September 10, 2013

Super Mario Bros. Quilt Top

Super Mario Bros. Quilt Top

So glad this monster of a quilt top is finished. I made the blocks with Angela's Super Mario Quilt Along group. It was made some vibrant Kaufman Kona cottons here.

Reference photo of Kona Colors for the Mario QAL
click picture to see names of kona used

from the Fabric Shack.  I love how this shop cuts fabric in quarter yards and have the best price for kona! They have great customer service too. Fabric amounts and the discussion we had on what fabrics we used was helpful as we are fans of many differents solids. It did not seem to matter whether the fabric was cut in fat quarters or regular cuts of fabric. Fabric Shack cuts its quarter yard fabric in 10 in cuts too! Nice, huh?

All of the patterns are here in google docs, but I took the patterns and modified them to allow for less piecing as you can see in this Goomba 

Super Mario Goomba

or cloud.

Piecing Mario cloud
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I got creative and modified and added and modified additional blocks.


Red Fish

Piranha Plant
Piranha Flower


Koopa Troopa
Koopa Troop

You think I would learn and keep things simple. :) 

Here is the backing. I thought a test pattern would be fun and I needed to use up the scraps from the top. Not sure if I like it, but I wanted to play and not order more fabric. The extra blocks have made this about 90 by 90 inches. Even though I made it for my husband I think my son might steal it as it is perfect size for a full bed.

Super Mario Bros quilt back

I am thinking of an all over meandering of rectangles and squares. I continue to rethink it over and over again as I want it to be perfect. I wish I could be less of a perfectionist. So I am hoping for a Christmas finish for this quilt. 

September 7, 2013

Taking Stock of Things

I have been spotty about the blogging this year, but I just haven't had time to devote to the computer. This morning I took a picture of tops and backs that have been finished in that time. These are UFOs that have been taunting me. Now the fun part...quilting.

taking stock of things

It was a good break. More pictures forthcoming soon.

June 21, 2013

Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt

I am working on blocks from Jennifer Kingwell's pattern Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I need something that includes some hand applique and varying techniques. I intend to finish all the applique blocks by hand and adapt the others to be made by machine. As far as a stack of fabrics, I have none. I am going to make each block with what I have that makes me happy. Hopefully they all will fit together. I do have many of the same fabrics so this quilt will fit my stash well. Some linen and text fabrics will be added to the mix and I have been collecting lots of dots so this should be fun.

Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt Block

Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt Block

Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt

On another note, my Canon Rebel camera does not seem to be working well with capturing light very well. I am completely frustrated with it. Even outside pictures get overexposed easily on the Auto setting. I dropped it while hiking last year and broke the basic lens, which I bought new, but the camera has never been back to normal. Does anyone know whether these cameras can get serviced/tested like sewing machines can?  Maybe I should go back to the basic Canon Powershot version. Buy a better lens than what came with the camera? What do you think?

May 31, 2013

The Supernova Quilt

I have been saving, swapping and swooning over these fabrics for years. I finally cut into them and a few others.

The Next Challenge

I thought the Supernova quilt from Quilting Modern would be perfect for them.


It wasn't as scary to cut into this group of fabrics as I thought. Although I was muttering under my breath when I cut a strip of swimming sisters a half inch too short. You know that feeling?  I even had some park slope leaves in the stash! I've been working on this for the past couple of weeks for only 15 minutes at a time. I will admit I am a hopeless copycat. Wouldn't you?

I've "claimed my blog" through bloglovin, as most people have, since Google reader will be no more. Care to follow? That was easy. I love how a summary of random blogs is emailed every night, of blogs I follow, to mix things up.  It will automatically transfer all the blogs you are currently following in an instant as well. Less work is a good thing.

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May 22, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Picnic Stashbuster Quilt

If there is one quilty fact you should know about me is that I love to hand quilt in perle cotton. I love mixing up the colors, the forgiving  nature of the stitches, and the notion that the recipient will know that I lovingly worked on their gift in my hands for hours, days, weeks or months. In some cases years. Even though it takes a while, I am very proud of the results.

This quilt started with a stack of Denyse Schmidt's Picnic and Fairgrounds.

Kaleidoscope  Picnic Quilt

I used the design for a scrappy Kaliedoscope called the Stashbuster from Sarah Fielke's and Kathy Doughty's book Material Obsession 2. I strip pieced my version, not using real scraps. In the border, you can see the strips I cut the triangle templates from.

Sewing along with others, at Don't Call Me Betsy's Kaliedoscope Along in June 2011, the top was completed.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Top

I used multiple colors of perle cotton 8 to stitch along each piece in the Summer of 2012.

Kaliedoscope QAL quilt

An overall grid in lime was added along the white pieces as suggested by the book.

Kaliedoscope Quilt

Each yo-yo was applied by hand applique, once the quilting was complete. Aurifil in 50 wt works great.


I added a scrappy binding to complement the the scrap quilt look. (9ish yards of hand finished binding takes forever. Good thing it means you are almost done.)

Color advice anyone?

The quilt measures 72 by 80 inches and fits comfortably on a twin sized bed. The quilt is for my four year old Zoe.

Stashbuster- Kaliedoscope Quilt

This was finished in August of 2012 as I have been taking quite a break from blogging.

My next two handquilting projects are my Single Girl, the quilting is halfway complete, (yay!), and my Granny square quilt.

If you like what you see, follow me on Bloglovin in the top right corner. Also, see my other handquilted entry (#62) in the category Bed Quilts.

Thanks for visiting both my entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Children at Play Quilt

I was asked to make a quilt for a 'client'. I'd like to say that someday, but my SIL asked for this quilt for her son Benjamin. We planned it together online through many emails and ongoing communication throughout. We settled on a quilt similar to a Pottery Barn design, but homemade from the heart instead.

The twin bed quilt measures 60 by 87 inches.

SJ Children at Play Quilt
She sent me a bunch of fat quarters and yardage and I went to town on them.

Children At Play
Children at Play

My kids helped me layout the squares. The loft is my design wall when it is clean.

Children at Play

I made the the top within a couple of weeks,

Keeping it Simple

but spent the rest of last year quilting it.

Sarah Jane Closeup

Border Treatment

I added a few extras from Sarah Jane's blog.

Airplane Applique

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter had made a cute baby quilt for Sarah's Market booth with an airplane design. I thought it would be perfect for the back.
SJ Children at Play Quilt Back

I couldn't leave the back boring, right?


My SIL said surprise me and I guess I did. I got this note in return when her twin sister hand delivered it to her across the country after a visit. "I just about died when I opened the quilt, I literally almost lost my breath. Then when I turned it over, I almost flipped because I had seen and downloaded the paper airplane template online a long time ago from I will have to write more later...." I am so happy I surprised you Becky! I love that you understand the homemade thing. I hope little Ben has many good sleeps under it.

My next two handquilting projects are my Single Girl, the hand quilting is halfway complete, (yay!), and my Granny square quilt.

If you like what you see, follow me on Bloglovin in the top right corner. Also see my other handquilted entry (#19)in the category Hand-Quilted Quilts.

Thanks for visiting both my entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

January 23, 2013

First Stitches...

Spent a good part of the three day weekend basting this Single Girl from last year's QAL here.

Single Girl

My son said I didn't use quilt it for real so I'd better fix. 'K. It runs 90 by 90 inches and I am quilting it in some perle cotton (DMC 712). I putting the first stitches into the quilt.

First Stitches

Is there an easy way to fold a quilt this big to hand quilt it? I am swimming in it. At least I will be cozy until spring.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

January 18, 2013

The Not So Itsy Bitsy Christmas Postage Stamp Quilt

I have been working on this top for a couple of years. It's itsy-bitsy tiny one inch squares. It all started because I made a mug rug that I rather liked. You can see the flickr set here.

one inch holiday goodness

I made 20 by 20 inch blocks

1 inch postage blocks- halfway there...

and plugged along until I thought it would never end. Never...

Postage Stamp Quilt
a lot of squares...

I finished the top before Christmas. It was an all year goal. I learned so much about accuracy and finding that perfect scant 1/4 inch seam. The last few blocks really did come out to 20.5 inch blocks.

It will become a 80 by 80 inch size quilt for my bed. I may add a few rows to fit the bed perfectly because I am OCD like that. Threw around a border idea, but, by looking around, I like the all square look. I ordered some batting three weeks ago that just won't arrive (sigh), but I smile every time I walk pass the top on the craft room table. I am going to quilt it myself just like the mug rug since I seem to have time more since the littlest one is loving coloring. Yay!

January 17, 2013

Far Far Away...

Took a longer blogging break than I wanted too. Just wanted to make sure blogging was fun, not a chore. I just wanted 2012 to go away. A little bit of a health drag and lack of energy. A couple of food intolerances and thyroid problems were to blame. Yuck. Now I have a bunch of happy stuff to blog about and more energy to do so. Thanks for sticking around. I do have some great quilt tops and finished quilts to share with you, but let's start the year with a new one.

I decided I can't buy any new fabric this year unless I empty the good stuff out of my stash. I have issues. Feel my pain? My Far Far Away 2 was bought a few weeks after it came out... in 2010.

FF2 for Sand Castles Quilt

Then, as I think most people do, hoard it as they need to find the perfect project. I needed to get going with this fast as I don't want the girls to grow out of the princess theme!

I love Bec's Sand Castle pattern so here is it is as the first project of the year.

Sand Castle block

It uses 18 fat quarters with hardly any scraps left over. What a relief!

I am waiting on the Natural Essex linen to piece these 12 blocks together. Then it is off to a longarm quilter as it is a bit too heavy to put under my sewing machine.

All 12 Blocks of FF2

Linen might be my new favorite kind of fabric type to work with as it took less than two weeks for me to make these blocks from cutting to piecing without any pinning fuss or stretch. I definitely recommend this pattern if you have these Far Far Away fat quarters hanging around.