Quilty Stitches Block 1106.09.14

Japanese x Block

 

The Quilty Stitches Block for today is one you probably recognize as being called “Japanese x & + block”–at least in blog world.  This block really came back in popularity in 2011 when Amy of badskirt.blogspot.com fame posted a tutorial for the block here.  She fell in love with the block after seeing it in a quilt designed by Setsuko Inawaga at the Tokyo Quilt Festival.  The original block is credited to Nancy Cabot in 1938 and is called Spool Block.

A quick google or pinterest search will show you many Japanese X block quilts as the block lends itself to a very striking quilt.

Quilty Stitches Block 11

Quilty Stitches Block 11 PDF Pattern

For my block, I used:

DMC 470 for the green

DMC 958 for the Aqua

Sullivan’s 45076 for the Coral

Happy Stitching!

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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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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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Cerulean Dreams Quilt04.11.14

Blue Stars

I hope you guys aren’t tired of seeing new quilts!  Last fall I worked on a number of magazine quilts and they are all coming out at the same time!  This is Cerulean Dreams–I looove this one!

Cerulean Dreams

As I was working on this quilt, I kept calling it Blue Plate Special because all I could think about was this type of Blue & White Porcelain Dishes.

Image Courtesy of Mothology.com

Image Courtesy of Mothology.com

The fabrics I used are from the Meridian line of fabric by P&B Textiles.  McCall’s Quilting is actually having a giveaway thru May 31st if you’d like to win some of your own!

Applique

This quilt features applique–but, you might be surprised how simple the applique is on this quilt.  I used one of the fabrics in a nifty way that makes the applique quite a bit simpler than it appears. =)

Border

Cerulean Dreams is featured in McCall’s Quilting May/June 2014.  You can see my quilt on the cover!–That’s always a fun sight for a designer to see.  =)

Cover full (1)

Hope you all have a wonderfully productive weekend!

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Mini Medallion Quilt04.01.14

Mini Medallion Quilt

The past couple of weeks I have been working on a new pattern, Mini Medallion.  The finished mini is 25″ square making it an adorable wall hanging or even a table topper.

Fabric Stack

I started off with a bunch of stash fabrics from various designers.

Fabrics

The center portion of the mini(including the pink border) measures 12″.

Center

And then there are several little borders.

Borders

The little 3″ Friendship Star border is my favorite.  I think I am on a Friendship Star kick lately! =)

Friendship Star Border

This little mini is a perfect excuse to use up some of your scraps and make a cute medallion at the same time.  Interested in making one of your own?

I will be sharing the free tutorial over on Sew Mama Sew later in April as a part of their Spring Sew Along.  And, even better, there are prizes for sewing along.  Go check out their post yesterday for more details about the sew along and to see the other quilt in the sew along.

And in the meantime, gather up some cute scraps and a bit of background fabric and you’ll be all set to start making your mini medallion. =)

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Chevron Quilt Finish03.24.14

Vertical Chevrons

First off, I want to thank you all for all of the wonderful comments about my post last week!  I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts on applique–and you guys are all so kind!!  Thank you, Thank you!

Chevron Quilt

Today, I wanted to share with you the finished Chevron quilt from the Be Purposeful Bee.  These quilts are being made to help support missionary work from my church.  The group of ladies who joined me in making these quilts was just amazing and we have made some beautiful quilts!  This is the 3rd finished quilt.  The first was the Scrappy Trip Quilt:

Scrappy Trip Quilt

Then the Churn Dash Quilt:

Churn dash

And now, the Chevron Quilt:

Chevrons

Rachael, was in charge of picking the colors & theme for October and she chose a very fun Navy/Aqua chevron theme.  I think Rachael intended to run the chevrons horizontally, but I loved it vertically as well!

Quilting

Since October was Rachael’s month, she was also the quilter on this quilt.  She recently purchased a long arm and put it to good use on this quilt.  Each of the white strips is quilted in a different design.  It makes for such a striking quilt!–Perfect design choice.

Quilting closeup

Thank you Rachael for such a great month–the finished quilt is beautiful!–Beautiful Quilting!

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Weekend at the Lake Quilt03.13.14

Quick pink

Today I am sharing my Weekend at the Lake quilt I designed for McCall’s Quick Quilts featuring Little Friends by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics.

Weekend-at-the-Lake flat

This little quilt features two oversized blocks that come together quickly–and the Little Friends fabric line is adorable!

Mushrooms

You might remember my Framework Quilt/Pattern which I also made featuring these fabrics.

Framework Quilt

Natalia Bonner quilted my Weekend at the Lake quilt and she knocked it out of the park as usual!

Quilting

You can find the pattern in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts which is available now.

Quick Quilts

I snapped this picture taken just minutes after my quilt arrived back home from McCall’s:

Weekend at the Lake

Elonie was pretty quick to snatch it up!

By the way–I’ve heard that preorders of Playful Petals are starting to ship.  I’m excited and nervous about this at the same time as I start receiving feedback from everyone about something I worked on for so long.

Playful Petals

The folks over at Moda were kind enough to ask me to share a bit about Playful Petals on their blog.  If you’d like to read a bit more about my book just pop on over and take a peek.

And of course I’ll be sharing a lot more about it here!!–Can’t wait!

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Bust those WIP’s!01.22.14

Pinwheel Quilt

What is it about quilter’s and the endless WIP’s and UFO’s?  I am certainly as guilty as the rest of them!  I know part of the problem is all of the new fabric lines that come out.  For me, as soon as I have the fabric in hand I want to work with it–but then the next new line comes out and the cycle repeats and the unfinished projects pile up.

Mini Pinwheels

This pinwheel quilt top is an example of one of those projects that has been just waiting!  I finished it up several years ago as part of Rachel’s quilt along over on PS I quilt.  I about fell out of my chair when I popped over to grab the link to her page for you…2010…4 years ago!

Pinwheel

I had actually almost forgotten about it a little bit until one of my blog readers asked me about it earlier this week.  I’ve even had the backing and binding just waiting for F.O.U.R. years–ridiculous!

Backing

I’ve done a fair share of quilt alongs–many of them courtesy of the Old Red Barn quilt alongs over on flickr…do you all remember those!–what fun!  It is now time to get some of these bad boys quilted!  I’ve worked with Abby from Latimer Lane quilting a couple times over the last few months and she is always a delight to work with.  She quilted both Elonie’s Rainbow Rows quilt:

Chevron Quilting

and the Scrappy Trip Along quilt I donated:

Sunny

So, my plan is to send my pinwheel quilt over to her to quilt it on up.  I’d much rather be able to enjoy it then having it stuck away on a quilt pile somewhere!  And while I’m at it, I might just send over a couple more quilts to have quilted.  I can’t believe how many quilt tops I have just waiting to be quilted and bound and then enjoyed!

If any of you are looking for a great machine quilter, I can’t recommend Abby enough–especially if you are looking for someone who offers affordable, well done, all over designs.  If you tell her I sent you, she’ll quilt your first quilt for .01/sq.in. for an all over quilt design–and she has lots to choose from.

Here’s to some 2014 finishes!

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Scrappy Faux Piped Binding Tutorial11.25.13

Faux Piped Binding

On Friday, I shared a little sneak peek over on facebook of what I had been working on .  And today, I’m excited to bring to you a binding tutorial that I’m pretty excited about.

You all know that I was finishing up the binding on Elonie’s quilt and had pretty much decided to do a scrappy binding after getting all of your opinions.  But, it stuck in my head that several of you had mentioned that you felt a scrappy binding usually detracts from the quilt itself.

Edges

After mulling this over a bit, I decided to try a scrappy faux piped binding done completely by machine.  Now, I have tried machine binding methods before and I have n.e.v.e.r. been happy with the results…pin this, glue that, and after binding only 15.2 quilts you, too, will have great machine bound quilts.  I’m picky about my binding, and I want the back to look as good as the front(preferably on the first try–if you click the picture above you can see the back side of my quilt binding in larger detail)–which I have never had success with with machine binding.  I found this method to be less finicky than other machine binding I have tried and I was much happier with the results right out of the gate.  I’m also excited to have a machine binding technique that I am happy with so I can choose not to hand stitch!  So, I’m excited to share this tutorial with you and some tricks I learned along the way.

Make Binding

First off, you’ll cut your binding strips as you normally would with one exception–you will be cutting two sets.  Cut the strips for the piping 1 3/4″ x wof(these are the colorful strips) and cut the strips for the main binding 1 1/2″(these are the white strips).  Sew all of the piping strips together(I use a mitred seam) & sew all of the white strips together(again, I use a mitred seam).  Tip:  Cut your strips as accurately as possible.  This will help with the accuracy of the piping width and seam along the backside of the quilt when you sew the binding down.

Sew

Next, sew the binding strips and the piping strips right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press

Press the seam to one side.  I pressed toward the piping fabric to bulk it up a little bit to give it more the look of actual piping.  Tip:  Be careful when pressing to keep your strips as even as possible–the less ripples the more accurate the final result will be.  Next, press the strips wrong sides together–be careful to align the raw edges.  You’ll end up with some great piped binding.

PIped Binding

The next step is to sew the binding to the back of the quilt using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Complete this step as you normally would when initially sewing binding to a quilt.  Somehow, I managed to not take a picture of this step but I think you get the idea. =)  After sewing down the binding to the back of the quilt, flip the binding to the front and machine quilt it down.

Align Walking Foot

Initially when I started this step, I carefully pinned the binding into place to insure everything lined up.  But, somehow, everything didn’t line up.  So, I gave it a whirl with no pinning and I found out that on my Bernina with a walking foot, if I lined up the right side of the foot with the fold and the needle in the ditch of the piping/binding that the seam on the back was perfect.  As long as I kept everything lined up the back was fantastic.  Now, of course there were times when I veered off a tad but all in all, pretty good!–You can click the 2nd picture from the top to get a larger view of the back to see the stitching(the row with no piping is the back of the quilt).   For the corners, I mitred them together as I got to them–this will take a bit more practice to get perfect–the key here is to make sure when you initially sew the binding to the quilt that your corners are neat and tidy.

Binding

You should end up with a great alternative binding to hand stitching–and hopefully with less frustration than machine binding can be!

Piped Binding

And, here’s Elonie’s finished quilt.  I think the scrappy piping is just perfect it doesn’t overwhelm the quilt and it’s not as harsh as a solid might have been or as busy as a print might have been.

Hope you all enjoy the tutorial!

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Churn to the Dash Quilt11.22.13

Churndash

My daughter Elonie has taken to adding “to the” to her sentences–for example “Mom, can I have “yo” to the “gurt”?

This little “to the” has taken over the way Ryan and I talk as well–”Lilli needs some dog to the food” or “After school we’ll head to the book to the mobile”.  Or even–”Let’s watch some T to the V”.

So, in my head this quilt has been the “Churn to the Dash” quilt every time I think about it. =p

Churn dash

This is the completed quilt using the churn dash blocks I shared in September for the Be Purposeful Quilting Bee.  Toni was the quilter for the month of September so she chose the quilt design/fabrics as well as piecing and quilting the quilt top.  She did a beautiful job!

Churndash Quilt Closeup

Toni wrote up an excellent tutorial for the blocks on her blog for making this “skinnier” style churndash block.

Churndash Quilts

The blocks are such a fun mix of both large and small churn dash blocks and colors are a great mix.  It’s always interesting to see how these quilts come together since we are each working from our own stash of fabrics!

Thanks so much Toni and the ladies of Be Purposeful!

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