Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Finish: Anna Maria Horner Mini Quilt Swap

A few months ago I signed up for a mini quilt swap on Instagram using Anna Maria Horner's fabrics.  Above is the mini quilt I sent to my partner who requested something bright.  Most of the prints are from the Good Folks line and a few from the Garden Party line.  The yellow solid is a woven from Anna's newest collection, Loominous.  The design is Miss Rosie's Reveille Schnibble... I just left off the outer borders.  I am hoping that this mini will soon arrive at it's destination and that the recipient likes it!

This is a photo from a few months ago, but I forgot to share that I got to hear Anna Maria Horner speak at my LQS in May. (She was in MSP for market)  It was such an inspiring treat to listen to her, she certainly is the real deal...passion for her work and work hard she does.

To see some of the other fabulous quilts, check out the hashtag #annamariahornerminiquiltswap on instagram.  Today I am linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Patriotic Patchwork Favorites

It has been rather quiet here on the blog, which is quite the opposite of the fast pace of summer break at my house.  On top of 7th grade and traveling baseball that started this spring, I am now a chauffeur for tennis lessons, golf league and weight/agility training.  After the holiday things slow down a bit, so I am hoping desperately to add sewing back to my schedule.  On a good note, no sewing does mean a clean sewing room.

Here are links to my above favorites since the mosaic did not generate labels for credit:

1. Top, Left   2. Top, Center    3. Top, Right

4. Middle Row, Left    5. Middle     6. Middle Row, Right

7. Bottom Row, Left   8. Bottom Row, Center   9.  Bottom Row, Right

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bee Blocks

Spring has finally began in Minnesota, so between spring break, spring cleaning, spring yard work and the beginning of school and travel baseball, life is going at hyperspace mode.  Sadly all the busyness doesn't leave much time for sewing.  I did want share the last few months of bee blocks that I have sewn for members of my bee in the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild.  Above are solstice star blocks for Rose in her chosen gray, brown and caramel palette.  I used Faiths' instructions and these sewed up quite nicely despite their intimidating look.

The double hearts are for another member that is going to embroider conversation heart sayings in red floss in the center for a Valentine's quilt.

No matter all that is going on, I do hope to squeeze some sewing time into my calendar. With the end of the school year on the horizon, I feel the mad to need to get as many finishes in before my time is not my own any longer... (Anyone else get that panic of productivity at the end of the year?)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Cleaning: Plate Pad Tutorial

The last few months I have been cleaning cabinets and closets, trying to get it all done before spring really even starts here in Minnesota.  (Once warmer weather hits, I'm ready to get outside!)  This is one of my cabinet pullouts that I keep several pans's rather full but they each have their purpose.

This is what it looked like before...

Both this cabinet and the pullouts that I keep serving plates & platters in were a hot mess of wrinkly old paper towels.  I was tired of dealing with the paper towels every time I got something out of these cabinets, so I decided to remedy the situation with some pretty flannel.

I wrote a short tutorial for these plate pads so if you'd like to spiff up your cabinets too, you can download it here

Much better!

I am linking up with Amanda Jean today...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Minneapolis MQG Mystery Quilt Finish

This is my abbreviated finish for last years Minneapolis Modern QG Mystery.  I started out with a rather traditional palette for a modern design as I was planning on giving the quilt for a gift and had their decor in mind.   I found the fabrics didn't really work for all the blocks so I ended up changing the larger center block and the layout to work with what I had.  I ended up with a 60" square throw that was given to its' intended recipient so would call the project a success.

Last weekend we went up north and rented a cabin for the long weekend and my husband and the boys got some ice fishing it and I took advantage of the setting to get photos of this finish before it was gifted away. 

In the MplsMQG Flickr group, you can see photos of many of the full size quilt finishes as designed by Kristin of a Little Crispy, and in many different color ways.

I am linking up with Amanda Jean at Finish It Up Friday.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Bee Blocks

This year in the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild we have divided up into bee groups for those that were interested. I did a bee with flickr friends a few years ago and thought it was a great skill builder and exposure to others ideas and tastes that might be different than your own, so when this opportunity came up signed on quickly.

This month my group (#Sew2Bee2 on instagram) made wonky citrus pineapple blocks for Rozina.  These are the blocks I made...I like to document the blocks here as they are fun to look back on for future ideas of how to use different blocks and see all the colorways. Now if only our Minnesota weather was as warm as this palette?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Zips Strips

In the previously mentioned interest of improving my zipper skills, I made a Zip Strips pouch from Terry Atkinson's Cash & Carry pattern.  Terry is known great directions and diagrams so I thought per pattern would be a good place to start.  The pouch came together easily and I was pleased with the way the top turned out save a little wiggle in the straightness of the zipper.

And the ends came out looking very neat.

The panels are done in a quilt as you fashion and then finished inside. For my next attempt, I'd like to have a fully lined pouch and have this good of luck with the zipper install.

I am linking up this uber small finish with Amanda Jean's Finish it up Friday.