Monday, January 16, 2017

Decor Inspiration

Here are a few pictures I've taken recently of decor in various businesses and restaurants.  I love geometric objects.

I'm teaching for my first guild today!  Here we go....

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Very Curvy Binding

A year or so ago I started making this quilt top.  If you look closely you can see that only part of it is quilted and there's a blue outline as to the final shape I wanted it to be.  This quilt was sample for me about doing curvy bindings.  I've done large, loose curves before without any issue.  However, I'd never done something smaller.  This quilt is about 16 inches across.

After the quilting was complete I cut out he final shape of the quilt.  I love it, but it was daunting to think about putting a strip of binding around those curves.

Here's the top with the binding all sewn on.  I cut into the points so I could "straighten" the edge when I was sewing the binding in those sections.

Come back Wednesday to see the finished product.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Braid

This week I wanted to do a simple design that could fit well in sashings and small borders.  This design is a Braid.  You can find the written directions here.

Start at the middle of the skinny end of your rectangle.

Stitch to the right edge, then stitch back to the center.  Then stitch to the left side and back to the center.

Stitch down about 1 inch on the right.  Then stitch to the left edge and back.

Stitch down about 1 in to the left and then stitch to the right edge and back again.  Repeat this process.

Adding another layer to the stitching.

And the final product!

If you wanted to really go all out you could quilt a different design in each section....but it might be a little much?

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador's New Beginnings Blog Hop

Welcome to DRIZZLE, one of the new collections from Island Batiks!  (I sure wish it was drizzling instead of 8 degrees with a -5 windchill here in Minnesota!)  I used the lovely Drizzle collection to make my new quilt Wonky Spiral.

I started out my project with this gorgeous collection of fabrics from Island Batiks, Drizzle.  I knew I wanted to make a design featuring as many of them as I could because they're all so beautiful!  This Wonky Spiral quilt I designed uses 16 different Drizzle prints.  I started by laying them out in a circle tyring to balance the colors.  The dark purple went across from the dark purple, etc.

I then drew my design and paper pieces out in Electric Quilter 7 (EQ7) and off I went.  Now I must admit that as I was sewing the rings together my husband made a comment.  My original intention was to sew the rings together so that they formed a wave like this:

My husband said I should off-set them by one.  So I tried it and found that it was much more interesting to my eyes.  A very interesting variation that I'm glad I tried out!

Here's the top all finished and pinned for quilting.

I decided that I didn't want to quilt a ton on the lovely Island Batik Drizzle fabrics so I quilted back and forth waves radiating out from the center circle.  You can see what I mean in the picture below.

The wonderful husband also bought me Bethanne Nemesh's book on Nemeshing for Christmas.  It wasn't the one I'd asked for, but I loved it!  So I decided to try her technique on the white space in this quilt.  I can't give away all her secrets, but suffice it to say, it was easy and fun to do.  I then did some matchstick quilting around it to make the feathers pop even more.

Here are a few more more pictures of the quilting.

And the final quilt!

Island Batiks is giving away TWO lovely batik bundles as a part of the New Beginnings Blog Hop.  Be sure to enter using the link below!

I am also giving away 4 fat quarters of Island Batik fabrics!  To enter click on the link below!  The drawing will be held at the end of the blog hop on February 1.  (The lucky winner will find out on Groundhogs Day!)

Here is a complete list of the Island Batik Ambassadors participating in the New Beginnings Blog Hop

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction! 
Island Batik 
Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner
I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Shoe Inspiration

Shoes are always inspiring, but a recent trip to the shoe store had some amazing patterns!  I hope you're as inspired as I am.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Giraffe Fabric

I bought fabric because it reminded me of a giraffe.  Doesn't it?  I know it's blue and pink, but the print seemed just perfect to me.  So I drafted a giraffe pattern and added orange and blue to set it off.  I then used a tiny blanket stitch to go around all the pieces.

Usually when I'm appliqueing I apply one piece at a time and then add the next layer.  With the tiny pieces in the giraffe's face I didn't want them to be in the wrong place so I layered the whole thing at one time and it worked out well.  I think that I can do this when the design is relatively small.  If you do this on a block that's really big like 30 x 30 pieces start falling off as you rotate it around under the needle.

Isn't he cute?  I show you how I quilted him next time,

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Black and White Flowers - The Quilting!

For Free Motion Friday today I have a quilt I quilted with one of the new patterns I stitched during the Brick Wall Quilt Along.

I used the pattern Curl Echoes.  It's one of my favorites and was great to really sink the back of my Black and White Flowers quilt.

I must admit that I bought 3 different border fabrics for this quilt.  Did I use any of them?  Nope.  They didn't work!  They were too busy and distracted from the center of the quilt.  So, I decided to leave if off.

Her is the finished quilt.  I really meant to take a closeup, but I forgot.  And of course, where is the quilt?  It's having it's sleeve put on a by a friend of mine.  Oops.  I thought for sure I had some closeups.  I'll post more pictures of it close-up next Friday as well as a new pattern.

Gotta love the cute photo bomber! 

Here's a peek at my new quilt for the Island Batik Ambassadors New Beginnings Blog Hop which starts today!  My post will go up Wednesday.

I hope you get to quilt today!