Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Butterfly Maker's Tote

Maker's Tote: made for my aunty!

A few months ago (okay it was actually back in December) my aunt was visiting and we got to talking about what kind of bag she'd like.  I'd just made the Le Fluers Maker's Totes, which she liked a lot.  I let her go through my stash of fabrics and pick her favorites, and then we narrowed it down to the fabrics used for this bag.  

Maker's Tote: interior gusseted pockets.

She requested I make the bag 2" wider, so it's a little bigger than the small version of the Noodlehead Maker's Tote pattern.  So the interior slip pocket had enough space for an extra little divider for pens.

Maker's Tote: interior slip pockets!

I tried to use coordinating fabrics for the visible areas, but used the contrasting fabrics she picked for the pocket linings:

Maker's Tote: pocket linings!  I love fun little surprises.

The exterior is quilted (directly on the Soft and Stable) using a bunch of near-empty variegated Aurifil bobbins I had from my previous project.  The fabric is from Lizzy House's Natural History line.

Maker's Tote: quilted butterflies exterior.
I tried to include the Heather Ross Mendocino swimming sister fabric wherever I could:

Maker's Tote: gusset and zipper end tab

I was able to finish and mail it to her just in time for her birthday!  Hurray!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Guest Post on the Aurifil Blog

Quilted Paisleys using Aurifil variegated threads!

Today I am so excited to finally be sharing the Aurifil variegated samples I've been working on for the past month!  Head over to the Aurifil blog to see all 36 variegated threads on white and black fabrics, plus they are having a giveaway too!

Here is my giveaway:

Aurifil color card and 7 small spools of variegated threads!

The threads include 2 of my favorites: Marrakesh and Silver Moon, and two of the favorites from my Instagram teaser pictures: Tramonto a Zoagli and Creme de Menthe!

Lots of fun colors to play with! Silver Moon (4060), Silver Fox (4679), Berrylicious (4647), Marrakesh (3817), Creme de Menthe (4662), Limoni di Monterosso (4658) and Tramonto a Zoagli (4657).  You can see them stitched out in the collage at the top of this post!

Giveaway Rules:
1. You MUST include your email address in your comment to enter!  
2. International entries welcome.
3. Giveaway open until September 28, 6pm MST.
4. Winner notified by email, if they do no respond within 48 hours I will choose a new winner.
5. Winner chosen at random.
6. Limit of two comments/entries per person.

To enter: Tell me if you've tried variegated threads, and if yes which is your favorite color?
Second entry (in a second comment!) just tell me how you follow: blog, IG, pinterest, etc.


Don't forget to go check out the Aurifil blog, I'm super proud of how all the rainbow quilted paisleys turned out!  Many thanks to Aurifil for supplying the threads and Michael Miller for supplying the Cotton Couture in white and black so all 36 colors could be well represented!

Aurifil variegated sample!  I love seeing how different the threads look on the spool vs white fabric vs black fabric!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Paisley Moon mini quilt

Paisley Moon mini quilt: measures about 16.5" x 16".

Earlier this year the Blue Moon Quilters (a small group of friends that sometimes get together) decided to do another mini quilt swap.  The theme this year was to make a moon mini quilt.  I spent a LOT of time thinking about what to make for Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl (my random draw this time).  Finally I decided on a large crescent moon with detailed paisley free motion quilting!

Paisley Moon mini quilt: crescent quilting detail--I used Aurifil Silver Moon #4060 variegated thread so there would be a slightly darker areas to suggest the darker marias on the moon.  It's subtle, but they aren't as noticeable during crescent moons anyway.

Both sides of the moon are appliqued on.  I made as accurate a moon template as possible (using an ellipse for the crescent inner curve) and used Kona Silver and Pepper (which is actually a very dark navy and not at all a grey or black).

Paisley Moon mini quilt: the dark side of the moon quilting detail.  I used 28wt Aurifil Dark Pewter #2630 which is the darkest grey I have that wouldn't completely disappear on the Kona Pepper.

I used two layers of Quilter's Dream Orient because I had large enough scraps and hate messing around with my wool (I have a mild wool allergy, plus its stinks like sheep, but I have like super human smelling sensitivity).

Paisley Moon mini quilt: the back!

The back is Kona Charcoal, and I used mostly matching Aurifil 50wt threads in the bobbin.  The organic straight line quilting is Aurifil Dark Navy #2784.  Going around some of the stars really helped break up the monotony of FMQ those lines, ha.

Paisley Moon mini quilt: back of the crescent moon quilting detail.  The bobbin thread is Aurifil Aluminum #2615.

Here's the quilt label I made in a hurry.  I literally thought "2007" before writing it and then my brain clicked and I was like UGH wrong decade.

Paisley Moon mini quilt: simple quilt label

One of our members, Sara @BlueQuailStudio moved to Michigan recently, so unfortunately wasn't able to make our swap meeting, but here are the other 3 quilts!  I was gifted the one on the right, made by Afton at Quilting Mod:

Blue Moon Quilters mini quilt swap!  Left quilt made by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt) Finish!

Out of the Woods (Meadow quilt), measures 70 x 66.5" (after first wash).

Hurray I finally finished my meadow quilt!!  You can read more about my tips on fixing the template to get flatter, better blocks here.

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): flower and medallion detail.

This quilt used fabrics entirely out of my stash--with a focus on low volume fabrics that I'd had for a long time.  It was kind of fun re-visiting fabrics from previous quilts and projects, and super nice to clear out low volume fabrics I wasn't sure how to use up (but worked great for a pieced back!): 

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): pieced back!

My favorite part of this quilt is the quilting.  I wanted to keep the quilting fairly large-scale so it would be an extra cuddly lap quilt.  

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): flower quilting detail.
Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): medallion quilting detail.

I used all Aurifil threads on this quilt--including the cone of Stone (#2324) I received as part of the Aurifil Artisan welcome package.  I used it for all of the low volume quilting and in the bobbin, but chose near-matching threads for each of the flowers:

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): Aurifil colors used!

I'm a firm believer in quilting the life into a quilt, and although I didn't quilt this as densely or detailed as others, the results are still gratifying:

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): Before quilting
Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): After quilting and first wash.

While piecing this quilt I pondered what to do with it, and finally settled on gifting it to my aunt.  She's the last (but not least!) to receive a quilt from me on my side of the family.  The benefit of this is my attention to detail and skill level are much better than 5-7 years ago (I've been quilting for almost 8 years now!).  Fittingly there are some low volume fabrics in this quilt that I acquired 5-7 years ago (and one I got only a week before I did the piecing, so).

Out of the Woods (meadow quilt): quilting texture, and flat as a pancake. <3

Interesting (?) shrinkage stats
Quilt top:            72.5 x 84.5"
After quilting:      70.5 x 82"
After first wash:  66.5 x 70"
Cotton batting--I think Quilter's Dream, but maybe it was Warm and Natural?  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt) progress

Last year I took Lizzy House's Meadow Quilt class, but had so many issues with the templates she gave out in the class and her instructions that I deconstructed the template and made a bunch of changes so the block would sew together smoother and lay flat (click here to see the tutorial I wrote up).

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt): block corners all cut out.

It was really frustrating, so I only worked on the quilt in small bursts.  This week I felt like doing some piecing (especially after that big whole cloth I just finished!) and got out this quilt again since it was already cut and ready.  I was mostly please with how the blocks sewed up, but there were quite a few (out of 20) that still came out wonky and a little wavy (though significantly less so than with the original template Lizzy gave out!).  This one wasn't 12.5" square, and had a few small waves:

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt): problem block.

I took it back to my ironing board, re-sprayed it with starch and pressed it while gently pulling it slightly into the right shape.  Not an ideal solution, but it worked well enough that I could trim it to 12.5" square:

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt): re-pressed and trimmed block

Piecing all 20 blocks took only one day of work!  Today I worked on making border blocks, and now I'm ready to sew it all together:

Out of the Woods (Meadow Quilt): quilt block layout. Should finish at 72x84".

This quilt is being worked on by shear stubbornness and determination to actually finish it.  The colors, mixed low volume and quilt pattern aren't at all my style.  I'm trying embrace it and enjoy the process though.  Plus I'm using up a decent amount of my stash fabrics!