All posts filed under: Quilting

Faceted Jewels II Quilt

Gentleman Prefer Blondes famously taught the world that diamonds are a girls best friend, but I disagree. When you can paper piece 20 jewels, who needs a diamond? Faceted Jewels II is my second project from Amy Garro’s book, Paper Pieced Modern and I am so thrilled with the finish. If you want to learn paper piecing, buy this book!! Or even better, take a class with Amy. She visited my guild in 2016 and was a fabulous teacher. Both quilts I have made from her book are made up of one block which makes the cutting process nice and straight forward and you can get into a nice rhythm. If you’re thinking about getting into quilting I highly recommend foundation paper piecing. You sew over paper which helps you to be accurate, but also creates really great points. Plus, pulling the paper off at the end is so satisfying! Basically, whatever your skill level is, I think you need this book! I’m so excited to share this quilt with the world today! I’ve been …

Finished! Folk Floral Quilt

Back in September I shared my Folk Floral Quilt in the beginning stages and today I’m excited to share the finished quilt with you! This is it all bound and living in it’s rightful place on our bed! The bright cheerfulness of the florals really brightens the gloom of winter if you ask me. I love paper piecing, but reverse appliqué quickly became a favorite way to piece during the construction of this quilt top. I find the process very soothing and forgiving. If you don’t catch the fabric just right you can just add a few more stitches of wait until your finished and quilt over it. This pattern in particular is very forgiving because honestly, as long as you like the flower fabrics, who cares if the stems line up perfectly? I’d rather have a very big garden full of flowers than a few perfectly symmetrical ones. Now, if you’ve never tried Creative Bug, you can watch this class during a free trial and I highly recommend it. When I was researching reverse appliqué prior …

Folk Floral Quilt Prep

Friends, I am so excited about this quilt that I wanted to share some information about the prep that has been going into it. My guild (NHMQG), the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild and the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild are hosting Anna Maria Horner for 3 days of workshops in April next year and I was really hoping to take the Folk Floral quilt class, but it didn’t make the cut when all members were surveyed. Instead, I took the class on CreativeBug! I’m signed up to take a hand quilting class with Anna Maria instead so I’m thrilled! Perhaps I’ll even hand quilt this very quilt! I have placed so many fabric orders and have barely made a dent in the blocks yet so I am hoping that sharing some of my prep will help you if you decide to make this quilt. Background Fabrics: The sample quilt uses Anna Maria’s Skipping Stones fabrics for the background, but the one in the center looks like a fabric from Mod Corsage to me so that’s what …

Icy Waters Quilt and Workshop

I made a quilt pattern called Icy Waters in warm colors, how ironic! Amy Garro, of 13 Spools is know for her paper piecing and free-motion quilting, and in June my guild was lucky enough to host her for a weekend long paper piecing adventure. The quilt we used for the Saturday workshop is the Icy Waters quilt from her book, Paper Pieced Modern. This quilt is made using just 1 block! There are versions of the block that are mirrored and you use different fabric combinations and rotations to give the finished quilt a fun water effect. The prep for this quilt was pretty time consuming. Luckily, I took advantage of the awesome Xerox machine we have at work to copy my block pieces, so much easier than taping them all together!! I would suggest doing this if you can, whether at work or at Staples because you are going to be cutting a shit load of fabric for this quilt and the last thing you want to be doing is spending more time cutting and taping …

Adventures In Paper Piecing

It’s weird to think that at this time last year I hadn’t made a quilt. The words spray baste and warm and white meant nothing to me, but now I have a minor addiction. I have 3 quilt projects in progress right now: A voile quilt to give as a Christmas gift, I’m collecting fabric for a Carolyn Friedlander quilt and of course, the project that brought on this post, a giant Alison Glass Feathers quilt! As a huge fan of her fabric lines, I bought this pattern not long after it was released in early 2014 with the intention of eventually getting to it. Well the time has come and I’m a bit obsessed with paper piecing now, even if it makes a huge mess! Like everyone I know in the quilting community, I fell in love with the Blueberry Park line from Karen Lewis and ordered myself a fat quarter bundle and matching Kona solids to get started on this quilt. The duvet on my bed is gray so I decided to use …