Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gray





After 9 months of living in my garage I got this dresser painted and put to use.  It still needs a coat of finish…but I couldn’t wait to get it moved into the house.
It has such pretty detail.  Here’s what it looked like before:

Besides painting I’ve been post-market organizing and I got some of my first quilts out to display and use.  
I made this one 4 years ago…and 4 years later it’s still growing on me.  ;) 

The other night I tackled my scrap basket.  I swear I cut for a couple of hours and barely made a dent in my scraps.  Scraps and I have a love/hate relationship.

If you want more pictures of projects, life, and non-flattering close ups of my face…I finally joined Instagram.  I’m @cluckclucksew



Monday, May 20, 2013

Quilt Market Portland


Spring Quilt Market was in Portland this year…so just a short drive down from Seattle for me. 

By now the set up is pretty simple….I hauled my big blue dresser down (it’s so heavy!), hung some quilts, and we were done!



My booth was in the Windham Fabrics section across from Heather Ross.  I had such a great time getting to know her and she’s just as sweet as she looks…even after I told her I was big dorky fan.

We were also there with Carrie of Such Designs…and her beautiful quilts.  She is so.much.fun.

It was a whirlwind weekend and I am happy to be home, unpacked, and back in my stretchy pants. ;)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

To the Point






I couldn’t decide whether to make a boy version or a girl version of this one…so I made both. 



The pattern comes in 3 sizes, crib, throw, or twin…the crib size doesn’t have borders.   It uses fat quarters, scrap rectangles, or 10" -precut squares (Layer Cakes)…and no templates.



The girl version I quilted all over with loops.  The boy version I did straight line quilting first, outlining the triangles, then I went back and did small-ish meandering on the white triangles.  The borders got some loopty-loops…but I left the print triangles un-quilted…it makes them really pop!







These were really fun quilts to make…I see many more of them in my future!

You can find this pattern in my shop.  Happy Quilting!




Saturday, May 18, 2013

Wallflowers



This quilt is a biggie…Queen size to be exact.  The blocks are 20" finished.



These blocks are really fun to make, with no templates and nothing too tricky.  My Mom made a block into a pillow…and Trish was wonderful and tested this one for me.



You can make this as a throw (9 blocks), twin (12 blocks), or queen (16 blocks).






Friday, May 17, 2013

Dixie


This is probably my favorite quilt of the new bunch…it’s a simple design and I love love these colors.  



This one is also made with Wallflowers, and is Layer Cake or yardage friendly.  I have to mention that Kathy speed quilted 3 quilts for me including this one…she saved my back big time.



This picture pretty much sums up my last couple of months…wayyyyyy too much soda. 



I’m going to need a major detox after quilt market.




I think I have the spam thing fixed...crossing fingers!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wicker



Wicker is a pre-cut strip or yardage friendly pattern in 3 sizes…with a baby quilt pattern included (it has a slightly different design).  



I used yardage of Wallflowers for this one…but I think it would make a great boys bed quilt.
 





Due to a lot of spam in my comments lately (so lame!)…comments are turned off until I get back from market and I can fix it.  If you need to get a hold of me you can send me an email at cluckclucksew@gmail.com…sorry!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A very busy table runner




Sometimes I start sewing without much of a plan, and it either turns out amazing…semi-cool…or pretty horrible.  I’d give this one a rating of semi-cool and growing on me. 
It’s very busy with all those prints crammed into one table runner!
I did this swirly quilting on it  and it was really fun once I got the hang of it!



I wrote in this post how I made the pinwheels.   The sizes of pinwheels were 8 1/2", 4 1/2" (trimmed down from 5"), and 6 1/2"…then I sewed 2" strips to 2 sides of the 6 1/2" to make the block 8 1/2" square. 


I love the look of it on my table…but between art projects and experiments it will probably spend very little time there!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Projects



Thank you for all your kind comments about the book and sweet emails.  I’m a lucky girl to have such wonderful friends (even if you’re online!) and I’m so thankful for you!
These are a couple more projects and out-takes from the book that I thought I’d share…and everybody likes pretty photos right?  Don’t answer that.


This quilt is my favorite of the book.  I love the fabrics in this quilt…it has a scrappy look without being scrappy.   I backed it with a green flannel and Christina quilted it…it’s so soft and heavy.




I have a thing for boy quilts and boy fabrics…but I do love a little (or a lot) of pink. 




And…back to the boy fabrics.


This is how we spend our afternoons almost every day…the boys looking for crabs under the rocks while I watch/eat/read/eat more.


My Grandma gave us Quillows when I was 12 or so and I hadn’t seen one since.  This one is a great size for kids…to leave in the car, travel with, or pack to the park.  Chilly feet can even fit inside the pocket!




And there you have it…a few more pictures of a few more projects!
Plus one more pretty picture just for kicks…


You can see my previous post about this book (Growing up Modern) here.  The book is available on amazon, at your local quilt shop, or if you are a wholesale shop it is also at distributors.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Book



I signed on to write this book almost 21 months ago.  21 MONTHS!!!  It’s a long process.  And literally the day I signed the contract I found out I was pregnant.  :)



Luckily the people at C&T Publishing were fabulous and let me drag the process out a little bit longer.  I’m convinced that the best time to write a book is while pregnant…that pregnancy flew by! 



All of the projects in the book are beginner friendly, simple, and usable.  I wanted a quilting newbie to be able to pick it up the book and make anything from it.



The hardest part for me in the whole process was the photography.  I had initially said no-way to taking the photographs myself…because I knew it would be hard.   But after some convincing I gave it a go.



In hindsight I learned a lot, and I’m glad I did it…even though there were many tears shed during the process (like when I took 100 pictures in the wrong format!).



By the end of taking pictures I was bribing my kids left and right.  They probably had sugar highs for a month after all the treats I gave them.  Luckily they were very patient with me (and very easily bribed). 

A Mom’s gotta do what a Mom’s gotta do.



There are 14 quilt projects + one pillow project + one quillow (a quilt that folds into a pillow!).
7 of the quilt projects come with multiple size options so you can make them in a baby, crib, or twin size.



All of the projects can be made in a weekend…or a day if you’re a crazy-pregnant-sleep-deprived-mom hopped up on M&M’s and Sugar Babies.



I have to give a big huge thank you to the people at C&T Publishing and Stash Books.  They are an amazing team with amazing editors and designers who made the process go smoothly.  



The book is available on amazon…and also might be at your local quilt shop!



You can see another book post with more project photos here.