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Unusually shaped quilts

28 Jan

Who says a quilt has to be square or rectangle? No one! You can make a quilt in any shape you want to!

My husband has a 1957 Ford station wagon. I personally think the car looks like a hearse, but what do I know…

He loves this car probably as much as he loves me and the kids. We take it to hot rod shows during the summer and the only award it has ever won was a “hard luck award” because it took us 5 hours to get from Puyallup, WA to Elma, WA. FYI: It’s 62.43 miles according to mapquest. Longest. Day. Ever.

The hubs asked me one day if I would be willing to make a quilt for his car. A quilt for your car? Ha! You must be kidding! He wasn’t.  He wanted it to put in the back for car shows. I reluctantly agreed and ended up making one in black and red so it would match the rest of the car.

We covered the door panels and the tailgate panel in a black and red fabric so I decided to incorporate some of that into the quilt. To make the quilt a little more interesting I chose to set the blocks on point, like this:

I then had to add oddly shaped  pieces to the sides so it would fit nicely around the wheel wells. It was quite a challenge, but I finally finished it and I’m pretty sure he’s happy with the results.

The Quilting Gallery is having a contest for unusually shaped quilts, and at the prompting of dear Lizze, I decided to enter this one. To see the finished quilt  click on the link below. It will take you to the voting page where you can see all of the lovely, unusually shaped quilts and vote for your favorite (AHEM, that would be mine, right?)

http://quiltinggallery.com/2011/01/28/unusually-shaped-quilts/

Thank you friends!

Selina

 

Our First Ever Giveaway Post!

21 Jan

I have decided that I want to do a little remodel of our blog. I read all kinds of crafty blogs from all over and in comparison I find the look of ours to be a little, well, blah. I want pretty colors, fancy links to awesome crafty stuff and wonderful crafty people, and to use it to promote others a bit more. Before I begin the process though, I’m going to need some feedback. That’s where the giveaway comes in. I have been hesitant to do a giveaway, but after much deliberation (read: deciding what I could stand to part with from my treasured stash) I have decided to go ahead and have one.

My question would be this: What makes you return to the same blog time and again? Is it because of all the wonderful links, the aesthetics, or the writing? Maybe you like blogs for their inspiration. Or maybe the thought of winning a prize entices you.

Speaking of prizes, you probably want to know what this one is! It’s a charm pack of Blossom by Moda Fabrics and a really great book called Cool Girls Quilt by Linda Lum DeBono. It’s got some cute projects in it that are perfect for beginners as well as more seasoned sewists.

What are your favorite things to see on a blog? It could be photos, tutorials, links to other blogs, prizes… lots of things. Here is the giveaway criteria… Leave a comment for us and let us know what keeps you coming back to read a blog. That’s all! One entry per person and duplicate entries will be deleted. I’ll choose a random winner on Wednesday January 26th. The more we hear from you, the better our blog will be when I’m done snazzing it up! Good luck!

Selina

 

Urban Log Cabin

9 Jan

Lizze and I went to the sewing expo at the Puyallup fair a couple of months ago. My husband told me that I could purchase ONE quilt kit. Only one! I really had to shop around to decide which kit I wanted more than any other. The kit I finally chose was from the Quilting Loft booth. The Quilting Loft is an adorable quilt shop in Ballard, WA that we had the pleasure of visiting during our shop hop last summer. The owner is a young lady, like us, and incredibly friendly. If you are ever in Seattle, drive the extra 5 minutes to Ballard and visit this shop. You won’t be disappointed!

Urban Log Cabin is the name of the pattern that came with my kit. These gorgeous fabrics are what made me fall in love:

Fabrics by Joel Dewberry

After cutting out all of the pieces for this quilt, I had several scraps left over. I am a tad bit obsessive when it comes to scraps. I hoard them. I always feel like I can use them to make something else although I rarely ever do. They just sit in my scrap bin and mock me. This time I made something with the scraps before I made the quilt.

I think this little bag turned out pretty nice, but I really should have made it a little bit bigger.

I finished piecing all of the blocks for the quilt tonight in the middle of screaming, hollering, and jumping around my sewing studio like a maniac. Did you see that Seahawks game?!?! I still can’t get over how amazing it was. It made it really hard to sew. Talk about distracting! Maybe I should take the tv out of there…

Here are the blocks all laid out and ready to be sewn. The picture quality isn’t that great. I took the photo with my cell phone. My good camera has been acting up lately and I can’t get it to connect with my computer. I think you get the gist of the pattern I’m going for though. I think it’s turning out quite well. After the blocks are sewn together, I have a beautiful border to add to it as well. And wait until you see the fabulous print I have for the binding! It’s my favorite.

I hope everyone is having as wonderful a start to their New Year as we are. 2011 is gearing up to be great for us. We have had 4 sales in the shop since the new year. It may not sound like much, but to us that’s a big deal. If the year continues like this, I may actually be able to make a real job out of this!

Selina

Star Quilts!

3 Dec

http://quiltinggallery.com/2010/12/03/vote-now-star-quilts/

Lizze here.  I wanted to share a link to Quilting Gallery,  mostly for selfish reasons. =)  I have entered my favorite quilt into their Star Quilt Contest, it’s the one named “A Hunter’s Star”.  This quilt is the one I challenged myself most with.

I had been searching for a pattern for a quilt I would make “one day”, and came across this one while at my mother’s.  She has the Better Homes and Gardens, Quilter’s Favorites books.  They are spiral bound and sent quarterly.  They are gorgeous books with lots of very traditional patterns.

I kinda stole the image. Sorry!

I came across the Hunter’s Star pattern and just knew it was the one!  Not only was it beautiful, but the significance of the title meant a lot to me.  I asked to borrow the book and set off to find the perfect fabric.  It is a two fabric quilt, and I didn’t think finding “the right fabric” would be difficult.  The criteria I had was: Batik, blue and/or green, contrasting colors.  I found two beautiful batiks that worked, kinda, but my heart didn’t leap when I saw them.  They were going to have to do since I had committed to the purchase.  I had to buy three or more yards of each color, so it was a bit pricey.  The fabric sat on my table, uncut, for a few days.  I was not anxious to start just yet.  As it happened, I needed to take my mom to a quilt shop she had not yet been to to find her “perfect fabric” for a project,  (The Quilt Barn in Puyallup)  and there it was.  They have an incredible selection of batiks, and after cruising the aisles, I found this…Now, I don’t know about you, but this fabric strikes me as the night’s sky.  I fell in love, and I needed this fabric.  Which of course meant I also needed a new coordinating fabric.  This fabric spoke to me, it was “the one”.  I bought it and started the project that night.  What I was undertaking was more of a challenge that I expected it to be.  Hundreds upon hundreds of pieces needed to be cut.  Sewing on a 60 degree angle, pressing, matching points…but it was worth it.  I had made something that I was proud of, and that I loved.  It came together after the course of about a month, which is relatively quick considering the complexity of it for me.  I was able to use some of the batiks I’d already purchased for borders.  I’m kind of a border queen.  I love adding the extra size and having a canvas for my quilting.

I knew I wanted to quilt constellations into the quilt, and I was very selective about the ones I chose.  They all have a good story, or are significant in some way.  I quilted them into some of the square blocks.  I quilted a freestyle helix into the first border, and song lyrics into the outer border.  I chose  a variegated thread for my quilting so it would blend, yet also show up, if that makes sense.  The outer border fabric is darker to highlight the quilting.  The song lyrics I chose are from songs that are meaningful to me, and also star or sleep related (I like music, so it wasn’t hard to find lyrics.  It was hard to choose which ones!)  I chose 10 songs in all.  The binding was another fantastic find.  It is a blueish batik with gilded stars, and was perfect! 

As if I didn’t love this quilt enough, I backed it in Minkee.  You know, the ultra plush, super soft fabric that makes you want to rub your face in it?  That.

Would you believe after all that, I gave it away?  There is seldom a quilt I make that I don’t want to keep, but this one…*sigh* went to a good home.  I know it is loved, and that is really all I can ask for.

the finished Hunter's Star Quilt

 

So, there you have it.  You now know why I love this quilt, and I hope I have earned your vote for “Star Quilt”.  Thanks for reading!

http://quiltinggallery.com/2010/12/03/vote-now-star-quilts/

Lizze

In Process

8 Nov

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I am working on a new quilt that is testing my desire to not use profanity around the kids. This thing has so many tiny pieces. I normally make fairly simple quilts because I want to be able to get them done in a timely fashion. Also, I feel like my time is worth more than a dollar or so per hour. If I make complicated patterns it takes so much time. The photo above is where I’m at as of now. These pieces are to be the centers of 15 blocks. I feel  like I am moving at a snails pace. Also, I have never had a pattern that required me to draw on each individual piece I cut out (I have a good million pieces here) to mark my sewing lines. As soon as I saw that, I knew I was in trouble.

Lizze just made a quilt for a friend of hers. It was a very simple 9-patch block, and she has realized that quilts don’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. Quilts are lovely all on their own without being fussy or difficult.

I can’t say how long this one will take me to complete. I may end up setting it aside until after the holidays. Maybe it isn’t the right time to work on this. My heart isn’t in it. I could force myself to get it done, but if my heart is somewhere else, the end result just isn’t the same. Does that happen to anyone else? I’m the type that has to be excited by a project. Maybe that’s weird. Either way, I’ve decided that flying geese blocks are not fun, and I will avoid them in the future. Unless it’s like having a child where you forget about the pain immediately upon seeing the beautiful end result to your labor of love. I hope that is the case.

Selina

Fig and Plum Cake

30 Oct

Who doesn’t love cake? This beauty was made using a layer cake (one of each print in an entire fabric line, pre-cut in 10″ blocks). The fabric line I chose was Fig and Plum by Fig Tree Quilts. I absolutely LOVE this quilt!!! I have a problem selling most of the quilts I make because I love them all, but I think I felt a tear drop when I listed this one.

I didn’t get the fabric for the binding; I always forget about it until it’s actually time to bind it. I packed up my 5-year old son and made him go with me to the quilt shop. He hates going there. The sewing machine store (Quality Sewing and Vac) on the other hand… he loves it there. They give him cookies and Audrey makes him fancy things with his name on them with the awesome Pfaff embroidery machines.

This quilt shop trip was different. He happily put on his jacket, put a couple of hot wheels in his pocket, and ran out to the car. He didn’t fuss once while we were there AND he chose the fabric that I used for the binding. He was looking at fabrics and commenting on all the ones that he liked. I got a couple of “Ooh, mom! You should make me a blanket with this one!” Ahh, I love this boy. He makes my heart happy.

Enough mom gushing! Back to the quilt!

I don’t what to say about it really other than I love it. The pastel colors are so pretty and cheerful. It’s a very feminine quilt. It measures 61″ x 70″ which is a great lap quilt size. It seems very generous to me, but at 5 feet tall, I have a very small lap ;) Of course it’s for sale in our Etsy shop (link on the right side of this page). If it doesn’t sell I guess I’ll just have to keep it for myself. Darn.

And before I forget, have a happy and safe Halloween! My kids are super excited and we have a jam-packed weekend with all kinds of spooky fun on the itinerary.

Selina

Slacking?

21 Oct

It has been quite awhile since our last post and I feel like I have been slacking off a bit even though we have been incredibly busy.  Lizze has been making covers for eReaders (like the nook, kindle, and eBook). These are great for making sure that your investment is protected and keeps free of blemishes and scratches.

eReader covers

Complete with a pocket for glasses or pens

She has also been working custom order wedding centerpieces.  These are placemats or small table runners that have beautiful applique hearts in your wedding colors. It would also make a fantastic wedding gift for the bride and groom and makes a wonderful keepsake.

With wedding date and names

As for me, I have been making a large order of custom market bags. I have also made a new purse/tote that I have yet to list or take photos of. I also have a quilt top done waiting to be quilted. My buyer is coming to pick up her finished market bags tomorrow afternoon and wants to have a look around my studio to see what fabric I have on hand. She may order more bags! My quilt may have to wait awhile longer.

And for those of you who love my Starry Blossoms quilt (the one I worked on at the lake), you waited too long to snatch it up. It sold last week to a local woman who purchased it for her daughters bedroom.

So, have we been slacking? In the blogging department maybe. But in the sewing area? No way! We are in high gear! Christmas is coming and it will be here before we know it. We’re trying to get as much done as we can so we have a large selection for you. But as always, we take custom orders. If there is something special you are looking for just ask us. We’re willing to work a lot of overtime to get you the perfect gift for that special someone (even if that someone is yourself).

Selina

 

Hope

14 Sep

As promised, this beautiful quilt is now finished. It is called “Hydrangeas for Hope”. Both Lizze’s mother and sister have had breast cancer, so this is a cause that touches her very deeply. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this quilt will be donated to the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk. Please take a look at this listing. It is for such a wonderful cause. The month of October is national breast cancer awareness month. This quilt would be a lovely and touching gift for any woman who has fought, or is still fighting this awful disease.

Little ribbons are quilted in the corners

backed with super soft minkee fabric

I made a treasury as well. I carefully selected items made by other etsy sellers that also help in donating to Susan G. Komen. All of these listings will donate a portion (and a few of them are donating ALL) of the proceeds of the sale. Let’s get these sold!!!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c8f1f52f5726d91b0a26c65/fighters-and-survivors

Happy Tuesday,

Selina

Wallets

11 Sep

I have a couple of wallets that I made quite awhile ago. I wasn’t sure how well they fit in with the rest of our shop so I was hesitant about listing them. After having a discussion with Lizze (I sent her a photo via text and she said “those are cute! You should list them!”) I decided to go ahead and put them in the shop. One is made from Amy Butler fabrics , has been quilted, and has a hook and loop closure. The second one is knit. I made it with cotton yarn and it has a wooden button for closure.

Lizze is working on a FABULOUS quilt right now that is amazingly beautiful! As soon as it’s complete we’ll post photos for you to gawk at it’s gorgeousness ;)

Sorry to keep it so short, but there is a LOTR marathon starting today on television and I must go watch it. Have a lovely weekend.

Selina

Constellation Quilt

7 Sep

Here’s a new listing, and a quilt that Lizze has been working on for awhile. The size is 55″ x 67″, a great size to cozy up under while the weather is cooling down.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful, relaxing Labor Day!

Selina

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