Confession: My favorite part about going to the fair is the food. I should probably say I like going to the quilt exhibit to see all the entries and who won, but let’s be honest. Those mini donuts that come out greasy and hot and covered in cinnamon and sugar…to die for.
But anyway, back to quilts.
Today’s quilt is aptly named County Fair for the photo location, and because it is made with Kinder fabric by Heather Ross. And kids + the fair go hand-in-hand.
I was at my parents’ house in Iowa recently and skipped on over to the county fairgrounds to snap some pictures. Sadly, I wasn’t there during the fair so I couldn’t get any of those mini donuts, but it did offer some good photo options.
This quilt pattern is super easy. As I was making the blocks I posted the below picture to Instagramand someone asked what the block pattern was. All it is are nine squares-in-squares sewn together to make a block. Easy breezy.
I was a bit hesitant to use the Kinder fabric for this pattern because Kinder has some larger-scale prints and once you cut them up you lose them, but I had this specific pattern idea for Kinder in my head and couldn’t shake it. So I did what I wanted and made it!
I was able to make this quilt using a fat quarter bundle, but it can easily be scaled up or down.
I spent quite a bit of time laying out my fabrics and deciding which ones to pair together and where to put the blocks so that the color was evenly distributed.
I even went so far as to use an Excel document to fill squares in with color so I could easily visualize how it would look. If you don’t have any fancy design programs, Excel can get the job done if you just want to see color placement.
The back of this quilt is scrappy, like most of my quilt backs are.
It uses the limited edition strawberry print from Heather along with some Kona Cotton Baby Pink and a small piece of Windham’s Artisan Cotton in green. I have a lot of yardage of that strawberry print so you can expect to see that again.
This quilt is perfect for a kid, or a kid at heart. But that’s kind of how I feel about most of Heather’s fabrics.
P.S. In case you missed it, I made a Kinder quilt for Heather’s look book last year. You can check it out here. It’s a crib quilt and kind of improv with a lot of curves and even some applique.
After a summer off from blogging, I’m back with some new projects I’ve been working on the past few months. I’ve finished quite a few quilts this summer and I’m excited to finally share all of them.
First up is my Eastham quilt, named for the Denyse Schmidt fabric used in it.
I’ve been hanging onto this quilt top since 2016 trying to decide/wait for the perfect backing fabric to match with it. I finally found it in Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks voile. I love this fabric so much and the color goes so well with Eastham.
This is my first time using voile fabric for a quilt back and I am 100 percent on-board. It is so silky smooth and lightweight, and was a dream to quilt with.
If you look closely at the picture, you can see that I did circles in a variety of sizes for the quilting. I was kind of stumped on how to quilt it, and I had never done circles, so circles it was!
The binding on this quilt is some very old Amy Butler Midwest Modern I had in my stash. It goes perfectly with both Eastham and Little Folks, and I am so happy that I was able to use fabric from three of my favorite fabric designers in one quilt.
By the way, a note about the photo location of this quilt since it’s obviously not taken in Brooklyn: These pictures were taken in North Dakota and that’s the Missouri River in the background. I was there spending some time with family last week and I never miss an opportunity to bring a quilt along when I travel for some new photo locations.
That’s a wrap on this quilt. Stay tuned to the blog for lots more new projects. Or, you can always find me on Instagram, where I try to post more frequently about stuff I’m doing and working on.
Happy Spring…kind of. Can you feel it? It still feels like winter here in New York, but every week I have high hopes that this will be the week we turn the corner. (Fingers crossed)
That said, I thought I should share the pics of this quilt I took back in December. There’s snow on the ground in the pictures so I wanted to get them on the blog before we officially hit Spring and snow seems like a distant memory.
I took these pictures in Minneapolis when I was visiting my friend Sara over the holidays. Like the Mill Cityquilt I shared in January, these photos were taken on the same day when it was fffffffreezing outside. Meaning, we had to be very fast so we didn’t lose any fingers.
We stopped by a flea market that day, which is in a former casket factory, when we took the pictures. Yes, they used to produce caskets there. It has now been turned into an arts building, so no more caskets. I thought about naming this quilt Casket Factory, but that’s a little too morbid, right?
This quilt was one of the last quilts of 2017 I finished. I spent a lot of 2017 sewing my stash rather than purchasing a lot of new fabric and that’s the case with this one, too. Most of the fabric is from scrap pieces and I didn’t even have to cut into yardage.
It is all Denyse Schmidt fabric and is made with red, yellow, green, dark blue, aqua blue, pink, purple and black fabrics. I think I have equal amounts of blocks for each color, or very close to that.
When planning this quilt, I was experimenting with block shapes and came up with this, which I really liked.
Like many of the quilts I make, I would love to see this quilt in solids. If I had nothing but time, I think I would make a solids version of most of my quilts. I’ve also been very much on a black and white kick lately and would love to see this done in black and white.
This quilt is my last one from 2017 I have to share. Moving forward, it will be some new things and some quilts I’m finally finishing from years before. I have a stack of unfinished quilt tops and I’m working my way through them. Slowly. It’s kind of fun to pull those quilt tops out and finally finish them. Can’t wait to share more with all of you.
Today I have my finished Thunder Bridge quilt to share with you. This quilt has been tucked away for months just waiting to be photographed, and I finally got around to it over Christmas break.
This quilt is named Thunder Bridge for the bridge where I took pictures of the quilt top a little over a year ago. You can read the original blog post about the quilt top here.
I went for a very blue/green color scheme, but this pattern could work with so many different colors. I think a black and white look would be so great, too.
All of the fabric in this quilt is from Amy Butler and a lot of it, if not most of it, is from some of her older collections.
I’m a huge Amy Butler fan and those collections from years ago are some of my favorites.
I didn’t have a plan for the back of this quilt so the top sat tucked away for a while before I put the whole thing together. Then it dawned on me I had the perfect backing fabric! In my stash was yardage of Amy Butler Belle fabric that just happens to go perfectly with the front of the quilt.
I actually originally purchased the yardage for a different quilt top but it goes so much better with this one. I’m glad I hadn’t used it yet.
That’s another finished quilt in the books! I took this one home with me to my parents’ house over Christmas to photograph and I had to leave it behind. My suitcase was so full I couldn’t fit it back in. Guess it’s going to stay there now!
Note: This quilt pattern is available in my Etsy store. It is only the second pattern I’ve ever written so I’m only charging $5. That said, the pattern includes fabric requirements, assembly instructions, and photos. I have listed it in my Etsy shop and you can DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN HERE.
Happy New Year! It’s time for the first quilt share of 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Most of the fabric is Cotton + Steel, with some other coordinating fabrics I had in my stash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
Works like a charm every time.
Plus, who doesn’t love a rainbow?!?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don’t think the pictures do it justice, but the Kokka fabric is really special and ties the whole thing together.
Congrats, Tacia! I can’t wait to meet Baby B!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I chose not to add it because I thought I would like it better without, but I think it looks great either way.
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.
Scrappy blocks on the front and a scrappy quilt back is all my fabric busting quilt dreams come true. All in one project!
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.
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!