Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Motion Friday: Pink Paper

Last year we had a guild challenge for a quilt show that I was pretty excited about. We were to make a binary (two-color) quilt for a show at Island Quilter. I had been playing around a bit with paper piecing and really liked Julie Hirt's Block Rock'n series. So I decided it would be a good idea to make a whole quilt of the Icky Thump block. What was I thinking?!

I picked out my colors - pink and grey - and went to town. It actually wasn't so bad. I even made a giant block for the back of the quilt.

And then it was time for the fun stuff. Quilting!

This was only the second whole quilt I had free motion quilted so I was a little nervous. I played around with a few ideas and settled on some orange peel shapes in the light grey circular parts and some long skinny figure eights in the pink and dark grey parts. Those sections went up to 13" wide (I had enlarged the pattern a tiny bit) so it was a little tricky going back and forth but overall I think it turned out pretty well.

I was delighted to see my quilt hanging in the front window when we went to the show opening. So cool! Now, I sleep with this one every night and I'll be taking it down to the NW Quilting Expo in Portland this fall.

Monday, August 18, 2014

So many swaps and bees

When I first found the modern quilting world about a year and a half ago, I was so excited to jump right in. I would see my favorite bloggers - like Alyssa - making gorgeous things and I wanted to be the recipient of those gorgeous things! This opened my eyes to a whole world of happy mail day possibilities.

I joined a few sampler bees on flickr and got right to work, making blocks for my bee-mates and looking forward to the packages I would get in return.

the blocks I made my group for my very first bee

I've had a lot of fun joining various bees and swaps since then. It's always so much fun for swaps in particular to learn about the recipient and make something just for them. As a matter of fact, I have finished up 3 swaps in the past month or two that were a lot of fun.

The Sew Sew Modern swap was the most recent. I was a little nervous when I got my assignment because my partner is kind of a big deal - Anne Sullivan of Play Crafts. She was great though, giving lots of feedback and advice all along the way. She didn't know I had her so I was pretty excited when she said she really loved what I had made so far. I ended up making her a patchwork Super Tote and improving a little flying geese pouch and she loved them both. She has much better pics of them on her blog too if you'd like to see.

After I sent this off it was time to anxiously check my mailbox every day until I got this amazing package all the way from Cara in the UK!

I love it! I really, really wanted an Aeroplane bag and this one is even better than I could have imagined. Cara did an amazing job and I've already had to fend off a few Seattle MQG members from running off with it! Cara also made me a sweet little Lotus Pond pouch and added in some great extras. I've never used a hera marker so I'm excited to try it out. Oh, and she has really adorable tags!

More on the other swaps later. Have a great week!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Free Motion Friday

Ever since I got into this whole modern quilting thing, I've loved the look of free motion quilting. I'm not much of a doodler though so it's a little tougher for me to come up with designs or motifs I like. Thank goodness for the internet with so many amazing sources of inspiration! A few of my faves are Christina Cameli, who I took a mini class from when I fist started FMQ last summer, Lori Kennedy, who has step by step tutorials on SO SO MANY amazing FMQ tutorials on her blog, and of course Angela Walters, whom I am very excited to take some classes with at QuiltCon! 

This week I'm working on finishing up the mermaid quilt. A massive pain in my neck came out of nowhere and kept me from finishing on time but I'll be done with it soon enough! I pebbled around each of the girls to make sure they had enough air to breathe and then I started searching for some water / wave inspiration. I found several I liked but this was the winner. I'm about a third done with the quilting now. Thank goodness for my Juki with all that throat space!

I've started a Pinterest board for FMQ ideas if you're looking for some inspiration too. Happy Friday! 


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August: A Lovely Year of Finishes

I suppose it's time for a new monthly goal and a little update of what I've been working on, huh? I started working with these super adorable Ann Kelle mermaids a few weeks ago at the Seattle MQG sew in. I really love our monthly (or more) sewing days. I usually get a lot done and I get to hang out with some of my favorite quilty friends!

So here are my girls, all fussy cut. I love them on their own but it was hard to sacrifice so many more of them by the cuts I made. It may lead to more fabric shopping. Not my fault.

I've been working on some log cabin borders for the girls and I plan to get them finished into a baby quilt *hopefully* by this weekend. Wish me luck!


A Lovely Year of Finishes   Small Blog Meet

Monday, August 4, 2014

July Bee Blocks

I've participated in numerous bees since I started quilting in early 2013. It was a fun way for me to meet online quilty friends and try out lots of different blocks to see what I like. It also provided a convenient excuse to shop for a variety of colors to fill my stash!

Currently, I'm in 2 bees. The first is the Believe circle of do. Good Stitches. We make quilts for a non-profit that gives them to foster kids, My Very Own Blanket. For July, Laura asked us to make this Square in a Square block by Christina at Sometimes Crafter in blues, aquas, and purples. I made 3 this month:

The second bee I'm in is Stash Fabulous. Riain and Jennifer started this bee earlier this year and it's full of a great group of ladies. They have all been so creative too! My month is September so I need to get cracking and decide what I want them to make me. For July, we made Linda scrappy spiderweb blocks with red centers. This is going to be one colorful quilt!

I'm hoping to take my Juki in for a service/cleaning this month so I'll be getting started on my August blocks soon.

Just for fun while we're on the subject of bees.... Here are the 2 finished quilts I've put together for do. Good Stitches in the last year:


Sunday, July 27, 2014


I've wanted to make myself a Washi tunic for quite some time now but haven't yet for no particular reason. I knew I was going to have to make some pattern alterations so maybe that's why I put it off. I finally made myself just do it and now I wonder what took me so long.

Once the alterations were done, it was fairly easy to make the top. I used an older Art Gallery Fabrics print that I got for a great deal awhile back on Instagram.


Sorry about the hanger pics, but I'm not quite so happy with it that I want to post pictures of myself wearing it online. I need to make some adjustments to the shirring on the next one - I either need to lower the whole set or maybe add a few more rows to the bottom of it. I also want to play around with some different sleeve options that might be more flattering on me. I have lots more fabric ready to go, here's hoping I don't take quite so long to make the next one!

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes July goal 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Super Tote

I bought Noodlehead's Super Tote pattern back in November when it was on sale for the holidays and I've been meaning to make it ever since. So naturally when it finally came time to make it, I made two! The first was for a swap that I'm still finishing up so more on that later. The second was for me after I scored some gorgeous Jungle Ave fabric before it was released to the public. Thanks to Stash Fabrics for selling some of your sample spree goodies a little early!!

I was SO excited to get this fabric. It's Sara Lawson's first line and part of the Art Gallery Fabrics Limited Edition brand. It was hard to narrow down just a few favorite prints to use in my bag - I didn't want it to be too overwhelming - but I got it down to the funky pink text print (Word on the Street) and the black and white polka dots (Dotted Boulevard) for my main prints. I used another AGF print for the lining and two more Jungle Ave prints (Floral Asphalt and Electreecity) for bag accents.

I had some sweet metal zippers in my stash that worked perfectly for the bag opening. I made a few changes to the lining pattern and left out the elastic pockets on this one. I did a smaller zip pocket on one side and tried to do a pocket similar to the outside one for the other side of the lining but I don't like it. It's really floppy. I need to figure out a way to fix it so maybe there will end up being some elastic in this bag as well. Any ideas?

I've been using this bag a bit already and I love it. My whole purse fits inside along with tons of other stuff that I obviously need to be hauling around (yeah right) so I think it will become my new "small personal item" on flights. Hah!