July 28, 2014

{lou bee} wrap up

we finished our gift giving this spring. sticking with the theme of pillows, i have two more to share.

inspiration was easy to find after perusing kristy's pinterest board and finding this fabric bundle of sarah watson's Dem Bones. i drafted a paper pieced skull pattern imitating the fabric that is on the back {and not actually shown here}. 
lynne's pinterest board revealed her love of the plus pattern. combined with her known love for solids, this pillow came together in another low volume project. 

i'm so pleased with the way all of these pillows turned out, specific to each of these special ladies. i'm looking forward to another year, another round!

July 24, 2014


another sweet baby to be celebrated, whose parents are HUGE harry potter fans. they made the decisions for this quilt easy.
it started with a few screen printed blocks from amanda at the craft junky. she was delightful to work with.
searching online for free paper pieced harry potter blocks led me to this site, rounding me out with the crest, wands, and the deathly hallows symbol.
improv-ing {yes, a word} my way along, with some solid advice from friends, i added some color with the low volume background. this quilt, then, is my first official dive into the 'low volume' aesthetic. it's also my first REAL attempt at free motion quilting, and while it's not perfect by any means, i feel confident about gifting it away to this special babe.
{you can see his mom's post about it here}
quilt stats
size: 43"x43"
pieced & quilted by me

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.