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Work in Progress Wednesday: In the Queue

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Several projects are in the works around here...

  Quarter Square Triangle Quilting in progress 
Quilting the Quarter Square Log Cabin quilt   
Several months ago I purchased Angela Walter's quilting class, Small Changes Big Variety, from Craftsy and I finally got around to watching parts of it on Sunday. I love how she encourages students to just freehand things, use blending thread, and not to worry about "mistakes" because they are so minuscule in comparison to the overall quilt. I decided to try out her overlapping squares pattern and am having fun working on getting those corners just so. It's a nice change up from the stippling that I've done in the past.

Diverging Diamonds Quilt top in progress 
Diverging Diamonds pattern from Fabulously Fast Quilts
I've never seen this type of construction before and I'm excited to watch this come together, so much so that the day this book arrived in the mail, I pulled out a set of fabrics and immediately cut the 2.5" strips to get started. The cut fabric sat around for several weeks until I sewed the first pair together at our guild's monthly sew in a few weeks ago. I've paired them into groupings of 8 strips and they're waiting until it rains outside so I can have a chance to sew them together.


Sunset Herringbone Quilt fabric pull Sunset Herringbone Quilt fabric pull

Planning to begin a Quilt as You Go Herringbone Quilt 
(tutorial at Maureen Cracknell Handmade) in a summer sunset colorway. I think I'm going to turn this into a gradient quilt to make it look like an actual sunset, but I'll wait until I have my pieces cut to plan the final layout.

Mysterious Halloween Town cross stitch

Working on Clue 2 of the Mysterious Halloween Town from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery 
I'm experimenting with house and door colors, which means some ripping out of work until I get it just right. I'm so not a Halloween person (other than liking purple?), but for some reason this pattern totally called my name and I'm really enjoying this project (the owls, the bonsai looking tree, the cute house, the picket fence). I hope to have this finished and framed in time to display during October.


A2MQG Quilt Show this weekend

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild's biennial quilt show is this weekend and they're hosting a special exhibit of quilts by the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. Two of my recent quilts were accepted into the show and will be on display this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. If you're in the area be sure to visit the show. I'll be working at the show on Sunday afternoon and am looking forward to seeing some inspirational quilts throughout the day.

Woodland City Quilt
Woodland City quilt - see more pictures and details here

Single Girl Quilt
Single Girl Quilt - see more pictures and details here


Single Girl Patchwork Quilt

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Single Girl Patchwork Quilt

After cutting out the pieces for my Single Girl quilt, I ended up with nearly a fat eighth of each of the 35 fabrics. I cut the leftover fabric into 3.5" squares and stored them away for a later patchwork project. I loved how the Single Girl quilt came out, but I wanted to see more of the fabrics featured in a new quilt.

First, I took 32 squares from my pile and made a cross stitch project bag. 
patchwork cross stitch project bag

Single Girl Patchwork Quilt in progress

Then, when I finally got the urge to do a large scale patchwork project, I dug around in my scrap bin to pull out more coordinating fabrics. This quilt used over 500 squares. I started by chain piecing pairs together until I ran out of fabric. After, I chain pieced pairs together to make small blocks.

Single Girl Patchwork Quilt in progress


After the quilt was assembled and basted, I almost started quilting it with diagonal lines. Then my neighbor and quilty friend, Christina, suggested that I use dogwood quilting again. I balked at the suggestion because it takes so.much.work and so.much.thread, but I soon realized that she was right. I'm so glad I took the extra time to densely quilt this one.

Single Girl Patchwork Quilt

Single Girl Patchwork Quilting

It gave me lots of time to enjoy each piece of patchwork that went into this quilt, and it gave Koko and I some great lap time together (yes, it's quite difficult to maneuver around a lap dog while quilting).

Single Girl Patchwork Quilt


Single Girl Patchwork Quilt

I've recently discovered the ingenuity and forward planning that is stocking up on 5 yard pieces of backing fabric when it's on sale. If I stick to buying fabrics I love, I will no doubt be able to use them as a backing in the future. I used this great hot pink Sun Prints x+ fabric from my stash for the back and then used a stripey dotted green for the binding.

Single Girl Patchwork Quilt

As a fun feature in the bottom corner, I added a scrap of pug fabric that my sweet guild mate, Vicki, gave me.

Single Girl Patchwork Quilt

This quilt has been elevated to my living room couch quilt until my next favorite comes along.

Work in Progress Wednesday: Quarter Square Patchwork Quilt

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quarter Square Log Cabin

Inspiration usually strikes me when I'm incorporating new fabric acquisitions into my stash. For this quilt, I started combining colors from a new bundle of peppered cottons and pulled out a grouping of mint, fuchsia, eggplant, steel grey, and black. After adding some coordinating prints, the stack sat in my sewing room for a week or so until I remembered that I had been wanting to make a quarter square log cabin.

Quarter Square Triangle Quilt in Progress

I first stumbled across Rossie's quarter square log cabin tutorial on her instagram feed. She created this quick video that demonstrated how easy it was to make quarter square log cabins with an accuquilt die. I later searched her blog and found a tutorial for the process in this blog post.

I used the same measurements for the blocks that Rossie used. The centers of each square started at 8"x8" and the side strips were 3"x8" and 3"x13". For this quilt, I made 48 large cabins and then cut them each into 4 different 6"x6" squares (196 final blocks). I used up most of 24 different fat quarters for this quilt.

Quarter Square Triangle Quilt in Progress


Quarter Square Triangle Quilt in Progress

I didn't have enough of one fabric to make all of the centers the same, so I stuck with grey and black solids and prints to help unify things.

Quarter Square Triangle Quilt in Progress

It took a bit of time to lay out the quilt...more time if you count all the shooing away I had to do to keep Koko from walking over the floor (it's hard to resist that face!).

Quarter Square Triangle Quilt in Progress

I ended up using a controlled random patchwork pattern by alternating two block orientations every other row. This quilt recipe is such a fun way to make a patchwork quilt with lots of variety.

The final top size is 12 blocks (66") by 16 blocks (88"). I finished basting the quilt last Sunday night and now I'm letting it sit until I find the perfect quilting pattern.

 Quarter Square Log Cabin

I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday for this post.

Where I sew

Monday, July 14, 2014


Where I sew - craft room

My office slowly changes as hobbies of mine ebb and flow (here it is in 2010). Right now I'm super into quilting (and cross stitching), so most of my space is taken up by fabric.

Where I sew - craft room

As you walk in the door (I hang basted quilts on my door while they're in the queue to be quilted), the wall to the left has photos from our trip to Iceland and the beloved sheep we saw while visiting. Behind the door I store whichever sewing machine I'm not currently using. I switch between a super-fast straight stitch Brother Nouvelle 1500s that I purchased used from a friend last fall and my trusty Janome 6260QC that I've had since 2006.

Where I sew - craft room

Straight ahead is a tall thin Billy shelf that holds my serger, yarn, craft books and binders with printed knitting and sewing patterns. To the left of the shelf I store my cutting mat and large rulers. My desktop computer sits on one side of my craft table (printer and shredder below). The Knitting pug print is from African Grey on Etsy.

Where I sew - craft room

Under my table I have a metal IKEA rolling cart that holds my most used sewing notions in the top two drawers (and my nail polish collection in the bottom four...eek). The right side of the table is used for quilting and I have a handy trash can within arm's length while I sew.

Where I sew - craft room


Where I sew - craft room

My IKEA Expedit is my favorite storage solution. Right now I'm using the top 8 cubes for fabric storage. 2 of the white boxes hold sweater quantities of yarn, one holds quilting and apparel patterns and one holds my fabric scraps. The bottom row holds mostly sheet music (playing the flute is one of my longest running hobbies). On top of the shelf I have several photo albums, a bin that holds stationery, and stacks of fabric for future quilts that I let sit to percolate.

Where I sew - craft room

My mom refurbished the chair below the window and now Koko and Nuku Nuku take turns watching me work inside or watching squirrels and birds outside the window from the seat.

Where I sew - craft room

The closet is the big catch all. I have crammed as much stuff as possible in here. I'm never happy with how I organize this, but I never want to do a total redo of this spot, so I rearrange this two or three times a year. Right now it holds thread, apparel fabric and quilt back fabric, batting, embroidery thread, hoops and fabric, knitting needles, my iron/ironing board/starch, quilting templates, quilts in progress, and random notions (ribbons, zippers,buttons, etc.)

Where I sew - craft room

The final spot in the room holds more yarn and my ball winder, two favorite pictures of Jon, and some softies I've collected from Etsy or craft sales. Right below the shelf, I have pegs that hold project bags for knitting and cross stitching.

I'm thankful this room is so small (about 9' x 12') because I don't want to turn into any more of a craft supply hoarder than I already am. I try to keep all of my belongings in here and purge when I run out of room. If I could have a little bit more space in here, I would have a counter height cutting table. Right now I use our kitchen peninsula to cut fabric. I love working in here. It's right next to Jon's office so we listen to music together or chat while we're working on our respective projects.

Minty goodness

Monday, June 9, 2014

Minty goodness from Sunday Morning Quilts

I pulled together these mint green and gold metallic fabrics after being inspired by this quilt by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts.

Minty goodness from Sunday Morning Quilts 

The pattern is from Sunday Morning Quilts. I downsized the pattern to be 6 columns by 7 rows to turn it into a generous throw-sized quilt (60"x70").

Minty goodness from Sunday Morning Quilts 

Because neither of my sewing machines has the ability to do a large, wavy zig zag stitch (sometimes known as the serpentine stitch), I used the free motion foot to free-hand the wavy lines (thanks to Amanda Jean for the tip!). This was the quickest I think I've ever quilted a quilt (about 45 minutes) and I used less than one bobbin for the whole top. The quilting is not quite as dense as I usually do, but I'm a fan of the vintage look it gives, especially with the fabric combination I used.

Minty goodness from Sunday Morning Quilts

The Juliana Horner rose backing fabric is one of my favorite prints. Both this and her orange print (used as a backing on my Rosalie quilt) have drawn me to use more oranges and mint greens this year.

This quilt is a housewarming gift and will be going to its new home soon!

Single Girl Quilt

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Single Girl Quilt

Denyse Schmidt's Single Girl quilt has been on my bucket list ever since it first debuted. The curves always intimidated me, so it kept moving to the bottom of my to-do list. When I finally got comfortable with curves while sewing the Glam Clam Quilt, I had more confidence to tackle this project.

Single Girl Fabric Pull

I pulled together an assorted rainbow of prints and paired them with a Moda Bella Solid grey. The biggest timesaver for this project was purchasing a set of template plastics from Custom Plastics on Etsy. These templates made the cutting process so simple and were worth the money.

Single Girl Fabric Pieces

I pieced this top during the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild retreat in January. It was super tedious to piece each block and I was thankful for the great company because it helped me to plow through the task at hand! 

Single girl quilt top

At the end of the retreat, I sent it home with Kathy Koch of Threadbear Quilting for longarm quilting. She is so great to work with and ended up creating a custom quilting pattern based on the hand quilting template included in the Single Girl pattern. When I first saw the finished quilting I was in shock at how amazing it looked. 

Single Girl Binding

My favorite detail on the quilt is the navy architextures text print on the binding. Koko also approves!


Single Girl quilting

Single Girl quilting

Single Girl Quilt

This quilt is happily living in our guest room on this vintage bed frame my mom found while thrifting. It's so nice to be able to display these large scale quilts in our home.

Single Girl Quilt

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