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So Sophie Fat Quarter Quilt

February 14, 2014

When Jana and I were in Utah helping The Quilted Fish with her Delighted launch party (October 2011), we had the opportunity to visit Cindy and Jina at Riley Blake headquarters.  I believe the day we were at RB headquarters, was the day that So Sophie made its debut, therefore Jana and I were gifted some So Sophie.  I had honestly been waiting for the perfect quilt, to use my So Sophie, and in my eyes a quilt for Kia's sweet Grandma fit the bill.

Just like the Parson Gray World Tour quilt for Kia's Dad, time was extremely tight, so I opted to make a quick fat quarter friendly quilt (Fantastic-O Fat Quarter Quilt, by my friend Gina Halladay). The front is pieced using 12 fat quarters, and quilted with big bubbly flowers, in a rose colored thread.

The back is simple, as I used the small yellow flower print, and used the linear polka dot print for the binding.  Kia's Grandma was over the moon when she opened the quilt, which is reason enough for why I create and sew for others.  :)

Parson Gray World Tour Fat Quarter Quilt

February 13, 2014

To say that I busy with Christmas sewing this past December, was an understatement.  I'll have to do a couple of blog posts to recap everything I made, but here is a quick breakdown:

2 Lap Quilts
5 Pillowcases
22 Quilted Holiday Pillows (with zippers!)

The first lap quilt I made was for Kia's Dad.  I had planned on making him a quilt for his birthday, as he mentioned that he was interested in a quilt of his own, but during a weak moment, I convinced myself that I could whip one up for him in time for Christmas.


Time was tight, so I opted to make a quick fat quarter friendly quilt (Fantastic-O Fat Quarter Quilt, by my friend Gina Halladay).  It's really become my go to quick quilt in a day pattern.  The fabric is World Tour by Parson Gray, which I love as it is very manly, and even has a Persian touch to it.

Needless to say, Kia's dad was stoked when he opened up his quilt, which brought a huge smile to my face.  I love to sew for others, as the recipient's joy always warms my heart!

Belated Wedding Quilt

February 12, 2014

My sweet friend Alia from college, married her finance Ryan in Portland, in August 2012.  I really wanted to be in attendance at the wedding, but unfortunately I wasn't able to be there to celebrate their big day.  I had grand plans of making a quilt for Alia and Ryan for their wedding, I fervently pieced the quilt top, had it quilted, and then it as time for the binding, which is when I was quickly reminded HOW MUCH I hated hand stitching binding (I know its a horrible excuse, but its the only excuse I have).  

I hate to admit, but the quilt sat quilted, but not binded, in my sewing studio for +/- 14 months after the wedding.  Thankfully I found the time and  motivation to hand stitch the binding before Christmas.


The quilt front is pieced using Jeni Baker's Modern Plus Quilt Tutorial.  Fabrics are from the Bold and Beautiful collection by Michelle D'Amore for Bernatex.

I added leftover strips from the quilt front to the back, which makes the back pop in my opinion.  This beauty of a quilt made its way up to Portland, and is being enjoyed by Alia and Ryan!  :)

Five Custom Pillows + One Quilt

September 10, 2013

Hello Friends!  I have been sewing like a MAD woman, and wanted to share the finished goods with you!  A little over a month a go I went fabric shopping with my boyfriend (no worries, we left still a couple!).  :)  The mission at hand was to pick "manly" fabrics for new custom pillows for his couches.  I found Betz White's Stitch Organic print and used that as the base for all of the pillows.  We methodically selected a handful of fabrics that coordinated with the Stitch Organic print and were soon enough on our merry way!  I made a total of five pillows, with only two using the same pattern.  All pillows are 18" square, and I machine quilted each pillow on my BabyLock.

I made another Tallahassee paper pieced pillow, just like I did for the Pillow Talk Swap!  This time I used the same fabric for the background and flower middles, and really like how it turned out!

I used the Stitch Organic print for the backing of each pillow, and hid the zipper with a coordinating print.

For this pillow, I modified the Coming Home quilt pattern in Camille Roskelley's Simplify book, to make an 18" square pillow.

It's no secret to my family and friends that I have fallen in LOVE with triangle pillows.  I made two this go around, and really thought about keeping one for myself (shhh...don't tell my boyfriend!).  :)

This is the second triangle pillow.  They both coordinate, yet they're so different.

Last but not least, I modified the A Bunch of Crosses pillow pattern from the Pillow Pop book, to fit an 18" pillow form.  You might remember that I made him a Simply Color Cross Quilt for Christmas last year; I love that this pillow echoes the same pattern.

All of the pillows lined up, and ready for their debut on his couch!

I had some leftover fabric and a little time (more fabric than time), and opted to make a quick fat quarter friendly quilt (Fantastic-O Fat Quarter Quilt, by my friend Gina Halladay).


I also added a little hand embroidery (I couldn't pass up the opportunity!).

The Pillow That Started It All!!!

September 9, 2013

It's official, this is where my love of triangle pillows started.  I whipped this colorful pillow up in a day's time for a friend's birthday.  I used the gray flower print as my base fabric and pulled colorful coordinating scraps.

The triangles are 4" equilateral triangles; each pillow requires a total of 50 triangles (10/row and 5 rows/pillow).  Each pillow is roughly 18" square.  

I did some simple straight line quilting on the pillow, using the triangles as my guide.

I used the Gray Flower print for the backing of the pillow, and hid the zipper with a coordinating print.