Friday, November 15, 2019

🌾Meadowland 🌾Number 2 ⼆

"This is the pattern that no one makes just once." ~Meghan of Then Came June, about her Meadowland quilt pattern. I couldn't make just one! Here's my second Meadowland quilt:

Meadowland is the hottest quilt pattern in the quilt world right now. Meghan, attributes it's success to the following points: 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Bonnie's 🌺 Wallflower 🌺

If you're thinking deja vu, you're right! My sister, Quilter Bonnie, suggested a sew along using this new pattern and we ended up using the same fabrics, as well! Mine is here
We considered different quilting than mine. But the scale and design of the figure 8's are so right for this pattern, that I couldn't imagine a different design! So we're calling hers WISHBONES:

Monday, October 28, 2019

Missy's Single πŸ€ Irish πŸ€ Chain

Missy made this beautiful single Irish chain quilt from Edyta Sitar fabrics!

Such a quilt calls for feather quilting:

Sunday, October 27, 2019

🌟 Seeing Stars Sew-Along 🌟

This is a surprise, so don't tell! I made this quilt from reproduction fabrics for my Mom's 91st birthday, coming up on December 2nd. Mom loves everything blue & white and antique, so when Mandi Persell announced a sew-along on Instagram, I thought it was the perfect timing to make a new quilt for my Mom.
Mandi set out our schedule and has had weekly prizes:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

National Sew a πŸ₯Jelly RollπŸ₯ Day 2019

This is the third year in a row that my sister, Quilter Bonnie, and I sewed together on National Sew a Jelly Roll Day. This quilt holiday happens yearly on the third Saturday in September, with it falling on September 21st this year.

The point of the celebration is to take out one of those jelly rolls we've been saving, because they are just too cute to use, untie the ribbon and sew something.
Quilt Info:

Monday, October 21, 2019

We Traveled to πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ Georgia, the Country πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ! Part 2

Meet up day finally arrived! We moved to a small hotel where we had our gatherings, and all the parents stayed—there were 16 parents and 15 racers. Our time together was amazing! The racers took charge and taught us parents. We heard so many God stories—God meeting them in all the crazy circumstances and places they've been, and through so many people, often times right across the language barrier. The racers taught us how to do ATL—"Ask The Lord", prayer walks, a 3 minute testimony, park ministry, Bible study and “debrief”.

Friday, October 18, 2019

We Traveled To πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ Georgia, the Country πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ! Part 1

It wasn't one of those pre-arranged tours with a tour guide—it was more difficult, but way better! Our goal was to meet up with DD2, Susanna, and T-Squad on The World Race, and spend 6 days with them. We got a glimpse of what the year has been like for them. And what a glimpse!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

🚚 Trucks For Patty's GS πŸš’

My neighbor, Patty, made another quilt for one of her grandchildren. This one is for 4-year-old Hank, and features trucks, trucks, trucks!

I recommended "African Storms" for the quilting, as it resembles tire tread marks:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

πŸ”— Linkety πŸ”— Split πŸ”—

Quilter Bonnie finished another quilt top! How cool is this?!!

I love having modern quilts to quilt! I get to use fun, new, modern edge-to-edge designs. Check out the quilting here:

Friday, August 16, 2019

𝌭 Dorothy's Modern Quilt 𝌭

My friend, Dorothy, made this beauty of a modern quilt! It's not her usual style. She loves dots--check out her quilt here, the second one on that blog post. This quilt top was a kit given to her by her niece, who also bought one for herself while they were on clearance at Bear Patch Quilting.

First of all, about that beautiful fabric. It's digitally printed:

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

πŸ€° Crocheted Selvage Rug πŸ€°

The ninth item I entered at the county fair this past week is a crocheted rug, made of 1" selvage strips cut from quilt fabric. It received a red second place ribbon:

Judge's comments: "Nice mix of colors. Watch ends of pieces--they should not show." 

BTW, the judge made the same comment on my selvage rug last year! I don't think those ends can be any more hidden! You can read about my first selvage rug here. 

I started my second selvage rug just after the county fair last year, so it took me one year of quilting to accumulate enough selvages to finish a rug. Here's my first and second rugs, side by side:

Monday, August 12, 2019

County 🎑 Fair Recap 2019

Like many of you, I grew up in 4-H, entering things I sewed, crocheted and baked in our county fair. Years later, when the county fair rolls around, I still have this overwhelming urge to enter my handmade items! 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

πŸ’ Blossoms & Jam πŸ“

This definitely qualifies as a squirrel project for me! I saw this table center on Instagram, here.
I immediately downloaded the pattern and started sorting through my 2 1/2" squares to make a pair of "Blossoms & Jam" table centers!
Here's what I learned while I made these two table centers:

Monday, August 5, 2019

⛪️Church Window ηͺ“ QAL ⼳

Brittany of Lo & Behold Stitchery, released a new pattern, Church Window, in June, which I promptly fell in love with! I just finished a QAL (quilt along) with 400+ other quilters, making this beautiful quilt. Here's a photo journal of my weekly progress. Continue to the end to see my finished Church Window quilt with real church windows!

Week 1--fabric pull. I used a Zen Chic Bella Solids bundle, fabrics on left in photo below. I added the fabrics on the right, to get the count up to the required 18 fat quarters:

Week 2--cut out fabrics. Those 45 degree angles are easy to cut with a regular rotary cutting ruler that has a 45 degree line:

Saturday, August 3, 2019

⤐ Tracie's Choose Your Own Adventure ⬷

If you read Tracie blog over at Riceford Streams, you've caught the excitement she shares about finishing this quilt top! I enjoyed it's beauty while quilting it up for her.

We tossed around a few ideas for the quilting, and settled on a modern clamshell design, Random Clams:

Sunday, July 28, 2019

❀ Petal Power ❀

My friend, Missy, is a new quilter and she has jumped right into the deep end with quilting! Here's her next beautiful quilt:

For quilting, I used a floral design, Bloomin Stars, to go with the floral fabrics and flower-like quilt block:

Thursday, July 25, 2019

✿ Wallflower ✿

Have you noticed the hashtag, #quiltswirl, has become a thing on Instagram?! Here's my latest quilt as a swirl, which btw, is a lot easier to swirl BEFORE it is quilted!

And here's the finished quilt:

Thursday, July 18, 2019

A Sparkly ✨ Sherpa Christmas πŸŽ„

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 η™½

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

πŸ‘œ Indigo Handbag πŸ‘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 πŸ‘Š & Go πŸƒπŸΌ 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

🎈Rise Up🎈

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

🌲Northwoods Vibes 🐻

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 πŸ—»

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 🚚

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

🌠 Twilight Stars 🌠

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 πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ

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 𝕏'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:
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