Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sewvivor - Sew In Love Quilting

Hey, all!  If you can remember back in May, I was featured on Stephanie Kendron's Modern Sewciety Podcast.  If you haven't listened to it yet, click here.  We talk about sewing, projects I have going on, my patterns, some of my favorites, my Etsy shop, and more! 

The talented and amazing Rachel H. from Family Ever After was also featured on this podcast episode.  She has a wonderful blog filled with lots of tutorials and sewing eye candy.  While listening to her podcast, I learned about an incredible competition that she hosts called Sewvivor and this year's competition is a quilter's special edition. 

When I first heard the word competition, I was like, "Umm ... heck yeah!" (I grew up in a competative family, can you tell?)  And to top it off, it is all about one of my biggest passions, QUILTING!  Double heck yeah!  Sorry for those of you that don't live in Utah, we say "heck" a lot :)  So, I've been patiently waiting for the auditions to open up and then realized my audition piece wasn't quite what I wanted to enter. So, I got going and finished up my Blustery Day quilt and I am so excited to share it with everyone!  Here it is:

I had this quilt top finished for a month and was really stuck on how to quilt it.  After a few suggestions from some lovely ladies on Instagram, I resolved on a swirl pattern to simulate wind.  I love doing loops, but I had never done this kind of continuous all over swirl before.  I am sooooo happy with how it turned out.  I really want to do this kind of quilting again and it was a lot easier than I expected.  I used Natalia Bonner's book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting to give me a little boost, and it really gave me a great starting point to how to quilt these flowy swirls.  Love the book and love the results!
I used a beautiful aqua thread color because the backing fabric is navy and I thought white might be too harsh against the dark color.  I love how it made the quilting pop just enough and wasn't too distracting.
Some of my favorite things about this quilt, were the little animals peeking out at me . . .
 . . . and how the quilting seemed to give the pinwheels motion.

I hope you have enjoyed my little "show and tell"!  If you are new to my blog, you can follow me on Bloglovin or by email to be updated when I have a new post, or on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram (@sewinlovequilting), where I love to share more of my day to day projects.  If you follow on Instagram and have your Blustery Day pattern, tag pictures of your quilt progress with #blusterydayquiltalong.  You can also visit my Etsy shop SewInLoveQuilting for my origianl patterns (Blustery Day and Starry-Eyed), custom quilts, handbags, accessories, and baby products.  I love designing custom goods for clients and am adding new items all the time.
Thank you everyone for all your support for me and my sewing endeavours!  It means so much to me to be able to do what I love while I play at home with my kiddos.  And please keep your fingers crossed that you will be seeing me in the top 16 for this season's Sewvivor!


  1. what fun little pinwheels. and i love the color combos you used. the aqua thread was a great choice for sure!
    best of luck to you in the auditions :)

  2. Such a wonderful quilt! I love all of the little details. Best, Kate