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 finish...be 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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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Starry Night Topper


Today I am sharing a gift that I've been meaning to finish for the last several weeks and finally completed.  It is a table topper make using Sherri K Falls Starry Night pattern.

My mom had mentioned before Christmas she needed a new sugar shaker (which is pretty important for lefse eating Norwegians like my family!).  I gave her a salt/pepper/sugar set that was green depression-like glass.  This topper is for her table and I am hoping the pomegranate tonga treat fabric I used will go nicely with her new table items/decor.

The topper is 24x24 and was cut and pieced quickly within a few hours.  The only real challenge was the binding.  It had to be very narrow to not cut off the star points and it took a few tries to get the hang of the angles.  Heather Peterson had a great tutorial on binding odd angles that was of great help.

Ok, I am off to the post office to mail this! (Thanks for stopping by today.)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Monaluna Meadow Challenge

 As a recent challenge for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, we were given several fat eighths from the Monaluna Meadow collection.  The only criteria was to "Challenge Ourself" to do something out of our comfort zone or on our bucket list.

My inspiration came from a Hudson Bay blanket that my parents have.  I know when they are ready to downsize and give it up, both myself and my two sisters would love to have it.  Since that is not possible, I thought sometime I should make two quilt replicas for the two sisters that don't end up with the family blanket...( so that at least we would have it in spirit/some form?)

When I saw the prints of this collection, I knew I wanted to use larger pieces set straight to the world and not rotated to show off the designs, so this fabric was perfect for a trial run of my Hudson Bay quilt idea.  In addition to the Monaluna prints, I used Kona crush for the solid which adds texture in the negative space along with the organic line quilting.  The back is a print from Safari Moon by Francis Newcombe for Art Gallery fabrics.

Check out the other Meadow projects completed by guild members here.  (I missed the meeting so shared last night.)

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