Sunday, February 19, 2017

Chandelier Inspiration

I was out to dinner with friends a few weeks ago and came upon this chandelier.  Isn't it lovely?

This is a coloring page one of my fellow teachers would make a great quilts and a great practice sampler!

Oh, and here's the one from when I was winding 80 weight thread for paper piecing and broke a plastic bobbin.  It's something I've never done before.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Published in Machine Quilting Unlimited!

It's here!  It's here!  My copy of the March/April Issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited came yesterday! did I end up writing an article for them?  Well, I entered a quilt in their tenth anniversary contest and they asked if I'd like to write an article!  I was so excited and of course said yes.

Here's a peek at the cover and the start of my article!

Bethanne Nemesh's article is fantastic!

And here's a peek at my article on Modern Whole Cloth quilts.

And here's the quilt I made for the article.  It was such fun!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Double Tulips

Two more designs to go until we finish all the blocks and can quilt the borders!  I can hardly believe it.  This design is called double tulips.  It was inspired by some gorgeous tulips my husband bought me for Valentine's Day.

Start by making a tulip shape as shown below.  This is about 1 inch tall and 1 1/2 inches wide.

Next, go back and do an outline around the tulip about 1/8 inch away from the original line.

Either start the next tulip where you are or backtrack to where you want to start your next tulip.

Below I had to make a tiny tulip because it's all I had space for.  That's okay.

Look at the left center.  It's a tiny tulip outline and that's it.  I needed to fill the space somehow and that seemed the most logical to me.  It's hard to find it once it's lost amidst all the other tulips.

And the final design all done.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Machine Quilting Unlimited Article!

I'm super excited to announce that I will have an article in the March/April Issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited!  Check out the upper right picture below.  I haven't seen the magazine yet, but I can't wait!

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I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Island Batik Ambassadors Kennel Quilts

Island Batiks, along with other quilt industry partners created the Piece for Shelter Pets initiative in 2016.  As part of the ambassadors program we were asked to make kennel quilts to donate to our fine furry friends.  A worth goal!  You can learn more about it here.  There are directions and free patterns available.

Here are the guidelines:
  • Materials used should be 100% cotton (biodegradable).
  • Pre-wash fabrics (pets can have allergies just like humans).
  • Finished size should be 12" x 18". This fits the most commonly used small kennel used at shelters.
  • When piecing, use a small stitch length (e.g. 14 stitches/inch).
  • Do not use binding as it can be hazardous to pets if it becomes loose. Layer, sew around the edge using a small stitch length, and turn quilts pillow-cover style. Whipstitch the opening with small, tight stitches.
  • Use only simple appliques that are secured with tight stitches along the edges. Avoid using fusibles.
  • Keep the quilting simple and use small tight quilting stitches that won’t catch on pet claws. Do not tie quilts as the ends can get caught in claws or chewed off.
  • Do not use any metallic threads or other embellishments (e.g. beads, charms, buttons, ribbons, lace, trims, etc.) of any kind. Do not add handles or loops to the quilt.
I pulled out some five inch strips and got to work!  I decided to sew them together and make a modified bargello for my kennel quilts.

I had enough fabric to make two.  They will go off to local pets in need this week!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, February 13, 2017

It's Galentines Day with Island Batik Ambassadors!

Yes, you read that right.  Today is Galentine's Day.  You haven't heard of Galentine's Day?  I hadn't either.  It's a day to celebrate your gal pals.  What a good idea!

For Island Batik Ambassadors we were to make a mug rug celebrating Galentine's Day.

I decided to make a wonky woven heart using fusible applique.  I cut four round pieces and two squares with fusible on the back.  I used Steam a Seam 2 because it would stick to my fabric when I was arranging the pieces.

Then I had fun using a fancy stitch to do the quilting around the edge of the heart.

I also decided to sew t;he binding to the back and flip it to the front so I could use the same decorative stitch around the edge of the binding.  I love how it turned out!

I had fun quilting hearts on this mug rug.

And swirls on the other.

And since I was sewing with my Gal Pals at Quilter's Night Out what a better way to end the evening than giving one of my mug rugs to my friend Shawn!

Happy Galentine's Day everyone.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Paper Pieced Diamonds

I had a lot of fun with this little quilt!  I wanted to do something paper pieced that was fairly modern.  Of course I dug into my batik stash and found the perfect fabrics to create it!  I found two orange and purple fabrics and then accented with a yellow tone-on-tone batik and an orange solid.

Here's the quilting I did on the back.

And on the front!  I stitched in the ditch around all the shapes.  I'd forgotten what a pain that can be!  I also decided to stitch the center diamonds around the edge in the dark purple thread.  It adds a little extra separation between the center diamonds and the yellow.  I like it, but boy did I have to be careful to stitch in exactly the right place!

More next time on the challenge of choosing binding for this quilt!

I hope you get to quilt today!  I boys are all away at scout camp for the day.  It's time for mama to enjoy the quiet and quilt!