Friday, March 20, 2015

Bird Tree Hop


Time to dust off the blog with a fun blog hop celebrating my favorite animal! 

I planned on making something with the selected fabric  by Tracey Lizotte for Elizabeth Studio, and she’s got other lines featuring hummingbirds and owls that are just gorgeous too, but it didn’t happen with being sick with one thing after another since Christmas and pregnant with baby #4.  Someday I will cut into those beautiful panels and make a quilt my kids will fight over!  But until then, I want to share with you a few “bird” themed projects I’ve finished or have in the hopper.

Has your winter been as brutal and cold as mine?  Earlier this month we had a “warm” spell of 50 degree days and I made this table topper to celebrate.  My kids love to set the table with linens and various “treasures” they’ve collected at thrift stores, so this topper has been in heavy rotation lately.


The bird fabric is a new line called Milk Sugar Flower by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics.  As soon as I saw those cute little retro inspired birds, I knew I had to make something from them! 


Paired with linen, these fabrics look perfect for heralding in spring.  (Is it coming anytime soon???)


The back has the same bird print in cream.

Once I finished up that project, it was time to make a spring-themed mug rug for a swap.

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This wonky star features retro bluebirds that I picked up from my friend’s online shop Donna’s Lavender Nest.   Donna stocks some really cute 30’s inspired retro fabrics and a whole bunch of pretty florals.


And I’m a staunch believer that no mug rug swap would be complete without coordinating mug, so this sweet pink mug with owls galore accompanied the mug rug to its destination out west.

That’s it for finished projects…I still have two bird themed quilts in various stages of completion.


This large purple owl is part of an improv quilt that will be for my 4 year old daughter, Veronica.  She wanted a quilt that would “talk” to her at night since her sister Esther has the Mooshka quilt that talks, so we picked Cori Dantini’s Good Company fabric.


There are plenty of little birds and woodland creatures (foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels) to keep her company at night once this baby arrives and she has to sleep in her own bed.  This quilt will take a few days to quilt up because it’s quite large and I’m trying every kind of fmq design I feel brave enough to attempt.  It’s a quilt that will be loved no matter now it looks, and the improv sections provide the perfect backdrop for practicing different stitch designs.

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The last project I’ve got going is this Charley Harper quilt for my cousin’s baby, due to arrive March 17 but he has not made his grand entrance yet.  I finished quilting it up today and it’s ready for binding.  I don’t want to show too much of the quilt because I plan to give it to her this weekend and want it to be a little bit of a surprise!

Thanks for visiting my stop on the hop and make sure you visit all the other hoppers and see their creative bird-themed projects!  I’ve been so inspired and amazed by the creativity and productivity of the participants of this hop!

Freemotion By The River

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Tea Time Creations

Baa's Amazing Adventures!

Selina Quilts

Ramblings of a Quilter

Busy Bee Quilts

Quilted Delights

Grandmamas Stories

Super Mom - No Cape!

A huge thank you to Mdm Samm for making this hop possible and Lana Dunkerley, our super, wonderful, invaluable cheerleader for this hop!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Scrapbuster Modern Cross Pillow {a tutorial}


I’ve been quite focused on using scraps and making pillows the past few months (just look at how many of my blog posts have been about pillows!).  I thought I’d share how I made the most recent pillows, which fit 18” pillow forms.


  • 45- 2.5” squares (rainbow, monochromatic, whatever you like!)
  • 4- 6.5” square solid squares (I used Kona silver)
  • 1 piece of muslin bigger than 18.5” square
  • 1 piece of batting bigger than 18.5” square
  • 2 backing panels measuring 12.5” x 18.5” if you want to do an envelope closure backing
  • 18” pillow form


Decide what kind of color scheme you want to use, then lay out five 3 x 3 grids of 2.5” squares for each of the sections of the cross.


Sew the squares together in rows.  You can nest your seams (alternate the direction you press them for each row) or press open.


Sew the rows together.  Press to one side or open.


Now lay out your pillow top.  Sew the sections together the same way.



Here are my two pillow tops waiting to be quilted.

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That’s all there is to making the pillow top!  Quilt as desired.

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Flowers and teardrops for the rainbow pillow.


Ripple stipple for the purple pillow.


Create an envelope back for the pillow with the two 12.5” x 18.5” backing panels or use an alternate method for making the back.

Bind or serge to finish.

I think this block would be awesome for a bee!  I might even have to make my own rainbow quilt. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saffron and Cyan {2 finished quilts!}


The DCMQG has a tradition of making quilts for new babies.  That’s a lot of baby quilts each year, so volunteers coordinate specific quilts. I always love making a block or two to contribute to a quilt, but this past fall I changed it up a bit by volunteering to coordinate a quilt for a little boy, which is exciting for me since I normally sew for girls. 

The mom-to-be gave me some specific ideas for color palettes and quilt design (she really likes Denyse Schmidt’s Hop Skip Jump pattern) which was so helpful since I was a little bit nervous about the responsibility of coordinating the quilt.


I tried a new quilting design from one of Angela Walters’ books in the center orange portion of the quilt.  Then I did my old stand-by of teardrops in the blue section.


After assembling the baby’s quilt, there were quite a few very usable strips of fabric left over, and I hated to waste them, so big brother (he’s two years old) got his own quilt too!  I think I enjoyed putting this quilt together even more.  Picking out solid fabric from my stash for the block backgrounds was my favorite part, along with figuring out how to make enough strips out of the leftovers once I’d used them up and still needed a few.  A couple of strips have orange and blue in them for that reason, but I think the mismatched strips add to the playfulness of the design!


This bigger quilt I stippled…I love the quickness and texture it gives a quilt.   Normally I go with one fabric for binding, but this quilt specifically asked for a scrappy binding and I was happy to oblige.


Both quilts were well received and I’ve already seen a few photos of them in use on Instagram, the best kind of thank you

Monday, February 2, 2015

Reverse Applique Pillow {a finished project}


Last month when  I made my tutorial for Fort Worth Fabric Studio, I ended up with a lot of scraps so I turned them into this reverse applique pillow, which has already found a new home with a fellow DGMQG member.

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It got me thinking of what else I could do with reverse applique.  When I saw this bundle I knew it was fate!  It had everything I love:  polka dots, text prints, Allison Harris’s fabric, and a gorgeous new floral print from Josephine Kimberling.


There’s a tutorial on the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog today.


Although I’ve given away the two aqua and red pillows I made last month, this one is staying right at home on our couch!  It’s made lots of friends already…

Have a great day!