Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Free Quilt Pattern Alert! Super easy I Spy Quilt pattern to ease your pain on long road trips with the kids

How many times have you been in the car, loaded up the kids to go to grandma's house, and heard that horrible, awful question...(queue the Jaws music)..."Are we there yet?"  or better yet..."I'm Boooooooored."  

I Spy Quilt loaded up and ready to go!

I know we're all super busy in the summer, and it makes finding time to sew pretty difficult.  But now you have a great reason to bust out the sewing machine--you're going to cure the kids of their road trip boredom by making them an I Spy Quilt!  All you really need are some random novelty prints or scraps--even seasonal fabrics are great for this.  The great thing about this quilt is that NONE of the fabrics need to be cohesive for this to work.  You have a print with elephants?  Elves?  Pirates?  Cactus?  Ballerinas?  They're all perfect!  The more random the assortment of your fabrics, the longer the kids will be staring at this quilt, absolutely stumped.  
Your layout can be totally random, too!  I tried to lay my squares out from dark to light,
but you can try grouping them by color, theme, etc.  


I had the privilege of teaming up with Janome to write this tutorial for American Quilter's Society.  So follow this pretty little LINK and head over to get the skinny on how to put this awesome little lifesaver together!  

I quilted mine with some sweet little swirls that were fast and easy!  
Okay, so in all honesty, making this quilt won't be the end of you ever hearing those two comments from the back seat again, but what the heck!  It's worth a shot isn't it?  ;)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Love Patchwork & Quilting Nautical But Nice Quilt


So...There was this one time that I actually got to have a quilt in a magazine!  I collaborated with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety on this gorgeous ombre nautical themed quilt for Love Patchwork & Quilting.  I'm one of those people who already WAY over uses exclamation points.  But just prepare yourself for this post, because my excitement was ridiculous!


Seriously, pick up your copy of LP&Q-issue 36 (you can find it at Barnes and Noble), and you'll see my ugly mug in there :)  

So, normally, this would be a post discussing the design elements and collaboration process, but this was my first ever time to be in a magazine--so far ;)  so I'm allowed to be a little excited, right?  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Couching tutorial

Decorative stitches with a 3-way cording foot 

I had absolutely no idea what couching was when I first heard of it.  I saw a demonstration of couching on a longarm quilting machine, and then very quickly wrote it off (since I didn't have a longarm at the time), thinking I would never have the means or opportunity to try couching.  You can use couching to emphasize a print on fabric, outline applique, doodle with it, and you can even quilt with it.  
Couching can add a little flair to regular fabric

Well, there are some ways that you can couch without buying a super expensive longarm quilting machine, and then also buying a super expensive couching attachment for said longarm.  You can actually couch by hand--but it takes a while.  And you can certainly try couching by using a domestic sewing machine.  You don't even have to buy a special foot for it if you don't want to.  As long as you have a free motion quilting foot that has some sort of round part that the needle goes through, you're good!  I will say, that if the hole for the free motion foot is really big, you can easily modify it yourself by taking a small piece of scotch tape and covering a portion of the hole (not a portion the needle will travel through).  The smaller the hole on the free motion (or couching) foot, the easier it will be for the yarn to travel where you want it to go.

Make an art piece using couching techniques if that floats your boat!

I wrote a super easy to follow couching tutorial for Janome's website that can be accessed HERE
So click it and check out how easy couching is!  There are seriously so many things you can do with couching to spice up existing projects.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Science Class DayDreams

I am always blown away by the awesomeness of the quilts my clients bring me.  This one was especially fun to quilt...

I have a friend that I had the honor of quilting a special quilt for.  The pattern was JayBird Quilts "Science Fair" pattern in some gorgeous Kate Spain fabrics.  I'm not sure that I've had more fun quilting something with such a fun concept.  My client had discussed her thoughts about having the colored/patterned hexagons be quilting with straight lines and lots of structure (kind of like science class).  And the remaining white would be quilted like a daydream, rising up from the structure of the science class.  Such an ingenious idea for a quilting layout! 

So the bottom of the quilt, close to the clustered patterned fabrics, was quilted in a lighter thread than the top, with slightly less dense quilting.  The more white fabric there was, the denser the quilting got--and thread colors changed to get gradually darker towards the top as well.  

And the back of the quilt had beakers pieced into it.  Come on.  It doesn't get any better than that!