Happy and sad!

Someone reached out to me not to long ago asking if I could make a shirt quilt for them. After meeting up I found out the story behind the shirts.

She was raised by her grandfather and these were his short sleeve button downs that he wore every single day.

After seeing all of the shirts I thought a good way of using all of the plaids would be to to create a hybrid version of Denyse Schmidt’s Hop, Skip and Jump design from her book. I actually made this very quilt design as one of my first few quilts.

To make my life easier I made myself a set of acrylic templates. So I started cutting! And cutting and cutting some more. Each block has 8 curved rectangles, alternating between the shirts and the neutral backgrounds.

After a day or so I had enough of the blocks pieces that I took them all downstairs and placed them on the floor to check layout. Once they were shuffled around a bit I started to join my rows and then add all of the rows together.

This morning I took the finished top and and backing to my friend Cathy who always fits me into her busy longarm schedule. I wanted her to have it while I was away this week in Myrtle Beach.

I’ll pick it up on Friday and get the binding on. I sent a picture to the my client the other day and she said it made her so happy to see it and that she can’t wait to sit under it and have a good cry. See, Happy and Sad!

My April fools post. “Hoo” could it be?

TallinnFabrics-blog-tour-graphicSO… Some of you may know about my little Art Gallery Fabric addiction. I was talking with the owner of a Shop in Raleigh the other day and was showing them one of my recent projects and she was asking what and who the fabrics were and I simply said “Art Gallery”!  I use AGF 99.3% of the time. (I know this because I have done the math)

When Jessica Swift posted about her new range, Lugu, I had already seen it and was quick to message her about being a part of this new Blog Hop!. One, because I really liked the look of the prints and two, I had an idea already brewing that would work perfectly. We had a brief chat and I asked for something that I don’t think many designers would send. I needed the file she used to print one specific fabric.  She agreed and I was off.

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A few days later a little box with some very lovely fabrics arrived and I began to organize and prep my newly designed pattern.  I will need to name it at some point so if you have any ideas please feel free to pass them along in the comments.

With my print out in hand, I began by cutting and trimming my units using my homemade multi layer yardstick as I do with all my templates. I always make a digital mock up of the quilt so I can see what it looks like before we even make a single cut. I counted all of my pieces and made all the cuts for easy piecing.

Assembly went together with ease.  One row after another I lined up the mitered pieces and placed them on my wall as to not get them mixed up.

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Once the top was finished I got to work on my special part of the project.  I like the quilt as its own thing but I think this little addition makes it!

I used the files Jess sent me and deleted the items I didn’t need. With a little redrawing, I sent the outlines to my Sizzix Eclips2 for a cut out of each and every piece of the amazing Owl. Once the shapes were trimmed out I added some double sided interfacing from The Warm Company (Steam-A-Seam Lite) and fused them to the new AGF Pure Solids which are so nice to work with.

A little trimming and pressing and then a whole lot of satin stitching and my project was complete.

Now what to do for quilting? Besides using AGF on most projects, the other thing you may know about me is I do like to do some walking foot quilting. I wanted the help the illusion of the moonlight glowing so I used a circular template (Victoria’s Plexus Wheel) and then walked my way across the entire top.

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Once the quilting was done it was on to the binding.  I took a bit of the scraps and added some of the white to set off the dark blue green background prints and then I was done.

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I really enjoyed working on this project and I hope you like it too!.  Feel free to ask me anything or let me know if this is something you’d like to see as a pattern in the near future.

Thank You Jessica for allowing me to be a part of this awesome new line.  Here’s to many more!.

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Here’s the full tour schedule:

Monday March 25 – Jessica Swift

Tuesday March 26 – Priscilla Geissler

Wednesday March 27 – Felicity Greiner

Thursday March 28 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio

Friday March 29 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday April 1 – Michael Caputo | Patchwork and Paper

Tuesday April 2 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun

Wednesday April 3 – Amista Baker | Hilltop Custom Designs

Thursday April 4 – Gwyn LaSpina | Clever Colleen

Friday April 5 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams

Monday April 8 – Brianne Baxa | BriCrafty

Tuesday April 9 – Louise Waterfall | Textile Trolley

Wednesday April 10 – Neressa Bennett

Thursday April 11 – Amista Baker | Hilltop Custom Designs

Friday April 12 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio

Monday April 15 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies

Tuesday April 16 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates

Wednesday April 17 – Alex Sorensen | My Sew Bliss

Thursday April 18 – Jennifer MacWilliams | This Girl Is Sew Destructive

Friday April 19 – Betsy Harrahy | Little Pink Pamplemousse

Monday April 22 – Rebecca Ringquist | Dropcloth Samplers

Tuesday April 23 – Chantal Morin | CG Monsters

Wednesday April 24 – Danielle Gobel | Little Pink Peony

Thursday April 25 – Eve Gaddis

What’s been going on recently!

Sometimes it is hard when you are working on fun and exciting projects but you can’t share with anyone because of the contracts you agree to. 

  
There are times when all you want to do is show what you are working on for some feedback and comments on colors or idea. 

I tend to make a bunch of samples using leftover and scrap fabrics. Since I make all of my own templates I like to print them and try it and see how they line up when actually using fabrics. 

  
Being able to make and create templates for the designs I want to quilt is one of the fun parts of the project. Most of the time they work straight away but there are others that require a back and forth from the printer and the scissors. “This tab is too long or too short or if I clip this corner here it would allow for easy alignment.”  

I have just started working on the first round of my 25 projects for book #2. I am super excited and grateful to the publisher that they want to do a second book with me. On top of that I have been finishing up a few projects for Quilty and Modern Ptachwork. Two should be out in the near future (Jan-Feb issues) and a few others after that. Also just was asked to do some more work for Popular Patchwork who featured my “Peaks and Valleys” quilt on the cover not too long ago. 

   
   
And another project for Pretty Patches who had the placemats I designed on the cover of this months issue. 

  
I enjoy what I get to do and I am grateful for the magazines and publishers who keep asking me to do more with them. 

Thank you!

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I feel like a spy!

While I am constantly working on all sorts of projects, I don’t have the luxury of getting to share them until they are published and out in the retail shops. That makes my social media a bit lacking. 

  
This is the kind of stuff I think I can get away with posting. The new quilt just happens to be lying around on the HandiQuilter which is the primary focus. 

   


Or things like this really cool project I’m just finishing up. Now that the files are on their way to China and you can preorder on Amazon, I figured I can mention it. Since last November I have been designing a pop up for the one and only, James Taylor.  It should be released sometime in November 2017. 

But all this secrecy does get to me from time to time. I will try and be better about posting on here especially as I try to upgrade the site to a more functioning version. 

Who knows. Maybe this will become a quilt in the near future?

  

Welcome to the Blithe World Tour!

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A good friend of mine from London was about to have her first baby and what does a quilter always give as a gift? Cute baby girl clothes!  SO, I decided to break from the clothes gift and make a fun little crib quilt for her.

 

It also turns out that I had already planned the design for an upcoming issue of QuiltNow!  Two birds, One stone sort of thing.

 

I have used Katarina’s Avant Garde prints for a previous project and when I saw this new Blithe range I was all over it.  A call was made to Art Gallery Fabrics and a few days later I had the lovely blues and grays in my possession (and possession is 9/10th’s of the law) so I jumped right in on cutting it up.

 

The Pattern for this quilt can be found in Issue 33 of Quilt Now!  (Out on Feb 16th)

 

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Lately I have been adding a bit of the selvedge to the quilt back that way we will always know what fabrics were used to make the quilt.

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If you decided to make your own version of Harriet’s Quilt please do send me an image.  I would love to see it!!

 

Photo by: Renata Stonyte/Quilt Now

Photo by: Renata Stonyte/Quilt Now

Photo by: Renata Stonyte/Quilt Now

Photo by: Renata Stonyte/Quilt Now

Photo by: Renata Stonyte/Quilt Now

Photo by: Renata Stonyte/Quilt Now

What’s been going on lately?

I have been working hard the last few months trying to get through my many quilt projects. Lately I have lucked out with the wonderful people that o have been working with. People like my friend Katy who is the awesome editor of Quilt Now!!  

We are at a point in our relationship where Katy kind of let’s me do what I want and that is a nice place to be. I’ll send her an idea and a possible fabric choice and she has never said no. It’s always a positive comment and off I go. 

Then there is my new online friend (as we have never actually met in person) Katarina Roccella. An amazing fabric designer working for Art Gallery Fabrics. For some reason I’m drawn to her designs and keep requesting them for my projects. 

One afternoon when I was doing a bit of brainstorming I came across her most current line called Avant Garde. As you can now download jpegs of the range I did so and began to drop them in place and this came about. 

  
A pretty simple block made to look more complex with the use of specific fabrics in places. I wasn’t sure which direction to go but the unanimous decision was the top one. So I sent the image over to the great team at Art Gallery and this is what they sent me a few days later. 

  
So as you do when you are about to cut into a brand new collection, you grab yourself a Mt. Dew and get to chopping. With my measurements in hand I began slicing and piecing the blocks together, then the rows and a few hours later my new baby was born!

  
Now the fun part of planning the quilting. I’ve been hooked on doing some spirals as of late so why wouldn’t I put it on this quilt?  Armed with my jar of curved pins I began making first the quilt sandwich and then when I realized I had not had lunch yet an actual sandwich. 

  
Off we go into the endless abyss of my spiral quilting. See I have this problem where I never do anything simple or easy. My spirals always end up taking more time to do then the actual piecing. Silly me!  Note to self – adjust needle position to make spacing wider. Wider = less quilting!

   
 
But I do have to say when it was done it looked AWESOME!

   
   
To make your own version of my trippy courthouse quilt go out and get yourself a copy of the latest Quilt Now magazine. Issue 31. 

Is there a builder in the house?

So we finally moved into our house back in April and it’s only taken the last 6 months to get it to a spot where it feels like home. During the last few months I’ve been making things. Moving from NYC to London 6 years ago and from London to North Carolina last year left us with a hodge lodge of furniture. Victoria and I have been making lists of things we wanted in our house since we first decided to move back to the states. 
  
We opted to build our house from scratch because we wanted things a certain way. It started with our tree filled plot surrounded on 2 sides by a tree preserve. ( perfect for me as I didn’t want to s of neighbors surrounding me )

  
So the planning began. First on the list was our concrete fire place with a reclaimed wood mantel. All things the “custom” builder didn’t want to do. So I did it myself. 

   
 
I made my forms and got down to business mixing my concrete. I think they turned out pretty well. 

  
Once we moved in, I wanted to tackle the reclaimed wood wall up in our bonus room. I found the wood from the same place I found the mantel. The Reuse Warehouse up in Durham. 

   
   
At this point the folding table wasn’t cutting it with Victoria anymore so the next on the list was our breakfast nook table. With the help of a ever growing folder in my Pinterest folder I found a table that we both liked. The awesome sisters at Shanty-2-Chic supplied the plans and I modified to suit my space. 

   
    
 
Next was a few corner shelves. Also made from walnut found at Reuse. 

  
Then my office work desk. 

   
 
Then Victoria wanted new outdoor chairs. 

  
Next was a new dining table for our neighbor Julia. 

   
   
Then our friend Lindsay asked about some Chevron Shutters for inside their bonus room. So I started dismantling the dozen or so pallets I had collected.  

   
 
As you can see I am enjoying having a garage to work in. Can’t wait to keep making more things for our house.