Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pink Castle Fabric Contest!

Katy over at I'm A Ginger Monkey is holding a contest to pick 12 fabrics from Pink Castle Fabrics for a fabric bundle.  The bloggers with the best 2 bundles will win their bundle and will have it featured in the store. are my favorite 12!  I call it "Sweet Citrus"!

1. Fruit Slice in White, 2. Fizz in Citron, 3. Lime, 4. Seeds in Orange, 5. Seeds in Turquoise, 6. Orange, 7. Fruit in White, 8. Fizz in Yellow, 9. Circles in Orange, 10. Fizz in Red, 11. Yellow, 12. Surf

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March 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 Ann Fahl.  Ann talks about the basics of free motion quilting and gives tips on everything from which darning foot works best to how to use different types of threads and sewing needles.  She also suggests that everyone keeps a notebook of ideas and favorite designs so that they are easily accessible when your need some quick ideas for your next quilting project. 

I prepared a quilt sandwich and started playing with some of the designs that Ann showcased in her tutorial.  After quilting each design, I just let my mind go free and doodled away!!!  Here is the end result:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Along with Leah Day: Part 2

Last night I finished outlining all the motifs on this quilt.  I found myself holding my breath a little while quilting the feathers (a motif that has always been a little intimidating to me), but I'm pretty happy with it so far.

Here I'm working on the center heart motifs.

And here is a picture of all the quilted motifs when I finished.

Next Step... Micro Stippling!

Friday, March 23, 2012

January Blocks! for Craftsy BOM with Amy Gibson

Ok... so here are my blocks for January! One month down, 2 to go before I'm caught up on this project.

The first block for January is an Asterisk Block.  This was a really fun and easy block.  I could definitely see making a full quilt of just Asterisk blocks in the future! Wouldn't that be cute!

And the Second block for January is the Wonky Pound Sign Block.  This one was a bit more challenging but I love the result!  Every cut is random and wonky and unique!  I love it!

The main challenge with the Wonky Pound Sign Block is making sure that the horizontal lines are lining up.  Since it's wonky and uses a lot of angles it seemed almost impossible to get it to line up right, and I noticed that a lot of other quilters participating in the Craftsy BOM were having this same problem.  After much frustration and some seem ripping I found a way to make it work a little bit better.

Normally when I pin fabric I pin facing towards the center of the block so that it is really easy to pull the pins out as you're sewing.  However, every time I sewed the seem and press it open the lines were not lining up and I'd have to rip it all out.  To solve this, I finally just pined the fabric facing along the seem like this:

That way I could easily flip the fabric over before sewing it and get a good picture of how the lines were looking.

You can see even with my best estimation, the lower portion of this line is shifted more left compared to the top portion.
But because this wasn't sewn yet I didn't have to pull out my dreaded seem ripper again, I just had to pull the pins, shift the fabric a little to the right and try again.

And in the end, it looks a lot more lined up.
Of course it's never perfect but I hope that this is helpful to anyone who wants to try making these blocks.  I also heard from a few people who are participating in the Craftsy BOM that the more sever the angles are, the harder it makes it to line them up.  But I think that just pinning and shifting and re-pinning in this way would work for any angle. 

 Here are my two January Blocks together!  I'm so excited for the finished quilt!

If you are interested in jumping on board and making some of these blocks yourself, sign up at Craftsy....It's FREE!

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Craftsy Block of the Month with Amy Gibson

I signed up for the Craftsy Block of the Month with Amy Gibson this week.  There are free online tutorials every month with new blocks to try.  12 months, 20 blocks and a beautiful finished quilt in December!

Check it out!

Ok, ok.... so I know it's already the end of March and I'm a little behind.  But I'm excited to get going and catch up to the rest of the group!

Here are some pictures of the fabric that I bought for this project. What do you think?

All of the color prints I found at one of my favorite little fabric shops, Piece by Piece, in Eugene. 

For my base fabric I choose a white to contrast all of the colored prints but I decided to go with a white on white swirl pattern to help make it a little bit more interesting.

I can't wait to start cutting into some of these fabrics and start working on some January blocks!

Also, definitely check out Amy's blog, Stitchery Dickory Dock, by clicking the icon below.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Rain Goddess: Part 1

I am very excited to share the design for my next big quilt, Rain Goddess, inspired by my love of Oregon and the abundance of beautiful stormy rainy weather. The original drawing was just a doodle on some scrap paper at work.  After many obsessive drawings of long haired women in the rain, I decided I HAD to make this into a quilt and finally settled on this version of the drawing. (I didn't actually draw the rain in this picture but it will be part of the finished quilt...don't worry!)

 I traced the drawing to create a numbered pattern and templates for all the pieces

Then enlarged everything on my computer and cut out all the pieces on fusible web

I had to add a few more pieces of hair before I felt like it looked right, but here are the template pieces laid out with some of the fabric I'm going to be using for the background.

This is definitely going to be one of the most complicated quilt tops I've ever attempted because of all the individual pieces of hair that are all overlapping and curling around each other, but I love the challenge and I think it will be completely worth it when I have the finished quilt in my hands!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Along with Leah Day: Part 1

This is my first attempted wholecloth quilt.  Leah Day has started a wholecloth quilt tutorial and I jumped at the chance for a step by step, week by week quilt along. Since it's March, I decided I had to use up some green fabric, plus I thought the four hearts together could easily be a shamrock!  Don't you think?

Here is my progress so far...
I added starch to the fabric and ironed everything, then marked all the motifs on the fabric.

I used this Pilot Frixion Pen from Office Max, a suggestion from another quilter my grandmother and I ran into at the fabric store.  It will just iron off at the end. Amazing!

And of course here is my basted quilt sandwich ready to start quilting away on!

I can't wait!

Free Motion Quilt Along