Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wedding Bells πŸ’

Our daughter got married last weekend! Let's start out with the quilt I made for a wedding gift:

The wedding took place at the groom's grandparent's hobby farm. Our daughter designed the decorations and area. She asked me to make these curtains for the barn entrance:

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Vickie's Shabby Chic

Vickie's grandson is getting married in November! She asked his fiance what kind of quilt they would like. His fiance requested a "shabby chic" style quilt. This is what Vickie came up with:

The quilting we decided on is "Fascination":

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My Latest DREAMI Quilts

In the world of quilting, "DREAMI" stands for DRop Everything And Make It. I have two DREAMI quilts to share with you today.

This DREAMI quilt is a quilt-in-progress. It started with a bundle of fabrics I won on the Kathleen McMusing blog. Thank you, Kathleen!!! Check out what Kathleen made out of this line of fabric on her blog, here, "My Victorian Windows". 

"Sweet Tweets" is a batik line from Island Batiks. These fabrics arrived in the mail one day, and I started cutting and sewing the next:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bloggers Quilt Festival πŸ‚ Fall 2018, Part 2

Every fall Amy Ellis, over at Amy's Creative Side, hosts an online quilt show for bloggers and Instagramers. Two entries per person, and they can be any quilt finished in the past year. Visit Amy's site here to enter your quilts and take in the whole quilt show.

My second entry is this mystery quilt. The quilt shop where I work, Quilt Cove, gives out free mystery quilt clues to all who attend the monthly "Quarter Inch Club". These are mystery quilts by Debbie Caffrey and have 6 clues.

The patterns call for 3 or 4 fabrics in light, medium light, medium dark and dark. Always trying to use stash, I pick a border fabric and choose my colorways from there, making my quilt scrappy. In this quilt I used white, orange, green and purple, all fabrics from Japan.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival πŸ‚ Fall 2018, Part 1

Every fall Amy Ellis, over at Amy's Creative Side, hosts an online quilt show for bloggers and Instagramers. Two entries per person, and they can be any quilt finished in the past year. Visit Amy's site here to take in the whole quilt show.

My first entry is called "Ruby Tsunami":

For all you Bonnie Hunter fans, you'll recognize this quilt pattern as "Talkin' Turkey" from Bonnie Hunter's book, String Fling

Here it is on my longarm, where I quilted it with "Lovegrass". 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Charity Quilts 35, 36, 37, 38 & 39 of 52 πŸ’

I'm making 52 quilts in 2018 for Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated. πŸŽ‰ Check out their Instagram for a lot of cute baby pictures.

Since there is 52 Saturdays in 2018, each month I'm making the same number of quilts as there are Saturdays. This month I've made 5:

Since I can't quilt 5 at a time on my longarm, I quilted one by itself first, number 35:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 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 September is the Moto Pouch. I made a size small and a size large:

I started out by quilting my fabrics with Annie's Soft and Stable (yes, there's a chunk cut out of the navy fabric where I fussy cut a different block!):

Friday, August 31, 2018

Charity Quilts 31, 32, 33 & 34 of 52 πŸ’

I'm making 52 quilts in 2018 for Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated. πŸŽ‰

In June I quilted two quilts side-by-side on my longarm. In July I quilted three quilts side-by-side. This month I went for the max and quilted all 4 quilts side-by-side on my longarm:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August 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 August is the Morsel Lunch Bag.

I chose to make my Morsel Lunch Bag out of a chopstick print, a tribute to the 24 years I spent in Japan.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

My August Dreami Projects

Quilters have a vocabulary all of their own. One of those words is the acronym, "Dreami":

DRop
Everything
And
Make
It

Also known as a squirrel project, it's when a quilter is inspired to stop whatever project she's working on and make something else. Right now!

My first Dreami projects this month contains a rainbow of fabrics, not all of these, but I love this photo of the fabrics I was picking from!

I found a feather pattern at one of our LQS, Eagle Creek Quilt Shop, and who doesn't love a good feather pattern these days! The pattern is Skylark, by Sewn Into the Fabric... It includes one feather, or an entire quilt of feathers. I had just the spot on our stairwell quilt gallery for a single feather to hang. 

Picking out threads for the quilting:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Last Week, Minnesota; This Week, the World!🌏🌍🌎

First off, I quilted this Minnesota themed quilt for my sister last week:

The quilting is Harbour Wave, for the waters of Minnesota's 10,000+ lakes:

Monday, August 20, 2018

A Bit of Crochet γ‹γŽι‡η·¨γΏ + Road Trip Day 6

My quilt friend, Karen, was crocheting a rag rug at a recent guild meeting. She showed me exactly what she was doing and I was inspired to go home and start one myself.

I made this rag rug from selvages cut at a 1" width. Chain 41 stitches, turn, crochet in the second chain from hook, crochet 40 single crochet stitches. Chain one, turn, and continue to crochet 40 single crochet stitches, back and forth. I used a size M/N crochet hook. Here are some in-progress photos:

Monday, August 13, 2018

Number 499, 500!!! πŸŽ‰δΊ”η™Ύζžš πŸŽ‰

I recently quilted my 500th quilt on my longarm! I've had my longarm for 6 years now. Here's a rundown of quilts number 499 and 500.
Quilt number 499 is a baby quilt that I quilted for our neighbor, Patty. She wanted a play quilt to have on hand for when their grandchildren come over:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Missy's Triple Play

Missy is a a friend I met at a Knitting Pipeline retreat. She is an amazing knitter, does beautiful smocking and sewing for her granddaughter, and now has been bitten by the quilt bug. Check out her instagram feed here, Marynvoigt.
  
Missy sent me three quilts to quilt for her: 

Missy's first quilt is an Hourglass Quilt pattern. Don't you love the fresh blue, red and yellow color palette?!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Charity Quilts 27, 28, 29 & 30 of 52 πŸ’ + Road Trip Day 5

I'm making 52 quilts in 2018 for Jack's Basket, where precious babies with Down syndrome are celebrated. Let me introduce you to quilts 27 through 30!

Quilt number 27 is quilted with "White Caps":

Friday, July 27, 2018

Dreami Projects + Road Trip Day 4

Are you familiar with Dreami projects? "Dreami" stands for:


DRop Everything And Make It

I'm sure everyone experiences these moments in their life, whether it be a craft, cooking, reading, or just about anything. In quiltland it means we run across a pattern, idea or fabric, and we stop whatever project we're working on to make it now! I have 2 "Dreami" projects to share with you this month.

I fell in love with this Joyful Barn Star quilt pattern. I sewed the top one day and quilted it the next:

It resembles a barn quilt but it's made out of fabric:

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July Minikins Challenge ✅ + Road Trip Day 3

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


The Minikins challenge for July is the Jetset Cinched Bag.

This bag is great for traveling and has 4 mesh pockets inside:

Friday, July 20, 2018

Two More ⼆ 枚 + Road Trip Day 2

I have two more friends' quilts to share today. These are made by two different quilters:

This first one is made by Paula of Knitting Pipeline Podcast. If you are a knitter, I highly recommend her podcast, which besides her amazing knowledge of knitting, also includes her quilting and nature notes. Quilters will enjoy her YouTube videos, where she tells you the point that the quilting updates begin.

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":

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!

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:
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