Monday, April 11, 2016

City Lights: Schafer's 10th Birthday Quilt

The Modern Quilt Guild releases a free pattern for members every month. I love them all and have been wanting to make one for quite some time. My son's 10th birthday was coming up so I let him pick out a pattern - he chose City Lights (download here if you are a Modern Quilt Guild member).

My son went to two quilt stores with me to pick out the solids/colors he wanted. Then checked in on my progress about every 30 minutes or so to see if it was done yet.

The top came together quickly, and screamed for some fun quilting.

My son wanted a gray solid out of my stash for the backing. Of course I was short so I used some leftover turquoise to fill it in.

I had a lot of fun quilting this one up. I used a variety of digital designs with a lot of straight line quilting.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Swoon Quilt

swoon quilt

I finally finished my Swoon quilt. I purchased my fabrics in March 2014 (that's 2 years ago - thank you Instagram), and started making blocks later that year.

Then it sat. And sat. And sat.

I finished up the quilt top about a year ago, then it sat. And sat. And sat some more. The All People Quilt UFO 2015 Challenge helped me get my WIPs in order and accounted for. I can't say that I actually quilted and bound it the month I was supposed to, but at least it's done.

swoon quilt

Here I am showing the almost bound quilt off at the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild meeting - best shot I have of the back:

Quilt Details:
Pattern: Swoon (the original one with 24" blocks) by Camille Roskelley
Fabrics: Prints are mostly Anna Maria Horner, Hand Drawn Garden. Colored Solids: Solid Mochi Linens by Moda. The tan background fabric: unknown - just a random bolt at a fabric store but it mimics a hand tea died fabric.
Quilting: Modern Twist by Patricia Ritter. Quilted on my Handi Quilter Fusion Pro-Stitcher.

And just a quick shout out to all the quilt husbands/holders/managers out there. It's a tough job.

Monday, August 24, 2015

I have some really fun and exciting news to share today...
This quilt is featured in the Sept/Oct 2015 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited!

That noise you hear, don't mind it - that is just me squealing in delight. Here's the scoop - the vintage Curved Nine Patch quilt top was purchased on eBay, and I quilted it with my HQ Pro-Stitcher for the Vintage Turned Modern column. 

Pick up a magazine for more details. 

Consider yourself warned - picture galore ahead.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Marcelle Medallion Cotton + Steel Quilt Top

In my desperate and most likely futile attempt to clean up and lean out my quilt room, I have been trying to finish up old projects. This of course is in lieu of starting new projects. And buying more fabric. Keep me in your prayers folks. 

So far, plan is going well. I busted out my Marcelle Medallion quilt. I started it a year or so ago and stopped with only the center block and the triangle border done:

I worked on this one every night during a week and was able to finish it up by the end of Sunday...with a bit of light left to spare to sneak in a few less-than-perfect pictures. It kept growing...

and growing...

Until it was all grown up - poor evening lighting photos...

This quilt may very well the be the beginning of a beautiful obsession with medallion quilts. 

Some Good Info
Pattern: Marcelle Medallion from Alexia Marcelle Abegg's Liberty Love book
Fabrics: Mostly Cotton and Steel prints with a large variety of low-volume prints from my stash

Footnote: Medallion quilts are not ideal for the indecisive Libra quilters like myself - too many options. I'm fairly certain I spent more time picking out and choosing fabrics than actual sewing and pressing time.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Mother's Day 2015 Mini

I made this little mini quilt for my mom - a mother's day gift. I know everyone is legally required to say their mom is the best, but for mom really is the best! I am one lucky gal to call her my mom and friend.

All of these half square triangles are left over pieces from my Swoon quilt (top done, not quilted, not blogged about yet). Fabrics are from Anna Maria Horner, Moda Linens, Alison Glass, and some random tan colored fabric. I'm pretty sure I squared them up to 2.5 inches, which would make this little guy 16" square.

You know I love you when I bust out my old Alison Glass prints...

A few in progress shots....I used a Sulky Blendable thread.

My Brother 1500s made quick and easy work of the straight line quilting. Seriously l.o.v.e. that machine.

Last look at the finished mini...

Hug your mom!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Packers T-Shirt Quilt

Holy cow ladies and gents...T-shirt quilts are the bomb to make! I loved every second of the process. I can't wait to make more! Plus, I think it turned out pretty rad, so that makes it even better.

t-shirt quilt

Here's where I began (apologies for the blurry photo) - a big stack of T-shirts and other various Green Bay Packers' paraphernalia. 

One of the first questions I get asked is where I got all the T-shirts. Let me answer that now. Some were from the quilt recipient, but the vast majority are from a friend's mom and mother-in-law who live in Wisconsin. These two kind ladies went to second-hand stores and purchased used shirts and jerseys for me to use. Could not have done this without them!

Here's a picture of the quilt almost done...

And the top done...

Quilted and bound...

A bit of a closeup...

And the back...shows the quilting quite well. I quilted a bunch of chevron lines on my HQ Pro-Stitcher at various widths apart in chunks. I thought it fit the sporty feel and was not girly in any way.

Here's my very happy could safely say he's a Packers fan. (This was a gift for his high school graduation.)

Seriously...I had a blast making this. I have bins of my kids old clothing and I can't wait to dig in and make some memory quilts.

Stitch on!

Monday, April 20, 2015

I Spelled it with Cotton & Steel.....or The Continuing Saga of the Quilting Rebel

First, I didn't Tone it Down, now I'm not spelling it with Moda. This quilting rebel thing is really sticking as of late.

The pattern is called Spell it with Moda - it is a pattern that was originally part of a blog hop leading up to Schoolhouse at Market a couple of years ago. You can find a free pattern of each letter on a variety of Moda designers blogs, but I just went ahead and bought the printed pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.

ABC quilt

My 4-year-old daughter is learning the alphabet, so I figured now was as good as any time to make an ABC quilt. I busted out my bin of Cotton and Steel fabrics and went to town.

ABC quilt

Above is a close-up of the quilting. This is a digital pattern called Retro Tile #2 from the talented Karlee Porter (check her out at - she's amazing). This quilted out quickly and perfectly on my Handi Quilter Fusion Pro-Stitcher.

ABC quilt

I know this isn't a big deal to most quilters, but this quilt is bound! I have a bit of binding backup going on - I have 17 quilts that have been quilted and are just awaiting binding sitting around my house. Even bigger confession - I just go ahead and use some of them without binding. I know, I know. Sad state of affairs. Luckily for me, my mom was in town and did the binding for me! Moms are the best. Of course, at the current rate, if left alone this might have been finished by the time my daughter hit college, let along Kindergarten.


I just love Cotton and Steel's selvages...don't you? I leave them in whenever I can - quilt tops and backings.

Here is the quilt in my daughter's room. I just finished painting her walls in the last couple of months - now on to decorating her walls.

ABC quilt