Those Trees Throw Quilt: Metallic Thread & Wool Batting
|57 x 69 Those Trees Throw Quilt, pattern by Zen Chic Moda available here|
|57 x 69 Those Trees Throw Quilt, pattern by Zen Chic Moda available here|
Hello, there, quilt lovers! Happy FRIDAY! Do y'all realize that Christmas Eve is only two weeks away?! Hanukkah is over and done with for 2021, and Kwanzaa, Ōmisoka and New Year's Eve celebrations (and the resolutions of the new year) are sneaking up on us quickly. This will be my last time hosting TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday) in 2021! I'm looking forward to seeing what all of you have finished recently, whether it's a completely finished quilt or garment, a finished quilt top, or just a finished block. ALL finishes count! The link up is all the way at the bottom of today's blog post, because first I have a special finish of my own to share with you.
|90 x 93 Lazy Day Quilt from Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! book, 3rd ed. (affiliate link)|
This is my nephew Alex's college graduation quilt. He graduated this past June, and I tried to give him cash, but he asked for a quilt instead. 💓💓💓.
|Simple Piecing, Double Batting, & Modern Curves Extended Width E2E|
Of course, I wasn't able to attend his graduation in person thanks to Plague Protocol...
|Big Alex Graduates from UC San Diego, June of 2021|
I didn't want this to be another of my seven-year quilts, so I found this easy pattern in the book Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, 3rd ed. (By the way, the 2nd edition of this book taught me to make my very first quilt -- I noticed the newer 3rd edition when browsing at Barnes & Noble and bought it because all of the projects have been updated to appeal to modern as well as traditional quilters, and the new projects looked like they would be great for quick gifts).
Y'all, I need HELP!!! Australian pattern designer Sarah Fielke is relaunching her popular BOM (Block Of the Month) programs from previous years, ALL of them, running simultaneously in 2022. I have admired her designs for several years but have never done one of them before, and I can't decide between three of them. So I am going to show you the three BOM quilts, and then I am asking you to help me decide by either commenting here on the blog, or if you get my blog posts as an emailed newsletter, you can just hit reply to that email. If any of you are planning to join one of these BOMs for next year, please let me know -- I'd love to have "virtual company" on the journey!
Okay, here is Bachelor BOM Number One, the first of Sarah's patterns to catch my eye because I am totally smitten by the huge folk art style rabbits in the outer borders. They remind me of William Morris and The Velveteen Rabbit and the fable about the Tortoise and the Hare:
|Down the Rabbit Hole by Sarah Fielke, BOM from 2017|
Bachelor BOM Number Two would be sure to hold my interest over the year because it involves such a great variety of techniques and skill challenges. Do you see the sweet singing birdie with the sixteenth note to indicate that he's singing? There is appliqué, English Paper Piecing, Hawaiian appliqué in this project... Never a dull moment and only Happy Days with Bachelor Number Two!
|Happy Days by Sarah Fielke, BOM from 2016|
Hello, friends, and happy Nearly Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States! Today's post is something I've never done before -- a shopping guide chock full of gift-worthy goodies that I personally would love to find under my tree on Christmas morning. If you have quilters, sewists, or embroiderers on your shopping list this year, I have some suggestions that are sure to be received with delight. (If YOU are the quilter/sewist/embroiderer reading this post, you may find a few items for your OWN wish list). What's more, every item on my list is in stock and coming from a small craft business owner via Etsy -- and none of them contains those pesky microchips that are delaying just about everything else you might want to buy for the holidays this year.
|A Few of My Favorite Tools|
Each of the items on this list is something I personally own and love, or something I currently have on my own wish list. Feel free to share this post with others, post on social media or wherever. Disclaimer: this post does contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase after clicking my link. I do appreciate your support of my wicked thread addiction! 😉
1. Hand Embroidered Felted Wool Pin Cushion from Etsy maker Martha of Quilt Shenanigans. Who is this good for? Anyone who does any kind of sewing at all can use a pin cushion, and these must take Martha hours to individually hand stitch and embellish with tiny beads. Her hand stitching is exquisite, the felted wool is soft and luxurious to the touch, and the pin cushion is well-packed to hold its shape and is stable on a flat surface. Even the slenderest pins slide in and out with ease, and she has lots of beautiful designs in stock to choose from.
|My New Favorite Pin Cushion, made by Martha of Quilt Shenanigans on Etsy|
2. Handmade, Hand Paired Embroidery Scissors from Maison Sajou. These are manufactured by a 200-year old company in France, but available in several Etsy shops. I got mine from Penelope Textiles' Etsy shop. A few things to know: There are lots and lots of cheap imitations out there for a fraction of the price, but while the mass-produced knockoffs might look just as cute as photo props, there is no comparison to the way they actually cut. It's like the difference between a Wustof steak knife versus the plastic knife that comes with your takeout order. The lesser version SORT of cuts, but not cleanly or easily and it's not a joy to use! Authentic Maison Sajou scissors are individually handmade by French craftsmen, with hand paired blades that are kept together throughout the entire production process to ensure that they match up perfectly. They are sharp, accurate, and cut smoothly and cleanly all the way to the tip (which is absolutely crucial for snipping the inside corner seam allowances in needle turned applique). Who is this good for? Anyone who enjoys any kind of hand stitching like cross stitch, embroidery, needle turned applique, or hand quilting would love to receive a pair of Sajou scissors! In addition to the Hare design that I own, there is also a cute Eiffel tower version, gorgeous Art Nouveau Peacock scissors, and other historic reissue designs to choose from. Of course, if you just want a cute pair of scissors for a photo prop, those cheaper knockoffs will suit you just fine!
|Hand Paired Hare Embroidery Scissors from Maison Sajou, via Penelope Textiles on Etsy|
I don't normally post a client's post before they get it back from me, but my client Megan was so excited by the "teaser photos" I emailed her of her finished quilt that she gave me permission to post them right away. If she loves this quilt now, I can't wait until she sees it in person because it is just unbelievably soft and cuddly and even more gorgeous in person than it looks in the photos!
Megan pieced this striking quilt using vintage Kaffe Fassett shot cotton stripes (affiliate link -- you can still find these on Etsy!) that she's had in her stash for awhile, and when I saw the pictures of her quilt top I was instantly smitten by the way her unexpected cool turquoise sashing and binding fabric contrasted with the mostly warm, autumnal tones of her striped fabrics. So much energy and life in this pairing, don't you agree?
|68 x 78 Shot Cotton Swatches Quilt with Curly Weave E2E Quilting|
Good morning and happy Tuesday, friends! I have so much to share with you today, so let's dive into it. First up is a lovely, snuggly flannel-backed Chevron Memory quilt that my client Sarah made in remembrance of her grandmother.
|70 x 90 Chevron Memory Quilt with Filigree E2E Quilting|
|Sarah's Pieced Backing, Flannels and Regular Wovens, with Filigree E2E quilting|
Happy Almost Friday, y'all! I'm hosting the TGIFF Thank Goodness It's Finished linky party this week and I have THREE "Big Quilt" finishes to share with you -- one made completely by yours truly over the past SEVEN years, and two large beauties that I recently had the privilege of quilting for clients. At the bottom of this blog post you'll find the link up where you can share a recent finish that YOU'RE proud of, whether it's a finished top, a completely finished quilt, a finished garment/bag/home dec project, or just a finished quilt block.
First, oh my gosh, you guys -- Colleen, are you still out there somewhere??? I have been posting about my progress (and lack thereof) with this monster of a pineapple log cabin quilt off and on since I started it in 2014, and I know some of you longtime readers thought I would never finish it. One reader, Colleen, used to regularly encourage/nudge/plead with me to finish this quilt, but I haven't heard from her in awhile. Colleen, if you're reading this right now, THANK YOU for keeping the faith!
|My 120 x 120 Pineapple Nostalgia, 2014-2021|
You can learn more about this quilt from this previous post, written when I finished quilting it but before it was labeled and bound. It was foundation paper pieced on my Bernina 750QE, the logs finish at 3/4" wide, there are 97 pieces in every block and 36 blocks in the quilt, and the batting for my Pineapple Nostalgia quilt is Quilter's Dream Wool to get some loft without weight, since the heavily pieced quilt top weighed a ton all by itself.
Happy Thursday, Friends! I just finished writing a different blog post for TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday) that I've scheduled to publish automatically at 6 PM EST this evening, since that's when Friday begins for those linking up from Australia, so be sure to check back for that one and link up your own finishes, even if it's a small finish like a single block completed. Meanwhile, I have a couple of extra-special client quilts that I've been wanting to share with you.
This first one belongs to Julie, whose puppy chewed a hole through all layers of the quilt at the top edge. These dogs sure do keep me busy, don't they?! I neglected to get a good "before" phot of the entire quilt before I started working on it, but here's what it looked like when it was nearly ready to go home again:
|74 x 84 Vintage Equestrian Applique Quilt, After Repair|
|Detail of the Worst Damage Area|
|Same Spot On the Quilt, Backing Side|
|Repairs Completed, All Machine Stitched|
Hello, friends -- I've missed you! Happy November!
The longer it's been since writing a blog post, the more I have to share, the longer it would take to write about everything I'm working on, and the less time to get anything finished. I have a folder on my computer desktop where I keep photos of things I want to post about and if it was a REAL folder, it would be splitting at the seams and pictures would be falling off the desk and onto the floor. I've been working on so many different quilts for clients lately that I'm dying to share with you, but since it's a brandy-new month I've decided to keep it personal and just share my own projects and plans with you today. I'll be linking up today's post with One Monthly Goal (as if) and To-Do On Tuesday linky parties in addition to my other favorite parties.
|My Deco Bed Quilt Fabrics, Revised to Coordinate with Anna Maria Horner Backing Print|
|Deco Bed Quilt Will Finish at 102" x 102"|
Oh my gosh, you guys -- check out the quiltaliciousness of this fabulous Magic Carpet Quilt that I completed last week for my client Ann! Ann pieced the top using Paula Nadelstern's Duets and Poured Color fabrics from Benartex. She followed a FREE Benartex pattern called Magic Carpet that was designed by Stephanie Sheridan specifically to promote the fabric collections, available from Benartex here.
|Modern Eccentric E2E in Variegated 40 wt YLI Cotton Thread|
|46 x 52 Deco Baby Quilt with Orange Zest E2E Quilting|
|Orange Zest E2E Stitched in Glide Thread, Apricot Blush|
Woo-hoo! It's finally my turn to share my project on the Scrappy Improv Quilting blog hop, hosted by Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation in conjunction with the release of her newest book! When Kelly asked me to participate several months ago, I was thrilled to accept because: 1. I have never done ANY improv quilting before and it's something I've been wanting to try anyway, and 2. the "mini quilt" projects in Kelly's book are small and manageable, most finishing at 24" x 24" like the one I'm sharing today. Great size for experimenting with new techniques when you're not sure you are ready to commit to a huge bed quilt.
|My 24 x 24 "Heartbroken" Improv Mini with Rose Texture B2B Quilting Design|
The project I was assigned is called "Heartstruck" in Kelly's book, and it's the Valentine's Day project from her Seasonal Sensations chapter. Most projects in this book finish at 24" x 24", by the way, which is awesome for your front door, entryway, classroom, office -- any space you're wanting to brighten up with a splash of quilty cheer that can be swapped out regularly so you never get tired of any one quilt. Since many of my clients drop off and pick up their quilts from my home, I'm thinking of making a whole series of these mini quilts to display on my front door to welcome new clients -- and to reassure them that yes, this IS the right house where the quilter lives!
|Kelly's 24 x 24 "Heartstrings" Improv Mini, As Featured In Her Book|
I've been getting the best baby quilts in for quilting lately! My customers are giving me so many ideas that I'm stowing away for the next time I need a quick baby shower gift. Check out this first quilt from my client Julie:
|36 x 45 Baby Quilt with Rapunzel B2B Quilting Design|
|Quilting Detail. Glide Thread in Cotton Candy + Quilters Dream Bamboo Batting|
Good morning, my lovelies! I have been "SEW" busy lately that I'm starting to accumulate a backlog of things I wanted to share here on my blog. Today I'll show you the last two 10" blocks I made for my Retro 'Eighties Building Blocks sampler (adapted from the 2014 Moda Modern Building Blocks QAL). Here's what the design wall is looking like these days:
|All of the 10 inch Blocks Are Completed!|
Today's post will be quick, short on commentary, and loaded with photos because I just could not resist showing you how gorgeous my client's Prismatic Star Queen turned out after quilting!
|91 x 91 Prismatic Star Queen, Custom Quilting Completed|
|Feathers Aplenty, Feathers Galore|
Good Morning, Happy Friday, Happy Labor Day Weekend, and Happy September! It was in the fifties this morning in Charlotte, which felt GLORIOUS after the sweltering hot Armpit-of-the-South weather we've had for the past few months. Fall is my favorite time of year and it can't get here soon enough!
Sneak Peek of the Custom Feather Quilting Under My Needle
I've spent more time quilting in the studio than sitting at the computer lately, so I have lots of things I could be sharing with you. Today, I thought folks might like to see a custom quilting project that I'm working on for a client right now and learn a little bit about what goes on behind the scenes when custom quilting with digital designs. Spoiler alert: the process is not as automated as you might expect! Here's my client's quilt top, prior to being loaded onto my frame;
|Auditioning Threads for Mildred's 91 x 91 Prismatic Star Queen Quilt Top|
Oh my gosh, you guys -- I am so, SO pleased with how the quilting turned out on my longtime UFO pineapple log cabin quilt!!! 😍😍😍
|Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt with Moulin Rouge E2E|
I was so relieved when I got to the bottom of this quilt without having to piece any extra batting on the sides! The widest batting comes is a stated width of 120", and packaged batting usually gives you a few inches more than what it says on the package in the length, but the width of a roll is the width of a roll. Whew! Normally, I make sure to have at least 4-6" of extra backing AND batting on all four sides of a quilt.
|Glide Thread in Sea Foam, Moulin Rouge E2E Quilting Design|
I have a gorgeous client quilt to share with you today, but first -- OH MY GOSH; it's SO QUIET and empty in my house right now!! If either of my sons was home right now instead of being away at their respective colleges, they would definitely still be asleep, but still. The silence of the suddenly-empty nest is deafening!
|My Son Anders -- and My Kaleidoscope Quilt -- Live at Furman University Now|
|Anders' Quilt Blessing at Christ Lutheran in June, Photo Credit Annabelle Laine|
I don't think I ever shared any photos from the quilt blessing at our church, Christ Lutheran, back in early June. They did it outside with just a few families at a time this year due to the pandemic, and summer photography intern Annabelle Laine took this great photo for us.
Some of my long-time quilting friends out there thought this day would never come, but there's no going back now -- I loaded my pineapple log cabin quilt last night and the quilting will commence TODAY!
|Loading My Massive California King Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt at Last!|
Here are the answers to the most common questions I've gotten about this project over the years:
Good morning and thank goodness it's Friday, everyone! I haven't been blogging as frequently as usual because I've been busy, busy, busy. My oldest son Lars just got home from working all summer as a camp counselor and he leaves to head back to college this Saturday. My younger son Anders' 18th birthday is TODAY and he heads off to begin his adventures as a college freshman next Thursday. I've been doing lots of laundry, birthday planning and college shopping for the boys to ensure they have everything they need for school.
Of course, quilting has been happening, too -- I'm behind on a few quilts that I wanted to share with you, and today I want to show you this Olga quilt (a beginner quilting pattern from Tuesday Bassen, inspired by vintage Scandinavian textiles and available for purchase here) that I quilted for my client Yolanda. The most amazing thing about this quilt is that it was made by a TOTAL beginner -- not only is this the first quilt that Yolanda has ever attempted, it's her very first project on her very first sewing machine. She did an amazing job -- I would never in a million years have known that she was brand-new to sewing if she hadn't told me that when she dropped off her quilt top!
|60 x 60 Olga Quilt with A Bit of Fun E2E|
Yolanda requested a "simple meandering quilt design" for this throw quilt destined for sofa snuggling, and I suggested A Bit of Fun E2E, which combines a basic meander with loops for a playful counterpoint to the rigid geometry of the piecing lines.
Today's big news is that my Q-Matics computer robotics that has been backordered since May finally came in and was installed on my machine yesterday!
|Q-Matic Computer is Here, Up and Running on My 13' Long Arm|
It took my dealer about 5 hours to install my Q-Matic, and I managed to piece two more blocks for my Retro '80s Building Blocks sampler quilt while he was working in my studio.
|Progress on my Sampler Quilt Project|
Good Monday morning and Happy August, y'all! I'll get to my goals for the fresh week and shiny new month later in this post. First, I want to show you this beautiful Positivity quilt, pieced by Julie Kennedy of Julie's Quilts & Costumes, and quilted by Yours Truly:
|60 x 80 Positivity Quilt for Mercyful Quilts QAL|
|Positivity Quilt Pieced by Julie, Quilted by Me|
If Prince Charming was a LeMoyne Star quilt block, then Wendy Welsh of Wendy's Quilts and More would be my Patchwork Fairy Godmother. I am just ridiculously happy about how perfect this 10" eight-pointed star block turned out on my very first try, nice and flat and zero puckers in those Y-seams, and all this was accomplished without any seam ripping or swearing, thanks to Wendy's fabulous Hand Piecing 103 - 8 Pointed Stars video.
|10 inch LeMoyne Star, Block 15 for my Retro '80s Sampler Quilt|
I prefer the cleaner look of the traditional block with the Y-seams for my own quilts, and I relish a good piecing challenge. This is supposed to be a skill building project, after all!
I finished the partially-pieced block I shared in my last post (also with unnecessary simplification seams removed in favor of Y-seams) and that one came out pretty good, but I'm regretting using white thread because I can see little white thread dots at the center of the block. I might redo that center bit with red or blue thread.
|Block 12 Completed, 10 inches|
My mom came over to sew with me after church on Sunday, and I decided to get back to my languishing Retro ‘80s Building Blocks sampler (also known as Nanu! Nanu!). I got one simple 5” block cut out and sewn together and another more complicated 10” block cut out and partially pieced before my mom called it quits and I decided to spend the rest of the afternoon playing with my spoiled rotten Rottweiler.
|Block 12 in Progress, 10 inch Version With Y-Seams|
My Retro '80s Building Blocks sampler is adapted from the Moda Modern Building Blocks Sampler that was released in 2014. I changed the block sizes from multiples of 6" to multiples of 5" to get the size I wanted, which complicated cutting considerably since I no longer have "ruler-friendly" fractions for most blocks, substituted out a bunch of blocks, and have redrafted any blocks that Moda simplified because I'd rather sew Y-seams than have unnecessary seams bisecting all of my diamond patches. The whole point of this sampler was to be a skill builder, after all.
|Moda's Version of Block 12, 12 inches, with Easier Bisected Diamonds|
Today's post needs to be a quickie because I have a full day ahead of me, but I just had to share pictures of how that white-on-white "pieced whole cloth quilt" turned out. My client picked it up yesterday and she'll be surprising her mother with it when she flies out to see her tomorrow.
|The "Pieced Whole Cloth" Quilt, Bound and Ready for Gifting|
|56 x 68 Finished Quilt with Bailee Quilting Design|