Mill City – In Progress

January 8, 2018 2 Comments

Happy New Year!  It’s time for the first quilt share of 2018.

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This was actually the last quilt I finished in 2017, and I got it done just in time to bring it with me to take some pictures on my holiday travels.

One of the stops I made over Christmas break was to visit my BFF, Sara, in Minneapolis.  I brought a couple of quilt tops with me to photograph while I was in town, which at the beginning of December when I planned my trip seemed like a great idea.  Unfortunately, while I was visiting at the end of December, it was below zero.  [Insert my frozen tears]  My quilt photoshoot went from a fun thing for Sara and me to do to, ‘let’s get out of here.’

Since we were both on the verge of frost bite, I wasn’t able to take as many pictures or as good of pictures as I wanted, but we did the best we could.

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This quilt was photographed at Mill Ruins Park, which is right next to the Stone Arch Bridge.  We tried to take some photos by the bridge too, but the wind would not cooperate.

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The quilt is super easy and is a combination of an Ohio Star quilt block and simple nine patch squares to make the other block.

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Most of the fabric is Cotton + Steel, with some other coordinating fabrics I had in my stash.

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I was really feeling a pink and navy quilt at the end of 2017 and just had to make one.  I was a little iffy about mixing the grey colors in, but I think it helps to balance out the bold pink, blue and that beautiful gold color that I’m loving right now.

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Here’s to kicking off 2018 with lots of quilts, sewing projects, crafting projects, or whatever hand-making projects you want to work on this year.

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DIY Holiday Gift Tags

December 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Today I’m sharing an easy little holiday gift tag project that I do every year at Christmas.  You know all those cards you get in the mail from your friends and family?  Well, guess what?  You can use them to make your own gift tags!  Let me show you how.

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This is a great project for young and old alike.  I like using these gift tags on my packages because 1.) You can reuse all those holiday cards you receive instead of just throwing them away, and 2.) I think these gift tags are a little more special than the TO/FROM stickers you buy at the store.

To complete this project, you will need:

  • Your stack of holiday cards
  • Crafting scissors
  • A paper hole punch
  • Ribbon

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To get started, go through your cards and pull the ones that will work.  I like to look for images of holiday wreaths, Christmas trees, or even just text that says, “Merry Christmas.”

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Then, take your crafting scissors to cut around the image.  You can use ordinary scissors if that’s all you have, but I think crafting scissors add a little something extra.  Pinking Shears will also work.

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Next, use your paper hole punch to make a hole for the ribbon to go through.

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Finally, use ribbon of your choice to tie the gift tag to the package.   Then you are good to go and can write TO: and FROM: on the reverse side of the tags.

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That’s it.  Easy, right?  Now go on and make some gift tags of your own!

P.S. You could do this same project with birthday cards, Valentine’s Day cards, etc.

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Brooklyn Quilting Co. Holiday Wish List 2017

December 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Every year I try to put together a list of gift ideas that those of us who quilt/craft/sew might enjoy.  Some of the gifts are for making and others are for just indulging.  There’s ideas that are inexpensive and perfect for stocking stuffers, and others that Santa can afford to buy but you can’t!

Here’s a few ideas to add to your list or to buy for someone else this year.

 

Holiday Wish List 2017

 

Paper pieces to have on hand for quilting on the go.  English Paper Piecing is one of my favorite ways to still be quilting even when I’m away from my sewing machine.

A pair of pink sneakers for knocking around the neighborhood.  Plus, they’re pink shoes.  Enough said.

A set of colored pencils with all the shades of the rainbow for sketching the next quilt and planning the color arrangement.

Liberty of London wall hooks to hang my collection of winter scarves.

Hand quilting needles to use on the stack of unfinished quilts that have been piling up all year.  Gotta get quilting on those!

A NETFLIX subscription to binge watch The Crown while quilting, which is basically a perfect day in my book.

Some extra bobbins, because you never seem to have enough.

To keep hardworking quilting hands soft, a tube of great smelling hand lotion.

A beautiful wall calendar from Rifle Paper Co.  I’m pretty much obsessed with every one of their floral patterns.

A new polka dot wallet, because I heart anything with polka dots.

Pretty glass bowls for catching loose ends in the sewing space or around the house.

A stylish water bottle for staying hydrated and healthy in the new year.

The new Heather Ross book about boys that’s good for girls, both young and old.  Heather read it to me and my quilting friends when we were at her house upstate earlier this year, and we were all a little teary at the end.  It’s just that touching.

Not available yet, but a pre-order of the new Anna Maria Horner collection, Sweet Dreams.  It’s scheduled to start shipping in February and would be a nice post-Christmas surprise in the mail.

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Rainbow Scrap Quilt – In Progress

November 20, 2017 1 Comment

This year is quickly coming to an end and I have made major headway sewing down my scrap bag in 2017.  And oh, does it feel so good.  There’s nothing like the satisfaction of seeing my overflowing scrap bag – or maybe I should say scrap bags – dwindle down.

Today is one of those days where I get to share a scrap bag turned scrap quilt success story.  What started as a flicker of an idea in my head turned into this:

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I started this one weekend in August thinking I would throw together a quick project, but it ended up being bigger and more time consuming than I had planned on.  Once I started, I realized I needed to make the quilt larger to really show off the rainbow spectrum of colors.  It was worth the time and effort.

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I’m going to write a whole blog post about how to make a good scrap quilt, but in the meantime here’s a little tip: When combing scraps from different collections that otherwise wouldn’t mesh, put them in color order.  Red, orange, yellow, green blue, indigo and violet (ROYGBIV).  That’s what I did with this quilt and it worked.

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Sometimes when you try combining scraps from different designers/manufacturers they can look like a mess; they just don’t go together.  But when you put them in rainbow order…voila!

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Works like a charm every time.

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Plus, who doesn’t love a rainbow?!?!

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That’s it for this week but I’ll see you back here after Thanksgiving.  I’m working on my 2017 holiday gift guide and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Tacia’s Baby Quilt

November 6, 2017 Leave a comment

There’s some very exciting news happening at Brooklyn Quilting Co.  One of my oldest and dearest friends, Tacia, is having a baby!  Tacia and I have been friends since we were around 13-years-old and this is the first baby for her and her husband.  Needless to say, we are all very excited.

They have decided to keep the baby’s gender a secret and the only direction I got for nursery colors are gray, white—very neutral colors.  I reallllly want to know what she’s having and I tried everything to get it out of her, but no dice!  So, I made a neutral quilt.

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A lot of times for baby quilts I like to do a simple half square triangle quilt.  They’re classic, easy and always look great.

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And for the back of the quilt I often like to choose a patterned fabric to go with the simple solid half square triangle front.  I had this great piece of Japanese fabric from Kokka called Cosmic Zoo and it is the perfect neutral quilt back.

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I don’t think the pictures do it justice, but the Kokka fabric is really special and ties the whole thing together.

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Congrats, Tacia!  I can’t wait to meet Baby B!

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Tula Pink City Sampler

October 16, 2017 3 Comments

Well, I did it.  I couldn’t hold back any longer.  After more than a year of admiring Tula Pink City Sampler quilts on Instagram, I finally jumped on board and made one of my own.  And oh am I glad I did.

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You all know that I’m not much of a quilt pattern person.  I tend to do my own thing rather than follow a pattern, but the City Sampler quilt was just too good to pass up.

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Besides it obviously being beautiful, it’s also an amazing scrap buster, and I am all about making scrap-busting quilts.  With 100 blocks and multiple fabrics required for many of those blocks, there’s an opportunity to use up a lot of scraps.  Huzzah!

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My version of the Tula Pink City Sampler uses all Denyse Schmidt fabric.  Why?  Because I have a lot of DS fabric.  A lot.  I would guess that at least half of my stash is Denyse Schmidt.  I’ve got big pieces, little pieces and everything in between.  I knew that I would have more than enough DS fabric just using scraps to make this quilt, so that’s what I did.

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Not only are all the blocks DS fabric, but I wanted to make all 100 blocks using different fabrics for each block.  I managed to do that except for one yellow fabric I accidently used twice.  Oops!  Otherwise none of the fabrics repeat.

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One thing you will notice is that I didn’t do the white sashing between blocks.  If you have the book you know there are a few different versions of the quilt you can make, but probably the most common one you see is with the white sashing.

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I chose not to add it because I thought I would like it better without, but I think it looks great either way.

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The back of this quilt is also scrappy and uses two large pieces of Denyse Schmidt fabric and that great olive green floral print from Amy Butler.  I thought it went so well with the quilt that I just had to use it.

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Scrappy blocks on the front and a scrappy quilt back is all my fabric busting quilt dreams come true.  All in one project!

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So, I can’t finish this blog post without telling you who this quilt is for, which is the most important part of this story.  It’s for my BFF who got married over the weekend!  Yea!

This quilt was my wedding gift to my best friend since we were 13-years-old, Sara, and her husband Brian.  I finished the quilt a couple of months ago and I’ve had it tucked away just waiting for Sara and Brian’s wedding.  I didn’t even share any of the blocks on Instagram while I was making it because I knew Sara would see them and I didn’t want to give her any ideas that it could be her wedding gift.

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It was so hard not to share it and I’m very happy the quilt is no longer in hiding and is now in its new home in Minneapolis.  Congrats Sara and Brian!

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Vintage Quilt Inspiration

October 2, 2017 1 Comment

Raise your hand if you like vintage quilts.  I happen to love vintage quilts and I’m always on the lookout for them.  I love seeing the fabrics used – much of which is feedsack fabric – and I love how they can provide lots of inspiration for making new quilts.

I’ve done a blog post about vintage/antique quilts before, but that was back in December of 2014.  So, I thought it was time for another one.

I was in Iowa last month to go an Iowa football game (Go Hawks!) and to visit family.  While I was there, I spent an afternoon antiquing with my mom and the antique stores we went to were full of old quilts.  I just had to take a few pics of my favorites to share with all of you.  Check out the beauties I found.

First up is this purple star quilt.  I looove this one and it kind of makes me want to order some English paper pieces and make my own version.

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This fan quilt was in pretty bad shape, but I loved the feedsack fabric so much I had to grab a picture of one of the fans that looked good.

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I’ve seen versions of this circle-style quilt before and I’ve had a similar one on my quilt to-do list for ever.

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I love how the quilt maker used the colored fabrics for the background.  Here’s a close-up so you can see.

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Here’s another version of a star quilt with the most beautiful shade of green as the background fabric.

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This is another quilt that wasn’t in the best shape, but I had never seen this pattern before.  Anyone know if it has a name?  I loved it!

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These shapes and piecing would take some time, but wouldn’t it be worth it in the end if you had a quilt that looked like this?

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Out of all the quilts I saw, this may have been my favorite, but I am a sucker for anything pink.

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To top it off, it was in great shape.  It was hard not to buy this one, but like I need more quilts in my apartment.

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And finally, I couldn’t leave without sharing a flower garden quilt from my antiquing excursion.  It’s such a classic and always looks gorgeous with feedsack fabrics.

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That wraps up my vintage quilt share for 2017.  Hope you enjoyed it!

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Kinder Project for Heather Ross

September 25, 2017 Leave a comment

I’m so excited to share a project with you I secretly did this summer.  Remember in an earlier blog post when I promised I was working on a lot of things I couldn’t share yet?  This was one of those things!  I made a quilt for Heather’s next collection, Kinder.

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I love Heather, I love her fabrics, and I always love helping her out with projects to showcase her new collections.  (Reminder: I made a quilt last year for Sleeping Porch. You can check it out here.)

The Kinder look book is now available (find it here) and you can check out all the beautiful projects using the collection, including the crib quilt I made.

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This quilt had a couple of challenges, mainly sewing curves.  I never sew curves!  I had to do a double-think on those curves.  Is that a thing, a double-think?  I’m not sure if it is but I had to do some extra thinking on how to sew them; it’s been awhile.

Sewing curves are really not that hard, especially once you get started and into the swing of them.  And even though I had to spend a little bit more time on this project to make the curves, I’m glad I had to make them.  It gave me an opportunity to brush up on my skills, and sometimes it’s good to push yourself to do something you’re not always comfortable doing.

This design is based on a sketch Heather did.  You can download the sketch for free on her website to make your own version of this quilt, if you would like.

Here’s some pictures I took of the quilt top before it was quilted.  You can see all those wonky curves.

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The great thing about this pattern/sketch is that you can pretty much make it your own.  Want a lot of little curves?  Go for it.  Want some bigger, more subtle curves?  You can do that too.

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My quilting friend Mary did a version of this quilt for the look book as well.  (Hi Mary!)  I made the PENELOPE quilt and Mary made the OLIVER quilt.  She also did the quilting for both, and I highly recommend her if you are looking for someone to longarm for you.  You can find Mary here.

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The other challenging part of this quilt was the applique.  Or maybe I shouldn’t say it was challenging – it was not – but instead I should say that it’s a type of quilting I really don’t do.  I don’t know why I don’t do it, because now I’m thinking I should!  Applique is a great project to work on when you don’t have access to a sewing machine, or when you just want to sit on the couch watching TV and do a little hand sewing.

Anyway…the PENELOPE letters are appliqued on.  It was very easy and didn’t take long, but really adds to the quilt.

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Having the alphabet print in the Kinder collection means there are many opportunities to cut individual letters for appliqueing names or other words on the quilt, which is such a special way to personalize a baby quilt.

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I love this collection.  It is classic Heather Ross designs.  The colors are great, the prints are great, and there are so many fun projects you can make with it – both for kids and adults.

Go check out the look book and start planning your projects for when it ships next year!

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Stonington – Finished

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Hey there.  How’s it going?  What have you all been working on?  Did you have a good summer?

I’ve been very lazy about posting on here this summer (I’m much better keeping in touch on  Instagram), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been quilting.  I have been!  Even while I’ve been away.

The second half of my summer turned out to be busier than I planned on and I’ve spent some time out of town.  While I was gone, I worked on an English Paper Piecing project and I even photographed a few projects and will be sharing them here in the next few weeks.

The first one I photographed while I was away is my finished Stonington quilt.

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This quilt features Denyse Schmidt’s Stonington collection.  You can read more about the design of this quilt in a previous post here.

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Don’t you love the colors in Stonington?

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For the quilting on this one, I went with very dense stitches.  I’m a fan of dense quilting and love the texture it provides.

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The back of this quilt was a bit of an experiment for me and very thought-out, meaning it took a lot of measuring.

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The large blue floral piece comes from a stash of old fabric I got from my grandma a few years ago.  The blue matches perfectly and the floral/vintage feel coordinates so well with Stonington, but it wasn’t big enough for the whole quilt so I came up with the idea of putting white panels along the sides.

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While I like the look of having the white panels along the sides of the back, I must admit it was a pain to do.  I thought it was a great idea until I realized how challenging it is to get them lined up just right so they’re even on both sides.  Let’s just say there was a fair amount of cursing happening while I was basting this one.

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Now that it’s done I’m glad I put the time into it, but confession: it’s not quite perfect.  As it happens when quilting, it did shift a bit so the white panels are off a smidge, but it’s pretty close.  I’m still glad I did it because it’s something different than I’ve done before and I always like to switch things up.

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Hope you enjoyed this one, and keep checking back.  I have more projects I will be posting in the coming weeks!

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Daisy Chain – In Progress

July 10, 2017 Leave a comment

It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in here on the blog, for which I feel a bit guilty, but I promise I have a good excuse.  I have been doing a lot of quilting, (really, I have!!!) but the projects I’ve been working on I can’t share yet.  I’m hoping the first one is ready to share late summer/early fall, but the second one won’t be until later this year.  So, stay tuned!

In the meantime, here’s a quilt top I can share.

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This quilt features Annabel Wrigley’s upcoming fabric collection, Daisy Chain.  In my last post, I talked about the Ship’s Ladder quilt I made for her look book.  Since I made that quilt, I was able to get my hands on the fabric before it starts shipping.  Lucky me!

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After making the Ship’s Ladder quilt, I had jusssstt enough fabric left to squeeze a second quilt out of it.  And when I say I had just enough fabric left, I mean I was down to using every last scrap, which is right up my alley.

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In fact, I ended up having to make a few scrappy blocks to finish the quilt.

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I hadn’t planned on making scrappy blocks – I thought I had enough fabric – but I’m not a great quilt/fabric planner.  I’ll sketch out a quilt idea and just start sewing.  Usually that works out okay but sometimes I run into problems, and in this case, I realized about halfway through I wasn’t going to have enough fabric to make it to the end.  When the fabric starts getting low, scrappy blocks it is!

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I think the scrappy blocks look pretty good and add a little something to the quilt.

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All the fabric I used, including the solids, was fabric used in the Ship’s Ladder quilt, plus I had to add some of that solid yellowy/gold fabric I dug out of my stash.  It was the only way to make enough blocks and luckily it matched perfectly.

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This quilt definitely has summer vibes happening.  The colors are so bright and happy and I just love this fabric collection.  Speaking of which, I think Daisy Chain starts shipping soon.  Keep your eyes out for it!

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