• 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,…

  • Quilts,  Signature Quilts,  wedding

    Fall Frames Quilt

    I started this pretty little thing as a custom order. The customer changed their mind and ordered a different quilt (la la la!!!!) but I was in love with the fabrics so was excited to finish it anyway. Of course, it took me a year to finish it! But it’s done! It uses lots of Kaffe Fassets shot cottons which I like, though they are very lightweight fabrics. It is also nearly impossible to order them on-line, they often look nothing like the swatches provided. I guess you’ll have that when they are, of course, actually made of two different colored thread. It’s now listed in my shop though I’ll…

  • Pieced,  Quilts,  wedding

    Equal Love Quilt

    I finished my Love Quilt – started in a tizzy the day that the Supreme Marriage decided in favor of marriage (!) and finished in the drudge of day to day. I love examples of political crafting from American history and gee I guess I’ve joined in! There are a lot of similar quilts and cross-stitches, etc. out there and I think it’s lovely. I wanted to use really romantic feathers over the squares – which use a lot of sweet valentine and floral fabrics. This required remembering how to do feathers, which I have been too intimidated to do since a quilting class I took about 4 years ago…I…

  • Quilts,  Signature Quilts,  wedding

    Wedding Signature Quilts Galore

    I recently did some updates to my wedding signature quilt tutorial – I want to do a several part tutorial on the whole deal, as it’s a lot of little fiddly things to toss together – but this will do for now. I have actually been busy sewing lots of wedding signature quilts. Here is a little party of them. Colors! These monogram quilts are very popular, I have made them in about every color now. I have always wanted to make a trip around the world – this one was fun! The couples names and wedding dates are embroidered in the middle. This was a queen size that I mailed…

  • Pieced,  Quilts,  wedding

    Equality and Love! Two of the Best Things!

    Of course we have a long way to go to true equality – but I’m feeling very happy about more steps towards marriage equality. Not that it’s about me! But as a person who loves weddings and freedom to choose who you love and equality it is a pretty joyful step. Of course we still don’t have hate crime laws and other basic protections. In Columbus, OH – which has a reputation for being very queer friendly – there have been multiple instances of homophobic violence just these last few weeks. It’s going to be a long struggle for true justice and equality.  But I think one way that quilters…

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    Applique,  Quilts,  Signature Quilts,  Tutorials,  wedding

    Fabric Wedding Sign Tutorial

    I made this fabric sign to go along with an upcoming wedding signature quilt I am going to make. It is very simple, but not something I’ve seen much of, so I also made this simple tutorial to go with it.  It’s a pdf. I find it so much easier to format such things off-line. Let me know if it’s useful! FYI, you don’t have to sew down the letters! I liked the way it looks but for a sign that’s not going through the wash, ironing the letters down is sturdy enough.  I use Pellon Wonder Under Fusible webbing for this project. I love applique and it was fun to…

  • Signature Quilts,  Tutorials,  wedding

    How to Make a Monogram Quilt Block

    If you are making a wedding signature quilt – here are some of my thoughts on that! You’ll need Computer and editing program (I use Word) This text document if you want an example monogram  Fusible webbing (I prefer Wonder Under by Pellon) Marker Fabric Matching thread Starch (optional) Sewing machine Step 1: Pick a font! Then make your monogram in a word processing document (or use this one). You can use any program, of course. I generally use Cambria, which is a nice common serif font. You can also find fun swirly fonts that wouldn’t be that hard to applique. I personally prefer simple clean lines – they look good and…

  • Quilts,  Signature Quilts,  wedding

    Basting Basting

    Yesterday like a hero I pin basted two quilts – one is a queen size which coincidentally is the exact size of the open space in my kitchen. I go back and forth with pin basting and spray basting and for now I am on the pin basting wagon. It’s all horrible on a queen. I have some quilty friends who are doing the quilt as you go method on larger quilts which maybe is the secret? The other one in the hopper is this pretty little thing – in black and white to help me think about block layout and distribution. “Random” block placement is harder than it looks!…

  • Quilts,  wedding

    Bunting Flag Wedding Signature Quilts!

    If you spend a lot of time looking at quilts on-line (guilty!) I know you will recognize this design from a few that have been floating around. It is my new favorite design for wedding signature quilts – the bride had the flags at the wedding and then she mailed them to me to sew onto a quilt. So, this isn’t a work in progress – it’s finished! Yay! We had a non-terrible day so I was able to take some photos yesterday. Don’t worry, it’s snowing and freezing again this morning. The back is this diamond/lattice/HST hybrid quilt that I love. With Moda Reunion bunting flag fabric in there…