Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A New Little Tree Block!

My friend Jess is really the reason I made the Tree Block tutorial. She had seen one of my pictures of it, and rather than explain it to her via text I thought a tutorial with pictures would work!

And last night, she sent me this picture:

Isn't it great?? She even has woodgrain fabric for the trunks! I think she's decided to use white-on-white fabrics for the background, it will add some lovely texture to the quilt and help her use up some of her low volumes.

I'm so happy to see someone else's little tree turn out so well! If you're also working on this quilt, or block, send me some pictures I love to see them!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Stormy Quilt

It's interesting to me how my projects often reflect my mood. I've been dark and stormy lately, but still hoping for the sunshine to lift me up.

Cloud 9 First Light Organic Flannel.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander.

What do I love about this quilt? So many things. Contrast and tension in the colors and quilting. Harmonious elements in the line drawings. Symbolism - sun in the colors, raindrops in the circles.

And perfectly mitered corners. On all four corners. Precision is beauty!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Half Square Triangle Study

I could just let this one tell the story in pictures, shall I?

Start with a bunch of Cotton & Steel FivebyFives in Mochi (yum yum)
Get the points to line up. It's hard. I didn't necessarily achieve the goal throughout the quilt but when I did... beauty.


Back. With Essex Yarn Dyed because of course! I love the stuff!

Quilting detail.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Little Tree Quilt

I finished the little tree quilt! If you're interested in the tutorial for the tree block, click here.


I'm in love with the textures this quilt has. There is a very nice combination of different fabrics including lots of Cotton and Steel, some beautiful solids, Kaufman Chambray dots, and even a touch of Skinny laMinx. Background is done in Kona Snow.


Backing is a Kaufman Chambray Dot (Olive), and quilting lines are variegated softly falling lines (like snow in winter).

This is one of the only quilts I've ever hand stitched the back side of the binding for. This quilt is being made as a wall hanging, and there really is no other way to get a beautiful clean and crisp front side of the quilt. The finished size of this quilt is approx. 40" x 48"... I used and 8x8 grid of my little tree blocks that had been trimmed to 5.5" x 6.5".

I hope you love it! This quilt will have a very special home this holiday season. I will be sure to post about that when the time comes ;)

Friday, September 4, 2015

the Making of a Tree Block

I'm working on a tree quilt. It's certainly holiday themed, with the Christmas holiday in mind, but really I just love trees. Tree fabric, tree quilts, real trees... all are on my loves list :)

And because I know lots of people also love trees, this post will show you how to make a simple triangle tree block

I found these two quilts on Pinterest and wanted to re-create them, but found both methods to A) not fit the dimensions I was aiming for and B) be slightly fussier than I was aiming for.


So... I modified this Purl Bee tutorial (by Sharilyn Wright of Lovely Design) to fit my vision!

*** All seams are 1/4" ***

Step 1: Create a bunch of tree trunks
Cut 2 - 3"x9" from white background solid
Cut 1 - 1.5"x9" from tree trunk fabric

Sew together along long edges, press seams open.

Cut 1.25" strips from this block for several tree trunks. Set aside.

Step 2: Create the Tree
Cut 1 - 4.5" x 8.5" from white background solid
Cut 1 - 5"x5" from tree fabric

Cut along the diagonal for the white fabric to create 2 triangles. (***Note: If you're using a non-solid fabric, like a white on white or some other low volume printed fabric, you will have to cut TWO pairs of diagonals, in opposite directions, in order to get both sides of the white background)

Fold tree fabric in half, cut along the diagonal to create 3 triangles. You will use the bigger triangle, scrap the other two.

Please note when you cut the tree fabric, FIRST fold in half and THEN cut on the diagonal. You'll be left with a beautiful center-folded triangle:

Align the tree triangle onto a white triangle (align bottom tree point 2" up from bottom white point, as shown below):

Sew together, Press seam toward tree side.

Align the other bottom tree point 2" up from the other white triangle:

Sew along entire edge, trim excess white as follows:

Press seam toward tree so the back looks like this:

Trim excess white off bottom edge, and get a trunk piece

Step 3: Sew the trunk on

Sew the trunk strip on, press that seam open:

Last Step:
Trim the entire block to 6" wide by 6.5" tall:

And you're done with one cute tree block!

Note there is no center seam along the tree (clean and simple!), and you don't need a special ruler for this block!

I will post a finished Christmas Tree Quilt after I've completed it, but for now... go make a bunch of trees :)

* please note I'm sharing this block construction for your personal use only. please do not copy my work for your profit without express permission from me. thank you for respecting the work of artists on the web :)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Typewriter Railroad Tote

I've been trying out some new bag designs lately, and one that I love is the Purl Bee Railroad Tote.

I admit I make changes to most patterns when I sew them up and this one is no exception... I changed the strap width, added an exterior pocket to both sides, and created a lined interior with zippered pocket, slip pocket, and magnetic snap closure. In all, LOVE how it turned out, highlighting the Melody Miller typewriters :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Little House Gathered Apron

I'm teaching a small sewing camp this summer for kids, and one of the projects we will be working on is a simple gathered apron. It will use techniques like making a sash/strap, zip zag stitching, applique, and free form sewing.

It's super cute. Cuter than I even anticipated before I made it!

I modeled the idea of applique buildings after this Oliver + S blog post.