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For Mom.

I am embarrassed to admit how long I was a quilter before I made one for my Mom and how long ago I started this particular quilt. But all that aside, it’s finally finished and received and we are both so pleased with it.

Swoon for Mom

I received a fat eighth pack of Jay McCarroll’s Habitat line for a MQG challenge quilt awhile ago and I fell in love with it so I ordered more and got to work on the Swoon quilt. It’s a bit of a tedious pattern so it languished in a box for awhile until I got the burst of inspiration I needed to get it finished.

Swoon for Mom.

I pieced a back with the scraps I had, quilted it in Virginia with a flourish pattern called Denali in a pale mint green thread, bound it in Kona berry, and labeled it.

Swoon for Mom

Swoon for Mom.

It was a windy and very sunny day when I photographed it, which makes for washed out pictures, but big thanks to Denise and Austin for helping out and holding it up for me!

Swoon for Mom.  Swoon for Mom

Color wheel quilt.

This quilt is the iconic project from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts that Cait and I made back in September. It never laid flat and was a real challenge to quilt but I finally finished it!Color Wheel Color Wheel Color Wheel

I trimmed it down to 45″ square, backed it with a vintage sheet I love, quilted it in Virginia with a needle and thread pattern, machine bound it in musical notes, added a hanging sleeve, and now it adorns my studio wall!

Some quilts.

I spent a lovely and snowy weekend in Roanoke with Lindsay and Ursula working on a few quilts.

 I took two with me and finished up a third one while I was there. I left behind a feather pillow (made from Anna Maria Horner’s block pattern found here) as a gift to Lindsay for all her help and willingness to let me use Ursula.  And of course, for her friendship.

My current WIP list.

It seems like something that’s good to start the year with, a compiling of all the projects in some stage of completion.

Swoon: I finally finished this top a few months back and I have the backing fabrics all waiting to be pieced.  I’m looking forward to taking this to Lindsay and crossing it off the list!

Color wheel: this was one of the Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts projects that didn’t get completed last year.  It was a frustrating project and doesn’t lay flat but I’m hoping a little long arm quilting will help mellow it out.  It will make a great addition to my studio space.

T-shirt quilt for Holly: I have been working on this project for way, way too long.  I MUST FINISH THIS QUILT.

Selvedge spiderwebs: I have been working on this quilt for about two years.  I have all the linen cut out and glued to paper so I just need to sit down and finish it!  Maybe at a sewing retreat this spring.

Single Girl: I have been hand quilting this for nearly a year and a half.  While I am really wishing I had had it long arm quilted instead, I know that once I finish I’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment and will cherish it for a long time.

It’s Blowy Out There: I made this HST quilt from scraps a couple months ago and now it’s all basted and read to be finished.

Before I tackle those, I have a few commissions and trades I need to get (started and) finished first!

Kindle case for Sarah: this should be a quick project but it’s taking me along time! Nothing like a deadline though, I have to finish it by tomorrow!

Baby roller rink: this is a commission for a family friend and her first grandchild.  It is based on this pattern and will be made of scraps.  I’m hoping to finish it by the second week of February!

Set of dinner napkins: this is a trade for an art piece with my friend Liz.  She is moving away in March so I need to finish them ASAP!

Chicopee log cabin: this is my first quilt commission for a stranger!  It’s a really nice woman named Sarah who is getting it for her mom, to be completed by the first week of March.

Kaleidoscope in Field Study: this is a queen sized quilt for a trade for a large painting by my good friend Laura Lashley.  I’m really excited about this and while there is no actual deadline, I’m hoping to finish it by the end of February.

Stacked Coins for a good cause.

This quilt was the February project from Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts that Cait and I did.  I finished it today and I am donating it to a charity auction for a woman named Sarah Garcia, a 32 year old mother from my church that has triple negative breast cancer.  The benefit is Thursday night and I hope it goes to loving home and helps out the Garcias.

This goes on my list of favorite quilts.  I ventured into unknown territory for the quilting, trying a feather fill for the turquoise areas.  I definitely had a few puckers but overall it went really smoothly and much quicker than I anticipated.I backed it in some fabric I got from my cousin last year (from Ikea maybe?) that has a nice silver shimmer to it. I added one of my labels and bound it in a Habitat by Jay McCarroll and old Joel Dewberry print.

One down, one to go.

I was a part of the Hand to Hand Market in Greensboro yesterday. There was a good turnout including some friends that came by to see me. It wasn’t quite as successful as I hoped but I had a good time and people seemed to like what I make. Special Friend Ian hung out iwth me for a few hours which I really appreciated.I am glad that I don’t have to sew frantically for the next two weeks to prepare for the Krankies Craft Fair.  I am going to make a few new-to-me things in that time, which I’m excited about.  Hopefully I’ll sell a couple quilts, too!

In my craft fair preparation, I finished two quilts last week, two that I had started a long time ago and am so happy to have finally finished!

This quilt started as one of a pair, a boy and girl version, but the first one was finished almost two years ago and I sold it at last year’s craft fair.

I used the grey, green, and blue colorway of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley along with Kona in navy and charcoal. It’s backed with Valori Wells’ rose flannel, a strip of scraps, and my label, and it’s bound in a green solid from my stash and a few more scraps.

I quilted it with an orange peel pattern in navy blue thread, one of my favorite designs.  It’s a little wonky since I wasn’t really following any lines but it works.

Little Bits is a quilt that was one of the Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts projects I’ve been doing with Cait this year (read the first post here).I was going for a more sophisticated look on the front and more playful on the back.  I pieced in a label, quilted it in a swirly pattern with pale green thread, and bound it in a black plaid.These two were part of a basting spree I went on last week so I still have two more to quilt and I think I’m going to try something new on one of them.  I pieced in labels reading 2012 so I have to finish them by the end of the month!

LMP+QG September: Color Wheel Quilt

Each month my friend Cait and I make a project from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.  You can see past projects here.

I really struggled with this quilt, part of why I finished it a week late.

Picking out the fabrics was the most fun for me.  The cutting felt tedious, the sewing wonky, and the finished top does not lay flat.  And it got dirty while taking pictures.

But from far away, I love it.Be sure to check out Caitlin’s lovely mini!

LMP+QG August project: Kelly’s Pincushions

Each month, Cait and I make a project from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.  You can see past projects here.

Cait and I got together one Sunday afternoon and made these simple pincushions, a much welcomed break from quilts.  I grabbed scraps to make two and I’m really happy with how they turned out!

The blue and turquoise one in the front is Cait’s pincushion.Be sure to check out Cait’s post!

Next month: Color Wheel quilt.

LMP+QG July: Little snippets quilt

I began writing the post for July’s LMP+QG project on the 16th of this month, having just finished the front, back, and binding, way ahead of schedule.  Then I was hit with two weeks of sickness and I went from being ahead of the game to behind, once again.

Each month my friend Caitlin and I make a project from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.  You can see past projects here.

Caitlin and I decided that this month’s quilt would be small, which made for a pretty quick baby sized quilt.  I wanted to work completely from my stash but I didn’t have any yardage of solid so I went with this small dot that I’d used in this quilt.

For the back I used a Lizzy House Castle Peeps print and lengthened it by using the same technique from the front to make larger pieces with the same black prints.

The front is really minimal and sophisticated while the back is more playful.  I’m not sure if they really work together though, or which one I like more…

I have no idea how I’m going to quilt this but the binding is made from the bias print plaid and a couple more snippets of green.

Be sure to check out Caitlin’s beautiful pillow!

It’s done!

So it turns out that sewing on snap tape sucks.

It was definitely the most labor intensive part of this duvet cover, Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts’ long-overdue June project.  (You can see past projects from this book here.)

Now it’s finished and I’m happy about that, but I’m not sure I actually like it. I bought the Meadowlark by Denyse Schmidt print before I decided to paint my bedroom wall bright magenta, but hopefully the colors are bright enough that the combination will grow on me.

I don’t currently own a comforter, so I thought this would be a good motivator to buy one (and dream of colder days). The pattern made a duvet 80″ x 86″ but most of the comforters I found at Ikea were 86″ square so I made the outer borders all the same width.  I also varied from the pattern by top stitching two lines in bright orange around the outside.

Make sure to check out Caitlin’s beautiful duvet!  I love that Lotta Jansdotter print, I’d like to make some curtains from that (if it didn’t seem to be sold out nearly everywhere)!