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Maple Tree Quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

 

This quilt has been two years in the making. I kept going in spurts. As soon as I got my Chicopee fabric I cut it and pieced the maple leaf blocks immediately. Like, within hours I had all the blocks done. That was in 2012. Yup, 2012. Then they went in a bin and sat for a year.

Low-Key Ring: My Goal Quilt

Low-Key Ring

When I started quilting, one goal I set for myself was to get “good enough” to make a double wedding ring quilt. Well, I’ve reached that goal. It is a beautiful, traditional quilt. It does take a lot of time, and focus. Curves aren’t easy for everyone. I don’t find curves particularly easy, though I do find them totally doable.

Low-Key Ring

I love the look of low volume quilts. There is a lot to be said for that calm, easy-going appearance. Since I’ve accumulated a good variety of low volume prints, I thought it was finally time to make a quilt out of them. I wanted to do something a little different, and one night I suddenly thought about adding little slivers of saturated solids in with a plethora of low volume.

Baby Quilt for Lizzie

One of my very best friends in the whole wide world just became a mommy. Yeah, that kid is in for a wild ride. So I thought I’d help him out with a little something soft to wrap up in.

baby quilt 4

 

They’re decorating his nursery in grey and white chevrons, with bits of yellow and polka dots. I pulled all these out of my stash, and I was a bit worried at first about the floral prints, but I think they’re totally ok for a baby boy. Or any boy for that matter… who says boys can’t like flowers?

Virtual Quilting Bee – Block #9 Tutorial

If you’re visiting for the first time today, welcome! I’m glad to have you for my stop on the virtual quilting bee. The blocks so far have been great, go here to check them all out.

vqb blocks

This block is pretty easy, but does contain some itty bitty half square triangles. I’ve discovered that I really like to make things tiny.

Start by cutting your fabrics.

vqb cut

 

Orange Stripe:
(4) 1.5″ x 4.5″
(4) 2.5″ x 2.5″
(8) 2″ x 2″

Green Scallop:
(4) 1.5″ x 4.5″

Rachel’s Quilt

So, the other side of this quilt was a group effort of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild. We’ve been meeting for a few years, and last year we decided that we were big enough to actually create a board and have real leadership. Not surprisingly, Rachel was elected as the President for the year. She is the one who started our chapter to begin with. We met in her home for the first year or two, until we grew out of her living room.

Honeycomb Quilt

I recently had the opportunity to test out a new pattern for a friend.

Honeycomb

Kati blogs at From the Blue Chair, and I’m lucky enough to get to hang out with her all the time. She’s the one who designed the gallery quilt I made last year, and she has recently started selling her patterns! She has such a great eye for placement and color… when I grow up, I want to be just like her.

HoneycombPatternCoverSM

I tested the Honeycomb pattern for her. It’s amazing. It looks a lot more difficult than it really is. (Which in turn makes you look like your quilting skills are off the hook awesome.)

Bloggers Quilt Festival – Shattered Glass

I recently made the Shattered Glass quilt from Tula Pink’s book for the sew-along with Sew Sweetness. And the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is the perfect chance to share it here. Thanks for stopping by if you’re visiting the festival! There are so many great quilts linked up there you can spend hours just looking around being inspired.

I made this quilt for my brother-in-law and his new wife for their wedding gift. I asked her what kind of colors she would like and her answer was blues, yellows and greens – a springy colorway. So I pulled out my scrap bins in those colors, and threw in some pinks and purples because I thought it was looking a little flat with just blue, yellow and green.

Peacock Park

I love this quilt. I just might be biased, but I do.

When I started looking at the finished top, it reminded me of an afternoon in a park, sitting on the grass watching the peacocks and elephants stroll by the river. What, you don’t have parks like that near your house? Neither do it. So I had to make it happen with the quilting.

Pebbles and streams. Twin sized quilt. That’s a lot of pebbles for Mr. Larabee to handle. See, Mr. Larabee is just a little Brother cs-6000i, with a mere 6″ of throat space. It’s not the easiest to maneuver big quilts in there. Doable, but not easy.

EZ Dresden Inspiration & A Giveaway

Since I finished a traditional Dresden quilt earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to go in a different direction with this challenge. Still a traditional block, I used the EZ Dresden ruler to create tumblers.

I’ve been wanting to play with a tumbler quilt for a while, and this was the perfect time. I cut 6″ strips of each of the fabrics in Violet Craft‘s Peacock Lane collection, which I’ve been hoarding since it came out, added in a few coordinating Kona solids, cut my wedges (or tumblers, depending on how they’re used) and started sewing them together in pairs.

Lazy No More

Monday was a holiday here. Memorial Day… A day to celebrate our heroes and remember those who have passed before us.

If you’re me, the day was spent laying in bed in jammies all day long having a Harry Potter movie marathon. Seriously, all day in bed. Thank goodness for a hubby who took the kids outside to play while he did yard work, made all the meals (including pancakes in bed for me) and generally did everything. I wasn’t sick or anything, I just didn’t feel like getting up! Please tell me I’m not the only one with days like those.