Wednesday, May 22, 2013

peak hour

this week's wip:

As cute as this line is (Peak Hour by Don't Look Now for Riley Blake), 
I'm afraid I don't have enough in my stash.

It makes darling play quilts

Have you made it through all the entries at Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival?  You actually have 2 more days to post an entry . . . 2 entries!  Then the voting begins for each category.  If you go to her site, and scroll down,  you will see each of the categories.


Friday, May 17, 2013

reunion @ midnight

Welcome to the Blogger's Quilt Festival . . . thanks again, Amy!
This quilt falls under the "bed quilt" category.

"reunion @ midnight" will make a perfect boys dorm quilt, especially with the dark back.  I really love Lizzie's original pattern, but I had to alter it to fit an "extra long" dorm mattress.

I found the pattern in this fun book by Lizzie House.  It has 4 quilt patterns, with beautiful illustrations and step by step instructions.  The photography is incredible, not sure if it's photographed in Nepal or Utah.  Here, here and here are links to her blog posts telling about projects and showing some of those beautiful pictures from her book.

You will recognize her fabric from this popular line several years ago . . . yip, stashed!

I used this nifty Lazy Angle by Creative Grids ruler to cut the shapes.   Available at Fat Quarter Shop.  There are many sizes and variations to this design using this ruler.

Quilted on a HQ Sweet Sixteen.  You can learn more about that wonderful machine here and here.  

Learn more about the quilting in this post, which tells why I wanted to quilt . . . .

this design:

The back is created from the "discard" pieces while cutting the front.

I love how the quilting pattern shows up on the back of the quilt.

That quilting link above also tells more about quilting a name into your quilts.

Photographed in Sundance, Utah.

2 college quilts . . . DONE!
Laura is modeling the back of apron strings.


noteworthy plus

Thank you once again, Amy, for sharing your quilting AND computer talents, enabling us quilters to come together and SHARE!!!

In my house, we make "New Year's Resolutions" (so to speak) the day after the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  My physical and mental calendar evolve around this 6 month plan.

I've named this quilt "noteworthy plus".

the back.

 The fabric is "noteworthy" by Sweetwater.

This is a variation of Cluck Cluck Sew's "INSIDE OUT"  pattern.  You can find it in her pattern shop here

The pattern uses 5 inch squares, but I wanted the plus signs to be bigger, so I started with 7 1/2 in. squares.  If you're looking at the pattern, substitute the following cuttings:

1st cut - 3.75"
2nd cut - 2.50"
3rd cut - 3.75"

I love the back:

It's created from a pile of "discard" strips from the cutting phase, and the yellow square that was just too much yellow for the front.  

the contrast is interesting . . . circles, straight lines . . .

 notice how much your quilting shows up in a large negative space?

Quilted with a DSM (not the mental disorder).  I won't do it again unless my life is threatened.  Yes, I turned the whole quilt around in circles LOTS of times.  And since I was impatient and not careful, it looks organicly organic :)   

Next time I will use my HQ Sweet Sixteen.  If you ever have a chance to sew on one at an International Quilt Show or at your local quilt shop, I highly recommend it.  It's just plain fun.

pictorial process:

making adjustments
(don't let your middle schooler say "why do I have to learn this stuff? . . . I'll never use it!")





quilting some more

quilt stats:
55" x 65" (washed)
42 - 10" squares 
border made from 2.25" binding strip (from my stash)
fabric is Noteworthy by Sweetwater
negative space is kona white
bamboo batting (Joann's)
"throw" size

enjoy the other quilts:


calico calvin

monaluna log cabin

sunkissed sally

Thursday, May 16, 2013

sneak peek

Tomorrow is the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.  Hundreds of quilters will come in all shapes and sizes to display a wide assortment of quilts.  For the most part, I think it's the new generation of quilters . . . independent thinkers, stepping out of the box.  I love it!  you can use your scraps, mix and match, go "negative space" crazy etc.  And it's all acceptable and encouraged.  And best of all . . . IT'S LOVED!

You have 24 hours to prepare your post.  Actually, the linky will be open for a week.

Monday, May 6, 2013


binding quilts this week

 had to use my back up machine this week . . . the singer feather weight. . . LOVE IT!!

ken's cat's quilt:

I fell in love with these funny cats.  I'm not a cat person, but their character is so typical from what I've heard.

Don't you love a checkered border? 

A nice mix of quilting cotton fabric and flannel scraps:

The thin black and white checked frame gives it a nice touch. 

I've made this quilt twice.  Here is the second:

 I outlined the cats on the front, not realizing how darling they would turn out on the back.