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.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Aster Manor Pillows & Mini

Last week I finished up this mini quilt using Lori Smith's 12" mini quilt patterns and also made two pillows to match as gifts for a family member.

The block design on the pillows is from Sherri Falls' Vintage Memories BOM.  They are a bit fluffy right now but I am hoping the pillows will flatten out and fill out the corners with some use.  I quit buying my favorite Home Elegance pillow forms at JoAnn's because they go so flat over time...the forms I used on these pillows are from Pottery Barn.  I have had a few of their forms for accent pillows in the boys' rooms for awhile and they have washed well and maintained a nice form so for now they are my new go to.
And I again used Natalia's tutorial for the zip backs of the pillows. All the fabrics are from the Aster Manor collection by 3 Sisters for Moda.

I'm quickly working on my want to sew list for the always is so ambitious of a list early in the week before life intervenes...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fabric Love for MQG Swap

I finished up my LOVE mini for our guild swap with the NYC Metro Mod Guild.  I used two colors of Moda Crossweave for the paper pieced strip hearts and the background is sewing text on concrete colorway from the Mama Said Sew line by Sweetwater for Moda.  As you can see the color combination ended up a bit difficult to capture with a photo for me but I am hoping the recipient likes it!

I have a few extra odd blocks in a different colorway so I think I am going to spend the afternoon making myself a little valentine.  Happy Valentine's Day to you...enjoy the weekend.  Linking up with Amanda Jean's Friday Finishes today... (Think I am also going to go back this weekend and look at all the finishes from last weekend...oh my gosh there are so many, often I look Friday afternoon but I am missing a lot to not go back and see them all!)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday WIP: Hearts

Today I am working with these paper pieced heart blocks.  They are for a LOVE mini quilt that I am making for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild swap with the NYC Metro Mod Guild.  My goal is to have it finished up so I can sew the binding down while watching the Olympics tonight.  Tomorrow night is our guild meeting and reveal...I'm excited to see so much LOVE!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced Quilts.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Quilt As You Go Denim Quilt Finish

This denim quilt was intended to be finished for a Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild upcycle project, but my original vision ended in a bit of a kerfuffle and got set aside.  My husband has wanted a denim quilt to take to deer camp for sometime, so last fall I decided to finally tackle the project.

My inspiration came from a post of Krista's that she shared about a Gee's Bend class that she attended. She used brown pant legs for portions of a large courthouse step block.  From there, my mind turned my jean leg portions into strips of a giant log cabin block that was quilted in a quilt as you go method.

At the center of the quilt are a pair of tiny back pockets - the backside of my boys' first pair of jeans.   For the back I used a high quality new twin size flannel sheet and the batting is preshrunk warm and natural.  I spray and pin basted these two together for the base and then started in the center with the baby back pockets and worked outward in a quilt as you go method. For the inner portions of the log cabin I used single leg pieces and then for the outside used 2 or 3 legs with bits of perpendicular leg sections in between. (This was a good way to use up that piece of denim below a ripped out knee.)

The quilt as you go method made it possible to quilt this without too much difficulty by just working on the edge of quilt as the size grew.  It is a very heavy quilt and a traditional quilt sandwich would have been hard to wrangle through my machine despite its large throat.  The quilt finished at 75" x 88". ( I think I used about 2/3 of a Rubbermaid 18g bin full of jeans?)  Is it still rather cold here so I'm sure this quilt will get some use in my basement family room before making it's official debut in the 2014 MN Deer Opener...I'll let you know if it brings good luck!

I am linking up with Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday! Check it out...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Quilt Along

This year Kristin is leading the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild in a mystery quilt along!    I knew that I wanted to participate but decided to wait until the first blocks were posted before finalizing my fabric choice.  I decided to be a bit of a modern guild rebel and go more traditional with my fabric selection.  Lately I have been loving on civil war backgrounds after incorporating so many into this quilt, and I have a quite a few more traditional/civil war prints from this quilt...and shopping my stash was a must.

These are my January blocks...8 - 9" blocks, 4 blocks each spinning a different way.  I'm looking forward to watching this quilt develop, I've never done a mystery quilt along and am a bit obsessive so it feels good to let go a bit and just sew without all the analysis of my choices.  Have you ever done a mystery quilt did you like it or how did it turn out?

(One way to follow along is to search for our hashtag #mplsmysteryquiltalong on instagram.)