Saturday, April 9, 2016

Gradient Burst Quilt

Gradient Burst 53” x 59”
Quilt Now Magazine issue 20 (February 2016)

The desire to make this quilt started as more of a desire for the process. The intention was to create a unified work using a bundle of strips - I wanted a project where I could mindlessly sew strips, and use just a bit of concentration while trimming and cutting the pieces. I wanted something that would draw the viewer in, contain their senses for a moment. Following the continuity of line, and contrast of color I worked to create a striking quilt. Sometimes the simplest strips can do unexpected things.

Gradient Burst pillow. Made using the scraps from the quilt. Featured in the Craftsy Month blog hop.

Runaway Flowers

This quilt was featured in issue 16 of Quilt Now magazine (October 2015). I'm excited to see it all professionally photographed! Once it came home from the magazine it went on another trip - to be exhibited at International Quilt Festival Chicago! 

Runaway Flowers (Longarmed by T & F Quilting, Lemont, IL) 57” x 71”

Inspired by the stark, colors and shapes of graphic art, this piece was made as a challenge of my color choosing ability. I stretched my comfort zone to choose fabrics that reminded me of summertime. Like summertime, these colors remind me of popsicles, pure blue skies, and rich vibrant flowers. A play off the daisy-chains I wove as a child, the drunkard’s path blocks connect into flowers and create the basis of this light and airy summer quilt.

IQF used my quilt in the online promos! Way cool!

This quilt was shown at the International Quilt Festival 2016, 
Special Exhibits: Modern Quilt Guild, Drunkards Path.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Singing Squares - Quilt Now issue 15!

This month's issue of Quilt Now magazine includes my Singing Squares quilt and pillow. This is probably one of my very favorite quilts I've made in a long time. It's no surprise that I adore Anna Maria Horner's fabrics, and her Folk Song line is one of the best fabric lines in a long time. It speaks to me. Much more than just that, the line of fabric splits so easily into warm / cool stacks. That was my inspiration for this quilt - playing with scale and negative space, warm and cool. I also wanted to make this quilt very charm square friendly. I have already used my stack of AMH charms (so sweetly gifted to me by a friend who participated in the AMH Charm Swap a few years back), but I know so many people still have those charms and are waiting for the perfect project to use them! This project is the one! 

This quilt comes together quickly, it uses about half a FQ bundle (or a bunch of charms / scraps), and paired with linen the colors really pop!

The pillow was a bit of an extra - and I backed it with some scraps of Anna Maria Horner's velveteen. It's so cozy! 

If you make a quilt using this pattern I would love to see it.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Color Gradient Pouch - Quilt Now Magazine!

When you submit items to magazines a lot of the time you don't really have a solid date as to when they'll hit the newsstands... so imagine my excitement when I realized that two of my projects are in magazines this month! 

My Color Gradient Pouch is in this month's Quilt Now Magazine! I love this pouch! Here's the story - last spring I was really geeking out over this teal / coral combo. I just NEEDED it in my life. (I'm still in love with it - what's not to love?) Anyway, I just wanted to go buy all the coral fabrics. My husband and I had a morning off, and we decided to go to the fabric store together. It was totally sweet. Wally and I were stacking bolts of solids, and playing with color options. He was impressed that that sort of thing is a regular happening at a quilt shop! He helped me pick out these colors - and as the shop ladies cut it from the bolts I dashed around to the Art Gallery shelf to find a coordinating print. Wally was adorable, talking me up to the shop owner. It was pretty sweet. I'm glad that he's interested enough in my projects to join in a little bit!

Ok. So the details about the pouch - it measures at about 10" x 10" It's flat on the bottom, and a layer of Fusible Fleece inside there keeps it sturdy enough to stand on it's own. And yes, those are 1/2" finished stripes. :)  I hope you'll go grab a copy of Quilt Now issue 14 and make one for yourself! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fusible Flex Foam Blog Tour!

Two 5" x 5" squares fused to the 2-Sided Fusible Flex Foam. Quilted in strait lines with no walking foot. I encountered no puckering and no shifting. This is a perfect product for mug rugs and pouches!
I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for the Pellon Fusible Flex Foam release! I've been playing with samples of this stuff and it has a ton of great possibilities! 

For those who are not familiar, Flex Foam is sew-in stabilizer typically used to add structure to bags and pouches. It's a great product, and now it's being expanded to include two fusible options, a one and a two sided fusible.

Once fused the fabric is tight against the surface of the Flex Foam. The fabrics and foam stabilizer act as one!
Last week I spent the afternoon playing around and testing the 1 Sided Fusible Flex Foam (FF78F1) and 2 Sided Fusible Flex Foam (FF79F2). It has been really great. The fusible is everything you would expect from Pellon. It's completely sew-able, not gummy. It fuses really quickly, and best of all, it keeps your fabrics nice and crisp! 

I have big plans for some dense free motion quilting using the 2-Sided Fusible Flex Foam. I tested it out, it's perfect. Typically, thick stabilizers are prone to puckering or stretching when doing dense free motion work, but since the 2-Sided Fusible Flex Foam fuses down to both the top and backing fabric it is perfect for dense quilting! I'm looking forward to the intense texture on pouches and mug rugs!

Zipper Pull
Today's stop on the blog tour is my super sweet Zipper Pull. It's the icing on the cake for any fabulous zippered pouch! You can get the project download here. 

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Blog Tour:
9/8 – Pellon9/8 – Swoon Sewing Patterns9/9 – Mommy’s Nap Time9/10 – Cut to Pieces9/11 – My Crafty Crap9/13 – Pellon9/14 – Baby Rozen Design9/15 – Sew Sweetness9/16 – Love to Color My World9/17 – Anjeanette Klinder9/18 – Pellon

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Leafy Pouch, Make Modern Magazine!

Whew! Summer is winding down and we're finally settling back into the school routine here. I am ready to have my weekly afternoon of sewing back! I feel like I didn't sew very much this summer, but mostly, I just did a lot at the beginning of the summer. One of those early summer finishes is now available in the fall issue of Make Modern Magazine!

Here is my Leafy Pouch! This little guy was originally made for my fall-loving daughter, and was recreated for the magazine. 

Go check out issue 7 of Make Modern. It's a digital magazine from Australia and it's full of great projects. You can get the current issue here

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sparkle Pouches!

sparkle vinyl various sized zippered pouches

I've been taking custom orders for my sparkle pouches for a while now. They're so much fun to make, that I just can't bear to keep them all for myself. I have made bout two-hundred pouches in the past year or two. It's amazing to know that people keep coming back to order more! 

The pouches above were made for a college friend, Allie. Allie has ordered a ton of pouches from me and I just love working with her on these! She uses them for everything and has even commissioned a pouch sized specifically for her allergy meds! I love it! 

I recently purchased a teflon foot for my Juki. I can't believe I have sewn vinyl for so long without it - but I tend to not buy things that aren't necessary. I finally broke down and bought the foot - it was only a couple dollars on ebay, and it works great. Now I can topstitch vinyl at full speed!

If you're ever interested in ordering a sparkle pouch from me, just drop me a line and we'll work out the details ($12 - $17 for box pouches, $8 for flat). I don't like the business end of things, so I don't keep an Etsy store. I tend to do pouches in spurts - when I get an order I'll post the call out on social media in case anyone else wants to order one at the same time. :) Typically I do more around Thanksgiving and Christmas.