Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Color Hex

I am so excited to show you all my latest quilt finish. But I do need help picking out a name so let me know if you think of something while you're looking at the pictures.

I met Alison Glass at Quiltcon and talked to her a little about her upcoming lines which she had some sneak peaks of at one of her demo talks. I knew right away that I loved Ex-Libris and had to make something with it. Alison was kind enough to send me some advance yardage to make this guy. She wanted something made with the white Art Theory panel which is amazing. It is so, so, so pretty you guys.

I got the idea to cut it up like pie pieces and radiate them out from a full center circle section. I made a few tweaks as I went so I was able to incorporate a few more prints from the line. My friend Kristen gave me the great idea to use the tan chambray as an outline and I think that gave it just the right touch of contrast.

This design gave me a ton of negative space to play around with the quilting and I had a great time with that. I'll show more of the different sections later this week. Right now I'm off to finish hand-sewing the binding so I can send it off to Minnesota for Alison's schoolhouse presentation. I must really like this quilt - I hate hand sewing with a passion.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A whole lof of WIPs

It's been awhile since I've posted my extremely long list of everything that's in progress. I don't expect to finish all of this in the next 3 months but hopefully will complete at least a chunk of it! Linking up to the 2015 Finish Along.

Timber Quilt - this is an Alison Glass pattern that I got for Christmas. I love it! There are SO many ways to change up the look of it. I decided to go with a warm, bright, sherbet-sunrise palette.

Project Linus scrap quilt - Pat Bravo sent a package of scraps for me to make a charity quilt with. I had a plan that involved triangles but once I received the scraps they didn't really seem to make sense with the design I had thought up. Right now they are sewn into 16 rectangular string blocks.... we'll see if they stay that way or not.

Ex Libris quilt - I was so excited to get some advance yardage of this gorgeous new line from Alison Glass! I started sewing this past weekend and should have the quilt all finished in the next 2 weeks at most. Okay, maybe 3 weeks.

Do Good Stitches arrows quilt - February was my month to design the quilt for the Believe circle. I asked them to make arrow blocks in a beautiful palette with a neutral solid background. Now it just needs to be pieced together to make a really fun quilt for a foster kid.

Jellyfish quilt - I started this at Quiltcon, in Improv with Intent with Cheryl Arkison. I need to make a whole slew of jellies to be friends with this guy.

Emphasis quilt - I'm really excited to make more blocks for this one. I have a design in mind that will involve a massive amount of negative space for some FMQ fun. I started this one at Quiltcon also, in class with Carolyn Friedlander.

Tallahassee quilt - I started this last year with members of the Stash Fabulous bee. I think I still need to make a few more of these adorable little paper pieced blocks and I have a plan to fill in the background with larger squares of low volume white prints.

C&S August Lions quilt - I started this one at our Seattle MQG retreat last November but I didn't have a use in mind at the time, I just wanted to use these prints. I think I know where it will be headed now though and I got some great ideas for the quilting part from classes with Angela Walters at Quiltcon so it's time to finish up piecing this top and get him done!

Technicolor Galaxy quilt - This one will definitely not be finished in the next 3 months but it's in progress nonetheless. I have fabric pulled and templates printed so I just need to get started! 

Paint Chip Challenge - Seattle MQG is doing a challenge right now, due in May, to make an 18" mini out of only the colors on our assigned paint chip. I better get on that now that I think I finally have a plan!

MQG Riley Blake challenge - my plan involves a little bit of fabric and a whole lot of FMQ. I think this is due in July. Maybe June...

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap - I think I'm making this sweet viewfinder pattern from Penny Layman's The Paper-Pieced Home. Swap is due in June.

Laurel tunic & Dress - I need to do the finishing on the teal one and start the aztec version. I really love this pattern by GreenstyleCreations! I actually used the pattern to also draft my own open front flowy cardigan!

Knit Staple dress - I've made one in woven and love it, time to get this one done for a little more casual, comfy version.

Fishy Izzy dress - I'm changing up the Izzy top by Climbing the Willow a little to lengthen the bodice and make a dress for my sweet 3 year old niece. I've already made her one that's tunic length and she loves it but she also loves to wear dresses.

Lane Raglan - I'm making the Lane Raglan by Hey June in this fun chevron print with solid blue sleeves and another with this pretty coral lace burnout. If I like them, I'm sure there will be many more versions to follow.

Flowy Knit Cardigans - I drafted this pattern as a mashup of the Laurel and some things I learned by watching Fit2Stitch on PBS. Oh how I love that show. I have at least 2 of these in the works and I would love to finish them so I can start wearing them. And then I will promptly make about 5 more.

Syrah skirt- I've been saving this magenta knit to make myself a maxi skirt and now I've FINALLY printed out the pattern after having it for several months.

Well. That's quite a to-do list. I better get started - my boyfriend just texted and asked for a pillow case tonight as well!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Etno Blog Tour

I'm so happy to welcome you to the very first stop on the Etno Blog Tour! I'm Allison and I like to sew. A lot. I quilt and make bags and have even started trying to sew some clothes for myself. Have a look around to check out some of the goodies I've sewn or you can also check me out over on instagram.

When Pat said she was looking for some people to sew up something awesome with her new line, Etno, I knew I wanted in. This line is so fun! I especially like the bold graphics combined with some of my favorite colors.

I decided to pair the Dreams of Amina print (definitely one of my faves from the line) with a navy solid from my stash to make this Bonnie Bucket Bag. I love how it turned out! Of course I had to take advantage of the lining and zipper placket to pair a few more prints with it.

As you know, no bag is complete without a matching pouch - I mean really, who can have too many bags or pouches? I used my favorite new pouch pattern (the Lola pouch by Sotak Handmade) to make a matching pouch and I think they look pretty great together if I do say so myself.

Ready to see more awesome Etno projects? Check back tomorrow with Brandi and also at Pat's blog every day through April 18th for link to a great new post. You should also have a look at the free pattern designed for this line and Etno's lookbook for even more ideas in the meantime.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Makin' shirts

So I've been on a bit of a kick lately with trying to make some shirts for me. I made a Staple dress and tried a few tiny pocket tanks in wovens but those were a little tricky with the darts and such so I decided to try some knits instead. Most of the clothes I like wearing are knit anyhow and I have a serger so I might as well go for it!

I got some pretty purple jersey knit from Girl Charlee (affiliate link with 10% off for you) and tried out Stitch Upon a Time's Flora pattern. I really like it! This one is the tunic length and it's super comfy.

Once I saw that I liked the pattern of course I wanted to make it again. Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness was looking for people to sew up something with her very soon to be released fabric line, Fantasia. It's an adorable, whimsical collection full of unicorns and happiness. I've been wanting to try some of Art Gallery Fabric's knits so I asked Sara to send me some of Bous Trail Bluet. You guys, this knit is amazing. Soooooo soft and stretchy with great recovery.

I whipped up another Flora, this time in the shorter shirt length and with the button back closure. I really like the end result but oh my word was it hard to make buttonholes on knit, even with the help of interfacing.

Thanks so much for the fabric Sara! I can't wait for this line to be in stores so I can make something adorable for my little niece. Unicorns and pink are pretty much the best combo ever in her world!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Free Motion Friday: Quiltcon

A big highlight of Quiltcon for me was seeing so many amazing modern quilts in person. Of course there were some that I recognized from instagram and blogland but there were many I had not seen before. I know there have been tons of posts done in the past month with all of the wonderful quilts but I wanted to show you a few of my faves in terms of the free motion quilting. Enjoy!

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo

Shapes by Lind Hungerford

Shapes by Lind Hungerford

Shapes by Lind Hungerford

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad

Museum Windows by Melissa Fontanese

Peace by Leanne Chahley

Peace by Leanne Chahley

Quilt for our Bed by Laura Hartrich

Quilt for our Bed by Laura Hartrich

Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan

Tessellation 3 by Nydia Kehnle, quilted by Karlee Porter

Swan in the Water (Justin Nozuka) by Kristyn McCoy

Swan in the Water (Justin Nozuka) by Kristyn McCoy

Fifty Shades of Geese by Patricia Roche

Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik

Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik

Outside the Box by Jenny Voss

Outside the Box by Jenny Voss - check out her pleated binding!

Modern Mojo 2 by Lind Thielfoldt

Modern Mojo 2 by Lind Thielfoldt

Of course, I couldn't spend all that time at a quilt show without doing a little FMQ of my own. I was lucky to take a few classes with Angela Walters and left with a ton of inspiration, ideas, and ready to quilt something!

A few of Angela's class samples:

Angela Walters' class sample

Angela Walters' class sample

Angela Walters' class sample

And here I am with Angela and my sample from class:

I can't wait for Pasadena 2016!

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