It’s done! Yesterday I finished up the binding on my Petal Pusher quilt and took it over to the Morton Arboretum for some Fall photos. I found this really magical nook with TONS of leaves. I need to bring my kids over to the same spot and let them go crazy.
This quilt is a combination of Angela Pingel’s awesome Petal Pusher pattern from her book A Quilter’s Mixology, lots of Cotton + Steel fabrics, and one of my favorite gold bird designs from Violet Craft.
The blocks in the Petal Pusher quilt are deceptively large – 24″ squares! This is a great pattern if you are looking for a lot of “WOW!” for your sewing time. Although there are curves (which scare me), there’s not a ton. And with the giant blocks, you only need to make 4 to make a nice sized quilt, 54″ square.
I quilted with straight lines, all around 1/4″ apart from each other. I don’t mark my quilts typically, just use the edge of my foot, or some location on my foot, for a guide. When you look at the solid fabric backing, you can really see the texture that the straight lines give the quilt.
The binding is a fun dot print from Cotton + Steel. I wasn’t really expecting to use this shade of green, but I just love how it finishes off the quilt!
My daughter really wants this quilt, but she has sooooo many already. I think I’m going to donate this one and hopefully brighten someone special’s day.
I definitely recommend this pattern and Angela’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology, whether you enjoy sewing curves or are intimidated (like me!) but want to give it a shot. I promise, the directions and tips are fantastics and it’s much easier than it looks.
October 28, 2014 21 Comments
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making in the mail. I finally had some time yesterday to sit down and look through the book…and I’m very excited by what I saw!
Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making is a collection of 10 “Workshops” (or chapters) that cover everything from Color to Curves to Improvisational Piecing to Quilting. Check out the chapter listing.
Each workshop begins with an expert spending between 4 and 12 pages talking about their subject.
These lessons are then followed by a pattern that is based on their topic. I love this quilt by Kari Vojtechovsky in her Principles of Color Design Workshop.
There are a lot of names I know and respect in this book – Jacquie Gering teaching The Alternate Grid…
Denyse Schmidt teaching Improvisational Patchwork…
Penny Layman teaching Paper Piecing…
Angela Walters teaching Modern Quilting…
The end of the book contains A Study of 50 Modern Quilts, starting off with one of my favorite examples of Modern Traditionalism by Victoria Findlay Woolfe, Double Edged Love.
Each page has a grouping of quilts, organized by design and color.
And the reason I received this book early, my This Way, That Way quilt was included!
Although I haven’t made any patterns from this book yet, I really enjoyed digging into it yesterday. I think Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making would be an awesome resource for quilt guild libraries, as well as home libraries. If you are interested in Modern Quilting techniques, I highly recommend checking it out.
July 9, 2014 20 Comments
Today I’m very pleased to introduce you to my newest sponsor, longarm quilting professional Denae Hansen of Plain Jane Quilting!
Denae has been quilting for 11 yrs. She offers both free hand, custom and edge to edge computerized designs for your quilt. Plain Jane Quilting’s prices start at 1 cent per square inch, with a speedy, fast turnaround of one week or less. Based in Utah, you can ship your quilt top to her and she will ship it back when she is finished with the quilting. She offers discount promotions throughout the year, as well.
I really love Denae’s website and hope you will take some time to check it out. There’s a lot of great information including some pattern options, some of her portfolio and very detailed pricing information.
You can sign up for email notification of promotions at her website www.PlainJaneQuilting.com, follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/plainjanequilting , as well as Facebook at www.Facebook.com/plainjanequilting.utah. Big welcome Plain Jane Quilting!
September 16, 2013 1 Comment
It’s only Saturday afternoon and we have been quite busy in the last 24 hours.
Phew, I’m exhausted. But I’m hand sewing the Seaside States binding now so hopefully I will have something wonderful to show you by the end of the weekend!
May 8, 2010 No Comments