Friday, April 7, 2023

Spring Pillow Finish

 Whew!  It's been a busy couple of weeks!

My sweet husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary!  

I joined the UFO Club (quilting, not aliens 👽...LOL) at my local quilt first in-person quilting community!

I had 2 fun filled days with my bestie, one with just our babies and the other with all the kids.

A stomach bug hit the family o.o

My 3rd little started softball.  I was TERRIBLE at softball, like seriously laughable, so I hope she really enjoys it and shows me up 🤣

AND I finished the t-shirt quilt top I've been working on (I should be finished with it completely in the next day or so) and made a fun spring pillow cover 💜

I'm thrilled to have this quilt nearly finished.  I had planned on having it done last weekend, but that nasty stomach bug had different plans for us...yuck!  

I really like the colors in this one.  The reds and yellow pop so nicely with all the black and grey!

I'll have a full post coming up on the UFO Club, but the goal is to motivate us to complete unfinished projects during the year.  We submit a list of projects and each month a number is drawn and that's the project that's due to be finished by the next meeting.  If it's not done, you pay $5, but if it's done, you bring it and show it off and everyone oooh's and ahhh's.  It's good fun, then at the end of the year a party is thrown with the money gathered.

So, for my first finished UFO, I made this spring pillow case.  I've been slowly working on making cases for my sofa cushions.  You know that ones that automatically come with the sofas?  I've always disliked mine and am constantly turning them around where the pattern doesn't  

I had a couple charm packs and solid fat quarters from years ago and decided they'd be perfect to make some fun spring covers.  I'd finished 2 previously and here's the third!

For the drama...

I particularly love the pink and greens in these pillows.  The winter brings me the sads, so these cheer my mood whenever I see them.

I've Linked up today with...TGIFF and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?.  Head on over and see what other lovelies have been finished up this week!

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Life update and 2 Finished Quilts!

 Hello, Hello!  It's definitely been a hot minute since I posted here, but I'm planning on changing that!  Since I was here last, I've continued quilting.  Honestly, I have been so busy creating custom t-shirt quilts for my local clientelle that I've lost focus everywhere else.

Even more exciting that being busy with custom quilts is that our family has grown!  We welcome our sweetie baby girl (girl #4!) in January of 2022.  My world was completely flipped upside down as I'd not had a baby in 8 years.  

Well, she's not a busy toddler who is walking and climbing and into EVERYTHING.

Having a baby definitely has not made quilting easier, but it has reminded me of what's important and given me a renewed desire to work for my dreams.  I'll be sharing more of the exciting things coming up soon!

In the meantime, here are the last 2 quilts I finished!  These were a fun combo involving concert t-shirts for the same client.

They are each approximately 40" x 50", or what I call the "baby quilt size" for ordering.

I used a medium grey thread to quilt them with a simple meandering pattern.  I find meandering is my go-to for t-shirt quilts as it allows some softness without over-quilting.  

I kept the binding nice and simple, using the solid red for the rock concert quilt and a simple, tone-on-tone grey for the Christian concert quilt.

Well, it feels good to back to writing and sharing here 💜

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Happy quilting!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Finished T-Shirt Quilt & TGIFF

Hello and welcome to TGIFF!!  I'm so glad you're here today, and I'm so happy to share a giant of a finish...a Queen-sized T-shirt quilt!

I've been really busy this season with craft shows and t-shirt quilts for Christmas, but I wanted to specifically share this one because it has a special element that was new to me.

If you look closely, you will see a 3x4 large block of designs in the center.  This section started off as a t-shirt blanket that was created by my client.  She asked if I could "work it in", so I used it as the center of the quilt, then designed the rest of the shirts around it.

I won't act like it was really easy, because, in fact, it was challenging to work with someone else's pieces alongside my own, especially with different sewing styles and abilities.  However, I'm really pleased with the results, and so is it's a win-win!

I finished it all off with meandering quilting with black thread to blend in with the all the dark shirts, black sashing, and backing fabric.

Quilting it on my little singer was definitely akin to wrestling an alligator!

Have you ever incorporated someone else's work into your own?  I'd love to hear about it!

Now it's your turn to share!  Add the link your post (not your blog home, please) below, link back here in your post, and be sure visit a few other links to share the love. <3

Monday, July 23, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July - Table Runner Tutorial

It's Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hog!!!  Have you all been enjoying yourselves?  I sure hope so!

I've got a tutorial for you today for an easy, but eye-catching, runner for your table or as gift for your favorite person. <3

This runner is made to fit my 8ft table, measuring 96.5" x 16.5", but it could easily be shorted or made longer.  The finished block size is 8", so take your desire length and divide it by 8, then multiply that number by 2 to see how many total blocks you need. :)

For my runner, I chose Return To Winters Lane by Kate & Birdie.  It's a beautiful and simple line that we'll be able to use all winter, because it's not overly "Christmasy"

1 Jelly Roll (or 30 2.5" strips of various colors/prints)
1.5 yards for backing
batting (honestly, I used the leftover scraps from recent quilts)
Stitch ripper


NOTE: I'm going to write out directions for those of you who aren't video folks, but I'm going to have a video below with so you can see the steps. Also, all seam allowances are 1/4". :)

1. Open up that jelly roll and delight in all the feels and smells of newly opened fabric...breathe deep, this is therapeutic after all. <3  Then, separate your strips into colorways (a pile for each color represented).  This is so you can make sure you're getting a good mix in your blocks.  Also, pick out six strips for your binding and set them aside.

2.  Sew 4 strips together (make sure you mix up the colors!), then fold your strip set in half lengthwise (right sides together) and sew the those strips together to create a long tube. (Don't press any seams yet.) Make 6 tubes.

3. Move your tubes to the cutting table.  Lay one tube out, nice and flat, and feel where the seam that's on the top lines up with the seam on the bottom (this is in the video if you can't picture that).  Cut off the selvage to even up on side of the tube.

4. Now cut (16) 2.5" "rings" from your tube.  You can repeat this process for all your tubes, but make sure you keep the rings from each tube together, making sure to not mix them up.

5. It's the fun part! Wait, I think these are all fun parts, but now's the time you get to break out your stitch ripper for good instead of evil.  You're going to take 4 "rings" at a time to make a block.  Decide which fabric on your ring you'd like to make the diagonal through the block and rotate the ring so that that fabric is at the top when you hold it up.  We'll call this fabric "A" from now on. Rip the stitches out along the top seam of A, open your ring, and lay it front of you with A at the top.

6. For the next ring, put A at the top, but then rotate the ring down one time. A will now be at the bottom, facing you. Rip the stitches along the top seam again, and lay this ring beside the first so you can see that A is diagonal to the first strip.

7. For the 3rd ring, put A at the top and rotate twice, so now A is on the bottom but facing away from you.  Rip those precious stitches out across the top again, open it up, and set it with the others.  You should see the diagonal now continuing.  If you accidentally rip the wrong seam, simply stitch it back up and try again.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't have to do that. ;)

8. For the last ring of the block, put A at the top and rotate 3 times, so now it's at the top but facing away from you. Take those stitches out across the top, like you've done before and open it up.

9. Now it's time to press those seams!  I press all the seams on each strip the same direction, but I alternate the direction of each strip so that they are going opposite directions.  This lets them nest and gives us the pretty corners we all dream about at night. Or is that just me?

10. To complete your first block, just sew those 4 pretty strips together and press it open.

11.  Repeat steps 5-10 to complete a total of 24 blocks (or however many you need if you're changing it up).

12.  It's time to lay it out!  The layout is 2 blocks by 12. Watch A on each block and rotate each block so the corners of A are lined up with the corners of the A fabrics beside it and above it.  The goal is to create diamond shapes throughout the runner.

13.  Once you're happy with the layout, it's time to piece them all together into one beautiful top!

Here's the video tutorial up until here:

Because life happens, I didn't video the runner top, but here it is!  It required 3 pictures to get all 8 ft of it shown. Ha!

Now you can baste, quilt, and bind (with the 6 strips you put aside earlier) with your preferred methods!

To quilt, I did a continuous curves free-motion pattern.  I just love it for patterns with lots of little squares. <3  I did a FB live on how I do continuous curves if you'd like to see it.

I'd love love love to see your runner if you use this pattern!  You can share it with me on Instagram, using the hashtag #summerleequilts or by following and tagging me @summerleequilts.  I'm also on Facebook, if you want to come hang out with me when I do my weekly livestreams!

Now, I hope you'll take a few minutes to go visit Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More!  I'm posting the schedule below so you can catch up on any posts you've missed. <3

Thank you so much for stopping by today and happy quilting!

Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Friday, July 6, 2018

New Pattern - Around the Neighborhood!

Hello hello!  I hope you're having a lovely summer.  We've been spending a lot of time poolside.

Anywho, I have been busting at the seams with excitement to share my first quilt pattern with you!  I've been holding onto this for several months now, and it's finally ready!

Meet - Around the Neighborhood!

I created this design specifically to show off your favorite fabrics.  With the white sashing, each fabric gets to shine as in a gallery of pictures.

It uses 14 fat quarters and a little yardage to make a 67.5" x 78.5" quilt.  

While you can quilt it however you like, I chose to do an allover swirl design to balance against all the straight lines and angles.

The fabrics I used are from the Recollection and Woodland bundles from Art Gallery Fabrics.  They coordinated so well..I just love them.  I'm really starting to become an Art Gallery fan.

Yesterday, I revealed the pattern on my FB livestream called Loose Threads Thursday, so if you're interested in hearing more of the story behind the quilt and seeing it in another's the video.

Here's another full picture of Around the Neighborhood.  ^_^

If you'd like more info on the pattern, you can find it on Craftsy: Around the Neighborhood or on Etsy: Around the Neighborhood.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lining up Sashing - Pro-Tip Tuesday!

Hey Hey...Happy Tuesday! 

Have you ever sewed your quilt rows together to find that your vertical sashing didn't line up and it looked rather wonky?  Well, today I'm showing you what I do to get nicely aligned sashing.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy quilting!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Custom Irish Chain - Friday Finish!

Hello everyone!  I cannot wait to show you my finish for this week!  It's big.  It's beautiful.  It's...white!

This is a large queen sized, Irish chain.  The story behind it is that my customer painted and redecorated her bedroom and just couldn't find the right bedding.  She and her husband loved their previous quilt that was a pink and white Irish chain, so we decided to recreate that quilt with their current bedroom colors.

I was able to use paint chips to find the right tone of aqua. <3

While the previous quilt had some simple straight line quilting, I felt I needed to add my own touch...and since free-motion quilting big quilts on my old Singer is like my favorite thing, I really took some time and planned the quilting on this one. 

I started with continuous curves (a new favorite of mine!) for the aqua squares and clam shells for the large white squares.

I added wishbones for the small, inner, white border.  Then finished off with large feathers on the middle border and paisley on the outside.  I did a "How to FMQ Paisley with a domestic machine" tutorial with this border on my Youtube series Pro-Tip Tuesdays.

Since the binding was the same color as the outer border and backing, I used my sewing machine to bind the quilt, instead of hand-stitching.  I did a quick tutorial on how I do binding on the machine as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great day and happy quilting!