Sewing and Sleeping

I’ve been attempting to get a lot of sewing done, but work has been so busy, I’ve been coming home and passing out on the couch. Gus has been attempting to keep me motivated.

I sent more patterns off to Crimson Tate.

I finished up that baby quilt I was working on. It turned out really great. Joanna was really happy with it.

I’ve been working on my Merry Go Round quilt in class at Crimson Tate. My friend Brooke talked me into it. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because the pattern looks really traditional. With a little Denyse Schmidt fabric, I fell in love. Here it is up on the design wall. Heather, the owner of Crimson Tate put it up on the shop facebook page and Denyse Schmidt LIKED IT!

I also started taking an online calligraphy course. I probably could have chosen a better timing, but I’ve really been wanting to take it.

I’ve also been sewing bags and getting ready for the Fountain Square Art Fair here in Indianapolis on September 22nd.

This one is my personal favorite.

So that’s what’s been going on here. What have you been working on?

Back to Work

Well, my long, wonderful spring break has come to an end…sigh. If you’ve just recently started reading my blog, don’t think I’m amazing because of how fast I’ve been cranking out quilts. It’s because I literally slept and sewed ALL break. I’ll still be doing quite a bit of sewing because I’m getting ready for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange in June and just applied for another smaller show in the beginning of May. (Wish me luck!)

I am so excited for the Handicraft show. Look! There I am!

Also, I had a HUGE spike in my views on here and flickr. A friend informed me that Jeni of In Color Order had linked to my banner quilt on her blog. She also linked one of my sewing buddies, elle square. I am honored to be on her blog. I love all of her work.

I am totally eating up all of the love my quilts have been getting. I am so proud of my work and it’s always so nice to know others like it too! I am also really happy to announce that the Best in Show pattern is now available in my shop. If you are in Indianapolis, you can also purchase a paper pattern at Crimson Tate.

Thanks for the love everyone. I’ll try to keep updating often, just maybe with fewer projects now that I’m back to my day job.

New Quilts

Did I mention I’ve been sewing non-stop? So as promised here are the new quilts that are or are soon to be for sale in my shop.

I originally made this one for myself and still really like it so I am not sure if I am going to sell it or not, but I figured it needed a good photograph anyway.

And finally is the banner quilt I have been working on. After finishing it up, which I wasn’t too pleased with, I decided it was all wrong. It’s too narrow and long. I’m still planning on selling it if anyone is interested in it, but I don’t think it’s my best work. I totally redid the quilt and love the new one. I’ll share that one in my next post.

More soon.

Sewing Non-Stop

In my last post I mentioned how I am planning for a super awesome show here in Indianapolis in June called the Indieana Handicraft Exchange. On top of that, I am planning on having a table at First Friday coming up in just a few days! I have been frantically trying to get as much finished as possible including getting my finished quilts photographed outside since the weather has been so great. Some I already had listed in my shop, but others are new. I’ll share everything I get wrapped up over the next week if I have enough time to sit down and write about it.

Here are the older quilts that I just rephotographed.

Check in tomorrow for all the new ones!

Purple and Orange

While at my local fabric store, I spotted this fabric. One of Erin McMorris’s fabrics from the Park Slope line. This one started it all.

I got an orange fabric from the same line and took them home to see what I could work with out of my stash.

After some mixing and matching, here is what I came up with. I was a little short on one of the fabrics, but luckily I knew my fabric shop had it.

And here is the finished quilt top.

Finished! And for sale.

This quilt was my first attempt at free motion quilting. I used orange thread. On the brown and orange fabrics, I used a decorative scallop stitch. On the pink and purple fabrics I did free motion quilting following the pattern of the fabric. It’s easier to see from the back.

I am so thrilled with this quilt! I love the quilting. After washing it, it was perfectly crinkly. I love it for a girl because it isn’t overly girly as well as bright and happy.

Finally Finished Quilt

A woman I work with started a quilt for a friend who was going to have a baby. They were going to work on it together and then the friend ended up moving away. Fast forward four years and another baby later….and the quilt had not been finished. It was mostly done, just needed a little more quilting and binding. I said I would finish it up for her.

The quilt is actually way more simple than it appears. My co-worker and her friend bought several already quilted pillowcases from Pottery Barn. They just cut them up and stitched them back together. I think it’s pretty adorable. Anyway, I just finished up the quilting and did the binding. I love the binding. It was blue stripes which made it diagonal once I made it into bias tape.

Cross Quilt

Next quilt is my first attempt at a modern style cross quilt. I sort of just made this up as I went along. I looked at the pattern I had in a book, but it was much more complicated. This one was just made by using a square in the center and using rectangles on the sides. I used Denyse Schmidt’s line of fabric for Joann’s. This quilt is also available in my shop.

I didn’t do much quilting on this one. I kept it really simple.

What do you think? Do you have any recent projects that you made with your own pattern?

 

*Also, today is my little sister’s 21st birthday! That’s insane. She is perpetually six years old in my head.*

Squirrely Get Together Baby Quilt

Another project I wrapped up over my long break.

After seeing  David Walker’s Squirrely Get Together line, I could not resist buying some. I especially love the pink squirrels!

However when it came to actually sewing this quilt, I struggled. I rearranged and sewed pieces together and tore them apart several times. (Several other combinations not pictured. Neither are the piles of thread that covered my couch.)

I finally decided on this and here is what I ended up with. This quilt is also for sale in my shop.

I used a pretty puffy batting so it’s fluffy and soft and wonderful. I kept the quilting simple and just stitched squares within each square of fabric.

Bowtie Quilt

I adore this quilt.

It was made with the same pieces as these quilts.

I love that you can make so many different styles from basically the same pieces.

This was the first quilt I made my own binding for. It’s a light blue polka dot. It makes me so happy! I even made some tags for my quilts. This one is available in my shop too.

Recent Sewing Projects – Solids

As I said in my last post, I had nearly two weeks of non-stop sewing. Here are a few non-quilt related items I made.

I purchased a charm pack of Bella warm pastels. I didn’t really have a plan for it but liked the colors. I just started cutting and sewing and it turned into this little panel. I wasn’t really sure what to do with it, but I decided the pillows on my couch were starting to look a little tired, so I turned it into this little pillowcase.

I had sewn a string of these little squares together and liked it with the Kona gray so much, I decided to make a super simple quilt.I really love the simplicity of this quilt and it was so fast. I currently have it for sale in my shop.

 

I also decided to make a quilt for myself. It’s sort of a lap size. The colors are a little different in person. I love it.

I originally had it laid out like this. I wasn’t really loving it so I ripped it apart and redid it.

I love this way so much more.

I had some pieces left over so I made this little pouch. I hadn’t done much quilting, so I used this as practice.

 

That’s all for now. Even more projects coming soon!