• Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilt Guild,  Quilt Makeover,  Quilting with a Walking Foot,  Quilts

    Quiltcon and Thoughts on Getting Quilts Into Quilt Shows

    I have some fun news! I just got two quilts entered into Quiltcon, which is the show for the national Modern Quilt Guild. I also had one rejected. I have a lot of thoughts about the process of applying to shows, which I decided to post about below. I am always interested in the process of other quilters, and decided to share mine. First things first, the quilts, which are ones that I just posted about recently. This one is titled Dream Maps and I wrote about it here. And the other one is called Center Pivot Irrigation which I wrote about here (detail at the top). And the one that didn’t…

  • Applique,  Process Pledge

    Be Joyful – Wendell Berry Quilt

    I lost my mother when I was young; seeing her handwriting creates a bright line of connection to her. I turned my own handwriting into applique for a quote that I held in my heart when I decided to have children. This quilt is made with raw edge scraps from the mobiles that hung over my children’s cribs. Having my beautiful children was in part a way of showing my wild love for our planet, despite worries about global warming and political strife, and this is my advice to them. Above is my artist statement. Here is my quilter’s take. I was playing with construction methods. I used a glue…

  • Dye,  Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilts

    Jewelweed Quilt and a Hand Dyed Disaster

    A couple years ago, my mother in law gave me a beautiful stack of fat eighths fabric for my birthday. She had gotten it at the Lancaster Quilt Show. I had had an idea for a quilt block rolling around in my head, and so I brought the fabrics with me on a sewing retreat and began cranking out blocks.  I called it Jewelweed, because that is a pretty flower, and I liked that the blocks were kind of jewel like, with all the butterflies around them like they were flowers. I used up EVERY LAST BIT of the butterfly fabric making this. I don’t think I have any scraps…

  • Other Stuff I Made,  Process Pledge,  Product Placement/Reviews,  Sewing Clothes

    Hemming with Maxi-Lock Stretch Thread and Another New Dress

    I am incredibly excited about a very wonky sewing thing. Where to start? Let’s see, for years I sewed on an older sewing machine that did everything from knits to quilting to embroidery until it broke. Sad face. I decided to get a more sturdy, more metal, straight stitch only Brother 1500  which I love, but is no good for sewing knits, because you can’t do any special stretch stitches. Then two years ago, I ran across a Brother Serger for $60 (which is an amazing deal) So now I have a serger, and can sew knits, but I CAN’T HEM THEM or do any top stitching unless I buy a fourth…

  • 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…

  • Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilts,  scrap

    #OHCraft Sew-in and Finish Along

    This weekend I went to the #OHCraft Sew-in, which is an awesome, low key, annual retreat for crafters across the state. It’s such a nice weekend and was beautiful with the fall weather. I’ll be honest, I spent most of the time sewing, and did not really make the most of my access to the beautiful Appalachian scenery! However, I finished three tops that had been languishing in the WIP shelf for over a year! Now I have a giant pile of quilts that need basted and quilted. That is going to be my goal for the finish along: To finish them by the end of the year! Yikes! Lucky…

  • Free Pattern,  Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilts,  scrap,  Tutorials

    How to Make A Really Scrappy Lone Star Quilt

    Traditional Lone Star Overview The Lone Star is a traditional diamond shaped block – traditionally you do planned colors so it makes a cool radiating star pattern. For an example of that, here is a cool tutorial! It requires really careful piecing, because if all your bias cut seams don’t match up just right, you lose some of the effect. The strips are all the same length and width and you have to carefully calculate your strip piecing and color placement to get the perfect effect. Another option is the slightly scrappy lone star, which Better Off Thread has a nice tutorial  with examples for that effect! While her version uses…

  • Process Pledge,  Quilts

    Bird Mosaic Quilt Beginning

    This evening I pulled some fabric. Then I cut it into 5.5 inch squares to make 3.25 inch half square triangles via this method. And then I started laying it out. I’m very excited. It’s based on the Charley Harper mosaic in Cincinnati. Which I’ve not seen in person, but I have adored it for years. I’m linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday and Thursday Threads and Sew Cute Tuesday. Ok, back to piecing!