Wednesday, February 15, 2017

No Scrap Left Behind : A Finished Mini Quilt


hi, my name is Jess and i LOVE Lizzy House and her fabrics! so every little scrap is precious and i must use as much as possible. so hence this No Scrap Left Behind Mini.

i have been cutting up my scraps for a scrappy Lizzy House Quilt and some cushions. and these were left. so i decided they needed to become a little rainbow mini quilt. plus i love my binding, i used the teeny tiny scraps and it just might be my favorite part.

as for the quilting, i love straight line quilting. so lately i have been playing around with various straight line quilting designs.

i just love this little mini and it is just the perfect addition to my mini quilt gallery in my sewing room.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: designed by me
Dimensions: 11 inches x 7 inches
Quilting: Straight line
Fabrics: Lizzy House Mini Pearl Bracelets and Moda Bella Solids in Zen Grey

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

WiP : Cotton + Steel Modern HST Sampler



i am SO excited to have this quilt top done! last year i participated in the Modern HST Sampler hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts. 

i used my Cotton+Steel stash with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen for the background. i love the final effect but working with the linen was a little difficult. but it was a nice challenge.

i added a scrappy 4-patch border to finish off the top and i love how it has turned out. right now i'm working on the backing and i can't wait to get this one quilted up.

this was such a fun project to work on throughout last year. i enjoyed just making one block at a time, i was able to enjoy the process and take it slow. which is something that i don't always do, so this was a nice change of pace.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Garden Snail Quilt

i decided to join the Garden Snail Quilt Snail Paced Slow-Along Sew-Along hosted by Angie at Gnome Angel. this sew-along goes until November 5, 2017. we are making one and posting one snail block every Sunday on Instagram.

i have decided to also share my blocks here, and i think i will be posting them once a month.

for my fabrics, i am going to be using my collection of Lizzy House prints for the snail shells and the Lizzy House Whisper Palette prints for the background.



i am loving my first two blocks. and i'm enjoying the process, most of the time i try to just get through piecing in a quick fashion. so this snail paced sew-a-long is perfect for enjoying the process of making! can't wait to share more snails over the coming year!

happy sewing!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, January 13, 2017

Geometric Death Star : A Finished Mini Quilt


my first finish of 2017!

so after i made my Geometric Death Star Pillow Cover as a Christmas gift, i knew i was going to want my very own mini quilt. well with the holidays i didn't finish my until now. and this is the perfect start for my t.v and film mini quilt gallery in our family room.

i really do love how fast this block comes together. i had this top put together in just a few hours, while the girls were in quiet/nap time.


plus this is just perfect to use up scraps. this block was a nice change of pace after piecing 44 Checkered block for my new bed quilt.


for the quilting i decided to have a little fun with straight line quilting. i mixed 30, 45, and 90 degree lines and love the look.

now it's time to start on my Millennium Falcon mini quilt and decide on what to make for my gallery wall.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Geometric Death Star by Quiet Play
Dimensions: roughly 16 inches square
Quilting: Straight line quilting
Fabrics: gray & black scraps, with a low volume background.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Plans for 2017


as 2016 comes to a close (thank goodness!) i've been reflecting on this year and what i've done. i started teaching at one of my local quilt shops, designed my own paper pieced pattern, finished countless quilty projects, and started making my own clothes. now it is time to start thinking about what i want to accomplish in 2017!

one of my big goals for 2017 is finishing off my WiP list that i have been working on the last month or so.
  • Hello Darling Easy Bake Quilt
  • Christmas Pillows
  • Orphan Rainbow Block mini quilt
  • Curve it Up Sample
  • Tilted Stars quilt
  • Orphan block sewing machine cover
  • Checkered blocks from my bee
  • Modern HST sampler
the Curve it Up Sampler and Tilted Stars are both quilt tops and ready for quilting. i'm still working on my Checkered blocks and i need to finish the last two blocks from the Modern HST sampler once i order more background fabric. i am trying to finish up these projects before i move onto a new shiny project. i'm so glad to have my Quilter's Planner to help keep me on track with my projects!

new quilts/craft projects i want to work on in 2017
  • Epic Lizzy House Quilt
  • Cotton+Steel Christmas Quilt
  • Modern Maples Quilt
  • Cut, Sew, Press, Quilt mini quilts for my sewing studio
  • Gilmore Girls cross stitch
  • Star Wars cross stitch
  • Handmade spring/summer wardrobe
personal goals for 2017
    • read 52 books
    • commit to running 2 times a week and yoga 3 times a week
    • blog at least 4 times a month
    • HAVE FUN!
    and as always i'm sure there will be new projects and new dreams to follow, but this will be a nice starting point for 2017. 

    Linking up with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl for the #2017planningparty


    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Buffalo Plaid Quilt : A Finished Quilt


    my last big Christmas gift is done! this year i wanted to make my BIL and SIL quilts, as i've made quilts for the kiddos, i figured it was their turn for a quilt. well i needed one more masculine quilt and i've always wanted to make a buffalo plaid quilt so this was perfect!

    at first i was not looking forward to making this one, with all of the cutting and putting the small squares together. but after some thinking i decided i would strip piece and streamline the process. i was able to piece the top together in one day as opposed to multiple days if i would have cut individual squares.

    i love this quilt, of course i now want to make one for myself, but that will be for another time.

    Quilt Stats
    Pattern: designed by me, inspired by buffalo plaid scarves and quilts
    Dimensions: 61.5 inches x 74.5 inches
    Quilting: Straight line echo
    Fabric: Moda Bella solids, Black, Gray, Bleached White, and Marigold for the binding

    Happy Sewing!

    Love the Blues Pillow Cover: A Finished Quilt


    every year since i got back into sewing, i say i'm just going to sew up a few gifts. then as time goes, i end up making handmade gifts for everyone. this year is no different. so far this year i've made 4 quilts, a pillow cover, and i'm making a ninja throwing stars game for my nieces and nephews. so i thought i was done, but then decided i would make another pillow cover for a quick gift for another family member.

    i was looking through my quilting books, looking for inspiration. when i came upon this pillow cover in Fresh Family Traditions by Sherri McConnell. i thought it would be perfect and i would be able to pull all the fabric from my stash.


    i had pulled this fabric for a small quilt, which i still have enough to make said quilt. i love how the blue and greens mix with the Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Denim. i love the foxes, so glad i had enough for this pillow.


    for my pillow covers i love a zipper enclosure. whenever i make an envelope closure it never seems to stay closed, that's why i love zipper closures.

    now hopefully i'm done with my Christmas sewing, but probably not i may end up finishing one or two more quilts. i guess we'll see how my weekend goes.

    Quilt Stats
    Pattern: Sugar Pine Pillow by Sherri McConnell
    Dimensions : 16 inches square
    Quilting: Straight line echo
    Fabric: Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Denim, Blueberry Park, Fox and the Houndstooth, Carolyn Friendlander, Amy Butler, and Basic Gray.

    Happy Sewing!