Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Starfall Quilt Top

Starfall Quilt Top

If you are a regular visitor here, you know I’m teaching in a couple weeks at the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City. One of the techniques we will be practicing is partial seams.

Starfall Quilt Top

I decided to make a quilt that features a few partial seam blocks. We won’t be making this quilt in class, but hopefully you will feel comfortable with this technique by the time you get home, so you can make your own partial seam blocks.

Starfall Quilt Top

In other news….tonight is the third Naperville Modern Quilt Guild meeting!

I’ll be doing a little presentation on “What is Modern Quilting”. I’ll bring this quilt finished too! If you live in the area, I hope you will come!

September 27, 2012   24 Comments

Poinsettia Pillow Goes to Quilt Camp

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I finished my Quilt Camp Poinsettia Pillow last week! This pillow (or mini quilt if you’d like) is the project I’m teaching at Quilt Camp in December. The individual block is a design by Nancy Cabot (1937) called Miller’s Daughter. I shrunk the block down in size, pieced 4 and added a border to make an 18″ pillow.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I quilted this pillow with straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal seams (and beyond into the sashing). The fabric is mostly Denyse Schmidt’s latest line Chicopee which I’m officially in love with.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

I also worked in a bit of her lines for JoAnns Fabric and a print from Anna Maria Horner’s discontinued line Good Folks. (I needed some green.) The neutrals are Art Gallery Fabrics Linen White and Free Spirit Design Solid Sand Dune.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

The back of the pillow is a simple envelope enclosure. I bound my pillow just like I would a quilt, so I can either use it on my couch, or hang it on my wall as a mini quilt.

Poinsettia Pillow ~ Project for Quilt Camp

At my class in Quilt Camp, we will work on paper piecing the corners of each of these blocks and then piecing together the rest of the block. It is a great project for those that are new to paper piecing and/or want tips on precision piecing and getting everything to line up just right. There are still some spaces left for Quilt Camp. Check out my post from a few days ago for all the details and the link to sign up!

September 11, 2012   15 Comments

Rhapsodia Ice

Rhapsodia Ice Front

I just finished up my Ice Pops quilt this week. You can see more about the pattern in this blog post. I’m very happy with how this one turned out – especially because my husband really likes it and he is just a tiiiiiny bit picky.

Rhapsodia Ice 1

The print fabric in this quilt is from Art Gallery’s Rhapsodia line. The light putty sashing is FreeSpirit Designer Solid Sand Dune and I never did figure out the dark putty color. That’s what I get for not labeling the fabric when it arrives!

Rhapsodia Ice 2

I quilted this one in a couple of ways. First, I pebble quilted all the white areas. As usual I way underestimated the amount of time this technique takes. But I am really happy with the results – it was worth the time. After I took these photos I washed the quilt and the pebble quilting looks SO great after a wash, I am very tempted to do an entire quilt this way. I’m sure I’ll be exhausted while I am doing the actual quilting…but boy would it make an amazing quilt.

Rhapsodia Ice 3

Then in the lighter putty sashing I straight-line quilted lines 1/4″ apart. I don’t often mix two types of quilting but I am happy I did with this quilt.

Rhapsodia Ice Drape

I am heading out of town on Saturday for a few days…I’m bringing my computer but not sure if I will be blogging. If not, I hope everyone here in the USA has a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

June 28, 2012   24 Comments

A Rhapsodia Quilt Top

Rhapsodia Quilt Top

After taking a breather from sewing the last few days, I decided to start on a new toddler quilt using Art Gallery’s latest line of fabrics, Rhapsodia. As usual, these fabrics feel so wonderful and the colors and designs are beautiful.

Rhapsodia Quilt Top

I have been really thinking about Denyse Schmidt’s Ice Pops pattern lately, which can be found in her book Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects.

Although there are templates in the book, I decided to just wing it. I cut my pieces with very slight angles to give them a bit of a wonky look (but not too wonky).

Rhapsodia Quilt Top

I sashed my blocks in a dark putty color and I am super disappointed that I don’t know what the fabric is! I think it might be a Moda Bella Solid because it doesn’t match any of the Kona, FreeSpirit or RJR solids on my color cards. I actually just ordered a Moda Bella Solids Color Card from Fat Quarter Shop so hopefully I will find a match soon. The lighter putty color is FreeSpirit Designer Solid Sand Dune. Love it.

I’m going to do some straight line quilting on this one, maybe start this weekend. Can’t wait to share the finished quilt!

May 11, 2012   23 Comments