Friday, August 22, 2014

A Modern Quilter Lives Here

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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

First of Infinity & Architextures Text and Solid Chevron Quilt

I have a new nephew so of course the occasion called for a quilt! His mom had a gray and white chevron quilt on her pinterest board and his room is painted gray so the design choice was easy.  I picked a Moda Bella solid color to match the paint in the room and several Kaufman Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander and prints from the First of Infinity collection to make the quilt.  I am hoping the busy text prints will discuise any future stains that are stubborn to remove.

The quilt is made of 6.75" finished HSTs for a 40.5" wide by  54" should be a nice toddler size.  There are so many options for baby size quilts, the knit ones, flannel receiving, etc. and when my kids were little not many options for  toddlers so I do generally make this size quilt for baby gifts. I used Quilters Dream batting as I think it drapes better on little people and quilted it with Aurifil 40wt.  I neglected to take a photo but lately I've been using labels from a Sweetwater panel to label my quilts that have been gifts.  They work well to sew on at the last minute and add a few details with a micron pen.

I love this last photo of the quilt...though I have a hard time believing one of my kids is big enough to hold a quilt this size up! Time does fly...

I'm linking up with Amanda's Finish It Up Friday, she has a fabulous one today so go check them all out!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Heart & Plus Comfort Quilt

I wanted to make a comfort throw for someone and took inspiration from Gina, one of my fellow guild members, that had made a "stay positive" quilt for a relative.  I added my own twist by including the paper pieced hearts to wish the recipient love and positive thoughts as you can see in the stitching below.

I used a small assortment of Kaffe Fassett prints and shot cottons paired with natural kona cotton for the front and back.  For quilting I tried several new things: circular quilting, 40 weight Aurifil thread (green spool) and Dream Orient batting.   I love the circular quilting on the large amount of negative space and from far enough away is looks pretty circular! (Despite little jags close up!) and the Dream Orient has a great drape.  I am linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story to share this sure to check out all the finishes there.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Small Finish: Moda Candy Patchwork Potholder

I started this patchwork potholder several weeks ago when I was looking a quick sewing fix one night.  Amongst the hurry here and there of two boys going different directions for sports all the time, I was happy to find a small bit of time yesterday for this very small finish.  It makes me happy to look around my house and see bits of homemade being used.

The potholder pattern is from the Moda Bake Shop, here and if you are looking for more Moda candy ideas, Sherri also has several cute projects using the Moda Candy precuts, too.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday WIP

Above is a quilt that I'm working on and it includes a couple of firsts for me.  This is my first attempt at quilting in concentric circles.  The spacing and circle shape are looking good but I have many little bumps and jogs in my lines.  Moving to my larger dining room table would surely help to prevent some of the pulls by the weight of the quilt.  I considered increasing the foot pressure but am afraid that it might create puckers...right now the back looks good.
Another first in this quilt is Dreamsilk batting.  It has a lovely drape but when I pulled up my blue tape from basting it seemed easily stretchable at edges and there is a lot of pilling? on the quilt surface as I work. 
And the last of the firsts...I am trying to do this post on my phone.  I had carpeting cleaned so our office is not accessible and my dining area is full of living room furniture.   Fingers crossed to have this quilt finished and all the furniture back where it is supposed to be by the time I go to bed tonight!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all the stopped by to enter my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway.  I apologize for the late announcement of the winner, a full weekend of youth baseball kept me away from the computer and my sewing machine.  The winner of the giveaway is Leigh Ann

Have a good week everyone!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!


Thanks for stopping by for Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!  I am giving away a set of 15 Black/White Fat Eighths that are a combination of text, architectural and sewing prints and also some of Monoluna's OOP Mingle grouping.

To enter the Black/White FE set, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite text fabric (or other fabric if you don't have a text fav.).  This giveaway will be open until the evening May 16th and I will ship internationally!  Thanks again for stopping by!

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