MCM #89 – Continuous Curves Ahead

Welcome to the eighty-ninth edition of Main Crush Monday! Can you believe we’ve been crushing on our quilty projects for this long? I can! 🙂

I had a very interesting weekend that included visiting and touring a now defunct state prison and an operational Krishna Temple and gardens. Both of these are sooo outside my comfort zone but I rolled with it and had a nice time. Now I can check these activities off my bucket list and move on!

I also stopped by my local quilt shop and picked up another 9 yards of Alison Glass fabrics. I know! I’m on a fabric diet and failing miserably!! But what’s a girl to do when the guys text and tell you they have new AG fabric?? I’ll tell you – she goes shopping!

In other news, I finished the quilting on this red/white star quilt for Dee:

Star quilt blocks

The pieced blocks are the star blocks (see bottom row in pic above), but when the rows are put together the secondary design with those white blocks and X’s are what jumps out at me. I debated quilting a separate motif in each of the big white squares, but felt that would draw the attention away from the stars so I eventually changed my mind. (That’s something we’re allowed to do, right?)

Dee made the quilt for her brother, so I didn’t want to quilt a design that looks feminine. I also wanted the focus to be on the quilt and not the quilting, so something simple was called for.

Continuous CurveI chose to quilt a very easy continuous curve design over the entire quilt. This design is also sometimes called orange peel. I could have freehanded the stitching, but decided to use a curved ruler to keep a consistent look. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Continuous Curve backI love the texture that shows on the back – it makes it more of a ‘reversible’ quilt. It’s also a light quilt, which makes it perfect for spring, summer and fall.

I’m super pleased with the finished quilt, as was my customer, and I’m calling this my crush for this week.  It’s too bad I couldn’t keep this one for myself!

Later this week I’ll be sharing how I stitched the continuous curve design. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out. I also have the most gorgeous aqua/yellow quilt loaded on the frame and will be working on it over the next several days. I can’t wait to share it with you!

I’m excited to see your MCM crush today! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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MCM #88 – I’m Back and ReEnergized!

Last week I took a much needed break and spent several days hanging out with my friends and recharging my batteries. It was fun to get away from my daily routine and do something different. I totally disconnected from social media – leaving my laptop at home and only posting two pictures on Instagram(!) In some ways it was scary to unplug, but I’m so glad I did because now I feel pumped, full of energy and ready to sew, quilt, and blog again. Amazing what a week away will do!

Thank you to everyone who commented and linked up to last week’s Main Crush Monday party. I’m still catching up on all my reading, so I’ll be visiting all your blogs this week. It looks like you are working on some amazing projects and I’m looking forward to reading all about them!

I did manage to visit one quilt shop while away, but only bought four pieces of fabric. I know! I even surprised myself with my restraint! I picked up a white on white just because I liked it, and two black/white prints to use as bindings.

My most surprising purchase was a panel. Yes, a panel! I see so many people make lovely quilts and wall hangings with them, but I find them difficult to work with. However, I spied this one and immediately saw possibilities. So I’m challenging myself to work with this panel and make something amazing. Okay, maybe not amazing, but at least something finished…

I have a few ideas of what I want to do to make this a wall hanging.  Before I start on it I’ll have to make a visit to my local quilt shop to pick up some coordinating fabrics. Darn! 🙂 The project may take me a while as I plan to work on it between customer quilts, but hopefully I’ll have it finished in time to use for Christmas. This year. As in 2017. I’ll keep you updated.

A few days before I left on vacation I received the sweetest note from Christine, a customer who had purchased my pattern Pretty in Pink. Christine shared pictures of the quilt she made from the pattern and is allowing me to share them with you.

Photo by Christine Ulichney

I love the soft color palette, and that backing and binding fabric is so yummy! The quilting is so fun for a baby quilt and the thread color was the perfect choice. Christine told me the quilting was done by Island Quilters in Hilton Head, SC and I think they did a fabulous job.

Photo by Christine Ulichney

As a designer, I feel so honored when someone uses their valuable time and resources to make a quilt from one of my patterns. I especially love it when they share pictures – it’s inspiring to see their color/fabric choices. Thank you Chris for sharing your beautiful quilt!

If you’d like to make your own version of Pretty in Pink, you can download a PDF copy of the pattern via my Etsy shop or through Craftsy.

I’m off to catch up on reading your blogs and load another quilt on the frame!

But first: now that I’ve shared my weekly crush with you I would love for you to share yours with me! You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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MCM #87 – Vacationing

As you might have guessed from the title of this blog post (and from the numerous times I’ve mentioned it in a few of my previous posts), I am on vacation this week. 🙂

While you read this, I’m probably sitting on a beach with sand between my toes and sunshine on my shoulders, people watching and drinking something fruity and cold. That is my crush for this week’s Main Crush Monday!

What is yours?

In case you haven’t heard, Craftsy is having an “All You Can Watch” day, where ALL their video classes will be available for 24 hours to view for free. Yes, FREE!  (Affiliate links)

So, if there is a class you’ve been thinking about purchasing, now is the time to check it out before you buy. Classes are free to view on Monday, September 4th from 12:01 am MST to 11:59 pm MST. This is a great opportunity to watch as many classes as you can. You can bet I’ve got a couple on my wish list that I’ll be checking out today!

Last week there were so many great projects linked up to the MCM party. Nicole’s project (of Handwrought Quilts) is so scrappy with 2.5″ squares – it looks fantastic!

Photo by Nicole of Handwrought Quilts

Teresa of Teresa Quilts is working on a log cabin quilt. This was one of those projects that once started couldn’t be stopped – all of us have one of those, right?? Teresa has made wonderful progress on her quilt top and I look forward to seeing it finished.

Photo by Teresa of Teresa Quilts

I really like this baby quilt Tish (Tish in Wonderland) and hubby Dave (The Quilt Engineer) made. I love that there are no borders, I think it gives the quilt a contemporary vibe and I’m really drawn to that. Gonna have to add something like this to my TO DO SOMEDAY list…

Photo by Tish of Tish in Wonderland

I know you’ll understand when I say that my response to comments will be slow this week. I’m going to try to stay off my computer (except for those free Craftsy classes), so I’ll respond once I get home next week. Thank you so much for taking the time to link up and comment each week. You guys mean so much to me!

Now it’s your turn to share your crush for this week. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic. We would love to see what has you excited to be in your sewing space – here’s how to link up:

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MCM #86 – Mixing the Old with the New

I have a great working relationship with my local quilt shop, Bolts and Quarters (love the name – One of my customers calls it Nuts & Bolts because she can never remember the name, and that just cracks me up.)

Part of our relationship includes me making store samples for them as needed. I really enjoy doing this, as it gives me a chance to work with great fabrics and patterns I might not normally have tried.

I was sooo excited when the store received their first shipment of Alison Glass fabric, and I bought yardage of all nine colors. Then, when Warren (store manager) asked if I would be interested in making a quilt using Alison’s fabric I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough. In fact, I think I raced him to the cutting counter and kinda shouted YES! a few times more than necessary. I really don’t remember though, it’s all a bit of a blur…..

AG Meadow

Warren chose a pattern from this book:

Primitive Style Book

I’m proud to say Primitive Style was written by a local girl. She and her sisters design patterns, ran a quilt shop, and publish a quilting magazine that is distributed world-wide. There’s a lot of talent in my neck of the woods!

The pattern I’m making for the store is called Baskets A-Plenty.

Baskets A-Plenty Pattern

I’ve seen many variations of the basket block and love the traditional look of it. Using AG fabrics added a sense of fun and whimsy to the pattern and I couldn’t wait to get started!


Basket Block


Here are the baskets growing on my wall:

Basket Blocks


Each time I added a new basket to the wall my excitement grew, and I found myself sewing just a little faster so I could finish more baskets. I love how pretty these blocks are with the brighter AG prints. This quilt is for the store, but you know I’m gonna have to have one for myself! Maybe just a mini, like I did for Cookie Cutter. Hmmm….

Adding the background pieces made those basket blocks just POP! I’m becoming a big fan of darker backgrounds and want to use them more often in my own quilts.

Baskets A-Plenty

This quilt is a quick make. Once the HSTs were sewn and trimmed, the blocks went together quickly. And because every other block in the quilt is just a square of the background fabric, there’s less piecing than with other block quilts. Two borders later, I can call this a finish.

AG Basket Quilt

Sorry for the crazy pic – I snapped this right before hopping in the car to deliver it to the quilt shop.

This project feeds my obsession with all things Alison Glass. I know, sounds a bit stalk-ery doesn’t it? (Is that a word??)  It was fun to sew with these fabrics. They feel great, look great, and there is very little fraying which I love. I know I’m going to be adding a lot more of her fabrics to my stash. I’m looking forward to her new line arriving at the shop in the fall.

Unfortunately I don’t get to quilt this beauty, but that’s just one more reason why I need to make one for myself. 🙂 I have to admit that I’m glad though – there’s only a few days before I head out on vacation and I really don’t have the time to quilt it. It’s been delivered to the shop and I can mark this off my To Do list!

This fun quilt is my crush for this weeks Main Crush Monday, and I think it’s a great crush. Now it’s time for you to share yours! You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic. We’d love to see what has you excited to be in your sewing space – here’s how to link up:

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Hitting the Beach in Style

It’s official everyone. I’m declaring myself a bag maker. Here’s why:

Beach Bag

Isn’t it fantastic??

In less than two weeks, I’ll be heading to the beach for a week of fun/sun/sand/laughter with my best friend, my mom, and my sweet sister-in-law. We are excited to have a girls only trip, and are in a frenzy of vacation prep.

Beach Bag

When I think of spending a day at the pool/beach, I think of a cute bag to carry all the essentials. I found a pattern by Amy of Nana Company called the Riverside Tote and it is the perfect sized beach bag.

Handmade Tag

All the fabrics came from my stash. The only thing I bought were the cotton handles, and that cute ‘Handmade’ leather tag. I love shopping in my fabric cabinet! It was fun to pull fabrics that work so well together.

Beach Bag Lining

I started with this fun floral print, and built the bag around it. I adore the way it turned out. You can see the magnetic snap in the picture above. The pattern doesn’t call for a snap, but I wanted to be able to have the bag close and not be totally open when I’m carrying it on my shoulder.

Beach bag tote

Let me say, this bag is big. It has plenty of room to hold multiple towels, sunscreen, books, water, and whatever else you want to carry with you. It hangs perfectly on the shoulder without feeling like I’m carrying a backpack.

The tabs covering the handle ends are made from cork fabric I bought in Paducah earlier this year. This stuff is pretty cool, and I bought four colors of it.  I’ve been looking for a project to use the cork with and this was the perfect one.  I love how those cork tabs give so much personality to the bag.

Cork Fabric Tabs

Speaking of personality, just look at that binding! I’m in love! It’s a Basic Grey print that has been hanging out in my sewing room for about a year and it looks so great here. My Mom says it looks like a big zipper. 🙂

If you need a tote for a day at the beach, pool, playground or park this is a wonderful bag to make. I really enjoyed working on it and have had some fun showing it off to the girls. Okay, enough of me going on about my bag. Time for me to hop off here and get to work. I have one more customer quilt to finish and a store sample to add borders to before I leave and I’m counting down the days!

Linking to Finished or Not Friday.


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