Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bowties in the Fall

I have another finish to share!  You may remember this quilt when I finished the top over a year ago.  Near Christmas, I finally was able to get it to the quilter for finishing, and then shortly after we moved, I finally got the binding on.
 
 
This is another one of those quilts that is "free".  Everything came from my stash to make it.  The pattern was very simple and quick to piece which was a great way to achieve instant gratification.  The blocks are just oversized bow tie blocks.

 
I finally got some photos about a month ago, when the weather finally started to warm up, but unfortunately the colors didn't come out quite right.  The colors in the photo below are the closest to the actual quilt.  The grass was still brown when these photos were taken, but now we have beautiful green grass and trees as summer approaches.

I loved the quilting that was done on this one.  I wanted this to be an "autumn" inspired quilt, so I had it quilted with red oak leaves and acorns in an orange thread.  I really think it turned out great! 
 
Thanks for letting me share this quilt with you!  I have been sewing like crazy, and have much more to share in the weeks to come.  Happy June everyone!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Star Blossoms in Paradise

I have another quilt to share!  Can you believe it?!

I am super lucky to be able to work-for-the-fun-of-it at a local quilt shop, in addition to my regular day job.  Recently I got to make a display quilt for the shop, in one of my favorite new lines of fabric, "Paradiso" by Kate Spain.

The pattern I used is "Star Blossoms" by Cotton Way, which is a layer cake friendly pattern.






























This pattern doesn't leave a ton of room to make cutting mistakes, however it does leave you a few extra layer cake squares to make a substitution if you need to.  I really loved making this quilt, because it was such a pleasant challenge.  I am a chronic "easy quilts" type of girl, because I believe in the beauty of simplicity, and I love the gratification of finishing something.  This was a great exercise in patience in persistence, which is something that I can always use.
























This quilt took long enough that I was able to watch the entire "Harry Potter" movie series while piecing.  I sewed on my last border half an hour prior to the Death of Voldemort (if you aren't a HP fan, sorry for the spoiler).

 I loved this quilt as I was piecing it, but I really had the "AHA" moment when I put the borders on.  I think it is because this fabric line has so many beautiful colors in it, and the border print tied all of them together.  I'm in love.

I finished this quilt at the store after finishing my shift Saturday.  Before I left it there to be hung in the store, I decided to grab a few quick shots on my phone so that I could share it with you.

I hope you all find yourselves well, and that all your quilting adventures bring you joy!!!!  We are so lucky to be able to create, and sew for the love of it.  Thanks for letting me share my quilting adventures with you!!!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ch..Ch..Ch..Ch..Changes!

A lot has happened in the last six months!!!  Here is the annotated version:
1. R and I unexpectedly found ourselves being kicked out of our condo by April 2015 (this month),    because someone wealthier than we are offered to pay a lot more for our space.
2. Due to our pending homelessness, we tried to buy a house.  The house we tried to buy failed inspection, and everything else in our price range was either too small, or in need of a lot of work.
3.  Following the complete failure of our home buying attempt, I started looking for a new job.
4.  I got an interview right away at the one company I had hoped to get a job with for some time.
5.  I got hired, with a 30% raise from my old position.
6.  We moved to Traverse City in February.

So...naturally...I haven't had time to sew or blog.  We have finally gotten settled into our new place, and I have been sewing up a storm ever since.  It is so nice to have space to move around again, and I have my own sewing space in our new place.  We are both really enjoying Traverse City so far, and it has been refreshing to be around happy, polite and kind people again. 

The first thing I wanted to do when we moved was to get some old projects finished.  I still have A LOT to go, but I was able to get a few quilted right away.

The first one I want to show you is called "Aztek Fire".   This pattern was found in "More Nickel Quilts" by Pat Speth.  It is using 5" scrap squares of batik fabric.  These particular fabrics were scraps left from other projects, and was a "free quilt" (at least that's what I like to call it when you don't have to buy anything to make a quilt).






























Yesterday was really the first sunny day over 50 degrees, so I took the opportunity to get some photos taken.  There was very little wind, so it was a great time to get some photos of the quilt laying down.



  The blocks are a split nine patch, which gives a really fun effect, when you pair them together into pyramids.  I was lucky that most of the blocks had another block similar in color to be paired with.  Most of the stray weird colors got put to the outside of the row.


I love all of my quilts, but this is definitely one that I am more proud of.  It is more intricate than a lot of the quilts I do, and it was a good exercise in patience and precision.  Plus it always feels good to use up tiny bits of fabric.  The scrappiness of the whole thing makes the quilt even more interesting.

Well, the sun is shining again today, and it is almost 70 degrees!  Looking at these pictures makes me want to go out and play!!!  Have a happy Sunday everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Bit of Light Reading from 1974

I finally finished something!!!  Can you believe it!?

In my defense, the long arm quilter had this quilt for 3 months.  I'm really not completely lazy, haha!

Anyway, I have titled this quilt "A Bit of Light Reading from 1974" because I think the blocks look like stacks of books, and the fabric is 1974 by Urban Chiks. 

 
 
You might remember this top from a few years ago while I was still living in Kalamazoo.  I pieced these blocks improv because I couldn't figure out what else I'd like to do with such fun modern fabric.  I ended up wasting quite a lot of the background fabric, but I think the effect was worth it in the end.
 



I love the quilting pattern that my quilter used, but I was a little disappointed that she didn't "seat" the pantograph so that the quilting passes weren't noticeable.  This pattern should have fit together like a puzzle to look like one all over pattern, and she decided to quilt it in rows instead.  I have another quilt with her right now, so I'm hoping we don't have the same problem (eek!).  Either way, I am pleased overall with how it turned out.



I have been thinking about turning this quilt design into a pattern, but I haven't been able to figure out how to do it without wasting so much background fabric.  Plus, I've seen other similar quilts.  What do you guys think? 


It has been a beautiful autumn here in Northern Michigan.  This is by far one of the best color years we've had in a decade.  With the color, we have experienced awesome apple harvests, crisp breezes, and cider with doughnuts.  I have been excited for a good stretch of sweater weather as well.  There has been some grumbling about snow falling this weekend, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold of for just a while longer.





I am hoping to have another quilt back from the quilter soon, and another quilt to show and share!

I hope everyone is having a great fall, and I hope you are all working on something fun and quilty!!!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Pattern!!!

 
Well folks, I did it!  I got a pattern together for the baby quilt I just finished.  I am SO EXCITED!

This really is a quick and easy pattern for a baby quilt, but it is also large enough that it could be used as a lap quilt.  this pattern lends itself well to larger prints that you hate to cut into small pieces, and it would look great in almost any fabric line.


 
 
 
 









































I had a great time putting this one together, and I am certainly glad it did not take me as long to write this pattern, as it did When in Rome!



This pattern is available on Craftsy and Etsy!


Thanks for your support!  I love being a part of an online community that encourages those who are a part of it!  It means a lot!

Happy Sewing!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

Friday, June 6, 2014

Its a Circus!!!

Hey there everyone!  I have a finish to share today!!!  Yay!

Recently it seems like half the people I know are having a baby, so I thought I'd better start working on some baby quilts to keep as emergency gifts.

This one does have an intended recipient due to be born soon, but for the sake of the suprise I'm not telling who. :)






















I had some adorable animal fabric laying around, and I just KNEW it would be perfect for a baby quilt.  Problem was, I didn't have any patterns on hand, and I had limited yardage.  So, to solve both problems, I made my own design!!!





















This quilt was a ton of fun to make, and it was my first attempt at free motion quilting on my home machine.  The quilting isn't perfect (I did manage one long pucker on the back, but its not very noticeable after washing), but I did a better job than I thought I would on the first try.  I was really impressed with the way my Husqvarna handled it, and the tension was great.  Now I just need to work on consistent stitch length, and smooth movements.





















I really loved the way it turned out, and I can see myself re-using this design in the future.  It really lends itself well to focus fabrics, and there are so many cute kid prints out right now.

I am thinking about writing up a pattern for this.  What do you guys think?  Should I?  I'm thinking the photo below would make a good cover shot. :)




 We have had great weather lately, and it is finally starting to feel like summer around here.  I think I'm going to spend this weekend soaking up the sun, and joining the festivities at the craft brew festival here in town.  Sounds good right?

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Happy Friday!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Beautiful Things that No One Sees

 
 
 
EXCELLENT NEWS EVERYONE!!!  I am NOT dead.  Neither have I given up on this blog.  In fact I have some exciting things to share with you in the near future.  The last few months have been a crazy whirlwind of change, and planning, and daydreams.  All of that coupled with a broken computer (now fixed) has put a damper on my blogging ability. 
 
Still, here I am, and I've been creating beautiful things; things that have yet to be noticed (see quote above).  I am starting to meet some of my resolutions, and also acheiving goals I didn't even realize I had.
 
I free-motion-quilted my first quilt! AND my quilting doesn't suck (it's not perfect, but it doesn't suck)!  I'll count that as one victory.  Finishing the quilt has only further fueled my fire for this previously untouched aspect of my craft, and I am SO EXCITED!  I have started to plan the quilting futures for quilt tops that have sat untouched for far too long.
 

Secondly, R. and I joined a gym and February, and we are working it out!  It feels so good to get healthy together, and to feel like you are not alone on the journey.  We are hoping to get stronger, so that we can start backpacking together.  Our hope is that we can backpack on Isle Royale in the next year or so, and we really want to be ready for the challenge.

I am considering incorporating more of my life into this blog including my quilting pursuits.  I have a degree in fashion, and I would love to incorporate personal style, and lifestyle insights.  I would love input from my readers in regards to this.  Would you like a mix of topics, or do you prefer mostly quilt discussion?

Look for some quilty updates soon!  The sun has been shining here this week, and it's primo time to get some pictures taken!

In the mean time, I wanted to share my favorite fabric line that is out right now.  I'm sure you all know that I love Denyse Schmidt, and this line is no different.  Ansonia in the blue/green colorway is my favorite!

 
 
Happy Spring Everyone!
 
 
Cristina