Monday, March 27, 2017

Garden Snail Quilt : Update 3

this quilt is going to be awesome! these are my snail blocks i made during March.





all of my snail shells are made with various Lizzy House prints and the snail bodies are constructed with prints and solids that coordinate nicely. this has been a great stash busting project with the added bonus of using my favorite designers collections that i have been hoarding.

for more information about this snail paced sew along check out Gnome Angel for more details!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Finishing WiP's : Cotton + Steel Modern HST Sampler

currently i'm working my way through my current list of WiP's to clean out projects before starting any new projects! this is my list:
  • Hello Darling Easy Bake Quilt
  • Christmas Pillows
  • Orphan Rainbow Block mini quilt
  • Curve it Up Sampler
  • Tilted Stars quilt
  • Orphan block sewing machine cover
  • Checkered blocks from my bee
  • Modern HST sampler


i am in LOVE with this quilt!! last year i participated in the Modern HST Sampler hosted by Blossom Heart Quilts. plus this brings my WiP's down to just 2!!


for this quilt i used my Cotton + Steel stash with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black for the background. the final effect with the bright Cotton + Steel fabrics is perfect, but working with the linen did present some challenges. (the linen liked to stretch) but it was a good challenge to work through.


i did not feel like adding sashing to this quilt, but i did want to make it a little bigger. so i added the scrappy 4-patch border, made with the scraps from the blocks. i think it helps to bring everything together. i decided to keep the quilting fairly simple. just a serpentine stitch that i have on my machine. and after washing the texture is just perfect. just the right amount of crinkle!


for the backing i used a big print from the Black and White collection that i just didn't want to cut up.

i'm so happy that i participated in the QAL, this quilt is defiantly one of my favorites i've made. 

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Modern HST Sampler designed by Blossom Heart Quilts
Dimensions: roughly 56 inches x 80 inches
Quilting: Straight line using a decorative serpentine stitch
Fabrics: Cotton + Steel, Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in black


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Snail Quilt : Update 2

well i had great intentions of keeping up with my blocks for the Garden Snail Quilt-a-long, but life and well, i just plain forgot a few weeks. so here are the blocks for the rest of January and February.







i have enjoyed working with my Lizzy House stash and pairing it with some of my other favorite prints for the snail body. i've found it very useful to make 2 blocks at a time and i have very little waste from my background prints.

and since i'm caught back up and even ahead a little bit, i will share my March blocks at the end of the month!

if you are interested in joining the Snail Paced Slow-along-Sew-along, check out this post from Gnome Angel.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sewing Room Mini Quilts


so two years ago, i made the "SEW" mini from the Moda Spell it with Fabric patterns, reduced by 50%. my original plan was to create a series for my sewing room of "CUT", "PRESS", and "QUILT". well that didn't happen and the idea has been on the back burner ever since.

so when my modern quilt group organized a UFO to CEO program, i signed up and made my list with the few remaining items from my WIP pile and some projects that i've had the fabric for but just never got around to creating.


after working on some of my other WIP's this was a nice palette cleanser. A simple and straight forward, that came together quickly. since i wanted to word and fabric choices to be the stars, i kept the quilting simple with organic straight lines, my favorite for a fast finish!

i love knocking out WIP's. so far i have been pretty good and not starting any major projects without making progress on my list of WIP's first, only 3 major WIP's to go!

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Spell it with Fabric by Moda, reduced by 50%
Dimensions: vary
Quilting: organic straight lines
Fabric: Plenty of Tula Pink, Alison Glass, and many more.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Geometric Millennium Falcon : A Finished Mini Quilt


the second quilt for our wall of geekdom is finished!

i love decorating my house with mini quilts that i have made or have received from swaps. so in my family room, there is a blank wall behind one of our couches. so i decided it was the perfect spot to display some of our favorite fandoms.

i love using up small scraps! Quiet Play patterns are great for using those small scraps. for my Millennium Falcom i used a wide variety of low volume scraps. for the background kept it simple with a solid black.


for the quilting, i decided on organic straight lines after a failed free motion quilting fail. while i was upset after the fail, i recovered nicely and went back to my tried and true straight lines and i'm glad i did! i love the texture that the organic lines create.


for the back, i found this awesome Millennium Falcon print from JoAnn. time to start working on my next mini for our wall of geekdom!

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Geometric Millennium Falcon by Quiet Play
Dimensions: 12 inches x 12 inches
Quilting: organic straight line
Fabrics: various low volume fabrics, Kona Black, Gray Moda Grunge.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Finishing up WiP's : Curve it Up Sampler

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currently i'm working my way through my current list of WiP's to clean out projects before starting any new projects! this is my list:
  • Hello Darling Easy Bake Quilt
  • Christmas Pillows
  • Orphan Rainbow Block mini quilt
  • Curve it Up Sampler
  • Tilted Stars quilt
  • Orphan block sewing machine cover
  • Checkered blocks from my bee
  • Modern HST sampler

according to Instagram, i finished my Curve it Up Sampler on June 11! well at least it didn't take me a year to finally finish it, close by not quite.


this was a Block of the Month (BOM) through my local quilt shop and it was just the push i needed to conquer my fear of curves. needless to say, i've conquered them and then some. i actually love curves now.



this quilt was my first that is entirely made of solids. normally i am a prints kinda gal, but lately solids have been growing on me. with that i don't believe i will be making another solids quilt for a little while. but i am not going to rule out another solids quilt, it will just have to be the right quilt.


normally when i get to the quilting, i'm usually rushed. but this time i could take as much time as i needed. so i marked out my lines and when to work. i am not much for free motion quilting, but i'm in love with forward motion quilting (quilting with my walking foot)! so i decided to use this quilt to really stretch my straight line quilting. plus with the help of WALK : Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot by Jacquie Gering, (review to come) i think i am becoming more comfortable with quilting that is not edge-to-edge!



i just love the way this quilt turned out. and with the quilting i love the texture of this quilt. 

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Curve it Up Sampler from Sew Kind of Wonderful
Dimensions: 48.5 inches x 64.5 inches
Quilting: Straight line
Fabrics: Moda Bella Solids