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A Halloween UFO and Quilt Along Update

Nightshade Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This week I decided to pull out my Halloween quilt UFO. I had planned on getting this done before Fall….but what can I say? I’m motivated by a deadline. I started this one last October and was too late for Halloween, but not this year!

Nightshade Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I paired Tula Pink’s Nightshade line with Kona Snow and Oakshott Cotton from the Lipari colorway. You can read more about the Oakshotts here. I’m using my Prism quilt pattern. It’s a really fun, quick paper pieced design. I can’t wait to get it quilted and on my couch!

A bit of a Lighthouse Quilt Along update. I spoke with Windham Fabrics and they would like me to wait to share the finished quilt on my blog until after Quilt Market when it is displayed in their booth. So! That is at the end of October, so the quilt along will start a month later than I was thinking. Hopefully you all will still be excited about it then! :)

September 6, 2013   10 Comments

ABC 123 – Mini Quilt Monday

ABC 123

Welcome to our third Mini Quilt Monday! This week I decided to dive right into the book Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci. I recently discovered Tonya’s blog, and wow, there is a lot of inspiration on there!

I have future plans to make a quilt with some words on it, but I was a bit intimidated when it came to making letters. I’m *pretty* sure I’ve mentioned that geometry and I don’t exactly get along. And this style of letters looked like you needed to know something about that. Tonya’s book makes it SO easy! She has step-by-step instructions for all letters and numbers.

ABC 123

I also followed tips that I learned during Malka Dubrawsky’s Improvisational Piecing class:
1. I followed basic color rules when making my letters. Each letter/number is made with either warm or cool fabrics. I alternated warm/cool/warm/cool/etc.

2. I didn’t use my ruler once when making this mini quilt. I freehand cut all pieces with my rotary cutter. If a piece had a slight curve to it, I incorporated that curve into the next piece I sewed on.

3. When sewing letters together, if one letter was smaller than the next, I added fabric to the smaller piece rather than trimming fabric from the larger piece.

4. I used mostly solid fabrics, but incorporated a few prints to add a bit of interest.

I know this improvisational style of sewing makes some of you break out into a cold sweat. I won’t name names. You know who you are. LOL But I just love how it turned out!

ABC 123

I quilted this mini using straight lines in varying directions on the background portions of the letters. As for the fabric, I used a selection of solids from my stash: Kona cottons, Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, Moda crossweaves, Free Spirit Designer Solids and Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements solids. Phew! The binding is a Kei Honeycomb. The final size is 14″ x 12.5″. This is one mini quilt I think would look great hanging up in a nursery with little clothes pins. I’ve added it to my shop.

So let’s see what you made this week. Link ‘em up!



September 19, 2011   19 Comments

SNTM Virtual Quilting Bee : August

Sew New to Me - August

August was Lisa’s month for our quilting bee. Her theme was “birds, branches and bungalows”. (She has an adorable bungalow.) She sent some great fabrics that really started getting me in the mood for fall. I decided to make a branch modeled after Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson’s Birch Quilt. Are you seeing a theme here? When in doubt for a bee block, refer to Elizabeth Hartman. LOL

This block was a lot trickier than I had anticipated. Even after marking all the pieces, it was still like jigsaw puzzle, figuring out the layout again. I should have taken a photo of the design first. Then, I really had to plan the order I needed to sew the pieces together in order to avoid any pesky Y-seams. But isn’t that what bee’s are about? Push and challenge ourselves?

Lisa, I hope you enjoy your block!

August 22, 2010   2 Comments

Far, Far Away II

I finished the Far, Far Away II quilt on Saturday. Yesterday my husband was a trooper and we packed up the kids, dog, and quilt to go take pictures in the rain. Luckily it was pretty wooded so we didn’t get too incredibly wet!

I’m pretty excited about how this one turned out. This quilt consists of three types of simple blocks. One set with 3″ centers, one set with 4.5″ centers and one set with 5.5″ centers. There are 42 in total, 14 squares from each of designer Heather Ross’s colorways.

The fabric is a linen blend so it is a bit heavier in weight than quilting cotton. I think this makes for a perfect fall quilt. I have visions of draping it over the kids on wagon rides once the temperatures cool off.

I wanted the back to be a soft palate and let the designs really be the main focus. After much deliberation, I settled on Kona Peach, Butter and Ash. The binding is Kona Ash as well.

Since the linen is not as soft as the fabric I normally work with, I decided to loosely quilt this with diagonal lines. Can you believe I’ve never done diagonal quilting (I think…)? I really like the look and will definitely be quilting more that way.

The final size is 42″ x 50″. I used Dream Cotton Request Loft batting, my usual.

August 9, 2010   12 Comments