Monday, April 13, 2015

Back to Blogging

It's been what, about 6 months since my last blog post and honestly I thought I had abandoned it for all intents and purposes. But then, spring and a rebirth of creative motivation happened.
And this:

I had dinner with Anna Graham of Noodlehead. I've been testing patterns for Anna since 2011 (four years?! gasp), and it's no secret that her bag patterns are my favorite. I make several Go Anywhere Bags per year!

Anna was here in Vermont teaching a workshop for a local quilt-and-yarn shop, Nido, and I was lucky enough to take her out for dinner one of the evenings she was here. We had a nice time talking creative and getting to know each other outside of the sewing world. She convinced me to keep blogging, and keeping in touch with this great supportive community we have.

Get ready for her new book, being released later this month. Handmade Style promises to have some innovative and beautiful new projects:

And check back here every now and again - I'm aiming to post about once a week, with some great projects I worked on over the winter, and ways for you to get sewing too.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor day? Camper Quilt!

There is something very definitive about Labor Day. End of summer, start of the school year. The first "day off" in a while... And this year it has made me nostalgic. Given me the itch for getting away, and the freedom of childhood. Maybe because it was the Best Summer Ever. Maybe because this is my last year with a kid-at-home (Mira starts Kindergarten next year). Whatever the case, the holiday weekend called for me to make a quilt to capture the feeling. So the Camper Quilt.

Made with a partial charm square pack: Kona Dusty Pallette
Moda S'more love campers
Various scraps and peices to round out the cheery vintage pallette

Some lucky kid will get to go camping with this. Maybe mine. But that will have to wait until next summer...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Win a Sewing Machine?

Why would I like to win a sewing machine? Why would I like to win a Babylock Melody?

Because Babylock is one of the top names in sewing. Because having a new machine is ALWAYS fun. Because if I had another machine it would make it so easy to teach my daughter to sew. Because frankly... I'm a sewing addict :)

So if you want to win one too, go visit Amy's Creative Side, during the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013

It's that time of year! The semi-annual Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side, is one of my Favorite times of year. Not only does it coincide with the Quilt Fest tradeshow and news about new lines of fabric, it also puts together an amazing community of online quilting bloggers. The inspiration is endless!

This time around I would like to showcase my Color Shard Quilt. I am tremendously proud of this quilt, and love that it's a rainbow of scraps that are meaningful to me. Scraps from when I first started quilting. Favorite little snippets, and reminders of how far I've come with my sewing. Plus, it's such a cheerful quilt!

Finished size: 51"x 67"... ROYGBIV category, Scrappy category, Home machine quilted category, throw quilt category

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Madrona Triangle Quilt

I realized I haven't posted my finished triangle quilt!

I started this quilt in August and finished in September. I'm a pretty motivated project-finisher, and this was no exception since I had a deadline to hang it at my local gym. I know, I know... it doesn't seem like a gym would be a good place to hang a quilt, but this is not your average gym. It's a womens-only gym, locally owned, and happens to have decor that exactly matches the warm Madrona Road pallette... see?

I do love the way it turned out and it's a pretty big quilt, almost twin size and certainly generous enough for a twin bed. If I had it to do over, though, I would have included more prints from the line to balance it out a little better. As it is, I included a print from the pick a bunch fabric that I had leftover from this quilt.

I am really happy with the triangle pattern, I first saw it here, and loved the way all of the Chicopee triangle quilts looked. I might have to do one just like that for my own bed!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bright Lights, Big City

I'm from New York state. Not New York city, but like many states in the union, people from NY have lots of state pride. Growing up, I spent time in NYC every year and though I am not a city person I have love in my heart for the Big Apple. Lots of love. So when I saw this fabric... HAD. to. have. it.

And you know, at this time last year I was on a pretty big bag-making kick. I still love to make bags, but I'm big time in a quilt phase. I'm not intimidated by quilts anymore and find making something big to be really very satisfying. Plus, I hear it's going to be a long cold winter, so why not something warm and cozy?

This quilt would make a really awesome gift for someone out there, if you're interested in purchasing it, go to my etsy shop!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Big Sky Quilt

There is something very satisfying about being able to finish a quilt in one weekend. With two kids, and increasing activities like soccer, piano, skating, swimming... it's nice to just sit down and sew something start to finish within a short time frame. Enter the fun, fresh, and calming Big Sky Quilt:

I used a lovely print from Anna Maria Horner, and clearly... whole cloth quilting. I love these feathers so very much, and how they evoke flight and freedom, and softness.

The backing is done in Essex yarn dyed linen blend, which I prewashed and is ridiculously soft.

I love that I was able to find a bold print to use as the binding. It really brings out the color and warmth in the feathers and purple? Just my favorite color :)

This quilt finished up at around 41"x54", a great lap sized quilt for car rides, picnics, and other adventures!