Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Prism Dust - January BOM

The Boston Moder Quilt Guild is launching a Block of the Month this year. I volunteered to do the January block. Well, after a bad stomach bug that set me back over a week, 90"+ of snow and all that comes with life, I have posted the January block only a few days late.

You can download this block for free on Craftsy:

This is a pretty easy paper pieced block, with only four pieces to each section. The hardest part is matching the seams when piecing them together, which us quilters are used to for most other blocks out there.

I actually started making a quilt with this block a number of months ago and decided to post this pattern after enjoying the process of how this quilt is coming together. It's going to be a rainbow, with red in the upper right corner, radiating down to purple in the bottom left corner. The corners will be black and will radiate to a very light gray in the center.

Here's a preview of how it's coming along. I'm up to the green now, and it's getting to be too big for my design wall. I'm hoping I'll finish this quilt top sometime this year. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Patterns Available

Happy New Year to everyone!!! For those interested, I've made two patterns available in my Craftsy shop.

The first is my Dream Diamond quilt that first appeared in American Quilter earlier last year. You can find the pattern for this quilt here.

The second is a free pattern for the quilt block I used to make this baby quilt. Yup, this one is free! The pattern for this one can be found here.

Both of them are paper pieced patterns. If you're new to paper piecing and want a free tutorial, check out the pattern and tutorial section of my blog for a free how-to and some of my favorite resources. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby Geese Quilt

I feel like the past month and a half has been uber productive for me, for no other reason other than I finished not only a divided basket, but this baby quilt. 

Yes, this is my Michael Miller challenge quilt, which doubles as a baby quilt for my cousin's new son. When I got the fabrics earlier this year, I thought they'd make for a fun baby quilt. I was right. 

I had to rush to finish this one though. I had the binding half hand sewn to the the back, when I got a text from my cousin on November 26th - his son was born a couple of weeks early. So I got to work that day, finishing sewing the binding and washing the quilt so that I could gift them this new quilt on Thanksgiving the next morning. 

I just did some simple straight line quilting, which always seems to take longer than planned. Why do I always pick things that take a lot of time? Who knows? But I love the effect. As I was part way through quilting, I was worried that they quilt would be too stiff with all of the quilting, but fortunately it wasn't. The backing is something I picked up at Marden's during retreat a few years ago. I forget what it is. I quilted this with 50wt Aurifil on my Bernina this time around. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Nautical Divided Basket

I've managed to sneak in a little sewing here and there lately, more so the past few weeks than I have in a little while. (That's still not saying much though.) In this little bit of time, I made a divided basket for my parents with a little nautical theme to go with their beach house. I actually gifted this to them a couple of weeks ago, but am just now getting around to writing this up here.

(I'm keeping things honest here - that's my messy sewing room in the back. Yup, things are an absolute mess.)

I really like this pattern, by Noodlehead, and will possibly make a few more in the future. It's easy to put together and makes a great gift. This being my second basket, it went together even easier than the first one, which I gave away in the Boston MQG Sewing Room Swap earlier this year.

Okay... off to go study for finals next week. Wish me luck! 

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!