Thursday, July 18, 2019

A Sparkly ✨ Sherpa Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

I love this large panel I found at My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe while we were driving through Utah this summer! 

Just quilt and bind! I quilted it with freehand swirls:

Thursday, July 11, 2019

⻘ Blue & White ็™ฝ

Blue and white quilts are a classic color combo. Combined with a log cabin design, Missy has made a beautiful, classic quilt!

Here are some close-ups:

Monday, July 8, 2019

⼆ Two By Two ⼆

My sister, Quilter Bonnie, is a very prolific quilter! I've quilted 44 quilts for her over the past 7 years. And she's made more quilts that she quilted herself!

Here are her latest finishes:
Now, let's get to the close-ups:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

๐Ÿ‘œ Indigo Handbag ๐Ÿ‘œ

While on our road trip, my handbag zipper was getting stuck. Back home, I started on a new one. I already had the fabrics. 

The first step was to quilt the upper fabric to the Annie's Soft and Stable. The quilting doesn't show up on the indigo print, so here's a picture of the backside:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Grab ๐Ÿ‘Š & Go ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ To California

In prep for our road trip to California, I made DH and myself each a case for our laptops:
The Grab and Go Sleeve from Sew Sweetness is adjustable to any size device or book. It is part of the Minikins Season 1 pattern bundle. 

Although the pattern doesn't call for it, I like to quilt my fabric with the Annie's Soft and Stable. Quilting adds so much depth and stability to fabric and quilts. You can clearly see the "Egg Carton" quilting on DH's case, below:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

๐ŸŽˆRise Up๐ŸŽˆ

Here's a fun banner quilt I made for my Mom, to welcome her back to her apartment after her recent hip replacement surgery:

The surgery was successful and Mom is on the rise!

Monday, June 17, 2019

๐ŸŒฒNorthwoods Vibes ๐Ÿป

At first glance you might think this quilt was made in Minnesota, with the Northwoods vibes going on. But it was made in Nashville by my friend, Missy!

On the other hand, it was quilted in Minnesota! I quilted birchwood leaves across the quilt:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

⾚ Red Fuji ๐Ÿ—ป

Meet my entry for the 2019 Global Inspiration MQ Challenge! If you're going to the Minnesota Quilters Annual Show in Rochester, MN, over the next few days, June 13- 15, look for my quilt in the Fabric Challenge section:
The challenge fabric packet came with 4 Cherrywood fat quarters--red, blue, light green and yellow. We could add 4 international fabrics, plus a white or a black fabric. More than 50% of the quilt had to be the Cherrywood fabrics.
Mount Fuji is the most popular art subject in Japan, so that's immediately where my mind went when the challenge was introduced. My inspiration comes from a famous woodblock print by Hokusai, called "Red Fuji", also known as "Fine Wind, Clear Morning", created in 1832:

Monday, June 3, 2019

✈️ A Transportation Quilt ๐Ÿšš

My quilting neighbor, Patty, made this quilt for her 4 year old grandson, Elliot. She saw something like it on Pinterest and drew out the design on her computer!

Patty chose "Modernish 4" for the quilting. It looks like an intense driver's ed course, which seems appropriate for all those vehicles!

Friday, May 31, 2019

✂️ Maker's Quilt ✂️

Paula calls this quilt her "Maker's Quilt" and I love the idea! She made one extra block from each quilt she has made and put them all together here, many of them with added embroidered documentation.

Paula constructed this quilt using "quilt-as-you-go", with batting. Then I added a backing and did stitch-in-the-ditch:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

⼥ Women of the Bible Quilt ⛪️

Isn't this quilt a beauty?!! I quilted this Women of the Bible quilt for my Bee Sista, Rose, over at Something Rosemade.

Rose and I agreed that Figure 8s would look fresh and modern across this quilt. Wait, that would be Wishbones according to Rose!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

➖Stripey Baby Quilt➖ + Mongolia

Isn't this a simple, yet fun way to make a baby quilt?!! My quilting neighbor, Patty, made this cute stripey baby quilt: 

She chose a fun, modern quilting design:

Friday, May 10, 2019

♒︎ Modern Chevron ♒︎

My co-worker at Quilt Cove, Kyle, made this colorful, modern chevron quilt!

I quilted it with an edge-to-edge called "Calder". Alexander Calder was a modern artist know for his unique mobiles. This quilting resembles his artistic style:

Sunday, April 28, 2019

⧓ A Formal Affair ⧓

Looking for a fun layer cake pattern?! Here's one:
Patti of Creek Side Stitches was demoing this quilt pattern, "A Formal Affair", at the Red Wing, MN, quilt show in February. She has a number of books and patterns that mainly use pre-cuts--layer cakes, charm squares, candy squares and jelly rolls.

I started out by making "accordion sewn half-square triangles", the Eva Paige Quilts method. This is an easy way to make HSTs so that each one is different, no pairs. Watch the three videos explaining this technique, starting here: Accordian Sewn Scrappy HSTs, Part 1.

My blue and white HSTs before I sewed them into a loop and cut them apart:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

๐ŸŒ  Twilight Stars ๐ŸŒ 

Michele made this beautiful quilt using the "Twilight Stars" pattern by Cheryl Wall, in Civil War prints.
Quilt info:

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mystery ⁇ Revealed❗️

We've been working through the clues for this mystery quilt from Quilt Cove over the past 9 months and we have finally reached the finish line! I went with a Japanese look for my version: 
Quilt stats:

Monday, April 15, 2019

Spring Joyful Barn Star

I really love this quilt pattern! Joyful Barn Star by Tasha Noel. Over the weekend I finished my spring version, my 5th in the series:

Here are my first four, made for summer, autumn, Christmas and winter:

Thursday, April 11, 2019

✂️Fabric Shopping For Quilters at IKEA ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

The last three quilts I've made have IKEA fabrics for the backing: 

Many people have asked me where I find fabrics at IKEA. These are my strategies for fabric shopping at IKEA.  

First of all, there are 50 IKEA stores in the USA, plus IKEA is located in 52 different countries, so each store will have different results. We live near the Minneapolis IKEA, next to the Mall of America, so this is where I do all my IKEA shopping.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Shibori Beauty

Shibori is the Japanese art of tie-dyed cloth, done through tying, sewing, pleating, wrapping, etc. Moda fabrics has made shibori fabric more accessible by printing it. 

My friend, Missy, made this beautiful indigo quilt using Moda Shibori fabrics:

Thursday, April 4, 2019

✂️Meadowland QAL✂️

Imagine 2,400+ quilts that are all the same, yet all different...

This is what is happening over at #MeadowlandQAL on Instagram right now! I'm participating, along with 2,400+ quilters, sewing the Meadowland quilt, each quilter making it their own, with different fabric choices and sizes. Many of the participants are making 2 or 3 different versions! This is such a fun quilt, it's no surprise it's become so popular. We're on our final week of the QAL, week 6.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

All My ๐•'s

I love Plus block quilts. This quilt is a Plus block tipped sideways. It is a super fun layer-cake quilt pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Here's the video instructions in 54 seconds:

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Japanese ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Gypsy Wife

Here's my Gypsy Wife quilt!!! I sewed the blocks in 2018 as a QAL (quilt along) with two groups I belong to. Then I spent all of January and the first half of February assembling and finishing it, in order to enter it in our quilt show on February 15th.

As it says in the pattern, putting these blocks together "is a journey"! In other words, it's a lot of work, just when you thought you were done with a lot of work, AKA sewing zillions of random blocks! 
Below are my blocks on the design wall. I recommend labeling each one with the finished size in inches. Then when it's laid out on the design wall, you can switch blocks that are the exact same size and spread out the color arrangement. This is before rearrangement:

Monday, March 18, 2019

I Took the Challenge๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ

"What's on your table?" That was the "fabric challenge" for our guild's quilt show this year. Here were the rules:
Their were 16 entries, which made it fun:

Sunday, March 10, 2019

๐Ÿ“ข Client Show & Tell ๐Ÿ“ข

Though I have cut way back on client quilts in order to make more of my own quilts, I have some to share with you today. Here are four I've quilted this year. 

Quilt info
Maker: Jennifer
Size: 46" X 58"
Batting: Quilters Dream Batting 80/20
Quilting: Tickle
Interesting fact: This is Jennifer's second quilt ever! Her first quilt was a t-shirt quilt from the Spartan Races she's run, and can be seen here.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

✂️Can't We All Just Quilt Along?!!✂️

Have you seen Angela Walters' t-shirt that says, "Can't we all just quilt-along?" We quilters love quilt alongs, where a group makes the same quilt, each in their own fabric choices. I put this saying on a Shutterfly notebook along with a photo of my En Provence quilt. This is where I keep track of all of the quilts I've quilted. I am up to #558 now.

All this is to say, I've been working on two quilt-alongs (QALs) recently. The first is a "quilting cousins QAL" involving my sister, our cousin and myself. The Villa Rosa pattern we chose is called Lamplighter. I used a charm pack called "Strawberry Fizz":

Sunday, March 3, 2019

❤️ Be My Valentine ❤️

We are well past Valentine's Day, but hearts are a classic symbol of love no matter the time of year. Let me introduce you to Be My Valentine Heart Mug Rug:

I made this heart for my dear friend, Paula, who is fighting ovarian cancer. Paula is a talented knitter and quilter and has been faithfully podcasting, plus hosting knitting retreats, for 8 years as Knitting Pipeline. You can find her podcast on iTunes and her videos on YouTube
I made the patchwork piece by strip piecing, just big enough to cut out the heart:

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Wabi Sabi Barn Star ๐ŸŒŸ

Ask any Japanese what the phrase "wabi sabi" means and they will say, "That is very difficult!" Wabi sabi is a Japanese concept regarding traditional art. It's especially about appreciating things that are old and broken, but restored.

Finding beauty in the broken. The center square in this quilt is upcycled old indigo fabric from Japan. Maybe it was originally a pair of monpei, Japanese work pants. If you look closely, you can see where it was cleverly patched by a previous owner. This is wabi sabi:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Jack's Basket ๐Ÿ‘ถ

Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated, has welcomed 118 babies in 2019 into this world! That makes over 1,300 baskets given out since Carissa Caroll, founder and mother of Jack, who has Down syndrome, gave out the first basket on Jack's first birthday. Read to the end to see how you can help out.

We had the honor of delivering 31 baby quilts to Jack's Basket in February, "we" being my sister, niece, nephew, and I, pictured here along with a mother/daughter duo that work/volunteer at Jack's Basket. BTW, they are the aunt and grandmother of a young girl with Down syndrome.
These are nine quilts I had ready to bring in:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

⾊ Color Makes Me Happy! ๐ŸŒˆ

Our local quilt guild, Dakota County Star Quilters, has an annual quilt show, and unlike most shows, our show stays up for a month. Here's a view from the balcony on set-up day, last Saturday:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Quilt On Noah's Ark ๐Ÿšข

January was a roller coaster ride for our family, and it started out on New Year's Day at the Ark Encounter, a life-size Noah's Ark!

This awesome quilt was a birthday gift from my small group quilt friends and combines some of my favorite things: Tula Pink fabrics, Grunge Dots and plus blocks--they know me well! Here is the quilt on Noah's Ark:
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