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A modern cabin.

This was my first finish of 2016, and it’s all for me.

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Carolyn Friedlander is probably my favorite fabric designer and when I made Emily’s Geese quilt a couple years ago, I didn’t want any beloved fabric to go to waste.  Using those scraps and various solids from my stash (including some thrifted sheets, my new favorite white fabric) I made large (24″ and up), improvised log cabin blocks.

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It’s backed in a super soft dark gray cotton sheet I thrifted (don’t mind the wrinkles!) and the only Botanics yardage I had in my stash, Foliage in Curry.

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I longarm quilted it in a figure 8 pattern of varying heights, with white thread.

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It’s bound in a black crosshatch very similar to one from her Architectextures collection, and other scraps.

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It made it onto my bed as soon as it could and quickly became covered in cat hair :)

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For Thea.

My friend Dan commissioned me this summer to make a quilt for his newborn niece.  She was not born when I started and I didn’t know she would be a girl, but I knew the nursery would be light yellow with a traditional black and white houndstooth  overstuffed chair.

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I was more nervous making this quilt than ever before, possibly because it’s the first quilt I’ve made for a stranger.  I pulled all the yellow and black 2 ½” squares from my scrap bin and following Blue Elephant Stitches tutorial, made this quilt.  My worrying was unfounded and they loved the quilt!

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I backed it in some yellow yardage with a strip of black and white

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longarm quilted it in a loopy pattern,

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labeled it, and bound it in a diagonal black plaid.  I hope they love and use it for many years to come!

I made this quilt through both seasons of Orphan Black, a show about which I am now obsessed.  It is so good.

It’s Blowy Out There.

Blowy I finished piecing and basting this a few months back and finally got it quilted.  I rarely name quilts but a friend had said it reminded her of the wind and that sounded better than “half square triangles arranged randomly” :)

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After the mini I made for Tara, I wanted to do more straight line quilting. I did a spiral echo design in the white areas and while I’m still not totally confident in my straight line skills, this was good practice. The back is pretty puffy in the un-quilted parts, but I’m really happy with how it came out!

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It’s backed in more scraps, bound in Flea Market Fancy seed print in grey, and labelled.

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I was so happy to take photos in the park on my block, pinned to a dogwood tree.  Happy spring!

Small studio projects.

I’ve had a list for a very long time or little things I’d like to make for my studio space.  With the recent organization and burst of creativity and productivity I’ve felt lately, I finally crossed a few things off.

I attempted to make a sewing machine cover a few years ago but never quite got the math right.  I took another stab at it though and this time it was a breeze!  I used some flying geese I’ve had for a long time for one side and an (Amy Butler?) home dec print for the other.  I think I like the orange side better, it’s so cheery!

I made a set of coasters I made years ago (incorrectly, I might add) that I always hated so I just threw them out and made a few more.  I used the stack-and-whack method, based on the coaster pattern from Denyse Schmidt’s Quilts but I only used 4 fabrics and cut each 5″ by 7″ (instead of 5 by 8). I wanted to pull from both the green wall and the orange sewing machine cover.

When I made an ironing board cover a year or so ago, I cut it too small but never took the time to fix it.  I finally tore out the old stitching and added another channel for the rope and it fits so much better!  No more coming off the board when I’m ironing fabric and pulling it towards me.

For Connor.

For ConnorRemember this quilt?  The guy I made it for is having a baby next month, Connor, and the first-time grandmother commissioned me to make a quilt for him.For Connor

It’s based on Oh Fransson‘s Baby Roller Rink pattern from her book “Modern Patchwork.” I pulled blue and green scraps and bordered the strips with FreeSpirit solids.  It is backed in a Denyse Schmidt fabric from JoAnn’s and some scraps, quilted in a meandering square pattern with pale green thread, bound mostly in Madison from Happyland, and labeled.For ConnorFor Connor

I was excited to take photos of this quilt on a train up the tracks from my work.  I’ve wanted to do a photo shoot there for a long time and a train was finally sided at just the right time.For Connor

I hope Connor and his parents (and his grandma) love this quilt for a long time.

Some things!

This last week has been one of the most productive in a while.  I’ve been pleasantly busy making some gifts.

My friend Sarah asked me almost a year ago to make her a Kindle case and it finally happened.  She told me she loves the tiny clothes fabric by Aneela Hooey so I pulled some coordinating scraps and used this pattern with a couple minor adjustments.Kindle case Kindle case Kindle case    Kindle case

This pillow is for my best friend Catherine.  She accompanied me to the Little General last year and bought some fabric that she left with me.  I used the Virginia star from Carol Doak’s 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars because Virginia is where we met and became friends (though I now live in NC and she in KY).

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I started with the Anna Maria Horner velveteen and pulled coordinating fabrics.  The velveteen was definitely a little harder to work with but it made for a really cozy pillow.  I fussy cut a few sections but you can’t really tell.

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It has an envelope closure and measures 18″ square.

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I made another pillow as a sneak peek of a quilt for a baby shower.  I didn’t have the quilt done in time but I wanted to send them something useful instead of just a picture so I made this small pillow.IMG_0158It’s based on the Baby Roller Rink pattern from Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman using blue and green scraps. The pillow made it to California just in time (I photographed it at the post office!) and was loved.  I’m hopeful they’ll love the quilt too, which I’m sending off on Monday.IMG_0156

It has an envelope closure and measures a very snug 12″ x 14″.

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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!

Patchwork dinner napkins.

This is one of those projects that I’ve meant to make for years.  Whenever I go to Caitlin‘s house, I’m always pleased at all her homemade napkins used for every meal.  So much nicer than paper towels!  So, with a dinner guest coming last night, I decided now was the time.

I started with the Denyse Schmidt FMF bouquet fabric because I love it, I had a full yard, and my living room/eating space is grey and yellow. From there, I picked coordinating scraps, sewed some patchwork strips, and added FreeSpirit Arctic white.  I did my math a little wrong and they only turned out about 16½”, but that’s okay.

Now I want to make place mats, coasters, a table runner… all matter of useful things!

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.