. I framed it in black and set it into a solid aqua fabric.

It took me a while to figure out how to quilt it. I ended up stippling the gray background, wavy quilting each bear with matching-colored thread, and doing some back and forth quilting on the white muzzle. I didn't do any quilting over the black as I was afraid it would be distracting.

Needless to say, my husband loves this quilt, but it is much too small for him! I plan on giving it to the grandkids this Summer, but I may have a fight on my hands :)

Friday, April 13, 2018


Where do you get inspiration? Most quilters answer that question with an resounding "everywhere". And that is so true - inspiration is everywhere if you look for it! But how do you turn inspiration into a quilt? It's a question I've been pondering lately as I choose my next quilt projects.

As far as color inspiration, the sources are limitless. Two of my favorites are the websites Design Seeds and Love Print Studio. You can easily choose a pretty color combination and then select fabrics to match.

Quilt Shop owners and quilters you follow online often post some beautiful color combinations that you may not have considered. Save them for when you need some inspiration! I recently saw this bundle prepared by Fabric Bubb and although I didn't buy the bundle (I had several of the fabrics in my stash), I made this quilt using the color inspiration.

Room and Board - Thimbleblossoms pattern

When it comes to design, turning inspiration to a quilt is often a bit trickier. Tile patterns, modern artwork and graphic designs translate fairly easily. But can a quilt design come from anything?

I recently became part of a Design Bee with a small group in my local MQG. Each month, one of us is providing a photo as inspiration for a quilt block. We'll then make our own blocks, using our own fabric and constraints.

I've decided to make modern traditional blocks in solid colors using the elements and colors in the inspiration photo.

Here is the first month's photo:

Photo by Valorie Kasten
 And here is my block:

Though not a literal interpretation of the photo, I chose these elements from the photo: warm colors, "spikiness", and a design radiating from the center. Though not an exact replication of the picture - my block uses some of the design elements.

The second month's photo:
Follow the link to see the photo (and don't miss it, it's adorable!)

And my block:

The black in the center represents the eyes and noses of the bears. The colors are neutral except for a touch of green like the photo overall. The bears have a round shape to them and I wanted to repeat that shape in my block.

The lesson here - yes, inspiration is everywhere and you can create a quilt design by looking at and featuring the design elements in the inspiration.

It is a challenge! But a fun one and I'm looking forward to future months and more blocks!

I'll leave with another current WIP. I'll share the inspiration when it's done!