Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

A Quilt for a Teacher

My daughter finished Kindergarten last week. I know everyone says it, but time goes by so fast! I feel like she was just a baby, and here she is, done with her first year of school. I guess there is no stopping the growing up.

She had such an amazing year at school. We were blessed with just the best teacher. She made school fun and constantly challenged the kids. I am blown away as I sit next to my daughter reading chapter books, when she really couldn’t read much at all only 9 months ago! I really wanted to make something special as a “thank you” for being a hugely important part of my daughter’s life over the last school year.

I completely copied Kelly’s quilt idea this time. The only difference is that instead of cutting 4.5″ squares for the corners of the blocks, I used 5″ charm packs. So this quilt top was made from 1 layer cake and 2 solid charm packs. The fabric is Kate Spain’s Honey Honey. My daughter said her teacher likes orange. That’s all the direction I was able to dig out of her. haha

The backing is a gorgeous floral print from the same line. The binding is an aqua print from Bonnie and Camille’s Vintage Modern line. I quilted a meandering free motion design. I ended up washing it after taking the pictures and it came out nice and crinkly.

It was a fun quilt to make. I’m so thankful to all the hardworking teachers out there. Onward and upward to 1st grade!

June 6, 2013   36 Comments

Whimsical Windmills

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We had such a beautiful weekend here (finally!). I spent almost the entire time outside with the kids and zero time at the sewing machine. We have to appreciate the warm weather while we have it, right? I did manage to get out to take a few quilt pictures though! Last week, I finished my latest quilt, Whimsical Windmills. (You can see more about the fabric and quilt blocks here.)

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It was really fun to get a chance to work with Full Moon Lagoon by Mo Beddell (thanks Andover!) I love the colors, the artwork, really everything about this collection.

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When I was brainstorming ideas for this fabric, I couldn’t stop thinking about low volume.

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I really enjoyed making this little quilt a couple months ago. I started thinking about how great Ashley’s low volume quilt, Marcelle Plus, looked, with the brights mixed in. So I gathered my low volume fabrics to use as a scrappy background to a vintage block and started working.

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After doing a lot of straight line quilting recently, I decided I wanted to get back to a bit of meandering free motion quilting for a nice, crinkly look. It took a few minutes to find my “free motion groove” again, but I just love the results – even if it is a bit harder to photograph!

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My local quilt shop happened to have the great panel from the Full Moon Lagoon line, so I thought that would make a perfect backing. I was a little short – opps – so I added a simple strip of white down the side. The binding is a lovely, soft stripe from Cloud9 Simpatico. The finished quilt measures 48″ x 56″.

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I know a lot of people have asked me about a pattern for this quilt, as I did paper piece my blocks. I created one and it’s in my shop – it includes the required fabric amounts, a cutting table, some quilt math for figuring how many of each print to cut, and the paper piecing template.

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If you haven’t paper pieced before, you can find a tutorial here on my blog. I really like to encourage everyone to learn. It opens up such a great world of opportunities for you!

Full Moon Lagoon is now available. You can find it at the following shops:

Stash Fabrics
Westwood Acres

Happy sewing everyone!

April 29, 2013   21 Comments

Twilight ~ And Some Weekend News

I have been waiting to share this quilt with you for months…8 months to be exact! When editing my photos for this post last night, I noted the datestamp on my quilt photo was August 6, 2012. I can’t believe it’s been that long! I remember bringing my fabric and sewing machine on summer vacation last year, working to finish this quilt up.

Last Spring, Fons & Porter asked if I was interested in designing a quilt for a future issue, similar to the “style” of my Cutting Edge quilt which had been displayed at Spring Quilt Market. Well, that was a no brainer for me – of course I would! I was lucky enough to work again with the wonderful designer solids by Free Spirit.

Well, all these months later, I am excited to share with you that my quilt is in the now-available May/June 2013 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. You can even buy a kit of my quilt, how cool is that!

This quilt measures 60″ x 72″ and the stars are all paper pieced for perfect accuracy. I quilted mine with a nice meandering design all over. I just love the solids and stars, the colors…I can’t wait to get it back in the mail!

Fabrics used in this quilt: Free Spirit Designer Solids in Lemon, Peach Blush, Chartreuse, Caribbean Sea, Light Jade, Jade, Sand Dune, Dogwood, Dark Coral, Flamingo, Winter White.

I thought it would be fun to share with you my original mock up for the quilt when I was in the design phase. (I do most of my design work in Photoshop).

I think the finished quilt is pretty close to the mockup.

And in weekend news, I’ll be speaking this Sunday (4/21) at 2:00 at the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild. They meet at St. Peter’s Church at 500 Hannah, Forest Park, IL. Just a little talk about my journey through quilting, my style, what inspires me, my design process. Hopefully people will find it interesting. I always enjoy enthusiastic nodders, so if you go, you know, nod along. lol I’ll also be bringing my newly finished Arkansas Traveler Quilt to share, which I haven’t posted here yet. Is that any motivation? :)

Visitors just have to pay $5, so I hope you will stop by!

April 19, 2013   67 Comments

Love Notes

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I had big plans to post this quilt yesterday and wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day – but some sort of stomach bug had even bigger plans at our house. Luckily my husband was spared and took great care of us and the house, and now everyone is feeling a bit better. (Kids sure bounce back faster than adults!)

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I’m pretty pleased with out my little low volume quilt turned out. As I mentioned earlier this week, I used the “Inside Voices” fabric bundle, sent to me by Amanda at Westwood Acres. I just checked and I see they are out of the bundle, but keep an eye on their shop, they were so popular that I’m sure there will be new bundles in the future!

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I decided to feature bold pops of red and pink with the quieter neutral prints in the quilt. I think this is a fun way to draw attention to a single color family or range. I chose my colors in honor of Valentine’s Day this week.

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All my cut pieces were 3.5″ wide. The lengths varied from 3″ to 4.5″. The finished quilt measures around 44″ x 45″. It was fairly easy to assemble – simply sew the fabric into strips/columns and then sew those together to make the top. I didn’t pin my strips together when sewing them to form the top and I regret that. I ended up with some drifting and a not perfectly square top that gave me fits. Sigh, live and learn.

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The backing is a dot from Tanya Whelan’s Delilah Fabric. The binding is a fabric called Running Stitch by Patty Young’s Lush collection. I quilted this one free motion with little loops all over. I do love the finished product, and the size is perfect for a baby quilt.

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Next up – basting a quilt I finished for my son. Not sure if I have the energy to make it to the sewing room today, but hopefully this weekend!

February 15, 2013   32 Comments