Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wedding Quilt

On October 4th a nephew of mine got married. Of course I wanted to make them a quilt. My initial thought was to ask them what color they would like it, but on second thought I decided against that. I know how my color taste has changed over the years and I wanted their Wedding Quilt to be timeless. So I decided to go neutral. I also needed this quilt to be a simple pattern since I started it about 2 weeks before the wedding. With it being a simple quilt I could let my quilting make up for that. I had never made a Carpenter Star before and that seemed to be the perfect solution.  

I looked at some pictures of Carpenter Stars on-line and then came up with my own pattern. Since we have an AccuQuilt Studio at the shop, I decided to begin with 10" squares. To keep it simple I made my half-square-triangles using the Missouri Star Quilt Company method that can be viewed here. I used wool batting so that the quilting would really show up. 

I love pieced backs and decided to add some Tula Pink Foxfield for a little pop. I now think that was a very big mistake. The quilting on the back would have looked so much better if I had just used the one fabric. 

I did sit down and tried to figure out the quilting before going to the machine. This was actually a first for me. I usually load a quilt and then decide what to do with it. This really made the quilting much less stressful.

I do most of my quilting free hand, but here I did do a little marking and used some curved rulers.

I even marked my feather stems, which I don't usually do.

I have had several requests for kits for this quilt. 
I just might be doing that.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Around the Shop

I was updating the website the other day and took some new pictures around the shop.

 We have this pillow kitted.

Terra Australis 2 just arrived.

A new shelf for our pre-cuts.

A new tiered basket for the pre-cuts.

I love this baskets that holds a few bolts of fabric.

Pre-cuts always good on the cake stand.

Autumn Blessings on the front door. 

New Arrivals on the window seat.

I love this stairway.

The view when you come in the front door.

"Jimmy" looks great on the railings.

Quilt Vine's Monthly Mini and Holiday Mini samples and kits.

Our Monthly and Holiday Mini Patterns.

Rick Rack in Candy Jars

Notions wall.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


This good little witch is Glinda.
She is our new Halloween Holiday Mini.

Glinda and her little black cat are so cute!

We have kits and patterns and available.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Etsy Quilts

Lately I have been trying to get some things up on our Etsy Shop. I already have a number of our Monthly Minis posted (patterns and kits). Now am I am working on getting some quilts up for sale. These quilts are ones that were used for shop samples. Some of them we have displayed out on the shop porch and are little bit faded. The quilts that are faded will be listed at a discount. They all will be reasonably priced because it would be nice to move them since we no longer need them.

I may need to take some more pictures since the sun was so bright the day I took these.

Weekend Retreat.

The back is just a bleached muslin.

This pattern is Dizzy Lizzy and is made with scraps and the background is White Kona. 

The back is a yellow print.

This six-point star is something I came up with. The fabric is from Art Gallery and the background is Kona Ash.

The pattern used here is from Jane Sassaman's book. I am not sure what the fabric is.

This is a disappearing Pinwheel by Missouri Star Quilt Company.
The fabric in the blocks is a Moda Layer Cake.

This pattern is Sweet Life from Camille Roskelley's book Simply Retro.
All but one of the fabrics in the blocks is by Tula Pink.

White backing.

This pattern is Flight North.
The center fabric is by Martha Negley. The rest of the fabric is Kaffe Fassett Collectives.

The back is a purple print.

This wall hanging is a Pat Sloan Design, Chelsea's Summer Garden.

This is an original design of mine. The fabrics are nautical and the background is Quilters Linen in Grey. This quilt is very masculine.

The back is a black print.

A Christmas sample from last year.