Thursday, October 2, 2014

Celestial Stars Final Linkup - Fox Field Throw Quilt Top

Holy cow, I haven't blogged in so long that I pretty much forgot how to AND my live writer wouldn't sync to my blog anymore. Boo. Anyways, here's my completed quilt top for the celestial stars quilt along final linkup!

I LOVE this quilt, and I am so glad it is MINE, all MINE!!

I had gotten Diane's amazing pattern, but hadn't decided what sort of color scheme or anything I was going to go with. Then, it hit me. I had a Tula Pink Fox Field fat quarter bundle sitting in my stash just BEGGING to be used for this! Pretty sure I made a good choice :)

I didn't want a single solid background, and thought a secondary pattern in the background would look cool, so I combined Kona Ash and Bella White (don't remember which one!).

Here are close-ups of each of the 24" blocks:

I haven't had a chance to baste or quilt this beast yet as I need some backing for it, and other projects require some attention first :P Maybe by the end of the year if I'm lucky!!

Thank you so much Diane for an AMAZING pattern that I WILL be using again, and a super fun quilt along!!

Celestial Stars – Final Linkup – 24” Mini Quilt

Here’s my very first celestial star block I made! It was kind of my practice run before I started the blocks for my actual quilt. It definitely taught me a few things to be more careful with and aware of on my other blocks!! I turned this one into a mini quilt.

I went all out quilting this one; thread changes at every color, lots of fancy shmancy-ness (yes, it’s a word ;) ). I’m pretty sure I put more thread in this 24” square than I do into most regular baby quilts! By the way, it was a great practice for my FMQ, which NEEDS lots of practice :)

I did leave the bobbin white the whole time though, so this shot of the back shows the quilting pretty well. I used a pink on pink ta dot for the back.

I love this little mini!! It may or may not be winging its way to a new home soon ;)

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Colorful Custom Quilt


I have a recent finish to share today! This is a custom job for a friend, and it got to go on a road trip to Payson, AZ for fun pictures while we playing in the (FREEZING COLD) creek. Though we were REALLY up there to be labor for my grandparents over Memorial day weekend :)

Here is the gorgeous quilt!


Plus my photobombing cousin in the background :)

I decided that the bundle of Alexander Henry fabrics my friend provided were begging to be paired with some solids and made into my Toss Up pattern. It showcases the larger prints so well, and comes together SO fast.


I had so much fun quilting this one, too! I used a different free motion pattern in each part of each block, and I really couldn’t be happier with it.


The back is a pretty pink print, not sure what it was though. Seriously in love with that quilting.


And one more shot of the entire front. I had a wonderful quilt holder to help me with this quilt; he’s so awesome!

This lovely quilt will soon be winging its way across the country to its new home.

Oh, and a quick shot of us in the FREEZING COLD water:


PS- we were in the freezing cold water because when I was a kid, I would go stay with my grandparents for the summer, and when we would drive across the river crossings, my grandpa would let me hop out of the car and walk in the water next to the car. What more could a kid ask for?? I have an awesome grandpa. So now when we go visit, we go with grandpa and my kids, so he can walk in the water with his great grandbabies :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Quilt Pattern Giveaway!!

Hey! Head on over to The Crafty Cupboard if you want a chance to win my new Framed Rails quilt pattern!

In other news, I get to go have a phoned-in court hearing for a speeding ticket this morning. That I got on the way to Quilt Con. Go. Me. ps- New Mexico is not my favorite place!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

I did it! Framed Rails

I finally finished a pattern that I started writing a year ago! I really have no excuse for not finishing it before now, except that I just finished my cover quilt and got it photographed two weeks ago :)

Without further ado, meet my new pattern, Framed Rails!

Framed Rails Cover

This pattern gives step by step cutting and sewing instructions for THREE quilts sizes: baby, throw, and twin. (A first for me!) It is also Honey Bun (precut 1 1/2” strips) friendly, though there seem to be fewer of those around now. But if you have one sitting around that you haven’t figured out what to do with yet, this is a great pattern!

I have made a few other quilts with this pattern here and here. In fact, I made this one to be my cover quilt, but once it was done I felt it wasn’t quite right for it. Too much white, not enough contrast. So I started this one!


I made the top – minus the border and one fabric – from scraps from Jocelyn’s quilt. Which I just realized I still haven’t posted…So this pattern works great for scraps and teeny bits of yardage that you are left with sometimes!


I also just realized that my two cover photos are the only decent pictures I got in this shoot…SO, guess I need to try again before I put this quilt up in my shop! Yep, this one will be available for purchase :)

Once I get some more pictures, I will tell more about this particular quilt, but in the meantime, if you want to make your own, my pattern is now available in the shop! And even better, Etsy now has made instant download for digital items available, so you can get this pattern RIGHT AWAY! You don’t even have to wait for me to email it!(Not that that took very long, but instant is always nice :) ) And come back on Monday, because I will be hosting a giveaway!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Much-Needed Update

Guess what? I have been busy busy, and I have updated my Toss Up pattern! The content is the same except for one diagram edit, but it’s prettier now :) I have been meaning to make this change for a year, but I never got around to sitting down and doing it. I’m such a slacker. So here’s the new look!

Toss Up Cover

And I might have finally tied myself to the computer long enough to finish another pattern last night, too.


Late night Instagram photo


Luckily, the writing was done on that one, I just had to finish making it look pretty. That one will be available as soon as my editor(aka MOM) has a chance to check my formatting for me :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Another AWESOME Custom Herringbone Quilt

My lovely friend Julie sent me some fabric to make a quilt for her. First she said she wanted something with triangles, but then she saw my other herringbone quilt, and changed her mind :)


Thus, this gorgeousness was born! Really, how can you go wrong when you get to play with Amy Butler fabric? If you follow me on instagram, you got to see some of the process on this quilt, including a little helper “helping” at the design wall….


I had fun with the quilting on this one, too. Going to QuiltCon definitely made me want to try harder to make my quilting as fabulous as the other parts of my quilts. So, I quilted 1/4” to each side of the horizontal seams to make a chevron look, then on most of the quilt I added another line of quilting one inch into each chevron. However,  on a few of them, I added some fun free motion patterns instead.



Excuse the poorly lighted photos, my photography is still a learning process :)


And then I added rows of pebbles here and there. Seriously loved quilting this one!!!

I used a wavy stripe for the binding. Looks great on the front and the back!


Most of the back is this park fountain print in brown and yellow that I had in my stash, but since the top was too wide for one width of fabric, I added a strip of the brown and yellow martini dots, too. Fun and funky :)


This quilt has already arrived at its new home(um like a month ago….), and I am now in the middle of working on a drunkard’s path quilt along for the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild. Since my mom and I will be heading the QAL, maybe we will post them here, too!

ps- seriously, if you want to see what I’m up to WHILE I’m doing it, find me on instagram. It is fantabulous.