Sunday, July 15, 2018

Verve + Road Trip Day 1

One definition for "Verve" is "enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work". Karen, as a fairly new quilter, definitely embodies "verve"! Take a glance back here to see her first quilt, made for her older son. Now she has made a quilt for her second son:

I quilted it with "Verve":

Karen said the quilt starts out as a 4-patch, then the two opposite corner slivers are added:

Both the top and back are beautiful batik fabrics:

Quilted! Great job, Karen! Keep quilting with verve!!!

We went on a road trip in June. DD2 makes day-by-day videos of these every year. Here's Day 1 of our road trip to California (DD2 started vacation 2 days earlier with her friend's wedding, so for her it was day 3):
Grace & peace!!! ~Nancy
Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Quilting Is More Fun Than HouseworkCooking Up QuiltsMonday Making, Let's Bee SocialMidweek MakersN&TT, TGIFF,Friday Foto Fun.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Trio of Quilts ㆔

This trio of quilts, made by Regina, has a wide variety of styles: 
The first quilt is a printed "penny rug" flannel, with an added border of printed vines and printed "lamb's ears":

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Charity Quilts 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 of 52 πŸ’

I'm making 52 quilts in 2018 for Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated. I went through my calendar and numbered all 52 of the Saturdays in 2018. Since June has 5 Saturdays, I finished 5 quilts this month.

We went on a road trip to California this month. While staying at my DH's childhood home, I pieced 11 baby quilt tops on this Singer 201 that was his grandmother's sewing machine, manufactured in March of 1950. With a lot of oil (there must've been 30 oil spots in the manual!?!), it sewed like a champ!

Quilt number 22 is quilted with what is called in Japanese, "Hana Maru" or flower circle. In Japanese schools, the teacher puts this mark on an assignment with the meaning of "outstanding" or "goes beyond expectations"! I was totally inspired by Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl blog, and her recent quilted finish, which you can see here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Road Trip πŸš™ Stitching ✂️ 2018

We went on a road trip to California and back earlier this month. Here are a few stitching and other highlights.

This was my main passenger project. I stitched it from a pattern I got at one of our local quilt shops, Eagle Creek Quilt Shop. It didn't come with a color key so I had to wing it. I was going for the rainbow look:

I also crocheted 10 of these hanging kitchen towels. Two were gifted before I could take a photo. I buy the towels at Costco in a bundle of 10, crochet across the first row using an awl, steel crochet hook and crochet cotton, then crochet the topper with worsted weight yarn:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

You Are My Sunshine 🌞

My quiltin' cousin, Sue, made this wonderful quilt for her son! 

The pattern is "You Are My Sunshine" from the booklet, Slice of Home by Creekside Stitches. It's a layer cake friendly pattern, or you can cut from stash like Sue did. Here's a close-up:

Sunday, June 10, 2018

It's a Mystery⁉️

Quilt Cove, where I work a couple days a week, does two free mystery quilts per year. Here are 3 quilts I quilted from a mystery we gave out a couple years ago: 

Wendy made her version out of four batik fabrics:

Monday, June 4, 2018

June Minikins Challenge ✅

Sara at Sew Sweetness is having a different challenge each month with her Minikins patterns. The Minikins are 12 patterns of small bags, with step-by-step videos, that are fun to make, use and give as gifts.


The Minikins challenge for June is the Zeppelin Pouch, a bag that can be used as a cosmetic bag, shaving bag, toiletry bag, or just about anything you might want in a bag! I made two of them:

I made my first one out of this Tula Pink's All-Stars print:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Charity Quilts 18, 19, 20 & 21 of 52 πŸ’

I'm making 52 quilts in 2018 for Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated. In May I worked on quilts 18, 19, 20 and 21:

Quilt number 18 is quilted with Macaroni:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

T-Shirt Quilt Parade🎽

  Graduation season is also t-shirt quilt season! Here are 5 t-shirt quilts that have recently come out of the Grace & Peace Quilting studio.
  This first quilt was made by Hannah, close friend of DD2, Susanna. Hannah and Susanna have been working together on this quilt for more than a year, so it's fun to see it come to a finish and get used!

For the backing, Hannah had a favorite piece of fabric she wanted to use, the horse fabric, and she pieced some extra, coordinating fabrics to bring it up to size:

Friday, May 18, 2018

May Minikins Challenge ✅

Sara at Sew Sweetness is having a different challenge each month with her Minikins patterns. The Minikins are 12 patterns, with step-by-step videos, of small bags that are fun to make and use, or give as gifts. 

Sara's Minikins challenge for May is the Grab and Go Sleeve, a custom sized sleeve with handles, for a device or book.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ruby Tsunami 🌊

This year is the 40th anniversary of Minnesota Quilters. The traditional 40th anniversary gift is ruby. My small group decided to commemorate the event by each of us making a red and white quilt to be entered in the special exhibit category of the Minnesota Quilters quilt show in St. Cloud on June 14-16. I was happy when I finished the last stitch on Wednesday!

This quilt started about a year ago as this pile of 9-patches:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Charity Quilts 14, 15, 16 & 17 of 52

How sweet is this little girl! I'm making 52 quilts in 2018 for Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated. This photo featuring Hannah, with my quilt number 6 as backdrop, is from their Instagram feed on March 31. 


In April I worked on quilts 14, 15, 16 and 17:

Friday, April 27, 2018

What To Do With ½ Yard of Fabric...

My small group is doing "secret pals" this year. We drew names and are giving our secret pal a different small gift every month at our meeting. We're doing this anonymously by putting the gifts in brown lunch bags. This month I received a half yard of Alison Glass fabric in my favorite color, fuchsia:

To me, fuchsia is warm, feminine, colorful, vivid and friendly. Next, what to do with a half of a yard...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April Minikins Challenge ✅

Sara at Sew Sweetness is having a different challenge each month with her Minikins patterns. The Minikins are 12 patterns of small, quick and easy bags that are fun to make and use, or give as gifts. 

Sara's Minikins challenge for April is the Desktop Cubes. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chain Gang Snowstorm

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, we got 15" of new snow here in Minnesota. There was a "No travel" alert out. I was traveling across this quilt:

This is Sandi Irish's quilt, of Irish Chain. Sandi is also my co-worker at Quilt Cove. She is getting ready for Spring Quilt Market, with her many patterns and her Quilted Jewel templates.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Grace & Peace Update

Here are some projects coming out of my own studio recently. First off, I'm doing a Gypsy Wife sew along with two groups. I'm making the blocks in the order that they appear in the book, using Japanese fabrics. Here are the 10 blocks I have so far:
Last Saturday I joined a class at The Quilting Grounds in Norwood Young America, and made a barn quilt! I did a Bear Paw block, which is the logo I use for my quilting business.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Checkerboard Pipeline 🏁

Paula made this fun checkerboard 16-patch quilt!

With it being a bit traditional, I quilted it with Baptist Swirl:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Minty Riptide

My dear sister, Quilter Bonnie, made this beautiful jelly roll quilt top! Aren't the colors gorgeous?! This jelly roll was hand picked from stock and cut at Quilt Cove, the quilt shop where I work. It's a variety of fabric lines.

The colors remind me of these pastel mint patties:

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Charity Quilts 10, 11, 12, & 13 of 52

Here are four more quilts for Jack's Basket, where they celebrate babies born with Down syndrome by delivering a basket full of newborn goodies to the new parents.

Quilt 10 is quilted with "Heatwave", a free design from Urban Elementz:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Scrap Busting

Susan has been busy with these two great scrap quilts! This first one is a Bonnie Hunter pattern called Garden Party. Bonnie is coming out with a new date keeper book with this same quilt on the cover! You can see it here, and see the resemblance between these two scrap quilts.

The quilting we decided on is Deja Vu, using gold thread:

Friday, March 23, 2018

Out of Bounds, Take Five

Wendy always makes beautiful, modern quilts. I got to quilt two quilts for her this week. This first one is a gift for a very lucky baby, Everly, born last December. 

The pattern is "Out of Bounds" from Missouri Star Quilt Company. It was featured in a Quilting Quickly magazine, as well as being featured in a video tutorial here. The finished size is 53" X 75":

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Baby Quilt + Modern Log Cabin

Susie would be the first to say this is not a typical baby quilt. She made this top for a couple having their first baby, a sweet boy. The mom-to-be is a Minnesotan currently living in New York, and the fabrics are Minnesota themed fabrics.

The quilt pattern is Nova by Gudrun Erla. You can see my version of this pattern here

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jelly Bellies For You

Mary brought me two quilt tops to be longarmed. This first is a super cute Christmas table runner. I love how the trees in the middle rows share trunks!

"Spring Thing" was requested--it just looks festive on Christmas quilts! 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Tracy's Two πŸŽ„ πŸ‚

Tracy asked me to quilt two quilts for her. The first is this adorable Christmas tree made from a jelly roll of modern Christmas prints.

She had this green & white dot on red for the backing:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Think Spring 🌸

Julie asked for some "spring-like" quilting on this quilt top of hers. 

"Oma's Garden" quilting is exactly that, spring-like. March has arrived, and we here in Minne"snow"ta are ready for Spring!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Charity Quilts 6, 7, 8 and 9

My sister, niece and I delivered 13 baby quilts to Jack's Basket recently, an NPO that celebrates babies with Down Syndrome. This is my niece, Gretchen, with Carissa, the director of Jack's Basket and mother of Jack.

Here are six of the baskets ready to be delivered, full of fun items to bless and encourage the new parents:

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Two Friends, Two Quilts

These two quilts were made by two friends, both of whom are involved in the Barnabas Ministry at their church, a ministry to families with disabled children. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wendy's Triple Play

Having three quilt tops prepped and ready for the longarmer is a great accomplishment, and that's just what Wendy had for me. 

This first quilt is Wendy's version of the 2017-2018 Scraptamer's mystery quilt, from Glad Creations Quilt Shop. Don't you love the pink/yellow/grey palette of batiks she used?!

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Pink Cloud ☁️ ...

Jenny made this pink cloud of a baby quilt for her granddaughter, about to be born in Kentucky! 

The quilting is "Butterfly Garden" in Cotton Candy colored thread:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Take Time To Smell The Roses...

And work on a quilt... This rose quilt is what Kim has been working on, made for her sister who loves birds and is a beekeeper.

The quilting design I used is "Climbing Rose", by Sophie Collier, a local designer and fellow member of Upper Midwest Machine Quilters. She will be teaching a class there from her book, "Around and Around She Goes", on March 10, 2018. 

Aren't these roses and rosebuds in the quilting design a beautiful mix with the rose fabrics:

Friday, February 2, 2018

Southwest Beauty

Ardene's nephew gave her this quilt top, made by his mother, Ardene's sister-in-law, who was an active quilter. She had it quilted in her memory.

The colors, turquoise, fuchsia and tan, give it a southwest feel. It was made while spending the winters in Arizona:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Susie's Double Take

Susie loved this fabric line so much, that she made two quilts out of it! Both quilts are for her son, who likes his quilts thick, heavy and warm. And who wouldn't, at this time of the year in Minnesota! 

This first one I quilted for her is a disappearing 9-patch:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Modern Circles + Baby Quilt

I made this mini for our guild's silent auction, to be held at our upcoming quilt show, February 13 through March 9, 2018, at Dakota County Historical Society Museum, South St. Paul, MN.

It was totally inspired by Cassandra's 9-Patch Circles at The Not So Dramatic Life blog.
I made a similar one myself in 2016, inspired by a pillow in Modern Patchwork magazine:

Sunday, January 21, 2018

T-Shirt Quilt Extraordinaire

This is Deb's third t-shirt quilt. I'd say she's become quite a pro at the puzzle work of t-shirt quilts!

I did freemotion quilting, block by block. Here are some of my favorite blocks:

Friday, January 19, 2018

Charity Quilts 2, 3, 4 & 5

I've started making some of my 52 charity quilts of 2018. Here are numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5. You can find number 1 and the pattern info here. They will be going to Jack's Basket. Check out more about this charity on their Instagram. They're currently in need of quilts.

The quilting on this is "Fascination":

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The 52 Charity Quilt Challenge δΊ”⼗二枚

Laura, at Slice of Pi Quilts, stunned the quilt blogosphere when she announced she plans on making 52 charity quilts in 2018! I have been planning on making more charity quilts in 2018, maybe 12, one per month. Then I read Laura's blog and upped it to 24, two per month. Well, with more thought, I'm going to try and join Laura in making 52 charity quilts in 2018! Here's my first:

The pattern is "Simple Gifts" from this little booklet by the Modern Quilt Studio:

😺 A Sunny Cat Quilt

Sunny, a member of my quilt guild, Dakota County Star Quilters, made this "I Spy" quilt using the "Quilted Jewel Template" and accompanying pattern. The template and a dozen + patterns are designed by Sandi Irish of Irish Chain, and a co-worker at Quilt Cove. 

Every diamond has a cat fabric! I quilted it with "Linda's Folk Garden" which has a 102" repeat across. That really adds variety to the quilting.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

πŸ‚ Connecticut Countryside Quilt 🍁

Kim, my co-worker at Quilt Cove, made this cuddly flannel quilt for her friends who live in the countryside of Connecticut:
She requested "leafy, swirly quilting". I quilted it with "Falling Leaves", which has many different leaf types, with swirls between:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

▨ Simple Squares ▧

I used up most of my stash of charm squares in making sewing kits for Operation Christmas Child last fall. You can see those 50 sewing kits here

But I still had a stack of Christmas charms hanging around. As we hit the Christmas season, I got the urge to sew them all together into a quilt of simple squares. Here's the finished product:

The back is pieced together from stash. If you look closely, those are Christmas teddy bears in the upper right corner:

Monday, January 1, 2018

πŸ’₯ Nova πŸ’₯

I finished binding this quilt at 11:59 PM on December 31, 2017! The pattern is Nova by Gudrun Erla. 

I quilted it with an edge-to-edge called "Verve". Wool batting makes the quilting stand out even more, along with being lightweight and warm:
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