Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Block Swap - front

Last night I finished a quilt that was started five years ago.  

Oh my, how my sewing has grown! Back then, I was sewing on my mom's old Husqvarna.   It was in metric, so I never sewed a quarter inch seam.  It always dropped stitches.  However, it got me sewing and I've had sew much fun ever since.   I met some amazing friends and had lots of good laughs.  I'm happy to have this WIP complete!  Its off to its new owner today.

Quilt stats: 
  • A throw quilt - 54x65 inches.
  • Six log cabin blocks were from the Scrappy Holiday Block Swap.  Another eight were made by me.  After seeing Beth Novak's finished quilt, I added my own tree and wonky star blocks.   
  • Border and background fabric is Kona Premium Ultra White.  
  • The quilt back is pieced from holiday themed fabric.  
  • Binding was pieced with leftover fabric scraps.
  • 100% cotton fabric used on the front, back, batting, and binding.

Monday, December 8, 2014

moderninstabeehive13: String Circles

In late February, I joined the #moderninstabeehive13.  Twelve strangers on Instagram join forces to complete blocks from the book Modern Bee - 13 Quilts to Make with Friends.

My month was June and I chose circles, specifically the String Circles block.  My color palette was grey with white, black, red, yellow, and turquoise.  I can only say THANK YOU-THANK YOU-THANK YOU!!! to all the ladies in my hive.  Y'all tried circles.  It wasn't easy nor perfect.  But the end result is amazing.

String Circles quilt - front

Wait, June??   Yeah, I didn't get the quilt put together till this past weekend at a retreat with friends.  I love our annual December retreats.  Its a time to catch up, listen to Christmas music all weekend, eat Rice Krispie Treats, and sew-sew-sew!

Almost finished quilting my #moderninstabee quilt! #moderninstabeehive13 A few quilt finishes so far this fall/winter Instead of a Sew Together Bag with three zippered pockets inside, I made three three Camelback Carryall bags. #giftWinning

Quilt stats: 
  • A baby quilt - 45x60 inches.
  • Eleven of the blocks contributed by members of #moderninstabeehive13.  Bottom middle block made by me.     
  • Border fabric were grey scraps from my stash. 
  • The quilt back is IKEA Britten Nummer text fabric.  
  • Binding are grey, blue, and red fabric from the stash.
  • 100% cotton fabric used on the front, back, batting, and binding.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Math Quilt: Pythagorean Theorem

I present my first math quilt: The Pythagorean Theorem.

Who doesn't love a-squared + b-squared = c-squared?

Pythagorean Theorem

In April 2012 the Austin Modern Quilt Guild held a Color Wheel Charm Pack Swap.  I bought "2 spots" and ended up with 112 charm squares.  I didn't know what to do with the fabrics until this fall, when I began teaching geometry.  I was repeating "Pythagorean Theorem" and "a-squared plus b-squared equals c-squared" so often, that this quilt was designed in my sleep!  My friend Cindy had made a Pythagorean quilt in 2011 and I wanted something similar, but bigger.

Pythagorean Theorem

The backing is another Marimekko fabric from the Crate and Barrel Outlet.  I love that the fabric is wide enough so no piecing is required on the back.  Only drawback: it bleeds!  It needs to be washed with multiple color catchers.

For quilting I went out of my comfort zone: matchstick quilting!  All the negative space was quilted about 1/3 of an inch apart, along different diagonal lines.  The number of quilting lines used in the blocks represents that section's squared number.

9 yellow blocks: 9 quilting lines.  16 red blocks: 16 quilting lines.  25 blue blocks: 25 quilting lines. 
3-squared plus 4-squared equals 5-squared

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Overall, I love it!  And I love the equilateral triangles fabric that I included on one part of the binding.

Pythagorean Theorem

Pythagorean Theorem

Sunday, February 16, 2014

MQG Riley Blake Challenge: Hexagons

My first finish of 2014: the Modern Quilt Guild's Riley Blake Challenge.  

Members of the guild were given fat-eighths of six or so Riley Blake fabrics. We could use any solids we wanted. I went through my scrap bin and started pulling blues and greens, with a pop of yellow and orange. I rounded it out with some dark brown and lots of Kona Coal.

For the back I used up the rest of my scraps. I love the back just as much as the front!

The quilting was done with stitch #4 on my Bernina 220 Activa. WAVY LINES! I love the crinkled effect after washing.

Photos were taken this morning during the Austin Marathon. My house is land-locked on marathon day. Meaning the marathon route circles our neighborhood and we can't get out till about 1 p.m. I loved being able to take a photo on the road closure. And look at the tired runner... This was mile 18!  Way to go, runners!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Recap

#scrappyTripAlong, a new niece, completed eight or nine quilts, swam in Rainy Lake, three quilt retreats, vacationed in Turkey,  joined do. Good Stitches Imagine Circle, bonfire in the desert, QuiltCon, pontoon boat rides, trips to the dog park, and said goodbye to my Grandma. 

1. mom, grandma, me, 2. quilt for my mom, 3. Merry Christmas!, 4. Paddle Boat: Jakob and Abby, 5. Madrona Road Challenge, 6. #scrappyTripAlong , 7. Bobbi's block for Cindy B, 8. Grandma Linda and Bridget, 9. Chauncey In The Cities, 10. Family bonfire #desertLife, 11. Grace and Grandma, 12. Impromptu quilt photo shoot, 13. Aya Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey, 14. Fox Mug Rug, 15. Yuma sunset 16. My grandparents

2014 Preview: A year of selfish sewing and getting the fun room organized!  A pretty sewing space, I will have.  

Friday, December 27, 2013

do.Good Stitches Sampler

This summer I joined the Imagine Circle of do.Good Stitches.  I'm a stitcher.  Each month I make one or two blocks that another group member picks out.  That person is in charge of putting together the quilt top and quilts it.  I like the non-committal role as a stitcher.  I get to make fun blocks, but don't have the responsibility of making an entire quilt.

I created one or two extra blocks each month.  I put twelve blocks together to make this baby girl quilt!


I added pink truck Madrona Road fabric on the back.  Ain't it super cute?

This quilt is heading off to a cousin who had a baby girl the same time my niece Grace was born.  Better late than never!