March 4, 2016

Gravity Quilt

At long last, I can declare this amazing quilt finished!

Quilt Stats:
Quilting: Custom by Happy Me Quilting
Size: 97" x 96"

I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves - this quilting done by my longarmer is just stunning.

 And finally, although this is not a bed quilt for me, I wanted to see how it looked on my bed!

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February 23, 2016

Monster Mash Churn Dash

I have a new feature on the Moda Bakeshop to share with you - either follow the link or you can see the whole post below. Enjoy!!

monster mash churn dash button

Welcome to my ghoulishly fun tutorial! I am Stacey from The Tilted Quilt.  I have taken a very well known block, the Churn Dash, and changed it up just a little to showcase these hauntingly fun fabrics from The Comstocks.   The finished product is a 9-inch  "chubby" churn dash block that can be whipped up in a snap. This is my original mockup..

18 Fat Quarters - I used Haunted Gala by the Comstocks
2  yards for sashing and border - Moda Bella Black (9900 199)
4.5 yards backing
1/2 yard binding

This quilt finishes at 59" x 79".

One small note on this pattern. Now is a really good time to make sure you have a scant 1/4" seam going on your machine. Everyone achieves this in a different way - but I have found that if I use a 1/4" foot and then move the needle one thread over to the right, I can get pretty darn close.  If you take the time to perfect your 1/4" seam,  you will really see the positive benefits when making half square triangles (below).
Sort your fat quarters into 9 pairs, choosing contrasting colors for each pair.  Each fat quarter pair will make two churn dash blocks.

Making the Half Square Triangle (HST) (4 per block)

To make the HST's, you will need two four inch squares in contrasting fabrics - here they are represented by gray (Fabric A) and green (Fabric B).

center squarehst2

In order to make my HST, I use a Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Marker.  Place your 4" squares, right side together.  I place the marker down diagonally across the 4" square and mark on either side of the marker all the way down.

Next, sew on each of the lines, then cut down the middle of the two seams, and press seams to the darker fabric. One pair of 4" squares creates 2 HST's.
Trim your HST's to a 3 1/2" square. 


Repeat this process to make 2 more HST's for a total of 4 per block.

3 1/2" square Side Units (4 per block)
For this unit, you will need two strips of fabric. The first one, Fabric A should be 1 1/2" by at least 15 ". The second strip should be 2 1/2" by at least 15".
Sew the contrasting strips together, then subcut into 3 1/2"  Side Units, like this.  Make 4.
side unit

 3 1/2" Center Square  from Fabric A (1 per block)
center square

Lay out the block, as show below. Here - the skeletons are Fabric A, and the orange dots are Fabric B.
Sew the rows together. For the top and bottom row, press the middle unit toward the outer units. For the middle row, press the middle unit toward the center, so that your seams will nest together when assembled.

I was able to make two churn dash blocks from each fat quarter, and I alternated which fabric would be the churn dash, and which would be the background.
Sashing and Border
Sashing is optional - for this colorway, I found that adding solid black worked really well to break up the busy-ness of the fabrics.
For the sashing, I cut strips 1 1/2" wide. Add between each block first, then connect rows with one large sashing strip.
A border is also optional - for this quilt, I wanted to have spiderweb quilting, so I added a 3 1/2" border around the entire quilt as well.


I hope you enjoy making this chubby churn dash block! Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

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January 20, 2016

Flower Box Baby Quilt - delivered!

Hello there! It's been such a long time since I have blogged, but I am really going to make an effort this year to continue to document my quilting journey.  You can always see my progress updates on Instagram, but I want to be able to visit with you in more detail here as well.  I have about 6 quilts in the finishing stages, and I want to make sure I document each and every one of them, since they are all a labor of love.

Speaking of labor {ha!}, I started this quilt as a baby gift last year, and just now finished and delivered it, only about 10 months after the sweet little girl was born.  I used a fat eighth bundle of Daydream by Kate Spain. I thought the palette was just perfect for a little girl quilt, and since I only have boys at home, this was the ideal project!

I ran across a tutorial and pattern from Bee in My Bonnet Co. and decided it would perfectly highlight the fabrics.

So, off I went and here is the finished product: 

As a side note, I have decided that I really LOVE piecing quilts.  I don't really LOVE quilting the quilts. So, I have found a wonderful quilter who has been doing all of my quilt work for me. And, I am not guilty - not one bit! Emily at Happy Me Quilting does fabulous work and she is very quick! You might actually see one or two of my quilts on her website landing page ;)

The quilt has been delivered to a very appreciative family - and I have finally checked this off my to-do list.

Have a wonderful day - keep calm and quilt on!

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May 14, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Modern Building Blocks

I always love participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. A no-pressure, inspiration-filled way to share our recently finished quilts.  Today, I am thrilled to enter my Modern Building Blocks quilt, a kit put together last year by Moda.  It uses an amazing palette of Moda Bella solids and, I may have said this before once or twice, but I think this is my favorite quilt I have ever made!

96" x 96"
Pattern: Modern Building Blocks by Moda
Fabrics: various Moda Bella Solids
Thread: Aurifil 50wt neutral for piecing
Quilting: Straight lines 3/4 inches apart 
by Happy Me Quilting

I started it in August of last year, but I didn't finish the top until early this year.  I contemplated the various quilt designs I could choose, and decided just to go with straight line quilting. The result is clean and doesn't distract or cloud the star of the show, which are the quilt blocks.

In fact, I almost feel like when you look at this quilt, it looks like a printed piece of fabric - all cohesive and unified as one design, despite the multitude of block sizes, colors and styles.

This quilt is now happily residing on my son's bed, until I can steal it back for him. His "forever" quilt is currently at the longarmer. I'll be sharing that with you soon!!

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do! Go visit all of the amazing quilts in this Festival, which runs May 15 - 29.

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