Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

A Weekend with Friends and Some Housekeeping

One of these things is not like the other....

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Michigan’s upper peninsula, sewing and hanging out with Holly, Jeni and Lee (Holly lives up there). I was joking that I was happy they invited me to their Janome Horizon club meeting because they all had matching sewing machines except me!

Wisconsin is pretty.

The drive up from Chicago was about 5-1/2 hours, but having the car to myself, perfect weather, and beautiful scenery made it not so bad.

Sarah Jane Children at Play - Twin for Avery's bed

Jeni and Holly did some fabric dying and everything turned out great. Lee and I did mostly sewing and I was VERY excited to finish the twin quilt top for my daughter’s bed, which focuses on Sarah Jane’s Children at Play fabrics.

The White House, Michigan's UP

Holly’s parents own an awesome BBQ restaurant in town called The White House.

The White House, Michigan's UP

I seriously cannot resist pulled pork and baked beans.

Hanging out with some old Presidents at @whitehousegrill

Here I am hanging out in the front with some of the presidents that were carved out of a giant log.

I am so thankful to have such great sewing and blogging friends in the midwest. These get togethers are always so fun and really refresh me.

The UP

Now that I’m back home, tonight is the first Naperville Modern Quilt Guild meeting. For those in the Chicago western suburbs, I hope you will come! I don’t really know anything about it yet, but I will be there.

Onto the housekeeping. I know many of you have signed up to be notified by email when there is a new post on my blog. I’m running into a technical issue where I have more subscribers than I’m allowed to send out emails. I’m working on tweaking various settings to try to fix the problem, but really I can’t test it except for when I make a blog post. Sooooo, hopefully I will get it resolved soon but I just can’t say when. In the meantime, if you aren’t getting emails, you can still keep up with my latest posts on Facebook and Google Reader by adding the RSS feed.

July 26, 2012   17 Comments

EZ Dresden Challenge

 

I first fell in love with Dresdens when I saw the beautiful quilt on the cover of Material Obsession. (Remember, I’ve only been quilting a few years.) A year ago I bought an EZ Dresden ruler and made my first Dresden mini quilt – it was surprisingly easy!

This month the Salt Lake City Modern Quilt Guild is celebrating Darlene Zimmerman’s twentieth anniversary of developing EZ Quilting Rulers – including that EZ Dresden ruler I had so much success using – with the EZ Dresden Challenge. Go check out their page to see the details and prizes – LOTS of prizes. Seriously GOOD stuff, like a sewing machine!

The first stage of the celebration is a blog hop that will hopefully start to get you thinking about different dresden designs and ideas. I decided to focus on dots, inspired by that cover quilt from Material Obsession. Each quadrant of my dresden mini quilt is a different dot though. Also, each quadrant is composed of different shades of a solid.

A dot from Tanya Whelan’s Delilah fabric line…

A dot from Sarah Jane Studio’s Children at Play fabric line…

A Kei honeycomb

And a dot from Riley Blake’s October Afternoon Fly a Kite fabric line…

To help you get started, I’m going to give away TWO EZ Dresden Rulers to two of you. Just leave a comment and I will pick a winner Thursday, June 14th in the evening.

And don’t forget to continue following the blog hop and start thinking of ideas for your entry.

June 1 – The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild
June 2 – Lee
June 3 – Kati
June 4 – Victoria and Tanya
June 5 – Val and Leigh
June 6 – Amy and Elisa
June 7 – Katie and Emily
June 8 – Melissa and Brooke
June 9 – Nicole and Amy
June 10 – Elizabeth and Colleen
June 11 – Me! and Deonn
June 12 – Angela and Barbie
June 13 – Amy
June 14 – Jessica
June 15 – Salt Lake MQG: Wrap-up

++ Update – closing comments to pick the winners of the rulers! ++

The winners are #50 and #143.

Diane W said “A Dresden ruler is next on my list of must-have rulers. Thanks for the giveaway.”

Lou Ann said “I would love to win. I made my first quilt just last month. All squares. Time to try another pattern and shape.”

Congratulations! I will email you both for your addresses. Thanks for commenting everyone!

June 11, 2012   240 Comments

Boys at Play

Boys at Play - Front

When pulling fabrics for a child’s quilt, I seem to have a much easier time selecting prints, patterns and colors for a girl’s quilt. Part of my problem is that I tend to have a hard time finding “boy” fabrics that I like. But last summer Sarah Jane really hit it out of the ballpark with her Children at Play line. I just love her artwork, something about the innocence of the designs – paper airplanes and sailboats, hopscotch and dress up dolls, pinwheels and wagons.

Boys at Play - 1

I decided to take some of the little boy line and pair it with some of my favorite blenders in green, blue, yellow, orange and red.

It’s really fun to play with prints like stripes, sometimes aligning them horizontally based on the center of the block…

Boys at Play - 2

And sometimes vertically.

Boys at Play - 3

I quilted this quilt in a diagonal grid. It was the first time I used the metal guide that came with my walking foot. It was actually quite helpful! The lines are about 1.5″ apart. I marked the starting line and then just used my guide to work off from there.

Boys at Play - Quilting

The back is a lime green and the binding is a turquoise. The blocks are 12″ squares and the final quilt measures 36″ x 36″. I decided to list this little quilt in my shop – it is so lacking in boy items!

June 6, 2012   21 Comments

Up a Notch ~ Quilt and Pattern

Up a Notch Quilt and Pattern

I am a true believer that you don’t always have to make an intricate quilt to make a beautiful quilt. I find this especially encouraging for beginner quilters who may not have mastered paper piecing or y-seams or perfect points (yet!), but still want to make something that catches the eye and wows their family and friends.

Up a Notch Quilt and Pattern

I recently made this quilt and pattern with all levels of quilters in mind. The underlying design is simple and one you have probably seen many times, but I decided to break the quilt into color blocks, changing the look of the quilt.

I just love these colors, perfect for a little girl I think.

Up a Notch Quilt and Pattern

I decided to quilt this using densely spaced free motion meandering, but I only quilted the white, negative space. This makes the prints pop.

Up a Notch Quilt and Pattern

For the back of the quilt, I used one of my latest favorites – FreeSpirit Designer Solid Jade as well as a print from Moda’s Hello Luscious called Blissful Floral.

Up a Notch Quilt and Pattern

This quilt measures 45″ x 60″ and the digital pattern is for sale for immediate download in my pattern shop!

Up a Notch Quilt and Pattern

And speaking of my pattern shop, if you missed out on my Prism pattern in Quiltmaker magazine, you can now buy a digital pattern for that quilt there too.

April 25, 2012   22 Comments