Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Linda Quilt

Ever since I made this plaid mini, I have been planning to write a pattern.  I tried a few different ways to put it together and decided to simplify this design a little bit because the original design was so tedious. Trust me, you don't want to make it!
The Linda Quilt
This version is much less crazy.  It involves some strip piecing, and the blocks are pretty big, so it comes together quickly.  I just sent the pattern off to my testers last night so hopefully I will have the pattern ready in a few weeks.
The Linda Quilt
The pattern will have different sizes, this is the baby quilt size.  
The Linda Quilt
I backed the quilt in beloved Chicopee corduroy and stitched the binding down with Perle cotton.  I had a couple people email me asking about sewing the binding down this way, so next time I bind a quilt I will take some photos and write up a post with details.

Finished size: 45" x 45"
Pattern: The Linda Quilt (coming soon!)
Backing: Chicopee corduroy
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rainbow BRIGHT Quilt

It's a little gloomy and gray here in Oregon and I was in the mood for something colorful.
Rainbow Bright Quilt
The colors on this one are not subtle - I may have gone a little overboard! It uses some of my favorite Kona colors: Sangria, Flame, Grellow, Chartreuse, Breakers, and Geranium.  The binding is Kona Nightfall. 
Rainbow Bright Quilt

The pattern is my Deep Blue Sea tutorial. The curves on this quilt are gentle and it comes together quickly.  I decided to quilt it using wavy lines.  It gives the quilt a nice, crinkly texture.  
Rainbow Bright Quilt

The colors on the front were inspired by the colors from this print. It is from Michael Miller's Flock collection.  I have had it in my stash for a while, but it is still available.  I might need to get some more.  I sewed the binding down onto the back of the quilt with Perle cotton as is my usual lately.  

Pattern: Deep Blue Sea

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sleep Tight - February Culcita Box Unboxing

Happy mail indeed.
Culcita Box
This month's Culcita Box contained Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel.  Since we were in the middle of moving during Quilt Market, I missed seeing most of the collections and this one was new to me.  
Culcita Box

And it is gorgeous!
Culcita Box
I think this fabric will make a perfect baby quilt.  It has some really fun animal prints and I love the low volume combined with the bright green pops of color.  
Culcita Box
Looks like my fortune was right.

So far I am really impressed with this subscription box. In the past I have seen subscription boxes as kind of a burden - they send you something and you are stuck with it whether you like it or not.  But the Culcita Box subscription feels more like an exciting present when it arrives in the mail.  It is nice to have an infusion of new, beautiful fabrics into my stash.


I also wanted to thank everyone for their kind words about my daughter's pneumonia.  She is doing much better and should be able to go back to school in the next couple days.  

*Culcita Box provided the fabrics in exchange for my thoughts on their product, but the the thoughts expressed here are my own.  The fabric speaks for itself, it is gorgeous!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Underwater Missouri Star Quilt (and scrap giveaway)

So we have kind of had a crazy week.  If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen the craziness, but yesterday my daughter's school called to tell me that she had passed out at school and they had called an ambulance.

Then I panicked a little bit.

I rushed over to the school and found my very pale daughter being examined by paramedics.  I followed the ambulance over to the emergency room and after several hours of evaluation and tests, and despite not having any significant symptoms, an x-ray revealed that she has pneumonia.

She is home with me for the rest of the week while the antibiotics do their job, so I enlisted her to take a few quilt photos.  I know these photos aren't the best, just remember that those little feet in the photo belong to a little girl who has pneumonia and whose mom is making her take quilt photos.
Underwater Missouri Star Quilt
I made this quilt with the fabrics that came in the Culcita box.  I had left them out on my shelf and they were calling to me.
Underwater Missouri Star Quilt
The block is the Missouri Star block.  I saw it on Pinterest this weekend and thought it would be a great fit for the fabric.
Underwater Missouri Star Quilt
The binding is scrappy and I used chunky, Perle cotton stitches to attach it to the back of the quilt.  I have started finishing all of my bindings this way because it feels more secure, I enjoy it, and I think it gives the quilt a nice personal touch.  The backing is Kona Navy. I don't usually back quilts with solid fabric, but I thought it went well with the scrappy binding.
Underwater Missouri Star Quilt
I have a few inches of each print left, is anyone interested?  I am continuing my quest to not be overrun with scraps, so I am happy to pass them on.  If you are interested, just leave a comment on this post and I will choose a winner this weekend.

The winner of the giveaway is Kathy E.  I will email you for your mailing address. 

Fabric: Underwater by Elizabeth Olsen
Finished size: 52" x 52"
Backing: Kona Navy
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