August 24, 2016

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by Sharla at Thistle Thicket Studio for the "One Lovely Blog" award. Thank you so much Sharla!

As a part of it I'm to share 7 facts about me. Here we go.
  • I am the oldest of 6 girls. I loved having sisters and wish I lived closer to them now. They are all completely lovely. Being the only girl in the house now has been an adjustment for me, though of course I love my boys!
  • I met my husband on a blind date, we were set up by a mutual friend. I was in a bit of a man hating phase at the time and only said yes because his name was "Danny", and I'd had a history of dating and liking people with that name. Ridiculous, but I'm so glad I did!
  • I grew up in a musical home and learned to play the piano and violin. I have my mother to thank for this- she is a gifted pianist and kept me practicing. Playing both is a joy for me, but these days I mostly just play the organ for my church service on Sundays.
  • I never imagined I would be an avid quilter. I was never into sewing until a few years ago, I found it frustrating and couldn't understand why anyone would do it :)
  • As a teenager I had a mild obsession with all things Italian, and studied abroad there in early college. We lived in Siena where I worked in a restaurant, took language and cooking classes and traveled on the weekend. It was dreamy. Thank you mom and dad!
  • I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe in and love Jesus Christ as our Savior. His gospel brings blessings and joy to me individually and to my family.
  • I am completely addicted to chocolate, something I'm not necessarily proud of. I bake cookies, brownies, and cakes at least twice a week. It's bad news. 

Here we are at my sister's wedding reception this summer.

I nominate Janice at Color, Creating, and Quilting.

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the image of the award on your post.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them.

August 22, 2016

First Snow Pattern Available!

I am happy to announce that PDF patterns for my quilt "First Snow" are now available for purchase! You can find it in my Craftsy shop here.

There are two variations included in the PDF version, with full instructions for both.

I'm so very grateful to Julia @redrainbootshandmade and Elizabeth @beth4619 for helping out by testing the pattern. Not only did they check all my math for me, but they provided invaluable encouragement as well. Thank you friends!

Paper patterns will be available in a few weeks, with separate patterns for each variation. Thank you for support and encouragement! You quilters are the best people around :)

August 19, 2016

Rise Quilt- Block 8

Welcome back Rise quilters! I got a little crazy with the pattern this round. If you've ever used half square triangles before, you know the possibilities for arrangement are endless, and I didn't want to restrict you to just one. So the pattern is a bit open ended, and leaves lots of room for creativity! I'm so excited to see what you come up with.

Unfortunately, this one was kind of a flop for me. I totally missed the mark on the design, it looks like half one, half the other. But, like I've said before, once they are all together it will be adorable and no one will care about the overly scrappy Block #8! This month has been totally bananas at my house and there was no way I was re-doing it. So in it goes!

My test helpers were the same as last time, with the addition of Jessica @craftycop, my angel friend. You should probably look up her boy version of this on IG, it is sooo cute!

See you next time for the LAST BLOCK!!!

August 8, 2016

Monday Mockup 11

Today's mockup is my plan to use up my scrappy low volume stash! I have a healthy pile of low volume since I usually omit it from my projects. Low volumes are the first thing I pull out when using precuts, because I usually like things to have high contrast. But, I do appreciate the beauty of a softer palette, and am excited to have a way to use my stash.

When I started quilting, the term low volume confused me. According to Craftsy, the definition of low volume fabric is:
A Low Volume fabric can best be defined as 
a fabric which shows up as a light solid (or nearly solid) 
in a black and white photograph. These fabrics can vary from 
the lightest tone on tone fabrics, to text fabrics 
printed on a light background, to light floral fabrics.

I am going to alternate Bella Aqua solid with these scrappy low volumes, which are an assortment of fat quarters, leftover yardage, scraps, and layer cake squares.

The only down side to scrappy quilts in my book is that you can't strip piece them, which makes things so much easier and faster. But, it's completely worth it to use up your scraps and create this beauty!

For this quilt, there are just two blocks. Fabric requirements are as follows:

Block A:
  • (9) 2.5" solid squares
  • (12) 2.5" low volume squares
  • (4) 2.5" background squares
Block B:
  • (4) 2.5" low volume squares
  • (2) 2.5" x 6.5" background pieces
  • 6.5" x 10.5" background piece 

The blocks are 10" finished, and arranged alternately in a 9 by 7 grid. You will need 32 A Blocks and 31 B Blocks to make a 90" x 70" quilt, a perfect twin size.

Now I have two scrap quilts in the works (the first one can be found here). Hooray! Who doesn't love scrap busting? I have only ever completed one scrap quilt, which can be found here.

What's your favorite scrap quilt?

August 5, 2016

Rise Quilt- Block 7

Welcome back! This round is one of my favorite blocks. No sideways turning or tricky trimming this time around :)

Block 7 Pattern

I've had some questions about joining late and previous patterns. Here are a few reminders:

It's never too late to join. These patterns will be on my blog for as long as the internet is a thing :) I will be offering a paper pattern eventually for those who prefer that.

All the patterns for the blocks can be found on the "Rise Quilt Along" tab on the top right of the blog under the pictures and title.

We have two more blocks after this, then borders and prairie points. There will be a giveaway at the end, and those who completed participated in the sew along in any way will automatically be entered, even if you only sewed one block!

Here's my block for this round. I'm very grateful to Michelle (@coleandtaffy) and Jennifer (@crimsonconfection) for helping me out by testing this one. You ladies are the best!

As always, thanks for sewing along! 

July 31, 2016

Norway Quilt

Since I just posted a mockup a few days ago, I thought I'd share one of my pre-blog quilts today instead. We need some pictures of real quilts around here! This is Thimble Blossoms' Norway pattern that I finished over a year ago.

It has already been through lots of use and washing, so it's crinkly and delightful. It's a favorite around here because the back is personalized to our family. I used the Spell It With Moda patterns to spell our last name, with a cute little mini Swoon.

I couldn't decide between scrappy or solid, so I used both kinds of blocks. I've seen some really beautiful versions both ways. Three of the blocks are from Miss Kate printed solids, and then the rest are with scraps from my stash. It's a great 2.5" leftover strips project. The pluses and binding are also the Miss Kate printed solid, in grey. I used Moda Bella 97 for the background.

The backing is a blue/green check from Bonnie and Camille's Happy Go Lucky line that I got on clearance about 2 years ago. Often my backing decisions are dictated by budget, but I find this forces me to stretch creatively and think of things I wouldn't otherwise turn to, which is always a fun adventure. Plus, this is a great print for a boy house!

Another reason I love this quilt is because it reminds me of my mama- she loves red and navy, and this is her favorite quilt pattern. I need to make her one! I probably would have given her this one if it didn't have the wrong last name on the back :) I wouldn't mind making this pattern again, it really is a fun one, especially the scrappy blocks. We are off to visit her for several days this week and I'm so excited.

This one is quilted by Hollie Rawe, the mother of one of my friends growing up. She is in Modesto, CA and has done several quilts for me, she always does a wonderful job. I'm not sure what this longarm pattern is called, but I love it.

 See you on Friday for Block 7 of the Rise quilt, we are getting so close to the finish!

I'm adding this post to this fun link party that I sometimes remember to join :)

Sew Fresh Quilts

July 27, 2016

Red and Aqua Quilts Galore!

I have been on a huge red and aqua kick lately. No kidding, you say. But even more than usual!

First of all, I have a new pattern- First Snow- which is in the testing phase. I am excited and a little nervous about it. It will have two block variations in one pattern, and here is one of them:

My IG friend Julia  @redrainbootshandmade is going to sew up this version for me. She makes such beautiful things. Have you seen her barn quilts? Check out her shop, I think you will find you probably need one :)

Recently the town of Bothell, WA suffered a fire that destroyed 17 businesses on their main street, many of them historical. The local fabric store is collecting red 9-patch blocks to make quilts to give to those who were affected. I love to participate in things like this. I'm grateful to the people who put them together. If you are interested in helping out, you may send 6.5" unfinished blocks (2.5" pieces) to:
Keepsake Cottage Fabrics
818 238th St. SE
Bothell, WA 98021

As I was working on blocks to send, I had an idea for my next quilt. Every time I make a project that uses red and aqua (which is like 95% of the time, ha) I'm going to use some of the scraps to make a few nine patches. They are so easy! When I have enough collected, I'm going to make a quilt that looks something like this. It will be my second true scrap quilt and I'm really excited about it.

This week I also finished a little pillow that has the first dresden plate that I ever made. It has some special fabric in it- the Tasha Noel that I bought with my mother-in-law back in 2013 when I had just barely started sewing. I love how it's finished off with Tasha's newest line- Pixie Noel, it was the perfect binding for this project! My middle son wanted to model this one since his big brother got to hold the last pillow I made, and I was more than happy to indulge him in that.

I used Essex Linen in black for the background, and the center is the Miss Kate aqua printed solid. The rest has Lecien, Simple Life, Riley Blake Swiss dots and some Daysail.

Lastly, I'm plugging away on my Splendid Sampler (with many other additions) blocks. Here are the latest three. I think I'm up to 52 or so. Who knows when I'll stop! It's too fun, I never want this project to end. These were fun because I got to try floating seams for the first time, and use a selvedge, which I hadn't ever done before. I featured the quote from Bonnie and Camille's new line Handmade- "You don't find the happy make it." Boy is that the truth!

I told you there was a lot of red and aqua going on! I wonder if this color combo will ever get old for me. I think not. :)