Saturday, November 21, 2015

Handmade Holidays 2015: Gifts for Cooks

Every November, Sew Mama Sew runs a popular series called Handmade Holidays. On each day of the month, a guest curator puts together a coordinated list of DIY gifts (with a focus on quilting and sewing) for (such as gifts for techies, kids, etc)  

Today, I have the pleasure of being the guest curator for a list of Gifts for Cooks.  I had such fun going through the internet to find wonderful tutorials, it was like shopping without spending any money!  In my post you will find some great tutorials for pot holders, aprons, tea cozies, tea towels and more.

I hope you have a chance to hop over to Sew Mama Sew today and check out my list (and there also are a bunch of giveaways going on with the series too!)

If you are hoping over here from Sew Mama Sew for the first time, welcome!  I hope that you will stay a few minutes and check out my recent finishes, newly revamped tutorials page, and mystery quilts.  I am also going to start a new series on my blog on how to write quilt patterns starting in January.  You can follow my blog using the links below so you won't miss any of it :)

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Bright Baby Quilt Finish

I have a fun finish to share with you today, I have named it my Bright Baby Quilt (innovative name right?)

I started this quilt in September  before my little roller skating tumble took me away from the sewing machine for a while.

I was making this baby quilt as a present for some of my sister's friends who are expecting a baby at the beginning of January. The couple had struggled for many years with infertility and so my sister wanted to gift them a bright and bold quilt. They are not finding out the sex of the baby so the quilt had to also be gender neutral. 

I used this jellyroll of FreeSpirit bold solid colors and took out a few of the pinks and purples to make the color palette more gender neutral.

I used the Wishes String Quilt pattern by Karen Vail (of Cascade Quilts) available as a free tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop. The pattern is really cool because you sew the jelly roll strips into a tube and then using a special ironing and cutting trick you wind up with blocks with the white strip centered along the diagonal. 

Here is a picture of my almost 15 year old kitty, Abby, modeling the blocks.

I sewed the blocks together and then added a white border to help control and distortion from quilting (because the blocks have all bias edges).

For the quilting, I kept it simple with some straight line echoing of the diamond shapes and then through the middle of the white stripes.

I am linking up to Link a Finish FridayWhoop Whoop FridayThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up FridayFabric Frenzy Fridayand Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12 - Paper Star - Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12 Blog Tour!

I am so excited to have a block called Paper Star in Volume 12 of the 100 Blocks magazine.  
(You can see my previous 100 Blocks: Sewing Triangles included in Volume 10 and Outlined Plus in Volume 11.)

Paper Star is a paper pieced block I designed using EQ7 that creates fun primary and secondary star patterns.  I love paper piecing because it allows for such precision and different angles.  

I had a great time playing around with the block design (some might argue a little too much :) and by changing the colorations I was able to shift the focus to different elements within the quilt design.

Here is the quilt design with the single block from above repeated:

Changing the colors of the secondary stars and background yields a different look:

Another idea is to have all of the stars be the same color except for one...

For a more modern quilt top, you can eliminate some blocks to create some negative space (which is also nice in that is decreases the amount of block piecing):

Next, I made the background black so that the stars would pop off of the quilt top and took out the partial stars around the outer edges of the quilt top for another look: 

Switching the colors so that the stars are white and the background has different colors gives the block has a totally different look.  It is hard to tell that this is actually the same block!

I hope that you have enjoyed all of these renderings of Paper Stars being used in different quilt tops to see how versatile the block is. 

Make sure you stop by Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, for some great prizes and a complete list of blog tour participants! 

Now on to the Giveaways (yes plural!):

Prize 1: Quiltmaker is sponsoring the giveaway of a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 12.  This magazine drawing is open 
to everyone-international included.  The magazine will be shipped directly from Quiltmaker's.

Prize 2:  I have an additional 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 12 plus two of my Meadow Mist Designs printed patterns to giveaway.  This giveaway is open to everyone-international included and will be shipped from me.

To Enter:  

1.  Leave a comment, any comment.  If you would like a topic, you can tell me your favorite quilting notion.

2.  My followers (old or new) get a bonus entry.  Leave a second comment with how you follow.  (You can follow by BloglovinEmailInstagram.)

The giveaway will run for 1 week, until 8 pm EST on Monday November 23rd.  I try to respond to each and every comment I get on my blog, but with giveaway posts the numbers are usually too great to do this.  PS - 
If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you win.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Midnight Mystery Quilt - My HST and Block Assembly 1

November's assignment for the Midnight Mystery quilt-a-long was to make a few half square triangles (HST) and start on the block assembly.

(It is not too late to join! See the Mystery Quilt Tab above for all of the information.)

Here are my HSTs:

And here are the first parts of my block assembly:

Just remember that it is not too late to join in! (We also have the option of an un-mystery quilt for those that would like a sneak peek of the finished design).

The next set of instructions will be posted on the first Thursday of December (the 3rd), thanks so much for quilting along with me :)

Related Mystery Quilt Posts
July - Cutting Instructions
August - Flying Geese
September  - Square in a Square
October - Courthouse Steps
November - HST and Block Assembly 1

I am very happy to link up with Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh QuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trunk Full of Quilts - An Online Trunk Show

Welcome to my stop on the Trunk Full Of Quilts online quilt trunk show event hosted by Soma @ Whims and Fancies. If you are new to my blog, I hope that you will take a few minutes to look around. In addition to the seven quilts I highlight below, you can find all of my finishes for the last 3 years on the tabs above.

I am so excited for Soma's online truck show, I have never done an actual, in-person trunk show. This link party gave me an excuse to look back through the quilts I have made throughout the years and share some of my favorites. I look forward to visiting all of the other truck shows too!

For each quilt, I am going to give a little information, but you can click on the name of the quilt to be taken to its blog post if you would like to learn more about it.

I figured that I should start my trunk show with My first quilt, made using the Stepping Star pattern by Sweet Jane. Instead of using the jelly roll the quilt was designed for, I used a variety of green, blue, and brown 1/4 yard cuts and fat quarters from JoAnn's. I also resized the quilt and added a row of blocks into the backing. While basically writing the pattern with my changes, I fell in love with writing patterns and quilt math.  A simple meander quilting pattern finished off the quilt.

On a "Jelly" Roll has been one of my favorite quilt designs and is my number best selling pattern.  I used a jelly roll of Oh Deer by Momo combined with a crisp Kona white background.  I really love the bright fun colors in this quilt and Irish chain look.

Another of my favorite finishes in 2013 was this wall hanging Folded Star Mini Quilt.  I used the tutorial Fancy Folded Star Pot Holder by Maria from Not Only Quilts to make a fun mini wall quilt for my sister for Christmas.

In 2014, I made Oh the Places You'll Go, a mini quilt for the Michael Miller QuiltCon challenge quilt.  For this challenge, I decided to try two new techniques: curved piecing and quilting in a concentric circle.  When I finished the quilt top, it reminded me of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, "Oh the Places You'll Go" and that is how it got its name.

Another favorite quilt of mine is Pike's Peak, which was made for the Make Modern magazine.  I originally had submitted the design as a mini and the quilters at Make Modern asked if I could enlarge it to a lap size quilt.  Making the quilt larger wound up being a wonderful idea as it gave more room to add in quilting which was formed by straight lines using a walking foot and dense back and forth quilting using a free motion foot.

My next quilt I would like to show in the trunk show is my Use Your Illusion quilt.  I designed this quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild's quilt pattern of the month program.  To design the quilt, I started in EQ7 with the entire quilt top being blocks full of alternating black and white stripes.  I then randomly colored some of the black stripes white until I was wound up with this.  The quilt is entirely paper pieced which is great for accuracy.

My final quilt in my trunk show is my version of the Foothills Mystery Quilt.  This was my first mystery quilt I ever wrote and hosted and I had such a great time that I am currently running my second mystery quilt-a-long now (You can see the whole mystery quilt reveal parade and you can find all of my free mystery quilts here.)

Thank you so much for joining in with me on my first trunk show!  Please take some time to go through the other trunk shows over at Whims and Fancies.

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