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 Random.com 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.

Thanks!

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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Blue, Teal, Green and White WIP


Remember that stack of fabric I shared last week, well it is slowly on its way to becoming my newest quilt which I am currently do not have a name for - any suggestions would be welcomed though. 

I don't know about you, but I make a quilt I usually make a few extra blocks so I can play with the front design - because I like options.  The blocks that don't get used in the front are either incorporated into the back of the quilt or set aside in a box of spare quilt blocks (which I hope to use in future projects).

The design for this quilt was created by playing with some of those some spare blocks that I had put up on the design wall.  From there I sketched a few things out and this quilt was born!


This quilt unfortunately has now been put on the back burner because the fabric for my most recent custom order has arrived and I have an actual deadline to meet.  More to share soon.

Thanks for Reading!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lately...



Lately I have been in a blogging funk, which is odd because quilting wise the last few weeks have been very busy.  I think it started with the frustration of my medallion quilt shrinking and bleeding onto my orange quilt (even though I think I managed to get it all out).  Then I could never manage to get pictures of what I was working on - a combination of no quilt holding helper (he understandably had to work) + poor weather = no proper photos.


The good news is I have a lot to share in the next few weeks, and a lot to do it seems.  The fabric stack pictured at the beginning of this post has since been cut (all the pieces pictured above are destined to be flying geese).  I am combining them with a stark white background - something I don't normally do, and I am really loving how all the fabrics look together. 

In other sewing news I have made a lot of progress hand quilting my Rainbow Ombre Flying Geese Quilt (new pictures to be shared soon) and I received a quilt commission this week - which will take priority over all my other sewing projects.  It will be a twin sized variation of my Black Tie quilt.

More to share soon!  

Elise