Monday, October 25, 2010

Quilt remix

I did a lot of sewing this weekend!  My local Husqvarna Viking dealer hosts a Christmas quilt competition every year where the winners win gift certificates to the store.  I've never entered before and hadn't thought about making a Christmas quilt for this year's competition. After a convincing e-mail from one of the store's employees (thanks, Bunny!) I decided to go for it. She suggested I tweak my Delightful Tweets e-Pattern
 (which is now available as an immediate download e-pattern) into something more Christmas-y and enter it.  I sat at my netbook, opened up EQ7 and after a few (well, about 15....) minutes here is what I came up with....

compare it to the original, Delightful Tweets:
I think I did good!  What do you think?
I added some snow using the same technique I used in this mini quilt
I don't know where the idea came from but I puffed up the birdie to make him more 3-dimensional, too. 
It's kinda like trapunto... I think.
I'll be honest... I don't really know what trapunto  is or how its done but I know that whenever someone points to a quilt and says something about trapunto it has areas that puff out.  So, I'm guessing this is close. 

 I'm not in love with the fabrics I used but I had to make do with what I had!  
Another stash buster project!  Gotta love those!

p.s.-  The original Delightful Tweets e-Pattern is available for sale in my shop as an immediate download.  That means no waiting.  As soon as you pay you'll be redirected to the download link.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Red, White and Black

If you've been following me for a while you have probably heard read me say that my favorite colors are red, black, and white.  They have been since I was a kid. My first car in high school was a red 1992 Honda Civic hatchback with manual transmission. It took me a while to save up for it. When I finally got it I went crazy with the decor!

Black & red die hanging from the rear view mirror, ladybug car mats, red pedal covers and even a few ladybug pillows in the back seats.  I sold it to buy my computer and other stuff I needed to move to college.  Oh, how I loved that little car.

I still love that color combination and earlier this year I had the opportunity to host a Black & White Block Swap with some online quilting friends.  We each made 13 blocks, everyone mailed them to me and then I redistributed them back.  I wanted to add a pop of red with the cornerstones in the sashing and I'm contemplating adding a border to this before quilting it. 

But here's what I got!  Finally..... a quilt for ME!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ripping out stitches

If you have ever sewn anything in your life then you have probably made a mistake somewhere and needed to rip out some unwanted stitches.  Whether you took the stitches out or started all over (like I often do) is another story....but after watching this video I hope you will consider popping those stitches and trekking on to finish that project!

Here is my quick little video tutorial (courtesy of my friends at showing you the best (and fastest) way I know how to rip out unwanted stitches.  You will never again rip out every single little stitch!

Gainesville Modern Quilters!

Gainesville Modern Quilters
Ok..ok... I know.  I'm crazy.  But after much harassment encouragement from some of my local quilting buddies I have decided to take the plunge and put together a modern quilt guild chapter for those of us that live in the Gainesville, FL area.

If you live in the North Central Florida region check out the GMQ site and subscribe to make sure you get the most up-to-date information on the new guild.  I'll be posting info on our first meeting soon! The site doesn't have much yet but I'll be adding more goodies so check back often!

How do you know if this guild is for you? Click on over and read my checklist to see if you GMQ is a good fit for you!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Shoofly Safari

I can't hold it in any longer!  I have to share my latest quilt with you!

Remember the sneak peak  gave you HERE?  Well, I have to admit.. I lied.   I originally told you this quilt was for a "customer" because I thought my mother-in-law was reading my blog.  Turns out she isn't.  How did I know?  Well... for starters she didn't immediately harass me at the sight of the animal print fabrics!

A little history.... she LOVES animal prints.  Her entire house is decorated in animal prints.  Seriously, like.... everything!

Her birthday is next weekend and I am totally in love with the quilt I made for her.... peep this.

I call it Shoofly Safari.

This quilt came together really quickly because I used twelve HUGE 16" x 16" Shoofly blocks.
This design is part of my Solo Block Quilt collection.  Just one block repeated over and over again to give the quilt a secondary design when it is all put together.
 The quilt measures 55" x 71"
(p.s.-the binding hadn't been stitched on the back yet)

I kept the quilting nice and simple with an overall meander because I didn't want anything to take away from those bold animal prints.  I'm VERY happy with the way it turned out.

(check out the tiger print backing.... HOT!)

I hope my mother-in-law loves it!

Winner announced!

Just a quick message to let you know who won our latest sponsored giveaway!

 Thank you to Jojo's Quilt & Gift Shoppe for yet another fabulous giveaway!

Spirit Fat Quarter Bundle by Lila Tueller for Moda Fabrics
...and the winner of this fabulous Fat Quarter Bundle is.....

Becky said...
Breakfast at Tiffany's has captured my heart!!!! And that Circle cutter really wants to come to my house.  Thanks for the chance to win!
Congrats, Becky!
I'll be contacting you to setup delivery of your prize!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Spoonflower Quilt Labels

Have you ever heard of Spoonflower?

...neither had I until I was surfing Julie's blog and came across this post

I was intrigued and had to check it out to see if it was something that would work for me.  I already make my quilt labels using my inket printer most of the time.  Sometimes I just use a Micron pen and write my labels out for a more personal touch if the quilt is going to stay in the family.  

Shortly after surfing the Spoonflower site I was excited!!  I saw all kinds of cool and funky fabrics people had designed for themselves.  You can even agree to sell your original fabric designs right on Spoonflower's site and you get to  keep like 10% of the sales.  

I wanted to make some professional looking labels (like Julie's) that were permanent and allowed me some space to write in the date, name of quilt, who it's for, etc.  I opened up Photoshop and got to work.

This is what I came up with:
...nice and simple just the way I wanted it.

Spoonflower recommends you print out a $5 swatch of your fabric before ordering the yardage because sometimes colors don't turn out the same, etc. 

But being the ridiculously impatient person that I am... I just couldn't do that.  It would require me waiting twice to get my goodies. I just don't have the patience for that.  Now I see why my mom is so surprised that I quilt.  Every time she comes to visit she asks me how I find the patience to quilt.  I don't think quilting requires anymore patience than anything else we do. It's more about the entire quilt making process, not just the end result.  Of course I love having a finished quilt because it's ready to hang up or snuggle under but I think I like it even more because it means I can start a new project! 

Any of you feel the same way?

...back to the topic at hand...

About a week later look what arrived!

 A full yard of my custom 4" x4" quilt label fabric!
It was pricier than a regular yard of fabric but come on...I designed it myself!

With shipping and everything I paid about $18.20.  That's a little high for a yard of fabric but is it high for 90 quilt labels?!  I think not!  That's only $0.20 per label.  If you designed your labels smaller than my 4" x 4" you could even fit more than 90.  The way I see it, how long will it take me to make 90 quilts? hmmmm... at the rate I'm going maybe a few years but still....I won't need any more labels for a good long while.

Remember the Tribal Tumbler quilt I made for my DS (darling son)?

well, it just got a label!

I added some fusible web to the back of the label and with the paper still attached I write the label info. with a .05 Micron archival ink pen.  Make sure you do this while the paper of your fusible web is still because it helps stabilize the fabric for writing on it.  Fusing the label is not really a good idea for a quilt that is going to get a lot of use.  So, I whipstitched it down by hand also.  For the next quilt I will use my cheater's version of needle turn applique to attach the label so I don't get any exposed raw edges.  See what I mean about being impatient?  I didn't stop long enough to think about the best way to attach the label, I just wanted to see it on a quilt.  At least now I know for the next one. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Moda Bake Shop Recipe

Today is the big day!

My first Moda Bake Shop recipe is now LIVE!

The recipe is for my Watch Me Grow Chart.  An adorable quilted growth chart that is portable enough to move with your family from house to house and also serves as a great decorative element in any child's room!

I came up with this idea earlier this year after watching the season finale of Desperate Housewives where Mike used a crowbar to remove the panel off the front door jamb that was used as a growth chart for Julie because they had to move out of the house.  A light bulb went off in my head! I can make a quilted growth chart that is portable yet permanent.  Since nowadays almost no one lives in the same house for their entire childhood, I thought to make a quilted one that can be rolled up and transported but keeps the sentimental value and history intact. I hope you and your family enjoy this project for years to come!
You can view the live recipe HERE.

 He loves his new growth chart!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tribal Quilting & Binding

Last night I attended my local guild meeting and as you may remember from a previous post I always take at least one quilt for show-n-tell.  Last night I wanted to take two.  One of them I can't show you yet.. sorry.  The other is the quilt I showed you how to make HERE.  Remember, I used my AccuQuilt GO! to cut the 6 1/2" Tumbler blocks and whipped it up in a few hours? Love it.

I wanted to do a simple all over quilting design that would compliment the very geometric, tribal-like motifs in the fabric.  This is what I came up with.

Well, not that it took any planning or designing.  I just started free-handing it directly on the quilt. I love experimenting with new random quilting designs.  It definitely helps when the quilt I'm experimenting on is not for a customer. This one is for my 13 month-old son.

I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  It's swirls with triangular peaks throughout in no set pattern. 

Surprisingly my favorite part of the quilt is the backing. I cut out my binding strips before quilting it and mistakenly ended up with a little less backing than I needed.  So, I pieced the backing with a strip of solid red and I love it!  It allows the quilting to POP! right at you in that one strip. 

I also tried out a new binding technique on this quilt.  I always machine stitch my single fold binding to the front of the quilt and then hand stitch it on the back.  I used to use an invisible/ladder stitch like the one posted at Dream Weaver's Quilts and found that although it is invisible sometimes I would end up with little gaps no matter how tightly I pull the thread. That I didn't like. So, I remember seeing binding on some quilts that had very teeny-tiny stitches that you could barely see and so after trying a few different experimental stitches I think I got it.  This is my new way of hand stitching my binding. I really like it!  You can see small dots of thread but I feel like it holds it down better because the thread is coming off in the direction that pushes the binding into the backing keeping it nice and taught.
How do you attach your quilt binding?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Moda Bake Shop Sneak Peek

I've been perfecting my first recipe for Moda Bake Shop and it's just about ready to be revealed for all of you try for yourself!

On Wednesday, Oct. 13th my recipe will be live at Moda Bake Shop and I can hardly wait!  

Here are a few hints and a quick sneak peek.... can't open the oven just yet!

Hint#1:  I came up with this fabulous recipe while watching the season finale of Desperate Housewives.

Hint#2: This recipe is sure to be in your growing family for years and years.

Stay tuned for the big reveal... just a few more days!

(p.s.- this amazing fabric is Lollipop by Sandy Gervais for MODA)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Superhero Cape Pattern & Giveaway!

Here is the new sewing pattern I've added to my shop!

 A superhero (or supershe-ro) cape pattern and tutorial!
 What a perfect little project for a beginning sewist!

When you purchase the pattern/tutorial you will get a PDF version of the pattern with complete step-by-step instructions.  But that's not it!

You will also get password access to a 24-minute long in-depth video tutorial!  It's like getting a pattern and a private sewing lesson for only $5.00!

I've uploaded a teaser video on my YouTube channel for you to get a taste of the video tutorial.  
You'll see two capes: one I made for my son and another for a little girl. 

....and now for the giveaway!

Our sponsors at Jojo's Quilt & Gift Shoppe are at it again....
Peep the gorgeous fat quarter bundle they are giving to one of you lucky readers!

Spirit Fat Quarter Bundle by Lila Tueller for Moda Fabrics

To enter:  Head on over to Jojo's Quilt & Gift Shoppe and have a look at all the new goodies that have recently been added to the shop. Come back here and let me know what new fabrics, notions, patterns, etc. did you discover and can't wait to get your hands on!

That's it.  The giveaway will run until Saturday, Oct. 16th at 11:59 pm (EST). One random winner will be announced the next day.

Good luck!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Quilting Gallery Guest Blogger Giveaway

Guess who is the latest Quilting Gallery guest blogger.....

Check out my featured post and giveaway details HERE.

In other quilty news... peep the gorgeous new fabrics I scooped up on our sponsor, Quilting Lodge's site.  
(on the left: Avlyn Studio "La Vie En Rose" fabric; on the right: Red Rooster Garden Fantasy Ivory background floral )
At $2.25 and $2.50 (respectively) per 1/2 yd I had to grab them!  Implementing my Money Saving Tip #1 I just got back from Joann's where I picked up these coordinating tonals with several 40% and 50% off coupons.

I'm excited to design and make this quilt for a special lady.  We have corresponded and chatted over the phone several times but I have never met her in person.  She is the sweetest lady ever who gave me my job as an Adjunct Professor at a local college. When I was pregnant with JRW I applied for the position because it was part-time and would allow me the opportunity to stay home after the baby was born and sill help the hubby out with an extra paycheck coming in.  For several days I debated back and forth about whether or  not to include the fact that I was pregnant in my cover letter.  We all know how employers can be even though it is illegal for them to discriminate based on that they still do it.  Everyone I spoke with adamantly told me NOT to mention it in the cover letter.  But I just couldn't lie so, against everyone's advice I was bluntly honest (as usual) and said that my DH and I were expecting out first child and I was interested in the position because it would allow me to stay home, etc.   The next week I received a phone call from this special lady offering me the position because she really appreciated my honesty and liked that I told her upfront about my situation.  I could hardly believe it!  When I told her my due date all she said was, "you know those babies come when they want come so, just keep me posted and if you have to miss the first week or two of classes I can fill in for you and let them know their professor just had a baby." Ok, what employer or boss does that?! I was elated!  That was over a year and a half ago and I recently found out she was diagnosed with cancer and after treatment is now cancer free!  I have yet to meet her and I really want to make a special gift for her.  She has blessed my family by giving me the opportunity to provide for them without sacrificing staying home with my baby and caring for him myself.  We are forever grateful!  I don't know much about her but I hope she loves the quilt I'm about to design and make for her.

Have a great weekend!

(p.s.- a new fabulous fabric giveaway will be posted this weekend... look out for it.)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tumbler Fun

I had a ton of work to do this weekend but after my latest obsession with my Accuquilt GO! I had to put some projects on hold because I wanted to keep making tumbler block quilts.  My husband convinced me to make just one more and then get back to all the other things I have to do.  So, here it is.

Tumbler Fun!
The quilt top is made of Heidi Grace fabrics. Too cute!

 The backing is sooo cute! I love that the bones are red so it can be for a boy or a girl!

I really like the way I free-hand quilted those loops and swirls, too!
sigh... my baby doesn't need anymore quilts so, I've given this one away as a shower gift for a friend. 

Quilt measures: 33" x 41"
Batting: Quilter's Dream Poly
Quilting thread: Superior So Fine Poly- White

thanks for looking! have a great week!
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