Welcome to my journey

I design art quilts, table runners, table toppers, mug rugs, place mats, wall hangings, and quilts and sell them on Etsy. I sew from chosen patterns and well as create unique patterns for custom and commission work.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quilting But Not Blogging

I have been really busy.  I finished two table runners, a quilt, and a pillow cover these past two weeks, but I haven't really blogged about it.

Sometimes I just want to keep sewing.  It's safe.  I don't always have to think or "put myself out there" when I quilt.

I have two quilts that I want to create into patterns.  Why don't I start?  I've made the quilts, I know I like them.  I have thought of several ways that the quilt can be appealing to more than one audience.  My husband has had a brilliant idea for a quilt and why don't I design his idea?

What stops you from taking the next step?

Here is one of the quilts I finished.  This is from Kids Quilts.  Its called Oops a Daisy.  I used only fabrics from my stash to make it and was surprised how many prints I had with butterflies in them.  This quilt turned out cheerful and happy.  I love that the butterflies are 8 inches across and the flowers are about 6 inches across.  Children will have so much fun sitting one this quilt and finding the butterflies, flowers and hearts.  If you want the pattern go to the Kids Quilts website.  I bought three other patterns from this company, all for kids quilts.  I think the patterns are unique.  If you want to buy this quilt, you can go to my Etsy page.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Three Jelly Rolls - Two Quilts

Moda Bake Shop has these two quilts you can make from three jelly rolls.  Great quilt in a day or weekend project. Its called:

Lawn Chair Quilts
Yield TWO 48" x 75" finished quilts
by Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie

Stolen Quilts

Be on the lookout for these pieces, especially if you are in the New Braunfels, Texas area. You can see the images and read what happened on Karen's blog at

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy National Quilting Month and International Quilting Day

AccuQuilt and TheQuiltShow have teamed up to give all of us the ultimate experience for International Quilt Day! 

Join in on March 16-18, 2012 as we celebrate all things quilting!
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  • *Explore classrooms, unique tutorials, inspiring slideshows, and much more

  • *Enter the contest to win amazing prizes from companies you know and love—here's a sampling of the prizes you can win:

  • •A BERNINA 550 sewing machine (yes! a new machine!)

  • •Gammill's Deluxe Chair—perfect for sewing at any machine

  • •Fantastic assortment of books from AQS Publishing, plus a 1-year membership to American Quilter's Society

  • •A selection of inspiring quilting books from C&T Publishing

  • •AccuQuilt's GO! Baby die cutting machine, GO! Value Die, GO! Birds die, and a 6x12 Cutting Mat

  • •Bundle of 41 fat quarters from Ricky's Blended Solids collection, compliments of Red Rooster

  • •Box of silk threads from Superior Threads

  • •One of five DVDs from Why Quilts Matter

  • •One of five Stitched: The Movie DVDs

Plus, you'll have exclusive access to an episode of Why Quilts Matter, Stitched: The Movie, and many other sources of excitement and creativity in The Quilt Show community. Simply click here to get started.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Abstract Formal Garden Table Topper - Amy's One Thing One Week Challenge

I used Deb Strain's Tend the Earth line from Moda to make a formal garden table topper.  The garden is in the abstract and each block represents a different part of the garden.  There are ponds, streams, areas for birds and bees, gates and pathways.

Prairie points bring parts of the garden together.  
At the center of each square are bubbles of water fountains and one garden gate.

I still have to add the border and quilt it, but I had been staring at the fabric for three weeks before I started sewing the jelly roll and charm pack so I accomplished my goal.  I love the abstract thought that went into making this project.  Thinking about it opened my mind to new possibilities.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Deb Strain's description of Tend the Earth fabric line

This group is a collection of items that I love to see in a beautiful garden. Architectural pieces, antique watering cans and bee skeps. Of course seeing butterflies, dragonflies and colorful birds add to the allure of nature’s perfect setting. Flowers of every kind bring color, color, and more COLOR! Blues, greens and purples portray the calm, peaceful feeling of a garden with accents of red and yellow adding excitement and wonder. Nature’s palette can be seen in every part of a beautiful garden.

Jeans and Jewels Third Border

I'm still working on the third border.  As this quilt gets bigger, so does the time it takes to complete the next task.  My goal is to have the third border completed by Wednesday evening to post on Thursday.

One Week One Challenge

Fellow blogger, Amy's Creative Side has offered a challenge to finish one project this week as a motivational tool.  Great idea Amy!  And, if you are not a quilter, finish something else this week.  Come back and post it here for all of us to share in your accomplishment and get a ^5.

I have the new Moda fabric - Tend the Earth - by Deb Strain.  I have one charm pack and one jelly roll.  The fabrics are absolutely beautiful.  They are based on a garden theme - birds, butterflies, old planters, in the spring colors of blue, green, purple and brown.

But I have been staring at the fabrics for two days.  I can't come up with an original design.  Do I want it to look minimalist?  The fabrics are a little busy.  I can surround the darks with lights.  Should I go through my stash and find some fabrics to match?  Find some solids?

I love every fabric individually, but collectively, I am struggling.  Until the modern quilt became minimalist, I was satisfied with fabric collections like this. Now, I am wondering if I should go down the modern path or find something else.  I really want to create my own path.

So my challenge is to design and finish a quilt top using this amazing fabric line, Tend the Earth by Moda.What will be your challenge?