Friday, July 18, 2014

Sewvivor -- CityHouseStudio

Here is my entry into Sewvivor 3: Quilters Edition -- a New York Beauty Mini quilt.
Here you can see the small scale of this quilt -- it finishes at just under 20 inches square.

This mini quilt uses the NYB block 4 template, and some of my favorite Katie Jump Rope fabrics.  I absolutely love the KJR yellows!  This quilt was definitely a challenge to piece, but fun, too.  I loved seeing the tiny paper pieced sun's rays come together!  And I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I had to make sure that all of those curves matched up really well before I was satisfied.  I've seen NY Beauty blocks quilted in a variety of ways, but I'm really happy with how I chose to quilt it -- straight line rays in the middle, and circles that gradually widen around the edges.  
(quilt back)

Thanks so much to Rach H at Family Ever After for hosting Sewvivor 3!
I was SO thrilled to hear that it was a Quilter's Edition!

Bright Solids

I recently finished another quilt!
This one has been a work in progress for quite awhile.
Last year sometime, I asked my do. Good Stitches bee mates to make Road to Tennessee blocks with bright Kona solids.  The blocks sat in my sewing room for a long time, until I came up with a layout that I liked.  I love how the one block set in a square of white really shows off the pattern.

I quilted the white spaces in straight lines -- rectangles around the outer edges of the quilt, and straight lines that echo the center solids in the middle.  The rest of the quilt is quilted in a swirly/loopy meander, in a bright variegated thread.  Fun!


The finished quilt measures 62 x 50 inches.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts at Finish it up Friday!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Favorite Quilt

I'm linking up with SewMamaSew's "my Favorite Quilt" post today -- such a fun series and link-up party, too!
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt is definitely my Farmer's Wife Quilt, which I finished in late 2011.  The background is Kona Snow, and the fabrics are Sugar Pop by Liz Scott for Moda.  I started with 1 layer cake and a couple of 1/2 yards, but had to order more when I was about halfway finished -- another layer cake for variety, and another couple of 1/4 yards of my favorite prints.  This quilt is made of of 90 blocks, to celebrate my Grandma's 90th birthday.

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests? 
No.  I finished it just in time to give it to my grandmother for her 90th birthday -- so I missed the deadline on the Minnesota Quilt Show and State Fair.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
(Quilt Back)
My Grandmother, of course!  But my mom, aunt, and uncle helped me with the paper piecing of these blocks -- you can read more about the process in the original post
What do you like best about the quilt? How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I love everything about this quilt!  There are some blocks that were so tricky, but I just love how they turned out.  I certainly got a lot of practice paper-piecing while making this quilt -- so now I feel like a paper-piecing pro!  This was the first queen sized quilt that I free motion quilted myself.  I used a fairly small meandering pattern throughout the solid fabric.  I love how it made the individual blocks pop!
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I don't think I'd change a thing -- I love it just the way it is.
Where is the quilt now?
The quilt is in my Grandparent's condo, in their guest bedroom -- it's a beautiful space!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Adventures in Free Motion Quilting

My 2nd entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival this spring is a quilt I'm calling "Adventures in Free Motion Quilting."  The pattern is called 9-Patch Puzzle, by The Girl Who Quilts -- isn't it fabulous?!  Such a great pattern for using large scale prints.   For the 8 inch squares I used up most of my AMH Good Folks stash, and the borders are all various shades of Kona creams and browns.  I LOVE this quilt!

The back is made up of some "orphan" blocks, also from AMH Good Folks fabrics.  I don't remember when I made these, or why I didn't make enough for a full quilt, but I really like them on the back of this quilt.

Here you can see my quilting a little better -- for each of the front sections, I tried a different FMQ technique.  I had Angela Walter's book sitting open near my sewing machine, and when I finished one section, I'd look through the book for inspiration for what to do next.  There were many times when I was worried that I was ruining this quilt - but it was great practice, and it helped me figure out which designs I had fun doing, and which ones I'd never choose again!

Quilt Stats
Blogger's Quilt Festival "Home Machine Quilted" Category
Fabrics: AMH Good Folks, various shades of Kona Cotton solids
Pattern:  9-Patch Puzzle
Quilting:  free motion quilted on my Juki
Size: 64 X 72 inches
Binding: leftover scraps from the quilt top
Backing: orphan blocks plus large pieces of Kona solids

Thanks so much for visiting!
Enjoy the rest of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Scrappy Sticks

Hooray, it's time for another Blogger's Quilt Festival!

My first entry this time around is a quilt I'm calling "Scrappy Sticks."  I made up a tutorial for this quilt block for my do.Good Stitches group a while ago, in an effort to use up small scraps.  My plan was that the center strips in each block would line up, but the side strips would be a little wonky.  I think it worked!  And I'm so happy that it's (finally) finished!

Quilt Stats
Fabrics: lots of scraps, in one inch wide strips
Background: various shades of solid gray
Quilting: straight lines in pairs on either side of the block seams, with free-motion quilted pebbles between the scrappy strings
Size: 44 X 55 inches
Binding: a yellow print from my stash
Backing: an Ikea white text print

Thanks so much for visiting!
I hope you enjoy the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Skirt

I agonized over fabric for a long time for this skirt -- voile or cotton, color, large or small print -- then finally decided on one of my favorite Katie Jump Rope prints.
Anna Maria Horner's free pattern was easy to follow, the only tricky part being the elastic waist.  Rachel's advice about watching a show while threading elastic was perfect -- it made this job much less tedious!  

Beautiful, right?!
The only problem is, it looks terrible on me!  The quilting cotton is so poofy, that the shape makes me look huge(!!!), even if I wear it pretty low on my hips.  There is just so much fabric!  I'm thinking about re-doing it -- maybe taking out about 1/2 of the fabric on one side -- so it's less full.  Or making another one in voile, to see if it would lay a little flatter.   It's always an adventure, trying to sew clothing, isn't it?!

I'm linking up with the Flirting the Issue Sew Along at Stitched in Color!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

In Progress

My sewing room is finally back together -- it was a long two weeks of tearing out walls, ceiling, and putting it back together.  Hopefully we've solved the leaking roof problem and my room will stay dry next winter.  I have a few painting touch ups to do, and then I can move all the fabric back in!

While my sewing machine was hanging out in my bedroom, I used my bed as a design wall/space, and finished putting together this quilt.  I used 8.5 inch squares of a variety of AMH voile fabrics.  I'm planning to back it in AMH flannels, but I'm nervous about quilting voile -- I've never done it before, and it seems so slippery!  I'd love any advice if you've quilted with voile fabrics!