Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tinsel Waves Quilt Finish

Hi all!  With my mom's help, I just got this scrappy quilt totally finished -- woohoo!  This sucker is mostly made from scraps from the Tinsel Swoon quilt I blogged about a few posts back.

Full disclosure—I did add quite a lot of additional fabric for more HSTs and setting triangles to get it this big. But once I had used up all my Swoon triangle scraps, I liked it enough to keep going and make it bigger - - and bigger it is! The HSTs finish 2" square, and this quilt covers the top of a queen size bed. So,  if you do the math, that comes out to approximately eleventy-billion HSTs to make this quilt.

So, the fabric deets:  
Prints: Tinsel by Cotton + Steel and several Basics by Cotton + Steel
Solids: Kona and Bella Tinsel coordinatesBackground: Crisscross in Gold Metallic from "Remix" by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman
Backing: Little Deer in Berry from Garland by Cotton + Steel (a brushed cotton, similar to flannel)

The beautiful quilting (done by Mom!) is an all-over small loop, and is quilted with a cream-colored Glide thread. Glide has a bit of a sheen to it, and I loved how it shimmered on this holiday quilt. With Christmas, I don't think you can have too much shiny, gold stuff - - - which is good, cuz there's a ton of it in this quilt!

There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to how this quilt went together. I made HSTs until I used up all my fabric, and then sewed them into 16-patches until I couldn't make anymore. I laid out many different possible layouts before deciding on this one. It was just sheer luck that I had the blocks to do this without any planning. All said and done, I only had one 16-patch left over! Pretty good for a scrappy project, huh?

Wishing you joyful holidays and happy stitching,


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ron Swanson Quilt Finish

Sharing another finish today! Here's my Ron Swanson Quilt, pattern from The Happy Zombie!

Rather than traditionally piece this bad boy, as the instructions call for, I used a gridded leave-in fusible interfacing. This helped things stay nice and straight, and was much less daunting than I think piecing all of those squares would be. It also means I cut 2" squares (the pattern calls for 2.5" squares), so my Ron is a little smaller than the original quilt. Which I was totally fine with since I really wanted it for a wall hanging instead of a bed quilt.

I made the background purple for some fun contrast, and I threw in some scattered prints in all the color types (except the white areas). 

The mustache quilting (because what could be more appropriate? Other than maybe eggs and bacon) was done by the best long armer in the world, my Mom. 

It feels so good to get some of these projects finished and shared!  :-)

Happy stitching,


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tinsel Swoon Finish

It's been *ahem* a little while since I've blogged, but I haven't stopped quilting!  Here's a recent finish of mine. This is the super-popular "Swoon" pattern by Camille Roskelley using the following fabrics:

Prints: Tinsel by Cotton + Steel and several Basics by Cotton + Steel
Solids: Kona and Bella Tinsel coordinates
Background: Crisscross in Gold Metallic from "Remix" by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman

My favorite longarmer, aka "Mom", quilted this one with these vintage-y snowflakes.

This quilt was a summer birthday gift for my sister and her fiance. I wanted them to get it before Christmas gift-giving so they could enjoy it this holiday season.

Happy stitching!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Green & Gold Mini Quilt

I'm really into making mini quilts these days. Maybe it's because they're actually "finishable" in a short amount of time, or that I like trying new techniques and playing with my scrap pile. Either way, I've been designing minis for each issue of The WhipperCrafter digital mini magazine.

This month, my little "X Marks the Spot" string pieced mini quilt made the cover! Here's a little sneak peak of the rest of the magazine.

I told you awhile ago that I started a new business, Rebel Craft Media, with two of my (amazing and talented) crafty friends. One prong of that business is a bi-monthly digital mini magazine.

From The WhipperCrafter "Green & Gold"
Project by Aimee Davis

Each issue is based on a theme that loosely ties all the projects together. We just released this month's issue, themed "Green & Gold."

From The WhipperCrafter "Green & Gold"
Project by Courtney Kyle

Each new issue is offered on a "pay what you will" price during its release month—even if that's $0. So check it out - - no risk!

From The WhipperCrafter "Green & Gold"
Project by Amber Crawley
The Green & Gold issue of The WhipperCrafter is available for purchase here, at the Rebel Craft Media store, along with back issues as well.

From The WhipperCrafter "Green & Gold"
Projects by Shannon Miller

I hope you enjoy the magazine, and happy stitching!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Polka Baby Polka Pattern Release!

Hi all,

Long time, no talk!  But the delay's been worth it - - I have exciting news!!!

I've been busy with two of my friends (Shannon Miller and Courtney Kyle) forming a new crafty biz, Rebel Craft Media. Shannon, Courtney and I have joined forces to develop and publish multi-craft media with a modern focus, including patterns, a bi-monthly mini-magazine (The WhipperCrafter) and a really swell blog full of tutorials and useful content. You'll see quilting, sewing, paper craft—the list goes on. So, check it out (and if you're so inclined, please tell your pals!).

Plus, I have just released a new quilt pattern over at Rebel Craft Media called the Polka Baby Polka Quilt. It's a fun and fast baby quilt that is easily customizable with your current favorite fabrics.

To celebrate the release, we're giving away one copy of the pattern at the end of this week (cut off to enter is Thursday, Nov. 13 at 11:59pm, EST). Go to the Rebel Craft blog to enter.

Thanks for all of your support in this new endeavor! And I'm not giving up this blog - - my posts just might be a little less frequent than they used to be, but I'm still here!

Again, thank you, and happy stitching!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sew South Swap and Echino Weekender Bag

Is there anything better than a swap? (Nope!) I signed up to participate in a little swap following the Sew South Retreat. I decided to make a super modern mini quilt with neon pink, lemon yellow and linen for my partner. It's a little wrinkly in the photos, but I really love how this turned out. 

Construction was fairly straight forward once I figured out what I was going for. I basically cut in the colorful strips into the background—the pink first, then the yellow. 

I quilted parallel to the yellow strips at varying widths.

I shouldn't even show you the back because holy COW, did that sucker pucker up, but whatever—I still like it, even if it's not perfect!  I had this cool piece of gradated yellow fabric in my stash, and it went perfectly with the pieced-in yellow strips. It was a little thin, and I basted with pins instead of spray, both of which didn't help with the pucker situation. But I figure it's a mini quilt, destined for a wall, so it's fine. The pink corners on top are for hanging, and the one in the bottom right corner is a little label.

My swap partner, the lovely and talented Asha, sent me this amazing embroidery hoop bag. We all got a little addicted to embroidery during Sew South, thanks to Alison Glass, so Asha figured this was a safe bet - - - and boy was she right!

One of my (several) current cross-stitch projects is living in this bag, so I'm using my awesome swap gift every single day!

I think my favorite part are the little words of inspiration in the bottom corner . . . . 

Last but not least, I'm working on Amy Butler's Weekender Bag. Some of my buds in Charleston convinced me to jump on the bandwagon and make one of these (kind of terrifying) bags. We got a little kick in the pants to get started when a 2014 Sew Along was announced - - you can read about the Sew Along here, hosted by Modern Handcraft, Sew Lux, and Love By Hand.

I'm using an Echino print for the main panels, Pennants Waving by Rashida Coleman Hale for the lining and Domino Dot in Starfruit by Violet Craft for the piping. I'm using store-bought strapping for the straps.  Here's my progress so far!

 What have you been working on?

Happy stitching!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Once Upon A Time" Cross Stitch Sew Along

The insanely talented gals at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery have designed a year-long mystery sampler, all themed around "Once Upon A Time." We are now 5 months in, and I figured it was time to show y'all what I've been working on!
On my scroll frame.

On the first of each month, the Pumpkins release that month's stitch chart. By the end of the year, the sampler will be done and ready for framing!  I LOVE fairy tales, so this was a "must-do" for me!

Snow White with laundry supplies, magic mirror and poisoned apple

I'm stitching on a hand-dyed crystal linen (it has sparkles in it!) from Picture This Plus. It looks a little gray in the pictures, but it's really more blue than gray.

The Frog Princess, her (pre-transformation) prince, and valentine's sweet treats.

The 3 Little Pigs, a huffing & puffing wolf, and the brick house.

Goldilocks, the 3 bears, bed, chairs and porridge.

Jack and the beanstalk, his cottage, cow, magic bean, and pot of gold.
I'm actually all caught up so far! I can't wait to see what June brings!  You can still buy the pattern here and join in the fun if you're interested in sewing along.

Happy stitching!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Scrappy Improv Pillow

I was lucky enough to get to go to the Sew South Retreat this year, hosted and organized by the lovely Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane. One of my favorite things was that everyone who went took the same classes together.

This scrappy improv pillow class was taught by Kati (From The Blue Chair), and it was so fun to see how different everyone's projects turned out!

Kati told us to bring a bag of scraps to use to make our pillow, and I pulled (mostly) greens, blues and purples. That little piece of pink floral snuck in somehow, and I had to use it - - it's one of my favorite scraps! That piece of text print in the middle was rescued from the trash can at Sew South!  Total dumpster diving score!

I've always sewn my pillows right sides together and then turned out to finish, but I decided to bind this one. I'd been seeing a lot of bound pillows online and really loved the look, so I decided to give it a shot. I love how the binding looks on this - - a very clean finish. The back is a simple envelope style. I used Essex yarn dyed black, with a piece of my favorite Tula Pink Accacia raccoons thrown in, too.

In the background, you can see a little sneak peek of my Tula Pink Peaks and Valleys quilt from the Oct. 2013 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting - - - I want to bind it before I show you the whole thing, but soon. . .. very soon . . .  :-)

What have you been up to?

Happy stitching!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Rainbow Baby Quilt

I know it's been awhile since I've really posted - - forgive me!  I've been busy sewing, I promise!  :-)

This little quilt has just now been gifted to a very loved friend of our family who is expecting her second (a girl!) any second now - - - -so I can finally share this Rainbow Baby Quilt!

I really love how this easy quilt turned out. It's a simple variation on my Easy Baby Boy Zigzag Quilt tutorial. This quilt is the same interior, but I added a narrow white inside border and a scrappy exterior border.

This entire quilt was from my scrap stash - - woohoo for scrap busters, right?  The background is my fave - Essex yard-dyed linen in Flax. 

I did a lot of straight line quilting, following the lines made by the chevrons, which provided some nice, square filler in the empty spots. It crinkled up nicely after it was washed, too - - I love (and fear) that part of the process!

I can't wait to meet this little girl, and I hope she loves this happy little rainbow quilt!

Happy stitching,


Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Modern Quilt Perspectives" Blog Tour and Giveaway

I love books because I love stories. And not only do I love stories, but I love stories with a twist ending or a hidden meaning—something that isn't obvious, but is totally there. I'd never looked at quilts as a method of storytelling, but this book has changed that for me.

Let me back up . . .

A few years ago I was working as an editor for F+W Media craft books (super fun, right up my alley). I had the luck to attend Quilt Market several times to help man the company's booth, see the sights, source new trends and talent, and just generally rub shoulders with the glitterati of the quilting world. That's where I met Thomas Knauer.

I honestly can't even remember how we started talking, but I do recall falling very easily into a long conversation about quilting, post-modern art, the modern quilting movement, fabric - and a whole slew of other items - and needless to say, I was intrigued. I had just met this guy—a relatively new fabric designer—and he was blowing my mind with his perspective on quilting. To Thomas, quilting is more than just fabric and design—quilting can be a powerful art medium.

Long story short, that first conversation eventually lead to a publishing deal—and now I have in my hands "Modern Quilt Perspectives" - Thomas's first (of many, I hope) quilt book.

Honestly, I couldn't put this book down. The first flip through made me slow down to read, and then I was reading it cover to cover. The thing that struck me most is the additional level of meaning and story built into every quilt. This is a book full of beautiful quilts that you'll absolutely want to make. But in addition to the fantastic designs and color use, each quilt was designed to tell a story about a time or a place, a feeling or a goal. Some tell about shared moments between two people, and others represent political movements. Big to small, profound to simple—these quilts are about more than design, they're about the people that use them.

At the risk of sounding corny, this book moved me. I can't entirely explain that feeling, but it did.

I love lots of the quilts in this book (seriously, there are at least 4 I want to make), but this one is my favorite. "Ampersand" is pieced to be a jumping off point for story-telling and story-making. The "&" symbol is made up of fussy-cut fabrics, each showing a specific image that can be incorporated into a bedtime story—princesses, animals, trees, etc. Using "and" in storytelling allows the tale to keep building and building and building...  Thomas describes using this quilt to make up stories with his daughter, each pointing to an image and using "and" to help build their tale. Love.

This is a book you will want to read cover to cover, over and over again. I think you'll be touched by the meanings behind these quilts like I was. I know I haven't looked at quilt making in quite the same way since.

Thomas is kindly allowing me to give away a copy of "Modern Quilt Perspectives" to one of you lucky folks!  Just leave one comment below about why you would like a copy, and make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. The giveaway will close on Thursday, March 27 at 11:59pm EST.

You can buy your own copy here, too.

The giveaway is now closed. The winner is #80 (chosen by Random Number Generator) who said:

June D said...
I'm a fan of his - his blog is on my list to read and be inspired by. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of his book.
Congratulations, June! I'll send you an email about getting your prize to you!

Keep following the blog tour (posted below) and check out previous posts to see more from the book!

March 14: Thomas Knauer http://www.thomasknauersews.com/
March 15: Lisa Sipes http://thatcrazyquiltygirl.blogspot.com
March 16: Robert Kaufman http://www.swatchandstitch.com/

March 17: Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
March 18: Katy Jones http://imagingermonkey.blogspot.co.uk/
March 19: Bill Volckening http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com
March 20: Kelly Biscopink http://stitchyquiltstuff.com
March 21: Audrie Bidwell http://blueisbleu.blogspot.com
March 22: Mary Rachel Kolb http://maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
March 23: Rachael Gander http://imaginegnats.com/
March 24: Sew, Mama, Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/
March 25: Cloth Paper Scissors
March 26: Cheryl Arkinson http://naptimequilter.blogspot.com
March 27: Quilting Daily http://www.quiltingdaily.com/blogs/barb/default.aspx
March 28: Fat Quarterly http://www.fatquarterly.com/blog/
March 29: Pellon/Erin Sampson http://pellonprojects.wordpress.com/
March 30: Sew Modern http://thatswhatshesewed.com/
March 31: Rachel May http://quiltingwithamodernslant.com/
April 1: Quilty http://www.heyquilty.com/blogs/
April 2: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
April 3: Quilter's Connection http://quiltersconnection.ca/blog
April 4: Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com/
April 5: Generation Q http://generationqmagazine.com/
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
April 7: Sara Lawson http://www.sewsweetness.com/
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki http://gogokim.blogspot.com
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale http://www.iheartlinen.typepad.com/
April 10: Thomas Knauer http://www.thomasknauersews.com/ - See more at: http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/#sthash.6VQYysud.dpuf

April 1: Quilty http://www.heyquilty.com/blogs/
April 2: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
April 3: Quilter's Connection http://quiltersconnection.ca/blog
April 4: Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com/
April 5: Generation Q http://generationqmagazine.com/
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
April 7: Sara Lawson http://www.sewsweetness.com/
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki http://gogokim.blogspot.com
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale http://www.iheartlinen.typepad.com/
April 10: Thomas Knauer http://www.thomasknauersews.com

Happy stitching!