Saturday, February 19, 2011

Short Story Quilt

The 49 squares for my next quilt are all made. I'm using two charm packs of Liz Scott's Sugar Pop! and Kona Cotton in Snow. The pattern for this quilt is called Short Story and it is from Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles Times Two: Quilts from 5" or 10" Squares. This is only my 2nd official quilt and the first one I did contained no solids. I liked the way it turned out, but it was very busy and there was nowhere to rest your eyes. So, using solids to offset my love of color is a new approach. I'll get more pictures up once I sew the squares together and start adding the sashing and border.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Patchwork Pillow

A rectangular patchwork pillow based on Posie Gets Cozy's Summerhouse Pillow tutorial. I just love making these. I have so many 2 1/2" squares cut out from scraps. It is so much fun putting the fabrics together. I know they are a little crazy and probably wouldn't go with anyone's decor, but I like them. Maybe I should try and add some solids?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Trying Machine Quilting

Trying some machine quilting on my own after a class with Elizabeth Hartman a while back. Here I pieced together some of the many 1 1/2" squares I've cut from scraps and used some spearmint green Kona cotton between the patchwork strips.

I made four of these rectangles. They are an odd size. Then quilted them using my favorite design so far -- what I call the "mod square". Not sure what I'm going to do with them. Maybe a pillow or a table runner? I've moved on to some other things, but will revisit these soon.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Linen Patchwork Pouch

Here's a zippered pouch I made with linen and 2 1/2" squares of some of my favorite green fabrics. The original instructions called for a hand-sewn lining. I was not up for that so I modified the instructions using a lining that was part of the pouch construction, not a last addition. I think this makes it a nicer looking and more solidly constructed pouch.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Machine Quilted Pillow

Here's the pillow I completed from a class I took a while back with Elizabeth Hartman at Modern Domestic. I especially liked quilting the retro-mod squares pattern in the top orange square. The free-motion quilting (with the little circles) definitely takes some practice. I can't wait to try these techniques on a small quilt I recently started.