Friday, May 29, 2015

New Pillows

About a year-ish ago I made new pillow covers for the couch pillows (see here and here).  They have endured quite a bit of abuse from the children over the past year since they like to treat them as trampolines and the covers were looking pretty shabby. Before the baby was born I wanted to get new covers made since I knew I would be spending lots of time on the couch.
new couch pillows
Well, I got the front of the pillows made and quilted but then August decided to be born 6 days before his due date so they didn't quite get done.  Since then I have managed to fit in 5 minutes of sewing here and there and somehow that was enough to get them finished.

Both pillows were made from scraps.  This one from quarter log cabins:
new couch pillows
And this one from rectangles:
new couch pillows
I forgot to get pictures of the backs of the pillows, but they both have a zipper (using this method) and are backed with Essex linen in black.

I was positive that one of my pillow forms was 2" bigger than the other so I made a 20" pillow and an 18" pillow.  But it turns out that the pillow forms are the same size and 19" pillows would have been perfect for both of them.  Oh well, maybe I will remember next time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Welcoming . . .

August Miles Jackman
August Miles Jackman
born May 15, 2015
8 lbs 9 oz, 21 inches

Early Friday morning I woke up after my water broke.  After a rushed trip to the hospital, this little guy was born 13 hours later.  
August Miles Jackman
He has lots of dark brown hair and a bad case of jaundice, so we are currently spending lots of time sunbathing.
August Miles Jackman
While I was in labor we managed to narrow the name options down to 3 choices and once he was born, August felt like the right one.  It is a family name on my husband's side that I really felt attached to.  Miles doesn't have any particular significance other than the fact that we liked it :)
August Miles Jackman
So far he has been really good at sleeping during the day screaming at night, though that seems to be getting a little better. 

I will definitely not be doing as much sewing for a while, but I can't imagine that I will be able to completely stay away, so expect to hear from me a little more sparingly over the next few weeks.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Scrappy Kaleidoscope Quilt

Welcome!  I almost missed out on the Blogger's Quilt Festival this year since we have a brand new baby in the house (details to come soon!) but I didn't want to completely miss participating.
scrappy kaleidoscope quilt
You can read more about this quilt in the original post here, but as I looked through the projects I have made over the past few months, this was definitely my favorite.  
scrappy kaleidoscope quilt backing
It is amazing what you can do with leftover pieces of fabric.  This quilt makes me want to work with scraps more often.  And flannel.  I love quilts backed with flannel.
scrappy kaleidoscope quilt
Finished size: 64" x 72"
Category: Scrappy Quilts
Kitchen Table Quilting

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook (and giveaway)

Last year I was approached by the wonderful Beth and Janice to submit an idea for a book they were working on.  The process of writing a book is long and I have so much respect for Beth and Janice after getting a little glimpse of the process - I could never do it - but the book is amazing!
Here it is: The Modern Medallion Workbook.  The best thing about the book is that it's a workbook, which means that you could either follow the patterns or use the patterns and techniques in the book to create your own quilt.  It is so much more versatile than your average book and I will be using it as a reference and resource often.
Oviedo Medallion
When I made the quilt I was a little obsessed with Allison Glass' new (at the time) Sun Print and Clover Sunshine fabrics and they directly inspired the design of the quilt.  I combined them with coordinating prints and love how happy and colorful the quilt turned out.
Oviedo Medallion
I kept the quilting pretty simple and did my favorite diamond crosshatch over the entire quilt.  The finished quilt has a great, soft texture and doesn't compete with the happy colors.  
Oviedo Medallion
C&T is generously giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner.  To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post.  The giveaway is open to both US (for a physical copy of the book) and International entries (for a digital copy of the book).  

The giveaway will be open until May 25th at 5pm PST. 

All of the contributors are sharing information about their quilts and giving away a copy so make sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hazel Hourglass Quilt

A few weeks ago I received some very happy mail: a bundle of Allison's new collection Hazel.  I had seen and admired the collection on her blog and Instagram and had really loved the fun and quirky fabrics so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them.
hazel hourglass quilt
The fabrics are so pretty!  I particularly love the plaid prints and can see myself using those often.  

I looked to Pinterest for inspiration and found this great quilt by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle.  My layout is a little different and my quilt is a little smaller, but I was definitely heavily inspired by the quilt.
hazel hourglass quilt
The backing of the quilt is a great Ann Kelle print and the binding is a blue solid with my favorite blue plaid Hazel print mixed in.  

Finished size: 36" x 46"

Hazel will be shipping out in August, but in the meantime you can see more of it used in the lookbook.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Skopelos Quilt Tutorial

It took a few days, but I finally worked out the kinks and was able to print a PDF  for my Skopelos Quilt from EQ7.  I would like to say also that the kind people at Electric Quilt have absolutely the best customer service I have ever encountered and spent a lot of time helping me to figure out the issue.  They are amazing.
Skopelos Quilt
Since this quilt block is very similar to sewing together Drunkard's Path blocks and there are lots of great tutorials out there (check out this one or this one), I am going to keep this pretty basic.  Actually since I didn't take photos while making the quilt, I mean very basic, so if you have any questions or there is anything that isn't clear please let me know.  

Fabric Requirements:
1/4 yard for the print on the top row
1/2 yard for the prints on rows 2-5
1/3 yard for the print on the bottom row
1 1/2 yards quilt backing
3/8 yard binding

1.  First you need to print out the template here.  

2.  Cut 6.5" strips from your fabrics.  If you are making a quilt the same size as mine, you will need 2 strips from each fabric except the one on the top row and the one on the bottom row.  

3.  For the top row you will need to cut 6 pieces with the convex templates, for the bottom row you will need to cut 6 pieces with the concave templates, and from all of the other prints you will need to cut 6 pieces from each of the templates. 

4.  Join the templates together just like a Drunkard's Path template, even though the proportions are a little different.  You will need 6 that look something like this for each row.
5.  Sew the blocks into rows.
Row 1 will be arranged like this:
 Row 2 will be arranged like this:

6.  Cut a 2" x width of fabric strip of fabric from each of the prints and a 4" x width of fabric strip of from whatever print you are using at the bottom of the quilt.  

7.  Alternate the 2" strips with your rows of templates and add the 4" strip at the bottom of the quilt and complete the quilt top.
Skopelos Quilt
Finished quilt size: 39" x 49"
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