• Free Pattern,  Quilts,  Tutorials

    Hand Quilting Workshop

    I recently did a demo on hand quilting for the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. I covered both perle cotton hand quilting – aka big stitch quilting – as well as traditional hand quilting – since really, there isn’t much difference in the technique, just the size of the thread, needles, and knots.  Here is the hand out I made for the talk – it’s based on the longer class I have taught a few times. Of course, to really understand hand quilting, you need to see it done! I want to make an illustrated version of the hand out above, but hopefully it can be helpful to others – at…

  • Applique,  Quilts,  Tutorials,  wedding

    Monogram Bunting Wedding Quilt

    Do you know who made the first bunting quilt? I’d like to know! I feel like they just sort of popped up all over the internet at once about 5 years ago, but surely someone thought of the first one. Well, that person wasn’t me, but I have made a fair few of them in my time and I’d love to give the original person the credit! They are just perfect for weddings and baby gifts! Here is the latest. I also wanted to share a bit on my process of making bunting flag quilts – not so much a tutorial, more of some tips and tricks. I actually layer,…

  • Applique,  Baby,  Pieced,  Quilts,  scrap

    Double-Sided Baby Quilt

    I finished this baby quilt shortly after the baby was born, but never got pictures of it. I used it as a play gym for her until recently, since she is now too grown up for play gyms! I wrote about the play gym process here – it was easy to pull off the arches and transition it into a play mat – perfect for sitting on the front porch and watching the cats.

  • Applique,  Baby,  Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilts

    Neutral Linen Baby Name Quilts

    More baby quilts! When I was a kid, I had a baby quilt with my name on it, and I LOVED THAT QUILT. So I try to always add a name onto quilts I make for kids. In this case, I was making two matching quilts for some little brothers. I struggled with the placement of the names. I had it set in my head that I had to use these dots. Now I regret the dots. First I had just one dot, I loved the one dot, I made the quilt and it was finished. But then I thought it looked like Trumano. Not what I was going for.…

  • Applique,  Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilts

    A Quilt Saga

    Years ago, I “finished” this Rainbow Derecho quilt, but was never happy with it. Here is another post about the progress of the quilt. The quilting, the puckering of the applique, the weight of it (too heavy and stiff), lots of little things. I tried to finish it in a rush and that was an important lesson learned – why rush to finish something just so you can spend years not liking it?!? But, I have a friend who is the perfect recipient for this quilt, and I’m moving soon and interested in off-loading a few quilts that are just gathering dust. Even though this quilt isn’t perfect, it deserves…

  • Baby,  embroidery,  Quilts

    Finished Woodlands Baby Quilt!

    So, I started this quilt a month ago and then the internet erased my post. Dangit, internet. This is a new thing for wordpress to do to me, and I hope it never happens again! Ok, fingers crossed this blog doesn’t disappear on me too! I finished hand-sewing this quilt. I previously posted about this quilt here and reviewed the Auriful Aurifloss I used to embroider it here.

  • Quilts

    Bloggers Quilt Festival – Scrappy Quilt

    This is my second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival. The first is my Rainbow Lonestar Quilt which is also technically a scrappy quilt. This one is for my scrappy Charley Harper Mosaic Goldfinch quilt! It’s about 6×6 feet. You can find a million other awesome quilts at the Bloggers Quilt Festival and register to win a free sewing machine. Or you can go straight to the Scrappy Entries page and vote for your favorite (It’s ok if you don’t vote for mine, they are all awesome!). Most of my quilts lately have been scrappy quilts – I love scraps! And I have an unfortunate habit of taking in other people’s scraps…

  • Pieced,  Quilts

    Bloggers Quilt Festival – ROYGBIV

    Rainbow Lone Star King Size – 95″x100″ Folks who follow my blog have seen this quilt before, but I wanted to enter it into the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I love going through all the pages and seeing what everyone has made and voting for my favorites. I have entered my Goldfinch Mosaic quilt into the scrappy category. This my Scrappy Lonestar Rainbow Explosion Quilt, which I’m entering into the ROYGBIV category. Feel free to vote for the quilt, so it can become quilt president! Or you know, the equivalent. I love this quilt, and for street cred I’ll remind you all that 1. I basted it while 8 months pregnant and…

  • Baby,  Other Stuff I Made,  Quilts

    DIY Quilted Baby Play Gym

    I’m sure you’ve noticed that a lot of baby items are very unattractive and overpriced. Or if they are really cute, interesting colors, they are REALLY overpriced. When I was thinking about what to make for baby, I checked a bunch of books out from the library to get ideas of what I could realistically make and would definitely use. I wanted to make practical, pretty things, and my favorite book along these lines was Sew Modern Baby  by Angela Yosten. I recommend this book for the creative and totally practical variety of projects – plus she uses beautiful fabric combinations I’m sure you’ll find inspiring! I was pretty impressed by her…