June 2018 – My First Stitch Fix Review!

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I got my very first Stitch Fix box today! I rushed to the mailbox after work to retrieve my box, almost giggly with excitement. My cat was not impressed, ha!

My stylist sent me a very pretty necklace, a pair of distressed jeans, and 3 shirts.

Here’s a look at the whole fix:


I absolutely loved the necklace so I knew that I would keep that item. The necklace is beautiful, simple, and I can wear it with many different outfits to work. The Kaylie Classic Station necklace has both gold and silver tones with sparkly little beads. It cost $34 but after deducting the $20 styling fee, it comes to just $14. KEEP!

Let’s talk about the jeans. They fit perfectly, and I really wanted to keep them. However, they are very distressed. I just can’t wear jeans this distressed to work. Cost is $68. RETURN!

My next favorite item is the green shirt. It is called the Romey Cold Shoulder Knit Top. From the picture it can be hard to see, but the shoulders have a fun cut-out detail. The color is a pretty olive, much better in person that with my little camera. Although it was a bit loose on me, I decided it would great for work this summer. I will try to get a picture of me wearing this shirt and necklace combo. Cost is $28. KEEP!

The long-sleeved blue shirt is called the Darrel Crochet Yoke Knit Top for $58. It is a lovely fabric with pretty detailing at the neck line. However, it was too big for me, and I just don’t want to wear long-sleeved shirts to work in the summer. RETURN!

The white shirt with blue stripes is very cute and summery. It is the Anica One Pocket Knit Top for $38. However, at just 5 foot 4 inches tall, this shirt was way too long, almost mini skirt length when I was younger. The back had fun buttons for a different look. If it the shirt had been petite length, I would have purchased it. RETURN!

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my first fix and my stylist, Cheree.. I kept 2 pieces and returned 3. I’ll update my styling preferences and Pinterest board for my July fix so that my stylist can tweak the selections for me.

What do you think of my keep vs. returned items this month?

Enjoy!

~Jen

Soak Up the Sun Quilt

Hello quilters!

The sunflower is one of my favorite flowers because it is always in bloom during my birthday month. I love how bright and cheerful sunflowers are while dancing in the sunshine.

When I saw the Soak Up the Sun quilt in a new book, Mini Wonderful Curves by Sew Kind of Wonderful, I fell in love and had to make this quilt right away.

I purchased some Pepper and Flax fabric from my local quilt store to use as the sunflower petals. In the book, the petals are all scrappy yellows, but I wanted to use this pretty fabric for all the petals.

The background is made up from 5 different gray and white low-volume fabrics from my stash. The green petals are from 4 different fabrics, and the dark gray centers are also from 4 different fabrics. A great way to use up some stash!

Soak Up the Sun block

This quilt uses the QCR Mini ruler, and it goes together pretty quickly. Don’t let the curves scare you! The ruler makes it easy and fun.

I assembled my quilt top over about a week, sewing most of a weekend and then after work in the evenings.

Here’s my inspector performing his initial cat scan and quality check:

Tiger Inspects Soak Up the Sun Quilt Flimsy

Now onto the quilting! I used my HQ Avante, and did some free-motion flowers and swirls using Glide thread.

Soak Up the Sun Quilt, Just Off the Longarm!

I used a dark gray fabric from the Pepper and Flax fabric line to bind the quilt. My backing material is also from the same line, but I selected a lighter gray with yellow flowers.

Here’s a look at the completed quilt:

Soak Up the Sun Quilt

Soak Up the Sun Quilt

I really enjoyed making this picnic blanket sized quilt! I’m ready for summer with this beautiful quilt.

Happy quilting!

~Jennifer

A Modern Star Quilt – Zoomer!

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

I recently finished a modern quilt called Zoomer. This pattern is by Elizabeth Dackson from the book, Rock Solid.

I used mostly solids but added a subtle print from Cotton + Steel in mint green. It adds just a hint of texture when you look at the quilt closely.

The quilt is pieced with Aurifil 50 weight thread in #2800, which is a very light mint color. For quilting, I used a similar light green mint by Omni. It blends in really well with the fabric colors without detracting from the modern design. I did free-motion swirls in the exploding star block, and I used my channel locks to quilt straight-lines in the negative space.

Here’s a look at the free-motion swirls on my HQ Avante:

Free-motion swirls on Zoomer

Here’s a look at the finished quilt in a field of Camas flowers:

Finished Zoomer Quilt

I also just finished another quilt using curved seams so I will blog about that one soon!

Happy quilting!

~Jen

Mt. Hood Elevated Abstractions Quilt

Hello quilters!

I love the landscape of the west, particularly in my home state of Oregon. When I saw the Elevated Abstractions quilt by Violet Craft, I just knew that I had to make it.

This quilt is a wonderful abstraction of Mt. Hood. It is entirely foundation paper-pieced using Pure Elements Solids by Art Gallery fabric and Aurifil thread in 50 weight.

I wanted the quilting to take a back seat to the piecing so I took a modern approach with straight-line quilting using channel locks on my HQ Avante.

MtHood_2

Once I took the quilt off the frame, my trusty quilt inspector instantly arrived. How do cats know?

MtHood3

I decided that the quilt needed a pop of bright color for the binding so I dug into my stash and added some orange Notorious fabric by Cotton + Steel. Then, I took the quilt on a 9 mile round trip hike to visit Pup Falls in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Quite the scene for a little photo op! My son took this picture while I balanced precariously on the muddy trail, working hard to keep it out of all that mud!

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I really enjoyed piecing and quilting Elevated Abstractions. I need to find the perfect spot to hang it in my home.

Happy quilting! ~Jennifer

HQ Sixteen on a Phoenix Frame for Sale!!

Hi everyone,

The HQ Sixteen is now sold!!!


I’m upgrading to the HQ Avante! I’m very excited to get this new machine, but I need to sell my HQ Sixteen because I don’t have room for both.

The HQ Sixteen has been such a great machine to learn free-motion quilting. I’ve only used her for personal projects so very light use. If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, I’m selling my machine and frame for $3500.

If interested, please let me know! The buyer needs to be able to pick up the frame and do your own assembly.

I’m including the following items:

  • HQ Sixteen with stitch regular on a 12′ steel Phoenix frame that we modified to fit the machine specifically.
  • The frame also comes with a separate carriage that fits the TinLizzie 18.
  • Separate bobbin winder.
  • Fourth rail for batting (does not include by batting roll as shown in the pictures)
  • 2 clamps.
  • Cloth leaders.
  • All product manuals for the HQ and the Phoenix frame

Elephant Abstractions, Mini Size

Greetings friends!

Last March, I started work on the Elephant Abstractions quilt by Violet Craft during a spring break quilt retreat with my sister. I finished it in August, just in time to display at the NW Quilting Expo in Portland.

The original pattern is quite large and, having made the full-size Giraffe Abstractions, I decided to make the elephant at 50% size. Since this is a foundation paper-pieced pattern, it is easy to scale it by reducing the templates when copying them.

I purchased all my fabrics at the Stitchin Post the summer before in a frenzy of purchasing in the week leading up to the annual quilt show! The background is an Alison Glass Handcrafted Grove in Neon batik fabric and the elephant fabrics are a combination of Moda Grunge, Michael Miller Painter’s Canvas, and some solids.

For the quilting, I did some pretty dense custom free-motion quilting on the elephant body. I used more geometric shapes on the ears and different curvy shapes on the head, body, and tusks. I added pearl hot fix crystals in the center of the eyes. For the background, I wanted the quilting to make it seem like the elephant is running out from the jungle towards the viewer.

Here’s a look at the finished quilt:

Elephant Abstractions Quilt

Here are some close-up pics of the quilting:

I’m very pleased with how this small quilt turned out, and I’m excited to do another one of Violet’s abstraction patterns soon! Maybe even her new one, the Wolf!

Happy quilting!

~Jennifer

Renewal, A QuiltCon Entry

Happy 2018 everyone!

My goal this year is to blog at least once each week. Although I post on Instagram regularly (@nwquiltedcat), my blog posts let me go into greater details on my quilts!

For this post, I want to show you a foundation paper-pieced quilt that I designed for the small quilt category for QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena. Unfortunately, the QuiltCon selection committee did not choose my quilt for display. I do hope to enter it into a local show later this year.

This quilt is called Renewal, and I designed as a personal reflection of my feelings for the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge in the summer of 2017. This fire was human-caused and devastated the area. My family has been hiking, camping, and fishing in the area for 4 generations so this fire really hit home.

However, wildfires also promote renewal and healing in the forest. It is a natural process and cycle that keeps forests in balance. Hence, my quilt is Renewal!

Look for the quilted shadow animals. These shadows represent the animals that lost their lives in the fire, but also represent animals returning to the forest as it regrows.

Renewal

Renewal Close-Up

I really wish that I could attend QuiltCon this year, but vacation time and funds are in short supply. Hoping to go in 2020!

Happy quilting!

~Jen