Friday, September 27, 2013

Intro to Curves Class

This November I will be teaching an intro to curved piecing at Quilter's Way in Concord, MA. I will be using a drunkards path block to teach curved piecing and we'll make this great block! Come join me on November 3rd if you want to learn curved piecing or just want to learn how I made this fun block. You can sign up here.

It's an easy and fun block to make. I threw a bunch of these together a while back into this quilt top:

I still need to quilt this, but it's hanging up at Quilter's Way right now. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WIP Wednesday: The Meadow

Now that the fall weather is starting to creep in, I feel like I'm starting to do a bit more sewing. It helps that I have a TV in my sewing room so that I can watch football while sewing on Sundays. Over the weekend, I decided to work on my Meadow blocks from Lizzy House's class at SewDown.

I have three blocks done and a fourth all cut out and ready to sew together. There are 20 blocks total plus the border, so I still have a ways to go. Once all of the pieces are cut, the block itself goes together pretty easily. There are some gentle curves, which are great for someone just learning curves.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

SewDown ThrowDown

While at SewDown, a bunch of us were looking for something to do during the free sew time. I had come directly from a work trip in Milan, Italy, so I didn't have much room to pack extra fabric/projects. Fortunately, we all received charm packs of Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids in our swag bags. A bunch of people decided to do a challenge to make a quilt using the charm pack - and thus the SewDown ThrowDown was born.
While I think everyone else added additional fabric, I set out to just use the fabrics provided in the charm pack - my own personal challenge within the challenge. I knew my suitcase was nearing the max weight, so adding more fabric might have put me over the limit (I ended up three pounds over and had to do some serious moving of stuff anyway).

I decided to make half square triangles, separating the colors by warm and cool colors. Overall, I think trying to separate the colors that way was okay, but because the charm pack was full of colors that could have gone one way or another - yellow or green, or purple or pink - that the separation of colors wasn't quite what I was hoping for.  That being said, I'm still really pleased with how this quilt turned out.

I backed it using an Art Gallery print that I've had in my stash for a couple of years now. As you can see above, I quilted this quilt, echoing either side of the diagonal lines of the HSTs.

I bound the quilt using Kona Iron.

Quilt Stats:
32" x 28"
Fabric: Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids, Kona Iron, Art Gallery (I forget the line)
Batting: Warm and Natural
Thread: Aurifil #50 2600

Fresh Poppy Design

Friday, September 13, 2013

First SewDown Finish

When I got home from the Philly SewDown, I was inspired and itching to sew. I made a sixteen patch block using a silk blend fabric and a bunch of Liberty of London prints. I've been wanting to use a bunch of silks and voile/lawn fabrics lately, so this was the perfect chance to practice.

I took that block and made a little pouch!

I used a soft coral zipper and a solid soft blue fabric for the lining.

For the back of the pouch I used a cream linen fabric.

I'm anxiously awaiting an order of Liberty of London prints that I ordered when I got home from the SewDown. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them, but I'm excited to start hoarding more of those and eventually make some awesome stuff, whether it be a dress or a quilt. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SewDown Philly Wrap Up

Last weekend I was fortunate to attend the Philly SewDown, hosted by The MQG, with four of my fellow Boston MQGers.

I arrived a little early and had a chance to stroll around Old Town Philly. This was my first time in Philly, so I wanted to check out some of the sights.

My first class was with Liesl Gibson on making a sample textured quilt. I made these four blocks in the class.

Here I am with Liesl!

My second class on Saturday was with Elizabeth Hartman. Here we learned tips and tricks on making a perfectly quilted tote. Here are the Boston MQG members with Elizabeth and are partially quilted panels.

On Sunday we took a class on beyond quilting cottons with Alexia Abegg and got to touch THE Marcelle Medallion quilt! I've been hoarding a ton of silks and have been too hesitant to cut into them. Maybe after this class I will.

I MAY have gone and purchased a ton of Liberty of London fabrics after this class. Needless to say, I was inspired to do something outside of my comfort zone.

Finally, I got to hang out with Lizzy House and learn her secrets to making The Meadow quilt.

Lizzy will be coming to visit the guild in November, so I better get moving so that I have something to show her during her visit.

Because the classes were three hours long, I was able to get a jump start on a bunch of projects and am excited to finish a few of them. Now to just decide what to finish first. To check out all of the projects and happenings from the SewDown, check out Instragram.

The weekend also included several lectures during lunches and dinner. Overall, I had a great time getting to know some of my blogging friends a bit better and spending time with some of my awesome guild members. I thought the SewDown was a great event and if my schedule permits, maybe I'll attend another one. My schedule will be tightening up a bit though, as I will be going back to school for my MBA starting in two weeks.

Registration opens tomorrow for the Portland SewDown. If you're on the fence, just go for it. How can you beat a weekend of sewing? 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Simply Solids - August Block

August completely got away from me. I don't know where the summer has gone or where 2013 is going. Wasn't Christmas and New Years just a few months ago?

Anyway, last week I squeezed in some time after a late night of work and finished the Simply Solids bee block for August. I finished it with just a few days to spare in the month.

The august block was a HST block using a bunch of solids and a few shot cottons. I've been hoarding a few shot cottons for a while now, and after making this block, I have the urge to cut into them. Not to decide what to make...