Category Archives: Quilting

A Quilt for Henry

My sister-in-law has a bulldog named Henry.  He turned 2 last week and I made him a quilt.  It was another opportunity to practice free-motion quilting with a tight stipple.  And yes, this is my second quilt for a dog!  Here is the previous one – a quilt for Dunder Dog.

Here is a picture of Henry on his birthday:

I am linking up Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Instant Pillow

It wasn’t quite instant; however, earlier this evening I saw Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts Blog Posting on a Pillow Basic Tutorial and two hours later, I had a pillow!  I made a 12″ x 16″ pillow with a quilted top of Penn State fabric.  The great part about the instructions was the was detail related to finishing the pillow with binding.

Book Report: Material Obsession

For the January meeting of the Philly Modern Quilt Guild, we had a book review night with our favorite quilt books.  Books ranged from detailed visuals for quilting basics, machine quilting, sewing projects, and three different books based on really creative Japanese quilts.

The two books that I shared with the guild are by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fiekle.  They are Material Obsession and Material Obsession 2.  The books have very detailed instructions and have full pictures of the final quilts.  I am going to be doing a large pineapple quilt, which was one of my quilting goals for the year.  I have enjoyed their books so much, I now follow their blog.

One of the books that I got to preview last night was Elizabeth Hartman’s new book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quilter.  There is a quilt that I can’t wait to start — Kitchen Windows!

What are your favorite quilting books?

Upcoming Blogging Events

Over the past weeks, I have been getting ready for several upcoming blogging events:

This weekend kicks off a new quilt along with the Don’t Call Me Betsy’s Blog.  It will be a Sliced Coin Quilt Along.  The best part is that she has a selection of sizes that you can make!  Additionally, she did all of the calculation to integrate our stash of scraps into the fabric mix.


As I mentioned within my 2011 goals, I am going to job the 2011 Bloggers; Block-A-Palooza Quilt Along with the goal of keeping up!  I will be using the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms line that I purchased last week.  The fun starts next Monday.

Quilt Dad

Tomorrow is my Kona shopping day to pick out my colors for the Gen X Quilters Kona Your World Fat Quarter Swap.  I was originally going to cut down my Kona Coal, but I am now going to use that for my Urban Lattice Quilt.  I will now shop for some brighter colors!

Kona Your World

In addition to quilt alongs and swaps, I am going to join Stitched in Color’s Bloggers’ Pillow Party.  I have several pillow patterns to make this year; thus, this party is perfect for me to try small techniques and turn them into pillows.

Blogger's Pillow Party

Although it will be busy, it will be fun to interface with a log of quilters online working on the same or similar projects.

Vibrant Sea Turtles

With  bold colors from my stash and Steam-a-Seam, I added the sea turtles, shells, and plants to the ocean background.  Here is a peek at what I will be finishing tomorrow with stitching.  What are your quilting plans for the weekend?

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Washing with No Worries

Each quilter has their own preference with pre-washing fabrics.  I pre-washed until I started buying pre-cut fabrics.  Then, I made the switch — of course, after I purchased a dye magnet for washing.  This weekend, I washed the quilt that my sister-in-law and I created.  There were some dark fabrics in this quilt and I wasn’t taking any chances!  After washing, there was a large difference between the new and used dye magnets.

Questions: Do you pre-wash your fabrics?  Have you also had success with a dye magnet?

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My First WIP Wednesday

Each Wednesday, I have been fascinated by the weekly progress reported by the quilt bloggers that participate in the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up, hosted by Freshly Pieced (Thanks Lee!).  This past week, I organized my soon-to-be-quilts so that I could join the fun on Wednesdays!

At any one point in time, I am in the middle of six to twelve quilting projects.  Collectively, I am in the middle of every phase of the quilting process.  Although I completed my Pastel Version of my Sea Turtle Applique Project this week, I have plenty of more projects awaiting completion.  Here is a pictorial of my current Works-In-Progress list.

Click on the link below to explore this week’s Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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New Class: New York Beauty

On Monday, my New York Beauty Class started.  This week was the basic curve with points.  Each week, we will be adding additional motion with flying geese, sharp points, smaller inner curves, alternating directions with a zig-zag approach.  By the end of three weeks, we will experience New York Beauty and beyond.  I am looking forward to the next three weeks to improve paper piecing skills.  Here is my first curve, with many more to come in the future weeks.

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Sea Turtles: Take Two

Yesterday, I completed the pastel version of my Sea Turtle project, which is study in applique.  Posted below is the beginning of the second version with a bolder version.  I completed the ocean that uses a tone-on-tone Starry Night fabric from the Tribute to Vincent line by Exclusively Quilters.  It looks great for a bold ocean background.  To see the contrast with the bold colors, I added a vibrant red coral.  I now need to raid my stash for additional bold scraps that will add contrast against the bold background.  What a difference in look from the pastel version.  It is amazing to see the impact of a color change.

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Sea Turtles: Part One

For less than $5, I was able to pick up 12″ x 12″ canvases on sale to stretch my Sea Turtle quilt block for a wall hanging.  Stapling the edges was very quick, compared to the whole binding process.  With this quick finish, I finished my first attempt in Applique.  The sea turtle quilt block is part of a series from McKenna Ryan’s Sea Breeze Pattern. This version uses pastel batiks.  Check back this week for part two with a twist using bold colors.

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