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WIP Wednesday

MBS Project

I think it’s time to let you all in on a secret…drumroll…I am a serial project starter–much less so of a project finisher.  Ha!–I know many quilters claim to have this same dilemma.  But, seriously ladies–sometimes the unfinished projects take over!

When I started quilting over 15 years ago, I told myself that I would only purchase enough fabric to work on one project at a time, finish said project and then move onto the next.  I even said this out loud…to other quilters…I am sure they all had a good laugh at that one!

So, my hope is that by sharing a couple WIP’s with you every Wednesday, it will give me the motivation to finish the project by the following Wednesday so I can share the finishes with you.  Hopefully it will help a bit, but I know that my personal projects often get pushed to the back burner for other deadlines.  Well, and of course, it is still summer and that means all kinds of summer fun with the girls!  I’m curious to see how my schedule pans out this fall…the littlest miss will be heading off to Kindergarten and it will be the first time in 9 years that I will have days with no kids at home.  Our school district is still deciding as to whether our Kindergartener’s will be going to school every other day or every day.  Either way, there are going to be kidless days…weird!

So, the project at the top of the page is MBS project–I won’t be able to share the finish with you next Wednesday but it will be completed by then!

My 2nd project is my sew-together-bag….it still needs sewn together. =)

Sew Together Bag

And the last project I would love to finish in the next week is a Metro Rings Quilt.

Metro Rings

I’ve been wanting to try out the Quick Curve Ruler and when I was asked to make a quilt to donate to auction off, I knew now was the time.  I am very excited about this quilt–the lady(a relative of my husband) left the pattern design and fabric choices 100% up to me…but, she mentioned several times during our conversation how much she loved my Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt(my pattern is available on MBS).

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt
Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

I showed her the new Miss Kate line of fabric knowing it was a sister collection to Ruby which was used in my original design.  I got the feeling she wasn’t entirely sold on Miss Kate(much as I would have loved a good excuse to purchase some more of this line!)–so I raided my stash and pulled fabrics with a similar color palette to make a scrappy quilt with the same feel.  I cannot wait to see this quilt finished, I think it is going to be beautiful. =)  And, I think she will love it!

So, those are the 3 projects I would love to have finished by next week at this time…fingers crossed! =)

Tell me, what are your tried and true tricks for keeping the unfinished projects under control?

Projects Quilts

Dancing Pinwheels {A Free Quilt Pattern}

Welcome to anyone visiting from the Electric Quilt blog today!–and of course welcome to you who visit me often! =)  I was excited to be contacted by Heidi of The Electric Quilt Blog last month to see if I would be interested in being featured on their blog.  The first sentence of her email was “We noticed your website and it looks like you use EQ7”..oh boy, do I ever!

Long time followers of my blog have seen many of my finished designs but maybe not that much behind the scenes of my design process.  Almost everything I design begins in Electric Quilt–from the initial block designs to the finished quilt layout.  Above you can see the finished quilt design for my Organic Elements Quilt which I designed for Moda Bake Shop.

Free Tutorial available here: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/03/organic-elements-quilt.html

I am able to try out different fabric options and see what works and what doesn’t work quite as well.  My Organic Elements quilt doesn’t work nearly as well in prints–and the addition of sashing in the solid version was a must.

Many fabric companies offer their fabrics as free scans online which can very easily be imported into Electric Quilt which allows you to see exactly what your quilt will look like as a finished product.

Always Blooming Fabrics by P&B Textiles

Moda Fabrics does a wonderful job of providing free fabric scans for anyone to use.  You can find all of them available here.

When I designed the Ruby, Pearl, & Opal quilt:

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt Free Pattern Available here: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/09/ruby-pearl-and-opal-quilt.html

I had originally planned to use Central Park by Kate Spain:

Central Park Fabrics for Ruby, Pearl, Opal Quilt

 But when it came time for my fabrics to arrive, Moda didn’t have the precut  in Central Park that I needed to complete the quilt.  Making the change to the Ruby line of fabric was a no brainer after seeing it in those fabrics!

 I have also totally used EQ to make cool coloring pages for my daughters.  I’ve got a whole portfolio of these to keep them busy on a rainy day!

Today, I’m excited to be sharing my Dancing Pinwheels block with you all.

This is a great little easy block that’ll look neat in any setting…basic horizontal layout:

On point(it’s so easy to try out different layouts in EQ):

Or in solids:

And here’s the easy little block pattern:

Click picture to enlarge image

The HST units will finish at 4 1/2″ within the block so instead of cutting triangles as indicated by EQ you could also cut squares at 5 1/2″ and piece them using this method(trim after pressing):

Also, in my Dancing Pinwheel layouts I have two different block orientations.  To achieve the 2nd orientation, all you have to do is cut your piece A blocks diagonally in the opposite direction (instead of cutting them from the lower left corner to the upper right corner, cut them from the upper left corner to the lower right corner).  If you are using a solid background fabric that you can use either the back of the fabric or the front of the fabric you can cut them all the same and just use the opposite side for a portion of the blocks.

Thank you so much Heidi for featuring me over on the Electric Quilt Blog!  I hope you all have enjoyed this tiny little peek into my design process!

Projects Quilts

Fresh Forest Quilt & Giveaway

I’m always pumped when I get to share another finished project with you all!  This is my Fresh Forest quilt which I designed for the holiday issue of Stitch Craft Create.

Fresh Forest is made using Vintage Modern & Ruby fabrics–both by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  This is the bundle of fabric that I used.

The quilting was done by Mary of Quilt Hollow.  She used an all over pattern which turned out beautifully.

Of course I went with a stripey binding–it totally reminds me of peppermints or candy canes…perfect for this quilt!

The folks over at Stitch Craft Create Magazine liked my design so much they asked me to make a 2nd quilt for them.  This time using Tilda fabrics.

I was very excited to work with the Tilda fabrics.  They’ve been on my radar for awhile now–they are fabulous in person.

Photo Courtesy of Stitch Craft Create

The kit for the Tilda version of Fresh Forest can be found here.

And of course, SCC has been kind enough to send me an extra issue of Stitch Craft Create to give away to a lucky reader.  Just leave me a comment!

Fabric Stash

Vintage Modern

In case you wondered why Vintage Modern wasn’t on my list of anxiously awaiting….It’s because I already had some on the way. =)  They arrived yesterday and yes, they are as amazing as you think they might be…the houndstooth print…perfect scale.

(Note:  The greens are from Ruby)


Pillow Talk Swap Pillow Finished

It must be the season for pillows!  I suppose fall does bring to mind fun projects with the cooler weather–anyway, whatever the case may be, I have finished up another pillow.  This one for my partner in the Pillow Talk Swap.

Pillow Talk Swap Fabric Choices

 My partner had more specific choices in her fabric likes–the stack above was my initial fabric pull.  After going over my choices I paired it down a bit and added a bit of navy & just a touch more grey.

This block required set in seams–something I haven’t done before–they came together great.  I really like trying out something that I haven’t done before or color options I wouldn’t usually choose or a new quilting technique etc. for these swaps.  Small projects are great to try out new techniques because you aren’t committed to finishing out a large project doing something you realize just isn’t for you.

For the quilting, I did an all over stipple and then did a little hand quilting outline using Perle Cotton.

I snagged the block pattern and triangle template pattern from the October 2009 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting–it’s based off of an antique quilt.  The pattern is one that I have been wanting to have a go at for awhile so I was glad for the chance!  I hope you like it partner!! =)


Ruby Winners

Ruby Scraps

First off, I want to say a huge thanks for all the wonderful feedback you all have given me about my latest Moda Bake Shop quilt!  I was blown away by all of the nice things that everyone said!  Many of you commented about how handy & appreciated the pieced backing was–I have already planned to include backing instructions in my next Moda Bake Shop tutorial(my fabric for that quilt should be arriving tommorrow!) & I just may need to include pieced backing instructions in all of my future tutorials!  It seems like many of you are with me in  disliking having to figure out a cute backing layout using the leftover quilt top fabrics.

Now, onto some giveaway winners!  The winner of the Ruby Charm pack kindly donated by Fresh Squeezed Fabrics is:


Henria O. says:

Left a comment at Moda Bake Shop! Congratulations on creating such a beautfiful quilt. Love the choice of fabric!

Congrats!–I’ll be zapping you an email in just a moment.

And the winner of the Ruby fabric scraps is:


laurel says:

loved this quilt so much i just left a comment over there, then came over here to see what else you do! adding you to my google reader to see what other goodness you come up with!!

An email is on the way to you as well!

Again, thanks so much everyone for all of your wonderful feedback!


Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

Well folks!–I’m pretty excited to be sharing another quilt over on Moda Bake Shop today! =)  For this one I got to work with Moda’s Ruby line of fabric by Bonnie and Camille—let me tell you, it is a beautiful line of fabric.  I really liked Bliss but the addition of the grey in this line of fabric has me smitten. =p

Quilt Backing

As I mentioned earlier, I have included instructions for the pieced backing–which for me, is not one of my favorite things to figure.  Once I get the quilt top finished I want to have that puppy finished! =p  So, I’ve saved you some backing figuring and it utilizes almost all of the leftover pieces from the layer cake used to make the quilt top.

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

 So, how about that giveaway!

Ruby Scraps

I have a few Ruby scraps that I will be mailing out to one lucky winner.

And, that’s not all!  Randi of Fresh Squeezed Fabrics contacted me and offered to make my little meager giveaway just a bit more exciting. =)  She will be sending a Ruby Charm pack to a 2nd lucky winner.  Thanks so much Randi!! 

How’s that to brighten your Monday. =)

So, if you’d like a chance to win–pop on over to Moda Bake Shop & leave me a little comment love & then pop back over here and let me know that you did.  I’ll draw two winners on Wednesday.

I hope you all love my new tutorial!

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Giveaways Pillows Quilts

Saturday Happenings & Giveaway News

Straight Line Quilting

Some machine quilting has been going on lately on a variety of pillows.  Above is a little peek of the pillow that I will be teaching in my 2nd Pillow Talk class.  I will be talking about straight line machine quilting in addition to piecing half square triangles.  Don’t you just love trying out new techniques on pillows that you might not normally try?—Straight line quilting is pretty straightfoward (hee hee) but I’ve also been trying out other quilting as well.

Pebble Quilting

I did some more fun pebble quilting for a pillow I made for an upcoming online magazine that we all love. =)  I adore the texture that pebble quilting gives a project–I don’t find it to be the easiest but I am getting better at it.  I am definitely not ready to try it on a quilt yet—does it take everyone else forever and a day to pebble quilt?–and do you go through an amazing boatload of thread?–I really need a bobbin assembly when I pebble quilt!

What is your favorite way to machine quilt?  Are you straight line kinda folks or do you FMQ?  I supppose for me it depends on the project. =)

Oh, and by the way…do you remember this peek?


 Well, here’s another little peek.

Quilt Backing

This is the back of a quilt that you will get to see in full on Monday—along with the tutorial of course! =)  The tutorial includes instructions for the pieced backing–one of my least favorite things when making a quilt is figuring the backing…so, I’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you. =)  So be sure to pop by…there might be a Ruby scrap giveaway.

Ruby Scraps

I’m just sayin’. =p

Pillows Projects

PTS6 Progress

Pillow Talk Swap Fabric Choices

I sewed away this past weekend–I began working with the fabrics above but I did edit them just a bit.  I added in some dark blue and I added in a touch more grey–I have been on a grey kick as of late–so, I hope my partner is digging it also! =)  Here’s a little peek at what it looked like early on Saturday.


Yes, that is a set in seam folks–I hope you feel the love partner! =p  This pillow top required 64 triangle pieces all cut using a template–now, I am not a template kind of gal–I am all for some quick rotary cutting all the way.  However, I have recently discovered a new reality show, which my dvr conveniently keeps on recording for me…”The Millionaire Matchmaker”—how did I miss this entertaining show for so long? =p  Anyhoo, it made cutting my triangles a breeze–banged them all out on Friday evening(please no comments about my exciting Friday evening spent watching reruns of reality shows and cutting fabric). =p

And another little peek–after spending more time Saturday and Sunday sewing I have completed the pillow top.  Now, I need to decide how to quilt it–I think I’m gonna go in an all over machine quilting direction but I need to decide for sure.

And, while I was sewing yesterday, look what Chloe made…


Chloe's Project

She sat beside me at my sewing table and made this little beach scene using bits of fabric from my scrap bins and a pinking shears.  You can see the water at the bottom of the picture, she used little cut up bits of orange perle cotton for the sand–and then the sun and cloud in the sky.  And the little pink/white object in the lower right hand corner…it’s a surf board…she’s a crafty one my little Chloe. =) 

Elonie hadn’t seen Chloe’s little project until I was snapping that picture above and let me tell you she was very impressed with big sister Chloe.  She said, “Did Chloe make this?(I said yes) Wow!—Oh my Goodness!”–very impressed.


Why didn’t y’all tell me??


How did I not know how much nicer it is to sew on binding using a walking foot?  I was working on a quilt Saturday–I got the quilt sandwiched, basted, & quilted, and I was down to the binding by Saturday afternoon.  I decided to give my walking foot a go for the binding.  I have always used my 1/4″ foot for the binding but I really dislike having to sow that quilt around to get the binding sewn on–I know you know what I’m talking about.  So, I whipped out the walking foot…and voila!…so much better.  How, after a mere 12+ years of making quilts did I not know this?  I give myself a pass for the first 2 years of making quilts as I don’t believe my good buddy the walking foot came long until around year 2 or so…so, that leaves 10 years…lame–o! =)

If you haven’t tried using your walking foot for sewing on binding, definitely give it a whirl!  I used it to initially sew the binding to the quilt but I do hand sew my binding after this step.

PS….I’m hoping to be able to share that quilt up there with you sooner rather than later! =)