Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Progress, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I've made some progress on a quilt for my grandpa. This much is a great kit from Quilter's Paradise. I normally don't buy kits but they had me at laser cut with this one. Throw in some swirls and I was hooked.

My grandpa is a big guy though so a mere lap quilt just wasn't going to be big enough. Enter the search for 2 fabrics the store didn't have at the time. The ladies there were very helpful though and we were able to track down the fabric lines (if not exact numbers) and I was able to find one online and one that worked well enough. Those that know me though know that well enough doesn't work for me. Hooray, the store got in more of the aqua blender and the project was saved!

The pieces up here are 12 blocks with a finished size of 12 inches. I'm adding on 18 more blocks and taking it from a 52 x 64 lap quilt to a 76 x 88 twin.

So far I've got all the new pieces cut (and did not once consider getting a laser cutter) so can start sewing tomorrow morning and sighing over the fact that I have to trim corners with this batch.

More Pieces, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fandango Layer Cakes

Ahhhhhhhhh, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I've started the Fandango (my new favorite Kate Spain fabric) and made up a couple of blocks. This is happy fabric and every time I pick up a new piece, I have a new favorite pattern/color. Until I pick up the next one. . . . .

I don't have the whole stack sewn together because of this little chore that needed to be done. All that fuzz was in the bottom of my poor machine.

Pile of Fuzz, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

And for those keeping track, no I haven't figured out a project for my old new favorite, Verna, yet.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

D - U - N, DONE

D - U - N, DONE, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I've finished the quilt that's been keeping me from other things, like my Fandango Layer Cakes.

This one will go off to it's new home and then I'll post more about it.

Here's a little bit of adorableness I found at my closest fabric store while on a hunt for binding. The store is a short walk away and dog friendly so someone doesn't have to sit outside and whine about being left alone to die. They don't have a lot of quilt-able fabric but sometimes I find something great.

New Fabric, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Status, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
This (plus a few) is how well my current quilt project is going.


Ah well, it'll work out and I've definitely got a few new tips and tricks in my bag now.

Houston Rockets Baby Quilt

Houston Rockets Baby Quilt, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I tried to keep this quilt as simple as possible to highlight the Houston Rockets fabric. Also, I was secretly making another quilt for the same baby that required me to invent new sewing methods so it was important to maintain my sanity with a quilt that I could just get along with during the whole process. I hit a few snafus when the red I ordered along with the theme fabric turned out to be fuschia. They just named it red. But that striped stuff practically jumped off the bolt in an effort to be included.

It appears in this picture that I did diagonal lines to quilt it but actually, I did a really big zig zag across the big blocks. I used a red flannel for the back and crossed my fingers when I washed it since Quilt Moxie had just had similar fabric bleed on a completed quilt.

All in all, I like how it turned out and hope that it's enjoying it's new home and baby in Texas.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Crossing My Fingers

Crossing My Fingers, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
Dear bright red backing and bright white squares,
This is your chaperone. Please no hanky panky in the washer.

Thank you.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fuschia Placemats

Fuschia Placemats, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
Another couple of place mats for my BFF. I'm horrible about giving out gifts on specific days but managed this year with 4 quilted placemats. The back is a green and then I did the stitching with a pantograph from Willow Leaf Studio. It's barely noticeable but I did switch the threads from green for the leaves and red for the flower bits.

The fuschias were bigger than I expected so may be better suited for a quilt rather than place mats as some of the mats don't fully show a flower.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Plan for Labels

New Plan for Labels, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I've been sewing like mad this week but most of the projects are still top secret so today I'm sharing my new plan for making sure my quilts get labels a little sooner. I'm printing them and taping them up over my cutting table. Two of these are even for unfinished quilts. One thing I'm struggling with though is that I like to put the month and the year that the quilt was finished on a label but if I print the label prior, I do have to guess on the month. That's one way to put a deadline on myself I suppose.

P.S. The green strip isn't part of the label, I've redacted the recipient name since it's a secret project.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

HR start

HR start, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
One reason that I haven't been posting much recently is that I'm working on a couple of surprise gifts. Hmmm, now that I look around, it's almost 1/2 a dozen gift projects in the works.

Here's the start of a commissioned quilt for a new baby.

Prize # 2 AKA Shut It

Prize # 2 AKA Shut It, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
One of the winners of the 100 post giveaway asks me constantly for black and white and green quilt. She now has one so I suspect the pestering will decrease slightly. Or increase because she'll have to be more clear about sizing. This one is very small.

It's a string quilt with random swirly, flowery fabrics. Oh, and skulls. The back is black flannel and I just did straight line quilting using painter's tape as a guide.

I suppose that I could call this one the miniature version of You Know Black is this Year's Pink that I eventually hope to make for myself.