Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Nordika Improv

I’ve spent my mornings this week cutting into the latest collection by my very kind friend Jeni Baker, Nordika for Art Gallery Fabrics.

As soon as I saw these fabrics, I knew I wanted to make something with improvisationally cut strips. It’s a lot of fun to just skip the ruler and cut freehand with the rotary cutter. I love the slight curves and angles.

I plan on using these in a little improv coin quilt. Nordika is arriving now in stores and you can even watch a video about the fabric!

Nordika is available at my following sponsors:

Westwood Acres
Fat Quarter Shop
Stash Fabric
The Intrepid Thread
Pink Castle Fabrics

July 24, 2013   10 Comments

Dream On

Dream On

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Dream On layer cake by Urban Chiks last month. It took me a little while, but I finally decided what I want to make with it. Inspired by this photo on Flickr.

Yardage will be available in the fall!

August 20, 2010   5 Comments

Stepping Stones Quilt

Believe it or not, I finished the Stepping Stones quilt ahead of my weekend goal. I stitched on the binding last night while we were in the basement under tornado warnings. Not a horrible way to spend an evening of threatening storms.

This quilt was inspired by the “Just Sweet Enough” quilt in the book Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. The version in the book uses soft almost-solids and wider white sashing between columns. But when I saw it I was struck by it’s beauty in simplicity. It is similar to a coin quilt.

I had a pretty good variety of Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks fabrics and thought something similar would be a great way to showcase those tiny prints. I’m not sure anyone can resist the softness of these voile fabrics. They have such a luxurious feel to them….almost like silk as I move them from the washer to the dryer. The rectangles are cut in random lengths, with a width of 2.5″. The white rectangles between them are 2″ x 2.5″. The white columns are 2.25″ wide.

The patterned strips I made ended up being too long for the width of the quilt, so I cut off the bottom and incorporated it into the back of the quilt. I added large sections of voile on either side. It is beyond soft, the perfect cuddle blanket.

It is quilted free motion with Dream Cotton Request Loft batting, leaving it completely lightweight and crinkly. It measures 36″ x 54″ and is available in my Etsy shop.

June 24, 2010   20 Comments

Cherry Pie and a Picnic for Two

I finished the Oh Cherry Oh Stacked Coin Quilt last night!  I think it turned out great.  If you remember, I followed the directions from the Moda Bake Shop, however I altered the pattern a bit so the quilt would be big enough for 2 people to have a picnic.  I ended up using about 3-1/2 charm packs.

I decided to make the back of the quilt red so it won’t show dirt as easily when put in the grass.  I stitched in the ditched along all the seams and the binding is a tiny cherry print.  The final size on this one is 46″ by 65″.  I hope my mother-in-law likes it!

August 14, 2009   3 Comments