Thursday, March 17, 2016

Make It Madness

I just received an email from Craftsy that my Quilted Leaf Potholder was selected for the Make It Madness Quilting Pattern challenge.

Today they are up against a mighty awesome pattern by Lee Heinrich at Freshly Pieced. 

Feel free to click on the link above to see how YOU can win a free online class if you vote for my pattern (Or if you vote for Lee's. I can handle the rejection) !!!!

Join in all the fun!  I plan to myself!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rodeo Rider {Baby Quilts}

This little quilt brought back all the memories of Texas, the place we called home for 13 years.  Where our youngest, my little cowboy, was born.  The corner of the world where I fell in love with the Houston Rodeo and made a rodeo baby quilt, shirts, and my very own rodeo quilt.

Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their Top Ten Videos of 2015.  The Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt I shared yesterday was one and now this top is from the popular Bloom and Bliss Recieving Blanket pattern.

I had thought I would step out of my quilting shoes and make a flannel recieving blanket.  

But then I found myself rummaging through my minky stash and couldn't help myself and made a quilt.  This backing is an embossed minky by Shannon Fabrics and is a leftover piece from my oldest son's Marquette University quilt.

I quilted it simply with a meandering pattern.  I loved the rounded look of the flannel blankets and rounded out the corners and made bias binding in a coordinating Riley Blake Rodeo Rider.  

Oh.  And did I mention I still have a girl version too?  The great thing about the pattern is that you can grab a layer cake stack and make more than one!!!  

I'm debating over pink or Aqua minky backing. Meanwhile, I will just sit in my rocker, add some hand embroidery and dream about Texas.......

 If you do make a Bloom and Bliss Receiving Blanket (#fqsreceivingblanket), or any of the quilts featured in the Fat Quarter Shop's Top 10 Videos of 2015, make sure to post it on Instagram before January 31st with the hashtag #FQSTop10 to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!


Monday, January 11, 2016

Joyful Jelly Roll {Tree Skirt }

It's never too late to make a holiday project for the next Christmas season NOW!

Actually, I always find this time of year is the best time to make all the things I ran out of time to do during the busy holiday season.  The guests are gone.  Santa's workshop is closed.  The kids are back to school. The decorations are getting packed away.

Stitch one up and find a wonderful surprise in 11 months! 

I realize this tree skirt is FAR from the traditional tree skirt fabric. I LOVE this pattern in the fun collection Jingle by Kate Spain and other holiday fabrics, however for this tree skirt I used Kindred Spirits by Bunny Hill Designs.

We have three Christmas trees in our house.  A large one in the family room decked out in greens, golds, burgundy, and red with a burlap tree skirt.  A kid tree in the basement, decked out in all the adorable kid projects and their favorite characters from Star Wars and the like with a ruffled tree skirt.  

And then there is our Angel Tree.

In 2009, our family started the tradition of collecting Angel Ornaments, each Christmas, in honor of Jamie Lynn, our very own angel.   We also have picked up more than one a few times for other family members that have passed on.  In particular, my beloved aunt who succumbed to breast cancer.  We were excited to finally have enough to get a slim 6 foot tree for our "formal" room.  It's interspersed with the ornament colors you see in the photos. The fabric could not be more perfect.

I can honestly say that this tree skirt did not take me very long at all.  I started it New Year's Day.  I never felt rushed.  I enjoyed the process. I was even bold and decided to cut the shape out with a 3" border instead of squaring it up like the original pattern.  I have to admit, I adore the tiny pink dot background fabric.

I quilted it with a floral free motion pattern on my longarm arm.  Made biased binding with the teal/aqua striped fabric from the line.  The backing is the one of the blue background florals.  Instead of ties, I opted for button and loop closures.   I love covered buttons because you can make them either blend in or pop out.  Can you guess which option I went with?

Have I convinced you yet to get a jelly roll and make a tree skirt right away?

If you do make a Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt (#joyfuljellyrolltreeskirt), or any of the quilts featured in the Fat Quarter Shop's Top 10 Videos of 2015, make sure to post it on Instagram before January 31st with the hashtag #FQSTop10 to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Blanket of Compassion

This was a commissioned quilt by a friend.  She wanted to give her friend a little comfort during a very trying time healthwise. 

I grabbed my Riley Balke Willow Fat Quarter Bundle I had planned to use on a personal quilt. I figured this was better use for it since it already had sat on my shelves collecting dust.

I settled on a giant pinwheel block plan to use up every bit of the 24 piece FQ bundle.  Each block is about 20" square.  I used the HST method of making four HSTs from one square.

I backed it with a Shannon Fabrics Yellow Minky.

Quilting it with the Daises Galore pantograph on my longarm.  Binding was a gray dot I had in my stash that seemed fitting to frame out the backing and blend in with the top.

Quilt Stats:
Size: 52"x 70"
Fabrics:  Riley Blake Willow, Shannon Fabrics Minky
Quilting: Daisies Galore Panto on Handiquilter Avante 18"

 I was so happy to get it to her quickly before the Christmas.  We started calling it the Blanket of Compassion as we were messaging back and forth, and that is the name I decided to call the quilt.

 I wasn't able to get really fantastic photos because my camera has been acting up as of late.  But it truly is a "soft" quilt, front and back!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Goodbye 2015

I've been staring at my unfinished project and unfinished blogposts list this week while company was still in town. Feeling down that there was so much to do and no way to get started with guests around.

So I decided to focus on what I DID get done this year.

-13 fully finished quilts
-5 t-shirt quilts (4 queen size)
-3 quilt tops
-1 quilt restoration
-3 large bean cushions
-1 full tree skirt
 -2 mini swaps
-2 quilted throw pillows
-3 quilted bags/totes
-3 new rosettes for La Passacaglia -1300 hexies basted

The majority resulted from my very own stash. Not too shabby considering we made such a large move and had to do renovate the studio entirely.

I had a long post with my goals in mind but honestly?  It's simple. 

Quilt more
Release more patterns
Sew my stash
Blog more. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Barn Bat Pillow {Quilted Pillow}

"When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'tis near Halloween"

I think I've mentioned it before, but my love for Halloween decorations can probably be correlated to the fact that I grew up in a No Halloween/ No Trick-or-Treat house. Every year I end up making a pillow or a quilt for the holiday.

I thought doing my nails would be enough. But it just didn't satisfy my need for a quilted thing. 

Thankfully I had this special stack of scraps that my friend Lindsey had sent me. I really was trying to stay strong and not buy this amazing Witch Hazel line from Riley Blake. I'm still sad I didn't buy any. 

I knew it would have to result in a pillow or some abstract quilt. Luckily, I stumbled onto Elizabeth Hartman's Barn Bat Tutoital. I had the right dimensions and only needed to add four solid black blocks and one Essex linen block.

I adored the bats with the very first strip.   

Before I knew it, I had made a pillow top, hidden zipper back, and binding. 

I decided to just outline the bats in black thread on my domestic machine.  Stitched the front and back together and attached the binding. I love using the binding like a piping. 

I'm already thinking about next year's Halloween project. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Flowers for Eleni

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."
~Lady Bird Johnson


This quilt. It is just amazing. I've been so honored to work on group quilts before, but this one?  This one just means so much to me. 

In the spring, a very loved quilt blogger, Rachel Hauser at Stitched With Color, and founder of Do. Good Stitches had something happen to her that I could so relate to.  Something was wrong with her baby.  She was so beautiful and shared her fears and worry over her baby daughter after her delivery. She wasn't sure of she what was in store for her darling Eleni's future.  I remember saying out loud. "Please God. Please do not let her join the babyloss club I joined in 2009. None of us members are excited to see new members". 

Then. In a flash. Jodi Godfrey of Tales of Cloth was doing a shout out for a bee blocks. Hashtag Flowers for Eleni. The irony was that I had just started making a mini charm pack of Simply Color by Vanessa Christensen that I had won in her Quiltcon class.

Within a day, I had six blocks for her to send to Australia.

As I packed them up, I had already noticed that she was receiving a huuuuge response for the flowers. And then I thought about how large it was going to be. And then I thought how expensive it would be to ship a quilt back to the states.  

Then, as if my darling Jamie Lynn had whispered in my ears "tell her you can quilt it" 


Fast forward to the finished top. It took Jodi a bit longer to send it to me than we had anticipated. Because she had received 
550 Flowers. 
From 240 quilters. 
From 4 continents. 

It took the efforts of my tallest son and husband to hold this mammoth quilt up!

Amazing, right?

Here's the ugh part. I had to take down Ole Betsy right before for our move to Utah within days of its arrival on my doorstep in Texas.  Bummer.  I reminded myself that I could get up and running pretty quickly. But then I ran into a big problem. We didn't realize someone had smoked in the house we bought, and most of it happened in what was to be and is my studio. 

Finally. Gloriously. The flooring was finally installed and I was able to load her up. 

And I might have had a bit of stage fright when I first started.

But I finally found my groove and decided on treating each hexie flower as an individual.  

I quilted leaves and swirls around each flower.

And tried to do individual designs on each flower center.  

Of course, there was repetition...but I really tried to be thoughtful for each flower.

And I would be lying if I didn't say I poured all my love and prayers into it.

Jodi sent along the great fabric for binding.

But it was a shy short, so there are two pieces of this V&Co orange added in.

Rachel should receive it soon.  But it was a crazy mail week with Columbus Day around these parts.  I sure hope she doesn't mind it came later than planned.  And I hope she knows how loved she is by her fellow quilters!  

And I love that they all Did.Good Stitches


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