Henry’s Preschool Quilt

It’s been a long time, but I want to try and get back into posting and sewing.

Back in May I finished this small quilt to gift to my youngest’s preschool upon his graduation.  It is very colorful. Colors can be fun.


I ran out of purple embroidery thread. Things got creative. Choices.



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GIVEAWAY: The Applique Book by Casey York

Hello all!

I’m honored to be a stop on The Appliqué Book by Casey York blog tour.


And I’m a contributor in the book, how cool is that?

11131, York, SP16

I love how the photographed my project, Falling Leaves.  This quilt utilizes a sew-and-turn applique technique.  The book also has lots of projects featuring bias tape, raw edge, needle-turn, and so many more ways to applique!



I thought I’d show a little preview of a project I’m working on that uses the same technique I used for Falling Leaves.



It’s a cute little radish.




The Blog Hop continues through March 25th. Visit each of the contributors as they share their projects.

Mon. March 14:
Casey York | http://studioloblog.wordpress.com
C&T Publishing | http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Tues. March 15:
Jenna Brand | https://jennabrand.com/
Adrianne Ove/Pink Chalk | http://www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/

Wed. March 16:
Jenifer Dick | http://42quilts.com/
Pati Fried | https://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/

Thurs. March 17:
Shannon Brinkley | http://www.thebottletree.net/blog/
Bari J. | http://barijdesigns.com/blogs/blog

Fri. March 18:
Debbie Grifka | http://eschhousequilts.com/blog
Beth Vassalo | http://plumandjune.blogspot.com

Mon. March 21:
Latifah Saafir | http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/
Modern Quilts Unlimited | https://modernquilts.mqumag.com/category/blog

Tues. March 22:
Lynn Harris | http://thelittleredhen.typepad.com
Kevin Kosbab | http://feeddog.blogspot.com

Wed. March 23:
Allison Rosen | http://withinaquarterinch.com/
Cindy Lammon | http://hyacinthquiltdesigns.blogspot.com/

Thurs. March 24:
Rossie Hutchinson | http://www.rossiecrafts.com/blog
Generation Q | http://generationqmagazine.com/

Fri. March 25:
Betz White | http://betzwhite.com/blog
Casey York | http://studioloblog.wordpress.com

GIVEAWAY – Giveaway is now closed – Congratulations to Bev!

Casey’s publisher, C & T is giving away a copy of The Appliqué Book (a hard copy of the book to domestic winners and an electronic copy to winners outside of the US). To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below!  Make sure your email is attached to your name so I can contact you. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 21.



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Night Trees Quilt

Something different this time around. This quilt started in Sherri Lynn Wood’s Scrap Doodling class at Quiltcon 2015.  The improvisational process created the first tree shape, and I chose to continue making these fun blocks.  I think I officially beige-d myself out and reached for blacks and blues for the background, and bright, fun tree colors.  It was a bit tricky to photograph the tones, but here are a couple of shots:







All quilted on my home machine.  The trees are left unquilted.




Thanks for looking!


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Dunes Quilt

Here is a quilt I’ve finally photographed called “Dunes”!


It is a clamshell quilt, but with splashes of color inserted into the scallop-shapes!   To make this I improvisationally pieced some curved color splashes into swaths of a low-volume fabric, and then used a 15″ template I ordered from Baycreek Quilting Products to cut-out the shapes that I called “dunes.” I used the assembly instructions as written in Latifah Saafir’s Glam Clam Quilt pattern.


The quilting designs vary by dune – some are pebbled, some are straight lines, some are scallops, and some are echo-ing curved lines.  I did each using free-motion quilting on my home machine and I left the color splashes un-quilted.


This quilt was all machine-pieced; no applique today.  It measures 68″ x 68″.



Thanks for looking!


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Aerial Grove Baby Quilt


For a fun baby quilt, I made an Aerial Grove quilt.  Pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.  My blogs were double-plus wonky, and I used my sew-and-turn applique method rather than needle-turn.  I hand appliqued the blobs onto the patchwork strips. IMG_3507_2

My quilting was also inspired by Carolyn, but I let my lines spazz-out.   I also only made the colorful “grove” – not the larger neutral border that is featured in the pattern.  A baby doesn’t need that much white space! IMG_3512_2

These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago, during another 20 degree cold-snap here in Michigan.  Apologies for the grainy texture and color-weirdness.



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QuiltCon 2015

I went to QuiltCon and had a great time.  I want to keep track of my favorite photos of friends and some inspirational bits and pieces.


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QuiltCon Accessories

I’m heading off to QuiltCon!  I plan on eating and drinking and learning and laughing for five days straight.

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I whipped up a couple of tops I hope to share soon, as well as a quilted sunglasses sleeve and a notebook cover!  Look – I’ve already collected quite a few pins for the #quiltconpinswap!  Fabric is from Carolyn Friedlander’s beautiful line, Doe.

Sunglasses sleeve tutorial found here

Quilted notebook cover tutorial found here

Say hello if you see me!

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