Friday, July 19, 2013

Antique Dresdens






These dresden plates were sitting in a box at a local antique store just waiting to be finished.  Someone spent a long time hand piecing and basting the edges, and after appliqueing them onto onto white background squares, they make a beautiful quilt.

There are some really great fabrics hidden here…like these funky little pixel people:
I got some great suggestions for how to quilt it on my facebook and instagram pages…and after chickening out…I’m sending it to my great long arm quilter.  :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SoCal


Last week we visited Southern California for my sister’s wedding….and I’ve got a mountain of laundry to prove it.
We did a ton of this:

A little of this:

And waaaayyyyy too much of this:

I came home to some fun mail…fabric ordered from Stash Modern Fabric.   I’m in love with the goldfish + blue ikat print together!

So instead of doing my mountain of laundry, we are wearing PJ’s and I snuck in some sewing:

I love going on vacations but I really love being home in my own space and in my own sheets (eww) even more!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Lone Star Love


I’ve had a Lone Star quilt on my mental to-do list since I started quilting…and seeing a block Elizabeth posted last week in Instagram gave me a push to do it. 

(The block before squaring it up)
I thought this would be a bomb (not the bomb…aaaa bomb)…but it actually went together pretty easy. 
The diamond strips are 1.5" cut and the red border strips are 1" cut.  I realized while making this, that my seams matched up better when I didn’t pin at every seam.  It might have something to do with the angled seams, being able to ease the fabric in as I go, or being able to feel where the seams intersect as I sew. 
Or maybe it’s all in my head and I just hate to pin.

After I tucked my kids in bed I spent over an hour trying to figure out the math to make this block…and after I’d wasted an hour of my "Mom" time…I did a search online and found some great tutorials!
I used this tutorial for making the center portion….I made mine a bit scrappier.
I used this tutorial for adding the borders and finishing the block.  She also has a handy chart to figure out different sizes and how bit to make your background blocks. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Robot Road Trip






I made this quilt top a year ago and with some quick quilting and binding it’s ready for use!  It’s the third or fourth quilt I’ve made with my Road Trip Tutorial
The robot fabrics are by my friend Ariel.  I love keeping little quilts like this for donating or gifting.
Whales on the back don’t really go with robots on the front….but no little boy on the planet will care.