Tag: quilt

sewing life :: new stuff

It feels like forever since I’ve actually finished a new embroidery project. I’ve been in a total creative funk. Partially due to this year being stretched in so many other ways and partially reeling with the fact that my eyes just aren’t what they used to be.

I’ve been longing to do a series of hoops based off of the paper pieced Dresden plates idea. I spent most of the last few months stitching these circles together and finally was able to embroidery the quotes in the middle and finish them all up.

I live in Big Orange Country so I knew I needed to do at least one orange related hoop and I’ve long been wanting to do another yellow “You are my Sunshine” hoop.


In addition, I also finished up a little baby quilt for a friend’s newest little girl coming soon. My friend is from South Carolina and I stumbled upon this collection on Hawthorn Supply called “Charleston” and figured it would be a perfect fit.

I wanted colors that weren’t screaming girl, but just a simple feminine vibe. I’m sort of wishing that I would have chosen a different solid besides the white.

I pretty much followed the tutorial in School of Sewing for making the squares and I’m totally sold on this type of quilt to get rid of scraps for sure. It was super quick to piece together and I could see many more quilts happening this way. Binding a quilt has probably become my most favorite thing to do though. I could probably sit and bind quilts all day. It’s the most tension relieving thing ever.

Starling Quilt

The quilting bug has certainly taken hold; so much so that I finally joined our local Modern Quilt Guild and have already attended the first two meetings.

My mother’s birthday was coming up this month and I felt like I really needed to gift her with a quilt. The Fat Quarter Shop released this Starling Quilt pattern as a freebie and when I saw it I knew it was the perfect pattern for her. (I also knew that there was a pretty good chance I could get it done in time too).

I searched high and low for some fabric for her and when I saw this Steno Pool line from Cotton and Steel I knew that was it. My mom went to secretary school way back and learned shorthand. When we were growing up, my mom would write our Christmas lists in shorthand, which used to frustrate me to no end because I couldn’t decipher them. I even think I tried to use her shorthand dictionary at one point to try and figure it out! This shorthand panel was the tipping point for her quilt.

I found some coordinating fabrics to go with the line, including this lovely, sparkling chambray and got started.

This is a pretty simple quilt to cut and piece. The pieces are bigger and after making so many quilts with tiny pieces it was a welcome respite! I’m still working on my exact piecing skills and I know that some of these don’t line up perfectly, but I’m getting better.

I had originally purchased some fabric for the back, but the color was totally off from what I thought it was and I actually miscalculated and didn’t order enough. Instead of purchasing more, I decided to piece the back (a little inspiration from my quilt guild meeting show and tell) and I’m super happy with how it turned out.

I quilted it with a wavy block with my machine.

This quilt is super soft and washed up really well and I’m beyond thrilled to gift it to my mom on her birthday!

Sewing: Sugar Skulls Quilt

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Back before Christmas I was fastidiously working on a gift for my brother and sister-in-law. Alas, since we are all in the world of social media, I couldn’t really share much while I was working on it. I knew pretty early on that I wanted to do a quilt for them and one day while paging through Tula Pink’s latest quilt book I found this pattern for a sugar skull quilt and knew I’d found the pattern.

Then I started looking for fabric and when I saw Alexia Abegg’s Sienna line that it would be perfect. But then I had to wait…and wait…and wait, because it seemed like the fabric was never going to be released! I even chatted up with her mom at Craft South in Nashville and finally found out that it had been delayed.

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Thankfully it came out by mid-November and I was able to get it and get started. The background fabric was a solid that I found at our local quilt shop. It’s not a solid navy and kind of has a shibori element to it (which was perfect since my sister-in-law does fair share of indigo work herself.

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I absolutely loved working on this quilt. It came together really easily and I was super happy with how it turned out. I decided to quilt it on the diagonal and I’m sort of wishing I had done a little bit of a wavy line in it – but maybe not.

Sewing: A Star Wars Quilt

I’ve been working off and on this year with learning about piecing quilts. I’ve made a few mini quilts over this past year and I’ve started falling in love with it. Cutting out all the little bits and piecing them together is like making a puzzle with so many more returns than just a regular puzzle. I mean you can’t cuddle up with a cardboard puzzle!

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I had come across this Star Wars quilt a while back this year and honestly forgotten about it. When I was searching for a pattern one day, I saw that I had even downloaded the pattern and reason flew out the window and I printed it and decided that I was going to make this quilt for my daughter’s upcoming 10th birthday. Did I mention that I was only giving myself about three and a half weeks to get it done?

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I don’t know how I did it, but it got done and honestly I loved every minute of it. Now I see why quilters get a bad rap for being addicts to fabric and quilting. It’s totally addicting.

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I used all Kona Cotton Solids and ordered most of them from The Fabric Shoppe on etsy. Being able to just order all the little bits online and not have to stand at a cutting counter with stacks of bolts honestly made it somewhat more manageable. I used all the suggested colors in the pattern except for the light blue background. Her bedroom already has this turquoise and orange in it, so I decided I wanted to play off that instead of the light blue. Honestly, I love how it turned out.

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The pattern overall is awesome. I don’t have a lot of practice with quilt patterns, but as this one goes it’s ranks right up there as being very well written. As I’ve posted on instagram over the course of this project, I’ve had so many people bewildered with the idea of completing something like this – but it’s like cooking. If you have a well written recipe and you can follow directions you could totally do it!

BB8 was probably the trickiest of all the sections to complete. There were lots of tiny one inch squares and many of them you had to snowball (sew diagonally) and my matching is a little off. But once I saw it come to life I was just amazed and didn’t give a whip about them not matching up perfectly!

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I was probably most amazed at the whole thing once I got the quilt top done. Even I couldn’t believe I had done it. It has to be one of the most satisfactory things I’ve accomplished this year!

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Quilting it was another story. I was completely intimidated with how to quilt it. I did a little research online and one person had recommended a serpentine stitch. I thought maybe my machine did that and hurrah it did! I decided that I didn’t want them to be perfectly evenly spaced so I started out on a seam in the middle and just worked my way out both sides trying to sew down seam lines as much as I could. I used a bamboo batting that is super soft and found this perfect flannel at Joanns for the backing. I did end up having to cut down the sides just a little bit to get the 42 inches I needed to match up the backing. I really didn’t want to mess with piecing that back and really felt like since this was just a throw quilt it didn’t matter if I cut it down a little bit.

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Thank the Lord for wonder clips – the best invention ever. We sat and did a Netflix marathon of The Office a couple of nights ago and I was able to get the binding sewn down. Not my favorite part. Now I just need to give it a wash and hope it doesn’t fall apart!

The big birthday is tomorrow so we’ll see what she thinks!