Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fabric Stash Additions

I have been doing some fabric shopping recently for some pillowcases and another custom ordered quilt.
Navy and White Low Volume Fabric

This is a Moda fabric collection by Zen Chic called Figures.  I really like the white prints as the white has a hint of blue in it and the prints are navy.  I also love that little pop of yellow on the one print.

I also picked up some low volume and neutrals for the custom quilt I am working on.  I will be making a plus quilt with a low volume background and these fabrics fit the bill. 

And last but not least, I picked up these fabrics to make some flannel pillowcases.  I just love that right floral print - heck I love all of those fabrics and cannot wait to make these.  Pillowcases are so quick and fun, they will be a nice break from the custom quilt. 

Progress shots coming soon!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Atlantic Currents - A Finished Quilt

This is Atlantic Currents.  A quilt that has been finished for some time, but I keep forgetting to post about it (as evidenced by the view of grass and nice weather, since 2 days ago it was -35˚ F and everything is white).

When I originally drew the pattern up on paper I was calling it southwestern something or another, but once I made the quilt the name just didn't fit.  Instead I asked my bloggy friends for their suggestions and found that it reminded many people of the ocean. I decided to change the name and started calling it Atlantic Currents - Atlantic for the ocean colors and Currents for the directional geese that remind me of ocean circulation and current patterns.  

For a binding I found this pretty Ty Pennington Impressions fabric at my local quilt shop.  It is technically a stripe fabric, but doesn't scream stripe when you see it on the binding.  I love a good striped binding but I think the subtle look of this fabric works better with the fabrics in the quilt.

I used Kona Kale as my backing fabric. It's not a color I would have normally chosen, but I have to say I am loving it, and it will most likely be making another appearance in one of my quilts! It is a lovely color on the bolt, but I think it is much prettier when used on a quilt. I also made a few extra geese and on point squares and sewed them together for a little interest on the back.

For quilting I decided to echo the shapes in the quilt and stitch 1/2" around the outside of the blocks, using a variegated blue/teal/green star thread.  I also did a small amount of stitching in the ditch to really help the flow of the front show through to the back.

I am still working on the pattern but it is on my to-do list!  Thanks for reading! 

Linking up with 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Lets Be Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
TGIFF @ Quilt Matters
Can I Get A Woop Woop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Black and White Custom Milky Way Medallion - Finished

I finished this quilt in early December and snapped a few pictures before I put it in the mail.  I was unable to get picture up and a blog post written before we left for vacation the next day so I had to be content to share pictures upon my return. 

This is my third version of my Milky Way Medallion pattern, custom ordered in Black, Brown, Navy, Grey and White to coordinate with a bow tie quilt that the customer had previously purchased from me.  The requests also included a low volume background and modern but girly prints - you can read more about it in my original post here

Since the colors requested are not typically "girly" colors I wanted the prints themselves to be more feminine.  I used a lot of florals, polka dots, and a few animal prints to help keep it within the theme.  I also pulled a few metallic prints which are subtle but add a little bling to the quilt (and what girl doesn't love a little bling here and there?).

For the back I wanted to keep the look modern and similar to the bow tie quilt.  I went with a solid black and added low volume rectangles with pops of color in different sizes to keep the back interesting.  I kept the quilting simple with an allover meander in off white Aurifil - the same quilting I did on the first custom ordered quilt.  For binding I went with a black, grey and white stripe and hand stitched it to the back of the quilt.

I also did a little fussy cutting on some of the fabrics, which ended up being some of my favorite parts of the quilt.  I just adore this deer and the metallic gold tree on the back are probably my two favorite parts of the entire quilt.  

I love that I have now made this pattern three times, it really shows how different it can look in different fabrics.  Now to try and check off a few of those UFOs....

Linking up with: 
TGIFF @ Quokka Quilts
Can I get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studios

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ringing in the New Year - Goals for 2015

I am finally back after an extended absence on my blog.  We have been on vacation in the Caribbean for the last three weeks visiting my husbands family for Christmas.  We had a wonderful time, but now we are trying to get into the swing of things. So to start the year off I wanted to share a few of my goals for 2015

Goals for 2015 in no particular order

Sewing Goals:

1) Write more patterns:  I would like to have a total of 10 patterns for sale by the end of the year (I currently have 3, so that would be 7 more pattens this year - a little ambitious, but what is the point of making goals, if they aren't hard)

2) Learn to tailor clothes - I have so many clothes that I like, but they just don't fit quite right.  I would love to be able to adjust them for a perfect fit.

3) Make more clothes - this goes hand in hand with my previous goal, but I would love to be able to make my own clothes (and have them actually fit).

4) Get published in a magazine - I have never submitted an idea or a quilt as I am a little intimidated by the process, but I would love to have at least quilt in a magazine. 

Blogging Goals:

1) Post more - I said this last year, and I will say it again, I need to work on posting more often.  Scheduling ahead, doing a series, whatever.

2) Build myself a website.  I would love to switch away from blogger for a few reasons, but I mostly want to have a proper website/blog.

Personal goals:

1)  Be the best wife I can to my husband - My husband works so hard to take care of me and make me happy, I want to make sure he is being treated the way he deserves (all the time, even if I am having a bad day). 

2) Draw more - I went to art school for 2 years and used to love drawing, but I got out of practice and lost some of my confidence.  I would love to get better and try to work towards creating a fabric line.

3) Draw closer to God - Read/study the bible more, pray more, etc.  Just try to develop my relationship with the Lord even more.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Commissioned Medallion Quilt

Black and White Quilt

All work on the shark quilt for my husband and the low volume candy quilt have come to a halt for more urgent work - A custom Milky Way Medallion Quilt.

My requirements for this quilt are:
1) Similar look and feel to the commissioned Bow Tie quilt I made earlier this year.
2) Black, grey, brown and navy with low volume fabrics.
3) Modern but girly
Black, Grey, Brown and Navy Quilt Fabric
Original fabric pull - it has since been edited (specifically that bottom brown) and added to.

The colors are not something I would have put together for myself if they had not been commissioned, but I love they way they look together.  Even with the addition of navy it is just so neutral looking while not being plain and boring. 

To give the feel of the bow tie quilt I kept the fabrics very simple - either white on tone, or tone on tone.  I also used the same white (Kona Snow) for the plain borders as I did in the background of the bow tie quilt.  To help make it girly I made sure to use plenty of polka dots, and found a few girly floral fabrics. I also threw a few subtle metallic prints for good measure.  
Medallion Background Fabric
Low volume backgrounds

As for the pattern, it is called Milky Way Medallion and is a quilt pattern I designed and released earlier this year (you can find it in my shop here). I have been working hard to complete this quilt before we go on vacation next month!  More to share soon. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Low Volume Progress - Opinions Needed

I currently have all my low volume fabrics cut and my blocks made and trimmed but I am stuck on the layout.  I originally drew up a design in Illustrator and loved it, but when I went to figure out placement on my design wall I was less than enthusiastic about it. 

Now here is the part where I need your help.  Since I wasn't sure about the original design I did some rearranging and came up with a second design.  I am not sure if it is the fabrics that I am not liking (maybe because it is out of my comfort zone), or the arrangement, but I need some advice. 

The picture above is the original design I came up with.  I felt like this would be a great design if the colors were a little bolder, but it just seems like a blob of neutral to me right now. 

Below is my second design.  I changed the pattern to make the acutal design more apparent, but I am still not sure if I am satisfied. 

I am still leaning towards my original design, but maybe just modify the fabrics slightly.  I bought a few extra fabrics today to try throwing in the quilt, because I thought maybe having a bit more variety would make me like it better. 

What do you think.  Is the original design too messy and unreadable, or does it just need some minor tweaking?  Or do you like the second design better?

Suggestions welcome!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Low Volume Edition

I am on my way to making my first all low volume quilt and I have to say I really enjoyed picking out all these fabrics.  They remind me of some kind of candy although I have yet to figure out exactly what (taffy or dinner mints maybe?).  Either way I love the soft colors and the subtleness I think this quilt will have. 

Most of these cuts are 1/8 yard cuts, with a few quarter yard cuts and some stash fabrics mixed in.  I love smaller cuts because I am able to buy a ton of prints without having to pay a fortune.

I am now off to start cutting these up!  More to share soon!