Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hearts and Bones, My Heart is Full of Love, Etc

I came home from the holidays all sorts of sick.   Thanks plane!   So I was too tired to work on an epic project I'd started in early December, it takes brain power and lots of ups and downs to the ironing station.   So I pulled out a stack of pink 2 1/2 inch squares and grabbed the first piece of flannel I could reach.   It turned out to be about a yard of pink/purple Valori Wells delight.   Since the epic project also involves pixels, I tried a pixelated heart layout.



That seemed doable so I set about to find a background.   Since awhile ago I bought a bolt of Kona Snow, except oops, it was Kona Bone, I decided to use some of that up.   Hence the possible title as a nod to Paul Simon's Hearts and Bones.  







Working a few bits here and there as my energy and coughing levels allowed, I finished up the top, happened to find a perfectly sized batting scrap at the top of the pile and loaded it on Pippi for some quilting.  After another nap, I decided to quilt the word "love" over and over in the heart.   Since I'm super literal and all.   Marking out straight lines for diamonds worked out for the background and then I bound it in more pink, Oval Elements.   Please see this post if you are unclear on why.




Finished at



I really like how it turned out and if you do too, it's now up and listed in my Etsy shop, Carriage House Quilter  - SOLD.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Natural History Baby

A colleague recently welcomed a new baby boy into their family so I made a little gift for them.



Most of the fabrics are Lizzy House Natural History.   It's all delightful and made a really fun and colorful top.   I used this pattern sort of, adjusting for size based on the cuts I felt like making.



It's a nice size at 44 x 55 (ish) and backed with two bits of flannel that got along well with the front.   I quilted all over in a slightly more complicated swirl pattern.   I'm really comfortable with swirls.   Even though I thought I was starting another pattern, I naturally went back to this.  I think it turned out well for this one.















Binding is a green quilter's linen print from my stash.

The baby was born early this year and the quilt gifted as soon as I got over the plague.  So that's an improvement over the last one.    I don't want to get too wacky and finish things before people are borned.

I finally started using my awesome quilt labels from my BFF along with the nerdy QR codes I had printed at Spoonflower.




This is also from my 2016 quarter one Finish Along hosted by Elven Garden Quilts, etc.  http://theelvengarden.blogspot.com/p/finish-long-2016.html   I went with a huge list this quarter so let's see how well it works out.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 FAL

I'm trying to do this right at the very last minute - oops :)

Here's the 10 projects I hope to finish by the end of March.


In order pictured above -
1. Birthday Seville - needs the border, quilting, binding and labeling
2. Pixelated Pink Heart - squares cut and laid out but needs the top pieced, etc
3.  Terrain Stepping Stones - just need to finish quilting in the prints, etc
4.  Christmas Curved Table Runner - just the binding
5.  Starbursts - binding and a little bit of (re)quilting, labeling
6.  Natural History - binding, labeling, gifting
7.  Rosebuds - can't show the top but will be quilted with this new Groovy Board
8.  Technicolor - backing, quilting, binding, etc
9.  Project Linus Minkee - finish top, etc
10. Pillow - I made the whole form from batting scraps, just need to cover it


That should do it.   Plus I shall start 75 other projects.

Linking up with Elven Garden Quilts, even though I suspect that the comments are not true on that particular post and that she is not actually a great spell caster.  But just in case it is true, I'll check every day to see if my projects magically finished themselves.



2016 FAL

Sunday, August 23, 2015

"Pink Really is the Best Color" - Aerith



After years of my niece telling me about the best color in the world, I've taken her advice and made a simple baby quilt for a new baby girl.    But I got sidetracked on the label so she's now more than 5 months old and I'm just ready to gift it.  I'll take it in to work tomorrow to her mom.









I freehanded swirls and hearts all over in pink thread.







I always like to quilt in a little love.   Sometimes a few other words too but you can always count on finding this in my quilts.





The back is a pink and grey chevron minky, its super super soft and this quilt is small enough that it didn't have a chance to stretch and shed too much.   It's a pain to work with but so worth it in some cases.









I have skills on the binding corners but not on trimming thread apparently.   Ah well, you can't have everything.









And finally . . . the label - 





So hooray for new baby girls!














Friday, August 21, 2015

All the Colors - Quilt for Sale

Because I do love starting new projects for no particular reason, I grabbed my stacks of 3 inch square scraps, gray linen print and white to make this quilt -

 See my awesome new quilt hanger on pulleys.    It also can be used to put up a shade or a movie screen.  I heart pulleys


It's not quite all the colors but close.    Had I put it together in the traditional method, it would be block called Jacob's Ladder.   But instead I pieced it all in squares, rectangles and half square trianges (yay trimming 64 of those).

I had the perfect amount of a great aqua flannel for the back and picked a dark red solid for the binding.   All fabrics I had on hand...for once.

The quilting was really fun, I just replaced the o-rings on Pippi, my longarm, so she was running smooth and easy.   It was fun to quilt and I did custom quilting with free hand flowers, loops and some ruler work lines.   It looks great but I may be biased.




It finished at 60" x 60" before washing and would make a great couch quilt.  Listed on etsy . . . I think I hope it sells . . . .
Etsy Listing

I'm also going to start taking in other people's quilt tops to quilt now.   Finally have the carriage house studio set up enough for that.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Marshmallow's Quilt

In a bunch of marathon sewing sessions, I was able to complete this quilt for a friend's dad.   He's a Chicago Bears fan and I had permission to use just the colors but ended up drawing up my own pixel version of their logo (minus the bear, I'm only regular crazy).  It worked out pretty well with just two inset seams to fuss with and the background is all the navy fabric I could find including some stolen from my BFF's house.



Secret messages were quilted in various spots, of course.


I'm pretty happy with the overall texture, it's organic, varied zigs with bits of bubbles, squiggles and stars thrown in.   The orange was a loose back and forth to tie it all together.


 Even bears have to eat so I used some big chunks of my favorite orange deer fabric.


 The back is flannel (of course) and crazy bright chevrons which I didn't match up very well but the hope is that he'll find it cheery and happy.   


A quickly attached label (so that my friend couldn't pretend she made it) and a QR code to this blog were finished up Friday night and it made it up to her house and then to him just in time for Father's Day.   I've always loved the stories she tells about her dad, particularly the adventures they've had in Kenya.  He's got a great sense of humor and is so supportive of her work in Kenya (http://walindwa.org/) so was glad I could do something for him as he faces a big challenge.


 Happy rolled up goodness!


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Project Linus

I've got another nice stack of quilts ready to go to our local Project Linus group. Here is the latest which I started late Friday night as I was too twitchy to sleep. Quilted up on Saturday with a bunch of new motifs and machine bound on Sunday with lots of breaks because I hate doing that. Pictures galore!














Friday, January 17, 2014

Order Up!

So I've found my customer base recently. It's the 8 and under crowd.


First up two pirate pillows.


Then virtual fabric picking by their older brother.


And ta da, three small pillows (5ish by 10ish) ready to go.

Now back to some slightly longer projects.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Blessed

The first trial of these is referred to as The Damned so that makes these The Blessed. They were gifted for Christmas and well received although a nose was requested for the blue/red one.





I've other projects to share as I've been sewing although not blogging or going to guild. Maybe I'm ninja sewing these days?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Everyone does their part

I made a couple of dog beds to donate to a local shelter. I used a thick curtain my mom made for me when I was in college (thanks mom). I stuffed them with the scraps of batting from all the quilts over the years.


Matilda helps with quality assurance.



So far the double stitching is holding up just fine. 10 minutes down.