Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quilted Oven Mitt Tutorial (Free project)

Yikes!!  So I'm a little late on sharing this, but it will be here for future reference ;)


Do you love a fun (and quick) project for Valentine's sewing?  Check out this sweet tutorial I teamed up with Janome to create HERE .  

This is a great project to incorporate some low volumes with a great print that you've been saving (I used Liberty of London), but you might now have a lot of! 


The oven mitt tutorial can also be customized--you can leave out the reverse applique option for a simpler finish and enjoy your new oven mitt quicker.

Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Embrace the Chaos Workshop with Libs Elliott :)

Libs Elliott was the guest speaker for the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild Meeting!  It was so awesome to have her lecture at our meeting and present a workshop the following day.  She was such a fun guest speaker (and even did her workshop for us on her birthday!)  

Libs delivering lecture at SAMQG meeting
The workshop Libs presented for our guild was "Embrace the Chaos" and was a great way to discover some planned improv piecing.  I know I have a lot of trouble just winging it and creating something without any planning.  Libs' workshop was a really unique presentation on how to create something similar to her code method without the use of electronics.  

This is the quilt top that I ended up with (after I enlarged the blocks quite a bit)...these are 12" blocks, so it's roughly 60" x 60".


I'm waiting for a small break in my work load until I can quilt this for myself, so I'll post an update as soon as I get it finished!  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Graffiti Quilting my Karlee Porter Panel


I know I already posted about attending the Karlee Porter workshop that SAMQG hosted a few months ago--but I really need to post about this as well!  Karlee has some really awesome panels that she designed, and if you haven't felt them in person, they are buttery soft.  This one is called "Explosion" (picture is from Karlee Porter's website), and if you want one, click HERE to order your own!  And FYI, this one is ginormous!  
"Explosion" printed tapestry designed by Karlee Porter (picture from Karlee's website)




I love sewing and piecing and constructing quilt tops as much as the next person, but seriously...it is so awesome to load a quilt top and not worry about the hours, days, weeks it took to piece it.  Especially when you get to skip that part entirely.  There's nothing better that just mindlessly losing yourself in a quilt while quilting.  This is my ultimate stress reliever.







The back of the quilt (Tula Pink wide back)


I haven't hung this one yet, as I haven't bound the edges, but I will update this blog post once it's finally finished.  


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Charity quilt for SAPD

The back of the quilt

So on my birthday this year, only five days after bringing our little girl home from the hospital from being born, I have the tv turned on to some inconsequential show to help me forget how tired I am.  A news story comes on about a police officer in San Antonio being shot and killed while writing someone a ticket.  It is really disturbing that we keep having incidents like this happen, and even more so when you just had your first child.  It's so discouraging thinking that this will be the world she grows up in--where good people who lay their life on the line on a daily basis are killed without rhyme or reason.  

The front


I am happy though, that I am part of a guild that has such a heart for charity and outreach.  I won't name the individual who organized everything and made this happen, but I am so glad she did.  This is one of the quilts that was put together by members of the San Antonio Modern Quilt guild for the officer's surviving family members.  I really felt priveleged to have a hand in this (even if all I did was the quilting--check out the appliqued back!).  I hope that the family is brought some small measure of comfort, or even feels a little appreciation for what their family member worked for.  And hopefully the good that people do will overpower the wicked people in this world. 

meandering heart quilting