Friday, May 23, 2014

In With the New Part Deux

Okay, I feel like I have been blogging a ton this week, but I have a lot to talk about right now.  

First of all, I FINALLY finished my Spools quilt!






Which means, I can finally cut into more fabric!  Okay, I have to admit that the day I finished it, I started cutting into my Enchanted fabric for my Blustery Day Sew Along (read more about my pattern and sew along here).  This is the first quilt that I have made just for me and I love the bright, happy colors!

Spools, as well as Field Day, which I blogged about in A Quilty Progress Report are both available now for custom order in my Etsy shop.  I can't wait to make more!

And last, but not least . . . here is my progress so far with my Blustery Day quilt.

Blocks 1-4

Blocks 5-10

Things are crazy in life right now, so it's been slow going, but hopefully by next week I'll have my quilt top ready to be sandwiched and quilted. 

If you would like to join in the sew along with me, Blustery Day is available for purchase in my Etsy shop in full color paper or PDF form.  I would love to see your blocks/quilt top/finished quilt, so send me a picture!  Hope you have a great week, and happy sewing!





Modern Sewciety Podcast

 

I had the opportunity this week to do an interview with Stephanie Kendron from Modern Sewciety. For those of you that haven't heard of her before, she is the host of this awesome podcast in which she interviews modern sewists and bloggers.  It was so fun to chat with her about how I starting sewing, my Etsy shop, and  some of my inspirations and favorites.  Have a listen by clicking on the link below and either downloading the podcast, or pushing the play button (located under the links to our websites).  Let me know what you think and happy listening!


PS - Make sure to check out Stephanie's other podcasts!  They are great to listen to while working on the sewing machine!




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In With the New

It's been a busy month for me and I am so excited to FINALLY share with you what I've been doing!

I can finally add pattern designer to my list of titles!  This last month I released my  first two patterns, Starry-Eyed and Blustery Day. 


Starry-Eyed is a lovely quilt that looks a lot more complicated than it really is.  It is a 9 block quilt entirely made up of flying geese, half square triangles, and squares.   I asked a couple of people from the Utah County Modern Quilting Guild to pattern test for me and here are their finished blocks . . . 

Made by UCMQG member Lori Bennett

Made by UCMQG member Jenn Barclay (@mrsbarclay)

Thank you ladies for doing such a great job!


Blustery Day is a cute crib sized quilt composed of framed double-pinwheels. Add a couple more rows and it is a perfect summery picnic quilt, don't you think!?

So who's ready for a little sew along?  I started making a Blustery Day quilt this week using Riley Blake's ever so cute fabric line, Enchanted, and I would LOVE for y'all to join me!  Just go to my Etsy shop and purchase either the PDF or paper pattern and then send me your pictures of your blocks/quilt top/finished quilt. If you are already an Instagram member, make sure to post that you are joining the Blustery Day Sew-along, use #blusterydaysewalong, and tag me @sewinlovequilting!



Four blocks down .  .  .  only 31 more to go!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, May 2, 2014

A Quilty Progress Report

I have been busy, busy, busy with client quilts and some other fun projects the last few months and would love to share with y'all what I've been working on.
 
First up . . . I finished my Field Day quilt for the Zeller family!  I explained in my last post that this dear family had toxic mold in their home and had to get rid of all their possessions, including Misty's grandmother's quilts.  I was lucky enough to be able to make one for them (although it will never replace what they lost).  Please follow her blog and show her your support!  Her family continues to struggle with crippling health effects of the mold and could use all the love and prayers they can get.  Her posts are truly inspirational!  Her blog is www.charliessong.com.

Here is the quilt!


 
 


 
I am so pleased with the way it turned out!  I'll be the first to tell you that these are not the normal colors that I would pick myself, but I fell in love with this quilt as I made it!   The quilting and scrappy binding put the icing on the cake for me.  I say this after each quilt I make, but I've really got to make one of these for me!
 
Next up, is a quilt I made for my friend who's daughter is being baptized this week.  She got her a book called "The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket," and she wanted me to quilt and bind this quilt for Kennedy's special day.  Here is the finished product:
 

 
 
 
 
I nicknamed this quilt "The Quilt of a Million Bagillion Loops" and by the end of quilting, my forearms were aching, but it was worth it!  I am reminded everytime I do a scalloped edge how much I adore it!  It is so feminine and soft.  I've also been trying to label all of my quilts, and this one needed a circle label to go with the circle/loop theme.  What do you think?
 
Now, you may not remember, but in my Let's Get It Started post, I made a promise to myself that I would not cut into another piece of fabric until I had all three of my quilt tops quilted and bound.  Well, I have cut a lot of fabric, but none of it has been for me.  And I have finished 2 out of the 3 projects so far!
 
Here is my Adorn quilt which is hanging above my sewing area as we speak.  PS-Just keeping it real with the mess, y'all :)

 
 
I tried something new with this one and decided to hand-quilt it and I LOVE the result.  I love trying new things with quilting and this is definitely something I will do again!
 

 
 
 




And finally, here is the Dapper quilt I made for my new niece, Gemma.
 
 
 
 
 
 
And here's Gemma enjoying a nap on her quilt.
 
 
 
Hopefully I will be able to get my third quilt, Spools, done this week since I am getting a good hold of my client quilts, and dare I say, I am actually ahead of schedule?!
 
Make sure to check out my Etsy shop for custom Adorn and Dapper quilts!  And if you aren't a follower on Instagram, find me @sewinlovequilting!