Monday, June 13, 2011

-Insert clever title here-

I finished this quilt top recently for my friend Gail, The Quilted Gypsy.  I sew for her and really enjoy it.  She has such an eye for putting fabric together.  Lots of times they are bold and fun like this quilt.


This pattern is called The Big EZ and is quite popular right now around my quilt guild.  It shows off big prints beautifully and is lots of fun to make.   If you ever see anything you like that I make for Gail, you can contact her and order one for yourself!


At the beginning of this month I was supposed to have these Jagged socks done from my self imposed sock club.  It was during my ‘woe is me’ faze of  trying to quilt and have my house on the market and for some reason that spilled over into not knitting.  So it looks like these are going to take me a little longer. 


I did pick up the needles again recently to knit myself some dishcloths since mine are all worn out and need thrown away.  I love this dishcloth pattern.  It is really fun to knit and very pretty when it is done.  But it does use more yarn than a normal dishcloth so I don’t know if I will have enough.  I might just close it up wherever I finish or add in a sliver of another color.  We will see!


I also started a shawl called 198 yards of Heaven, but that name won’t work for mine since I am using a fingering weight yarn instead of a worsted weight yarn so it will be more like 398 yards of Heaven.


I had a lot of questions about my design wall and I wanted to tell you more about it.  I did do a post about it when I got it and raved about it then and there was a link to where I bought it two posts ago but some of you didn’t catch it.  I bought it online at Vanishing Design (that’s a link you can click and it will take you there). 


I bought mine with the honey finish.  I absolutely love it.  My blocks stick to it with no pinning necessary.  It works like a shade.  You give it a little tug and it retracts back up into a roll under the shelf, with your blocks still on there!!  It’s especially nice when you don’t have a sewing room.  You can put it above a closet or high on a wall.  So there are all the details so you can get one for yourself if you like!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Solid Doors

I wanted to show you a little more of my quilt from the quilt show.  I am totally crazy for this quilt and love that every inch of it is Kona solids, my favorite.  The pattern for this quilt is from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine April 2010 issue.


I made the top back at a retreat last year and I set it aside, not sure how I wanted to quilt it and fearing that I would ruin it. 


I got up the nerve to quilt it after trying out the technique on the mini version that I made and sent off to New Zealand for the Doll Quilt Swap.


For the back I used one from every color I used on the front (except the teal sashing) to make a rainbow.  They are varying heights but they are all the same width.  I sat down and sketched out my design on paper, figured out some measurements, and then went for it.  I love how it turned out. 


I wished there was some way to have the back showing at the quilt show.  


I love how the quilting looks on the back too.


I knew this quilt needed a wow binding so I used my Faux Piped Binding Tutorial to give the binding this pop of color.  Because the quilt is big, I wanted that pop of color to really show so I cut my accent strips 2” wide instead of 1 3/4” like it states in the tutorial.


I have been so happily surprised to the overwhelming response to my Faux Piped Binding tutorial.  I love hearing about how it has worked for you and seeing the beautiful quilts you have made using the technique.   I am more than happy for you to continue to share it with your friends and to link to my tutorial on your blogs. 




Thanks for letting me share my latest favorite finished quilt with you!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Design Wall

I absolutely love my design wall and can’t believe I did without one for so long.  As you know I don’t have a sewing room and I sew at the dining room table AND my house is on the market so I need to be able to do a quick clean up.  This design wall retracts up under the shelf even with all my blocks still on it!  Awesome! 


So today my design wall looks like this…



This is a sample for my friend, Barb owner of  The Quilted  B.  Isn’t is so cute!  The fabric is Lakehouse Penelope.  Just wait until I get the borders on, quilt it, and bind it.  It is going to be gorgeous!  I can’t wait!

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