52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - July

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to make 52 charity quilts before the end of 2018.

This month, I got two more quilted and ready for binding! The quilting really goes so much faster on my longarm than it did on my domestic!

Charity quilts from Debbie Mumm fabric

Double Take

Sunday, July 29, 2018

This month's Island Batik ambassador challenge was to create a quilt with a secondary design. A secondary design is one in which some surprising design appears when you put the blocks together - making you do a double take!

Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

Quilting Dream Come True: I Bought a Longarm!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

It's been a dream of mine to have a longarm for a couple years now. I first put it on my goal list for 2017, then again on my goals for 2018. Honestly, it was much more dream than goal though. However, once this year started, it became clear that a longarm needed to become a priority.

1989 24" Gammill longarm

I made 52 quilts last year, and am on track to far surpass that this year. I am often making quilts for magazines, fabric companies, and other clients on very tight deadlines that don't allow time to send the quilt to a longarmer. A few months back, I learned I would have just that type of situation in June/July. I was going to need to make a queen sized quilt start to finish within about a two-week turnaround time. This would be the largest quilt I've made on such a short deadline. I knew my Juki *could* quilt it, but the time it would take and the frustration it would cause just didn't make sense. I began a serious search for a longarm solution.

Iridescence quilt featured on the Midnight Quilt Show!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Eight months ago, Craftsy asked if I would write a pattern for them. The quilt was named "Iridescence" and would be featured on The Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters.

Well, fast forward to this week, and it's finally time I can share with you!

Iridescence quilt on the Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters for Craftsy/Bluprint
Photo courtesy of Craftsy

An Island Batik Christmas in July!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I get two shipments of fabric from them during the year. Then I get to make awesome things to meet monthly challenges that all the ambassadors participate in! I have no idea what will be in the boxes ahead of time. It's just like Christmas! I just got my second shipment, so I thought I'd share with you what was in the box!

Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs batting I got as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program

2018 Mid Year Review

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How are your New Year's Resolutions going? If you're like me, you just rolled your eyes! However, I do set some specific business goals each year, and Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is prompting us to do a mid-year evaluation. So how am I doing?

2018 Mid Year Review

My Chambray Quilt is in Quilty Magazine!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

I'm so excited to finally be able to share with you one of my secret sewing quilts from early this year! Meet "Somewhere in Indiana," published in the July/August 2018 issue of Quilty!

Somewhere in Indiana chambray quilt in Quilty magazine