27 October 2013

Memory Quilts and a little Halloween Sewing

I have been flat out working on a commission memory quilt the last couple weeks.  So excited I was able to finish piecing the first top today.  It is roughly 60 x 96. 



Will show more pictures once I have it completed. Now to get started on the second quilt for this customer. I set myself a really insane goal to have both of these completely finished by November 14th, which will be a month from the time she gave me the shirts.  I like to have a time frame to push myself to get them done.  Plus I still have Christmas gifts to make so really need to stick to this timeframe. 

This is my first memory quilt working with t-shirts, trying to fit everything in was the hardest part of the whole quilt. I have actually created a memory quilt a couple years ago for my cousin using her horse show ribbons.  Working with those satin ribbons was a bit tricky but I think it turned out pretty good considering the materials I was working with.  

I had to practice on my own ribbons from some dog shows (years ago) before I ruined hers so here is my little sample for myself.  I have it hanging in my sewing room to remind me of the crazy times doing dog shows (think Best in Show Movie), good times. 


I did take some free time to do some selfish sewing and whipped up a pillow cover for the living room.  I free motion quilted different size spiders and goggly eyes on the front. I even put in a zipper but cut the backing fabric a bit to short make the flap to hide the zipper.  I will remember it for next time, it looks so much nicer when you can't see the zipper I think. 


I have one other halloween pillow started, hoping I will get a chance to finish it before Halloween is over.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby 

21 October 2013

Lucky Stars BOM - October

Who would of thought I actually completed one of my blocks in the month that it came out.  They turned out fantastic.  I think I will have to start working out how the quilt top is going to come together. 


I am currently working on some commission work (so excited to get some paid work) so nice to be caught up on all my monthly projects.  

Thank you for stopping by. 
Cheers, 
Abby

17 October 2013

Skill Builder BOM - Liberty Floral and Modern Beauty

I have been working on the latest Skill Builder Blocks.   Appliqué is not my favorite of things to do.  I always seem to have trouble get perfect edges but I stick with it and in the end it is not to overly horrible. 




I also got right to work doing some Free Motion Quilting on them.  I am really like how they came turned out. 




Thank you for stopping by. 
Cheers, 
Abby

14 October 2013

Skill Builder Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) of Pixelate and Phoenix

This week I worked on some Free Motion Quilting (FMQ). This is a bit of a process for me as I don't like to rush into quilting things, I like to have some what of a plan.  I start by printing out copies of my finished blocks and draw on the paper to try and figure out what I am going to do.  Now once I start quilting these does not mean that I don't change my mind but it does help me get started.  

Here is the Pixelate block from Skill Builders BOM: 


Here is the finished block Phoenix from the Skill Builder BOM:

I also finished up a little wallhanging for my studio.  This block is my sample that I stitched up before I made the test quilt of Hemispheres. It is 16 1/2 square. 

This is the first quilt that I actually machine sewed the binding down.  It is ok but I don't like the look on the back so I wont be doing on anything that is not going to hang on the wall.  

Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

11 October 2013

Frames Quilt Top and Back

Today I am sharing my Frames Quilt designed by Megan Nichols from City Stitches.  This is the second quilt that I tested for Aria Lane.

This quilt is great for beginners and whips up really fast.  I tested the crib size measuring in at 48" x 60".  

The quilt comprises on three size blocks and depending on the size you make the layout will be a bit different to make the different sizes. 

I used Kona Ash for he background and various prints and solids from my stash.

I also made the coordinating back for this quilt once again very simple. The instructions are included in the pattern also they provide yardage if you just want a single fabric for the back. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby




09 October 2013

Hemispheres Quilt Top and Back

I finished my first test patten for Aria Lane a few weeks back and am so excited to finally be able to share it with all of you.  This is the first time I tested a pattern for someone so I was not sure if I would do a good enough job.  Hemispheres is designed by Megan Nichols from City Stitches.  

I tested the crib size for the pattern which measures 40" x 48". 

I used the new ModKid Studio Line by Patty Young for Joann Fabrics for the background Red Texture fabric and her Dark Blue Texture for one side of the Hemispheres block.  The other side of the block I used the Croquet Daisies print in yellow from the DS Quilt Collection also from Joann's.   I love how this turned out, lots of movement!

This pattern is fairly straight forward, don't let the curves put you off.  Once you do a few you will wonder why you never did them sooner.  A nice thing about this pattern is they provide coordinating pattern for the back of the quilt.  So much fun, like getting two quilts in one. 

I used another ModKid Studio Print called Dark Gray Texture from Joann's with some scraps from the Red Texture from the front.  Very simple and modern. 

I noticed today that Megan is going to be hosting a Quilt Along over at her site for this pattern if you are interested.  It starts Oct 21st, details can be found here.  I see there will be prizes and the lead up to the 21st there will be a blog hop to win a copy of the pattern. Lots of fun going on with this release.  

Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

06 October 2013

Lucky Stars BOM - August & September

So excited I managed to stitch up both my August and September Lucky Stars blocks this weekend.  

August


September

This is going to be a very interesting quilt when it is all finished. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Cheers, 
Abby

02 October 2013

Skill Builder Blocks: Pixelate and Phoenix

Worked on catching up on my Skill Builder Blocks today, I completed Pixelate and Phoenix. 

Pixelate

Phoenix

Both of these blocks used Pellon 820 Quilters Grid which is just wonderful.  I am not sure why I have not used this stuff before.  It really made these blocks come together so fast.  

The Phoenix block also used Half Square Triangle 1.5" (finished) Triangles on a Roll.  Another awesome tool!  It really cut the piecing time. Now off to figure out how to FMQ these up. I center square was really boring so I did a bit of improv on the block to try and break the area up by adding a  bit of yellow to the center of that area.  It did not turn out exactly as I hoped, should of made the addition a bit bigger. 

I have done more then these but they are test quilts for Aria Lane, but wont be able to show those off just yet.  I think the pattern are being released at Quilt Market later this month.  Can't wait to show you all. 

Linking up with Lily Quilts for Small Blog Meet today.  I love checking out all the other blogs.

Thank you for stopping by. 
Cheers, 
Abby