Tuesday, June 7, 2016

OMG June Goal: Quilt my spring tulip wall hanging!

I have lost a quilt top in my studio. And my studio is actually fairly neat at the moment...
For the last couple of months, it's been my plan to quilt this top as my One Monthly Goal project over at Red Letter Quilts. I look for it during the first week of each month and then give up and pick a different goal. You can't quilt what you can't find...
So I switched gears for my June goal but will keep looking for the mystery top. 

A year ago spring, I designed this "Tulip Time" wall hanging using the Graphix 3 collection from Paintbrush Studio. The tutorial was featured on their blog, Inspired by Fabric. 
(You can find it here.)

I love the geometric prints and the spring-y array of colors. In fact, this wall hanging is currently adorning my front door. 

This spring, I stitched an updated version using the Painter's Palette Solids collection from Paintbrush Studio. I got this far and for whatever reason, I ran out of steam to finish it. 
Don't you love these colors?!

So, my June OMG is to finish this wall hanging--add a border, machine quilt it, and bind it. In a busy month (why did I volunteer to organize VBS?), this seems like an attainable goal, and it's certainly a UFO I'd like to get crossed off my list! 

Monday, May 30, 2016

May Goal: Complete!

How appropriate to show this finished May project for One Monthly Goal on Memorial Day!

I quilted this one just like mine--straight lines on the red stripes, squiggles on the white, and starburst lines on the blue. Now to mail it off to my friend and come up with a June goal! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My "Home Is Where You Make It" quilt

I'm excited to finally share this quilt with you! I was asked to come up with a quilt with a story line for Paintbrush Studio to hang in their booth at Market. They are sponsors of the Row by Row Experience, and they wanted a quilt that used their 10-color palette (from the Leather collection, which has great texture but is cotton, not actual leather!). 

Here's what I came up with:

I am super proud of it, especially because, ahem, applique is not my thing. There were times when making this quilt was painful, and I wished that I'd added less detail to it. So.many.little.pieces! But I do love how it turned out!

I printed out each row full size and in reverse at Office Max and then trace the shapes onto fusible web. I numbered each piece as I traced it so I could refer back to the original design to figure out what it was and where it went (harder than I though it would be!)

If you're wondering how long this took, here's a short little story to give you some idea. I took all the raw materials for this project to a day-long guild retreat. Optimistically, I also took two other projects. After 10 hours, I had three rows completed. I never touched the other projects. :) So the short answer is, quite a while, and longer than I thought! 

I had two friends who helped significantly on this quilt. Linda Smoker took my rough pencil sketches (that weren't even to scale--really just concepts!) and transformed them into digital designs for each row. She did a fabulous job! Then Diane Oakes machine quilted the quilt (in about 4 days' time!). I handed it to her with free reign, and I love what she did. So much detail, so much texture! And...as she quilted it, she stitched around the edges of every single fused piece (since I didn't.) Bless her! She used nine different thread colors in the quilt. Thanks, ladies! 

Here are additional close-ups of the quilt so you can see the details and the quilting. You can read more about the quilt here

Row 1: a happy little neighborhood.

Row 2: Winter arrives!

Row 3: The camper heads south to the beach. Over tall hills and along winding roads.

Row 4: Setting up camp near the beach. Notice the items that came along from home: the gnome, the flowers, the birdhouse, the quilt on the clothesline.

Row 5: Enjoying the beach!

The quilt is named "Home Is Where You Make It" because that idea is so true--home is where you are, no matter where you are. 

I used my sample camper as a label on the back. 

I love looking at the quilting lines on the back!

And one more texture shot--looking down the quilt.

And here is the quilt hanging in the Paintbrush Studio booth at Quilt Market. 
Pretty fun to say I've had a quilt there! 

Read more about my quilt here.
See the Leather fabrics here and see Paintbrush Studio's Row by Row palette here. 
Learn more about the Row by Row Experience here

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May One Monthly Goal

My One Monthly Goal (thanks, Heidi!) for May is not very surprising nor exciting, but it's what I need to get the project done! 

My goal is to quilt and bind the patriotic door quilt that I pieced for my April goal. Then I can give this (it's a gift) and cross it off my list! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

April OMG: Complete!

My April goal for One Monthly Goal was to piece one of these patriotic door banners for a friend. I stitched the red and blue made fabric one night and assembled it the next night (both this past week) and got it finished! 

Now I just need to quilt it. I'm not sure if I used brighter fabrics in the new one, or if the old one has faded that much in the sun. Either way, I like how fresh and bright the new one looks! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April OMG

My April One Monthly Goal (Thanks, Heidi at Red Letter Quilts!) is to piece another wall hanging like this one. 

A friend admired mine last summer when it was hanging up, and I tucked that thought away in my head as a great gift idea. Summer is around the corner, and I'd like her to have it for all the appropriate patriotic holidays. Plus she moved into a new house last fall, so it's always fun to have some new door decor! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Block Happy! The first 2016 edition

Once every few months, I do a random post to show off the blocks I've made recently. I am part of the Believe circle of quilters for do.Good Stitches, and then I'm also in charge of choosing the block for our online activity for the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild. 
Here are the latest:

December do.Good blocks:

January do.Good blocks:

February do.Good blocks (Have you seen all the fun blocks Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts has for her QALs? So many fun ones to choose from! I love these little elephants.)

Inspired by a do.Good block in the fall, the GLMQG made quilt-as-you-go blocks for our January meeting. 

March do.Good blocks:

GLMQG March blocks, using Rita's economy block tutorial at Red Pepper Quilts

Most blocks come together so quickly; it's such a great feeling of accomplishment to finish making one!