Christmas will be here before you know it! The shelves in my Etsy shop are kind of bare, so I've been working on some Christmas table runners for the holidays and into winter. This pattern is one of my favorites - Baby Juniper from the book Angles With Ease - by one of my favorite designers - Heather Mulder Peterson. I have quite a few books and patterns from Anka's Treasures and have made many of them. This is one that I keep coming back to, and it's a great way to feature adorable fabric prints.
Above you see before and after quilting. It makes such a difference, doesn't it?
This table runner is pieced with just applique for the stars. I love the way that striped binding looks, too :-)
It's so fun to see the excitement of new quilters! Aunt Darlene began quilting with the quilting group at our church over the last year or so, and she's hooked! This is her second Jump Rings quilt - a jelly roll pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company - and you can watch the video tutorial here.
I quilted this with an edge-to-edge design called Daydream and cream colored thread. Darlene's piecing was very good, and this turned out lovely.
Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Darlene!!
And here's a little peek at what I'm loading onto the longarm tonight!
Thanks so much for visiting this week. I hope to have some finished table runners to share next Friday. I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Please stop back again :-)
This week I finished quilting my quilt from Quilt Camp 2016. Yes, you read that right - 2016. It is the Cruisin' Under The Stars pattern (also called Sparklers) designed by Karen Montgomery that requires the Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6" template set. I love those Scrap Crazy templates because you can do so many things with them, and these blocks go together so easily!
I started out with this pile of fabric. I just LOVED those green batik fat quarters! The yellow you see here is going to be the binding of my finished quilt. The piecing went together smoothly, but when it came to the quilting I hit a road block. I wanted to custom quilt it, but I was stumped by what to do in the border. I had a couple of different designs in there and ripped them out and re-quilted. I'm still not in love with the border quilting, but it is finished. I was kind of stalled on this quilt for about a month. I made a few mistakes, and I was so frustrated that I didn't even rip them out. They are still there, and I'm just glad to be done with this one.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with the way it turned out for the most part. The yellow fabric was supposed to be a border. That changed, so I decided to use it for the binding instead. It bothers me that it doesn't coordinate with the backing fabric (which I didn't take a picture of), but I'll just keep reminding myself that I got the backing on clearance :-)
The lighting in this last picture makes the pink look neon, but it isn't really, just the sun going down. And there's our boy Butterscotch.
Honestly, quilts don't always finish the way we planned, and sometimes they are draining to work on. Sometimes we are just glad it's over. I'm happy that I'll be doing the binding in the next couple of days and it won't be a UFO. And I have fun memories of piecing this with my mom and aunts. Someday soon I'll be covered up with this quilt on my couch, and all of this negativity will be just a fading memory :-)
Aunt Brenda's quilt from Quilt Camp 2016 is the last to be quilted, then I'll show you all 5 together. It'll be amazing!
I'm linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Happy quilting everyone!
Welcome back, friends. Last week I shared what I made using my new Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Ruler. I loved it, so I made another one using a charm pack of the fabric line Early Bird by Kate Spain. Her colors and prints are some of my favorites, and they give this little quilt a whole different look. See the star up there? I didn't even try to center that middle flower!
I gave a good bit of detail last week about making the table runners and using the ruler, and you can see that post if you click here. Tonight I'll just show you a few more pictures.
Just a charm pack and less than a yard of background fabric was all I needed to make one. I took good notes for myself so I can make some more of these... maybe with Christmas fabrics.
Thanks so much for visiting! I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
I have something really cool to share with you tonight! I got a new Creative Grids ruler to play with - the Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Template and Quilt Ruler. Sometimes making those geese can be so intimidating because of the stress of thinking about making perfect points, misshapen triangles, measuring and cutting odd sizes, snowballing corners, too much fabric waste, or deciding which technique to use. Quilting friends, this new ruler can change all of that. Please read on...
I have several quilt top projects already in progress, so I didn't want to start something big. I thought I would see what I could do with a charm pack and some background fabric. I planned to make some saw tooth stars rather than plain old geese. Have you noticed that the points on a saw tooth star block are just flying geese units? I followed the cutting chart in the packaging (and also conveniently printed right on the ruler itself) to discover that I could make 4 geese units with one charm square with the charm fabrics being the star points The finished size would be 1" x 2". I used the Fast Flying Geese method in the instructions.
This isn't a full blown tutorial, and I am missing some steps here and forgot to take pictures of the whole process. I've done this method before, and it seems strange, maybe even like a little magic trick, but you just have to trust that it's going to work. And those little heart shapes can make you smile while you press.
You can see the units here being trimmed with the ruler. I really love that "Trim #1" and "Trim #2" are marked on the ruler so you cannot goof up on the trimming. Line up the template markings with the seam lines and trim for perfectly shaped and sized flying geese units.
I did a little math, cut out the other pieces needed for the star block, and made my first stars in no time. These are 4" finished blocks!
Aunt Brenda also needed some flying geese units for a quilt she is working on, and she tried the ruler, too. She needed 3" x 6" finished units. Hers also went together perfectly. These shapes are very versatile and used in many different block patterns. There is the Dutchman's puzzle! Aunt Brenda gave this ruler 2 thumbs up, by the way.
That particular sewing day Mom's handsome cat Sammy was hanging around with us. He likes fabric charm squares, too. And this is isn't his first appearance on the Internet :-)
I took my 4 little stars home and made 8 more. After some careful thought about how I could make a table runner and sketching out some different ideas, I made some 1-1/2" x 3" plain old geese with charm squares (this time the charm fabric as the middle goose triangle piece). Background fabric sashing pieces were added, and for the outside border I had just enough charm squares left that could be cut in half and used for that.
If you look closely you can see that the points on those geese are so nice and pointy! I am not a beginner at this, but I really didn't have to try very hard to get that to happen.
The size of this table runner right now is 18-1/2" x 45-1/2". It still needs to be quilted, but I LOVE the way it turned out. I love it so much that I made a second one out of a different fabric line with bright, modern prints. But this blog post has been going on long enough now, so I'm saving the modern version for next week. Please come back to check it out!!!
I'm linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Happy quilting!
Last weekend I worked hard to finish piecing my T quilt blocks from Quilt Camp. I used Moda Cake Mix Recipe #2 and stitched the T block - T for Terri, of course. Mom gave me the layer cake (Sew & Sew by Chloe's Closet) to use. I had 4 yards of dark gray Kona that I used for the background, and I bought yardage for the border and binding.
I thought I'd share some info and tips that we ladies at Quilt Camp discovered when working with the Moda Cake Mix Recipes:
** When pinning the paper to your layer cake squares, be sure to pin the corners so the fabric doesn't accidentally flip under and get stitched on where you don't want it to be stitched on.
** The instructions say to press to one side or the dark side, and that is good advice. However, when you decide which block layout you are going to use you may need to go back and press some pieces in the other direction if you want your seams to nest nicely together. You'll have to see what works best for you.
** You can experiment with block layouts by making several copies of the cover page of the Cake Mix Recipe and cutting out the block suggestions. Move the pieces around and play with different layouts. I actually scanned mine into the computer and cut and pasted images into a document and moved them around to see what I liked best.
** Do shorten your stitch length some but not too much. Too much will lead to too much thread build up. The main reason for shortening the stitch length is to perforate the paper so that it tears off easily.
Are you curious about what the inside of the Cake Mix Recipe package looks like? The middle picture is the paper that you stitch on, following the arrows. There are 45 sheets of paper included. The third picture is the inside cover. There are some directions inside and general ideas about how many blocks you can make, size options, layout options, sizes with sashing, etc. These are just ideas. You can use these however you like! It's a good idea to look for those great informative online videos before you start sewing for more helpful instruction.
You can see that I pieced my blocks together with no sashing, added a 2" border of the background fabric, then added a wider outside border.
These fabrics have such a fun vintage feel to them. I'm so happy I chose that particular print for the border. I like the secondary design that forms where the T blocks come together, too.
Even outdoor cats like to get involved with quilting when they can!
I hope seeing my quilt project has inspired you to sew this weekend! Don't be afraid to try something new like a Moda Cake Mix Recipe. I've really enjoyed seeing other people's Cake Mix Recipe projects for ideas/options/possibilities, especially on Instagram. Maybe you'll consider the T block for yourself! Have a great night, friends!
It's hard to believe that a week ago tonight I was on my way to State College, PA, for Quilt Camp, and now it's over already! My mom, aunts, cousin and I spent the weekend together sewing quilt blocks and talking and laughing. This year we didn't want the stress of working on a project that we would try to get done in a weekend. So we made blocks using the new Moda Cake Mix Recipe papers and worked at our own pace. Above you can see my machine and stitching on the paper with layer cake fabric squares. It was fun because we could each choose which recipe and design we wanted to make, and everyone's is a little (or a lot) different. Today I'll show you everyone's work in progress. Here we go....
First is my cousin Emma's. Emma is new to sewing and quilting, so we each taught her a few things throughout the weekend, and she is doing great! Emma isn't sure how she is going to lay out her blocks, but I told her to experiment so that I had something to photograph. My artsy cousin will create something beautifully unique, I'm sure!
This one is Mom's block. She decided to make hers into a sampler so that each block is different. Sometimes it's just more interesting and fun to sew that way.
Brenda is making hers with Christmas fabric (she can't resist Christmas fabric). She spent a lot of time trying to decide what layout to make, and this was her favorite. Love it!!
Sharon and Alice both loved the same layout that they found online. Sharon's is above, and Alice's is below. They cut their own 10" squares. Sharon mixed different blue fabrics, and Alice chose just 2 fabrics. It's difficult to tell the size here, but these quilt centers are 32" square, I believe. They each got at least half of their blocks made!!
The blocks above are mine - the T block - T for Terri (I decided that I will keep this quilt for myself :-). There are four 16" blocks so far.
Eventually I'll be quilting this tops, so you'll have to be very patient and wait to see them finished. Everyone liked using the Cake Mix Recipe papers. There isn't much measuring involved, and if you do it right the pieces fit together very nicely.
It's so nice to have wonderful family, and we love to spend time together sharing our love of quilting.
I'm leaving in just a few minutes for QUILT CAMP, and when I get there tonight I'll get to give Aunt Alice her quilts that I recently finished for her. This first one is a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company, but I don't know the name and don't have enough time to look it up (I'm packing my bags for Quilt Camp as I type this and wait for the pics to upload :-)
The second quilt is a Halloween quilt made in kind of a tossed 9-patch pattern. It's really fun and almost kind of an I-spy with all the Halloween cats mixed in throughout the quilt. I quilted it with dark gray thread and the Bauhaus pantograph design.
Thanks, Aunt Alice, for letting me quilt for you!!
I'm looking forward to a fun weekend of sewing with my family. Next Friday I hope to share some of what we make with you. Have a great weekend!!
Back in January I was asked by my cousins to make a little quilt for their now 1-year-old son Jonas using a printed panel they had. This is a one-of-a-kind panel printed for artist Betsy Olmsted. You can check out her site and wonderful artwork here. I wasn't quite sure what to do with the panel and thought about it for a while. The colors are a little unusual for me (not a spot of purple anywhere!), and I wanted to keep it modern. I decided that I would simply add a border around it using my Creative Grids 8" Scrap Crazy templates.
I visited a local quilt shop called The Quilting Needle to to find fabrics for this project because they have a lot of modern style prints. The panel is a knit kind of fabric, so I had to stabilize it like you would for a t-shirt quilt. Just a little math was required in this piecing design. The sides, top, and bottom of the panel needed to be divisible by 8" since that is the size of the border blocks. I trimmed the panel to 24.5" x 32.5" (the extra 0.5" is added in for the seam allowances). Making those 8" Scrap Crazy blocks was a snap, I quilted it with a design called Be Bop that wasn't too dense. The backing is plush gray minky that is so snuggly soft!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this little quilt. Maybe you've even been inspired to get those Scrap Crazy templates and give them a try. Such an easy way to add something to a printed panel!
Next weekend my mom, aunts and I will be having Quilt Camp 2017. We are getting so excited, and I'll be sure to take some pictures so you can see what we are making this year. Happy quilting, friends, and I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
I'm so excited to share this quilt with you!! My mom pieced the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt using the fabric line Alice's Scrapbag. It is big, and it turned out beautifully! She took a class at the Little Foot Quilt Shoppe in Evans City, PA, to encourage her to keep working on the blocks, and she did it. My dad is also her personal rotary cutting expert who helped, too.
I quilted an edge-to-edge design called Fresco over the whole quilt in a light golden brown thread. This quilt is often seen made with modern solid fabrics, so I hope you enjoy this version using traditional style prints and colors. Mom also chose to put borders on this quilt top which is a little different than the modern styles.
Isn't that an awesome quilt? There are so many different blocks to see. I delivered it to Mom tonight, and now she has a whole lot of binding to do. Thanks, Mom, for letting me quilt it for you!
I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Happy quilting!
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!