Tuesday, February 17, 2015

QuiltCon Here I Come!

Yay I'm headed out to QuiltCon early in the morning! I was able to go to the first one and you can check out my post about that trip here. I'll be rooming with the talented Susan Beal again and seeing lots of friends. You can follow me on Instagram I'm CreativeMomPDX if you'd like.
See you in Austin! 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Modern Medallion Baby Quilt

It all started with this improv block I made back at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show last July. Elizabeth had her Aviatrix Medallion pattern with her and I was all ready to jump on the medallion band wagon that our guild was doing! 
So fast forward to January with my center block waiting for attention an upcoming baby shower and all the pieces fell into place. 
If you look at Elizabeth's pattern you'll see I didn't make the full quilt but I am excited to in the future. As usual Elizabeth is the master pattern writer! 

I've been loving this Maude Asbury Geofabulous for binding it's the perfect color combination! 

I decided to do free-motion circles on the inside and straight lines echoing the square switching from gray to orange on different borders. 


Next up I have Elizabeth's Hazel the Hedgehog quilt to share. 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

The New Year

I'll pretend it's December 29th and I'm looking ahead to the New Year, I'm only one month behind schedule but I'm here and that feels good. 

 Yes I've been busy and it's been a crazy time. So many things have kept me away from my studio and away from this blog that I've loved so much over the years. I am excited to be back and not sure how frequently I'll be posting but I'm hoping to be here more often again. 

 I have learned that when there's something going on that I am not sharing here I get blocked about what to share at all. Because I have been holding back a big piece of my life here I didn't know what to write about when I sat down to the keyboard. So here it is, I went through a divorce in 2014. It was really difficult one of the hardest things I've ever been through, which I am sure you could imagine. My ex and I had our high and low points but we've managed to get through it and are trying to be good co-parents. I am happy to say we managed one thing that my oldest asked at the beginning of all of this which is that we could be in the same room together at a holiday or event, be adults, and still be kind to each other. I'm not saying we're perfect and are not still working through things, it will take awhile to be fully healed from the past few years but I think we'll make it actually I know we will. I am so thankful for my kids who have been wonderful although I know it's been hard for them, they are really amazing. I have had the support of my family and so many great friends which I am so grateful for. I am excited about 2015 and all that it will bring! I'll be in Austin for Quiltcon soon and I've been sewing up a storm lately so I have lots to catch you all up on. 
For those of you still reading here thank you!! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


 I know it's been awhile since The Sisters Outdoor Quilt show but more on my delay later. Shouldn't all good weekends start with two bottles of tequila and a travel iron?! 
Who could this be?
 We had a full house for the weekend but never managed a group shot. Lots of wonderful PMQG friends old and new made for fun late nights of sewing and getting in the hot tub. 

    I finished my first project so quickly I started on a Modern Medallion Quilt here is my center.

    I'll share some of my favorite quilts from the show hopefully there are a few new ones in here for you. 

Cherri Langley's Converging Corners Paint by Numbers Bird Quilt in the Portland Modern Quilt Guild Special Exhibit.

Quilt on the left by AnnMarie Crowley and on the right Rachel Kerley also in the PMQG Special Exhibit.

Elizabeth with her Patchwork City quilt from her new book.

Quilt detail from a special exhibit I failed to get the info on.

Violet with her Forest Abstractions Quilt. She is doing a quilt along now on her blog.

Sarah Perry's Wing It quilt from the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild Special Exhibit.

Christy Merritt's Ohio Wedding Quilt also from the COMQG Special Exhibit. This had some beautiful block printing on it as well as the piecing and quilting. 

Susan Beal's Rainbow Charm Bracelet Quilt also in the PMQG special Exhibit. 

Jen Carlton Bailly's Quilt in the PMQG Special Exhibit. 

This is my Watercolor Quilt in the PMQG Exhibit which I haven't shared here yet! 

A view from the deck one night. It was so much fun I can't wait until next year! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sisters here I come!

Heading off to The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show tomorrow with a great group of my PMQG friends. My quilt has been chosen to be in our special exhibit this year so I'll put up a big post with lots of photos when I return. In the meantime you can find me on Instagram as CreativeMomPDX to see what's going at the show. 

 Here are some of my past years at Sisters 
  My first year in 2011.
   My second year 2012 when I was on the PMQG board.
  And 2013 when I didn't make it to see the show in person.

It's going to be hot there! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Auction Quilt #2

So here is Auction Quilt #2, my second version of Thomas Knauer's Dopplegänger Quilt! See what I mean when I said I prefer this combination. 

I do still enjoy the neutral version and the pattern is really fun but I think it lends itself to the bolder color with these fabrics especially. 

This go around I really did a better job with my spray basting and the fabric didn't shift as much. I think the quilting could still be better but it turned out pretty good. 

The back with Marby a print from Lotta's newer line glimma.
To read a little more about this quilt and pattern check out my first Auction Quilt post

See you soon with my new machine basting method!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Auction Quilt #1

It has been school auction time around here. I don't know if it's like this where you live but in Portland our schools (the parents) have to hold auctions just to be able to have some of the normal things all students should be entitled to for their education. The past few years I have been making quilts for the auctions, one for each school. For some reason I always end up doing a pattern with lots of piecing or complicated curves so I decided to go easy on myself this year. I chose Thomas Knauer's Doppelgänger Quilt which he won a ribbon for at Quiltcon last year and had a pattern for in Generation Q magazine. While this isn't as easy as some quilts the piecing was very basic you just had to be precise about lining everything up.

Basted quilt with beginning quilting lines drawn in.
 I decided to use some of my Lotta Jansdotter stash as well as some new Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander. It's some of my favorite fabrics ever!! 

I love how the back turned out but isn't that always the case.

 I really love how it turned out! I changed the pattern a little by not adding as much of a border because the original quilt was a little big for a throw. I love the tan fabric but I think my choice of dark grey could have been better. Before I started this one I decided to do both of the auction quilts from the same pattern but using different solid colors. It's a play on the original Dopplegänger idea and a way to do a little color study. I think I like the second one better stay tuned!