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WIP Wednesday08.13.14

Stitcheries Quilt

Can’t believe we are back to Wednesday already!–Man that week flew by.  It’s unfortunate that time picks up pace as the summer nears an end. =)  I checked my Stitcheries quilt top off my WIP list.

This is my favorite block in the whole quilt:

Stitchery

For some reason, I opted to do all of my little stitcheries on muslin.  This is not the same decision I would make if I were making it again!

Stitchery 4

In keeping with that, and against my better judgement, the sashing is also a muslin–albeit cuter than your average muslin.  I picked it up at one of my LQS’s several years ago and it has a flower print sort of “stamped’ into it if that makes sense.

Stitchery 3

I may never be able to wash this quilt–none of the fabrics are prewashed and I’m not sure how it will hold up…and the shrinkage wouldn’t be a good thing.  But, aesthetically, I think I made the right decision.  The little flowers in there are pretty cute!

Happy to check this one off my list!  However, now the problem is the overflowing stack of quilt tops–machine quilter I am not! =)

In the upcoming week these are my goals:

  1. Add border to the Metro Rings Quilt–I hope to share this one with you tomorrow or Friday.
  2. Finish next Quilty Stitches block (the last one!)
  3. Bind my Yoder quilt.

I also have another project I wouldn’t mind working on but, with Back to School next week my schedule may get a bit full!

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Spell It With Moda08.11.14

Fabrics

 

Do you guys ever wake up in the morning and you suddenly want to make something new and totally not on any WIP list or project list you are currently working on?

Well, I got bit with the new project bug on Saturday.  Some of you may have jumped on the Spell it With Moda band wagon earlier this year.  All of those cute little letter quilts and handy free letter patterns–it was hard for me not to dive right in.  But then, Saturday morning, out of the blue–I “needed” to make a little letter mini of my own.

Spell It With Moda

Moda Fabrics has a wonderful Spell it With Fabric pinterest board with links to all of the blog posts that feature the free printable letter patterns.  I printed off Y,O,D,E,R and pulled together a fun mix of scrappy red fabrics and low volume background prints.

Last Name Mini

In about 2 hours, I had a completed “Yoder” mini quilt.  These letters fly together–including cutting time they probably took about 15-20 minutes each.  And with a short last name (so much handier than the “Hershberger” I used to be!) my little quilt came together quickly.

The quilting took a little bit of time–I opted for a one inch cross hatch and finished that part up yesterday afternoon.

Quilting

Now, all that’s left is to add the binding!  I have wanted a Yoder sign above my kitchen sink for years.  I thought I wanted a wooden sign–but this little quilt was much more cost effective (I had all of the supplies) and just as cute! =)  Can’t wait to get the binding on and hang it in it’s new spot.

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WIP Wednesday(Lots of Pics!) & Giveaway08.06.14

It’s time for another WIP Wednesday progress report. =)  My sewing goals over the last week were:

1.  To complete my stitching for Quilty Stitches this past Monday–check…you all saw the block Monday Morning.

Quilty Stitches Block 15

2.  To Complete my Metro Rings Quilt–here’s where I was at last week:

Metro Rings Blocks

And I’m happy to report that the quilt top is finished!

Metro Rings Quilt

As I was working on this quilt top and posting progress over on IG (I’m @lmshabby if you care to follow), there was a lot of talk about the difficulty of trimming up these blocks accurately.  So, I was very excited when Sew Kind of Wonderful’s, Jenny (the designer of the Quick Curve Ruler used to make this quilt), shared a wonderful tutorial on her blog just yesterday on trimming the Metro Rings quilt blocks.  If you contacted me about how to trim these blocks or we chatted on IG, you need to check this tutorial out!  If the Metro Rings quilt is on your to do list, make sure to bookmark this tutorial for future use–it is a wonderful tutorial.

Metro Rings Closeup

I really enjoyed working with the Quick Curve Ruler–I found the curves very easy to sew.  That was another question I was asked frequently..Are the Curves easy to sew?  And the answer is yes, no pins needed, very small learning curve. =p

Borders

I decided, after finishing the pieced portion of Metro Rings, to add a couple borders to the quilt.  So, this one will stay on my WIP list for one more week.

3.  The last item on my to do list was to finish my scrappy stars quilt top…here’s where it was last week:

Blocks

And it’s now a completed quilt top–check!

Scrappy Quilt

This quilt top has been a WIP for years.  The blocks were made for me in one of the quilting bees I was in…it was so long ago, I don’t even remember which bee it was from.  So, if you were one of the ladies that made one for me…thank you!  I was pretty impressed as I was sewing them together, how uniform in size they were.  With all of those seams, it was not a great decision on my part to request these blocks!–with all of those seams and slightly different seam allowances–these blocks could have been off quite a bit.  I’ve learned that simple is better in regard to quilting bee block choices.

Scrappy Closeup

I didn’t have a pattern for this quilt, but I talked about the quilt block construction on my blog awhile back.  The sashing has flying geese units sewn into it to add just a few more stars to the overall design.  I am very excited to have this quilt top completed!–I knew that I was going to love it once it was complete. =)

So, I completed all of my quilty goals for the past week.  It feels great to cross some of those off the list.

For the upcoming week, I am keeping my list a little bit smaller–hubby will most likely be off for a couple days and that means less sewing time, more family time!

1.  Add the borders to the Metro Rings Quilt.

2.  Complete my Stitcheries Quilt Top

Embroidered Blocks

Embroidered Blocks 2

Embroidered Blocks 3

Embroideries

These blocks are from another quilting bee that I was in several years ago.  I embroidered and included all of the little stitcheries(they are my own designs) along with the fabrics which I sent to my quilting bee ladies.  It’s time to get these sew into a quilt top!

3.  Work on filling in some of the white areas on my Quilty Stitches sampler…I have been getting behind on this!

So, 3 goals for next week.

And now, for the giveaway–you may have forgotten that there was one after reading down through this post!

Scraps

I have a gallon sized bag of scraps left from making my Metro Rings quilt…I’d be happy to send them off to a new home!  Just leave a comment below telling me about your current WIP or the one you are most excited to complete.

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Free Pattern Friday07.18.14

Hey all!–hope your week is finishing off with a bang.  There have been a number of quilt patterns I have done recently that I haven’t yet shared with you and today is the day!

I know some of you are gearing up for some Christmas sewing–or at least making a vain attempt to get things in gear to begin Christmas sewing(as is usually the case for me) so I’m kicking off with a fun Christmas wall hanging.

This is a fun, free pattern I designed for P&B Textiles showcasing the Merriment line of fabric:

Holly Days

It finishes at 50″ x 50″ and you can find the free pattern here.

And since I always enjoy seeing patterns made up in various fabric collections, I am going to be sharing an alternate version of all of the patterns I am sharing with you today.

My Holly Days quilt in 25th and Pine by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics:

Holly Days 25th and Pine

Next up is my Maple Harvest table runner for P&B Textiles featuring Fall Bounty Fabrics:

Maple Harvest Fall Bounty

It finishes at 18″ x 45″ and you can find the free pattern here.

Pictured below in Autumn Woods by Kate & Birdie for Moda Fabrics.  I love this line of fabric!–Really any line that Kate & Birdie make is stellar. =)

Maple Harvest Kate & Birdie

Jelly Beans is a super fun quilt that I designed for P&B Textiles showcasing their Zenith line of fabric.

Jelly Beans Quilt

You might remember this quilt from my Quilt Market post:

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans finishes at 64″ x 72″ and is a showstopper as a solids quilt.  You can find the free quilt pattern here.  I feel that this quilt is going to be most striking in solids/near solids so I chose not to share an alternate version.  If you make a Jelly Beans quilt in prints I would love to see it!

And lastly is my Blooming Star Quilt I designed for RJR Fabrics.

Blooming Star Pink

I designed this quilt to showcase Patrick Lose’s line of fabric Lily’s Garden which will be available in September.  This line of fabric is available in two different colorways, a Blossom colorway(pictured above) and a Spice colorway (pictured below).  The quilt below was the 2nd quilt that I had on display at Spring Quilt Market.  It finishes at 72″ x 96″ and you can find the free pattern here.

Blooming Star Quilt

I have been anxious to see how this quilt would look made up in different fabrics.  I love it in Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

Blooming Star in Miss Kate

I saved my Blooming Star quilt for last–it’s my favorite of the ones I have designed for fabric companies lately!  It’s an easy quilt to make and you get a lot of bang for your buck. =)

Have a wonderful weekend!–I’ll be back on Monday with the next Quilty Stitches block.

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More International Quilt Market Pictures06.03.14

 This week is such a busy week for me!–School is out which is always excited and we go right into frantic VBS prep.  Our VBS starts on Sunday and as one of 2 VBS directors that means this week gets quite busy for me!  I love it though–I have always wanted to be involved in a serious way with Vacation Bible School and am so excited to be involved every year.  I could almost get a little bit teary about it–it is just so fun to plan for & exactly where I feel I am supposed to be right now at this stage in my life.  I am sure that those of you who have been plugged into your perfect ministry know just what I’m talking about. =)

With that being said, I have found that as my mind gets to going 100 miles an hour, sitting down and spending some time at the computer whether it’s via blogging, designing, or just to answer emails, gives me a little bit of down time and I feel ready to tackle my to do list in a much more productive way.  Whew!–That was a long sentence! =)

So this is my VBS downtime Quilt Market report round 2. =)

Fig Tree

I wanted to kick off this round with pictures of one of my favorite booths at Quilt Market–the Fig Tree booth.  I love this line of fabric–I love the new patterns–large and mini.  Just beautiful!

Fig Tree Quilts

Next up is Hatched & Patched, “Gossip in the Garden” quilt.  Every time this quilt pops up somewhere I think it’s the cutest ever.  This quilt has it all–embroidery, applique, great blocks, all over cuteness.  I was excited to see this one in person.

Gossip in the Garden

 

This is Moda’s Modern Building Blocks quilt which is pretty stellar.  Definitely caught my eye every time I walked past.

Modern Building Blocks

I had to snap a picture of Playful Petals in the United Notions booth! =)

Playful petals

I chatted a bit with Vanessa of Lella Boutique.  She was debuting her first line with Moda, Into the woods.  She was the sweetest ever! =)  Her fabric palette is beautiful.

Vanessa

 

Next up Violet Craft’s new line, Brambleberry Ridge.  Really pretty line & some great patterns coming out.

Violet Craft Booth

 

This pillow was adorable.  On another note, I used the word “adorbs” to my husband last week just to see what he would say.  I thought he was going to fall over laughing–I don’t think I’m an “adorbs” saying sort of person.

Violet Craft Pillow

 

So, there you have it!–Some more photos to wet your fabric buying appetite! =)

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Mod Cabin Quilt05.20.14

Mod Cabin Quilt

 

Hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday!  My Monday was spent getting my house & laundry into better shape.  I had a dear friend who spent time with my littlest last Wednesday so I could do some hard core cleaning before I left for Pittsburgh & this helped me out a ton.  So, I didn’t have a lot of cleaning that needed done–however, the laundry and refrigerator were tackled and conquered yesterday…phew!

Mod Cabin

Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter

Today, I wanted to take a little bit of time to talk about my Mod Cabin quilt.  I designed this quilt for RJR Fabrics to showcase their line of Cotton Supreme solids and the quilt is featured in Fons & Porter Easy Quilts Summer 2014.  It’s a fun little modern variation on the traditional log cabin block–easy to make blocks, and a high impact pattern.

Just for fun, I tried this pattern out in prints in EQ to see what it would look like–It’s a scrappy mix of various Bonnie & Camille lines and a little bit of Fig Tree.

Scrappy Mod Cabin

Natalia, once again, did an amazing quilting job on this quilt.  I seldom have a design that I have to have in regard to the quilting, but for this one, I knew I wanted “bubbles” in the white space.  I think it turned out beautifully!

Quilting

The quilt finishes at 72″ x 89″ & you can make your own if you pick up a copy of Easy Quilts Summer 2014.

EQSummer2014_Cov_200

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International Quilt Market Part 105.19.14

Hubby and I got back Saturday from a fun few days attending International Quilt Market.  Although, Ryan didn’t come into the show with me, I was glad to have him chauffeuring me around as the traffic in Pittsburgh is a far cry from the Amish buggies in Berlin! =p

If you’ve ever been to Quilt Market before, you know how much there is to see!–The strangest part for me was knowing that I “knew” people through the blog/online world but having no idea what they looked like in person.  I did get to meet a lot of wonderful people in person that I had only known electronically prior to market–and there were so many more that I wanted to meet but never ran into(at least not that I knew!).  I tried to take plenty of pictures as I went along but I already can think of things I should have photographed that I missed. However, I’ll be sharing the photos that I did take over the next few days so you can get a little taste of market. =)

One of the first sections of Quilt Market I hit was the Free Spirit booths.  I went to Sample Spree on Thursday evening and had been hoping to score some Free Spirit Fabrics–namely Up Parasol, but Free Spirit was not at Quilt Market.  So, I was excited to check out their booths right away Friday morning.

This is a shot of Amy Butler’s new line Glow–beautiful as always!

Amy Butler Fabrics

And Heather Bailey’s Up Parasol–this is a line I know I’ll be picking up some, or all of.  The little flower wall hanging features Up Parasol & the dress is from Heather’s line Momentum which will be available in Voile & Rayon.

Up Parasol

This next shot shows a bit of Moon Shine by Tula Pink on the right and Palermo by Erin McMorris on the left.

Moon Shine

And I really liked this quilt made using Denyse Schmid’ts Modern solids.

Free Spirit Solids

I took a little shot of this Cori Dantini scallop fabric.  You can barely make out in the photo that there is text fabric behind the scallops.  I thought it was such a pretty fabric–I’ve seen it online and was never drawn to it.  But in person it is stunning, a very soft beautiful print.

Cori Dantini

I had to take a photo of my Jelly Beans quilt hanging in the P&B Textiles booth.  This pattern will be available as a free download on the P&B website before too long.  This is the first time that I’ve gotten to see my quilts in person in the booths at market–so much fun!

Jelly Beans

I seldom work with batiks–but every time I see Edyta Sitar’s (Laundry Basket Quilts) masterpieces, I think I really need to give them a whirl.  Her applique is always so colorful & fun and adds so much to her meticulous piecing.

Laundry Basket

The next two photos are of April Rosenthal’s new line, Best Day Ever, for Moda.  This is her first fabric line with Moda and it’s a beauty!  Very colorful and fun.  The dahlia quilt on the right was beautiful in person.

April Rosenthal

April had a lot of great new patterns showcasing her fabric.

Best Day Ever

I’ll be back with more market goodness later! =)

 

 

 

 

 

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Posey Patch Quilt05.01.14

Posey Patch

Today I’m sharing one of the quilts from my book.  This quilt is Posey Patch and it might be my favorite quilt from the book!  The quilt is made using mostly Art Gallery Fabrics–all except for the orange and the white background are Art Gallery Solids.

Pure Elements

I really enjoy the Pure Elements color palette and hand to their solids.I always have them on hand and keep adding new colors as they become available.

Posey Patch Closeup

Posey Patch features a fun stacked petal design and simple piecing.  All of the quilts in the book feature an accompanying pillow.  That way you can try out the block, the applique, and maybe some fun new quilting techniques without committing to a whole quilt.

Posey Patch Pillow

For the pillow, I used a variety of fabrics by Denyse Schmidt–some older lines; Flea Market Fancy & Katie Jump Rope, as well as some newer lines and even some of her fabrics for Joann’s.

The pattern works really well in both solids & prints.

And check this out!:

Posey Patch Tote

C&T Publishing used Posey Patch to create a new Eco tote.  I have been using mine so often!–It’s roomy and durable and it has my fave quilt on it. =)

If you make any projects from Playful Petals, I would love to see it!–You can share via instagram using #playfulpetals, my flickr group, or just email me a photo!

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Scattered Pinwheels04.23.14

Scattered Pinwheels

 

The hubs and I just got back yesterday after spending a couple days at Great Wolf Lodge with the girls.  Now I think I need another vacation to relax from the first one!  The girls had a great time and it was a much needed break for all of us.

Today, I wanted to pop on and share another quilt pattern, Scattered Pinwheels.  I designed this quilt for RJR Fabrics to showcase their line of solids, Cotton Supreme Solids.  If you have not yet tried RJR’s solids, I encourage you to check them out.  They have a wonderful hand and an ever growing selection of colors.

Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter Quilting.  All Rights Reserved

Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter Quilting. All Rights Reserved

The pattern is featured in the May/June 2014 Issue of Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine

Love of Quilting

Natalia did a beautiful job on the quilting as always!

Magazine Quilt

If you make a Scattered Pinwheels quilt of your own I would love if you would share a picture with me! =)

LMS Medallion

I also wanted to let you know that Part 2 of my Medallion Mini tutorial should be available over on Sew Mama Sew today or tomorrow.  If you are following along make sure to check it out!

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Mini Medallion Sew Along Starts Today!04.17.14

LMS Medallion

I know a lot of you have been anxiously awaiting the start of the Mini Medallion quilt along.  I’m happy to tell you that it starts today!  I am guest posting over on Sew Mama Sew sharing Part One of my tutorial to make this little mini 25″ medallion quilt.

This is the perfect way to use up some of your scraps, end up with a cute mini, get in on the medallion craze, and have the chance to win prizes to boot.  There are a lot of great sponsors offering chances to win prizes just for participating in the Sew Mama Sew Spring Sew Along.

You can read more about the Sew Alongs here and the prizes being offered.  For Part 1 of my Mini Medallion Tutorial head on over here!

Happy Sewing!

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