Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Secret Garden

Sandi Henderson Secret Garden

This week I received some of Sandi Henderson’s new line, Secret Garden, in the mail. I purchased this Fat Quarter set from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. Isn’t it beautiful? This the the midnight colorway.

Free Spirit Designer Solids Color Card

I also received a Free Spirit Designer Solids color card in the mail today! This was purchased from Hawthorne Threads. I think they sold out about 24 hours after they sent their newsletter out announcing they were in stock. Keep an eye out for more! I recently worked with these fabrics for the first time and I really liked them (more than Kona solids). You’ll be seeing more of them on my blog!

September 24, 2011   11 Comments

Mini Quilt Monday

I’m thinking of taking the next few weeks and working on some mini quilts. I would like to tackle a type of block or quilting style in each that I have not done before. What do you think? Anyone want to join me?

This mini is just such a quilt. I’ve done a bit of hand stitching, but not “official” embroidery from a pattern in a quilt until now. These adorable animals are patterns purchased from Penguin and Fish. They are great for newbies, with the most complicated stitch being a chain stitch and french knot.

Jellyfish:

Alligator:

Whale:

Newt:

X-Ray Fish

This mini quilt is a baby gift finished just in time for a friend. I don’t think she reads my blog…or at least I hope not!

The blocks are made up of brightly colored squares from my stash. The embroidery has been done on Kona Ash. Each square measures 8″ finished.

I added a thin white border around the center section and then Riley Blake’s Feeling Groovy stripes as a thicker border. The binding is from Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps. I think the bright colors will be perfect for this special baby as she grows. :)

The back is a fabric I bought awhile back at Ikea. I just really like the feminine but modern look.

I quilted this a few different ways. First I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the nine center block seams, backstitching at the start and finish. Then I went completely around the white sashing and rainbow sashing. Hopefully the below photo shows what I’m talking about a bit better.

Overall I’m really happy with this mini quilt! I hope the new future owner takes a liking to it as well. :)

August 22, 2011   24 Comments

French Botanical Field Trip

French Botanicals Quilt

I finished my mom’s French Botanical Quilt last week and decided to take it with me on a little field trip this past weekend. We went to northwestern Michigan where my husbands family has a home. It is absolutely beautiful up there.

It was a weekend of golfing…
Golfing

apple eating…
Apples

local dining…
Local Eats

and just taking in the amazing fall colors.
Crystal Lake

It was my longest trip away from my kids (2 nights), which I guess is kind of sad when you think about it considering my daughter is 4! And although I was in desperate need of a mommy break, I was really itching to get home to them by Sunday and felt a lot of relief when we pulled into the driveway. We are lucky to have the grandparents only a couple of miles away to watch them.

French Botanicals Detail

But back to the quilt! As I mentioned before, this decorative quilt is for my mom’s birthday. The focal point in the center of each square is a french botanical print from Japan. My mom is a quilter and has a lot of quilts. I wanted to make her something that was my style – to make it a more personal gift from me. And also I wanted to make her something that she wouldn’t necessarily just make herself. I chose several prints from my stash that coordinated, but were not part of a single collection. I think that makes the quilt more unique.

French Botanicals Quilt Back

The back is Kona Snow with a strip of the french botanical print framed by prints used in the front. The binding is Kona Espresso or Chocolate…I wish I marked these when I bought them! It measures about 38″ square and is quilted free motion.

The quilt will be off to my mom later today along with a few other goodies. I hope you like it mom!

Dunes

October 18, 2010   13 Comments

French Botanical Quilt Top

French Botanical Top Detail

Hopefully no one reading this post is my mom. If it IS my mom, I told you to stay off my blog until after your birthday!

Now that we have that taken care of, this quilt top is to be a surprise for my mom for her birthday in a week! It is based on the fabric in the center of each square, a french botanical print from Japan. My mom loves all things French. And plants. So you see, it’s perfect for her. The design is just improvised squares in squares. No pattern, which took longer, but I like the look.

French Botanical Top

I think the colors are perfect for fall, and it looked so pretty out on my deck with the changing leaves. I used a lot of my favorite fabrics – some by Amy Butler, Sandi Henderson, Erin McMorris, Denyse Schmidt, Monaluna and Cosmo Cricket. I’m on a tight deadline, so you should see the finished product by the end of the week!

October 11, 2010   11 Comments