Every month, my friend Sarah Goer hosts a link-up around a different theme. I was so happy this month when I saw the theme was Rainbow! I am a sucker for a great spectrum, so I couldn’t wait to share my past rainbow projects.
My scrappy rainbow quilt was probably my favorite finish of last year.
It currently hangs in my studio keeping things bright and happy.
This sweet rainbow bundle eventually got all mixed up and turned into a Kayak Point quilt for my niece.
Lastly, my By Your Side pattern lends itself really well to playing with rainbows. The scrappy rainbow version is so close to being done! Maybe this month’s theme was exactly the sort of inspiration I needed to get it finished!
In case you missed it, I’ll be teaching this pattern at Quilting Mayhem in April.
And last but not least there is this little-seen version of the By Your Side rainbow baby quilt. I honestly don’t think I ever took photos of this quilt finished and I can’t even remember who it ended up going to! I hope to make another one of these By Your Side baby quilts very soon.
Besides just showing past projects, I wanted to set myself a goal this month to make something based on the theme. As I said earlier, I would like to finish the scrappy rainbow By Your Side quilt this month. I also would like to play with rainbows using some curved piecing blocks from Modern Curves and Bold Stripes. Or maybe more mini blocks from the Sew Tiny Sampler! I’ll check in at the end of the month to let you know how I did.
Make sure to visit Sarah’s Linkup page for this month and share your own rainbow projects.
This year, I’ve been participating in the All People Quilt UFO Challenge. It’s been a really good experience so far!
I shared all my projects at the beginning of the year and where I was at on each of them.
The number selected for February was 9. Here is what I wrote for that project:
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.
I had an idea in mind for the apron I wanted to make, using the center floral print of the tablecloth into the bib section of a full apron. But as I looked at the apron design, I realized that it wasn’t really going to look as nice as I had hoped. In order to make the apron well, it would have needed some darts. And darts would have messed with the floral design of the tablecloth more than I was willing. So, I decided instead to make my mom two half aprons. One with a smaller yellow strap and one in red. I did save the center section of the tablecloth and am going to try and incorporate it into another kitchen project for her at a later date.
The number selected for March is #7. I’ll share my progress at the end of the month!
Happy Sewing! ~L
I am pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching my By Your Side Pattern at Quilting Mayhem in Snohomish, WA! I’ve been updating the pattern and adding some content to it to create some color variations as well as a baby quilt size and am looking forward to giving my students the first glimpse of the updated content!
The class will be held on April 11. Yep, that’s the day before Easter! You can bet there will be Easter candy involved.
So, if you are a local follower or just happen to be in the area Easter weekend, visit the Quilting Mayhem website to sign up!
Come sew with me! ~L
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
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.
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.
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
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, ~L