I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 10

Monday, November 6, 2017

I'm in shock with how fast this QAL is going! I can't believe we're already to block 10!

Christmas Lantern quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

Fancy Fox Quilt

Two weeks ago, I won a bundle of Birch Fabrics' organic cotton chambray from Fabric Worm through an Instagram contest. As soon as the fabric arrived in the mail, I knew exactly what I wanted to make!

Fancy Fox quilt with organic cotton chambray

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 9

Monday, October 23, 2017

The weeks are flying by for the "I Wish You a Merry QAL!" It's already time for Block 9!

Reindeer Games Rudolph quilt block for the I Wish You a Merry QAL

Quilting Outside the Box

On October 6th, Cricut announced a mini quilt contest with a deadline of October 16th. That's exactly the kind of challenge I love!

Modern open weave mini quilt

Glow in the Dark Spooky Eyes Quilt

Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Glow in the dark spooky eyes quilt tutorial

I designed this quick and easy glow in the dark quilt for the Halloween Sew Much Fun blog hop hosted by Jen at Faith and Fabric. The quilt is a quick make, and my boys love the novelty of it! It's perfect for hauling to our annual bonfires, hay rack rides, and trips to the pumpkin patch!

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 8

Monday, October 9, 2017

This week for the "I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long," there are two blocks being released!

Presents/gift quilt block for Christmas quilt along

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 7

It's time for the seventh block in the "I Wish You a Merry Quilt A-Long!" (Block 8 was released today too!)

Poinsettia quilt block for Christmas QAL

Autumn Lattice Quilt

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Have you tried fabric weaving yet? I have so many ideas I want to try! After my failed attempt at an open weave a few months ago, I've been wanting to try again. October's challenge for the Island Batik ambassadors was "creative borders and binding." It was the perfect opportunity to try some "crazy" ideas!

Open weave batik lattice quilt with prairie points

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 6

Monday, September 25, 2017

We're halfway through the "I Wish You a Merry QAL!"

 Block 6 is this angel block designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs. You can find the tutorial and pattern for the block on her blog here.

Walk Around the Block + TGIFF

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Walk Around the Block" is my submission for Curated Quilts' mini quilt gallery for their second issue!

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts

You may remember my first submission, which was accepted and will be in issue one! (The printed journal should ship this week!)

For their second issue, the inspiration was to be "log cabin" quilts with a set color palette. I'll be honest, the color palette did not trip my trigger. The only colors from the palette I had in my stash were pink and gray, and even those pieces were smaller than fat quarters.

Quilted Letters Tutorial

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Quilted letters are a quick project that are great for toddlers and young readers! My four year old loves to play with the letters and spell his name and words he knows. I recently designed the Speak Love quilt and love how the letters are a great addition to gift with the quilt too!

Quilted letters tutorial

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Interleave Quilt

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side! Each fall, Amy hosts a linky party on her blog for other bloggers to link up two of their finished quilts so everyone can be inspired and meet new quilty friends!

The second quilt I'm linking up is my Interleave quilt! (The first quilt was my Sliced quilt.)

Interleave quilt using batiks

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Sliced

It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side! Each fall, Amy hosts a linky party on her blog for other bloggers to link up two of their finished quilts so everyone can be inspired and meet new quilty friends!

The first quilt I decided to link up is my Sliced quilt! (It's seriously so hard to only choose two!) (The second quilt I linked up is my Interleave quilt.)

Sliced modern watermelon quilt

Snowfall Quilt - My 100th quilt finish!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I can FINALLY share my 100th quilt finish of all time! I actually made it clear back in June (and have made 11 more quilts since then!), but I couldn't share it until now!

Snowfall quilt using Island Batik fabrics

As you likely know, I am an Island Batik Ambassador. In addition to the monthly challenges where I get to use their fabrics, I also had the opportunity to have my "Snowfall" quilt pattern featured in their Fall/Winter 2017 catalog!

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 5

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's time for the fifth block release in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along!

Snowman quilt block for Christmas Quilt Along

Back to School with Island Batik

Friday, September 8, 2017

Welcome to the Back to School blog hop with Island Batik! The Island Batik Ambassadors are showing you all the newest collections from Island Batik all month long!

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Making Connections Blog Hop

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Welcome to my stop on the Making Connections blog hop!

Lonestar quilt with free motion quilting

I first met Dorie of Forever Quilting this spring at Quilt Market. She actually lives less than an hour from me, but we had never met in person! After spending some time together, she said, "I have a book signing I need to go to." I initially thought she meant that she was attending a book signing, but then I spotted an "author" ribbon on her nametag! Fast forward a few months, and I'm so excited to tell you about Dorie's new book, Making Connections!

Teal Mini Swap Quilt Revealed!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Beth of Eva Paige Quilt Designs hosts the Teal Mini Quilt Swap each year during September - ovarian cancer awareness month. The swap is a fundraiser for ovarian cancer research. Each participant pays $15, then Beth mails everyone a swatch of teal fabric that must be used in the mini quilt that you make. Everyone is paired up, and you make a mini quilt for your partner. Make a (mini) quilt, make a friend!

Batiks and solids for a modern Teal Mini Swap Quilt

Hearts for USS John S. McCain

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Deja vu?


Red, white, and blue heart quilt for USS John S McCain

Red, white, and blue heart quilt for USS John S McCain

On August 21st, the US Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a commercial tanker in waters near Singapore. Just 65 days after the US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship in Japanese waters.

You may remember this quilt that I made for one of the families of the seven sailors killed in the USS Fitzgerald incident.

Well, I knew I needed to make another one for one of the families of the ten sailors killed in the USS John S. McCain incident.

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 4

Monday, August 28, 2017

For this fortnight of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along, blocks 3 AND 4 are being released!

Block 4 Christmas ornament block for the Christmas QAL

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 3 Tutorial

The I Wish You a Merry QAL is moving right along! Today, both blocks 3 AND 4 are being released!

Santa's Belt quilt block tutorial for Christmas quilt along

I designed Block 3 - Santa's Belt. The block is made with traditional piecing only and sews up quickly (a huge plus since there are two blocks this fortnight!). The block would be great for making into Christmas pillows!

DIY Solar Eclipse T-Shirt Tutorial

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Did you see the solar eclipse?!? Tell me you saw it! It was amazing!

DIY solar eclipse t-shirt tutorial

My husband and I would not be offended if you called us "nerds" or "geeks." We fit the profile! If it has to do with math or science, we're there!

2017 solar eclipse

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Welcome to my stop on the Piece and Quilt with Precuts blog hop! There have already been some really great quilts made so far, and even more are coming! Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop, as there are giveaways galore!

I am excited to be able to share with you my version of Dot 'n' Dash from Christa Watson's latest book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts!

Dot 'n' Dash made from Piece and Quilt with Precuts with Double Dutch fabric

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 2

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Christmas quilt along is off to a fantastic start! More than 250 people completed Block 1 since it was released two weeks ago!

Now it's time for Block 2 of the I Wish You a Merry QAL! The Christmas Tree Farm block was designed by April Adams at JANDA Bend Quilts. She lives on a Christmas Tree Farm! The pattern and tutorial are on April's blog (tutorial here).

Tree Farm quilt block for Christmas QAL

Batiks Go Modern

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I've known for months what I wanted to make for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge. Then when I got my new shipment of Island Batik fabric a couple weeks ago, I completely changed my mind!

Modern batiks quilt as you go interleave quilt

Retreat Sewing

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This past weekend, I was able to sew all day and night at a quilt retreat! Have you ever been to a quilt retreat? They are great for being productive, but they are also so wonderful for your mental health!

quilting retreat in Wakefield, KS

I Wish You a Merry QAL - Block 1

Monday, July 31, 2017

Today's the day! The wait is over! The "I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long" starts today!

I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along - Block 1

Retreat Surprises

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I am currently at a quilting retreat, but I can reveal some secret sewing I've been doing!

Zipper pouches and key chains with Here Comes the Fun fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics

The retreat is at the same location as the one I went to in February (read about that here), and most of the same group of quilters are here, too. I decided to make a few goodies for all my quilty friends to have something to take home from the retreat.

Have Sewing Machine, Will Travel

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Last week, I shared all the activities I had prepped for my boys before our long road trip (see that post here). I also shared that I had bought a battery powered sewing machine to try out in the car!

Battery powered sewing machine for travel sewing

Well, now that I've tried it, I'm excited for the possibilities!

Makin' the Bacon

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I really enjoy participating in quilting challenges. It lets me try new things and makes me push through to finish a project before the deadline. I enjoyed participating in the Project Quilting challenges earlier this year, and in the off-season, Kim of Persimon Dreams hosts a few other quilting challenges to encourage her readers to keep sewing. For July, the challenge theme was "Summer Sizzle." Well, it took me all of about 2 minutes to decide I was making a bacon quilt!

Improv curves giant bacon quilt

Christmas Quilt-A-Long starts August 1st!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Do you love trying new things and learning new techniques? Do you want to meet some new quilty friends? Would you like to finish a Christmas quilt BEFORE Christmas? Then you should join me and a dozen bloggers for the "I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long!"

Christmas quilt-a-long with free block patterns

Travel Prep

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I’ve spent my usual sewing time this week preparing some new and never-before-seen activities for my boys in preparation for a family vacation. We will be going to Leech Lake, Minnesota – a 13 hour drive (without stops) from where we live! I have two young boys (ages two and four), so traveling can be quite the chore! My boys are very good travelers, but this isn’t my first rodeo, so I want to be prepared!

Planning for a road trip with a toddler and preschooler

A Speedy Gonzalez Quilt

Monday, July 10, 2017

About a month ago, I received an invitation for a baby shower for a friend in the mail. The baby shower was less than two weeks away, and I had a million other things on my plate. It was already on my to-do list to make a quilt for my friend, but the baby shower moved the deadline up by several weeks!

Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

Fruit of the Spirit - in Make Modern!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Do you remember this quilt from last September's selvage challenge? Well, fast forward 10 months and the pattern is in Issue 17 of Make Modern magazine! It's my first pattern in a magazine!

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

Hearts for USS Fitzgerald

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

On June 17th, the US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship in Japanese waters. Seven sailors were killed.

Red, white, and blue heart quilt for USS Fitzgerald
Red, white, and blue heart quilt for USS Fitzgerald

Liebster Award

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I was so honored to learn this week that Rose from Something Rosemade nominated me for the Liebster Award! Rose has been so invaluable to me for helping me fix my walking foot woes on my Juki! I should be nominating her!

A Slice of Summer

Monday, June 26, 2017

I've been working on several summer themed projects lately! There's just something about the longer days, warmer weather, and green grass that puts me in the mood to sew fun patterns in bright colors!

Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics

A quick trip to KCRQF

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Last weekend I was able to attend the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival! It was my first time attending (it's only their second time having the show!), and it was well worth the drive!

KCRQF 2017

Just Add Sugar + TGIFF

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer is in full swing around here, and I'm excited to share more summer-themed sewing I've been doing!

Just Add Sugar lemon quilt

Fun in the Sun Quilt Block + Tutorial

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy summer! I am so excited to share several summer-themed projects that I've been working on this month!

Fun in the Sun retro sunglasses quilt block

First up is my Fun in the Sun quilt block that I designed for the Summer Block Party - a Sew Much Fun blog hop hosted by Jen at Faith and Fabric. Fun in the Sun is a quick and easy quilt block that depicts a summer staple - sunglasses! Do you remember those plastic neon sunglasses of the 80s? I think I had every color as a kid!

There's a new workhorse in town!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy National Sewing Machine Day!

I figured today would be a good day to finally introduce you to my new-to-me Juki TL-2010Q!

Juki TL-9010Q review

Quilt Market Recap

Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's been a little over a week since I returned from my very first Quilt Market experience, so I thought I better share a few things from there!

Spring Quilt Market recap

Ugly Tumbler Quilt

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

When I first started quilting, I would often purchase fabric from garage sales for little to nothing. I wasn't too discriminating on style or quality - I was more concerned with cheap! That led to a few fabrics in my stash that are....well....ugly!

 Tumbler quilt made with ugly fabrics

You win some, you lose some

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sometimes I get hare-brained ideas. The type that you have no idea if they will work out or not, but you can't stop thinking about it, so you have to just get started. This is one of those ideas.

Open hexweave greenery quilt

I've been wanting to try some open fabric weaving for quite awhile (and still have one large project using the method in my head!). I finally decided that the combination of the Pantone Quilt Challenge and "May I" off-season Project Quilting challenge was the right time to just jump right in and try something off-the-wall and new!

TGIFF - A Linky Party!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Welcome to TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday)!!

Today is my very first time hosting TGIFF and my very first linky party! (I'm crossing my fingers it works!)

I have two finishes that I'm sharing this week - both for my local quilt shop's Row by Row! I shared the finishes on Monday in separate posts, but finishes are always worth celebrating!

First is a mini quilt I made using the shop's fabric license plate.

It was a quick make, and a perfect fit for this year's Row by Row theme, "On the Go!" Read more about the quilt on this post.