quilts

Homemade Halloween Decor

I usually get an annual itch to make something for the fall season in the month of July. This year I followed my desires and finished up a few homemade halloween/fall decor items for our house.

I started this bat quilt last summer and wrapped it up this summer -- better late than never. I used this paper piecing pattern for the bats and pieced them together in a small throw-size quilt for the back of the couch.

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To fill in around the bats, I used a variety of black patterned fabrics and put everything on an angle to make it look like the bats were flying. I put this quilt on the long-arm quilting machine and did a series of free motion circles and lines for the quilting.  For the back I just pieced left-over yardage until I got the right size. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

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I bought a 1/2 yard of this halloween fabric a few months back with no idea of how I would use it. I usually have a project in mind before I buy fabric, but I love when it happens the other way around. With just a couple of cuts, I made a simple halloween garland for my fireplace.

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For the rest of the halloween fabric, I used it for the back of this skull pillow tutorial I found on Modern Handcraft. I'm just on a halloween roll now!

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And lastly, I found these cute pumpkin placemats on Pinterest and figured out a way to make some that are similar. I actually taught a class on them at my mom's shop last week and it was neat to see them made up in a variety of color palettes and fabrics. We used a washable suede for the faces and good thing because my daughter has already spilt milk all over them!

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OKAY, I think that's enough halloween for one post ;)

Latest Quilts

Here are a few of the latest quilts I've been working on...and actually finished!

I'm part of the Blue Ridge Modern Quilt Guild and each year we do a block of the month series. For my 2016 blocks, I decided to really frame each one out and build the blocks up into a pretty large quilt. I'm happy to have this one completed -- a year long block series plus a few months of finishing it up means this quilt has been in the making for some time!

My husband's cousin recently got married and so for her bridal shower gift, I decided to make her a throw-sized quilt. I've been interested in making this triangle quilt for sometime so this was a good opportunity to try it out. 

And lastly, when I saw the Alice in Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Co., I knew I wanted to make something with it. Instead of buying yardage, I bought 10" square precuts of the entire collection. Inspired by the Mad Hatter's tea party in the story, I went with the "Broken Dishes" block and used up every precut in my pack!

This is the largest quilt I've ever made. I'm using it on a queen-size bed, however, I added length on all sides for shrinkage and ample drape. AND I also quilted this myself on the longarm quilting machine!

Mountain Gems Improv Quilt

We've lived in our current house for just over a year and while I love our new home, I have this problem in our master bedroom -- there's no window! The room was intended to be a "media" room so the previous owners boxed in the window to create that dark cinema feeling. Our goal is to eventually put a window back in; but until then, I decided to create a large, light-colored quilted wall hanging as a place holder.

This is an improv quilt -- I simply started sewing together a series of fabrics I enjoyed and let the quilt develop on its own. The fabric is a combination of quilting cotton, double gauze, and linen. I titled it "Mountain Gems" because of the shapes and composition. 

After my first trip to Quiltcon 2017, I was inspired to experiment with my quilting. I quilted certain sections really tight, used different color threads, and incorporated hand quilting.

Mini Quilts

When I started quilting close to three years ago, I pretty much had no clue what I was doing. My mom and her fabric store were a good jumping off point, but it took time just piecing fabric together to really get started. I stumbled across this mini quilt club and felt it would be a helpful way to learn to piece a variety of blocks. Fast forward to 2017 and I still had several of those mini quilt tops pieced but not quilted. So, I've been working my way through my stack and finishing each one...