Seaglass

I have two quilts to show!  One, I made this summer.  It is a king-sized version of Trapezoids at Work.  It is made in solids (except for one newspaper collage print) and was quilted with scallops.  Pardon the draping in this shot – king-sized quilts are heavy.

DSC_0001-better For quilting, I used A SLEW of tips from this craftsy class – Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine.  Cannot recommend enough.DSC_0004 2   DSC_0011The king-sized quilt was for a client, but I loved the colors and overall look so much, I made it a baby sister.  The below is about 60″ by 75″ or something.

seaglass-1No prints in this one, and the inclusion of some pinks and purples.

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Make Do and Mend

IMG_2954It’s 22 degrees in the Ann Arbor area today.  My coat had a broken zipper and I was debating whether to attempt a fix or just buy a new jacket.  But it is warm and fits well, and it turns out JoAnn Fabrics had heavy duty zippers in 26″ lengths.

I had to pop-off the male snaps in order to fix the zipper.  I put buttons to cover the holes.  A bit of nonsensical aesthetics.

seedumA friend says the local cleaners would charge about $65 for a similar zipper replacement.

$6 zipper + 1.5 hours of my time (always an existential dilemma placing a worth on my time…) = maybe $24?  I am very happy to know how to manage these tasks.

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Cheers!

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Neurotic Snail Quilt

Just a quick post to show this baby quilt I made for a friend.

corrina-1I framed a solid square with fun prints –  most of them from Made By Rae’s line Lotus Pond.  Three sides but leaving a little corner stone allowed for me to embrace my crippling neuroses and do some pattern matching.

IMG_2646Neurotic Snails.

IMG_2645Cute little quilted windows.

corrina-22See the little snail HSTs in the sashing?  I like ‘em.

It was almost a shame to fold this adorable Japanese fabric into binding.

il_570xN.493732245_m3k8Yuwa Cotorienne Fabric ‑ Tanuki Hide and Seek Blue and White Stripes

corrina-2And a happy little embroidered label.  I made this circle using my sew-an-turn applique method.

Cheers!

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Modern Quilt Guild Showcase

I was very honored to have my Folded Flock quilt in  the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston this past couple of weeks.

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Hello, quilt!  You look creased.  Live and learn.

A special thanks to Christa Watson who photographed all of the quilts in the showcase and posted them on her site.  Check ‘em out.

If you’d like to get a peek at this quilt in person, I do believe you’ll be seeing it at Quilt Con!  And if you’d like to meet me I’ll probably be hiding behind my quilt listening for compliments and writing down the names of the haters.

Lastly, if you’d like to learn more about this quilt – You can see a post HERE and another one more about the process of assembling the quilt top HERE.

Cheers!

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Improv Arrow Quilt Block Tutorial

A group within the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild is working together on a charity quilt featuring improvisational arrow blocks.  Today I grabbed some scrap fabric and experimented with a piecing strategy.

For my group, these are not instructions and certainly feel free to create your arrow blocks however you’d like!  But let me offer this Improv Arrow Quilt Block Tutorial just in case it’s useful.

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Handmade Beginnings Quilt

This little quilt has been 4 years in the making!  That’s insane!

IMG_2007My dear friend asked if I wanted to make this Sixth Time’s the Charm Quilt from the book Handmade Beginnings.

We used the Stitched in Color alternate piecing method and a shared color scheme routed in orange and teal.  Separately, we each made 6 triangles; then we swapped them!  We both ended up with lovely quilts.

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This was a gift for my sons’ preschool (which has Sunshine in the title) and they are using it to help round up the little ones for morning meetings!  Everyone grab an edge of the quilt, it’s time to pay attention and talk about our day  : )

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Folded Flock Quilt

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Ooooo it’s been a busy summer.  I made this quilt a while ago and have been meaning to blog about it forever.  But then this morning I got some great news – Folded Flock is going to be in the International Quilt Show’s Modern Quilt Guild showcase in Houston!

This quilt features the Botanics line by Carolyn Friedlander.   The quilting was done on my walking foot.  One large arrow shape echoed many times.

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This quilt was inspired by origami cranes and this rug designed by Lesley Barnes. I sketched out my idea on the computer.  Birds and arrows.birds-sketch

 

I made the wings, head, body for my birds and used extra background fabric to flesh them out into rectangular blocks.   I’ve made another post – here – describing more about how I slabbed together fabric to make my bird and arrow blocks!  Thanks for stopping by!bird-paper-2

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