Tuesday, January 29, 2013

E-Book Winner!

Congrats to our winner for the e-copy of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe! Random.org chose #202 which is:

Mitzi said...
So happy your quilt was included in this book! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of it. Thanks for the chance to win.

Friday, January 25, 2013


The newest issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited arrived in my mailbox yesterday! I was particularly excited because I have a quilt and pattern on page 28.

I really love this quilt. I certainly don't say that about all my projects, but this one just works for me. I loved working on it. The creative process for this quilt was just so fun for me. It finishes at about 45" x 50" so I plan to use it as a wall hanging. I am beginning the process of creating a pattern for a larger version which will be available down the road a bit.

This quilt was inspired by a simple DIY wood stamp wrapped in yarn. When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for a quilt. I added the center improv block because it felt the quilt needed a focal point.

Just one day before I had to ship this to the publisher, I decided I hated my original quilting. I ripped out everything in the center improv block and completely redid it. I also added a significant amount of quilting to the borders. I like it much, much better now.

I used Oakshott Ruby crossweaves that were provided by Mr. Oakshott himself. I love these fabrics. They aren't my normal fabrics, but they are amazing. The colors are shimmery and very striking. I saved every tiny scrap for a project you'll see at the end of next week.

If I can get my act together, this quilt is headed off to QuiltCon in a couple weeks!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A New Toy--A Silhouette

Despite the fact that I sew more quilts than our family could ever need, I've never considered myself particularly crafty. I mean the crafty/cutesy/DIY/adorableness that you see on so many blogs. I ventured into this new realm just a bit last week. I purchased a Silhouette. This was a big, huge splurge for me. I admit I've wanted one for a long time. I love all the projects people do with them. Since my sewing machine was in the shop for two whole weeks, I devoted much of my free time to this new toy and began my quest to label everything in the house.

This is how I store all my scraps, current projects, etc. For a while I just stuffed my scraps in Ziploc bags, but I love being able to pull the whole box out and sort through it for the perfect scrap. I love having labels for everything too. I made the labels ginormous, which I'm not in love with, but it will do for now until I find the time to remake them. It didn't seem horrible until I stood back and realized I could read them from 100 ft away. It was fun experimenting with the vinyl. I ordered lots of different colors from Expressions Vinyl. They have much cheaper prices than Silhouette, and I haven't had any problems with the quality.

Little Dude and Miss A got a new set of bins for their room as well (all these bins are from the children's dept at Ikea). We give high-5s every time they put their dirty clothes in the bin rather than on the floor. Little Dude actually likes putting his legos away now. The "Cars" box was my very first experiment, excuse the crookedness.

Miss C was thrilled to fill her new bins as well. So far our new system has worked out really nicely.

Finally, I tried my very first freezer-paper stenciled shirt. Again, I went too big on the cutting. It's hard to judge what size I want. I'm just having fun experimenting right now. Despite the fact that the heart is ginormous, Miss A loves her new shirt (because it's pink glitter).

Finally, in other happy news, I was thrilled to check Craftsy Monday night to find that my patterns were listed #1 and #2, plus I was the featured designer. Of course I had to take a screen shot to record it! Thanks to all of you have purchased my patterns! Please remember to join up in the flickr group and share what you are creating with them. I really can't wait to see how you all put your own twist on my designs. Thanks!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe E-Book Giveaway--CLOSED

Martingale Publishing is giving away multiple copies of the e-book version of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe! You can win one copy here!

There are many great quilts in this book. It's fun to see so many bloggers I "know" being published in here. There is a project for everyone. Many of the book contributors are giving away an e-copy on their blog today.

Just a few of my favorites....

Check out the Martingale blog today for info on all the contributors with links to their blogs for giveaways.

To win an e-copy of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, just leave a comment. This giveaway will be open for a week. The winner will be chosen randomly next Tuesday. Please remember you must leave your email in the comment, or it must be linked to your profile in order to win. The prize is provided by Martingale Publishing.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Patterns on sale today

I intended to bump the price of my Lattice pattern back to the set price of $8 today. Although, Lee from Freshly Pieced notified me last night that she was kindly featuring my pattern in her post this morning.

I've decided to leave the price at $6.50 for one more day. Also, Honeycomb will be on sale for $6.50 today only for those who missed it last month!

Both patterns are available on Craftsy (Honeycomb & Lattice) and Etsy (Honeycomb & Lattice).

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lattice Quilt Pattern #4: Trimmed Lattice Quilt

Update: This pattern is no longer available for purchase.

I went very simple with the fabrics on this quilt. It's made of just two print fabrics as well as a solid "trim" fabric. The backing is the large floral print. The binding is the plaid (which is a perfect binding fabric in my opinion).

The sample I created for the pattern is a baby quilt at 36" square.This literally took me 24 hours to make. I cut the fabric the night before. Pieced the entire thing while the kids were in school. I quilted most of it during their quiet time in the afternoon, then I finished quilting and bound it after they went to bed. Small quilts are a fun change of pace.

The quilting lines echo the design of the quilt. The lines are 1" apart.

 In the pattern I've provided sizing info for baby, twin, and queen sizes.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lattice Quilt Pattern #3: Diamond Lattice

Update: This pattern is no longer available for purchase.

This quilt came about when I simply started playing with the layout. Originally I planned to do a scrappy, random arrangement but wasn't happy with how it was turning out. I kept moving blocks around until I ended up with this design. This quilt finishes at 54" square and does not have size variations included in the pattern.

The back is made up of smaller scraps leftover from piecing. I used nearly all of my little bundle of fabric from this line. I had a lot of fun working with the Madrona Road fabric. I love the colors. The chevron pattern is a new favorite.

It took quite a while to quilt this one. I quilted the centers of all the squares in a rectangular spiral. I did this with my walking foot. It required that I turn the quilt many, many times as I worked on it. Usually I enjoy the quilting portion of making my quilts, but I did get bored of this one after a while and was glad when it was done.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lattice Quilt Pattern #2: Basic Lattice

Update: This pattern is no longer available for purchase.

I really love this version of the lattice pattern. I used a bundle of Lucky Penny by Alison Glass that I got from Westwood Acres. I like the colors of these fabrics, and they are a nice change from my normal go-to colors. I also like that this fabric includes both brown and grey, and they seem to work well together. As I was making this quilt I felt it needed something to break it up a bit so I threw in the three random grey squares into the design.

This quilt is backed with minky and now lives with my aunt and uncle who have been so great to my family over the years. I admire them and their kids a lot, and it was fun to give it to them over Christmas. I love giving a quilt as a gift when I know it will be loved and appreciated. Seeing my aunt's reaction when she opened it was worth every second of making this quilt.

This throw finishes at 60" x 72". Sizing info is included in the pattern for twin and queen sizes. This pattern is perfect for jelly rolls or scrap strips.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lattice Quilt Pattern #1: Ombre Zig-Zag

Update: This pattern is no longer available for purchase.

This quilt is the first quilt design in my Lattice pattern booklet for sale. The pdf pattern is on sale this week for $6.50 on Craftsy and Etsy! Regular price will be $8. If you purchase it from Craftsy, you will receive an automatic link to download the pattern. If you purchase from Etsy, I will email the pattern to you within 24 hours.

I love the ombre fabrics from Simply Color that came out a few months ago. The colors are fun, and the various shades give you a lot of flexibility in what can be created from them. I created this baby quilt by carefully cutting and placing fabrics. I detail my process in the pattern.

I have a full FQ bundle of this line that I've cut into 18" squares for another quilt. I pieced the scraps for the back of this quilt. The binding is the grey ombre fabric which makes for a fun, simple binding.

I quilted this one very densely. I tried a pattern shown in Angela Walters Craftsy class. Although I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, I'm not sure that I like a quilt with this much stitching. It makes it more stiff. I tried the Pellon bamboo batting for this quilt which helped. The bamboo was easy to work with and has a nice drape. The pictures were taken before I washed the quilt, but it washed up quite nicely.

This quilt is a baby size at about 45" x 50". The pattern also includes sizing for a throw.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lattice Quilt Pattern Booklet Available for Purchase!

Update: This pattern is no longer available for purchase.

I've been quietly working on this pdf pattern for a few months now. I did a tutorial for this block two years ago and finally decided to turn it into a pattern. It's a simple block that's been around for a long time, but hopefully this pattern gives you ideas how to use it in different ways. These blocks are not paper pieced as other similar tutorials I've seen. Also, there is fairly minimal fabric waste when constructing the blocks. To make these blocks you will need a 6 1/2" square ruler for the smaller blocks and a 9 1/2" square ruler for the large block.

This pattern grew from just one pattern into four unique quilt patterns, several with multiple sizes. I kept coming up with ideas to use this simple, traditional block in lots of different designs. I finally made myself stop making quilts and just write the pattern. It finished up at 22 pages! I had a lot of fun putting together so many ideas for this pattern. Although this project was a lot of work, I've decided to keep the price at $8 like my other pattern. I have no intention of writing another pattern that is this extensive or that has as many design ideas, but I really enjoyed the process of creating this one. I also added five different sketch sheets at the end to allow you the opportunity to color and create your own unique layouts and designs. I hope you enjoy all the extras!

Through the week, I'll share individual posts on each quilt in the booklet, but here is a quick look at what's included:

The pdf pattern is on sale this week for $6.50 on Craftsy and Etsy! If you purchase it from Craftsy you'll receive an automatic link to download the pattern. If you purchase from Etsy I will email the pattern to you within 24 hours.
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A New Flickr Group!

Now that I'm venturing into pattern writing and publishing, I'm excited to see what others actually create from my ideas. I've started a new from the blue chair Flickr group for projects created from my patterns and tutorials. Please post any questions about projects in this group as well. I'm can't wait to see what you are up to! I also hope to occasionally feature projects you are posting in this group. Please post pics of your progress as well as finished quilts and projects.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Heather Ross Snapshots Quilt Top

During our guild Sewing Saturday I finished this quilt top! I love it with the sashing. That was just what it needed. I made this into a twin size quilt. I thought it would be a very fun quilt on a bed someday. Better pictures will come once I can quilt it up and actually get outside to take some photos.

All the cute little prints make me happy. About 1/3 of these came from Leigh who let me have her HR scraps for this quilt.

For the back I plan to use up some of my HR yardage. I don't have much, and most of this is courtesy of Kim from a giveaway I won on her blog long ago. 

I dropped off my machine to be serviced after our guild sewing day. I'm having some withdrawal without it. I've been spending my free time finishing up a new pattern which I will hopefully be able to post very soon!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Nursery Versery Quilt--Finished

A while back I ordered a cute bundle of Nursery Versery from Intrepid Thread. I love how adorable and sweet this line is. I didn't have any need for a baby quilt, but wanted to stitch it up anyway. I chose a very simple design. I rarely do quilts from just squares, but these fabrics needed to stay a bit larger to show off the illustrations. Those little mice are too cute to cut up. I made this with 6" finished squares. I used all the colors and prints and mixed in some Yarn-dyed Essex in Flax. The flax has quickly become my favorite linen blend. It adds great texture to the quilt, while still being relatively easy to work with. It washes up nicely as well.

For the backing I used a few larger pieces of fabrics leftover from the front. The binding is Essex Linen in lime. The final size of the quilt is 48" x 48".

I quilted this with a large flower design. It was fun practice since I'm trying to push myself a bit after taking Angela Walters' quilting class on Craftsy.