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.


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


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.


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!



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    Rebecca Grace

    May 18, 2012

    Your quilt top — another stunner! I can’t get over how fresh and new these scrappy triangles look when it’s just part of the quilt against a white background, instead of doing the whole top with the triangles like you’d seed in an antique quilt. Love it!

    Your daughter’s sewing machine gives me bittersweet pangs. I have only boys, but my artsy 8-year-old has asked to sew/quilt several times. I don’t know how serious he is about it, and every teach-your-kid-to-sew class or book I could find is full of girly projects like skirts, aprons, and purses. So many of the beginner/children’s sewing machines are pink. I want to be the kind of mom who says, “it’s not just girls who get to do anything they want. Boys can sew, too!’ But then there’s this other part of me that wants to protect my son from others’ cruelty, thinking that it’s hard enough to be a 5th grade boy without being the 5th grade boy who sews.

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      Angela Baker

      May 18, 2012

      Society is getting somewhat more flexible on gender roles these days. Teach him to sew and he’ll decide whether it’s for him in a big way, a small way or no way. And he’ll learn how to deal with attitudes of peers. I read an article recently about the knitting craze among young women and teenagers and the high school knitting club in Bradenton, FL actually had boys in it along with the girls.

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        donna altieri

        May 20, 2012

        are you in spring hill?

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    May 18, 2012

    What a wonderful gift for your daughter…I love that there are some youngsters who are sewing! I taught my 24 yr old to sew when he was 8 yrs old and his first little quilt won 1st place in the county fair that year…such wonderful memories!

    Love you latest quilt! striking!

    If I had known Ty was going to be at market…done…gone…been there…oh well.

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    May 18, 2012

    What a proud smile your little girl has on her face! My daughters are 8 and 6 and both of them have their own sewing machines too. Love it!

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    May 18, 2012

    Cute quilt! Oh, and I almost forgot o watch twitter, thanks for the link and reminder! I didn’t know Janome made this sewing machine, it so cute and in the perfect color too!

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    May 18, 2012

    awe! love the hello kitty sewing machine, I’m totally getting my girls one for christmas this year. She looks so proud of her blanket!!! 🙂

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    May 18, 2012

    I love your triangle quilt! Your daughter’s quilt is so sweet too. I need to start that with my almost-5-year-old.

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    May 18, 2012

    Your daughter looks so happy with her sewing machine and her doll blanky — how adorable! And your community garden plot is almost as big as my home! >_<

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    May 18, 2012

    I think you should let your son try sewing. I suggest that you have him make a pillow or pilowcase. I also suggest that you teach him about what other people might say about a boy who sews and to be prepared for the possible comments. It’s kinda like teaching him about other things in life so he’s prepared for the good and the bad. He might try it, leave it for a while for other interests, but I’d bet he will come back to it later in life. Think of the men who are in quilting: John Flynn, Joe Cunningham, Ricky Tims, my husband . . . Let him try it, I say. He’ll always remember the time that you and he spent together even if he doesn’t stay with it.

    All the best.

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    May 18, 2012

    Your daughter looks so darned pleased with her creation – priceless!

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    May 18, 2012

    This quilt is so unique and very inspiring. Love it.

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    May 19, 2012

    the quilt is fabulous!! love 🙂 and i’ve been totally stalking quilt market pics on flickr. it’s a full time job, really. which i don’t have part-time hours for 😉

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    Sue Preece

    May 21, 2012

    What a great job your daughter did on your doll’s quilt, way to go! I love the triangle idea too!

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    May 24, 2012

    My granddaughter got the same machine at age 7. She loved it! She made a small bag with handles for her first project. The advantage of this machine for children is that it sews at one (slower) steady speed.

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    May 24, 2012

    We are twinsies!!!
    I just bought my daughter (4yrs) a Sewing machine last week. Her first one.. and guess what….. We bought the same machine 😉

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      May 24, 2012

      Yeaa! That is so funny Terri. 🙂


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