New Logo!

Happy Friday night, friends!

Tonight I get to share my new logo with the world!

I’ve been meaning to design myself a new logo for the longest time, but I never seemed to get around to doing it. So, a couple of months ago I hired my amazing friend Anastasia. I had seen some of her other logo designs, and I knew she understood who I am and the vision I have for my company. Besides being a great artist and designer, Anastasia is also a quilter and was one of my coworkers at Quilting Mayhem. Here is a picture of us in the shop last summer.

We started with me making a Pinterest board of logos and artwork I liked and sharing a bit with her about what I had in mind. Once she had a clear idea of my vision, she created some artwork for me and we started refining a logo design. She did such a great job accommodating all my little edits and shifts during the design process. To see some of Anastasia’s work, you can visit her Instagram here.

So here it is!

I’m so in love with the drawings of the laurel and pine sprigs and the lovely poppy flower. And the hexie outline is a fun little nod to the quilting world. I hope you all like it as much as I do.

I’ve ordered new business cards and some fun stuff with my new logo on it, and cannot wait til they arrive!

Happy Sewing, ~L

Pets and Quilts

I’ve noticed a lot of my quilt pictures lately contain my new kittens. They just seem to love snuggling up with my projects, and I just can’t help but share the cuteness with you.

And after having lost so many pets in the last year and a half, I also wanted to take time to look back on those furry loved ones and enjoy their cuteness as well.

Are you ready for all the warm fuzzy feelings? I hope you enjoy this completely unnecessary “Pets and Quilts” post!

Ben was always laying under me as I sewed and would often be covered in thread.

Max and Ben were always posing for photos while hanging out in my studio.

And each of them got a turn at being the subject for Color Play Friday.

After we got Sparta, he and Max bonded on my By Your Side quilt.

And speaking of Sparta, he was a great self-appointed quilt inspector.

And Porkchop was my official rabbit-fabric approver.

Now that we have Phineas and Penelope, it seems like I always have a cat nearby while sewing.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Happy Sewing, ~L

Favorite Things- Modern Curves and Bold Stripes

Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t tell my hubby, but I’ve fallen in love again!

Ever had something come along at just the right time that fills a need perfectly?

Modern Curves and Bold Stripes is that thing in my life right now! This new book by Heather Black and Daisy Aschehoug is AMAZING, friends. Just when I found myself saying over and over again that I’d love to do more curved piecing, along comes this book chock full of absolutely beautiful curved piecing patterns.

The cutting diagrams and piecing instructions for each pattern are very descriptive and so well laid out, but my favorite part is the “Getting Started” section in the front of the book. There, Heather and Daisy give you all the info, techniques and tricks you’ll need to make accurate curved and striped blocks.

The fact that these quilt all have both curves AND stripes really makes for some cool designs. The two components compliment each other so well and add a lot of visual interest to the patterns. And I love that most of the quilts have both printed and pieced stripe options, so you can really customize your quilt just the way you want it.

photo- C&T Publishing

It’s really hard to choose a favorite pattern in the book, but ONE of my favorites (and the first quilt I plan on making) is Sunset Horizons. My youngest looked through the book with me and chose it for his next quilt. It is number 4 on my UFO challenge for this year. My version will be navy, white, grey and burgundy… all fabrics chosen by Nathan!

Heather and Daisy have very graciously provided me with a copy of their book to give away! The give away will be held solely on my Instagram account, so visit there to enter.

And speaking of Instagram, if you are not already following these two, you should be! You can find Daisy’s account here and Heather’s here.

To order a copy of the book right away, visit the C & T Website!

 

 

UFO Challenge progress- January

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my list for this years All People Quilt UFO Challenge.

I got pretty down-to-the-wire finishing the Improv blocks quilt top, but I did it!

At the start of the month, I had just one improv block done and a general idea in my head of what the layout should be. As I finished up my blocks, I decided they would have more visual impact placed on point, which changed the layout completely from my original plan. As always when creating, staying flexible is key!

Because I was in a rush to finish it before the end of the month, I had some technical problems with ‘bubbling’ from bias stretching. Honestly, though, I’m ok with that! I would never have finished this quilt top this month if it hadn’t been for the challenge of a deadline. Done is better than perfect. Plus, I plan on quilting it fairly heavily which will work out some of the bumps I got from letting my bias stretch. I will be gifting this quilt later in the year, so for now it’s going to hang out in my studio as an unfinished top!

I also finished one of my bonus projects this month! I am planning a workshop soon to teach By Your Side and was rewriting a few things on the pattern (quilt math for the background, mostly!). I decided to do up a top following the changes so I would have a sample that reflected them. And since all my bonus slots are for that pattern, it was a win/win situation!

This will be used as a sample for my class and then eventually gifted to a friend.

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I’d say so far the UFO challenge has been a success! I am already well on my way to getting February’s project done too.

Happy Sewing, ~L

Show Me Something Purple Linkup

When my friend Sarah Goer let me know about her new monthly Show Me Something linkups, I was super excited to start participating. I loved that I could link both new projects and old ones that fit the monthly prompt. And I was especially excited when I saw the theme was purple this month, since I just finished a quilt that was purple and blue and was going to be a perfect fit for the linkup!

That being said, I still wanted to make something new for the month in response to the prompt. I didn’t have much time on my hands last week because I was sewing up two quilt tops (more on those later!), so I chose something small and quick.

Have you seen the amazing Sew Tiny Sampler from Kitty Wilkin? If not, you need to take a look at this pattern! I love making these teeny tiny blocks. I chose to go a little outside the box and make some purple trees, because why not?! Sometime you have to just do things just for the fun of it.

I chose vivid purple for the trees with a brown-tinted purple as the trunks on each tree. Add in a grey background that has a purple undertone, and you’ve got yourself a fun little set of blocks.

I have no plans for these as of yet. They will get added in with all my other tiny blocks from this pattern and eventually I’ll use them to make something fabulous.

Happy Sewing,ย ~L

All People Quilt UFO Challenges

Here I go again with the joining things- what has happened to me this year?! I decided it would be a good idea for me this year to do the All People Quilt  2020 UFO challenge. The great part about this one is that it doesn’t add any actual projects to my list, it just encourages me to finish things I already have planned. My LQS has their own drawings as well for customers who are doing the challenge.

So, in order to keep myself accountable to you as well, here is my list for the year and my starting point for each project.

1- Sister Sampler Quilt: This is a quilt top waiting to be quilted, bound, and gifted. I want to gift it in September, so if this number doesn’t come up before then, I’ll have to finish it early.

2- Crazy Blocks Quilt: I only had one of six improv blocks done and had no idea how to lay them out. This is January’s project, so I have been working on it this week. I want a finished top by the end of the month and expect to gift this in October.

3- Low-Volume Patchwork quilt: This is a quilt top for my daughter that just needs completed.

4- Full-sized quilt for Nathan: I have nothing done on this other than knowing my son wants a larger quilt than what’s on his bed right now. I have not even chosen a color palette. Whatever month this gets drawn in is going to be busy! I hope to have a finished top at the end of it.

5- Full-Sized quilt for Isaac: Like project number four, this is still in planning stages. At least for this one, I know it’s going to be black, white, and grey.

6- Rifle Alice quilt: This will be made with Rifle Paper Company’s Alice in Wonderland fabric and the Shimmer pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I have two blocks made and want to have a finished top.

7- Riley Blake Alice quilt: Another Alice quilt with only two blocks made. I’m using the 2020 Quilter’s Planner Sampler pattern for this one and a bundle built around the Wonderland fabric collection from Riley Blake.

8- The Quilter’s Planner 2019 BOM Snowflake layout: A top that needs to be finished up.

9- Mom Vintage Apron: Not a quilt, but a project my mom asked me to do years ago. Making an apron out of a vintage table cloth that belonged to my grandmother. I think I’ve been avoiding this one because I’m scared to mess it up.

10- Fall Berry Season quilt: currently just a couple of layer cakes that I plan to make into a quilt. Not sure of a pattern yet, but hope to have a finished top at the end of the month.

11- 16-patch scrappy quilt: I have several 16-patch scrappy blocks that I’ve made over the years and would like to make some more and assemble a quilt. Not sure what size I’ll end up with, but it’ll probably depend on how busy that month is!

12- Low-Volume Blue log cabin- This is a charity quilt that has been lingering for much too long. The blocks are mostly done and it just needs to get finished and get out into the world. I would like to have it completely finished by the end of its month.

And of course I have some over-achiever projects too. There are five spots for those projects, and all of them are By our Side quilts for my best friends. I’ve been re-writing the pattern to adapt it for teaching classes, so it’s the perfect time to get these made.

So there you have it. I’ll be sharing more about my progress on January’s project early next month.

Happy Sewing, ~L

What I’m working On: 2020 Temperature quilt

I always say I’m not really a joiner. I’m know my tendency to over-commit and then feel obligated, and as a result I avoid commitments when I can. That being said, this year I am doing my best to join in on some of the fun things going on in the quilting community.

One of the things that I decided to do this year is the Quilting Mayhem Temperature Quilt-along. Quilting Mayhem is my favorite local quilt shop (and past place of employment!). While I was still working at there and heard we were planning a temperature quilt-along, I realized it was something I really wanted to do. But, I would need to make it very easy on myself to keep my commitment through the whole year!

Let me pause for a moment for those of you wondering “What in the world is a temperature quilt?”. Many in the knitting and crochet world have been doing something like this for a while, but it seems to be new to quilting. The basic premise is that you choose several fabrics, each one representing a range of temperatures. You then make a quilt with a block to represent each day, recording the temperature for that day. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. You could record highs only (like me), high and low temperatures, average temperature, and even the weather. I had customers come in that were recording the high, low, and weather for the day. Some people are adding embroidery or a special background fabric to indicate a snow day. Some people are choosing special years in their lives and recording data from that year. You can get as creative with it as you like! I suggest you check the hashtag #qmtemperaturequiltalong on Instagram to see all the wonderful ideas people are coming up with. If you decide you want to join in, there’s no sign-up. Just use the hashtag on your Instagram posts of your quilt so the other participants can cheer you on!

So, for my quilt, I decided to only record the high temperatures and not do a pieced block. I have hexies for each temperature range (mostly 4 degrees for each color) and am stitching an offset strip of hexies for each month. After the end of the year when all my strips are done, I’ll be applique-ing them in chronological order to a solid background, probably a light grey. I figured this was a simple way for me to do the bulk of the work (making a bunch of hexies) at the beginning of the year and then it’s very easy for me to add hexies as the year goes on and my patience for the project wanes.

I chose a pretty tight color range of mostly greens (with a few blues and yellows) for a couple of reasons. First, I love green and want a predominately green project this year. Second, I thought it would be a really nice way to let the temperature extremes really stand out. When I look back at the year and see a blue or yellow hexie, I’ll know it was a pretty extreme weather day (at least for Western Washington!)

I’m looking forward to seeing how this one progresses. I both love and hate that the nature of the project is forcing me to take the whole year to complete it. It’s an exercise in patience for sure!

Happy Sewing!ย  ~L