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!

Totem Quilt Top

Totem Quilt Top Detail

This is one of the weekends of year where I obsessively watch Twitter posts to see what is going on at Quilt Market. I have a lot of friends there this year and am starting to wish I had gone as well. If you happen to be in Kansas City enjoying the scene, be sure to check out the Free Spirit Essentials booth and the Ty Pennington booth…I have quilts and patterns in both!

Totem Quilt Top

For those of us that are here blog-reading today, I thought I would share my latest quilt top. This time I decided to play around with triangles. I started with this Harmony Art organic fabric, Space Cowboy, print from Contemporary Cloth and then added coordinating reds, greens and grey/tans. I think this is going to make a fabulous throw blanket for the holidays. The Space Cowboy fabric is SUPER wide at 110″, so even 1/4 yard gets you a TON of fabric. It’s actually quite {happily} shocking when you are used to working with 42″ wide fabrics.

I really didn’t have a plan when I was cutting my triangles. I just started laying them out, playing with different designs. I ended up with something that sort of reminds me of a totem pole. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones with a ticket to the Sewing Summit this year, Kati and I will be teaching a class all about sewing Angles and we will spend some time on triangles like these.

Hello Kitty

In other news here, I bought my daughter her first sewing machine. It’s a Hello Kitty Janome and she is loving every minute of using it. She is only 5-1/2 so I obviously do all the rotary cutting and ironing. She does the sewing while I make sure she keeps her fingers away from the needle. Her first project was a little blanket for her dolls. She was SO proud. Since then she has made a little wonky star pillow for them too.

First Sewing Project

This is also the time of the year where we spend a lot of time outdoors. The flowers are blooming and the kids are riding bikes all afternoon.

Peony

It’s a lot of fun after being stuck inside all winter.

Peony

Last year I did a community garden plot which was HUGE (600 sq ft, I jokingly called it my farm). I had a great time but it took a lot of time so this year I scaled back and just have a couple raised beds in my backyard.

Garden

So that post was a bit all over the place – sorry! Be sure to visit tomorrow as I am the stop on a book blog hop and will have *another* giveaway announced!

Multitasking

Is “multitasking” a nice way of saying “not getting anything finished?” Well, I don’t have a completed quilt to show you just yet…but I swear I haven’t been sitting around watching tv all day long. I have a lot of projects “in the works”. The above photo is from a quilt top I just finished, using my Off-Centered Squares quilt pattern. The colored fabrics are Moda Cross Weaves, the tan is an Essex Linen and the white is Kona White. Let me just say, making a quilt out of mostly cross weaves is challenging. Lots of stretching and fraying.

I’ve also finally cut into my Little Apples fabric by Moda designer Aneela Hoey. I fussy cut out her cute designs and have been making various size squares.

In an act of bravery (or lunacy), I cut into some of my remaining Anna Maria Horner Good Folks fabric stash…looks like I will be making a quilt from half square triangles! I wish this line would have a reprint…sigh…

Drawstring bag for the little miss

I made a little drawstring bag for my daughter to carry around her princesses. This uses Jeni’s awesome tutorial. The bag fabric is from Heather Ross’ Far, Far Away 2 and 3 lines. On the right is a bag I toooooootally copied after seeing this fabulous bag by Darci on Flickr. The pattern is by the talented Anna of Noodlehead, her Runaround bag. The fabric is from Moda’s Hometown line.

New Lizzy House

And…I have a bit of new incoming fabric, including these pearl bracelets from Lizzy House’s Outfoxed line and these turquoise and red prints from Meet the Gang, by designer Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday.

So that’s what’s keeping me busy! What are you working on this week?