Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sisters Quilt Show – part II – Double Wedding Ring

The double wedding ring. My love. My nemesis. This has always been one of my favorite quilt patterns. I started one in April with high hopes it will one day adorn my bed and people will ooo and ahh over it and I’ll stand there smugly and say “yep. I sure did make that”. Maybe I’ll be able to say that in 10 years.

In the meantime I will gaze fondly upon other dwr quilts until I dig mine out of my “to-do” bin. Yes I have a bin, not a pile of to-do’s. Don’t judge.

Love the idea of doing one in all solids. I am so in love with solid quilts right now!

My quilt is similar to the pink one above in that the melons are a different fabric than the background diamonds. It gives a great optical illusion effect.

Back to the sewing table…

The Miami Vice Quilt

I just started following a quilt-along for a sampler quilt. When I found this graphic of the quilt I immediately went “oOOOOOOooo” so there really wasn’t any decision about what fabrics to use. I am using the same ones that blogger freshlemonquilts is using – Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements. I am so excited to do an all-solids quilt! There are three blocks tutorialed per week for a total of 12 different blocks.

See pictures of my first blocks after the jump…

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2011 Sisters Quilt Show – Part 1 – Grandmother’s Flower Garden

This past Saturday I went to the Sisters Quilt Show in Sisters Oregon. They boast being the largest outdoor quilt show in the world. And it was indeed. HUGE. I will be posting some photos of my favorite quilts from the show over the next few weeks.

This was one of the first quilts I saw when I was entering the town and made me really excited to see more. I was officially geeking out hardcore.

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A custom quilt + a tutorial

This a custom quilt I started about a week ago. The customer is my boyfriend’s mom, the quilt is for her friend. She wanted photos of her friend’s dog mixed in with the fabric so I decided to do the Bear Tracks pattern since they kind of resemble dog paws. I got the photos printed on fabric from Spoonflower. This friend is also deathly afraid of bigfoot but alas I could not find any bigfoot themed fabric at Joanns. I settled for pretty americana fabrics in red, brown, blue and green to match the style of the pattern. It looks like something that could be chilling in a cabin in the woods somewhere, maybe with Bigfoot outside??!

The bear tracks pattern is a great pattern for beginners who want to learn how to sew with triangles. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make one bear paw block. whoopee!

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Sweet Squares Quilt

I started this quilt top the other day when I found a bag of hundreds of 2.5 inch squares that I had cut out a while back. At the time I was intending to use them to make patchwork makeup bags, but when I found them again, I thought “Why not just make a quilt?” The bag of squares ended up being enough for half of a crib quilt size. I dug into my retro/vintage fabrics and cut out some more and have been (ahem) patiently piecing them together.

In order to simplify the chaos, I made a square out of 4 blocks in the same color scheme. (Blue, green, yellow/orange, and pink/purple) I then alternated those color blocks so most of the time there is not two of the same color blocks next to each other. (I say most of the time since no one is perfect…) Almost done with my last row and then I can try out my new basting spray!