June 11, 2014

Kaleidoscope Quilt

I promised you all a post of my Kaleidoscope quilt, so here it is!

My sister-in-law asked me to make a quilt for my niece for her birthday, and I wasn't going to turn that opportunity down! She gave me a general color scheme that looked like fun, and then when I agreed, she basically told me I could do what I wanted. 

Oh, boy. That's a lot of pressure!

I've had quilt envy over this fabulous kaleidoscope quilt that my friend Cindy made, and I really wanted to make one. (I confess, I want to make almost every quilt that she makes, but that would be weird and a bit stalker like. Quilt stalker... is that a thing?) I thought this could be a great little girl's quilt, so true to my love of solids and bright colors, this is what I came up with! 

Some of you asked if there was a pattern for this quilt. I used the tutorial and template from this quilt along. The blocks finished at 12" square. I made 48 blocks for a twin sized quilt. I quilted it with horizontal lines 1 inch apart. I didn't want my quilting to compete with the design, so I chose to keep it simple.

I've finished a couple other quilts that I haven't shared with you yet... I'm working on those posts as well! Stay tuned...

Happy Wednesday!

May 16, 2014

Outburst Options and Winners Announced

The winners of my Outburst giveaway are Flaun of I Plead Quilty and Melissa Kirk! You will be receiving an email from me soon!

Thank you for all your comments. I absolutely loved reading all your thoughts on colors for my new Outburst Pattern. I truly hope you decide to make one and share it with me! I'd love it if you would add your creations using my patterns, tutorials or just plain inspiration to my Flickr group

For fun, I thought I'd share a few images that show how much this quilt changes when you change the background. The following images use a light neutral, a light blue, a medium gray and a dark gray. I like seeing how the quilt goes from "popping" off a white background, to being more subtle on a medium background, to looking almost inverted on the dark background. 

 As far as colors for this quilt go, maybe I'll do my next one in purples and grays...

May 13, 2014

A New Pattern- Outburst!

Do I have a surprise for you! So many of you have asked for a pattern for my Outburst quilt... well... Here it is! It is available now in both my Craftsy and Etsy shops!

Outburst Quilt Pattern

A few short weeks ago, I was asked by Robert Kaufman Fabrics to remake my Outburst quilt in blues, greens and yellows for their quilt market booth. I was quite surprised, and although I am in the middle of a couple other quilt projects, I had to drop them on the spot and say yes!

In the process, I made it my goal to finish writing the pattern and have it ready for purchase by quilt market! The pattern includes instructions for both my new version and the original pink/orange/yellow version. I also included a "design-your-own" coloring page and full instructions, in case you decide you want to play with the color a bit yourself!

In the spirit of celebration, I'm also linking up to Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day! In order to win a PDF copy of Outburst, please leave me a comment stating what color palette you think would be fabulous in this quilt. Comments will be open until May 16 at 7:00 pm CDT. For a second chance to win, like my new Sewlio Facebook page and comment on the Outburst pattern Facebook post letting me know you did. One winner will be chosen from the blog comments and one from Facebook comments. The winners will be announced and notified on May 17.

March 29, 2014

Star Crossed Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Abbigail! You are the winner of Krista's Fantastic Star Crossed Pattern! You should receive an email from me soon!

In response to my color question, Abbigail said, "I'm very fickle. I find one I love and then see the next new one and I love it! So whatever the last new line out is my favorite! .....for right now!"

I'm so with you on changing my favorite color palette with each new line that comes out. There are so many beautiful lines of fabric. It's so difficult to stick with one favorite color palette!

Don't forget, that if you didn't win, you can purchase Star Crossed on Craftsy.


March 25, 2014

Star Crossed Blog Hop and Giveaway

Wow! I can't believe it has been six months since my last post! Six months! While I haven't been blogging my projects, I have definitely been spending time with my sewing machine!

One of the projects I am lucky enough to be working on is a new pattern by Four Robbins Designs called Star Crossed. This is a combination of traditional quilt blocks and I'm completely in love with it! It is so versatile.

I chose primary colors from my stash and made the baby-size quilt. It measures 36"x36" and is my favorite size for baby quilts. I am working on a little hand quilting detail (at which I'm totally a novice), and then I'll finish it up with my machine. I can't wait to get this one done and show it off!

Now for the good part! Krista is hosting a blog hop this week and that means that I get to give away a copy of her new pattern! All you need to do for a chance to win is leave me a comment telling me about which color palette you're totally loving for this spring. It's totally pinks and navy blue for me! I will pick a random winner on Friday!


You can also enter to win a copy by visiting the blogs of some wonderful quilters from the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild who will be giving away a copy this week too! 
Wednesday 3/26 – Melissa at Missouri Mel
Thursday 3/27 – Kristy at St. Louis Folk Victorian
Friday 3/28 – Casey at The Studiolo
Saturday 3/29 – Cindy at Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Sunday, 3/3 – Kelly at Live Love Create
And, in case you don't win, you can head on over to Craftsy where Star Crossed is also available for purchase. 

September 24, 2013

Quilted Patchwork Duffle - Selfish Sewing Week

I saw a patchwork duffle bag in a store while my family was on vacation this summer and I instantly knew what I'd make if I ever found the time to make something just for me. Well, I've been reading around the blogosphere that this week is designated as "selfish sewing week."

Need I say more?

Here's my (in progress) version of the patchwork duffle. I used StudioCherie's Quilted Patchwork Duffle pattern with a few modifications. I followed the size specifications of the pattern, but I wanted to make sure the bag was plenty sturdy. I used two layers of batting with some heavy interfacing in between for the top and sides of the bag. On the bottom, I used peltex in between the layers of batting to make the bottom very sturdy. Another change that I made is that this pattern has surged or bias bound edges on the inside. I like lining in my bags, so I chose to make my bag shell with an unfinished interior. I will add lining to it next. I know it will totally take some time for me to get it just right and there will be a lot of hand sewing involved, but I'm willing.

I used part of a fat quarter set of Simply Style that I picked up at my LQS a couple of weeks ago. I made the patchwork with 4.5 inch squares that I cut from the fabrics. I absolutely love the colors in this line. They are fabulous for patchwork!

Overall, I am happy with how this turned out. I can't wait to use it for my next road trip. It is really a huge bag. I'm pretty sure I could get an extended weekend's worth of packing in there. 

I hope I can get my lining sewn in this week, or I might have to extend "Selfish Sewing Week" into next week. Wouldn't that be a shame...

September 17, 2013

Ohio Star Challenge Quilt - Finished!

Over the past several months, I have been working on a quilt for the STLMQG Ohio Star Block challenge. I am excited to finally get to share my finished quilt with you!

Ohio Star Mini Quilt

I decided to keep this quilt simple and traditional. I chose a block-within-a-block design for this quilt and wanted to make something that I could use to hang on the wall in my new sewing room. The finished quilt measures 27" x 27" and will look great hanging above my drafting table. I can't wait to get it on the wall... once I get walls!

Since navy is my color obsession these days, I knew I had to use a dark blue. I went with the Simply Style Dotty Mums in Navy for my inspiration fabric. I paired it with Happy Go Lucky Lime Jump and some assorted gray prints from my stash. I challenged myself not to use any solids in this quilt, which is a first for me, so I picked a print for my background fabric. I have been in love with Angela Walters Textures Crosshatch in lime since the day I first saw it and I knew it would match perfectly with the other fabrics I chose. 

 I also used this challenge as an opportunity to challenge myself and try a little hand quilting. You are looking at my very first attempt and hand quilting. It is by no means perfect or even so-so, but I am proud of it none-the-less! I have always liked the look that accent hand quilting gives to a quilt. I used a gray Coats & Clark hand quilting thread. I was surprised at how easy it was to work with. It is really stiff and I think the thickness of it is perfect for accent stitches. I am really happy with how this one turned out. I might just try some hand quilting again!