Nov 06

Stars and Nines (128)








This quilt has been gone for over a year, and I’m glad to finally have it home.




Not only was it featured in Fons and Porter’s Scrap Fall Quilts 2014, but it will make a debut in the Fons and Porter Video Series this upcoming year.

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(photo from Fons and Porter.  You can order the digital pattern here)


This design came to me as kind of a fluke.  I had a bunch of 2.5 inch squares cut out for some sort of scrap quilt, so I began to sew them into nine-patches.  I wanted to try a unique way to assemble them, like a Jack’s Chain type design.  And so, I came up with this design.



One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the resulting scalloped edge.  It required me to cut the binding on the bias, but what a charming edge to this quilt.



I of course made a test block before cutting the fabric for this quilt, and I realized that there are so many other fun ways to use this pattern.  I feel like this quilt highlights the nine patches, but you could make this quilt using one fabric for the nine patch squares, almost as the background, and make the stars really pop.


quilting on minky


I made this quilt for my daughter as her winter quilt, so I backed it with a bright magenta mink.  I like to use a loose quilt design with these heavier minky quilts.  This quilt is quilted using a floral paisley design.


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Sep 14

Trifecta Quilt (112)

I had many fat quarters of Hokkah Wa-Modern (the pink colorway) in my stash, and for years I was stumped on how to use them in a quilt.  One day, while playing with an equilateral triangle grid, I drew out this design, and I knew I wanted to use my Hokkah fabrics (and many others) in it.



Triangle strip quilt


I was so excited to see my design turn out like I had planned!  This quilt incorporates a lot of my favorite components of quilting…fun negative space, strip piecing, easy cutting with little waste, and you can use scrap strings!  This quilt was initially made for the Home Machine Quilt Show as part of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild display.  Our focus was negative space.


Triangle strip quilt


This quilt is currently featured in Fons and Porter’s Sept/Oct 2014 Love of Quilting Magazine.

Triangle strip quilt


I used straight line quilting in a diagonal grid for this quilt.  It was fun drawing this quilt and having it come into reality.   The best part was when a friend asked me how big it would be initially, I said, “I don’t know, maybe a lap size?” When I ended up with a near-queen sized quilt, I laughed at how off my calculations were.


OK, I didn’t calculate.  I just cut and sewed.


Thanks everyone for visiting.  And in case you are wondering what happens to a quilt once it has been in a magazine and returns home….


Trifecta quilt


(It becomes a wrestling mat.)


Jul 27

A project with my kids

Here is a little project I’ve been working on with my kids.


My husband and I decided to get rid of our old bedroom set to make way for a new one.  My oldest girls wanted to use our night stands for their rooms.  This is about what they looked like before:




This set was over 12 years old, and pretty cheap, so I didn’t mind experimenting a little.  I let the girls choose a color (spray paint with primer in it at Home Depot) and some knobs.  Here are the final results.






I love how their personalities shine through.  So, anyway, that’s what my summer project has been.  Sorry it isn’t anything quilty, but it the same principle.  Refashioning something good into something loved. :)


Oh, and ignore the shot glass.  ;)


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Jun 26

Color on White Quilts (142 and 143)

A while back, I purchased a LOT of color on white fabrics.  I actually felt a little overwhelmed by how much I had.  Some of the fabrics were used in my “Love” quilt, but it only made a dent in the stash pile.  I am not a stash type of person.  So I decided to do some damage and lop off a lot of fabric.  This resulted in these muted, yet fun “color on white” quilts.



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Yes, these are two different quilts.  I used minky for the back, incorporating two nieces favorite colors.



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I do add batting to my minky quilts, mostly because I like how the batting supports the otherwise “slinky minky.”  I sewed quilt lines about 1/2 inch away from the seam lines, which gives a nice even cross-hatch design to the minky on the back.




Now my “color on white” fabrics are almost a heaping pile of scraps, which actually makes me feel more comfortable.  I don’t know what it is about scraps, but I love them!   Thanks for stopping by!  These quilts are about 68 inches by 89 inches, after washing, and they’ll be on their way to a Midwestern state soon, where I hope they will be used and abused!    


Jun 26

Equilateral Zigzag (117)

I know this quilt is out of numerical order, but I wanted it to have it’s debut before I posted about it.  This quilt was featured in Fons and Porter Scrap Quilts 2014.  They called it the Equilateral Zigzag.



This pattern was perfect for using up all of those scrap strips that I have saved.  Since I had just finished making a scrap quilt using blues, greens, grays, and yellow, this quilt has a lot of pinks, reds, and oranges, with the leftover blues and grays.  It doesn’t really have a lot of green in it.



Although I can’t show you how to make it, I can say that I have made this style of quilt before, but in a baby size.  Also, Nova of “A Cuppa and a Catch up” saw my baby quilt and made her own lap sized version of it, with some intense hand and machine quilting.   But really, if you want the pattern, you should just get the magazine, because they really made it a lot easier for you than I made it for myself.  They eliminated about 1/5 of the sewing.  You’ll see how when you get it.


My quilting is a loopy design, following the zigzag pattern.  This is my way of adding an over all free motion feeling to a quilt, and giving a simple nod to the design.




I hope this also inspires you to find new uses for your scraps.  You bought it, you might as well use it all up!




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