Lady Harvatine block quilt–WIP

LHblockI’ve been thinking about making this quilt for some time and after lots of cutting out pieces it was so fun to start laying out the design. I wasn’t sure how I to arrange the pieces so I just went for random placement and (ta-da!) I think it looks great! I really love this pattern by Liz Harvatine aka Lady Harvatine. Liz is a member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and she designed this block for their block of the month series.

The quilt is for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. I wanted to make a variation on a double wedding ring quilt with gold tones and this pattern makes it modern. I especially like how some of the circles are broken (see that gap on the left?); it gives the design a really nice fluid feel.

I’m starting the piecing tonight. I hope I do OK with all those curves. If you know of any tutorials for piecing curves I’d love to hear about them!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced!

Custom four-by-eight quilt

IMG_1144Just finished the last of a flurry of custom orders! It has been so much fun working on quilts that I know are going to happy homes. This cutie is for a baby on the way in Texas. Baby quilts are my absolute favorite size to make. I work on a Janome Gem, which I recently learned is 3/4 size (!), and even though I’ve made a few queen size quilts on it, it’s much happier working on a smaller scale. The backing for this quilt is a great organic cotton that I happened to have on hand–it’s such a perfect fit with the colors my client picked. I love that it has a little shimmer in some of the dots.

IMG_1148My shelves in my little shop are pretty bare but it’s time to work on some things for my house and holiday presents. Up next, a tablecloth for Thanksgiving and leaf coasters. Plus a surprise quilt that I am super excited about. I’m going to post about this quilt as I go, so more posts on this WIP coming soon.

Domino quilt kit–chance to win!

Domino 2--finished April 2015In my class for the Quilted Adventure online retreat, I am teaching how to make this super cute (and easy!) baby quilt. If you are a beginner, this is a great first baby quilt. The piecing is very simple and un-fussy, and you are only making nine blocks. The only part that is not so great for beginners is that the pattern requires small pieces of fabric in a bunch of colors. If you’re new to quilting, you might not have a big stash of scraps, but fear not!

I am offering a chance to win a free domino quilt kit with a coordinated set of correctly sized scraps in a variety of colors and neutrals to the first twenty people to register for Quilted Adventures using the link below! I’ll have kits in four selected color ways to choose from in my Etsy shop once the retreat goes live. But, if you register now, I’ll enter you to win a free kit of your choice. That’s a one in twenty chance of winning all those lovely colors!

Click here to register!

Quilted Adventure Retreats Registration is Open!

Register early for 2016 Quilted Adventure Online Retreat so you can be entered for a chance to win one of 100 quilter’s goodie bags filled with cool supplies. You will also have access to the project supply lists for your classes, the discussion boards and you will be able to familiarize yourself with the platform we will be using to host our year-long online quilt retreat! The retreat doesn’t officially launch until January 2016 but if you sign up before Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 you will be entered into a the goodie bag drawing. {Note: Goodie bags will ship in the new year after the official launch of Quilted Adventure.}

Win a FREE Registration for Quilted Adventures Online Retreat

QAvideoWant to learn more about this awesome online retreat? Check out this video!

The retreat is led by Vanessa Vargas Wilson (aka the Crafty Gemini), who I was lucky enough to meet through our Gainesville Modern Quilters group. Each month, participants have access to a new class with a quilting expert teaching unique material. You can learn about all 12 instructors (including me!) and their projects in the video. Plus, Vanessa will be doing a live video chat each month. If you’ve ever seen a Crafty Gemini video, then you know that Vanessa is one of the leading online quilting teachers, and so much fun. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with the instructors and other students, win prizes, and participate in online activities.

Even better if you enter now you can win the entire retreat for free! You have a great chance of winning so enter before the contest ends on Saturday.

Click here to enter!


Enter to win a year-long quilt retreat!

QuiltedWinItI’m so excited to share this great chance for you to win an all-inclusive year-long online quilting retreat. I am teaching a class along with a bunch of really great quilting experts and it’s going to be such a fun year–with lots of classes, super projects, and all kinds of opportunities to interact with other students and teachers. The retreat is a great deal–$99 for the full year and all the classes but if you share this post and enter to win, you can get the whole deal for free!

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Twin twin quilts

IMG_1112I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve had a busy few months! My little Etsy shop has picked up a bit and I’ve had a few custom orders. I was super pleased to get an order for two twin size quilts based on one of my early original designs. When I started my shop I was really excited to create quilts of my own design, and this Ellsworth Kelly inspired quilt was the very first to go up in my shop. I sold a few to friends and family and put the design aside. Then, out of the blue, I received an order for two quilts in this design, and I’ve had so much fun working with my customer, selecting colors and fabrics. I just love the orange and pink she chose. Picking the backing and binding was aided with a flurry of pinning–sometimes Pinterest is the best invention. This was exactly the type of work I imagined doing when I opened my shop, and it’s just as much fun as I hoped.

IMG_1119In other news, I made and sold (another pleasant surprise!) a batch of puzzle balls–also fun. And I’ve been working on a really exciting project–something totally new for me that I can’t wait to share with you soon!