Sunday, March 11, 2018

Playing Catch Up

Hi Everyone!

It has been pretty silent around here for a good long while now.  Life got terribly out of hand, and it has felt as if we are only now getting our feet back under us.  I have still been quilting since the last time you heard from me, and I have a lot to share with you over the next few weeks or months.  You may hear more from me for a while since I have a lot of backlogged projects to share.

Up first are the quilts I made for our nieces at the end of 2016 (I know that was a long time ago).

The first quilt is a low volume quilt from the book "Beyond Neutral" by John Adams (aka Quilt Dad).  The quilt pattern is actually the cover quilt from this book even though it has a very different vibe.  I LOVE the colors in John's quilt, but I wanted to tone it down to fit the girl that was to receive it.  Her room is teal and grey, so I thought this was a fun geometric pattern that would work well with a low-volume color palette.

The colors look even softer in the picture due to the lighting, however the teal fabrics actually are rather vibrant.

I love the background fabric that I used on this quilt.  It is a cloud 9 organic cotton, and it almost has a shot-cotton look to it.  The fabric also has a very nice drape and hand.  It is definitely something I would love to snuggle with, so I knew it would be perfect for a young lady.

I quilted it all over with swirls.  I am still learning to be more effective with my long-arm machine, and this was quilted early in my quilting career.  I did do some larger swirls in the open areas of the quilts and it gives a great motion to the quilt.  It almost makes the background fabric look like smoke or clouds.

We photographed this quilt when the girls came to visit us in the fall of 2016.  They have grown up so much since then!  I love looking at these pictures and remembering that weekend.  (if you're wondering why she is standing like this in the photo, it is because she is only wearing one shoe, and wanted to hide her bare foot, haha!)

Her sister received her quilt at Christmas of the same year.  She has decorated her room with a NYC feel, so I wanted to give her something that would fit her style.

This quilt is from the book "City Quilts" by Cherri House.  Again, I made the cover quilt from this book!  I love every quilt in this book.  I love her use of solids, and the way they can make an dramatic impact.  This quilt is supposed to mimic the way light reflects off the windows of a sky scraper.  I love the effect, and it worked perfectly in T's room.

This photo more accurately shows the colors of the fabric.  This was also quilted with swirls because I wanted something curved and soft to play off the straight lines.

The girls loved them which is my favorite part!  Have you made any quilts for gifts lately?  What did you make?

Hopefully I will have more to share with you soon!  I have made so many quilts!

The Quilted Mitten

Friday, January 27, 2017

Patches and Pinwheels

Most of the quilts I have made in the last 2 years have either been sold or given away.  I've reached a point where I have to be selective with what quilts I keep as they are starting to take over my house.  The quilt I have to share with you today is another gifted quilt.

I pieced this quilt back when I was still in college, like 2009 or 2010.  In fact I blogged about it way back in the day when I finished piecing it (see post here).  I have been holding onto this quilt for a while because I wanted to give it to my father and his fiance' for their wedding gift.  Well, it seems that this lovely couple is destined to be perpetually engaged.  I know they are going to be together forever, and yet wedding plans are still not seemingly in the works.  Nonetheless, I got tired of waiting to give this to them, haha.

 I finished the binding on this quilt this past summer on a work trip, hence the photos taken in a hotel room. :)  Finishing this quilt was so therapeutic for me, because it felt so great to finish an older project, and also there were some nostalgic fabrics in this quilt. 

The pattern that I used for piecing is "Patches and Pinwheels" which is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter of (pattern here).  It is really a 2 block quilt, and even though there are some small pieces, it goes together quickly.  I love the movement of this pattern, and I am sure that I will used this pattern again.  It is a great way to use up scrap strips of fabric.

I broke from my quilting norm, and tried to do something a little different.  I quilted free hand maple leaves in a random all over design.  I love how it turned out, even if some of the "leaves" are a bit wonky looking.  I haven't tried quilting with pantographs yet, so I am always trying to find new designs to use.  I can't use swirls on EVERY quilt, ya know?!

It made my heart happy to give this quilt to people who have been so supportive of me.  My dad is the kind of person who cares about listening to what you have to say.  He is intelligent, and open minded, and he can always give good advice without making you feel stupid in the process.  My Stepmom, in perfect contrast, is warm and caring and a little bit sassy.  These people, despite being family, have often been some of the only people I can always count on.  I wish I had more than just this quilt to give them.  It certainly doesn't begin to pay back all the things they have done for me.

Thanks for letting me share this quilt with you. :)

Have a great weekend!

The Quilted Mitten

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stargazing on the Farm

Hi Guys!

Did you miss me?!  The last year has been a whirlwind for R and I.  First of all, we got married in August (yay!).  Then we adopted a new puppy.  Then we found a new place to live. Then on the day we picked up the keys to our new place, R ended up in the hospital for a short stint (hes fine btw).  THEN we lost our beloved 14 year old American Bulldog, Dodge.  Its been a lot of drama in a short amount of time, but it seems that we have finally found some peace and quiet. (don't worry, I was knocking on wood as I typed that).

Understandably, 2016 was not as productive for quilting as 2015, however I do have quite a few projects to share with you, and there has been progress and even some recent quilt finishes. 

The quilt I want to share with you today is one I actually finished last February (eek!).  I had contemplated the "Feedsack" line from Moda for a while, and finally bit the bullet.  The pattern I used is "Lucky Stars" by Atkinson Designs.  I love this quilt pattern because it uses 12 fat quarters and background.  That's it.  In my version, I did add a border to make this more of a lap quilt size.  This pattern does make larger sizes as well however using more fat quarters.

I have made this pattern multiple times now, and it never gets old.  This size quilt makes a great gift, and it goes together quickly.  Because the stars "float" in the background, it is easy to get perfect points every time.  It is also a great way to show off larger prints because the pieces are a decent size.

The fabric in this quilt is so cute!  I especially love the tiny trucks.  This line also has a lot of smaller classic prints that were blend in well with other lines by this same designer.  I loved the pop of robins egg blue as well.  It gives this line of fabric something unexpected.

This was one of the first quilts I finished on my long arm.  I quilted it all over with my favorite swirls pattern.  Swirls look great on almost every quilt, and I admit I have probably used them too much at this point.  Sometimes I just can't think of anything else I would prefer.

This quilt hung up in the quilt store for a short time, but is now back home where it belongs.  I'm not sure what my plans are for this quilt yet.  Perhaps it will end up in the Etsy Shop?

Thanks for visiting everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great start to 2017!

The Quilted Mitten

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Happy Hour version 1.0

Hello everyone!  I have another recent finish to share.

I have been trying to finish as many of my old neglected quilt tops as possible now that I have my HandiQuilter.  It has been a huge weight off my shoulders to see old projects completed, and it makes it easier for me to buy new fabric and start projects knowing that they will eventually get finished and used.

This is a quilt top that I finished as a display when I worked at Kean's Store Company in Mason, MI. I loved how simple this pattern was, yet effective.  The pieces are large enough to show off some beautiful prints or batiks, yet the quilt is still visually interesting.  My favorite part is that the waste trimmed from the blocks can be used to make another quilt.  Unfortunately, I have not gotten that one quilted yet, but the top is finished, and it is on the long list of stuff to get finished.

 This quilt pattern is called "Triple Treat" and it is from the book "Happy Hour Quilts" by Atkinson Designs.  This book has been out for quite some time, but it never seems to go out of style.  These patterns are beginner friendly and modern.  The best part is, the book gives you instruction for each quilt in any size you'd like to make, which makes it much easier to plan if you are making a quilt for a specific purpose or gift.

I quilted this quilt with an all over swirl pattern.  I still haven't gotten any pantographs for my machine, so I have been doing all free motion by hand.  I loved the way it turned out,  the swirls give great motion to what is otherwise a very geometric quilt full of straight lines.

I love this quilt!  Right now it is hanging up in the shop as we still sell this book (because it's great!).  I was especially happy because I was able to use up a couple large pieces of batik fabric for the backing.  It always feels good to use up what I already have in my stash.

The flu has been going around at work, and I am the latest victim.  Unfortunately I haven't been feeling up to any sewing, but at least I can finally get some older projects posted here!  Thanks for stopping by everyone!  I hope you are having a great week!

The Quilted Mitten

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!  

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!

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!!!

The Quilted Mitten