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?

    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.