Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lillian and Oliver: Quilted

Yesterday I picked up my mom's quilt from the quilter that we pieced together earlier in October.  It turned out super cute!

I love this loopy pattern that the quilter did!  It's super cute on the back, too!

As soon as I picked it up Mom asked me if I could do the binding... there's another thing for my to-do list!  She hasn't seen the quilt yet, but I know she's going to love it!

Today I am feeling especially grateful that I live so close to my mom.  It's truly a blessing.  I love to hang out with her and have sewing adventures!  It would be hard to live far away from her.


Currently Listening to: The Green Room by The Tins

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Curved Log Cabin: Backing and Binding

I am so excited that the Curved Log Cabin beast is almost done!!  Last week I bought the backing and binding for it!

Curved Log Cabin Backing and Binding

The fabric is Metro Living by Robert Kaufman and it matches perfectly with the Kona Bone and Kona Steel!  I will be taking this to the quilter next week and I am so excited!!

I also excited to be working on the quilt top for my Dad's quilt today!  I super hope that I can get it done today so that I can show you tomorrow!

For today, I want to share my gratitude for all the inspiring quilt shops in my area.  If it weren't for them, I would not know the happiness that quilting has brought into my life.  It's been a great blessing!


Currently Listening to: Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

Monday, October 29, 2012

Making it Happen Monday

Happy Monday, friends!

I got up super early this morning and I have been hard at work.  We are now 21 days away from closing on the house, so I seriously need to buckle down and get things done!

First of all, let's recap on last weeks goals:

  • Pack the guest bathroom: nope
  • Pack the coat closet: nope
  • Finish 40 blocks for my Dad's quilt, Body and Sole: A resounding YES! I actually got all 80 blocks done!!
  • Finish binding my sister's quilt, Apples in the Orchard: Yes!!
  • Find backing and binding for my biological father's quilt, the Curved Log Cabin: Yes!!! I'll share those fabrics later this week!
  • Make 2 bags from Jeni's pattern: Yes!
Drawstring Bags

The outer fabric for the bigger bag is by Bonnie and Camille, the inside is Kona Steel, and the drawstrings are Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey.  The main outer fabric for the smaller bag is Circa *50 by Monaluna, the little top part is Habitat by Jay McCarroll, the inside is Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey, and the drawstrings are Oh Deer! by MoMo.

Now, I would like to qualify my seeming lack of packing... My packing plan was made around a guest that we were supposed to have over the weekend.  This guest cancelled on Friday, so instead of packing the guest bathroom and coat closet, I worked on the living room hard core.  We have three bookcases full of books and I packed about 96.8% of those books and took a part one the one bookcase that can be taken a part.  Trust me, it was productive!  This morning I packed the rest of the books now I just have some rather large trinkets that need to find their way into a box left on those shelves.  

So, here is this week's list of things that I need to make happen!

  • Put together the quilt top for my Dad's quilt
  • Find and buy backing for my Dad's quilt
  • Put the backing for my biological father's quilt together
  • Pack the guest bathroom
  • Pack the coat closet
  • Finish packing the living room
  • Pack pictures/paintings
I am particularly sad about that last one... When Jake and I first moved here, the apartment was super empty.  This was for two reasons: One, we didn't have a lot of furniture anyway.  Two, we had a TON of stuff in my aunt's basement in Virginia.  To make our apartment less empty, I covered the walls in pictures.  Gradually, when we had our belongings from Virginia and we had more money, we bought paintings.  The things that are on my walls are all meaningful to me and I love looking at them.  I would take them down later in the process, but Jake needs to fill all the holes and we need to paint over the patches.  I need to make sure that he has ample time to do so without feeling overwhelmed.  

Anyways, I am determined to accomplish this list! 3 weeks is not a lot of time!

Since it's been a long post already, I just want to express my thankfulness for high school friends that are still good friends.  I love them and I wouldn't trade our friendships for anything.  Enjoy a few high school pictures: 

Have a great day!


Currently Listening to: Hear Me by Imagine Dragons

Sunday, October 28, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness: Travel

I have been thinking about all the places I've been to, recently.  I have been very blessed to have had he opportunity to travel a lot with my family, but also study abroad three times while I was in college.  I truly believe that traveling opens a persons mind in a manner that can be done no other way and learning about history, a culture, or a language is best done in the environment in which they occur.

My first trip was to England.  I spent one week in London and two in Oxford.

This was my first view of England from the plane.  It had been my dream all through high school to visit England.  It was a stellar trip and I could not be more grateful to have had that experience and I am anxious to return.

My second trip was to Puebla, Mexico.  While I was there I studied Spanish, naturally.  I lived with a Mexican family for four weeks and studied at a local university.  By the time I left, I could understand and speak so well... I am sad that I didn't speak more Spanish when I got home so that I could have retained that level of fluency.

This was my favorite place in Puebla.  It is called the Barrio del Artista, or the neighborhood of artists.  This picture doesn't give an accurate description of the barrio, but it is basically a court yard in the middle of probably 30-40 artist studios.  In the corner above is a gallery.  It is properly named - it is a neighborhood of artists.  This little place really touched me.  I loved being there.

My third trip was to Italy and it was with two of my favorite professors, Barbara Crawford and Doug Himes.  It was truly a memorable trip and I learned so much.  We traveled to many cities, but Florence was my favorite.

This is a picture of me with my head out of our hotel room.  That's how close we were to the duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistery of San Giovanni!  It was incredible!

The trip would not have been what it was without Professors Himes and Crawford, though.  I didn't socialize much with the students on this trip... I preferred to be right behind the sources of inspiration... I would go so far as to say that we were best friends.  This trip is the jewel in the crown of my college experience.  I would re-do it all in a second and I wouldn't change a single thing.

Travel has seriously been one of my greatest blessings.  And I hope I'm not done!


Currently Listening to:  Lovely Cup by Grouplove

Saturday, October 27, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness: Camilla

Camilla is my sewing machine!  I am so grateful to have her.

When I came home from work one day, there was a box on the bed covered by a blanket.  Jake had bought the machine while I was at work!  Having the machine allowed me to teach myself how to sew and has brought me so much happiness.

I am grateful for all that I have learn and all I have created.  I have grown so much since Camilla has come into my life.  It's truly a blessing.


Currently Listening to: Desperate Youth by Santigold

Friday, October 26, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness: Family

My family is a great source of strength and encouragement in my life.  I do not know where I would be without them.

This photo is of all family on both sides that came to our wedding.  I am so grateful for each and every person in my family that was in this photo or not.  

These are my parents.  I am so very grateful for all they have taught me and for their support all throughout my life.  I still rely on both of them and they have always been there for me.  I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family in my life.


Currently Listening to: Myth by Beach House

Apples in the Orchard: Finished!

Happy Friday, friends!

I am happy to say that I am ALL done with my sister's quilt, Apples in the Orchard!  For a list of most of the fabrics and the pattern, see this post.

AVB Finished

I am so excited to have this quilt done!  It snowed yesterday so I didn't take any pictures, but this morning I ran outside to the stairs to snap a few shots.  I hope the weather improves a bit more so that I can take it to the park or some place pretty to take the pictures!

AVB Finished

I pieced, quilted, and bound this quilt and I am so excited for it!

AVB Finished

What have you finished, or just plain excited about?

Have a great weekend!!


Currently Listening to: Naked Kids by Grouplove

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Body and Sole Quilt: Progress

I had set a goal on Monday to complete 40 (that's half) blocks for my dad's quilt, Body and Sole.  Instead, I finished all the blocks!

BWB Blocks

They weren't hard, so once I got going, I thought it would be best if I just finished all of them.  I really don't like little bits of fabric floating around!  I also bought Kona Iron for the sashing, so I think I'll be able to get the quilt top together next week!

Today, for the third day of my 30 days of Thankfulness, I want to express my gratitude for the wonderful opportunity I have to be live the dream as an artist.  I dreaded working in an office.  It was so harsh and emotionless and I felt like I was wasting my time because I was not becoming the person I wanted to become.  I love working from home, doing what I love, and being near my little girls all day long.  It is the best job and the best situation.  I am very grateful for it.

I hope you have a great Thursday! It's snowing here, so I'm staying indoors!


Currently Listening to: Something Good Can Work by the Two Door Cinema Club

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness: Barbara Crawford

Barbara Crawford is an artist and she was one of my art professors in college.  She has no idea the impact she has had on me and my development as an artist.  I find everything about her inspiring - from the person she is, to the things she's done, to the words of encouragement she has given me.  She has been absolutely essential in my development as an artist and as a person.

This is a picture I took of her when we were in a museum in Florence.  This is an original panel from the doors of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, which is right outside of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.  She was explaining that the artist, Lorenzo Ghiberti, used a technique which allowed him to save on bronze because this isn't a solid block of bronze, the back is actually as hollow as possible while providing stability to the panel.

Anyways, enough of the art history lesson, this woman is completely amazing and I miss college primarily because I miss working with her so often and being able to absorb her amazingness.

If you want to check out her art, she sells it at the Nelson Gallery.  For our anniversary this year, Jake bought me one of her paintings and I am so grateful because now I can be with her, no matter where I am.

Who is most inspiring in your life?


Currently Listening to: Rise to the Sun by Alabama Shakes

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day One

I love Thanksgiving.  I think it's a fantastic start to the holidays (I guess Halloween is technically the start, but it isn't characterized by a huge meal, so it usually fades out for me :] ).  My favorite thing to do this time of year is to reflect on all the many things that I am thankful for.

This year, I wanted to share with you something that I am thankful for each day for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving.

I thought it would only be right by expressing my thankfulness for my wonderful little family.

Jake has always been there for me from the very beginning.  Before I even considered dating him, he was there as a support through all the trials I was facing.  He has always been there to help me and encourage me.  I am so grateful for him and his support.  Marrying him was the best decision I have made.

Kio has been by my side for 10 years.  She's gotten a bit touchy in her old age, but I know she still loves me.  She has been a great blessing in my life.  Because of her, I have never had to be alone.

From the day that I met little Omi, she has been glued to my feet ever since (I'd say side, but she can't reach!).  Omi is the definition of loyalty.  I recently heard a quote that states "the crowning characteristic of love is loyalty".  I would say Omi is the epitome of love and she is very, very loyal.  She is my little bean and I love her so much.

These girls are my babies and I have no idea what I would do without them.  They are always there for me, to snuggle and give me kisses.  They are the best babies and I am very thankful for them.

I am truly blessed with a wonderful little family.


Currently Listening to: Lessons Learned by Matt & Kim

Monday, October 22, 2012

Make It Happen Monday

Good afternoon, friends!

I got a SUPER slow start to the day due to some accidental sleeping in... but the important thing is that I'm up and ready to work now!

Well, as we are now 28 days away from closing on our house, it is most certainly GO time.  I got a lot done last week, but not enough...  for example, here is what I have so far for my dad's quilt, Body and Sole:

Seriously? Not a single stitch sewn.

So, I wanted to share with you a list of things that I need to MAKE HAPPEN this week! (in no particular order)

1.  Pack guest bathroom
2.  Pack everything in the coat closet
3.  Finish sewing the binding down on my sister's quilt, Apples in the Orchard
4.  Complete 40 blocks on my dad's quilt
5.  Find backing and binding for my biological father's quilt, the Curved Log Cabin
6. Make two more drawstring bags from Jeni's pattern

Does that seem like too much?  I hope not!  I'll certainly keep you posted!

Have a great day!


Currently Listening to:  Changing by the Airborne Toxic Event

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Road to Tennessee Table Runner

I started this table runner awhile back and I finally had the burning desire to finish it and check it off the list!  I found this pattern at the Moda bakeshop!

Road to TN Table Runner

(I would have taken pictures outside, but I finished the binding too late!)  It was a super easy table runner to put together.  The fabric is Oh Deer! by MoMo and the white fabric was some scraps that I had... I think it's Moda Bella solids.

Road to TN Table Runner

I was inspired by this post from Amanda Jean to try this quilting pattern by Elizabeth.  She offers a super easy tutorial and I am so happy that I tried it!!

Road to TN Table Runner

I am very happy with the way this little project turned out!


Currently Listening to: Does This Mean You're Moving On by The Airborne Toxic Event

Friday, October 19, 2012

Closing Date: 31 Days...

Okay, I have been pretty quiet about our upcoming move lately, but now that we are a month away I can hardly contain myself!!

We went to the house yesterday to measure all the rooms and it was so exciting!  We haven't been inside the house since AUGUST and it's so funny how we remember things!  Jake and I kept saying, "Yeah and I thought that was way smaller, too!"

Even though I still have my dad's quilt to do and other sewing projects that are on the list, I will also soon be heavily packing and looking for home decor and design ideas, so of course I will be sharing my adventures here.  This is going to be our first house and I am SO excited.  The babies are finally going to have a backyard to run amok in!

Okay, okay, preface:  I am an artist.  I am very eclectic.  I LOVE color.  I love things that make someone stop and say, "huh?".  I love the question why.  I live by the phrase that artists can do whatever they want and my theme is most often "controlled chaos".

With that disclosure out of the way, you might love what I do to my house or you might utterly hate it.  I'm good with that.  I think that if the poor old lady we're buying it from was to come back to see it in January, she would be horrified.  But that's okay, because I'm horrified by the way it looks right now.

The project that I am most excited about right now is the front door.  It is currently one very boring shade of taupe.  Oh, taupe.  I'm very much a first impressions kind of person (although I'm also a person for giving multiple chances, but that first impression always looms in the background...) and so to me, the front door is going to be a statement of who we are and also give you a heads up of what's inside... for better or for worse.  In other words, I want it to be bold and graphic.  Unfortunately, I'm still working on what in the world I'm going to do to our door.

But in order to avoid posting this without some sort of picture, let's talk about our formal living room.  Right as you enter the house (through our graphic front door), you walk into the formal room, or the sitting room.  The first wall that you see is across from the front window and divides the formal room from the kitchen.  That wall's destiny is this.

I intend on making the lines silver and the wall will be a fantastic deep teal.  Yes, teal.  (A tutorial for creating this wall is here!)  I love this wall for a few reasons.  It's random, yet clean and while I don't prefer the ocher  and white combination, it still speaks to me.  Also, I think I'll put a painting of something organic in the middle of this wall because this geometric-ness is just begging for it!

Well anyways, consider this your introduction to my interior design and DIY home project posts!  I am SO excited and if you stumble upon something you think I might like, please put it in the comments and I would love to check it out!!

Have a great Friday!!


Currently listening to: Stubborn Love by the Lumineers

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Small Drawstring Bag Army

I have made more drawstring bags from Jeni's amazing pattern!  I'm posting a bit later than usual today because I wanted to finish up on the last two I was working on.

Drawstring Bags

The big two are made with Frippery by Thomas Knauer for the main exterior and the drawstrings.  The top accent parts are Avignon by Emily Taylor Design and the inside is Kona Bone.  The medium two are made out of Avignon and...something else.  I don't know what the cute circles are!  Sorry!  The drawstrings and inside of both are Frippery.  These four will be given away to new neighbors when we move.  The little one is for me!  It's made out of Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott, with Kona Bone on the inside and the Woodlands by Khristian Howell for the drawstrings.  

I just LOVE these little bags!!

And while I was taking pictures...

Drawstring Bags and Omi

...Omi had to come see what I was doing!  The bags passed their rigorous inspection, if you were wondering. :]

Also,  this is how I found Omi this morning on the guest bed...

Omi and AVB Quilt

She was testing the warmth and comfort of my sister's quilt, of course!! Can you tell that she inspects all work that is done in this house?  She's a hard little worker.  Who is quality control at your house?

Have a great day!


Currently Listening to: The Fear by Lily Allen

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Body and Sole: Introduction

Hurray for the middle of the week!

I haven't been as productive so far this week as I would have liked, but I'm kicking it into gear!!

Today, I want to share with you my next quilt!  This is the last one that I am giving as a Christmas gift this year.  The pattern is called Body and Sole and it is out of the An Apple a Day Pattern book by The Quilted Fish.  This is the same pattern book that I did the Core Essentials journal pages (which still isn't done...) and the Apples in the Orchard quilt that I have been making for my sister.  Just like I altered the pattern a bit for my sister, I'm altering this one, too.  The pattern includes a pocket on the back of the quilt for feet and foot warmers.  While this is a super awesome addition to this, or any quilt, this quilt is for my dad and he's a paraplegic, so he won't get much use out of it!  Other than that I intend on making this quilt as the pattern suggests.

Body and Sole Quilt

I have not purchased the sashing fabric yet, but it will probably be some Kona variety.  The print is Spa by Deb Strain.  I just love those blues!

I am super excited to start on this quilt, but I am still unfortunately trying to get some of those other WIPs done!!  Today will be a successful day, though... I'm determined!!

What do you want to get started on, but refuse to indulge yourself until you finish up other things?  Or do you just indulge anyway?!  If you do, good for you! Life is short.  (eat dessert first!)

Also, here's the latest of my babies.  I can never get over how cute they are!

Kio and Omi


Currently Listening to: Mountain Sound by Of Monsters and Men

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Apples in the Orchard: Binding Added!

Good morning friends!

I was successful in adding the binding to the Apples in the Orchard quilt over the weekend!  I just love that part!

AVB Binding Added

I am super excited to hand stitch the binding down and finish it up!

There are, however a few other things on my to-do list that I would like to finish up first.  I have a couple drawstring bags that are in the making, as well as the quilt top for the fourth surprise quilt is half made that I would like to finish up.  There's also this table runner that I started a long time ago... I've had the backing for about a month and I still haven't quilted it!  I need to get on that, too.  Now that the Apples in the Orchard quilt has all its pieces attached, I plan on focusing on WIPs that still have their pieces floating around.  That's the goal for this week, anyway!

What are you going to get done this week?

I hope y'all are having a successful week so far!


Currently Listening to: Into the Wild by LP

Monday, October 15, 2012

Quilt Shop Review: Material Girls Quilts

More times than not, if I head to Pine Needles then my next stop is Material Girls Quilts.  I find this quilt shop so inspiring.  It's bigger than Pine Needles, but they also have a different selection of fabric, so it depends on what you're looking for.  Most of their collection of fabric is stored based on color.  The newest collections and the seasonal fabrics are stored in shelves and dot the main floor space.

Due to their huge selection, I feel like once a fabric goes into it's color section, it has a tendency to get lost.  This can be a good thing or a bad thing.  It's great because when I actually dedicate some time to sweeping those color sections, I find such gems that I thought had been sold out!  Just recently I found a bolt of Joel Dewberry's Woodgrain fabric - which I LOVE.  (I thought that the fat quarter that I bought last fall was all I was ever going to have!)  The disappearance of fabrics into the color section can be a bad thing because if you're looking for a specific print, you might search forever and in vain.  Another thing that Material Girls does is they keep fat quarters in the color section, long after the bolt is gone.  It's another chance that you might find that fabric that you thought was gone...

They also have a pretty good selection of traditional fabrics, felt, and Japanese imports (although no Echino Decoro...).  As far as solids go, they have a bigger selection than Pine Needles, but still not Kona solids.

Material Girls carries a TON of patterns and books.  This is awesome, but it can be overwhelming.  Patterns and samples cover every inch of the walls and on top of all the shelves.  Most of the time when I go, I take one sweep through the entire floor looking at just fabric and then another just to look at patterns and examples.  If you're looking for a project, you're pretty likely to find one there!

One down side to Material Girls is that they don't have a large selection of pre-cuts.  I really enjoy pre-cuts and some times I'll search for a project, just so I can buy that cute little package of fabric!

The staff at Material Girls is really awesome.  It's primarily a mother-daughter duo and they seem to work together great!  They are super sweet, helpful, and always curious about what you're going to do with the fabric you're buying!

They also have three quilters that come to the store to pick up quilts to quilt.  They all have a week turn around and they drop them off at the store.  How awesome is that?!  For more information about these quilters, check out Nadine's blog post on them!

I haven't been there in a while, but I'm excited to go back and see what's new!

Have a great Monday, friends!


Currently Listening to: Somebody by Jukebox the Ghost

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday with Mom

Yesterday I had the privilege of spending the entire day with my Mom!

Awhile back I published this post that showed the fabric my mom bought to make a baby quilt for her co-worker. She purchased the fabric online at Fabricworm and she had them send it to me... so I could cut it for her.  So I cut it for her about a trillion years ago, but I hadn't seen her since then! We finally planned for her to come over to work on the quilt, because she was scared to do it without me, as this was her first quilt.

Lillian and Oliver Quilt Top

I think it came out SUPER cute!

We used this pattern (although I didn't buy it there, I bought it at Corn Wagon Quilts Co., but I also saw it at Pine Needles yesterday) called Lillian and Oliver.  It's super cute and it sewed together super fast.  We started it and finished it yesterday, with time to go to Pine Needles!  For my labor, mom repaid me in fabric! I say that's a fair trade!

She is going to have it quilted and then I promised to help her with the binding.  The back is going to be a blue minky.  It's going to be super cute once it's all done!  I'm so excited for my mom!  She feels great about putting together her first quilt top and she says she's in love with it, which is so important!

She actually has two other kits for quilt tops (one that she's had since last year!) and I think this win has given her the confidence to finally start on the other quilts that's she's fallen in love with.  I'm so proud of her and I love her quilt top!!


Currently Listening to: Darkest Street by Fitz and the Tantrums

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Apples in the Orchard: All quilted!

Here is my sister's quilt all quilted!

AVB Quilted

It is SO exciting for me to have this all quilted!  Look how cute it is all rolled up!  This is my second big WIN this week and I feel great about the work I've done!

Next week I'll be introducing my third quilt that I want to complete for Christmas gifts!  This third one is for my dad and I strategically saved this one for last because I knew that if I got tired or burnt out by the other quilts, I would have the knowledge that this is for my dad to spurn me on!  I don't feel like I need the push, but I'm grateful that it's there if I do need it!


Currently Listening to: Shoelaces by the Submarines

Friday, October 12, 2012

Apples in the Orchard: 3/4 Quilted

I am so excited to have quilted 75% of my sister's quilt!

AVB 3/4 Quilted

It feels like such an accomplishment for me! I've never quilted anything this big using a meandering quilt pattern!  It's been a fun challenge.  I'm glad it's for my sister, who I know won't judge me for my little mistakes!  Sisters are great like that, aren't they?

I plan on adding binding this weekend!  It's just sitting there in it's cute little roll taunting me!

I almost forgot!  I have these darling pictures of my girls that I wanted to share!  These pictures were taken the other night when we were getting ready for bed.  The babies certainly love pillows!

Kio and Omi

Kio and Omi

I particularly like this last one... it's so typical of Omi to be super curious (about the camera, in this case) and for Kio to be concerned that Omi gets too close to strange things... They are such good girls :]

Have a great weekend!


Currently Listening to: Shiver Shiver by Walk the Moon

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Apples in the Orchard Quilt: Binding

Remember the quilt I'm making for my sister?

Well, since the Curved Log Cabin Quilt top is done, the Apples in the Orchard quilt is next to be finished!  I had started quilting it while I was working on the log cabin blocks, but I had stopped quilting in order to focus on the log cabin blocks.

So, in order to get me geared up to quilt again, I got the binding ready!

AVB Quilt Binding

Adding binding is my most favorite part of making a quilt, so with this done, it's hard not to just want to finish quilting and do nothing else!

It's going to be great to have two big wins this week! #notgoingtosewingsummit (insert sad face here)


currently listening to: Good Intent by Kimbra

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Owl Drawstring Bag

I sewed together another drawstring bag from Jeni's pattern!

Drawstring Bag

Drawstring Bag

This bag was made from using mostly fabrics from the scrap pack I bought from Fabricworm.  The owl fabric is Swedish Owls by Alexander Henry, the top is Sweet Tea by Khristian Howell, the inside is the Woodlands is also by Khristian Howell, and the drawstrings are Oh Deer! by MoMo.

This bag is for me and I love it! It's super fun! :]


Currently Listening to: Working Man by Imagine Dragons

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Curved Log Cabin Quilt Top

Today, I have the finished Curved Log Cabin quilt top!  I cannot describe how glad I am to be finished with this quilt top!

RLH Quilt Top

I am going to take it to a quilter next month, after I find a backing fabric for it.

This quilt is very beautiful, however, I will not be making this quilt again any time soon!  Although I found the pattern to this quilt in a Quilty magazine, you can also find it here at the designer's website.

Now, it's time to breathe and take a rest from this big win!


Currently Listening to: My Fault by Imagine Dragons

Monday, October 8, 2012

Curved Log Cabin Quilt: 80 Blocks

Happy Monday!

I love the beginning of every week because there is such a possibility to get things done!  This morning I finished sewing together the last 10 blocks for the Curved Log Cabin quilt! I am SO pleased to have finished all those blocks!

RLH 80 Blocks

The picture above actually only has 79 blocks... I made a special block for the bottom corner of the quilt.

RLH 80th Block

When I was a little girl, every time my mother and I would go out to buy my biological father a gift for father's day or his birthday, I would for some reason choose to buy a carousel horse.  Since then, the carousel horse has sort of been a symbol to me of our relationship.  So when I found his carousel horse fabric, I knew I had to buy it and incorporate it into the quilt in some small way.

Surprisingly, I cannot wait to sew together the quilt top!

Here are my sweet girls as I was sewing this morning!  They are so darling!




Currently Listening to: Stuck in My Id by Reptar

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Surprise Quilt!

I have alluded to this quilt for a while now, but since it's still a surprise for the person I'm making it for, I'm only posting a sneak peek!

Moda Bakeshop Quilt

The fabric is Domestic Bliss and Kona Bone.  Just to give you a hint at the finished product... do you keep tabs on what's cooking at the Moda Bakeshop?  I sure do!


Currently Listening to: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons