Well, it’s certainly been a busy summer for my family! I went from having two awesome, crack-me-up nephews to three awesome, crack-me-up nephews AND a cute-as-can-be niece in a matter of two weeks. I can hardly wait to get them all together this holiday season.
Leading up to the new babies’ arrivals, we held a joint shower for the moms-to-be. In addition to picking up a few gifts from their registries, I made them each a log cabin-esque pillow featuring vintage and vintage-like patches. Since the new cousins’ birthdays are so close to one another, I loved the idea of them each having a similar gift in their rooms. (more…)
I love a favorite piece of fabric shown off in a wooden embroidery hoop. Nothing crazy, just a simple showcase for a beloved pattern. I love them clustered together or hanging on their own. Mini embroidery hoops are the perfect size for Christmas ornaments. Smaller hoops paired with a piece of fabric art are perfect for a small gift.
I’ve got a lot of Summersville by Lucie Summers scraps in my stash that I’ve been saving for a new quilt. I fell in love with the kelly green and lighter blue colorways, so I’ve saved each and every scrap to reuse in other projects. I wanted to make a thank-you gift for two bloggy colleagues, so I started playing around with a small log cabin block using only the scraps. I liked the way it looked, but wanted to add some solid color to break up the busy pattern design. Luckily I had some Moda solids scraps in my stash, too, so it was just what I needed.
After the small blocks were pressed, I added Wonder Under to the back of each and ironed on to a piece of solid gray background fabric. I planned on quilting the squares, so the added stability of the Wonder Under was really helpful.
Once the quilted square is ready for the embroidery hoop, it’s time to finish the back. Trim away excess fabric and glue into place with fabric glue, like Aleene’s Fabric Fusion. You can add a piece of felt to the back to cover up the stitching, but sometimes I like the recipient to see the behind-the-scenes work, too.
When giving a handmade gift like this, consider signing the piece somewhere or adding a tag letting the recipient know you made it yourself! I love using this “Handmade By” rubber stamp from Paper Source for my handmade presents.
It’s a new month and time for a new table runner. I’ve been trying to use my fabric stash for my quilting projects this year and this project definitely did just that! I used the green family from Malka Dubrawsky’s “A Stitch in Color” line from a few years back (it feels like it just came out!). I love the line and purchased a fat eighths bundle of it that’s been gracing my stash shelves for a while now.
For this project I ended up using all the green-ish colorways from my bundle. (more…)
It’s finished! And just in time, too! Yesterday I made and affixed the binding to my entry for the Modern Quilt Guild’s Riley Blake Fabric Challenge. We’ve had several months to work on our projects, so it’s a lot of fun to not only admire my own work, but the creative work of other guild members as well.
Back in October of last year, I received my challenge fabrics from the guild on behalf of Riley Blake Designs. As the challenge stated, I could create anything with the fabrics so long as the finished product was quilted. I didn’t have to use them all and I could actually add other Riley Blake fabrics into my design. I knew I wanted to make a lap quilt as we started to redecorate our living room; the mix of fun prints and striking solids sent to me would work well with our modern-themed decor.
I purposely didn’t have a big plan in mind for this quilt, other than wanting to make some log cabin-esque blocks and wanting to use all of the fabric sent to me. I really wanted to let my imagination rule as I started working with the fabrics; it didn’t take long to find my style and make a collection of blocks for the top.
From the Riley Blake Basics category, I added in a chartreuse-like solid for the body of the top. It worked really well with the blocks and the brightness was so attractive in the middle of winter.
Earlier in January I picked up this Deb Strain mini charm pack, as well as some coordinating fat quarters, from Guildcrafters in Berkley. Thanks to the horrendous, never-ending polar vortex here in the Midwest, I’ve been able to get a lot of crafty projects accomplished (silver lining to this awful weather, I guess?). My 2014 Valentine’s Day table runner was one of them.
I assembled the rows by hue; the pack worked out to have light pink, dark pink, white/multi and red color families to pair up. To fill in holes in the rows and add borders to the runner, I used a few strips from a Moda Marbles jelly roll I had in my stash.
For the back I used the new fat quarter I picked up from the “Surrounded by Love” collection paired with some past Moda-curated fabric from my stash.
Attaching the binding to the runner was done quickly thanks to not being able to leave the house for fear of frostbite…
The runner is out on the table and already put to good use!
As I was taking down Christmas decorations the other day, I felt a bit blue about another holiday season already on the books. The house was back to everyday order and even ::gasp:: pretty damn tidy. But then I started checking in on my Feedly and started seeing all sorts of great Valentine crafting ideas, like this post from Cosmo Cricket. And then I realized that the stores have switched from red and green to red and pink. Christmas may be gone, but another one of my favorite holidays is on the horizon – Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day quilts… Is anyone out there making one? I think it’s time for a cute mini quilt, and thanks to this mini charm pack of “Surrounded by Love” from Deb Strain for Moda, I think I’ve got the makings of something cute.
This quilt is a surprise for someone this holiday season…! It’s now back from the quilter and waiting to have its binding added. This quilt was quick to piece and features some of my favorite fabric companies, like Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman, Moda and Windham.
Yes! Quilts I took to the quilter this summer have returned to me and are getting the binding treatment. Now, I can’t show all of them just yet as some are slated for Christmas goodies (!), but here’s one that is so colorful and full of intricate pattern designs to stare at. Meet my Briar Rose lap quilt. A collection from Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics, I received a charm pack of this line to play around with. As soon as it arrived I put it to good use.
For the blocks, I simply framed each charmer log cabin style. For some prints that had an especially fun or whimsical focus print, I cut them into smaller squares and made the frame much bigger. When I pieced them together, I just grabbed and sewed. It was nice not having a plan for this and just seeing what came together.
For the solids in the quilt, I pulled from my stash. The back was also made with stash fabric.
My wonderful quilter Karen quilted this for me. This lap-size quilt would have been right up my alley to quilt myself, but I was curious to see what Karen would do with my only direction of “whimsical.” I like it! Lots of leafs, curly Qs and variegated rainbow thread.
And, of course, Ronnie wanted the finished quilt to be hers as soon as I was done documenting it. Not happening, kiddo. This quilt will most likely go to a new home!
After binge watching all five seasons of “Breaking Bad” in a matter of months, Nick and I were caught up for most of the past season and definitely ready for the finale. I’m so glad we were caught up – it was awesome watching it live and chatting with friends and co-workers about our favorite moments.
To celebrate the evening, I decided to make a last-minute tiny Heisenberg quilt along with some fake meth-inspired cupcakes to enjoy while watching. (more…)