Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Glenda Quilt Pattern (and scrap giveaway)

A while back when I made this pillow for a swap, I had the idea to make a Tennessee Waltz inspired quilt where there were overlapping chains of stars.  I get ideas like this sometimes and they pretty much never work out, but I drafted the pattern in EQ7 and it actually worked.
The Glenda Quilt

Meet The Glenda Quilt, now available on Craftsy and Etsy. She is named after a teacher that I had from 6-8th grade.  Glenda Maxwell is one of the most compassionate, patient, and kookiest people I have ever met.  She took individual interest in all of her students and she had a profound impact on my life.  

For this quilt I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids.  When I was planning the colors for this quilt, I kept coming back to Cotton Couture because they have the best shades of blue/greens.  The colors that I ended up using were Bottle, Teal, Celestial, Peacock, Spearmint, Kiwi, Nickel, Lillypad, Fog, and Bright White. 

I had three wonderful testers test out this pattern for me.  
Miranda's Glenda Quilt
Miranda used Bonnie and Camille fabrics on her beautiful quilt.  I love how she used a combination of prints and solids, and how the dark gray stars really pop.
Sally's Glenda Quilt
Sally used one of my favorite color combos for her gorgeous quilt - I love those minty greens and peaches together.

The third pattern tester is having a whopper of a month.  Pat was displaced by the hurricane and then had a death in the family.  I will be showing you her quilt soon.
The Glenda Quilt
I hope you enjoy the pattern.  If you make a version, I would love to see it!  Tag it with the hashtag #theglendaquilt on Instagram or email me a photo.

I have a nice sized pile of scraps leftover from making this quilt and I would love to give them away.  If you are interested, just leave a comment on this post and I will pick a winner in the next few days!

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Ziggity Zag Quilt

My cousin and his wife are expecting their first baby and, knowing that their baby shower would probably land right in the middle of our move, I made this quilt a few weeks ago.

I have a LOT of cousins - somewhere in the 40-50 range - plus my husband has at least as many as I do, so there is no way I could make a quilt for each of my cousin's babies. I am closest with my cousins on my mom's side, so I decided that I would make a quilt for each of their first babies. So far only a couple of them have kids, but there are probably a lot of baby quilts in my future.
Ziggity Zag Baby Quilt
They wanted a quilt that used navy and lime.  I hope they don't mind that I took a little liberty with that because I have virtually no lime fabrics in my stash.  I ended up adding some other greens, blues and yellows as well as a whole bunch of grays.  
Ziggity Zag Baby Quiltt
This quilt could also be called "Ode to Carolyn Friedlander." Sometimes a designer makes fabrics that are just in the right colors for a project, and that was the case for this quilt.  
Ziggity Zag Baby Quilt
This quilt ended up 38" x 51" and was made using a whole bunch of 3" finished HSTs.  
Ziggity Zag Baby Quilt
The backing is a Mama Said Sew print that I've had in my stash for a while. This quilt was gifted this past weekend and I am excited that I can finally share it with you.  

p.s.  Thank you for all of your kind comments on our house.  We had an open house this weekend and 90 people showed up.  Crazy!  I am hoping we can accept an offer soon that I can stop spending my entire day cleaning!

Friday, October 7, 2016


Thanks everyone for the supportive comments.  We are very excited for our new adventure.  Our house went up on the market yesterday, if you want to take a peak at how many quilts I have squeezed into my house, you can check it out here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

I'm here! And I have news!

No, I haven't given up on blogging, you can't get rid of me that easily. Things are going to be a little slower here for a little bit though because . . . we are moving! Even though it seems like I just barely made this post, this move has been a long time coming.

For the past seven years my husband has been an attorney at a big law firm. There have been times when he liked it and times when he hated it, but pretty much all of the time it has been a lot of stress for the whole family. A few months ago we bought a Powerball ticket when there was a huge jackpot. We knew we weren't going to win. And we didn't. But we were both surprised how disappointed we were that he couldn't quit his job.

Or could he? What else could he do? Certainly nothing that would pay anything close to his current salary, so that would require moving away from our beloved San Diego since our mortgage here is, well, not small. So we started looking at jobs, and applying for jobs. After several months we honed in on what he felt passionate about: working in state government. I know, it wouldn't be my choice either. But it is something he is interested in and his legal degree opens up doors for him in different fields without actually requiring him to work as a lawyer.

The next question was . . .where do we want to live? We decided we wanted somewhere with a more reasonable cost of living, with a state capitol that was moderately sized, that wasn't horrendously far from our families, and somewhere that had temperate weather. That led us to Salem, Oregon.

He interviewed for a job in Salem a few weeks ago. And then there was a second interview. And then there was time to check references and his background. It all took awhile, but in the meantime it gave me time to . . .

Paint our front door red (don't worry, I have also replaced the doorbell since this photo was taken).
 Renovate the kitchen. I didn't actually do any of this work, but I made it happen.
 Donate 18 quilts to Project Linus.
And about a million other things to help get us packed and our house ready to put on the market. Finally today we got the official news and are planning to move in about 3 weeks.

I hope that you can forgive the lack of sewing. I do actually have a baby quilt that hasn't yet been gifted, a new pattern, and a quilt for Quilt Market that I will be sharing over the next month.

Please bear with me while I make this transition. While Salem does have a lower cost of living, my husband is taking a massive pay cut to switch jobs and I am hoping to contribute by selling patterns. I will update here once I have more news :)

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