Thursday, September 20, 2012

Braided Valentine Quilt

I just got back from a very fun Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting, and I am all jazzed up!  So, to wind down a bit, here is a fun blog post.

My sister Nikki (hey sis!!) made this adorable braid quilt.  The pattern is from the book Jelly Roll Quilts, which if you don't own, you should, because every pattern is adorable, and I know you all have a jelly roll stashed somewhere :)
Nikki used an adorable Valentine's day themed jellyroll to make this quilt.  It's a lapsize quilt, so I offered to quilt it for her.  Since I had recently purchased and drooled all over the book Free Motion Quilting by Angela Walters, I was dying to try the new patterns!
I did the swirl design and had sooooo much fun with it.  I told my sister she can't complain if my swirls are wonky, because she didn't have to pay me LOL!  As I progressed the swirls turned out perfectly, it was fantastic!  I use my regular sewing machine to do this you guys, so if you are thinking you need a long arm, you do not!   It takes practice, but it is worth it, promise.
So, my advice is buy the books Jelly Roll Quilts & Free Motion Quilting :)  Your life will be better for it.

P.S.  The Portland Modern Quilt Guild featured me on their blog, how fun is that??  Go check it out here: Member Spotlight: Heather Lott

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Finished: Schnibbles Plan C

So, this oldie but goodie was sitting in my "UFO" bin for two years, I finally unsurfaced it to get it quilted and finished last week.  I found the post where I finished the top back in 2010.  I love this fabric, it is called Eva by Basic Grey.  I am not much of a purple person, but these are some gorgeous purples!
I bought a book called Free Motion Quilting written by Angela Walters.  I had a lot of fun quilting this as you can see.  I may have gone a little overboard, but I was having way too much fun!  I quilted flowers, loopy loops, and wavy lines on the border.
We had a really nice weekend.  My husband and I celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary!  We have been so blessed, and it was really nice to get away for two nights in Cannon Beach (kid free).  The hotel we stayed at overlooked the ocean and Haystack Rock, it was great.
The kids started school last week, there were soccer games, taekwondo demonstrations, and a myriad of other things to keep us busy.  Here is to a fun fall season!!