Charley Harper Bird Pixel Quilt – Plus Tutorial

I’ve long been obsessed with making Charley Harper quilts for years now – I love his artwork! However, I can’t seem to make my self finish one of them! Here is a an early process shot of my goldfinch quilt and here is the finished top from last fall. Miraculously, I made the back and basted that yesterday, so hopefully photos soon of that coming along! May be a few years before I can decide how to quilt it – but I’m thinking orange peels?

Charley Harper Goldfinch Quilt
I also started a cardinal version last fall at the #OHCraft Retreat that the amazing Kara puts together every year – maybe I’ll finish it at this year’s retreat?

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Mad Farmer’s Medallion

I am calling this beast the Mad Farmers Medallion after the Wendell Berry poem series (here is another) It needs another border (can’t decide what) and I can’t decide how to quilt it, so it’s going to sit in the corner till it figures itself out. It is Wednesday, so I am linking with other Works in Progress today.

Mad Farmers Medallion Pink Scrap QuiltIt was an attempt to use up my gray and pink scraps. I have a SERIOUS amount of scrap fabric, partly due to always being the first to pipe up when someone is tossing them out, and partly due to my modest little quilt business and the wedding signature quilts I make. I got 3-4 pink quilt orders since  last fall and was getting an unholy amount of pink scrap build up.

The center is leftover triangle corners from this Princess Pirate quilt. It’s bordered in velvet that is leftover scraps from a dress my mom made in about 5th grade — at least 20 years ago. Winning at scraps?

Mad Farmers Medallion Pink Scrap Quilt
I used to claim I wasn’t a fan of pink, but let’s be real, I love it! I think I was too punk rock to admit it at the time.  But I think this quilt is pretty punk rock?

I am taking a break from custom quilt orders, in part because it stopped being fun, and in part to use up some of my glorious (terrifying) scrap collection. This quilt was definitely inspired by “15 Minutes of Play” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe — though I must admit I spent more than 15 minutes working on this quilt so far!

I highly recommend the book version and the blog – she shares a few basic techniques, but is mostly focuses on inspiration and ideas to get you sewing.

Twelve Sisters Quilt

Coral Twelve Sisters Triangle Quilt

I’m entering this hot off the presses quilt into the Bloggers Quilt Festival  along with this other recent rainbow finish. It’s just under a queen size and scrappy.

I’ve been watching the new Cosmos (I still love the old one), and they just revisited the Six Sisters constellation stories. This is one of my favorite constellations, though I can only remember a few so it’s not that huge of a declaration. It’s loosely inspired from the “Seven Sisters” quilt block, though there are twelve stars total, hence the name.

I wanted to use the Hex n’ more ruler to make a “star within a star” quilt. I swear I have seen these in traditional quilts, but I couldn’t find pictures of them. I must be searching for the wrong thing. Does anyone have a name for what this “six pointed star in a star” pattern might be called?

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Converging Corners Rainbow Quilt

Converging Corners Rainbow Quilt
Occasionally my guild, the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild - has a block lottery where we all make a block (or two) and each block you bring gives you an entry – a name is pulled and voila! The winner gets a quilt! Our February block was the Converging Corners pattern by Film in the Fridge - I definitely recommend this block as a great option for group quilts.

I was pretty excited to win this beautiful rainbow of block at our February meeting! I decided to make 15 more blocks to make a 5×6 layout. I also made up a border to add a few inches. It’s just under a twin size now. I don’t love quilting huge quilts, but I love having them when they’re done! As soon as I was done with this one, I wished I’d done two more rows to make it 6×7. Future me is always wishing past me had worked just a little harder…

I’m entering this quilt in the rainbow category of the Bloggers Quilt Festival, which is a great excuse every spring and fall to spend hours admiring quilts if such things interest you – you are also welcome to vote for my quilt starting May 24th!

I quilted it using an allover feather pattern – lordy it took so much thread! Most of a spool. I also went through several needles, since the scrappy piecing plus the scrappy flannel on the back was a lot to sew through.

This is my second time quilting with feathers, and I kind of wish the feathers showed up better, but it’s probably for the best they are subtle. I used a pale yellow thread.

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Hot Air Balloon Wedding Quilt

Hot Air Balloon Monogram Quilt

This was fun. It’s raw edge applique. I just put the fusible webbing under the edge of the design so it is softer, especially with the layers of applique with the monogram over the balloon.

Looking at it in pictures, I think maybe I should have done a darker stitching around the balloon. But in person, it stands out more and I liked the softer effect. I saw a quote that said the tragedy of making things is that by the time you finish something, you are better than when you started it so you are always disappointed with your work. But I love the soft gray/peach/navy palette and know it will be perfect for cuddling under after the wedding guests have signed it.

Zombies are a Girl’s Best Friend

I have a dear friend who loves zombies and pretty but not tooo pretty things, so I made her a zombie quilt recently, as a joint birthday/Christmas present, since she is awesome at gifts and I am frankly, not awesome at that.

zombie quilt

I pulled this photo of Jenny’s facebook page after she received it. My own photos suffer from winter ennui. I enjoyed making this quilt but couldn’t bring myself to do a real photo-shoot, not that my photos are ever anything that interesting but I’ve hit new lows. Enjoy these grim blurry kitchen floor photos and dream of spring with me!

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Infinity Scarf! and Spoonflower Cotton Voile Review

I made a few infinity scarves today – I used the free pattern from Pink Chalk Fabrics, which was the easiest to follow of the 2-3 I looked at. It’s pretty simple. It took me an hour and a half to make two, including selfie photoshoot in the bathroom (what has the world come to?) and blogging about it and picking out which tutorial to use.

Note: My fabric had slightly different dimensions than the tutorial and both scarves turned out fine. Got to work with what you have!

I made an #infinityscarf using the @pinkchalkfabrics tutorial and some #spoonflower voile fabric that used a picture from our trip to Yellowstone

I also wanted to review the custom printed cotton voile. Spoonflower had a little mistake (honestly can’t even remember what happened) on an order a few months back and gave me a free yard of fabric (great customer service!). I got a yard of cotton voile printed with a tree photo from our honeymoon.

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Princess Pirate Quilt!

A friend recently asked me to make a Princess Pirate Quilt for his niece. I said yes, please.  A great opportunity to use Sarah Jane Out to Sea before it disappears (goes out to sea?). There is also a lot of Aneela Hooey A Walk in the Woods fabric in there.

Princess Pirate Quilt

I love doing special applique quilts and I LOVE kids quilts that let me just have fun with bright colors. This quilt is very PINK! I swear I used a lot of blue fabric – or I thought I did – but the pink outshines everything else.

I used my Monogram Quilt Block Tutorial to make the letters.

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