Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Finished Briar Rose

Briar Rose Quilt

Stack n' Whack Briar Rose Quilt

I finished this quilt just in time for the cut flowers to be in full bloom.  I like this top even more now that’s completed…all of the colors look a better together and not so busy after a little break from it.

Briar Rose, Cluck Cluck Sew

Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew

I backed this one with a double sided minky fabric without any batting.  I have more info on how I do that at this post.

Briar Rose Quilt Backing

For some reason this one gave me trouble while I was quilting.  The minky had extra static, and I felt like I was pulling and pushing it through my machine…and then I was annoyed… so I just pushed and pulled harder and made a lot of mistakes a long the way.  ;) 

Trimming, Briar Rose Quilt

Looking back it probably would have been 100x easier to quilt this one upside-down!  Luckily the result was worth it and it is so so so so so so so so soft.

Zinnias, Cluck Cluck Sew

Friday, August 23, 2013

Quilting Happiness

Book review Quilting Happiness

I leaped at the chance to review this book.   Christina and I became blogging friends 6 years ago, and Diane I met at quilt market this last spring.  I adore them both…so the 2 of them together writing a book is perfection.

Pretty purples

There are fabulous projects in it…and not just that, but great tidbits of information, inspiration, and beautiful photography. 

Quilting Happiness

The projects are perfect to stretch me out of my comfort zone a bit…not too hard to be scary, but not whip-it-up-in-one-night projects either.   The book releases in a few days but is available for pre-order now and you can get a better peek of the inside on amazon too.

Chevron pillow, Quilting Happiness

There is a lot of great reading material and ideas in it from Christina and Diane…I’ve so enjoyed reading through it this week after I tuck the kids in bed.  Anyways…now I’m rambling, but I really did enjoy this book!

Window August 2013

Just a heads up… I’m teaching at the Avenue Fabric Studio in Victoria, BC on October 12 and 13.  We’ll be making a Suburbs quilt during the 2 day workshop and you can find more details and info about it here!


It’s going to be a lot of fun…hope to see some of you there!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

An August Top

An August Quilt Top

I sewed this top up yesterday and we took it out on a bike ride this morning to photograph.  The sun was bright as you can see!   I’m really happy with how this quilt came together…instead of all white background squares I made 7 blocks with a light gray background to mix it up a bit.  The colors are all soft and muted except for some bright pops of  orange, navy, and green. 

Basket Case Block

The trickiest part of this quilt is matching the seams in the end…and the seams don’t nest or lock…so I pin the seams as I sew to help them match up a bit better.

Basket Case Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

The fabrics are a wide variety from my stash, and the pattern is Basket Case.  I modified the pattern a bit as mentioned at the bottom of my last post.

Basket Case top

And if you weren’t already feeling a little fall in the air:


we’ve got a little (or a lot) of orange in the garden already!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sophie sewing

New Crib Sheet, Cluck Cluck Sew

I’ve done a couple of little projects this week…stuff that’s been stuck on my to-do list while I was busy making quilts.  First up was a new crib sheet for Sophie using this tutorial

I’m never buying a crib sheet again…it literally took me 20 minutes.

Posy purse fabric

Next up was a purse.  She’s been carrying around a plastic Target bag with her treasures in it for weeks…so it was time to get this bag lady a real purse.

Now it holds all her treasures + bits of trash she collects, and I clean it out when she’s not looking.

Sophies new purse

I swear I blinked and she turned into a toddler…it’s so sad and so much fun at the same time.

Now onto the next big thing…I can only take one or two "small" projects before I’m itching to make a quilt!

Basket Case Start, Cluck Cluck Sew

All laid out and ready to sew!


I’m making this quilt again… (pattern is here) without borders and 12 more blocks to make it 60” x 70”.  To make it like this you’ll need 42 – 2 1/2” strips of fabric, and 1 3/4 yards of neutral fabric. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Take a Hike

Pow Wow Take a Hike

I didn’t mean to take such a long break…but now that I have it’s sure nice to be back in this blogging space!

When Dear Stella sent me this fabric to work with I knew this design would fit it perfectly.

Pow Wow Quilt, Take a Hike

It was so fun to work with something a bit more manly and boy-ish…and these fabrics would make the best camping/outdooor quilts ever.

Take a Hike Pow Wow Quilt

Take a Hike fabric

The fabrics are Take a Hike by Dear Stella (in stores soon!) and the pattern is Pow Wow.