Friday, September 26, 2014

Rainbow Ombre Flying Geese Quilt Finished!

Rainbow Triangle Quilt

I have finally finished my rainbow ombre flying geese quilt that I have been working on since 2012.  To make a long story short (you can read my origional post here for more info) I was a newbie quilter on a mission to make a queen sized quilt using my itty bitty sewing machine.  Lets just say I finished the top and attempted to quilt the quilt, but at the time my machine only had about a 5" throat and I was unable to get the entire thing in there.  I then decided that the best thing would be to rip out the stitches and hand quilt it because I refuse to pay someone else to do it, and how long could that really take...

Well almost three years later the quilt is finally finished!  The entire thing contains only 4 fabrics: 2 ombre fabrics, some Kona charcoal, and the backing fabric.  All the flying geese are made using the one seam method, which makes for fast piecing and a 3-D effect, but uses more fabric.

This sucker was a beast to photograph.  It is huge (just under 90" x 108") and it took two wonderful helpers (my husband and father) holding it sideways to get a good head on photograph of it. Otherwise it was so heavy that it needed to be draped or laid on the ground for proper photos.

Single Seam Geese have a hidden seam down the middle leaving the sides free.

As big of a pain as it was to photograph it was even a bigger pain to quilt. There are 682 separate quilted spots (each one had to be started and stopped) and a total of 14 different thread colors that coordinated with the fabrics.  In between the flying geese I quilted triangles and on the edges I did three different kinds of triangles to better fit the edges of the design.

Besides the quilting I think the binding is my other favorite parts of the quilt, because I love how it just makes the whole thing pop and helps the quilting stand out a little more on the back.  

Now that this quilt is finished I have no idea what to do with it.  I originally wanted it on a guest bed, but now that it is finished I think it is a little to bright.  I have considered selling it (but I feel like it has too many mistakes, and it might disappoint a buyer), and I have considered giving it away to someone (but it needs to go to the right person who would really appreciate it).  So for now it is just being admired in my sewing room while it awaits its final destination. 

Another finish marked off the WIP list!  Thanks for reading.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

It finally happened... I was tagged in the Around the World Blog Hop by the lovely Katie at Karma Willow Creations. We "met" (online through blogland) when she signed up to be a pattern tester for me, and you should see her gorgeous work!  He quilting style is very different than mine, but I love seeing the way she interprets my patterns, and find her work to be very inspiring. 

So now I am supposed to answer the following questions:

1. What am I working on?
Currently I am working on a few different quilts (aren't we all?), but I have been working on making a dent in my WIP list as well as starting a new quilt for my husband.

The new quilt is my first attempt at hand applique and is a beast of a challenge. I am currently calling it the Tribal Shark Quilt but also refer to it as the Manly Man Quilt, because what is manlier than a shark quilt? - Maybe tribal tattoo inspired hammerhead shark quilt but the jury is still out on that one.  (More on this quilt later in the week)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Always a hard question to answer, but I suppose my work differs because I almost never use someone else’s patterns. I appreciate patterns made by others for what they are, and I find them to be a great learning tool when trying to master a new skill. That being said, I prefer the challenge of designing my own quilts and figuring out how to make an idea into reality.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Originally quilting was something to do. In a way it was just an activity to fill the time while my husband was away on trips (he is a pilot). Now, it has turned into so much more than that. I write and create because it brings me joy, it is a constructive use of time, and I believe it is a blessing God gave me and it is my duty to share that blessing with others.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
My creative process is a little less actual process, and a little more flying by the seat of my pants, lets hope for the best, kind of process. I tend to start out with an idea (usually thought up in the middle of the night when I am lying in bed unable to sleep), and that idea typically turns into a sketch. Occasionally that sketch gets a little more detailed with proper measurements and whatnot, but usually it just turns into a quilt partly through magic, partly through frustration and hard work.

So that was a little bit more about Lovelea Designs and my current creative endeavors.  Thanks again to Katie for nominating me. Those nominated are supposed to nominate three others, but I decided to do two. So I nominate the following:
  1. Karen at Pieces of Contentment – she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet (even if it is just on the internet) and her work is amazing. She is currently finishing up an EPP project that is just to die for and her recent panel quilts are brilliant.
  2. Susan at the Bored Zombie – I have seen her be nominated before, but I never saw her post, so I am nominating her again. She is also a wonderful person (encouraging, helpful, inspiring) and she shares more art than just quilting on her blog. If you are a fan of classic Nintendo, or other geekery (her word not mine) you will love her blog!
Hopefully they will participate, so look for their posts next Monday September 29th.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Orange Matter (Gray Matter Pattern V.2)


This quilt has been finished for some time now and I am finally getting around to blogging about it.  I had some trouble with another quilt bleeding onto the binding (which I was fortunately able to fix) and then I took some pictures of it awhile back, but they just didn't do it justice so a re-shoot was in order.

This is the lap size version of my Gray Matter pattern.  I wanted something to create a more masculine version of the quilt, something that contrasted the delicate florals combined with teals and greys that I used when I made the first version of this quilt.  I think these oranges and royal blues sure did the trick. 

For the quilting I decided to try some dense straight line quilting combined with a swirl in the center of the square.  I love that the swirl is subtle and only really noticeable from the back, while the lines add an amazing texture. 

My Favorite part of this quilt is where all the lines intersect and it makes a little diamond in the center.  While I do love the look f this quilting, I don't know how much more of it there will be in my future.  For the size of the quilt, this took surprisingly long to quilt due to the amount of lines needed for each section. 

This finished quilt measures approximately 50" x 65" and is currently listed for sale in my Etsy Shop!

Thanks for reading!  More finishes to share soon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Winner of the Star Light Pattern Giveaway

The winner of the Starlight Pattern giveaway is:

Number 22 Sherrye who said:

Please email me Sherrye because you are a no reply commenter and I will send you your Pattern.  If you do not contact me within a week I will pick a new winner.

Thanks to all that entered.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Star Light - A New Pattern and a Giveaway!

Let introduce you the newest pattern to my line - Star Light.  It is a pattern based on the center star of my Milky Way Medallion quilt, but utilizes a striped fabric for a completely different look. 

In my test quilt I used a single striped fabric for all of the stars and alternated between black and grey for the background fabrics.  In the corners where the blocks meet I used solid fabrics, but it would be a great place to use another pop of color for a completely different look.

I quilted this quilt echoing the outside of the stars and used wavy lines on the borders.  I would have loved to bind the quilt in the stripe as well, but I ran out of stripe so I had to settle for a solid black that matched the border.  

The back I just had fun with and used some leftovers from the front along with some black and grey pieces from my stash.  I had to buy a few pieces to finish it, but it was a great way to use up some remaining large pieces that I have sitting around.  

The pattern contains 13 pages - including templates, fabric requirements and cover - of detailed step by step instructions with diagrams showing you how to make the quilt in 4 different sizes: kid, lap, twin, and queen.  The pattern is made to be used with a striped fabric, but will still work with any fabric (although the stars might look a little more plain).

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern it is $8.00 and available in my Etsy Shop .

I am giving away a copy of the pattern to one lucky reader! 

To enter:
1) Leave a comment telling me what colors you would make this in!
2) A second optional entry is for all my followers new and old.  Just leave a second comment telling me how you follow me!

The giveaway will close next Monday morning September 15th, 2014 and a winner will be chosen!  Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

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?