Cadence Court Quilt

Hi everyone!

I saw the beautiful Cadence Court Quilt by Sassafras Lane Designs on many Instagram feeds over the summer and decided that I really wanted to make one using sunset colors.

This quilt is mostly foundation paper pieced with a little bit of traditional piecing to add the background pieces and center pieces. There are 24 paper pieced wedges to make and each wedge took me roughly 2 hours to sew.

For my colorful sections, I used Alison Glass fabrics in 6 colors. Each color is repeated 4 times throughout the quilt. The white background is Alison Glass Sun Print Compass in coconut. The black fabric has tiny metallic hearts that look pretty in person and is called Yes Please Hearts by Riley Black. The gray fabrics are just solids.

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I started working on the quilt in August, and I finished it in November. Between working full-time and going on a family hiking trip to the southwest in August, I think that I assembled this quilt pretty quickly!

I used my Handi Quilter Avante longarm with Superior thread to do ruler work around the triangle shapes as well as custom free-motion quilting in the negative spaces. I used the Handi Quilter 3-inch slice ruler to create a beautiful swirl in the quilt center.cc_quilting_closeup

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If you live in the Missoula, Montana area, you can see the quilt on display at The Confident Stitch. They carry all the fabrics and the pattern that I used to make this quilt. For other color inspirations, go check out the #cadencecourt hashtag on Instagram!

Here’s a look at my finished quilt. Isn’t it just gorgeous?

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Happy quilting!

~Jen

A Finished Maker’s Tote!

Hi everyone!

I finished my first ever Maker’s Tote by Noodlehead recently to take with me to Quilter’s Affair classes in Sisters in a couple of weeks. I made the large size to carry all my sewing basics and class supplies in style!

Maker’s Tote Front

Materials:

I usually make quilts and not bags so this project was a good challenge for me. I think stitching around the gusset pieces is always the hardest part on bags, with the bulk from the stabilizer and the fabrics. I used Clover Clips and took my time.

I changed the pattern only slightly. Instead of having an outside front pocket, I decided to use a pieced stripe of Blueberry Park fabrics to add a pop of color. I also used the same fabrics to piece together the handles and bias binding. I added a cute little cat zipper pull that I purchased at a quilt show.

Here are some more pictures of my finished Maker’s Tote:

Color Pop on the bag front

Colorful zipper binding

Cute little cat zipper pull

Backside of the tote

Tote interior

I think I may make the smaller version of the Maker’s Tote for everyday use. I have fabric ideas swirling around in my head. Too many ideas with too little time!

Happy sewing!

~Jen

Sew Many Colors Mini Quilt Finish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This past weekend, I had the great fortune to go on a mini 3-day vacation with my sister. We rented a condo at the Oregon coast and had a great time sewing all day on different projects.

I brought one project in particular to finish during our retreat called “Sew Many Colors” to celebrate Aurifil USA’s 10th anniversary and designed by Whole Circle Studio! I love Aurifil thread and use it for all my piecing so naturally I just had to make this quilt.

I decided to feature ocean/sea glass colors in this mini so I could have a virtual tropical vacation whenever I look at the quilt. I used Kona White as both my background and the backing for the quilt. I wanted the thread spool colors to really stand out.

For the thread spools, I used these Kona Cotton colors: Jamaica, Niagara, Astral, Malibu, Mediterranean, Ultra Marine, Grasshopper, Cabbage, Parrot, and Cyan. I used a Kona Cotton charm pack for all these colors except 1 that I pulled from my stash.

The binding is a scrappy mix using the leftovers from paper-piecing the spools. I had just enough to complete the binding – whew! I really love the dimensional effect that scrappy binding gives to this mini quilt.

Since I was at the beach, I decided to be adventurous with my free-motion quilting by stitching a sand dollar shape using Aurifil #4654. This is a lovely green and blue variegated thread in 50 weight. For the background quilting, I did all over free-motion swirls using Aurifil 2024 in 50 weight, and it blended perfectly with the Kona White.

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Close-Up of Sand Dollar Free-Motion Quilting

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I am entering this mini quilt into a contest where you can vote! Voting runs from April 1st – 15th, 2017 on the Aurifil blog. Hope you’ll stop by and check out all the beautiful quilts!

Happy quilting,

~Jennifer

 

Giraffe Abstractions Quilt!

Hi everyone,

In July at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show, I had the opportunity to take the Giraffe Abstractions class by Violet Craft with my sister.

I finished about 1/2 of the quilt top during the week, working on it during the 2-day class and in the evenings at the hotel. I wanted to finish the quilt quickly since I had a visit to my sister’s house in August so I stitched like crazy during the rest of July and early August at home. I also wanted to take the finished giraffe on a little, unexpected journey! The piecing is all done with Aurifil #2000 and the quilting is done with Superior OMNI in light grey.

This beautiful quilt is entirely foundation paper-pieced. I used Violet’s recommended colors for the giraffe body. For the background, I used the modern Me + You Batiks. I love how it turned out!!

Here is my giraffe on her journey to celebrate the National Park Service 100th Anniversary at Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park!

Giraffe at Continental Divide, Yellowstone NP

Giraffe at Continental Divide, Yellowstone NP

Giraffe at Biscuit Basin, Yellowstone NP

Giraffe at Biscuit Basin, Yellowstone NP

Giraffe at Grand Teton NP

Giraffe at Grand Teton NP

I have a large stack of to-do quilting projects to tackle next, including an Instagram mini quilt swap and a Scrappy Skylines Quilt-Along. I may start the Elephant Abstractions quilt next, but who knows? 🙂

Happy quilting!

~Jennifer

Forest and Lake Art Quilt Flimsy Finished!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

For the past year, I’ve been steadily working on what I call an epic paper piecing project! It’s comprised of 2 art quilt-a-long projects designed by Janeen of Quilt Art Designs. The top section is the forest QAL and the bottom section is the lake QAL. Each section is broken down into 12-week chunks.

Here’s a look at the completed flimsy:

Forest and Lake QAL together!

Forest and Lake QAL together!

When I do foundation paper-piecing, I tend to keep the papers on for as long as possible for added stability. If the paper makes a seam too bulky, I will remove part of it. Otherwise, I wait until the project is completed, and then remove all the paper at once.

Here’s what the back of the quilt top looks like:

Paper backing on Forest and Lake QAL

Paper backing on Forest and Lake QAL

Now, that’s a bunch of paper to remove!! I did make one mistake on the forest portion so I had to make an adjustment not on the pattern, but I think it still turned out fine.

I’m not sure how to quilt this project. I’m going to take my take and do a bunch of custom quilting, I think. Once finished, I hope to display it in a couple of local quilt shows.

Enjoy!

~Jennifer

Brutus Quilt, First Finish of 2016

Happy New Year, everyone!

My quilty goal this year is to finish more projects before starting new ones! Sound familiar?

In a bittersweet first finish for the year, I completed the quilting and binding on my Brutus memory quilt this week.

I posted earlier that Janeen of Quilt Art Designs drafted this wonderful foundation paper-pieced pattern for me of my dog, Brutus, who passed away in September 2015 after fighting cancer.

The pattern is based off a photo that I took of Brutus with us on the Broken Top hike in central Oregon in August 2015.

Brutus hikes the Broken Top trail with the Three Sisters in the background

Brutus hikes the Broken Top trail with the Three Sisters in the background

I pieced the quilt using Aurifil 50 weight threads in light tan and black. The blue background is Moda Grunge, the solids are all Kona cotton, and the blacks and grays are from various fabric manufacturers pulled from my stash.

I did a free-motion swirly quilting all over his fur, switching from black thread to a variegated brown thread when needed. For the blue background, I did straight-line quilting using Rainbow thread by Superior. It has a subtle shimmer that you can see in person, but the pictures do not show it well.

For the binding, I went with a black and white print from Cotton & Steel. I like how it vaguely resembles an old film strip yet brings the focus to Brutus.

Brutus Memory Quilt 1

Brutus Memory Quilt 2

I love how this quilt turned out! I think it is my favorite quilt that I have made, and I plan to hang it in our house this weekend. I miss Brutus fiercely and still feel his sweet doggie presence.

Sincere thanks to Janeen for the pattern. Please check out her Craftsy store and her wonderful selection of foundation paper-piecing patterns!

Happy quilting,

~Jennifer

Fabric Postcard Tutorial

Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!

Recently, I participated in an Instagram-based modern fabric postcard swap. Check out the great pictures under the hashtag #modernfabricpostcardswap!

Several people asked me how I made my cards so I thought a step-by-step tutorial would be helpful to post here on my blog with some pictures.

Fabric postcards are quick and easy to make and you can use leftover scraps from other projects. You can piece them traditionally, paper-piece them, or use applique. My one suggestion is to not embellish the cards with any 3-D type materials if your intent is to mail the card by itself. You don’t want the postal machines to get jammed up!

These cards are suitable to mail by themselves. You don’t need to put them in an envelope, and you only need 1 first-class stamp for domestic postage. If you are mailing them internationally, you’ll probably need a little more postage.

Here are the 3 postcards that I made for the swap:

Modern Fabric Postcards

Modern Fabric Postcards

Materials

  1. (1) 4″ x 6″ piece of white cardstock (or white fabric)
  2. (1) 4″ x 6″ piece of Heat n’ Bond lite (or any light weight, double-sided fusible)
  3. (1) 4″ x 6″ piece of Timtex interfacing (or any firm, one-sided fusible)
  4. (1) 4″ x 6″ fabric top (any technique)
Fabric Postcard Materials

Fabric Postcard Materials

How to Make the Fabric Postcard

Step 1: Piece the fabric top of your postcard using any technique – improvised piecing, paper-piecing, applique. No pattern needed just use your imagination! I often start with a focus fabric and then build from there.

Step 2:  Press your fabric top to the Timtex interfacing. I use a towel to protect my ironing board from any adhesive.

Iron fabric top to Timtex

Iron fabric top to Timtex

Step 3:  Quilt the fabric top to the interfacing to give it structure and stability. You can straight-line stitch or practice your free-motion quilting. It’s up to you!

Quilt the postcard top

Quilt the postcard top

Step 4: On the white cardstock or white fabric, write the word “POSTCARD” across the top portion on one side. Add a divider line and address lines. If you use white cardstock, then any archival thin-tipped marker works well. I use a Micron pen. If you use white fabric, practice on a scrap first because you may need a special fabric marker.

Step 5: Press the Heat n’ Bond lite (double-sided fusible) to the backside of the white cardstock or white fabric.

Iron double-sided fusible to backside of cardstock

Iron double-sided fusible to backside of cardstock

Step 6: Peel off the paper from the remaining side of the Heat n’ Bond lite.

Step 7: Stack the quilted postcard top onto the cardstock so that the remaining fusible side faces the back of the Timtex interfacing. You are essentially making a “postcard sandwich” much like layering a quilt. Press.

Center the postcard top to the bottom and then press.

Center the postcard top to the bottom and then press.

Step 8: Stitch around all outside edges of the postcard to seal it. You can use a zigzag stitch or a satin stitch. I like to use a zigzag and go around the whole card two times.

Zigzag stitch on all edges!

Zigzag stitch on all edges!

 

Step 9: On the backside, you can write your note and the lucky recipient’s address. Add a sticker-style stamp, and drop it in the post box!

Ready for your note, address, and stamp!

Ready for your note, address, and stamp!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Fabric postcards are fun and addictive to make, and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Happy stitching!

~Jennifer