27 June 2016

Not-A-Finish

Have you read the book "Not-A-Box" to your kids? Mine loved it, mostly because it perfectly represents how they feel about boxes.

Anyway. I seem to focus only on finishes lately, as if they magically appear in my sewing room as finishes. Not true at all.

I've been working on these blocks off and on for a while. You know, make the HSTs, trim them, stitch them together, press. I pull it out in between other projects.

But the quilt top is finally done! I used Thimbleblossoms' Lucky pattern, but I made it bigger (tell me you're not shocked!).



So quilts are works in progress over here too. Promise. Here's the stack of scrappy trip blocks I'm going to stitch together this week.


And I'll trim some flying geese blocks while I watch "When Calls the Heart" for the eleventy billionth time. All while enjoying my functioning AC. No complaints over here!
What are you working on this week?

14 June 2016

Fabric Tuesday: Silk Tie Cushions

Just in time for Father's Day!

A while back (we won't talk how long!) my aunt sent me a box full of ties that my Uncle had worn during his career. He has since retired and doesn't need them anymore. We searched for quilt ideas, but the ties were so different in colors and patterns that none of them would really work.

Then we hit on the idea for some cushions. I was able to pair up some coordinating ties, stitch them together with some fusible fleece and minky backs and fashion some fun cushions for him. Since Father's Day is the tie holiday (right?!), I got them done in time for his gift this year.




Checking this one off the 2QFAL list.

10 June 2016

Friday Finish: Yellow and Grey Hexie Baby Quilt

I already told you the whole baby quilt commission story, so I won't bore you a second time with it. Let's just look at a pretty baby quilt, shall we?


I bought a bunch of different yellows and greys and a cute bumblebee print. Just randomly pieced it all together (which for me was next to impossible!).


Found the cutest binding for it - this adorable Xs and Os. I'm not normally a grey person, but these ones were lots of fun to play with.


Backed it in little white hearts on grey.


Getting shipped off tomorrow to it's new little owner!

Checking it off my 2QFAL list. And heading into my Weekender sewing week. Oh boy!

09 June 2016

Needle and Thread Thursday: Polka Dot Pinwheel Quilt

My baby girl, who is now four, is legendary in her love of polka dots. Bindings have gone missing if I happened to make them out of her favorite fabric. She squeals at the store if she sees a dress, or umbrella, or pajamas made up in polka dots.

I ordered a bundle of these rainbow-y dots and put together this gorgeous quilt. It's inspired by Cotton Way's Sweet Talk pattern - I didn't buy it; just figured out the measurements. I hope no one thinks that's awful. I mean, if you look at my patterns and can figure out all the measurements, have at it! Don't mind at all!



Little Miss was allowed to choose the backing, and went straight to the orange Minky. Okay then. I was banking on pink or purple, but orange is awesome. Bound it in a fun stripey fabric and called it good. I machine bind the kid quilts around here because they go through the wash a lot. This one's already been through a couple of time (girly left it outside and the sprinklers came on!).


This is why I love making quilts! Sweet little girl, all snuggled up and cozy. Just makes my heart smile.


Checking this baby off my 2QFAL list. Now I'm on a Weekender Bag kick for a couple of weeks. Wish me luck!

03 June 2016

Chain of Fours - a new pattern!

Introducing the last of my latest patterns, and quite possibly my very most favorite of them all. This one has been on my computer for a year now, and I've been tweaking it and playing with design and size and color.

Meet Chain of Fours:





I debated on whether or not to make it completely scrappy and opted for this version. But it would be fun totally scrappy. I'm thinking Summerfest is perfect for this one! What's great about this pattern is that it's another great scrap buster, or you can pick your favorite Layer Cake or 12 Fat Quarters to whip up one. Think - just ONE Layer cake. I love it!


This was my original plan, but I didn't have it finished by Valentine's Day. I'll be making this one with First Crush and I can't wait!


My talented pattern testing pal Katie of Katie Mae Quilts went above and beyond testing this quilt. She decided it would look awesome as a QOV quilt, and she was right.


She also created the perfect pressing instructions for this one. She's a wee bit obsessed with nested seams, and doesn't believe in pressing things open if she can help it. She is the brains behind all my nested seams. It's a few extra steps, but so worth it!

I really have to explain the name of this quilt to y'all. Mostly because it feels good to share crazy quirks about ourselves, right?

When I longarm at the quilt store, I try to wear headphones. It helps me focus, and it makes it so people don't interrupt me while I'm quilting. Because people wandering through the shop do this ALL the time. Headphones help a lot!

And my favorite Pandora station is the Aretha Franklin station. Honestly, if I only had a longarm at home, I'd be dancing while I quilt. I'm an aspiring soul sister my friends. My dream has been to sing in a proper gospel choir. 

So when it came time to name this quilt, I batted around a few boring ideas. Then Aretha's song "Chain of Fools" popped into my head. And the rest is history.

This one was on my 2QFAL list as "Four Patch Star" but I'm  happier with it's new name. Pattern is available in my Craftsy Shop. Thank you all for your support and your kind comments. It's a fun process, but it's even better when others like what you've created.

31 May 2016

Fabric Tuesday: Sweet Divinity Pinwheel Quilt

A good friend contacted me a while back, asking for a quilty favor. She needed two baby quilts for her cousins. Her mother began a tradition of making baby quilts for all my friend's cousins expecting babies. Unfortunately, her mother passed on last year. Two cousins were expecting babies this month, and she wanted them to get a quilt from a guardian angel.

Enter me! My friend is not a quilter, so I was happy to step in her mother's shoes for a bit.

This quilt had been languishing on my WIP pile for far too long. Started it way back at my last house, and I wasn't about to move another unfinished quilt!




I used this tutorial from Riley Blake, and I love how it turned out. Backed in a soft aqua dot flannel and big enough for a growing baby girl.

Checking this one off my 2QFAL list as well!

27 May 2016

Flying Four: A new pattern!

Are you back for more Four Patch fun? What did you think of last week's quilt?

Now this one combines three of my favorite blocks: Four Patch, Flying Geese, and Birds in the Air. We're a birding family (we're especially good at birds of prey), and so this one is called Flying Four for my bird-loving daughter.


I love a pattern that, when you put the blocks together, makes secondary patterns. Those extra four patch blocks from the Birds in the Air sitting together, along with the diamonds from the Flying Geese make me pretty happy.

This is a fun quilt that uses either 24 Fat Quarters, or 2 layer cakes (I give cutting instructions for both). The blocks finish up at 24 inches, giving you a 72"X90" quilt. Perfect for a twin sized bed, or in this family, a snuggle quilt.


I used Pie Making Day for this quilt, and I'm seriously sad I don't have more of this fabric! But I'll be okay with the two quilts I've got from this one.


My talented t-shirt quilt expert friend Kate, from Katie Mae Quilts, tested this pattern for me and made an adorable scrappy test quilt:


A pretty little baby quilt, don't you think? She's a wiz with the scraps, I tell ya!

This pattern is available for sale in my Craftsy shop.

And checking this girl off my 2QFAL list as well.

20 May 2016

Friday Finish: Four Squared - A New pattern!

Hi all! I've got a new, super quick pattern for you. Warning: I've become a little bit obsessed with four patch blocks, and I'm introducing 3 new patterns that feature them. But we're cool, right? Nothing wrong with four patches.

This week, I have Four Squared. Meet my inner math nerd. I like that the four patches meet up and make some big sixteen patches. I got to teach my kids about exponents with this quilt. Gotta love it when you can combine a quilt pattern with a homeschooling lesson!



These blocks are big. 24 inches, so this quilt comes together pretty quickly. It uses 24 fat quarters, and makes a 72"X90" quilt. I fussy cut some of the squares because the fabric was just begging for it.



My amazingly talented friend Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts did the pattern testing for me, as always. A great friend, and the world's foremost authority on pressing instructions (she's obsessed with nesting seams y'all). Here is her test block - it looks great scrappy:


The pattern is available in my Craftsy shop. Be sure to come back next week for another new pattern!

Oh, and this one was on my 2QFAL list, so I can finally check it off!

17 May 2016

Fabric Tuesday: Ruby Grannies


I have a new quilt for my bed. I know, please don't keep count of how many I have for my bed. Let's just say the Princess and the Pea would be hard pressed to find any veggies under my mattress!


I made all these gorgeous blocks over the last couple of years. Even got some great people to swap fabric with me when I couldn't find any more Ruby fabric. I didn't have anything for the binding though, but then, miracle of miracles, Little Ruby came out and I decided on the bias red scoops.


I backed it in cozy aqua dot flannel and quilted it all over with a loopy swirl (my signature motif!). Now I need to make some shams to go with it and I'll be all set for next fall and winter.

Checking this gorgeous girl off my 2QFAL list.

13 May 2016

Friday Finish: Quite Contrary Kaleidoscope

Truth: I love strawberries. LOVE them. There is photographic evidence that this love goes way back. I'm pretty sure I ate every color of strawberry in my Gran's garden. 


I made this kaleidoscope quilt ages ago. I appliqued the circles on a couple years ago (I know, so embarrassing!). And then, big surprise, it wasn't big enough for my tastes. I added the borders and the fun strawberry blocks (from the Strawberry Social quilt pattern by the Pattern Basket).



Quilted all over in loopy swirls. Bound with green gingham. Backed with a pink and green flannel houndstooth.



Checking this girl off my 2QFAL list. Come back next week for a new pattern release!

15 April 2016

Friday Finish: Milking Day Quilt

When I was a kid, my parents had a vintage metal milk can in our entry way. They were vintage farmstyle decorators before "Fixer Upper" and I loved this milk can. Don't know why.


Fast forward to the release of Lori Holt's book Farm Girl Vintage and I fell in love with this Milking Day block. Add in the cutest fabric around called Pie Making Day and I've got my new favorite quilt!




Checking this one off my 2QFAL list. And taking it on my trip next week. This one deserves to be photographed in Carnation, Washington. With the contended cows.

12 April 2016

Fabric Tuesday: Capri Blossoms

This is officially my new favorite quilt. My two favorite colors. My first all solids quilt. A fun pattern.


Quilted up and bound with a fun silver herringbone print, because matching something to this quilt was tough!



Backed it with yellow because it's my favorite color combination these days.


Checking this one off the my 2QFAL list. First finish of the quarter!

11 April 2016

Make-A-List Monday: 2QFAL

With a move in my near future looking more and more likely, I really need to get my WIPs under control so that I can move finished flimsies and such rather than tiny pieces of fabric.

Still, I want to move actual finishes as well, so here's my list for the second quarter:

Four Patch Star


Yellow and grey baby quilt


Backyard Bugs


Capri Blossoms - quilted and just needs to be bound


Cousin's Weekender - we did a swap and I'm finishing this for her


Feed Co. Weekender


First Crush Weekender


Polka Dot Pinwheel Quilt


Prairie Weekender


Vintage Happy Weekender


Glamping Weekender


Flying Four Patch Quilt


Four Squared Quilt


Milking Day Quilt


Fresh Air Squared Quilt


I Love Lucy Churn Dash Quilt


Quite Contrary Kaleidoscope Quilt


Ruby Grannies


Silk Tie Pillow Covers


Sweet Divinity Pinwheels