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 colorway...here'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!







Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Machine Binding Tutorial - Pro-Tip Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday to you!

I've got a tutorial for you today on how I do my machine binding. 

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Thanks for stopping by, and happy quilting!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Quilting Paisley on a Domestic Machine - Pro-Tip Tuesday!

Hi there and welcome to this week's Pro-Tip Tuesday!

This week I'm showing you how to quilt paisley using a domestic sewing machine!



Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, May 25, 2018

T-Shirt Lap Quilt - Friday Finish!

Hello and happy Friday!  I have another t-shirt quilt finish to share today.  This was a quick "hey, can you squeeze this in before the end of the month" quilt.  

I'm really glad I took it on, because it was the absolute smoothest t-shirt quilt I've done.  For example, it usually takes me at least 2 days (read sewing sessions) to be able to cut the shirts, measure designs, and graph the quilt.  For this one, however, I was able to cut the shirts, measure, graph, AND cut and sew the first column in one day!  I was pretty stoked.



I also was able to pull the sashing from my stash, which was a great blessing.  I knew I wanted to use gray, but when I pulled this hashed, tone-on-tone fabric...and I had exactly the amount I needed...I was so excited. <3  I love the added look of texture.



I kept with a meandering quilting pattern, and I picked up some adorable black and while polka dot fabric for the binding.  I love the fabric, because it reminds me of strings of pearls.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Happy quilting!










Thursday, May 24, 2018

How to Put a Border on a Quilt

Hey all!

I did a Facebook LIVE video on how I put borders on quilts and thought you might enjoy it!




Thanks for stopping by!