Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Kawaii Kitten

My daughter loves to draw.  It's a normal part of her every day.  When she showed me this simple kitten it just made sense to make it into a wall hanging.

We started by scanning and blowing up her original sketch.  The Small One chose fabric and I went to town using a combination of reverse applique and whole-cloth applique

After the major details were down my daughter drew all the smaller features back onto the face and I followed her lines with thread.

I like using a darning foot with a zig zag stitch while stitching left to right to make thick lines easily.

We are both very pleased with the result.

Friday, October 26, 2018


A charm pack from Craftsy called Boundless 1930s Revival had me checking out the Moda Bakehouse for precut recipes where I found the one above.

I had a lot of fun experimenting with FMQ designs to create a lot of different textures on the surface of the quilt.  I don't think all of them worked, but I'm pleased with the experiment.

I'm linking up with Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Micah 6:8

This was a thank you gift to a pastor that took on the role as our speaker while our minister was on sabbatical.  *aside* have you any idea how hard it is to choose a verse for a pastor y'all!?

I started by printing the design I wanted to do.  A quilt sandwich was created and the papers were pinned to the sandwich.

Using a darning foot, I traced over the letters, tore the paper away and started colouring them in.

But I didn't like it.

So I started in with the fans.

But I really didn't like it, so I started in with the pebbles.

Have you ever heard the expression "throw more thread at it"?   It seemed to work this time around.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Husband's Space Shuttle

Many years ago, after I made the Day Lilies, I said "never again" to complicated paper piecing.  Then my husband saw me browsing a Quilts with Style magazine and asked me to make him the shuttle he saw.  

How am I supposed to say no to that??

So I started the poor shuttle in 2014 and finally finished it last week. 

I chose to double the size of the pattern (it finishes at 48 x 48 now) so that I wouldn't be dealing with tiny bitty little pieces.

It hangs opposite his desk.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Yellow and Grey

I was asked to make a quilt in time for Christmas.  They needed it to be clean and modern.  I needed it to be quick because of the time of year!

I put together six different fun but simple ideas and this was the one picked.

HSTs are such an easy way to quilt and the design possibilities are just endless.  I really enjoyed putting this quilt together!

I'm linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Rainbow

White negative space makes me very happy, especially when the other fabrics are so vibrant.

This quilt is a class on Craftsy called Magical Blocks out of the box.  I started it in 2015 and finished just in time to give it away at Christmas.

The size is 62 x 84 - just barely large enough to cover the top of a queen sized mattress.

I backed it with cuddly purple flannel which it appears that I failed to document.  Sigh.  December is not a good month for remembering all the things.

I did a lot of walking feet to outline the blocks, but then went in with a darning food and made each block unique.  I did it all in white thread.  That was scary on such a dark back.

I'm linking up to Free Motion by the River

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

21 Pilots

This is a commission that I finished in September.  I think.  Wow.  Time is flying by. Apparently my memory is flying by too.

21 Pilots is a music group.  The circle with the lines in the middle is their logo.

I'm linking up to Free Motion by the River