07 December 2017

Tiptoe Quilt Along

I know, you're all in the middle of Christmas. Me too. But around this time of year, when the skies are very grey, I start dreaming of the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley of Washington. The skies are grey then, but I don't notice it as much because of all the pretty flowers.

Given how much I love tulips, it's surprising that I don't have a tulip quilt. Well, actually not, because I haven't loved any of the tulip blocks I've seen out there. They tend to be blocky (no pun intended) and square and short. Then I spotted this one, but wanted to make it mine.

I like that the blocks aren't square, because tulips aren't square. They're tall and elegant.

So who's with me? I'll lead the Tiptoe Quilt Along. I'll provide all the info you need: cutting requirements, fabric needs, block instructions. Here's how it will go:
  • January 8-13: Kickoff party - pull the fabric you're going to use and share a photo (or not!)
  • January 15-20: Block #1 cutting requirements and block tutorial
  • January 22-27: Block #2 cutting requirements and block tutorial
  • January 29-February 3: Block #3 cutting requirements and block tutorial
  • February 5-10: Sashing cutting requirements and quilt layout
  • February 12-17: Show and tell your final quilt flimsy!
I'll gather together some prizes for y'all, if you like. But the biggest prize is going to be having this gorgeous quilt in your life. If you make the big one, you'll have one to fit a queen sized bed! But even just 16 blocks makes for a nice throw quilt.

10 November 2017

QOV Showcase

02 October 2017

Patchwork Stockings Pattern is READY!!!

My Patchwork Stockings pattern is written and available in my Craftsy Shop!

I designed these stockings for my family after I looked and looked for a pattern I loved. Couldn't find just what I wanted, so I created it instead. I wanted big, fat stockings, but not too wide at the top. And I wanted to have lots of different design options so they matched but weren't identical.

Now I made seven at once, so I made them all in one big quilt sandwich. But the pattern is written for just one stocking. But I hope to see lots of them out there! The beauty of this pattern is that you can customize it any way you like: I use 3" finished HSTs, but you could change that up entirely, as I give the final stocking dimensions. You could even do one cute little 6" block of Santa, or a wreath, or a candy cane. The possibilities are endless.

Don't let the curves scare you. No big deal. Just clip them, turn them out, and press them. 

 I created a Pinterest board of a huge selection of fonts to choose from. It's not exhaustive (what on Pinterest is?), but there are a lot of fun ones.

Hope you love my latest pattern! As always, I'd love to hear what you think of it!

20 September 2017

Through the Woods - Truck!

Hey y'all!

It's raining in Tacoma, which means Christmas weather for me. Product of my childhood on the Oregon coast - Christmas was rainy and cold, not snowy.

So yes, I'm listening to Christmas music and publishing the truck block for my jThrough the Woods quilt I finished last year.

It's available in my Craftsy shop, along with the tree quilt pattern. They're listed separately because maybe not everyone wants to make the truck block. I get it.

As for the house, well, it's not mine. I used Lori Holt's Farmhouse block from her Farm Girl Vintage book and made it bigger. Twice as big.

The trees come together really quickly, and you could definitely finish this one before Christmas. I'd love to see what you come up with.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!

07 January 2017

4QFAL Finish: Up Cross Stitch

I made this adorable cross stitch for my aunt, who loves the move Up. (Yes, I know the pictures are the same. My aunt and uncle live in the same house.)

Checking this one off my 4QFAL list.

4QFAL finish: Turtle Mug Rug

I didn't finish much on my list, but I did get some of my Christmas gifts done. I made this turtle mug rug for my uncle using Quiet Play's Geometric Sea Turtle pattern. I love paper piecing. I love how it turned out.

Pardon the photos. I forgot to take pictures before I shipped it to Florida, so my aunt was awesome to take these for me.

Checking this one off the 4QFAL list.

Knock knock. Who's there?


Where have I been?

Lemme see . . .

  • Buying a house 400 miles away.
  • Packing lots of boxes.
  • Choosing paint colors.
  • Purging stuff, and more stuff.
  • Wondering where I got my magazine obsession from. Oh wait. My dad.
  • Packing quilts. 15 bins so far.
The move is, well, I don't exactly know. Gotta love the uncertainty of closing and all that junk. But it's soon. Moving in the dead of winter. Oh the joy.

But I'm a happy girl. After two years, my husband will have a real home, and we'll live in the same house again. I won't be a single-ish mom, and I won't have to fix toilets and garbage disposals anymore.

Still designing quilts in my downtime, just to keep my sanity. We've been dumped on with the snow this winter, and I'm getting a little stir-crazy. Thought I'd play around with some of my published patterns to make them look a little different.

Something New looks awesome in a bright blue. More snowflakes! Because we need more snowflakes around here!

And then I thought, nah, I need spring-y colors. So Flower got a spring makeover, but with a Seattle sky. I need this one for my new Pacific NW life.

That's all for today. Working on some new patterns to finish after the move. Stay tuned!

25 October 2016

Fabric Tuesday: Purple Sew Together Bag

I'm trying desperately to get caught up with everything I can before we move. We don't know when we're moving, or where we're moving, but we know that it's coming.

This has been on my list since the summer. Finally finished it up! Had to dig out my purple thread for it.  It's for my friend who LOVES purple. She needed one to organize her stuff.

10 October 2016

Make-A-List Monday: 4QFAL 2016

Last quarter was just sad. Seriously sad. Twenty-one projects and only two got finished. That was pathetic! For me. Not for anyone else.

I did finish a few flimsies, but those ones don't count, so I can't include them in my total.

Should I make a realistic list? Nah. I'd rather put it all out there so that if I do manage to get a lot done (ha!), I can take credit for it!

The List:

Sew and Sew Zipped Case

Prairie Zipped Case

Modern Minis Weekender (with fussy cut squares!)

 Modern Minis Maker's Tote

Prairie Maker's Tote

Vintage Happy Zipped Case

Purple STBag (dude, this thing is so close to being done!)

Superman Zipped Case

Frozen Zipped Case

Owl Zipped Case

Wonder Woman Purse (can I just finish this already!)

Cousin's Weekender (I'm further along than this picture shows, but I didn't want to take another picture!)

 Prairie Weekender

First Crush Weekender

Vintage Happy Weekender

Glamping Weekender

Feed Co. Weekender

Blue Batik quilt for my Grandma

Cross-stitch pillow for my cousin

Framed Cross stitch for my aunt

Framed Cross stitch for my pal

Framed Cross stitch for my MIL

Framed cross stitch for my other cousin

Turtle Mug rug for my uncle

04 October 2016

Fabric Tuesday: Prairie Open Season flimsy

Finished this one up a few days ago. It won't be ready for this fall (let's not get carried away here!), but I'll have it on my bed by next year. Promise!

03 October 2016

Monday finish: Alpine Wonderland On A Whim quilt

Just in under the wire for the 3QFAL. Kids already are using this one, even if it is technically a winter quilt. We don't go for conventional around here.

I fussy cut several of the cute little pictures from this fabric. They might be my favorite parts of the quilt.

Since it's a winter quilt, it's backed in chocolate brown Minky and I love how snuggly it is. The nights are getting colder, so this one will come in handy this winter.

Quilted all over with a variegated pink thread in blowing snow swirls (at least that's what I was going for!). Bound with a brown polka dot print and on my couch. With my Halloween quilt. Because why not?

Quilt stats:
Pattern: On A Whim by Thimbleblossoms
Fabric: Alpine Wonderland and a chocolate brown solid
Size: huge (bigger than the pattern, because my blocks are 5X7, and the pattern is 4X5)

Checking this one off the 3QFAL list. The one that didn't get as finished as I'd like. Here's to a busy 4th quarter!

Oh, and for the duration of the link-up, all patterns in my Craftsy shop (button up top on the right) are on sale for $5. Just so you can add another project to your 4th quarter!

13 September 2016

Fabric Tuesday: Sew and Sew Sew Together Bag

Boy, say that out loud. That's a lot of sews!

Apologies for the weirdness that has been my blog. I'm figuring out the problems and hopefully the pictures show up this time!

Made up this cutie to replace my old one. I'm seriously in love with that ruler print.

 And the zippers match the inside pockets! Sorry. Giddy here.

Checking this one off the 3QFAL list. I'm slogging through it. Summer kicked my tail this year!

11 August 2016

Needle and Thread Thursday: Feed Co. Scrappy Trip

Oh my goodness - sorry about all the confusion y'all! My computer was being all kinds of wonky the last few weeks. I had scheduled some blog posts, and then I couldn't access them to edit them. Which meant a whole lot of nothing on my posts!

Never fear - all has been resolved. This one will have words AND pictures!

Started this one, oh, who knows. Forever ago. Off and on, like most things. Had a sewing day with my bestie (who still doesn't have living room furniture, which means I can lay out my quilts on all that space!) and I got the rows together. Came home, pressed seams, and finished sewing the rows to one another.

I'm thinking this one will be my July/August quilt. So very patriotic, don't you think? And perfect for the fair season as well!