Monday, September 1, 2014

Quilt Progress Tracker Free Printable

I don't know about you, but I love to track my progress on pretty much everything.  I usually have a list (or three) going of all the things I need to do or want to get done.  Unfortunately, I am always losing my lists or just starting a new one because I need to consolidate multiple lists.

I decided that the best solution was to make my own custom progress tracking sheet dedicated solely to my quilting projects.  I know there are already ones out there, but I wanted one tailored for me, with neat little boxes to check off each step.  Additionally I wanted a space to write down any items I need to purchase in order to finish my current quilts and then more little boxes to check off when I purchased those items.

I really enjoy the look and they way the sheet works so I decided to share it with you guys in case any of you wanted to have a progress tracking sheet too! There is one difference between the free sheet and mine and that is that mine contains a pattern check box (in case I am writing the pattern for the quilt), and the free one contains a wash check box instead (I like to wash my quilts after I make them).

Downloadable Quilt Progress Tracker

For me personally I nailed it with this one, it is bright, simple and colorful (and it contains two of my favorite fonts). As soon as I had printed it, I filled it out, and now am on my way to finishing more quilts.

I hope you love this printable as much as I do.  Enjoy!

Linking up with Anything goes Monday @ Stitch by Stitch

Friday, August 29, 2014

My 10 Quilty Little Secrets

13 Spools

Since reading the original 10 quilty secrets post over at 13 spools, I have seen more and more of these posts pop up all over blog land.  I have really enjoyed reading them (and to find out that I am not alone in many of my secrets), so I thought I would share my own quilty little secrets. 
    1)  I love to iron my seams open.  I love the reduced bulk, I love the look, and I love how my fabric seems to get scorched less often when I do it.  

    2)  If you didn't see this in my first secret - I iron, I don't press.  Pressing does not seem to get my fabric flat enough.

    3)  I do not really have a fabric stash - I have one bin of fabric that is slowly emptying.  I like to buy my fabric one project at a time for the most part. 

    4)  I am completely afraid of my needles breaking when free motion quilting and sometimes wear sunglasses when I am quilting to protect my eyes - also it brings up my coolness factor.  (I have had a number of needles break when I was learning to FMQ and one even flung up and hit me on my eyelid- this does not often happen anymore, but the fear is till there...)

    5)  I dislike best press.  It is expensive and does not give me the amount of starchiness that I like.  I prefer the cheap heavy duty stuff. 

    6)  I passionately hate pinning... I always seem to do it wrong and it never seems to be of use to me since my fabric seem to shift even when I do pin.

    7)  Fat quarters are my favorite size of fabric cut.  You can do so much with them and you can get a pretty decent size piece for cheap. 

    8)  I prefer to join my binding end to end instead of at a 45˚ angle.  It is easier and I think looks just fine (although some situations call for the other way...)

    9)  I do not prewash my fabric for a quilt - for clothing item yes, quilt - never.

    10)  I love steam and water when pressing ironing my fabrics.  I like my quilts to take a little swim on my ironing board before I sew them.  I have a spray bottle filled with water sitting on my ironing board and I refill it often (ironically it is an empty best press bottle). 

    What about you?  What are your quilty secrets?

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Striped Stars WIP

    Here is a little sneak peak at one of the things I have been working on lately.

    When I was making my medallion pattern I needed to test the templates a few times to make sure they were the right size and that my directions were accurate.  Instead of wasting a bunch of fabric I decided to make a lap sized quilt out of just stars, and I am loving the look.

    All of the stars you see where made of one fabric, but each one is so different, and changing up the backgrounds really makes a difference.  My husband calls this the Alice in Wonderland quilt, because the craziness of the stars remind him of that movie (the original Disney one to clarify).  So for the name I am thinking something that goes along the lines of that movie - any suggestions?

    I Hope to send this to one of my testers soon and have the pattern ready in the next couple weeks.  

    More soon!

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Finished Bow Tie Commission Quilt


    I have been waiting to post more pictures of this quilt until the recipient actually received the item.  Now that it is in the hands of it's new owner I can share it with everyone here!

    As I mentioned previously, this is the second version of my bow tie quilt (origional can be seen here). And I think it turned out so much better than the first version. 

    For this commission quilt my instructions were:

    1) Black and White with a few greys
    2) Approximately 60" x 70"
    3) Make the back fun, but do what you want
    4) Quilting in an allover meander

    I think I really nailed it with this finished quilt.  The person who commissioned the quilt seemed to like some of the more modern prints that contained white in them so I decided to add more prints with white and use a couple of lighter greys in the mix instead of keeping it as dark like original I created.  I am so glad that I did because this quilt has so much more movement.  It is a subtle movement, but it just really needed something to keep it from being too plain from far away.

    For the back of this quilt, I wanted something that used the bow ties, but would give a completely different look than the front.  I had this idea for a combination of bow ties and strips using the remaining black and grey bow tie fabrics and the above picture shows my results.

    Sometimes it is nice to use extra wide backing and just get the quilt done, (which I have been seeming to do a lot lately), but this quilt reminded me how much more interesting a quilt can be by taking the time to do a little something on the back.  

    The finished quilt ended up being about 62" x 72".  I used Kona Snow for the background white,  quilted in a white thread with an allover meander and bound it in a black and white pinstripe fabric.  Hopefully its new owner loves it as much as I do!

    Thanks for reading!

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    Milky Way Medallion Giveaway Winner


     Thanks to all those who entered the giveaway of my newest pattern.  I used true random number generator and the result was...

    #8 Kayleighinstitches who said:

    Congrats I will e-mail you shortly.  If you did not win and will still like a copy of the pattern head over to my Etsy Shop.


    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Milky Way Medallion Pattern and a Giveaway!

    Let me introduce you to my latest pattern called the Milky Way Medallion. Named for the center medallion star and the row of wonky stars near the edge, it contains the center medallion and 7 borders, 4 of which are pieced.

    The pattern is quite long, 29 pages including templates and cover page, but inside you will find detailed directions and diagrams showing you how to piece this quilt border by border. It also contains directions for both a yardage version (shown here with the black and dark grey backgrounds) and a scrappy version (shown here with the lighter backgrounds).

    In addition to the two versions I made I also had a few pattern testers and a proof reader, who were kind enough to try out my pattern and read over it for me.  Below is Katie's Quilt who blogs at Karma Willow Designs.  I just love how different hers is from mine but still ended up so beautiful!  Thanks Katie!  I also want to say thanks to Susan at The Bored Zombie for reading it over and proofreading it for me!

    Katie from Karma Willow Designs Medallion Quilt
    The pattern is $12.00 and is currently for sale in my Etsy Shop.

    And now for the giveaway!  I am giving away a free copy of my pattern.

    There are 2 ways to get an entry:
    1) Leave a comment telling me what color or fabrics you would use if you made this quilt?
    2) An optional second entry is available for all my follows (new and old), just leave me a second comment saying how you follow my blog.

    A winner will be chosen Friday Morning August 8th, 2014.

    Edit: The giveaway is now closed thanks to all that entered!

    Thanks for reading!

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    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Custom Bow Tie Quilt Blocks

    I am currently taking a break from my unnamed blue, teal and white quilt and am working hard on my commission quilt. As you can see above I now have all the blocks pieces complete and am in the process of turning them into finished bow tie blocks. 

    For this quilt I also made the decision to paper piece my blocks.  I wanted my blocks to be perfect and all exactly the same size and with paper piecing you never have to worry.  I drew up a quick template in Illustrator (which I may share if anyone is interested in making their own bow ties) and now I have perfectly even blocks with beautifully straight seams - perfect for a custom ordered quilt. 

    I am now off to get some more work done on this quilt!  Hope to share more soon.