Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

March – Twice Around the Block VQB

Crosses for Katie

March was Katie’s month for our Twice Around the Block virtual quilting bee. She sent us some great fabric and asked us to make crosses in sizes from 3″ to 7″. She said wonky or regular was ok, so I made a few of both. I’ve never made crosses before, so I read this tutorial and was quickly on my way.

I hope you like them Katie!

March 23, 2011   1 Comment

Lazy Days

My daughter is starting preschool in a month and informed me that she *only* wants to wear skirts when she goes to class. Okay…I haven’t had the heart to tell her that most of the time it will be during the freezing Chicago winter. But I figure for Fall and Spring, skirts will be a good option.

I went back to probably the easiest pattern, the Oliver + S Lazy Days skirt. I had first made this skirt a few months ago. Less than 3/4 a yard of fabric, a bit of elastic, and an hours time and you have a comfortable, playable, and adorable piece of clothing that doesn’t cost much.

I really had to buy the Halloween fabric after I saw it in use during the Ice Cream Dress Sew Along. It’s from Alexander Henry’s The Ghastlies line. The fabric on the right is one of my new favorites by Erin McMorris – Weekends. The little bikes on the bottom trim are too cute.

My daughter approves!

August 6, 2010   12 Comments

Lemon Squares Quilt

I am in love with this quilt. It reminds me of a bowl of citrus, which I love. I have been wanting to make a quilt with oranges and yellows ever since I saw this beauty – Sunshine Squares by Susan Weinroth. It is such a happy quilt. I decided to add in pink and actually follow a plan for once. {Normally I tend to cut first and think later.}

After coming up with the piece sizes on paper, I tested each block out and verified my dimensions before cutting everything. It’s a good thing I did, because I had a few mistakes with my math. :) After a couple corrections, I was actually able to cut everything out and sew these in bulk. Wow, what a difference that makes! I was done with my squares a lot faster than usual.

I used a variety of fabrics from my stash to create a scrappy look. The usual suspects – Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Lizzy House, Heather Ross to name a few.

I’ve always loved the look of those patchwork backings, so I used several coordinating prints on the back. I just randomly laid them out and sewed them together.

The binding is one of my all time favorites prints, Amy Butler’s Pink Coriander. It is out of print and I had almost used all of mine up. I was pretty bummed out about it, when Megan over at Lucy & Norman sent me a hot tip about some at a little shop in the Pacific Northwest. I called and had them send me everything they had. Oh the shame! Now I’m set for a while. :)

The final size is about 51″ x 60″. I quilted it free motion with Quilters Dream Request Loft batting. I was debating whether or not to keep this one. For now, it’s available in the shop.

And as promised! The quilt pattern is available for free here. I hope you enjoy it!

July 8, 2010   28 Comments

Rainbow Block Quilt

Front

I’ve finished my Block of the Day Quilt – now known as my Rainbow Block Quilt! I am really excited with how this one turned out. It’s so bright and fun! The blocks are each unique and it’s such a beautiful sampling of so many designer’s fabrics. I used white sashing (Bella Solids) and I think it really makes the blocks pop. I used coordinating fabrics for a fun stripe on the back.

I quilted this free motion style and used a Denyse Schmidt floral from Katie Jump Rope. The final size measures 48″ x 62″.

I could really see this quilt on a toddler bed, but that’s probably because I have two young kids myself and see everything through a mom’s eyes. It’d be perfect to cuddle under on the couch as well!

I’ve decided to start selling some of my quilts in an Etsy shop! I figured it would justify all the time I’ve been spending on this hobby. And answer my husband’s question of “what are you going to do with another quilt?”

ETA: Thanks for helping my photo make Flickr Explore for September 17th, 2009!

Back Full

Front Top Blocks

Front Bottom Blocks

Back Stripe

September 17, 2009   16 Comments