Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Welcome to my turn of the Around the World Blog Hop.  I was asked by Mary on Lake Pulaski to participate, if you are not familiar with her blog please check it out.  I am in love with one of her most recent finishes, a hand pieced and quilted pouch for Yoko Saito quilt market booth, but she makes wonderful quilts and many creations for her grandchildren in addition to great bags.

Here are some of the questions I was asked to answer as part of the blog hop:

What am I working on?  I just finished a quilt top using Marcia Derse fabrics as shown in the post below, so I am now working on a back for that and plan to quilt it myself.  As you can see above, I have also started my own version of the ever popular Modern Maples quilt.  I am using my treasured Anna Maria Horner Good Folks Fabrics with a Robert Kaufman quilters linen in ivory metallic.  I love the little sparkle the metallic adds.

How does my work differ from others? I don't know that the projects differ but I do think I work with a pretty broad variety of projects compared to many.  This is where the Rugged & Refined portion of my blog name came from. 

My husband has always wanted a denim quilt, and last year I finished a large quilt as you go denim quilt that is his favorite.

I enjoy modern quilts with large amounts of negative space and seeing the impact the quilting can have on the finished piece.

But I also enjoy traditional pieced blocks and fabrics, too.

And this is one of my most favorite pieces ever that to me wraps all of the above in one piece...and that mix of styles is what I most enjoy.

Why do I create what I do? This is pretty simple, some items are functional like the denim quilt, pjs for my kids or DIY upland hunting pants I made for my husband, some are decorative like seasonal runners and wall quilts and most are in between...there is nothing better than snuggling up with a quilt in the cold of winter.

I have asked two fellow Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild members to play along on this Around the World Blog Hop...

Annik of Mini Mushrooms and I met at the second guild meeting quite sometime ago.  She makes fabulous bags and quilts and has a great eye for picking fabrics.

Kristin of A Little Crispy has absolutely mad piecing and designing skills.  I remember of the first meetings she came to and brought a quilt that she had hand dyed each fabric to the just perfect shade for a design she had created and executed flawlessly.

Please be sure to check out their blog posts next Monday, October 13th.  Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Finish: Marcia Derse Strip Pieced Top

Last weekend the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild held a retreat.  I had prepped several projects to work on, but this Marcia Derse quilt was at the top my list.

It is a fat quarter friendly pattern by Cherri House from the April 2009 Quick Quilts Magazine.  Fabrics are strip pieced and then cut into rectangular blocks that form the columns with several columns then cut in half to alternate with the full width blocks.  It came together quickly, but as a heavy pinner, piecing the columns together slowed down my pace.

I purchased the fabric for this set of Marcia Derse fat quarters several years ago at Twin Cities Quilting and then added a few more prints.  Most of these fabrics are from the Third Line and Shoreline collections. 

The weather here in Minnesota has not been photography friendly this week...we have had several days of rain and today the winds were gusting to over 40mph so I took a quick snapshot of the top hanging from my garage door rails...once the weather improves I'll have to update it with a better photo!

I am linking with Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Finish: Koseki Pockets to Go Cube

I have always struggled with a small organizer for my sewing table to hold the just right assortment of necessities.  This weekend we have an Intown Retreat for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, so it was just the nudge I needed to make Terry Atkinson's Pockets to Go cube that I've been considering as a potential solution.

On the outside of the cube there is a set of handles to easily carry the cube and also zipper pockets on opposite sides. 

On the inside of the cube there are two larger pleated pockets on two sides, and then a combination of several narrow pleated pockets with a larger pocket on the two remaining opposite sides.  I am anxious to load this up and see how it works this weekend!

For the exterior of the bag, I used two different Suzuko Koseki sewing prints with twill measuring tape trim.  The interior and binding fabrics are all from Sweetwater's Hometown collection.  This pattern is very well written and came together perfectly.  I used my 1/4" walking foot in much of this project and do think it could be challenging without any walking foot or pressure adjustment due to the bulk.  My binding certainly could have been neater, but if the cube function gets a thumbs up, then perhaps it's a reason to make another?

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday... (thanks for the always motivating deadline Amanda Jean!)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mini Dwell: No Covenant Neighborhood

I have a narrow spot on my kitchen wall that I wanted to make something cute and bright to fill this summer.  Several months ago I started this Mini Dwell, deciding to modify the dimensions to fit my space. (The original pattern is 3 rows of 3 houses.)

I got stuck in a bit of particularness as it seemed like all my fabrics were too large in scale and didn't work, and ended up making almost a dozen houses.    Below is my favorite block.

Only as I was putting on the sashing this week did I realize I used at least two different white solids on this project!  (And they are not close in color as you can tell!) Anyway, this is why my mini-dwell is a no covenant neighborhood...not so pretty, not following unwritten rules...but it is done.

Monday, September 8, 2014

MMQG Mystery QA Catchup

Once a week I'm trying to make a few blocks to catch up on quilt alongs/BOM type projects.  At the top of the list is to get up to date on my Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt Along.  These card trick blocks are my favorite so far.

I recently completed these, a large stack of HSTs and some angular-strip blocks.  Here are all my blocks together, not necessarily proportionately. I have several months to catch up yet and am curious to watch this one unfold.

And in case you missed it, there seems to be a big dose of irony in this project as I am using up older traditional fabrics from my stash for this modern mystery.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Heating Pad Cover Tutorial

So when it's the first week of school and you are excited to do nothing but sew and that plan is interrupted by your spouse and his thrown out back that has parked itself in the best bed in the house (which happens to be in your sewing room) for a few days R&R just what do you sew?  Honestly, not much... but a couple of new covers for the heating pad.  

I threw away the 15+ year old nasty polyester cover and made a new cotton and also a new flannel cover for our old heating pad finishing them up neatly with french seams.  I made notes of my dimensions and took photos along the way and wrote a short tutorial to share.

I used this tutorial to make a matching cord wrap.  This cover is such an improvement,  in hind site I don't know why I never thought of it sooner?

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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bamboo Shade Modern Table Runner

Feeling the need to see a bit more quilty goodness in my daily household duties, I decided to make an everyday table runner for my kitchen.  I have several holiday ones, but nothing hand made for in between seasons.

 I opted a for an eclectic mix of my favorite green, brown and cream fabrics to tie in all the colors that are prevalent on my main floor. The design is simple strip pieced patchwork using the Bamboo Shade pattern by Aardvark Quilts.  For the green fabrics I chose the bright tone used in many of the original Lush fabrics and also used a green variegated aurifil 50 weight thread of the same intensity for definite pops and bound the patchwork with some a brown Moda grunge.  I love it in all it's modern simplicity.

I am linking up with Amanda's Finish It Up Friday.  Check it out if you haven't already.