Friday, May 29, 2015

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge

One of the very first quilts I made way back in 2009 had Umbrella Prints fabric in the example which is how I first came across their beautiful fabric. While the fabric wasn't exactly easy to come by back then I managed to find them online and then stumbled across their Trimmings Challenge. While I've always tried to come up with an entry this is the first year they've had a specific quilt category and I couldn't be more excited!! 

  When I bought my new upholstered headboard last year I got it with the intention to make a quilt for it. Eventually I want to have a Winter version as well but this is my Spring cover! I love how it turned out!!! 

After improv piecing the top together I went over to Nancy's studio and improv quilted the quilt on the long arm. It was so fun and adds so much texture to the negative space. 

I love the little pops of bright color in with the more subtil shades. Thank you Umbrella Prints for your beautiful fabrics and the inspiration it brings! I can't wait to check out all of this year's entries they are alway so amazing. 


Friday, May 22, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I'm so happy to be joining in the Blogger's Quilt Festival again! This year I'm entering my Modern Medallion Quilt

 I started this quilt with an improv center and then used some parts of Elizabeth's Aviatrix Medallion quilt pattern for the rest. I loved working with these colors and it was so fun to quilt as well.

 For the quilting I did concentric circles for the center and then straight line squares all the way around the rest of the medallion. 

Have fun viewing all the quilts I know I will!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Minimalism Game the Month of April!

One month and 465+ items later my house is feeling so good! The Minimalism Game has been just what I needed!! 

Drawers are really organized so I know where to put everything which is making it easier to keep the house tidy. There is still a long way to go though so I am going to keep it up in May moving down to the basement and finishing the final stuff in my bathroom. I am also starting the quilt for my sister's 10th Anniversary and I'm so excited about that so fabric post coming up soon!! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Halfway There!

I can't believe I am halfway through the month of my Minimalism Game. It's flown by! For me this has been easier doing a little bit every day with a very specific target for the day rather than trying to tackle a big project or room all at once. I have set some guidelines for myself I am not doing anything in my children's rooms (not this month), I'm not going to the garage, and I am trying to avoid my sewing room because it gets more attention than the rest of the house. Today I am taking the game on the road while I am in Arizona at my Granny's house there. We are making some changes to the house and it will be a challenge to do some of the bigger numbers there but I'm going to keep it up! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Auction Quilts

The largest quilt made with a Moda Layer cake and a little extra,
 Daydreams by Kate Spain.

If you've followed me for awhile you know I always make Auction Quilts for my kid's schools and now that they have been at different schools that means two quilts. For some reason in the past I have ended up making very complicated quilts from patterns for the auction and it can end up being very stressful and/or they don't go for that much at the event. This year I thought I would just make some fun baby and throw quilts instead. Working with some layer cakes I had around I whipped them up pretty quickly and also was able to practice on the long arm. It was so much fun! So much fun I made 3! 

Loving working on the long arm! Nancy has an amazing space at Just Quilting and you can take lessons there now. Above is one the two baby quilts I made using Violet Craft's fabric Brambleberry Ridge.

Here is the second one. Next year my children will be at the same school which will be nice for so many reasons! Now to start on something very special that is a little more modern.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Minimalism Game!

While we were in Sacramento for Spring Break my Aunt told me about a challenge she's doing for the year. For each day of the month she donates, throws away, or sells an item for what day of the month it is. The first day ONE item the second TWO items etc. which will equal 465 items by the end of the month! She said she found something on the internet about it and I found this post by the Minimalists which is where I think it all started. I haven't watched the TEDx Talk yet but I'm planning to check it out. I'll be starting on the first of April and if you'd like to join along I'll be posting photos of item's every day on Instagram with #minsgame. I'm CreativeMomPDX in case you haven't seen me on IG. 

  Can't wait to get started although I know it will be hard!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hazle the Hedgehog Quilt

Isn't Hazel the Hedgehog the cutest! This is the first one of Elizabeth Hartman's quilt's I've made from her animal patterns and I love it! It all started when I was carrying my niece Cecilia around tucked up in a little ball and called her my little hedgehog. When Elizabeth's pattern came out I offhandedly mentioned to CC that I could make her a Hedgehog Quilt. Well she was 5 at the time and wouldn't let me forget that I was making a Hedgehog Quilt for her so how could I not! 

After lots of cutting I was ready to go and as usual Elizabeth's patterns are really well written and illustrated! 

I was on a deadline to give this to CC for Christmas so I didn't get all the process shots I would have liked. I did have so much fun quilting this one the same way Elizabeth did. 

Not all of my little guys have pointy noses but this one turned out really well! They're so cute but then so is CC! 

The addition of the glasses to the pattern came out just in time it's perfect for her! 

The kids and I are off on Spring Break together for adventures in Sacramento and San Francisco!