Monthly Archives: July 2012

I Like Fabric

The year of 2012 began with the goal of using yardage from stash — sound familiar?  I think we all start the year with that same goal.  Then, a Quilt Show happens…

I have reported any stash updates since March, when I ventured out to Lancaster for the Quilt Show.  The end result was that I like fabrics.  43 yards of fabric, just from that one day.  I went to the local Lancaster shops and the many vendors at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show.  Amazingly, I bought for specific projects.  Granted, I probably now have projects that will take me into the next decade, but it is going to take me awhile to dig out of this pile of fabrics.

Also, I have been going through my stash as well.  I broke into my black-background-batik stash to start another Pickle Dish quilt {previous Pickle Dish quilt}.  I also have been plowing through my kid fabrics for numerous baby quilts.  Here is one shown in my recent post, Personalized Quilts.  Also, I started another Underground Railroad quilt {previous Underground Railroad Quilt}.  I will show pictures of this quilt in my WIP post for this week on Wednesday.  Also, I am at the tail end of my second twister quilt project {link to my first Twister Quilt}.  The general conclusion from this week is that I like fabric!

Linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times.


Thunderstorms – My Biggest Quilting Fear

Tonight was dedicated to quilting the Twister Quilt.  I prepped it for basting and then the thunderstorms started.  Since my sewing machine has a computer board, my biggest quilting fear is having it experience a serge.  Even with serge protectors, I am still fearful.  From a recommendation of another PMQG member, I even unplug my machine on sunny days when it is not in use.  You just never know when a storm will brew!

In the meantime, my Twister Quilt awaits and I am waiting for the storm to pass by blogging!


Dino, Stripes, Dots, and Solids

What an odd combination, but in this quilt I used dinosaurs, stripes, dots, and solids — all paired together into this charming baby quilt.  Traditionally baby quilts are pastels; however, my baby quilts tend to be bright primary colors.  For instance, yesterday’s post showcased Ann Kelle’s Ready Set Go fabric in bright yellows, oranges, and blues.  Ann Kelle also has another great line – Urban Zoologie.  I loved the Dinos in Navy and found these great matching fabrics.  The color scheme is different from my normal pallet, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

The pattern is Charm Squares Baby Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman for Sew, Mama, Sew!  It uses one charm pack and contrasting/coordinating yardage.  Since I didn’t have a charm pack; I made my own with 3 fabrics and cutting 5″ squares.  Even with a limited number of fabrics, this quilt pattern worked.  Though, it would have saved some time using an actual charm pack!

The instructions were well written (similar to Elizaebth Harmen’s books).  Another positive is the exact yard of fabric that can be used for the back.  With the approximate 3′ quilt top, the baby quilt is perfect for tummy time!  Also, this is another quilt with my label tacked onto the binding.

I am Sewing and Telling today on AmyLouWho’s Blog.  Be sure to see the other monthly online projects 🙂

Personalized Quilts

I have an embroidery module with my sewing machine that hardly gets used.  To incorporate embroidery into quilts, I personalized the back of this baby quilt.  I just embroidered the fabric and then trimmed and pieced it into the quilt.  While I had my embroidery module out, I did a few personalized swatches to piece into other quilts that I am working — one is my Chopsticks quilt (sneak peek from yesterday’s work in process post).

The quilt pattern used for this quilt top is a fat quarter quilt tutorial by Two Little Banshees Blog.  It only uses six fat quarters and with the large blocks, it is a quick quilt to make.  The airplane themed fabric is Ready Set Go by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  As a bonus, it is organic too!

I am linking up with TNT (Trying New Things) with the Happy Quilting Blog.  This was my first personalized quilt, so this post definitely falls in the new things category.

My Cutting Mat

Most of the time, my cutting mat houses the many projects that are in the works.  Next to my ironing board, it is my largest surface area to place projects.  My main project that is occupying most of my time is another pickle dish — this time using my two year collection of black-background-batiks.  I wish I took a pictures last week when there were 72 piles of fabric for each pieced curve.

I also have two other projects that are at the tail end of completion.  I have a baby quilt with Jaybird Quilts Chopstick pattern awaiting the binding.  Also, I have another twister quilt {pictures to my previous twister quilt} top about to be prepped for quilting.

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.

What is on your cutting mat?  

I Spy Quilts for Kids

Scraps accumulate, especially novelty kid fabrics.  The Philly Modern Quilt Guild is creating ‘I Spy’ quilts for Quilts for Kids.  In February, we spent a portion of the  guild meeting cutting and assembling 5 inch squares of novelty prints {pictures}.  Members created 9-patch blocks for the March guild meeting.  In March, I took home enough blocks to make 4 of these quilts.  I assembled them with background fabric and quilted them.  Fortunately, I was able to find some volunteers at the May meeting to bind these quilts!  With many hands, this project was easy.  It is amazing how quickly a quilt comes together when you don’t have to make the individual blocks or deal with binding!

Linking up with Quilts are For Giving for Charity Quilts and Swim, Bike, Quilt with 100 Quilts for Kids.

ABC Panel Quick as 123

Recognize this wall hanging?

This wall hanging uses the same fabric panel as the one in Jimmy’s wall hanging.  Only Jimmy’s wall hanging had a horizontal orientation, sashing, and some borders.  {Here is the link to full scoop on Jimmy’s quilt.}

The panel is Jenn Ski’s A to Z.  Using the panel was super quick.  With no piecing, I simply had to baste, quilt, and bind.  In three steps, it  was done!  I normally don’t do panels, as they are hard to incorporate into quilts; however, making simple panel quilts are perfect for kid quilts — especially with the ABC’s!

Although late, I am still working on Jimmy’s crib quilt, where the foundation is based from a panel.  Also, I am making slow progress on a car mat from a quilt panel of a town with roads.  Since these are both panel quilts, they should be quick quilts…somehow, I keep putting them off, as I finish up some other quilts.  I will share my progress on these and my other works in progress on Wednesday.


One half square triangle (HST) can look totally different if flipped and paired with other blocks.  Yesterday, I shared the HST baby quilt pictured below.   Also shown is a table runner {still in need of some binding} using the same HST block.

Half Square Triangles flip flopped, inverted, reversed, and some added background fabric, you have the next quilt added to my long bucket list — Denyse Schmidt’s Ocean Waves.  Here is a link to a full picture of the quilt for the pattern in her recent book, Modern Quilts: Traditional Inspiration.  Last month, the Philly Modern Quilt Guid had a special event with Denyse Schmidt.  It was a very inspiring night, where she shared her journey.  She is truly an artist!  I was lucky to see this quilt in person — and I was shocked the the size.  Very very tiny squares, compiled into a small baby quilt.  Once reading the directions in detail, I was surprised the steps are to cut the squares on the diagonal prior to sewing.  It may be due to the small size; however, I will probably start with the HST route for now.  Oh, and it may all look like dark blue/black solids at a first glance in her quilt — but she added some great prints and even some orangish prints that really add dimension and character to the quilt.  This will be another goal of mine to add a hint of fun to the quilt!  Either way, there will be another quilt added to my HST collection in the future.


The Versatile Half Square Triangle

I started this project with a charm pack and yardage of Kona Cotton Bone.  In one night, I was able to transform the entire charm pack into Half Square Triangles (HST).  But then it took a week to determine the layout and design.  I was playing with diamonds, flying geese, inverted square — there was no end to the variations!  Finally, I settled on this layout with a diamond center and an echoing pattern.  Tomorrow I will share another project with HST.

With just one charm pack, I made a decent size baby quilt.  I even ventured out of my comfort zone and used an echo quilt pattern.  More to come later in the week with my exploration of using quilting designs beyond my go-to stippling.  Also, I now have name tags for my quilts!  I printed a set on fabric paper and appliqued them to the binding.

Back to Blogging

I loved my old wordpress theme.  It had a main home page with summary posts, a featured portfolio page, and a picture heading for each blog post.  It was wonderful, but was way too time consuming.  For each post, I needed a minimum of four pictures of various dimensions — mostly panoramic.  Thus, for each blog post, I spent hours resizing photos.  Although I loved my old theme, it was time to let go and revert back to a simple blog theme.  With help from my husband, the craftedAngles theme was updated.  There is even a facebook plug-in too!

With a basic blogging theme, I will have more time to quilt and the frequency of my blog posts should increase — you will have to hold me to it!

I also have an updated banner depicting the quilting process, as my blog is a documentation of these steps.

Do you recognize any of these quilts?

Here is the other reason that I need a basic blog.  Rather than resizing images, I want to hang out with these two guys.  Our little man is now 10 months old.