Monday, November 5, 2018

November Longarm Quilting Design of the Month - Seamless

A new month means a new Longarm Quilting Design of the Month - this month's design is Seamless but we are calling it "Fun-fetti". It's a playful design that adds texture and crinkle goodness without taking away from the quilt pattern. Almost like a modern meander! This month only, Seamless is 20% OFF - making it $0.016 per square inch - just in time for your Christmas quilts & gifts. Check out all the details on our Professional Longarm Quilting Services right here and send us a note to get on our quilting list. 

Happy Monday!

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Fall Sidewalk Chalk Quilt Top

Fall is in the air. The farmers in their tractors running day & night with the harvest. Crunchy leaves, apple orchards, pumpkin patches & soup for dinner. There's just something magical about this time of year. And the best part - it's perfect sewing weather! I've been working on several projects at once and this new Fall quilt for Harper is sure to be a favorite. It's jewel-toned solids are a refreshing change to what I normally use in my quilts - it's fun to change it up.

Finished Size: 40.5" x 48"
Fabric: Stash Buster - solids from my stash

Monday, October 22, 2018

A Baby Quilt For Harper

Last June we received the news we'd been waiting to hear for almost 2 years - we were finally pregnant! We each have our own story, but like so many others our journey to parenthood didn't come easily. It included months of trying naturally, a false positive/early miscarriage (to this day, we aren't really sure what happened), fertility specialists, testings, and a planned surgery. So we just stopped trying and a month or two later we were expecting - a complete surprise! Naturally I did what any quilter would do and started sewing a baby quilt. In fact, if I remember right, I started sewing before we had even told our parents & family. My plan was simple - stick to gender neutral colors and a clean, scrappy design.

I started pulling gray & aqua scraps and paired it with white & off-white solids - spray starching the fabric as I pressed. Let's be honest, is there really anything better than crisp, freshly starched fabric? For years I've used Mary Ellen's Best Press but just recently started using this kind of spray starch and I absolutely love it - the price point is great, too! From there I started cutting the scraps into different widths keeping the sizes random while still utilizing the most out of each piece.

I started randomly sewing the fabrics together and used my 6x24" quilting ruler to cut the rows into uniform widths. The project went together rather quickly and before I knew it I had enough scrap units for a baby quilt. For the backing fabric I pulled one of my favorite Bonnie & Camille prints - the aqua scallops.

Keeping with the simple, crisp design I opted for a simple Loop design for the longarm quilting. I actually finished quilting this project the week before we had Harper - perfect timing! Normally I prefer a bold binding fabric - like the black & white strip I use so often - but bold wasn't right with this quilt. This low volume, aqua dot came from my stash and was just perfect. If you are interested in how I do my Double Fold Binding check out this tutorial - it's been viewed over 150,000 times making it one of our most popular tutorials.

Harper turned 8 months on Saturday and it's been so much fun using this quilt as she's grown. This quilt is the first of many she'll have and it's already a part of so many memories.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

October Longarm Quilting Design of the Month - Figure Eight

This month's 20% OFF Longarm Quilt Design of the Month is Figure Eight - it's a wonderful quilting design that adds beautiful texture that's perfect for both traditional and modern quilts. Be sure to have your projects postmarked by October 31, 2018 to take advantage of the savings. We'd love to quilt your next project for you!

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Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Something New, Something Old

Moving four times in three years quickly puts into perspective just how much "stuff" you own. Just ask my husband, Brandon - he's touched every moving box at least twice with this most recent move. If not three times. With each move my collection of sewing stuff seems to grow, and grow, and...well you get the point. Usually there's a discussion about how "with this move we're going to get more organized" or "I'm finally going to finish all those UFOs I've started" or (most often) "I really need to start using some of this fabric stash". And as I'm sure you can probably guess, it doesn't actually happen. 

Until this time!

No, I mean it - it's already happening which means I'm counting it as a success. Cha-Ching! I'm making it a point for every new project I start (and finish! - that's the key more half finished projects) I follow it up with finishing one of those stashed away projects. Something new, something old.

It started with a new project - a crib size Sidewalk Chalk quilt from Then Came June for Harper. Bonus points, it was 100% stash fabric - yes! 

Then I moved on to an already started project - another baby quilt for our little lady (one can never have too many baby quilts, right?) using one of Cluck Cluck Sew's new patterns, Color Pop. This one is made up of Bonnie & Camille scraps & stash and I'm hoping to make myself a matching throw quilt this Fall. 

My next new project was a fun project out of Emily Dennis of Quilty Love's new book - more on that later. 

Then it was time for another old project - my Stars & Stripes quilt that was started in July of 2016. In the move I'd found the quilt top 99.9% finished and just needed to add the side & top/bottom borders. Brandon quickly claimed this quilt as his own so I hope to have it quilted and ready by his birthday next month.

That brings me back to starting something new this week. I'd like to make a Christmas quilt with some of my stashed Holiday fabric but I can't seem to decide on a design. If you have a suggestion on what pattern I should use leave it in the comments. 

Happy Sewing!