October 31, 2014 · 7:12 pm
Just a quick post to show this baby quilt I made for a friend.
I 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.
Cute little quilted windows.
See the little snail HSTs in the sashing? I like ’em.
It was almost a shame to fold this adorable Japanese fabric into binding.
Yuwa Cotorienne Fabric ‑ Tanuki Hide and Seek Blue and White Stripes
And a happy little embroidered label. I made this circle using my sew-an-turn applique method.
August 4, 2014 · 5:22 pm
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.
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.
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!
August 4, 2014 · 5:00 pm
This is my technique for joining nonuniform pieces together to form a workable rectangle when making a quilt. I want to show you how I started combining my birds and triangle blocks together to make large rectangles that could be pieced together for Folded Flock.
Here is a group of three birds and a cluster of triangle blocks that I wanted to piece together. I already joined the dark blue and the minty colored birds, adding a strip of fabric first to the right of the blue bird so it’d be the same width as the mint. I also added a strip of white between the two birds so they would have a bit more space to soar.
With an intention to stagger the birds and to ensure that the lower row of triangles could fit flush beneath the mint bird, I added fabric to the top of the orange bird and additional fabric to the yellow triangle set.
I joined the orange bird with the yellow triangle base to the other birds and trimmed the fabrics.
When joining these pieces, I looked for places where I could match seams. The below aligned perfectly because I am good with the cosmos and luck is sometimes on my side. I learned from Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts that having seams either match or decidedly NOT match (meaning 1/2″ or more “off”) is the best way to ensure an eye-pleasing quilt.
I needed to add a bit more fabric to the bottom row of triangles, and I matched the seams so that the white and blue triangle block could align directly below the yellow and yellow block. An additional strip of fabric was joined to the bottom.
Lots more information can be found in my original post here.
So there you go! This quilt was designed with the intention that I would be adding light printed fabrics to my original pieces in order to join my elements together as a whole, and this is how I did that!
May 10, 2014 · 5:18 pm
LINDSEY! LINDSEY YOU WON THE FABRICS!
EMAIL ME ASAP : )
May 6, 2014 · 5:32 pm
If you are a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, then you got some awesome email this week: a complete Improv Echoed Hexagons Quilt Pattern by Rossie Hutchinson!
Rossie is super awesome, and I don’t mean to sound braggy but she is truly one of my most beloved friends and I love her and she loves me. Side bonus? I got to pattern test some hexagons!
I made two pillows.
Word on the street is that this pattern will be available to people everywhere sometime someday. Keep an eye on Rossie’s site for the world-wide pattern release and general awesomeness. She also Instagram’s here at r0ssie_fmq
May 5, 2014 · 6:03 am
I am so honored to be a part of the blog tour for April Rhodes’ upcoming fabric line “Arizona” from Art Gallery!
I made another quilt inspired by my most recent project, Play on Point, which was inspired by this quilt Instagram’d by 2ndavestudio! I call this one Arizona on Point.
April Rhodes is sponsoring a giveaway HERE for a FAT QUARTER BUNDLE! Just leave a comment below by Saturday May 10 and I will randomly select one winner to get a fat quarter of this fabulous line mailed to them ASAP! United States residents only, please.
AND I HAVE A TUTORIAL! Just click Read More at the bottom of this post.
Here’s the whole gorgeous Blog Hoppin’ Gang!:
Thursday, May 1 – Noodlehead –
Saturday, May 3 – Julie Herman – @jaybirdquilts
Sunday, May 4 – Erin Sobon Sundet – @sewbon
Monday, May 5 – Jenna Brand – @howtobejenna
Tuesday, May 6 – Kelli Ward – @truebias
Wednesday, May 7 – Rachel Howard – @familyeverafter
Thursday, May 8 – Delia Randall – @deliacreates
Friday, May 9 – Kelly Costas – @cutcutsew
Saturday, May 10 – Rachel Gander – @imaginegnats
Sunday, May 11 – Devon Iott – @missmake
Monday, May 12 – Mary Dugan – @marysdugan
Tuesday, May 13 – Shannon Cook – @soveryshannon
Wednesday, May 14 – Penny Layman – @sewtakeahike
Thursday, May 15 – Katie Blakesley – @swimbikequilt
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February 21, 2014 · 10:28 pm
Have I really never blogged about this masterpiece?!
My friend Rae just posted this great blog about her favorite knit fabrics. Since I am SO LUCKY and get to sew with her at Sew Ann Arbor meet-ups, she has seen me use some Lillestoff… specifically, this amazing if not pretty racist “Indian” fabric.
Of course I made a Jorna in tank length.
Was it ever warm outside? Were there ever flowers? What does grass smell like?
You can see lots of amazing different Lillestoff fabrics here, and you can even own your own racist Indian fabric by buying here.
February 20, 2014 · 6:22 pm
Lizzy House had the best idea ever to hold a dress contest for her fabric line Catnap. Participants chose to either make an adult dress or one for little girlies. I opted to sew myself a full skirt sleeveless dress, perfect for wearing to cat tea parties:
The pattern is Simplicity 1873 by Cynthia Rowley, Style B. I had to merge two sizes in order to get the perfect fit and I added an inch to the bodice length.
Nope, these aren’t my kids. I went to a girls-only party at EmmmyLizzy’s so I could hang with these darling ladies in their Catnap dresses!
More pictures and one tip for sewing pleats after the jump!
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February 16, 2014 · 8:37 pm
Hello! Here is my entry for the Riley Blake Modern Quilt Challenge. I call it Riley’s Cloud:
Happy little cloud bumps made using my sew-and-turn applique method explained here.
It’s not blanket stitch, not raw edge, not needle-turn – it’s sew and turn and it’s my favorite!
Can you see the scallop quilting?
There are four cloud outlines hidden in the white.
A little splash of color against our milk sky, our snowy roof-tops, and the black, bare trees.
This quilt was made for the MQG Riley Blake Challenge. Members of the modern quilt guild were sent fabric bundles of Riley Blake designer quilting cottons.
The Ann Arbor Quilt Guild is also having a challenge! Our members will pick a favorite and win a stack of fabric!
More pictures after the jump:
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January 17, 2014 · 1:54 pm
My mother-in-law gave me a box of beautiful handkerchiefs that once belonged to her grandmother. I pieced them into a quilt to give to my MIL for Christmas this past December.
To make a quilt with handkerchiefs, I found it helpful to stabilize the hankies with fusible light-weight interfacing before cutting them into half-square triangles. I am so floored by how colorful and lush the hankies look when you cut them down!
The solid I used is either Kona Bone or Kona Ivory… who can keep track of such things 😛
I call this quilt “Grandma Love” because it is both a way for my MIL to remember her grandma, but also a token of my appreciation for my boys’ Grandma Gracie. She is such an absolutely amazing grandma to those kids.
I used an all over magnolia quilting pattern. I backed the quilt with a vintage sheet I bought from the lovely EmmmyLizzy via her etsy shop.
I bound the quilt in the same neutral Kona whatever : )
Have you played with incorporating sentimental, non-quilting fabrics into your sewing projects? I’ve got a stack of my husbands old work shirts I plan on playing with someday.
Thanks for stopping by!