Category Archives: modern quilt

WIP Jacob’s Ladder

I’ve been working on the pieces for a Jacob’s Ladder quilt for about a month now here and there. I had just finished all of the scrappy four patches when germs distended on our home. First, the little man got the flu. He lovingly shared it with my mother-in-law and my hubby. I was fortunate to escape the bug. I thought that sanitizing the house and not sharing kisses protected me and while it did from the flu, I caught a nasty head cold that gave me a sinus infection. So for the past week and a half, progress on this top came to a screeching halt and all energy was spent on getting a the house healthy again.

I managed to sneak in a bit of time a few days ago to sew the half square triangles and today, I finally managed to get them pressed and trimmed. I pulled a lot of aqua and teal from my stash to make these. I even cut into a few of my top ten favorite fabrics!

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I was just going to call it a day there but I couldn’t wait to see some of the possible layouts. I don’t have a real design wall, just a cheap flannel backed table cloth that I hang from the open beams. It works for the time being. Making a design wall is pretty low on my priorities at the moment.

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I realized after I had changed the layout again that the bottom middle of this one wasn’t quite right but I hope it’s good enough that you see what I was going for.

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I’d love to hear from you about which layout you like the best. I’m struggling to decide myself and would love some feedback from you guys!

(Sorry if you got this post twice! I’m learning wordpress on my new kindle fire and had a hiccup with some of the pics not showing up!)

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These adorable Corgi pillows went to my sister-in-law, owner of the cutest Corgi, Scooter. I made the silhouettes by going to her facebook page and tracing pictures she had posted of him. Then, I traced it on the wrong side of my fabric and used needle turned applique to finish the edges.

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This was the first time I had also tried paper piecing. Once I got the feel for it, and a better eye for judging how big my fabric needs to be for each piece, I had fun making the stars. I will definitely be using paper piecing again, it is a great way to make complicated blocks and have all the points meet.

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On the second pillow, I pulled all the lime, aqua and teal fabric could find and made these tiny plus blocks. The finished squares are only an inch! Some of the smallest piecing I have ever done!

Check out Pillow Pallooza Part 1 andPart 2 to see the other cute pillows I’ve made! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope every one has a great day!

Hexie WIP

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My Mom gave me a Jelly roll of Kaffe Fasset’s 2011 fall line for my birthday this year. After debating many possible uses for it, I decided cut it all into 2 1/2 inch squares for making hexies. I also got a Sew Line glue stick from my Dad and have been loving how fast I can make these babies now,

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I love the bright, busy and bold look of them when they are all together. I’ve been working on these on my break at work, and in the evening whenever I can, mostly after the little man has gone to bed on my weekends.

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The plan in my head so far is to make the rectangle hexies a square by adding a solid fabric on the top and bottom, then turning every other block. I am stuck on what to use for the solid fabric. Looks like a trip to the fabric store is in my future!

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Have a great day everyone!

Tinker Tote Finish

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My friend Cat over at create, bought me a craftsy class of my choosing for my birthday back in July and much deliberating, I decided to take Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags. I had a great time making it! Tara does a great job teaching bag construction which is something I have struggled with in the past. This is the first time I was able to wrap my head around making something 3D. The zippered pocket lesson in the class blew my mind and I’m pretty happy with my first attempt at one!

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When I make this again (and I will!) I am going to make the pocket a couple inches longer and deeper. I have a standard sized wallet and it almost doesn’t fit in it.

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The Prescription for Chicken Soup fabric patches are my favorite parts of the whole bag! I love that fabric and am so glad that I bought a yard of it when I normally only buy half yards if I don’t have an immediate plan for it.

Have a great day!

Rock me mama

A few months ago in May, my mom got married to a wonderful man at her home in Tennessee. With the long plane ride, I knew I’d need some small hand work to keep me occupied, so I tried making hexies for the first time. I bought a charm pack of Basic Grey Curio and a couple packs of 1 inch, die cut hexagons. At the time, I was just making them for the fun of it, thinking of all the different ways I’d use them. The night before my flight, I threw out my lower back. I was able to fly, but once there, I couldn’t do much but sit in a rocking chair, making hexies  in the barn, while my family bussled about me, getting ready for the party. Mom works for an awesome chiropractor and the next day he fixed me up.

The party for the wedding was a blast. We celebrated until early morning, when I would normally be getting up for work. The next morning was SLOW. We were being lazy, sitting on the couch on the porch overlooking the farm. It was beautiful and so peaceful. My oldest sister played music from her Kindle and Wagon Wheel came on.

I was sewing the hexies together to make triangles while the music played, still unsure how I was going to use them. It was hard to leave for home when the time came. By the time I was home again I had made five of the six triangles and I knew I wanted to use them for a baby quilt for a coworker. I call this quilt Rock me, Mama because of the song plus it’s a super cute name baby quilt. It is 41×45.

I randomly pieced the back from bits of my stash. They painted the nursery lavender, so I pulled what little I had in my stash and added on randomly.

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My local quilt shop owner helped me pick out the binding. With such different sides, I asked for assistance from a pro. She picked one of the fabrics from Curio and I’m so glade she did! I really think it gives the front the pop it needed, and blends well with the back.

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Linking up to Plum and June Let’s Get Acquainted Monday Link Up!

Have a great day!