Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mid-month update

Is this month flying by for anyone else?  It's already more than half over (and Thanksgiving is next week!!) and I have finished any of the projects on my to-do list.  The good news I should finish 3 of them this week!  

What's on my design wall right now.

1. My QuiltCon challenge quilt using the Michael Miller cotton couture pastel fabrics is al.most.done.finally.  That quilt has challenged me in more ways than expected!  Needs to be trimmed, bound, photographed and submitted.

2.  I've been slowly working on the commissioned Museum Medallion quilt (center of photo above)--hoping to finish by the end of the year, stretch goal is by Christmas.

3. A birthday gift for the Birthday Bash swap--trying to keep it mostly secret still! Planning to mail it out on Friday and be able to share photos of it by next Friday.

4. My Museum Medallion prototype turned out so nice I turned it into a mini quilt for the #igminiswap, needs to be bound and mailed out beginning of December.

5. And last but certainly not least, my Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts quilt returned last week!!

Traveling quilt contributors: Laura from Little and Lots, Jessica from Quilty Habit and Ashley from Wasn't Quilt in a Day.

I gave them the color palette and the theme "quilts of a feather" and this is what they gave me!  I love what these ladies added to this quilt and can.not.wait to finish this quilt (one more border to add) and quilt it up!  I had hoped to submit it to QuiltCon as well, but don't think 10 days to finish it by the deadline is enough, especially with a big holiday and house guests next week.

Corner detail.  Look at all that pretty!

This quilt needs better than a rush job, and after trudging through the pastel challenge quilt I just want to enjoy this one!  Plus I'm still waiting on a fabric order for the last border and the backing.

Hope everyone has been having a productive and hopefully less insane month!  I'm planning to be back to blogging a little more regularly next month :-)

Saturday, November 1, 2014


This is my annoying "friendly neighbor call" to remind you to go vote over at The Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I'm not asking you to vote for mine, just to go check out the pretties and vote on your favorite three per category!  The eye candy and talent are amazing.

Flying North entered in the Original Design category.

Big Pink Star entered in Home Machine Quilted category.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Finally working on my QuiltCon Michael Miller fabric challenge!  I am so not a fan of pastels, so it is definitely a challenge for me.  Every time I cut something out and put it on my design wall I'm like, "yuck".  My husband has been really encouraging though, and everyone on IG (@quiltsnfeathers) are like my cheerleaders to keep going!

Transfered my design to the back of some wrapping paper, then paper pieced those geese.  The stuff above the geese is ready for foundation piecing using freezer paper.

Also made the center of a Museum Medallion, machine pieced prototype (it is a hand-piecing pattern that I will eventually review here).  It turned out nice enough to turn into a mini quilt for the #igminiswap, so I will quilt it up some time next month...

November is SO crazy busy for me, I doubt I will be blogging much.  If you're on IG, you can follow me there to see lots of progress photos!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Big Pink Star

Giant Pink Star quilt

This is my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival Home Machine Quilted Category!

Quilting detail

I made this quilt for a client in celebration of beating breast cancer.  She requested a big pink star and some small pink ribbons and let me have creative license over the rest.

Quilted feather filling a triangle space.

I was drawn to encircling the star, and then added the big feathers--each feather is 18" inches long!

Large double quilted feathers.

The star is quilted with big peacock style and the surrounding feathers are big billowy type.

Quilted peacock feather detail.

I added a circle around each ribbon and filled it with pebbles so the ribbon would pop out.

Quilted pink ribbon 1.

Quilted pink ribbon 2.
Back of pink ribbons.

 For the rest of the quilt I quilted a dense loop-di-loop.  It was very time consuming! But I love the glowing effect it gave the quilt and how it gives the quilts a dusty pink feel.

All over quilted loops!

Back of quilt.

Quilt Stats:
Size: 83" x 88"
Quilted by me on a Janome 6300
Thread: Aurifil Blossom Pink (#2530)
Fabric: Kona Oyster, various pinks from and Sketch Widescreen on the back.

This quilt just glows with all that beautiful Aurifil thread!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Flying North mini quilt

21" x 22" mini quilt

I made this mini quilt for a swap with Afton from Quilting Mod (go check out the quilt she made me!).  I met her through her blog first, and soon after met her at a New Mexico Quilter's Association meeting, and then the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild.  So she's my first real life quilt-blogger friend!

Compass detail, I used Green Fairy's tutorial to make it.

We decided to swap quilts back in May, I think...and then kept pushing it back until finally we swapped them at the beginning of this month.  I'm glad we were equally busy and every delay was mutually agreed on!  We didn't discuss likes/dislikes at all, but agreed the quilts should be between 12"and 24".

Two layers of batting under those geese!

I really wanted to create something original, with lots of negative space for fun quilting.  And geese have been calling to me lately, so they had to be included.  I finally settled on this photo as inspiration.  Basically I just liked the shape of the steps leading up to the round, open sky.

Quilting detail on front.

I used Aurifil #2605 for most of the quilting.  For the compass and around the geese I used #2600.  I used #2024 for around the compass.  My sewing machine (a Janome 6300) big-puffy heart loves Aurifil!

Compass quilting detail.

I used Kona Oyster for the front and Kona Charcoal for the back. The fabric in the geese range from Cotton and Steel to Tula Pink and from Carolyn Friedlander to batiks.  The binding is Foliage in Teal from Carolyn Freidlander's Botanics line.

Binding and quilting detail.


I used Quilter's Dream wool batting (which I got for a good deal from Massdrop!) and added a second layer of batting to the geese using a trapunto method.

Quilting detail on back.

Thankfully Afton loves this quilt as much as I do! It's always good to know your quilts are going to a good, loving home!  :-)

Label from TagsToGo on etsy.

Linking this up for:

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