Friday, December 18, 2015

antique tile 2.0

Well this was fun!

Fellow A2MQG member, Amy @blotchandthrum, put a call out for pattern testers.  I of course volunteered!  She’d been playing around with piecing and came up with a new way to use charm packs for the Antique Tile block.  She turned her clever play into a free pattern that is now available here on Craftsy

I started with this charm pack from my Sewtopia swag bag and cut some white yardage to make an additional charm pack.

Amy’s well written instructions and colorful diagrams mean these 12” blocks sew together very quickly.  

I decided to add a little more fabric and color to the charm pack and cut up some orangey-red Dottie I had in my stash.

I used a fun Cotton and Steel print on the back.  The binding is a little more of that red.  I love the way that Dottie print wraps around the edges!

I quilted this with meandering odd sized boxes.  Simple and fun.

This quilt has been washed and donated to the local children’s hospital as my third Esch House Charity Challenge quilt.

Check out the free download and see what you come up with!  Amy included a coloring sheet for you to play with options because there are lots of options with this pattern.  
Share what you make on social media using the hashtag #antiquetile2point0

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday!  
Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, December 7, 2015

more swapping

Finishing up a year of swapping here...

First up is the Schnitzel & Boo swap from Instagram.  I was assigned @shoppershaz from Australia.  In stalking her feed I learned she loved the geometric sewing machine pattern from Quiet Play so I made her one.

Lots of paper piecing here but the pattern went together perfectly and I highly recommend it.  My partner also mentioned she had a daughter who would love a little something.  When I realized they had a new puppy I decided to make an extra mini just for her daughter.

Of course I used the Dog Gone Cute pattern by Sew Fresh QuiltsFar better than my photo is this one Sharon posted of the two of them with the mini.  Looks like a hit!

In return I received this modern hexi mini from @brynnsews!  I love it!

I also participated in a swap while attending Glamp Stitchalot.  My partner listed her favorite colors as orange, orange, & orange!  I love this clutch I made last spring from Anna Graham’s Handmade Style so I made another.  I also used this tutorial by Jeni Baker, one of the Glamp teachers, to make the patchwork gift bag.  I included a few orange extras as well. 

Finally, I participated in the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild’s annual secret swap.  I drew Brenda Ratliff’s name.  She owns Pink Castle Fabrics, has her own fabric line, and was the host of Glamp Stitchalot…so no pressure there!  I used her Pie Making Day fabric and made one block from each of the Glamp teachers.  I loved the Quiet Play sewing machine pattern so much I made another here in white (her son’s favorite).  It’s a Janome because she’s a dealer

In return, I received this beauty from @eschhousequilts.  Debbie is our guild’s president and a pattern designer.  Her work is outstanding and I am so pleased to have a piece of her to hang in my sewing room.

Not gonna lie...I got a little overwhelmed last month with swap deadlines so I'm taking a break from them for a bit.  Moving on to Christmas prep...

I"ll be linking up all this "sewcial-ness" with Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social!

Friday, November 20, 2015

pretty practice

If you stopped by last summer you may remember my sweet & sour dilemma.  I thought I could help the pattern emerge with the quilting.  I couldn't.
I will use Rita's tutorial again and pay better attention to fabric colors and print scales.  In the meantime - this quilt provided plenty of pretty practice...

Practice with my camera on a beautiful fall day.

Practice with free motion quilting - which can be seen better here on the back.
And practice with machine binding.
Since this was made with a bit of each print from only one line I worked a cut of the selvage into the back.

I used Quilter's Dream Wool battingLofty, light, & cozy!  This quilt finished at 48x72.  It's like an over-sized shawl.  I can wear it around the house without tripping!

I also got some practice hanging quilts in trees!
Thanks for stopping by.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.

Friday, October 23, 2015

a plus quilt

Well this was fun!  Another Quilt-Along. This one on Instagram hosted by a delightful new friend.  Of course I wanted in!
We all made a simple plus quilt following a free pattern by Jeli Quilts.

We needed 8 different fabrics for this pattern so it was a perfect use for this Gardenvale piece I purchased last summer.

I cut 5 inch squares for my pluses so this quilt finishes at 45” x 58.5”

I used a matching striped Gardenvale fabric for the binding.
My favorite thing about this quilt is the backing.  It's a new Andover jersy knit by Alison Glass.  I highly recommend it.  It was almost 70” wide - even after pre-washing & drying.  By the way, no bleeding of that beautiful blue in the pre-wash.

The batting is Quilter’s Dream Request loft cotton. Thin batting and the t-shirt backing make this a dreamy summer quilt.

I free motion quilted a geometric design in each of the squares.  You can see it (a little) better on the back.  (The color is off here.  The previous photo shows a more accurate blue.)

Thanks for stopping by.

Linking up this Friday finish with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, October 5, 2015

playful pups and a giveaway

I’m so pleased to be participating in my first blog hop.  Thanks so much to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts who wrote this Dog Gone Cute pattern for eight darling puppies and organized all the fun!

Here is my finish!  I had lots of different ideas for this project but, as usual, it determined what it wanted to be.  I originally intended to use both sizes of the pattern and a variety of Alison Glass’ Handcrafted fabrics with the Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed in flax for the background.  
The first three came out so dog gone cute!  I just love the pink and purple freckles!

Then I made a few more in other colors and sizes and they just weren’t working for me.  Too dark or just not fitting in with those first three.  So I acquiesced and returned to that original fat quarter.

Here's a tip to help you out as you make your blocks.  Put a piece of tape on the bed of your machine right in line with the needle.  Now just line up the bottom corner of the square on that line and sew.  No need to draw a line on on all those squares!

As I was carefully measuring and cutting and sewing with such limited fabric, it occurred to me that these puppies wanted to play! turns out this is actually a game board.  There are 15 puppies in this litter.  Seven pairs and one individual. 
Now we can play Match The Puppy

I added a bit of sashing between the rows and columns for spacing. It finished at 36 x 40 - perfect for playing on the floor!

The back is a Home Dec print by Denyse Schmidt that I picked up over a year ago on #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram.  (It's a closer match to the pair of green puppies than this photo shows.)  I used Quilter’s Dream wool batting for the poof factor and quilted it with classic clam shells for the win! 

 I’m really happy with how calm and mellow these little puppies are.  (They are even allowed on the furniture!)  Everyone loves a sweet puppy!

Speaking of sweet puppies, here are the three I’ve shared my life with:

The Beagle is Penny.  I grew up with her.
Our girls grew up with Emma,
the Yellow Lab.  She was actually more human than canine so including her here is questionable. 
The Wheaten, Tula, was all mine.  100% terrier, she made it her job to keep me safe from every squirrel and bunny that dared enter our yard.  She took her job quite seriously.

Now for the giveaway!  To celebrate my first time participating in a blog hop I am offering a fat eighth bundle of Alison Glass’s new Handcrafted 2.  To enter just leave a comment on this blog post.  How about telling me the name of your favorite puppy? 

I will use a random number generator to pick a winner on Tuesday, October 13th.  If you are a no reply blogger please be sure to check back to this post next Tuesday to see if you are the winner.  

The giveaway is now closed.
The winner is PK Sews!  

Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments and for sharing your fun dog names, stories, and memories with me. 

In the meantime, be sure and check out all those participating in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop to see what they've made with this sweet pattern.  

Tuesday, October 6
Karen of Run Sew Fun
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kelly of Quilting it Out

Thursday, October 8
Nina of Inchworming
Brandy of Pampered Pettit

Tuesday, October 13
Laurel of Quilts by Laurel

Thursday, October 15
Rachel of Quiltineering
Julie of Mack and Mable

Tuesday, October 20
Cathy of A Quilting Chick
Selina of Selina Quilts
Shauna of Shauna’s World
Kathy of Kayak Quilting

Thursday, October 22
Britt-Inger of Hill Valley Quilter
Judy of How ART You?
Louisa of Sewmotion

Tuesday, October 27
Stephanie of Jak and Will
Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts

Thursday, October 29
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Magdalena of iloveneutrals
Susie of Susie's Sunroom

And thanks again to the leader of our pack, Lorna McMahon at Sew Fresh Quilts, for providing all of us this fun opportunity.

Friday, October 2, 2015

a2cmqg swap

Another swap!  This one between the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild and ours in Ann Arbor.
I was assigned Emily @mommysnaptime.   I made her a sign for her sewing room.

I used Anna Maria Horner’s True Colors collection (which is still available here) and the ‘Basic Binary’ pattern from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston.  The code reads across.  Each letter is 7 characters deep.  Here the pinks, purples, and oranges are 1’s and the blues and greens are 0's.  So using this basic binary code chart the sign reads Mommy’s Nap Time.

My partner also said she LOVES the Harry Potter series so on the other side I made her a bookshelf.  There are a few cute tutorials for angled books on shelves but our well worn Harry Potter books always sit together - in a straight line - in order (minus the one that’s being read.)  I did my best to match the colors/sizes of each of the dust jackets.  I used freezer paper to print the titles on fabric.

In return I received this beauty!

It’s called “Fractured Glass” and was made by Sally @turtlesrs  with beautiful Alison Glass fabrics.  It found a home on my family room wall in less than an hour!  

Check out the Instagram tag #a2cmqgminiswap to see more amazing minis made by many of the talented quilters and artists in these guilds.

Linking up this swap finish with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Stop back on Tuesday.  I'm participating in the Dog Gone Cute blog hop and I can't wait to share my finish with you!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

preppy the whale

Yay!  Another baby shower!  This one for a family that loves to fish.  

I know, I know, whales are mammals, not fish.   
This irresistible pattern is Preppy the Whale by Elizabeth Hartman.  

I used various solids from my stash and an aqua ombre fabric from  V&Co. for the background.  PSA:  If you are vacationing and forget your cutting mat, the back of a cutting board works great as one!

Not till the top was completely finished did a glaring mistake start shouting at me.  How did I miss that third whale in the middle column? first time undoing a block on a finished top.  

I quilted this with organic wavy lines, of course!  Aurifil #5006 from my prize box was a perfect match!

The back is a super thick and cozy flannel by Robert Kaufmann.  For this reason I used the thinnest Quilter's Dream Cotton (request loft) batting.  I didn't want the quilt to be too heavy to be dragged around by a little one.

Then came time for binding.  Originally I planned a wide satin binding.  I was going for lots of different textures in this quilt.  The width and the satin became such a struggle that I changed my mind.  My second attempt was the flannel from the back.  Remember how super think and cozy I said it was?  Not great for binding.  So my third and final choice was the ombre fabric from the front.  Just right!

Wrapped, "ribboned" and ready for gifting! 

 Thanks for stopping by.

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social

Friday, September 4, 2015

alison glass mini swap

I'm playing catch up today.  I should have posted this in June...

I participated in the Alison Glass Mini Swap on Instagram.  My partner was from Australia and a mom of SEVEN children!  The moment I read my partner info I knew I wanted to make her a heptagon.

I found this beautiful bundle at Pink Castle Fabrics but couldn't find a pattern anywhere so I made my own.

I started slowly and learned quickly that when you are paper piecing every thing is backwards and upside down.  I intended for this to look scrappy so ultimately it didn't matter.

When the heptagon was complete I spent an evening removing all the paper.  I should have included my tweezers in this photo!

I appliqued it onto a solid.  This blue is from RJR and called Cove.  I love it!

I quilted in the ditch throughout the shape (never had to lift my needle) then around and around the seven sides.

Because I was sending this to Australia I needed to keep the extras fairly flat and light weight.  I cut some of the leftovers into 2 1/2 inch squares and arranged them in a color "spectrum". (We were on team Spectrum.)

Then I turned the squares into a  One Hour Basket.  This is a free pattern from @kelbysews who I know wishes she had a nickel for each download!

I made a label for the back of the mini and added a few small/flat extras and sent it on it's way.  It was warmly received and I've made a delightful new friend in Australia!

In return I received this beauty from @steffanikburton.

And these amazing extras.  #yayburtongirls!

Another successful swap!!!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF.