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!

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!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Quilt Rulers: Pro-Tip Tuesday

Last week on Pro-Tip Tuesday, I shared how you can easily square up your quilt blocks without needing a special ruler for each quilt block size you make.  This week, I'm taking it a little further and showing you the rulers I actually use, after buying all the different sizes.

Here's where you can find each of the rulers I talk about:

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Squaring Up Quilt Blocks - Pro-Tip Tuesday

Welcome to Pro-Tip Tuesday!! 

This week, I'm hoping to help you not make a mistake I made when I was a new quilter.  See, I had this idea that I needed a special ruler for every size block I made, so I could square them up.  I was wrong!  It was silly of me, and I wasted a lot of money on rulers that sit in a drawer now.

Here's what I do now to square up by blocks...

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Have a fantastic day!!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

TGIFF - Crossing Paths Quilt

Hello and welcome to TGIFF!  I always love when my turn to host comes around, so I can connect with all of you. <3

I have a fun quilt finish to share with you today.  I started and completed this top at the beginning of the year, but then I got busy with custom orders and didn't get a chance to pick it back up until last week.  I just love how it came out.

It's been years since I've done any strip-piecing, so this was really fun to make.  In fact, I bought another jelly roll to make a version with pink in it!

I recently completed Angela Walters Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, and I really wanted to try the continuous curves pattern over an entire quilt.  With all the little squares on this, I knew it was the perfect fit.

My curves are FAR from perfect, but the nature of the design makes it soooo forgiving.  You just don't see all the mistakes in the overall pattern.

I think the back is just as pretty as the front, even though I only used an off-white solid.

Of course, I had to take just a couple more "artistic" photos!

Here are all the posts about this quilt if you want to see some of the process:

Piecing and Top
Starting the quilting
Livestream on how I did the quilting

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see all the pretty things you've finished!  Link up to your finished project below, then please link back here and put the TGIFF button in your post or on your blog!  Be sure to share the love, by visiting the other links and leaving comments.  Everyone loves getting comments. <3

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Matching Seams & Corners: Pro-Tip Tuesday

Hooray for Tuesday and another edition of Pro-Tip Tuesday!

If you're like I was when I was a new quilter, I couldn't get seams to line up for anything.  In fact, for my first few projects...I didn't even know that was a goal!

So, for this Pro-Tip Tuesday, I'm sharing a super easy way to get your seams to line up.  Enjoy!

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Have a great day!

Friday, May 4, 2018

T-Shirt Quilt - Finished Friday!

Hello hello!  Hooray for Friday!  Not only is Friday my favorite blogging day, but we have favorite friends coming over tonight for game night, so it's even more special.

So, today...I finally get to show you the finish T-shirt quilt!  Check it out!

I had some artistic license, so I did some special quilting.  First, I used wishbones for all the sashing, then I gave each of the larger shirts different designs...keeping some of the quilting with the style of the shirt design.  Here are some of my favorites. <3

It was really, really fun to quilt this!  I finished it off with a red tone-on-tone binding and sent it off to its new home.

If you missed any of the previous posts on this quilt, here are the links so you can catch up. <3

Design and Beginnings
Pro-Tip Tuesday - Sewing Stretchy Fabrics
Putting on the sashing
Pro-Tip Tuesday - Basting a Large Quilt on a Small Table

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

I'm linking up today with TGIFF, Finished or Not FridayCan I get a whoop whoop?, and Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Placemats and Quilting - WIP Wednesday

Hello!  Yay for Wednesday!  I've been stitching away this week, and I can't wait to share.

I've continued working on my Scrappy Star Placemats.  I got all the tops done for a set of four, and I decided to use a silvery gray from my stash for the backing.

I got them all quilted without any drama, going for a close meander instead of anything fancier.  I didn't want to take away from the design and colors.

Now it's time for binding...I'm having a hard time deciding on the gray stripe or the turquoise print.  What do you think?

While I'm figuring that out, I decide to go ahead and baste a quilt top I've had in my "to-quilt" pile.  I pulled out my Crossing Paths top and started working on it.  It should be a relatively quick finish.  I'm using a free-motion continuous curves quilting design, which I think is really going to be lovely with all those squares.

Well, that's what I'm working on this week!  If you've been checking in regularly, I want you to know that I've finished the t-shirt quilt and will have all the pictures and details for my Friday Finish post. <3

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Today I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social, WOW, and Wednesday Wait Loss!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Pro-Tip Tuesday: Basting a Large Quilt on a Small Table

Good morning and welcome to this week's Pro-Tip Tuesday!!

This week I sharing with you how I'm able to baste large quilts without a lot of room.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Elea's Quilt - Friday Finish

Happy Friday to you!  I've another large quilt to share today!

This one is a simple charm quilt for a teenage girl with an "old-fashion" heart. <3

I used Lario by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabric and a few squares from my stash to fill it out.

This one got the swirl treatment, just like my last finish. <3

I backed it with Kona PFD and bound with a pretty medium blue I found at my local quilt shop.

I'm super happy with how pretty this one came out AND how happy the girl is to have it.  That always makes it all worth it. <3

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'm linking up today with Can I get a whoop whoop?, TGIFF, and Finished or Not Friday!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

T-Shirt Quilt & Placemats: WIP Wednesday

Hello and happy Wednesday!

Well, I'm still plugging away on the custom T-shirt quilt this week, and it's coming along quite nicely.

Here's my progress since last week. :)

I got all the columns and the bottom row finished on Friday.

Monday, I started adding in the long sashing strips. If you missed my Pro-tip Tuesday yesterday, I talk about all those pins and sewing stretchy fabrics.

By the end of yesterday, here's where I left it.  All the sashing strips finished and attaching the border!

I also started a smaller project since last Wednesday.  I'm trying to find balance between custom orders and working on my shop, so I started another set of my Scrappy Stars Placemats.  I thought it would be to try the pattern with ombre fabric, and I'm not disappointed!  I got 2 tops completed, so hopefully I can fit in the other 2 tops tomorrow.

Well, that's what I'm working on this week...thanks so much for stopping by today!

I'm linking up today with Wednesday Wait Loss, WOW, and Let's Bee Social!