Monday, October 13, 2014

A Quilter Takes Disney

If you follow me on Instagram (@AQuiltingJewel), you know that I went to Disney World a couple of weeks ago with some friends. The Food and Wine festival is going on at Epcot right now, so we decided to relive our youth, act like kids again and visit Disney. While we were there, the Magic Kingdom hosted the Not So Scary Halloween Party. We weren't really sure what to do for costumes, so I ended up making us custom Mickey and Minnie shirts.

I found a Mickey silhouette online and a Minnie bow, printed it out and copied it onto some Wonder Under. I ironed on the heads and bows and stitched around the outside of each piece. All in all, it probably took me two hours total to make all four shirts. That's something I can work with!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Baby Quilt - Finally a Finish!

Holy Cow! Has it really been more than three months since my last blog post? I guess that's what happens when you mix work, grad school and summer together. I admit, I haven't had the time to do much sewing, but I did manage to get this quilt finished back in June to give to my wonderful cousin before she had her adorable son.
I got a lot of the piecing done at retreat back in March and slowly finished piecing the quilt together and quilted it, echoing around the tumbler blocks in the months after.
I cut the tumbler pieces out using four charm packs and my tumbler die for my AccuQuilt using some Pure charm packs I had lying around.

It was a big accomplishment to get this one done in time for the baby shower. The final stitch went into the binding the morning of! My other cousin is having a baby in December, so I guess I should get moving on that one. Actually, I might turn my Michael Miller challenge quilt into that baby quilt since I'm still working on that. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

AMB Blog Tour Winner

I loved hearing all about where all of the commenters were from and what they enjoyed doing in their own home state. It gave me lots of ideas of places to visit and things to do in a number of places I wouldn't have thought of.

Using the random number generator, the winner of the fat quarter bundle is:

Bethany! Congratulations Bethany, you should have an email from me.

Thanks to everyone for commenting! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

AMB Blog Tour - Massachusetts

Welcome to Day 3 of the American Made Brand Blog Tour. Today I'd like to share with you the license plate I designed to represent the great state of Massachusetts. While I'll always consider New Hampshire my second home, since I lived there for 15 years, I will always love Massachusetts - the state where I was born and call home again. Keep reading for a great giveaway!

I thought it would be fitting to make a license plate with the ubiquitous hat worn by the Pilgrims since Massachusetts is where the Pilgrims landed. I also wanted to design something that people might be able to use, not just for a license plate quilt. This hat block would be perfect for a small throw pillow to decorate the house during Thanksgiving.

This block is paper pieced and finishes at 12" x 6". Because the block is 12" long, I recommend printing this block on legal size paper. To download the pattern for free, visit my Craftsy shop here.

If you've never been to Massachusetts, I highly recommend a visit. There's so much to see. In Boston you have a number of great sites like the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, The Boston Public Garden, The Museum of Fine Arts, The Children's Museum, The Museum of Science, Faneuil Hall, The North End, and so much more. The restaurants are amazing. Outside of Boston you have beautiful beaches (yes, like on Cape Cod and The Islands). Drive west of the city and you can visit Lowell, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. For us quilters, there's the New England Quilt Museum, the Boot Cotton Mills and the American Textile Museum. You've also got beautiful lakes and mountains all over the place. The Appalachian trail does go through Massachusetts after all. And we can't forget about the Berkshires in Western Mass. Are you a basketball fan? You're in luck - the Basketball Hall of Fame is in Springfield Massachusetts. Oh, and while you're out here, you can always visit some of the other awesome states in New England.

Now for the giveaway... Clothworks is giving away a fat quarter bundle of its American Made Brand fabrics. These fabrics are 100% Made in the USA. The colors are wonderful and rich.

I want to make this giveaway easy, so just tell me what state you're from and one thing you like to do there to be entered. That's it! If you are a no-reply blogger, please make sure I have a way of contacting you. If I can't email you, I'll pick another winner.

Only US residents or those with a US mailing address are eligible for this giveaway. I'll draw a winner next Tuesday, May 27th.

***The giveaway is now closed***

Friday, May 16, 2014

Blogger Quilt Festival - Twirling Trellis

I've designed a lot of my own quilts over the past few years, so picking one for the Original Design category was a tough one. In the end, I decide to pick one that felt most spring like and was very happy - my Twirling Trellis quilt.

I designed this quilt at the beginning of 2013, but I didn't get a chance to show anyone this completed quilt until a couple of months ago because it was off getting the royal treatment by Modern Quilts Unlimited. 

I think one of the things that I love about this quilt is that I didn't extend the pink pinwheels into the outer white sections. I think it gives the quilt a nice balance and centers it. Like so many of my quilts, it's paper pieced. 
This was the very first quilt I tried to do ruler work on my longarm. It was a bit tricky at first, but I got the hang of it. 

I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids for this quilt and quilted it using So Fine #50 thread. I pieced the quilt using Aurifil #50 in white. The batting is Quilters Dream Cotton. 

If you want a copy of the pattern, you can purchase a copy of the magazine online, as I don't think it's on newsstands anymore. And look, there's my quilt on the cover! How exciting!!!