October 31, 2013

International Quilt Festival ~ here I come!

Hang on to your wallets, I'll be in Houston for the International Quilt Festival on Saturday and Sunday!

When I'm not shopping, I'll be Instagramming some of my favorite quilts with the hashtag #quiltfestival.  If you want to find me on Instagram, I'm here.

If you haven't seen the best in show yet, you must check this out!! This is "Chihuly's Gondola" by Melissa Sobotka - a Texas gal who has only been quilting for 6 years. This gives someone like me hope!  I cannot wait to see this in person - the pictures are beyond amazing!  Here's a link to the major winners.  Enjoy!

October 29, 2013

Broken Herringbone Top.... REVEALED!

Molli Sparkles

After several months of loving participating in the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt-A-Long (#msbhqal for your Instagrammers), the time has come to link up and share our finished quilts (or quilt tops, as the case may be). 

Here's a little walk down memory lane!

So, I decided to do a rainbow layout, and here was my first mockup...

broken herringbone mockup

Then came time to do the blocks.  A quilt like this allows you to fall in love with your fabric all over again. I carefully picked out 2 1/2 inch strips to put into this quilt.  My quilty friends laugh at me - I am a total sucker for ROYGBIV (rainbow) quilts.  I just love bright, saturated colors.   So, selecting the fabrics for this was SO MUCH FUN!.

My first broken herringbone block - love it!

Aqua block x 2!

Navy blocks x3 are done - only 5 blocks left!! My design wall isn't big enough!


I did some strip swapping for those colors that I was lacking in - mostly yellows and navy blues (thanks Ms. Molli and Leigh Anne!)

And, this was the end result! 

I'm calling it...

Rainbow Herring {Bad To The} Bone

#msbhqal rows are pieced!!!

Broken Herringbone Top - Finished!!

You have to go check out all the Broken Herringbone Quilts that have been finished - you will just HAVE to make one for yourself, I promise you won't be sorry!!

October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Cartwheels Quilt

My second entry for the Blogger Quilt Festival is Cartwheels - the quilt I made for my friend's two daughters from their baby clothes.  

Quilt Stats:
Size - 40 x 54
Blocks made from baby girl outfits
Background - Apple Jacks in Grey
Backing - Flannel from Marmalade

Took Cartwheels for a spin at the Capitol today. Love it!

I had so much fun putting this together - although I will admit having to stabilize almost every piece did add some time - I love the scrappiness of the finish.  Not too girly, but just perfect to snuggle with. I used flannel on the back for extra softness. 

Each block was totally unique and my friend tells me that when she looks at it, she can remember the outfit and where the girls' wore it. 

Making a baby clothes memory quilt for my friend using the Cartwheel block pattern by Lee at Freshly Pieced.  Loving it so far...

Making a baby clothes memory quilt for my friend using the Cartwheel block pattern by Lee at Freshly Pieced.  Loving it so far...


Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ Holiday Sparkler!

I am really excited to submit my Holiday Sparkler Wall Hanging as my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  This is such a great event - if you haven't heard of it before, click the link and check it out. Oh, and you might want to have about 3 free hours to sit there and admire all the amazing entries!


Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Winter Wonderland by Judy Niemeyer
Fabric - In From the Cold by Kate Spain
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. for piecing - monofilament (can't remember which brand) for quilting
Size: 17" x 49"

Originally, I had this in mind as a table runner, but I love it so much, I just can't imagine hiding it on a table - it's going to be hung out for the entire holiday season at my house!

I recently took a class teaching the Judy Niemeyer technique for paper piecing.  If you've seen any of her patterns, you will know that these are not for the faint of heart.  But, I've been kind of obsessed with paper piecing this year, so I decided to give it a go!

I didn't want solids, so I went with the tone-on-tone red and white snowflakes from In From the Cold - it really gives the quilt added dimesion.

Each of one of these stars has 136 individual pieces, yes....1.3.6

So, after all of this work to get the paper piecing done, I was paralyzed about quilting it - I didn't want to detract at all from the piecing, so I hesitantly took out my monofilament. I have had very mixed results with monofilament before - lots of breakage and knotting.  But I love the finished look of it - especially when you want the piecing to be the "star." I said a little prayer, and got started. 

I decided to simply do straight-line quilting and outline the stars and borders. I think the monofilament worked better with straight line quilting than it has before trying to free motion.  I only had a few knots and breaks.  I really couldn't be any happier with how this turned out.  I know it will be a holiday favorite for years to come!

p.s. I have to note here the irony that I am trying to take photos of my "holiday" quilt and it's 80 degrees here in Austin. We rarely get snow - my house is decorated for Halloween, and I couldn't pull together a holiday shoot - so, I just went for it and took photos with the flowers that are still blooming!!  I tried to fade them here and make it look less like summer ;)

If you haven't entered a quilt yet in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, you absolutely should do so ~ entries are open for the next week or so. She is also giving away a Baby Lock Melody as well - I am a Baby Lock girl and would love to have a Melody to add to my collection, this would be the perfect machine for any quilter!

October 23, 2013

Busy Little Bee!

Wow ~ I guess I was not totally prepared to have two children in elementary school as well as sports commitments, working full time and trying to also volunteer to chair our Guild's 2014  QuiltFest all at the same time.  I have been living in a whirlwind the last few months! 

I have also started a local petition regarding the safety of the Highway where I live and was interviewed by the news yesterday and have been working to get the attention of the transportation authorities! There have been multiple deaths and terrible accidents out by my house and I've just decided that something needs to be done.  If you would like to sign my Change.Org petition regarding the safety of the highway, I would appreciate it. You don't have to be local to agree that safety is an important issue! 

On to a lighter topic - my quilting bees! I had to seriously buckle down and finish up some bee blocks and get those out the door. My sincere apologies for those that were {ahem} a little late...

Get Your Your Hex On! October block for Deanna :) this is so fun and will make a gorgeous quilt!

October block for Julie

September block - better late than never, right?

Also, I've finally quilted this Christmas Star table runner/wall hanging.  I'm absolutely in love with this - hence why it will be a wall hanging, not a table runner, where it might get food on it!! I'm thinking about entering this in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, so I may have a longer post on this later this week, with better photos and stats.  Hope you are working on something fun today!!

Paper pieced Christmas table runner.

October 7, 2013

Catching Up!

Wow, it feels like ages since I've posted.  I had a wonderful time at my quilting retreat last weekend.  Seriously, with a view like this, how could you not have a good time.  

There were nine of us sewing together and all of the proceeds went to support Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  I couldn't ask for more. 

I actually got some sewing done!  Here is my Broken Herringbone quilt top - looking fantastic, if I do say so myself!

I also finished this little quilt which will be used by a friend who is a photographer and was wanting a quilt for photographing newborns - it is blue/gray on one side and pink/purple on the other so it can be used for either little boys or girls.

I finally finished my Swoon blocks, wow, what a relief ~ and boy, I love these!!
Quilt retreats rock! :-) #swoon2013

I got started on my Double Wedding Ring - I will get some pictures posted of the progress on that soon. Boy, am I glad I had that laser cut! I think that will be a lifesaver.

Finally, I got all of the rows pieced for a t-shirt quilt I am doing for some friends.  Wow, what a busy weekend!

And just to top off the amazing weekend, I received a swap package for the Halloween Sewing Swap and I was just floored by its awesomeness! Thank you so much to my partner Mary Gardina!
This is just the jump start I need to get ready for fall!

Have a wonderful week everyone!  I've been posting lots of progress pics on Instagram of all my projects, so please friend me if you are on IG, I'd love to follow you too :)