Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cone Flower Quilt

I just want to take a quick second to acknowledge my leave of absents from the quilting world. I realize that I have neglected to add any new posts or for that matter quilt anything warranting a new post in what seems like forever. Unfortunately, I lost my job and have been busy at my new job, moving to a new city and setting up a new sewing space.  But enough excuses...I have jumped back in and I hope to be sharing many more exciting quilting adventures in the coming months!

I am currently taking a Craftsy class called "Art Quilting: Pictorial Techniques" by Wendy Butler Burns. I love the idea of making more art quilts and trying to incorporate people in my quilts as well. Wendy uses a glue basting technique to piece her quilts together, which is something I have never really tried before.  So I decided to keep it simple for now and follow her pattern for this lovely Cone Flower Quilt.

The pattern was super easy to follow and the best part was that all of the freezer paper was on the front side of the fabric so I didn't have to constantly worry about flipping pieces or making sure it was mirror image, it was more like a color by numbers!  AND...you get the added bonus of getting to "unwrap" your quilt once you have basted it together.

My time is pretty limited but I'm hoping to start quilting and embellishing this little piece in the next week or two as well as continuing to work on some other UFOs in my closet!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Grandfather's Day

Ok, so I know it's already Tuesday, but I wanted to share my sewing project from this last weekend...Father's day!  It hard to come up with good ideas for sewing/quilting projects for men.  I looked in quilting books, online, just about everywhere for ideas, before I realized that something personal and funny was the only way to go.

My husband and I often spend the weekends visiting my grandparents, and every Sunday it's kind of a tradition that my grandfather cooks a big pancake and eggs breakfast for us. So tasty! 

So of course when the idea came up to make a chef hat for the "Pancake Chef", I was sold!

I couldn't find any fabric with pancakes or eggs on it, but I found this wonderful blueberry fabric that I think was perfect!

I used a free pattern that I found at youcanmakethis.com. The pattern was definitely meant for someone that has some experience sewing and can read between the lines, but I think it turned out great in the end.  Just what I was looking for!

I also changed things up a bit by making the band a different fabric than the top and adding the appliqued letters "PANCAKE CHEF" along the band.

I think it was a good surprise to come out to Sunday morning...

And he sure looked great wearing it while he whipped up some of his famous pancakes!!! Yumm!

Happy Grandfather's Day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Birthday Goodies!

I celebrated my 25th birthday last week and was happily suprised with a trip up to Portland for the day with my husband and all sorts of quilting goodness in my mail box!  My friends and family know me well! 

My husband and I enjoyed the day in Portland, shopping around Powells bookstore, local interior design shops, and of course making a trip to Ikea where we bought some new house plants and the Fabric Depot which has fabric and everything quilting for as far as the eye can see! Being the amazing husband he is, he then surprised me with a romantic dinner in the city at the Blossoming Lotus - amazing food there!  It was definately the perfect day!

I didn't want to spend a ton of money, but I just couldn't pass up a couple of panels that I plan to free motion quilt into whole cloth wall hangings.

This is a Michael Miller Flower Faries - Morning 24" Panel and cordinating Michael Miller Morning Flower Garden fabric for the back. When I was younger I had all sorts of flower faires around my room.  Pictures on the walls, jewlrey boxes, etc.  So when I saw this panel, on sale, I just had to grab it. 

And these adorable elephants are from the World of Susybee for Hamil Textiles.  My husband actually found this panel and we just couldn't help but smile when we were looking at it, so in the basket it went!  I got the coordinating backing with many more images of elephants and mice.  Too cute!

I always love getting mail, but it is so much better when the mailbox is filled with quilting goodies instead of the usual bills and ads.

I was so happy to receive a Quick Curve Ruler and table runner pattern purchased from Sew Kind of Wonderful by my brother and sister in law, and a copy of Amanda Jean Nyberg's new book, Sunday Morning Quilts as well as another book, Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts which features many beautiful antique patterns sent to me my by mother and father in law. So sweet!

When I visited my grandparents the following weekend, they gave me this Clover Mini Iron II (perfect to try out on my Rain Goddess Quilt), ruler organizer and a graph notebook for all of my quilt designs.

I'm so excited about all these quilting gifts, I can hardly stand it!

I just want to say thank you to everyone who sent these wonderful gifts and for all the warm wishes from family and friends!

Now on to putting all these new goodies to use!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Elephant Whole Cloth Quilt

I decided to start yet another whole cloth quilt.  I love making these small (fat quarter sized) whole cloths, they are so rewarding and theraputic to make! My grandmother had pointed out this elephant cartoon a while back and we both thought it was just adorable, so with her birthday coming up, I decided to make a little quilt with it.

I blew it up to fit onto four pages and traced it onto a pink fat quarter with a frixion pen.

I then, put it together in a quilt sandwhich with some batting and pink backing, basted it with pins, and traced the design with my machine.

Here it is after I ironed the frixion pen out.

I decided to use micro-stippling for the background filler.  I liked it so much on the Heart and Feather Whole Cloth and for some reason it just seemed to fit with this design.  To be honest I think stippling can go with anything, but onto more pictures...

I started from the top of the trunk and made it almost around both feet before my arms felt like they were going to fall off.

Saddly, I didn't have another chance to work on this again before I saw my grandmother, but I showed her some pictures so, she knows it's coming. 

I feel like I tend to underestimate how much time it takes to complete projects like this and sometimes just have to say...I have a gift for you, but it's not finished yet! Probably common for people who make a lot of homemade gifts.  Anyone else catch themselves saying this?

Anyways, she was really excited that I was making this for her and said she has no problem waiting for it. 

Can't wait to finish it up!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June Blocks for Craftsy BOM

I was really on a roll today, because in addition to finishing the free motion spirals on my Love Birds Whole Cloth, I also finished up the June blocks for the Craftsy Block of the Month!

For June, Amy showed us two Modern 9-Patch Blocks!

The first one is the Greek Cross Block.  Definitely my favorite out of the two!

I loved how simple this block was with just four half-square-triangles, four pieced squares and a solid center.  But it's still a bold, modern pattern that could look amazing in a full quilt!

The Second block is the Octagon Block.

Even simpler than the Greek Cross Block, but it kind of reminds me of the Chase Bank logo, lol. Love the simplicity but I'm not sure that I will be making a whole quilt of these any time soon.

Definitely looking forward to Dresden Plates in July!

Love Birds Whole Cloth Quilt: Part 3

Today I finished up the free motion spirals around the outside of the design for my Love Birds Whole Cloth Quilt.

Although it felt like this took FOREVER to finish, I do have to say I actually think that it went faster than I expected and I made it all the way around the boarders in just a couple of sittings through out the day.

I tried to stitch the outside spirals so that the final quilt will be approximately16" square. 

And then it was time to hand wash it, air dry in the dryer for a bit until it was just damp and then stretch it over my cutting table to get it back to the original size. 

I'll let it sit and dry completely over night before cutting it up and adding a binding.

It's nice to know that this will be at least one of my finishes this week! I'm looking forward to posting picture of this little whole cloth when it's done!

Friday, June 1, 2012

We have a WINNER!!!!!!

The giveaway for the Turtle Trails Quilt Pattern and 4 batik fat quarters ended at Midnight last night...and today is the day to announce the WINNER!!!! So Exciting!!

I just want to take this moment to say THANK YOU to everyone who entered and everyone who is a new or old follower of my blog!  There were a total of 80 entries!!  I am so excited to meet you all and to have heard a little about who you would make this quilt for and your love or connection to turtles!  There were so many wonderful comments!  I look forward to getting to know you all more in the future!

I did try to respond to each of you by email but of course there are many no-reply bloggers that I could not contact.  If you did not get a response by email when you commented, you may want to check your settings to make sure that your email is visible on your profile or you will want to remember, in the future, to leave your email address in the comments when you enter a giveaway.  

I used random.org to choose the winner...

I found it sad that I had to draw 7 times before I found a winner that was both a follower and had an email address to contact them with.

Please, Please, remember to include your email address in future contests or change your profile settings to show your email address!

But, I am so excited for the person who won!!!!!


Drum Roll please!!!!!......



The Winner is # 45: Emily!!!

Who said: 

"I would make it for my mom. She has a special connection with sea turtles and my sister who passed away. She would absolutely LOVE this quilt! It would mean so much to both of us! And she is in Hawaii right now and I have her scouting out batik FQs for me ;) (I'm a follower through GFC)"

Congratulations Emily!!! 

Thank you so much for following my blog and entering my giveaway!  I am very sorry to hear about your sister but I am also very excited that you have won my giveaway and that you and your mom can now enjoy this Turtle Trails Quilt Pattern and Batik fabrics!  I hope you love it!  I will be emailing you shortly to get your mailing address.

A BIG Thank You to everyone who entered!  I hope to see you all again soon!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge

SewCalGal is hosting the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge and I have taken the pledge!  Every month, there is a new tutorial and a chance to learn something new, improve free motion quilting skills, complete that month's challenge and enter to win awesome prizes.  This month's tutorial is written by Leah Day!

Leah Day was actually one of the first people I found online when I decided I wanted to learn more about free motion quilting.  I immediately fell in love with her 365 project, quilting 365 designs in 365 days!  Amazing!!  Much of my free motion practice and learning has been through watching and following Leah Day and her tuturials.  If you haven't seen them before, you should definately take the time to go check them out! 

This month for the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge, Leah talked a lot about the basics of free motion quilting, from setting up your machine to using the right tools, and practice, practice, practice!  The challenge was to complete two foundational designs in free motion. 

The first design is a double stippling, which is were you create a large wavy line of stippling and then go back along that line with a smaller wavy line of stippling. The first line becomes the "foundational" line.

Here is my double stippling sample:

It's not perfect, but I have to admit that I probably rushed through it more than I should of.  When I'm working on a quilting an actual quilt, I really have to tell myself..."slow and steady, slow and steady...take your time".  But on a smaller 6"x6" square it's harder not to just whip through it.

Also, I realize now that I'm looking at this picture, that my second line of stippling could have been bigger to fill the space more evenly.  Good lesson for next time!

The second design is another foundational design where we created the same large wavy line of stippling but this time went back along that line with a smaller straight edged line of stippling to create a railroad track look.

Here is my railroad track sample:

I felt that this one went much smoother that the first one.  I'm not sure if it's because I find it easier to stitch a straight line or if it's just because I worked out all the rush in the first sample and was able to slow down more in this one.

Either way, I guess the reminders for me in doing this challenge are to practice more, slow down, and probably do some practice stitching to get myself into the motions before starting on the actual quilt.

Thanks Leah for the great tutorials this month!!!

 I'm linking up with SewCalGal!

Last Chance to Enter to Win!

If you haven't already entered, today is your last chance!!!

I'm giving away a Turtle Trails Quilt pattern and 4 batik fat quarters to one lucky person.

Entries will close at Midnight, Thursday May 31st, 2012 PDT! That's TODAY!

To enter, please:
1. Be a follower of my blog.  You must be a follower to win!
2. Leave a comment on the original giveaway post --->Here

On Friday, I will use a random generator to choose a winner and send them an email to let them know that they have won!

(Please make sure that you leave your email address in your comment or that I can access it on your profile!  No-Reply Bloggers will not win, because I have no way to contact them!)

Good Luck!!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIP Wednesday/End of the Month Stats

New Project Started This Week:

1. Black and Gray Shattered Quilt 
    Started 5/28/12 - Finished 3 large blocks - 4 blocks left to go, plus boarders and my first pieced quilt back!  Exciting! 

Current WIPs (works in progress):

1. Love Birds Whole Cloth Quilt
     Started 4/30/12 - still needs outside filler stitching in FMQ, blocking and binding.

2. 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge
    Started 3/25/12 - March - April Challenges Completed. Will be completing and posting the May Challenge tomorrow! (I know, I know...squeaking by!)

4. Queen Sized Mystery Quilt for a friend
    Started 4/9/12 - All 713 blocks completed, still piecing blocks together. (but have made progress piecing since last week)  Will then need boarders, quilting, and binding.

5. Rain Goddess Quilt
    Started 3/16/12 - All applique pieces fused to fuse-able web, ready to be appliqued, background "rain" half way finished...ran out of fabric and will have to wait until I get more to finish the background.

Recently Finished Projects:

1. Heart and Feather Whole Cloth Quilt (my first whole cloth!)
    Started 3/15/12 - Finished 4/28/12

2. Reunion Purse
    Started 5/20/12 - Finished 5/21/12 - This was my first purse project!

3. Craftsy Block of the Month Class
    Started 3/22/12 - January through May blocks completed!  Waiting for June tutorials...

April Blocks
May Blocks

Upcoming Projects:

1. Purse Palooza 2012 with amylouwho!
    I am looking forward to making and linking up some cute summer purses and bags during the Purse Palooza which will be running from June 4th - July11th!  Yea!  Can't wait!

Sew Sweetness

End of the Month Stats:
New Starts: 4
Finishes: 3
Current WIPs: 5

I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced