July 16, 2014


with a load of boys running amok in this house, it's rare that i get to sew with pink. it's probably the smallest color represented in the hoarde stash. when some dear friends of ours had a sweet girl, i couldn't resist.

i've been wanting to try out this pattern since i saw it years ago. the search for pink in the stash and grays from the scrap bucket were complimented by the ease with which i found this pattern to be followed.

this quilt is the first i've used quilter's dream batting for, and it will certainly not be the last. it truly is a dream, and the drape!...seriously worth the extra money.

quilt stats
size: 45"x45"
pattern: lemon squares by fresh lemons
pieced & quilted by me

July 14, 2014

{challenge} quilt

i really should know better than to rely on my memory to keep an accurate account of {well, anything, really} how inspiration moves. i know it started by looking at the spindl-y fabric, to circles-radius'-stars, to dissecting above items, to this randomly finished project.

the thing i love about this project is that i really had no idea where i was going with it. it morphed at each stage. it's not my favorite quilt at all, but i am glad to have finished it and to have tried something new and pretty outside my normal asthetic. the curves are free-handedly cut and sewn back together. 

i wanted to play with the negative space, but didn't feel like curvy-line-quilting would have done it justice. i went with 1/4" straight line quilting instead. i like it, but feel like maybe a different kind of quilting could have stepped it up a notch. not to mention learning that unless it's a small quilt, there may never be 1/4" quilting in my future again {takes for.e.ver.}.

i'm glad to be joining my fellow guild members in the michael miller fabric challenge open wide to the modern quilting guild.

quilt stats
size: 40"x42"
fabrics: michael miller fabric from STLMQG, solids
pieced & quilted by me

July 3, 2014

{diving in}

at the beginning of the year, the continued {resolution} was to USE the STASH! i decided to cut into the good stuff, tired of only looking at it on a shelf. in one sitting, i cut into my Anna Maria Horner stash for two small projects and a quilt {that is still in process}. here are the two smaller projects, and i couldn't be more pleased!
the first is a mini color wheel inspired by alex and purl soho's. purl soho offered a {free pattern} that i cut from single pieces of 16 fabrics. Finished it measures about 20.5". fabrics are AMH's dowry and true colors and architextures.

the second is the sew together bag from sew demented.
this one was a little tricky to put together, but well worth the effort. picking out the gorgeous fabric was definitely the fun part!

i love having these projects in rotation of daily life. it makes life much more colorful!

February 15, 2014


this is my stlmqg challenge quilt. we were given Riley Blake fabric to use. our guild's guidelines were that it had to be a finished quilt bigger than 24" on all sides. i've wanted to try out the feathers quilt block/pattern. i was also inspired by this target mug {my daily favorite mug}. i'm pleased with how it came out and am excited about the possibilities this block has in all sorts of different projects.
i opted for some straight line quilting in clumps. i like the opposing texture it gives the quilt.
 you can really see the texture the quilting gives on the back.
quilt stats
size: 40"x45"
fabric: Riley Blake Challenge fabric, scrap solids
pieced & quilted by me

January 17, 2014


a few more pattern reviews.
this is a noodlehead divided basket i made for my sister {who loves organization}. it was an extremely easy pattern to follow and fun to make.
i also needed a new purse and had the noodlehead go anywhere bag pattern. i seriously LOVE this bag and know it won't be the only one i make. the size is perfect, with tons of pockets. i love how sturdy it is. of course it helps when you use a favorite fabric.
i ended up with my sister's name for our family christmas secret santa exchange. she is a hairdresser who often finds herself out and about to do wedding hair and had asked me a while ago if i would make her some bags to hold her stuff in. i shopped in my stash and also took this opportunity to make a few boxy pouches. i used a mix of the tutorial at the plaid scottie and the one at truly myrtle. the latter includes the formula for changing up the sizes of your bags, which was super helpful.

the last one was a perfect zip bag. i really like the shape and sturdiness of this bag. it will definitely be a pattern i use again.

January 16, 2014

{lou}bee pillows

for our {lou}bee swap in november i had cara. i was inspired by these rocky mountian puzzle blocks, and thought they would be perfect for my munki loving friend. it was fun to pick out fabrics for this pillow. i actually used a necklace i knew cara loved for the color inspiration. i had the back dot picked out and while we were on a retreat heard her say it might be her favorite fabric ever. win for me! 
fabric: DS katie jump rope, chicopee, flea market fancy; heather ross munki; comma pin dot

her girls are star wars fans {as well as my boys}, which makes for a great excuse to get a bit of star wars fabrics in the collection. this pouch is a pattern in patchwork please. i really like the shape of it, although the lining is hand stitched in, which takes a while. i'm pleased with their turnout.
for dec {which turned into january} i had jessica. jessica is a cat lover. it was a great chance to try elizabeth's cat block tutorial. they were super easy and fun to put together.
this little cat bag/thread catcher was also in patchwork please.

fabric: julianna horner & DS for joanns, uptown by erin michaels, amy butler, kona snow, linen

January 4, 2014

{lou}bee quilt

my last quilt done from 2013. this is our {lou}bee quilt from 2012/13, where we each picked/designed a block to put in a sewing themed quilt. you can read some of my posts about this quilt in process here and here.
it was a bit of a puzzle to figure out how to lay it out. i paper pieced 8 {bee}blocks, the free pattern from badskirt, one per {bee}member. the rest was a use of the fabric i had leftover and a few pieces of specific sewing-themed fabric i had.
i decided to quilt it using straight lines in hopes that {besides, of course, it being my favorite} it would be a unifying but not destracting element to the quilt. i think it worked.
the back was pieced with leftovers and a timeless treasures retro sewing machine fabric i about died over for this quilt. this is such a special quilt to remind me of the sweet community of sewing ladies i've the pleasure of knowing.
quilt stats
size: 65"x65"
fabrics: see previous post
pieced and quilted by me