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 week...it always is so ambitious of a list early in the week before life intervenes...
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!)
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!
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!
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 along...how did you like it or how did it turn out?
(One way to follow along is to search for our hashtag #mplsmysteryquiltalong on instagram.)
New Year's Day we were going to go ice fishing as a family with some friends and the forecast was a bit below zero. Late the night before, I remembered that I had not finished a neck gaiter that I had started a winter or two ago for my husband. Unable to sleep, I found the project and finished it up rather quickly. As you can see from the photo above, it was a simple project...one seam and lycra trim on some Polartec Windpro fleece. A few years ago I made a balaclava (face mask) for one of my son's out of the same fabric.
Living in a warm climate (Houston) for several years and then moving back to the cold made me realize not all outerwear is created equal. Especially on a day like today in Minnesota where our forecast is for 40 to 50 degrees BELOW zero wind chills. On occasion of this phenomenally cold day, I thought this simple project would be good inspiration to share along with my fabric source. (Windpro fleece and lycra for binding from seattlefabrics.com) Hope you are all warm somewhere today!
The winner of the Winter's Lane charm pack is Deb at a simple life quilts. Thank you to all that entered for stopping by and sharing your comments about batting and to Sew Mama Sew for hosting the giveway day. It is a fun way to check out new blogs.