Thursday, January 14, 2016

Strawberry Fields Forever

After a full day of sewing and an Alan Rickman movie marathon (RIP Alan, you will be truly missed), I decided it was a good time to take a break and share another finish with you all.

This is another quilt that I shared in the early days of my blog.  It is made with Meadowsweet 2 fabric by Sandi Henderson.  I fell in love with the strawberry print in this collection, and I knew that I needed to do something with this wonderful fabric.







































The pattern for this book is in "Living Large 2" by Anka's Treasures (Heather Mulder Peterson).  It was a great pattern for showing off the large scale prints, while also having some interest in the piecing. 







































I used a solid red for the setting stones and the inner border.  With so many large scale prints, this was a great way to give a place for your eye to rest, while tying all of the colors together.

I photographed this quilt at the Historic Barns Park and botanical gardens in Traverse City, MI.  I love these beautiful brick barns, and they recently updated the interior to be used for events.  I thought the beautiful garden was a great backdrop for this quilt given the prints in this fabric collection.

 I had this quilted by "Mason Creek Quilting" before I bought my longarm machine.  She had a great strawberry quilting design that was perfect for this quilt.  Above is  picture of my favorite block (the strawberries are so cute!).  If you look closely at the quilting in the inner border you can see one of the strawberries. :)

The binding and the white background are both from "Bliss" by Bonnie and Camille (I told you this was an old UFO!).  I love the little bit of whimsy that these prints add to this quilt.

It feels great to have another finish under my belt.  I definitely don't need another quilt, but I just can't bring myself to get rid of this one.  I've had too many years to bond with the project, haha.  In the end, I finished 13 quilts in 2015!  I have set my 2016 goal at 12 quilts, but I definitely feel like I can finish even more now that I can quilt the large ones myself.






































Thanks for stopping by everyone!  

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Does Anyone Remember This One?

First of all, I hope everyone had a very happy holiday, and new year!  I took some time off from the blog to spend with friends and family, and get some much needed relaxation.  Even though it is a snowy winter wonderland outside, I still have quilts finished this fall to share.

This quilt has been waiting a long time to be finished.  So long in fact, that since this top was pieced, I have moved 4 times, graduated from college, and worked at 3 different jobs.  I finished this top around 6 years ago!!!  In fact this was one of the first quilts I shared here on my blog.  One of the photos in my blog header features this quilt top shortly after I pieced it.







































I absolutely love this quilt.  These were leftover strips of older Amy Butler Prints, and so it ended up being a "free quilt", made entirely from leftovers. The pattern is "picnic quilt" found on the Moda Bake Shop.
 This past October (I know I'm slow on my posts), I took it to a local lake to take some photos.  The colors had finally turned, and it was really starting to feel like fall.  It's crazy to think that now we are sitting under 10"+ of snow!
























I'm not sure its that easy to see in the photo, but I quilted this with a swirl/flower design.  It almost looks like a paisley, and I really like how the quilting complements the prints in this quilt.  This was one of the first I quilted on my new longarm, and it was really fun to try something different. 

This quilt is a good lap size, and is perfect for the back of the couch.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this one yet, but I just love it!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great week!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Anyone Need a Christmas Gift?

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  We had a great time with my family.  It was a weekend full of food, laughter, and good shopping!

Today I have a quilt to share with you that has been a long time in the making.  I originally pieced this quilt as a display for Kean's Store Company in Mason MI.  It was a fun way to use a mix of floral prints, and play with fabric placement.  The stars in the sashing are all from the same Lecien collection, which helped tie everything together.  I loved the way the stars and the different sashing fabrics radiated out from the center.  It gives this quilt a very vintage, "shabby chic" feel.




Now that I have my new long-arm machine, it was finally time to see this beauty finished.   I did a free motion design that looks like roses with leaves.  I love the way the quilting still allows this quilt to have a soft drape.
























So here's the best part:  This quilt is for sale!  You read that right!  I'm actually letting one of my quilts out of my sight. ....UPDATE, THIS QUILT HAS BEEN SOLD.  THANKS EVERYONE!!!

Why you ask?  Simply put, I have run out of room for quilts.  One day I dream of having a huge mansion full of quilt cabinets, chests, and beds.  For now, I have to settle for a tiny 2 bed apartment.  This quilt is made with the highest quality quilt shop material.  Also the label can be customized (with a small message) if you are interested in giving this as a gift (even if its a gift for yourself).
























If you're interested in learning more about this quilt, or if you'd like to purchase this, please visit my Etsy Store.  Also, because I love my blog readers, get $20 off with coupon code BLOG20.  I can guarantee this by Christmas if an order is placed before December 20th.
























Thanks for visiting me.  I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season!!!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

PS:  In case you missed it....PURCHASE THIS QUILT HERE UPDATE: SOLD

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!



































Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope your holiday is full of love, laughter, and good food!!!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Well Loved Gift

 I think it's about time I posted about this quilt. 

This quilt was R's Christmas gift LAST YEAR.  I know....shameful. 







































R had gotten me a quilt book called "Transparency Quilts" the previous Christmas, and I always thought one of those quilts would make a good gift for Russ.  The quilts in that book are modern and not particularly feminine, which can be hard to find when looking for a gift for a man.
























R loves the outdoors, and camo print, so I wanted to make him a quilt that felt like the woods.  I used a mixture of green and dark brown, so that it would feel outdoorsy (is that a word?).  I love the way the colors play together to look like woven tartan.  Transparency Quilts does a great job of guiding you through process of choosing colors for these quilts.

I also had the long arm quilter do an all-over oak leaf pattern with acorns.  I really felt like that is what sets it off and gives it a natural feel.

R is so sweet.  He sleeps with this quilt every night, and I love that he loves it so much.  He wanted a big quilt that he could wrap up in completely, and this quilt fits the bill.  It is a VERY large queen, and could probably work alright on a king sized bed too.

























To photograph the quilt, I took it out to the Historic Barns Park in Traverse City.  These barns were originally used to house the livestock that fed the local mental hospital.  Recently the barns and gardens have been restored, and they are now open for events.  They are absolutely huge and beautiful.

It feels great to give a quilt to someone that truly appreciates it. 

Well, its time to bake cookies!  Thanksgiving is only a few days away!   Have a good one everybody!

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cubicle Cutie!!!

 Do you work in an office space?  I do.  I work in a sea of cubicles with no windows.  Very Boring...

Anyway, I decided my cubicle needed some color, and happy color at that.  I had some pretty scraps left over from my Star Blossoms quilt, and so I improvised something simple to brighten up my workspace.  I love this happy little quilt!

What have you guys done to make your workspace your own?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Little Quilts for Little Friends.

Hello Everyone!!!

Another post in less than a week!  Who can believe it?

I told you I have been quilting up a storm, and I meant it.

Today I'd like to share with you some kids quilts I made this past spring to celebrate a new baby born to one of my best, lifelong friends.

My dear friend A and I have been friends since middle school.  We knew each other when we were awkward, and immature, and dumb, and we still want to be friends with one another.  Some of the highlights of my journey towards adulthood feature her, and the ridiculous things we did together. 
As an only child, she and one other friend of ours have been like family.

A told me earlier this year that she was having a baby due in August.  As she is the closest thing I have to a sister, I jumped on the opportunity to make a baby quilt for her new little one.

This quilt was named "Welcome to The World!", as it is made from the Scrappy Trips Around the World pattern by Bonnie Hunter (www.quiltville.com).  It is a free pattern, and there was a scrappy trip along a few years ago that made this pattern very popular.  I wish I had been able to capture the adorable quilting on this one.  A friend of mine quilted it with butterflies and flowers all over.

A also has a son.  He is an adorable, sweet, fun kid and it always bothered me that I wasn't able to make him a quilt when he was born.  I didn't think it was fair to make his new baby sister a quilt before making him one.  His entire family are die hard Michigan State Spartan fans, so I knew I needed to make something green and white.  





This quilt is named "Go Green!" in honor of the Spartans.  This is also a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter called "Scrappy Mountain Majesties" (Quiltville.com).  This was a fun, quick pattern, and it was a great use of scraps.  All of the green fabrics in this quilt were weird sized hunks left over from other projects (with a few fat quarters mixed in). 

I knew that giving a young rambunctious boy a quilt with so much white could be a bad decision.  Later on, A sent me this picture, and I knew that it didn't matter.




























This one was quilted with all over loops and it turned out really cute.  I love that he loves his quilt so much.

A has since had a beautiful baby girl.  I'm so glad that even though I wasn't there to welcome her, the quilt was.


Until next week! 

Cristina
The Quilted Mitten