16 Quilting from Every Angle.


I feel like I've finally been making progress again with quilts after focusing on photography this summer. It's a nice change! My friend Nancy Purvis just released her new book, Quilting From Every Angle and asked if I would join her blog tour. I love Nancy's style so of course I said yes! The book is really awesome, to be honest it took me a long time just to figure out which quilt to make because there were so many I loved!
I settled on the Brooklyn Quilt, partly because it looked like a quick one and I never have enough time lately, and mostly because I just love the look of it! It took me no time at all to put together once I decided on the fabric. The pattern calls for just three fabrics, but I couldn't resist adding in a couple extras to test out a new color scheme I've been loving lately.
I used one of my favorite prints from Carolyn Friedlander's Doe collection, some pink Sprinkle basic from Cotton & Steel, and a random selection of solids from my stash for this quilt. I used my go-to Essex yarn dyed linen in black for the background. I just can't quit that stuff, I need to start buying it by the bolt!
I can't wait to get this quilt finished. I think it will be a perfect wall hanging for my new studio! Must post more about that soon.

Back to the book. Nancy did a fantastic job creating quilt patterns that are original, modern, and beautiful. They're a really great body of work to showcase her personal style as well, which I love! The diagrams in the book are very clear, which makes it much easier to glance at to remind yourself what the next step will be. Especially if you're bad at following patterns, like I am :)

Make sure to check out the rest of the quilts made from Quilting From Every Angle. They're all amazing! 

11/10- Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts
11/11- Hillary Goodwin of Entropy Always Wins
11/12- Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
11/13- Anna Graham of Noodlehead
11/16- Rachel McCormack of Wooden Spoon Quilts
11/17- Tara Larson of Rad & Happy 
11/18- Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
11/19- Holly Hughes of Holly Gets Quilty
11/20- Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
11/23- Pat Bravo of Pat Bravo Fabric Design and Jesse Maloney of Art School Dropout
11/24- Astrid of Red Red Completely Red
11/25- Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
11/26- Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
11/27- Spoonflower

I'm giving away a DIGITAL copy of the book today! To enter, please leave a comment! Please leave your email address too so I can contact you. I'll choose a winner on Monday, Nov 30th.
You can find Quilting from Every Angle on Amazon or purchase a signed copy from Nancy here. Make sure to check here before starting a quilt for any pattern updates!

7 Brush Strokes.


There are some big changes happening in my life lately. Some good and some not so good. But one of the most exciting things going on is that I have my first fabric line coming out with Cloud9 Fabrics next spring!  I am so grateful to be a part of the Cloud9 family, they are such a great company to work with! You can read my designer bio on the Cloud9 website here. The collection is called Brush Strokes and will be shipping to stores in June.
Brush Strokes is a playful collection of graphic blooms and geometric prints painted in vivid shades of watercolor. It includes 16 prints on organic quilting weight cotton. It also coordinates really well with Cloud9's Cirrus Solids. I'll give more details on that in the spring!
I had so much fun painting all of these patterns! I can't wait to see them on fabric. Thanks to Cloud9 for such an amazing opportunity! 
I will have the collection available to purchase once it's released. If you're a fabric shop owner looking to purchase the collection, please contact Cloud9 Fabrics to order!

12 Bloomsbury Quilt.


I've been meaning to share this sample of my Bloomsbury Quilt pattern with you for awhile now.  It's a very late gift for a friend of mine who got married last fall. I used mostly Cotton & Steel fabrics with some Carolyn Friedlander prints mixed in. I hope my friend likes the bright and scrappy look!

I used some Essex yarn dyed linen in two different colors for the background fabric, which probably doesn't surprise you since I use it all the time! I just love the extra texture and softness it gives to a quilt.

It's quilted in a loose crosshatch pattern, which was kind of a pain to mark on the quilt (I used a hera marker as usual) but I'm happy with how it looks finished.

It's bound in a favorite green Cookie Book print by Kim Kight, and backed in a pretty teal print from Carolyn's Doe collection.

You can find the Bloomsbury Quilt pattern in my shop, here!

34 Good Neighbors Pincushion Party.


Did you know my friend Amanda from Crazy Mom Quilts has a new fabric collection that just released? It's called Good Neighbors, and is available through Connecting Threads. I first met Amanda at our annual sewing retreat in Madison last year, and she is one of the nicest people I have met! She loves scraps and we've joked that I should just start sending my buckets of scraps to her since I can't stand them :)

This Pincushion Party was the perfect excuse for me to sit down and make another pincushion for myself. I only owned one pincushion until my friend Jeni made me another recently! So after making this one, I now have three! I opted to stitch up the pincushion from Anna's book, Handmade Style, and it was so much fun to make. I love all the little pockets!

This cushion will be great to have on my sewing table right next to my machine. I stuffed it with crushed walnut shells, which give it a nice weight and sharpens the pins that you stick in it. I'm excited to have something I can use while I'm hand stitching on the couch too, to hold all my small supplies in one place!

Amanda's collection is so perfectly her. It's bright, happy, and awesome for chopping up into little scrappy bits! I decided use little strips on the top of my pincushion to showcase a bunch of her pretty prints.
Make sure to head over to Connecting Threads to get some of Amanda's Good Neighbors collection, and check out all the other adorable pincushions every day in September!

9/1/2015 Amanda Jean – Crazy Mom Quilts
9/2/2015 Anna – Noodlehead

9/3/2015 Mary – Mary on Lake Pulaski
9/4/2015 Svetlana – Sotak Handmade
9/5/2015 Debbie – Esch House Quilts
9/6/2015 Holly – Bijou Lovely
9/7/2015 Carla – Grace and Favour
9/8/2015 Faith – Fresh Lemons Quilts
9/9/2015 Vanessa –  V and Co.
9/10/2015 Anna –  Thimbleanna
9/11/2015 Krista –  Poppy Print Creates
9/12/2015 Erin –  Why Not Sew
9/13/2015 Lee –  May Chappell
9/14/2015 Alex –  Tea Ginny Designs
9/15/2015 Cheryl –  Nap Time Quilter
9/16/2015 Penny –  Sew Take a Hike
9/17/2015 Amy –  During Quilt Time
9/18/2015 Debbie –  A Quilter’s Table
9/19/2015 Anne –  Spring Leaf Studios
9/20/2015 Melissa Corry –  Happy Quilting
9/21/2015 Amber –  One Shabby Chick
9/22/2015 Nettie –  A Quilt is Nice
9/23/2015 Adrianne – Little Bluebell
9/24/2015 Cindy –  Live a Colorful Life
9/25/2015 Amy –  Diary of a Quilter
9/26/2015 Chase –  Quarter Inch Mark
9/27/2015 Rene –  Rene Creates
9/28/2015 Erin –  House on Hill Road
9/29/2015 Nicole –  Modern Handcraft
9/30/2015 Teri –  Connecting Threads

8 Bound Quilt.


So I haven't blogged in months, oops! This summer got away from me, I can't believe it's already September! I've spent most of the past few months taking senior portraits, but I've got some really exciting things coming up that I can't wait to share here very soon! In the meantime though, I've got a few quilts to share here, starting with this baby quilt that I just finished this week.
I was able to finally meet April Rhodes this past spring at Quilt Market, and she is just the sweetest! She asked if I'd be interested in sewing with some of her new line, Bound, and of course I said yes. Her prints just really speak to me! I mixed up the Morning palette with some prints from her last line, Wanderer and a bunch of Leah Duncan prints. Their fabrics go so well together! I had to mix in a bit of Essex yarn dyed linen in a couple colors too to give some spots for the eye to rest.
Anna and I narrowed down the fabrics I was going to use at our annual sewing retreat, and she suggested that I make a log cabin quilt with them. I love log cabins so I thought that was a great idea!

Since I only had FQs of some of the prints, I had to get creative with the piecing as the strips got longer, and just started adding on other random strips. I really like the easy, relaxed look it gives the quilt!
Piecing this quilt was so much fun, I want to make a million more of these. It's just so easy to cut all the strips ahead of time and add a few here and there!
I kept with the easy theme with the quilting, and just stitched in a square pattern starting from the center and through each strip. It looks nice, took no time at all and makes the quilt really soft.
It's backed in my favorite print from Bound, Painting Celebration and bound in April's Coming Home Spring print and ready to gift to it's new owner as soon as she makes her arrival!
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful fabric with me April!

14 Fantastic Quilt Voyage: Nicke's Quilt.


Last month was the first round of working on quilt blocks for Fantastic Quilt Voyage, a traveling quilt bee that I am in with some friends. Nicke's quilt came to me first, and she was asking for quiet and calm blocks in black and white with touches of gold. She's a girl after my own heart! I was excited to get started and after looking through her pinterest board, found this pin.
I quickly drew a version of the photo up in Illustrator, made freezer paper templates and a test block, cut out my fabric and got sewing! The blocks were tiny and had y-seams so they took a few days to make, but I really enjoyed the process.

 I was excited for an excuse to add in a few gold fabrics from my stash!
I am really happy with how the finished block turned out. I'm tempted to make a whole quilt like this now for myself!
I am always reminded that y-seams really aren't that scary when I make something with them! If you haven't tried them yet, you should. 
 Nicke's quilt is going to be so pretty! I can't wait to see it finished.
You can follow along with the quilt bee by checking out the #fantasticquiltvoyage hashtag on IG!

4 A Very Belated Quiltcon Post.


Well it's only like two months later, but I wanted to share a little bit about my time at Quiltcon. I was so excited to go to Austin for the show and hang out with some of my friends! I got to spend the week with my friend Laurie and her adorable cats, which was really fun!

One thing I was most excited about was being able to see my Woodcut Quilt hanging in the show. I've never submitted a quilt to a show before so I was really happy when it was accepted. It was fun to walk the floor and see it hanging there!

I had one other quilt at the show as well, hanging in the Cotton & Steel booth!  I was able to use their new Tinsel collection coming out this summer to stitch up this Christmas quilt before I left!
Rashida kindly stood with me so I didn't have to stand by myself for a photo again :) It was so nice to see her and the rest of the C&S ladies!
I was able to take two really great classes while I was there. The first was a natural dyeing class with Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers, who makes the most amazing quilts, all hand dyed and hand quilted! Maura explained the process of mixing up natural dye baths, and then dyed some different fabrics for us using Osage Orange tree bark and Cochineal.

 She brought her beautiful hand dyed silks as well for us to look at. The color spectrum is so pretty!
She also brought her swatch books, with lots of swatches of different fabrics and gorgeous little paintings of each plant.

 We all got to do a bit of shibori dyeing with indigo at the end of the class which is always fun!

 I was able to do a bit of yarn dyeing too so I came home with some pretty souvenirs!

The last class I took was Monoprinting with Lizzy House. I have never done any monoprinting before so I was looking forward to learning, and Lizzy is a really great teacher!  Here she is laying out all of her amazing monoprints at the beginning of class.
Monoprinting is a really fun process, but kind of messy, so I didn't get many photos! Here's one of the prints I worked on during the class.
Here are all my prints together. One major struggle for me was the colors. We couldn't mix them just for ease of the workshop and they were all very primary, which was a bit out of my comfort zone! I had to keep reminding myself that it's just practice :)

I was very happy with my class choices this year, although I kind of wish I had taken a sewing class too! Maybe next year. I am looking forward to practicing both of these techniques a little more after taking classes on them. 

Overall, Quiltcon was really amazing! A little bit draining as I am pretty introverted, but it's nice to put myself out there sometimes. The quilt show was the most inspiring part for me, but I'll spare you the photos of everyone's quilts as I'm sure you've seen them all a million times by now. You can see them all on the Modern Quilt Guild blog if you haven't seen them yet. They are all beautiful and make me want to sew a billion new quilts!
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