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!
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.
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.
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.
I love how the quilt maker used the colored fabrics for the background. Here’s a close-up so you can see.
Here’s another version of a star quilt with the most beautiful shade of green as the background fabric.
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!
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?
Out of all the quilts I saw, this may have been my favorite, but I am a sucker for anything pink.
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.
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.
That wraps up my vintage quilt share for 2017. Hope you enjoyed it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!