Blue Sashiko Quilt for Bloggers’ Quilt Festival

One of my favorite times of year! It’s time again for the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side.

This spring I want to share one of the quilts I just finished – my Blue Sashiko quilt:

Blue Sashiko quilt - Full quilt

This was a block of the month project at my local quilt shop, and I really enjoyed the simplicity and the white space in many of the blocks. So when I started putting the top together I wanted to include plenty of white space as well.

Blue Sashiko Quilt, section

If you follow my quilting you know that I’m a big fan of hand quilting, and I knew that this quilt would be the perfect candidate for hand quilting. Since it was Japanese-themed anyway, I decided that adding some sashiko quilting would be the perfect way to go!

Blue Sashiko - Rail Fence

Blue Sashiko - Diamonds

I started with the pieced blocks, and added dense straight line quilting with a heavy cotton thread. I really enjoy how much texture it adds to the quilt. After that I added some half inch and one inch straight lines in the sashing and borders.

Blue sashiko - bamboo pattern

I had two large sections on each side and for those I chose to use some traditional sashiko patterns. The one above is designed to represent growing bamboo, and this one is called Seven Treasures:

Blue Sashiko - Seven Treasures

I had some leftover fabrics from the blocks, so I did a pieced back:

Blue Sashiko quilt - pieced back

And, since the white quilting thread is pretty invisible on the blocks on front, it’s fun to see the detail stand out against the blue fabric on the back:

Blue sashiko quilt, back detail

Blue Sashiko Quilt
approximately 50″ by 60″
pieced and hand quilted by me!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my little blue quilt, and I hope you enjoy all the other entries into the Quilt Festival! I hope you’ll stop by again!

Past Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Entries

Assessing the Chaos – Quilt Projects

List of Quilting Projects

Well, I’ve gone through my quilt projects, and I have fewer actually in progress than I expected!

The Bright Stars quilt top is very close to being done – I just need to add one last border and I can send it to the quilter. K’s wedding quilt…. *Sigh* I don’t have much time left to work on this, and Rob and I still haven’t fully formed our idea of what to do. If we can’t get our minds made up, I might just have to throw something together this weekend, and pray that my quilter has enough time to fit it in before the wedding.

I started a Christmas quilt last year, but once I realized that there was no way I could get it done in time for the holiday, I gave up. But I think I have a pretty good shot at getting it done this year. 🙂 It’s going to be a very strange size because it’s going to be just for display and designed to hang over the bannister in our living room. I’ve got about 10% of the blocks finished, but they should come together pretty quickly.

Black and White and Cowboy Blocks are Block of the month quilts. The Cowboy Blocks is the quilt for this year, and I’ve been pretty lazy about getting my blocks done on time. I think I’ll try and catch up with all the blocks, and then turn them into a couple of baby quilts. I think the cowboy theme would be pretty cute for some future babies out there! 🙂

The black and white blocks are from a few years ago, and I only have 3 or 4 of them. I don’t have any plans to finish the quilt, so I think I’ll just add a quick border to each block and make them into pillow covers.

I’ve got more projects than I thought, but it’s nice to have them all sorted out, and a plan made for finishing them. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

March Stashbee Block

Whoops! Although I shared a picture with my Stashbee group, I forgot to share a picture of the March block here!

March star for Stashbee

I quite enjoyed the block, and am tempted to make my own quilt using the pattern. Since it’s scrappy, you can move the position of the star to different places in the block. And as you can sad, it’s quite large – finishing at 17 1/2 inches! I’m definitely keeping this pattern in mind as a way to use up a bunch of scraps.

Coffee Wall Hanging – Cleaning out the Stash

So, I’m still slowly going through my stash of projects and deciding what to do with them.  While I was rummaging through piles, I found this tiny quilt top that I had finished piecing, and it had just been sitting around, waiting to be quilted. So I figured it was time to stop waiting and do some quilting!

coffee wall hanging quilt

This project was some coffee panels that I added a coffee bean border to. I quilted it on my machine with lines about 1/2 inch apart. I see why this is such a popular quilting design right now – it’s easy, and looks quite nice! We have a cupboard that separates our kitchen from the dining room, and I designed this wall hanging to fill that space. It’s nice to finally get it up! I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s been sitting unfinished for over a year. But now I have a great little piece in the kitchen, and one less project in my stash! Callooh Callay!

Assessing the Chaos – Quilt Tops

Well, first step of reigning in the chaos of my quilting space is assessing what I have. I decided to start with the easiest category – finished tops that need to be quilted. After searching high and low, I was a little bit surprised that I only had four:

List of Quilt Tops

So, now it’s time to decide what to do with them!

Civil War Sampler finished top

The Civil War Sampler is a great quilt, and I’m holding on to that one as a wedding present. I’m 95% sure it will be hand quilted, so it will just have to stay in it’s un-quilted state until the time is right.

Side note – am I the only one who grew up with the theory that it’s bad luck to start quilting a wedding quilt until someone is engaged? Maybe I should finally let that superstition go, and just start quilting it… Something to think about.

Jo's Japanese quilt - finished quilt top

Jo’s Japanese is a small, but pretty, red, blue, and gold quilt that a friend of mine started years ago. She wanted to try quilting, so we raided my stash and picked out a simple pattern for her. Long story short, she didn’t enjoy it, so she gave the pieces back to me, and I finished the quilt top. My goal is to get the top finished, and give it to her to enjoy. Since it’s a little bit smaller, I want to quilt this one on my home quilting machine.

Round the World - quilt layout sketch

Round the World is a block of the month quilt from a couple of years ago that I never really fell in love with. But the top is finished, and it would be a good quilt to keep handy for picnics and other spur of the moment uses. I want to send this one out to be professional quilted.

Ugly baby quilt top

Full picture - the ugliest baby quilt

The Ugliest Baby Quilt Known to Man is a baby quilt I made a couple of years ago. I finished the top, looked at it, and knew that there was NO WAY I could gift it to someone. So I folded it up, and made a new quilt for that new baby. 🙂 The UBQNM has been sitting on the shelf for way too long. It’s hideous, I don’t like it, I don’t think I can re-purpose it for any other project. So… *Deep Breath* I’m going to throw it away. (Okay, that sounds melodramatic… really I’m going to donate it to charity when I’m ready to get rid of a bunch of fabric.)

So, that’s the plan with my quilt tops – One for hand quilting, one for at-home machine quilting, one to send to the quilter, and one to just cut my losses on, and get rid of.

Next step – this weekend I’m going to try and inventory all the quilting projects that I have started, but haven’t finished. Wish me luck!




Covert Robin – Received!

I received my Covert Robin gift yesterday:

Covert Robin - Makeup brush roll

Look at this beautiful makeup brush roll! It’s perfect for me! My partner, Jenniffier, noticed all my makeup samples and figured this would be a great gift and, y’know what? She was totally right! Not only is it a great place for my makeup brushes, but it’s pink and purple batik – I love it!

Covert Robin - Makeup brushes rolled up

I’m so glad I signed up for the Covert Robin! Not only did I get a great surprise, but I also got to make a mini quilt, and meet some great crafters in the process. That would be a win-win-win in my book. Again, if you’ve even had the smallest inkling of wanting to do an online swap/bee, do it!

Too many quilts, too little time.

Do you know who I am jealous of? People who can start and finish quilts. Maybe I spend too much time following other quilt bloggers (not possible!) but I am always impressed by other quilters’ abilities to start and finish. All. The. Time!

Quilt on the machine

Right now I feel like I’m drowning in a list of projects that will never get finished, and an ugly, mismatched stash of fabric. I know this won’t get solved overnight. However, I am making it a goal over the next six months to:

  • Find all my works in progress and unfinished/abandoned projects and figure out if I am going to finish them, or just get rid of them.
  • Go through my fabric stash and organize it into the fabrics I can use, and the fabrics that just need to be cleared out.

One of the reasons I’m thinking about this is because in the next few months, once we finish some other home construction projects, I’ll be turning our guest room into a quilting studio! I want to make sure that the space is as awesome as can be.

So, I’m giving myself a Labor Day deadline to:

  • Organize my WIP’s and come up with a plan to take care of them.
  • Organize and destash my fabric collection.
  • Move into my new quilting studio!

Wish me luck… I’m going to need it!

Covert Robin – Spring Star Mini Quilt

Covert Robin

I love doing quilt swaps and gift exchanges on the internet, and this past month I’ve been working on a mini quilt for the Covert Robin organized by Imagine Gnats. The idea is very simple – everyone gets assigned someone to surprise with a gift. This past weekend was the deadline to get all the gifts in the mail, so I was working furiously.

See… I like to occasionally think that I am crafty. And I find cool things in other corners of the interwebs and think “Hey, I’m crafty – I can totally do that!” The problem is, although I love to quilt and sew, I’m really not very crafty. So after a couple of failed ideas and experiments I cut my losses and went with something I’m good at – quilting.

Spring Star - mini quilt for Covert Robin

My partner has stars as decor accents throughout her home, so I knew I wanted to incorporate stars in the gift in some way. In the end, I thought one big statement star would be a great compliment to her other big star decor.

Spring Star for Covert Robin - detail

I machine quilted this guy, and it’s the first time I’ve not hated machine quilting – I guess a decent machine makes all the difference!

Spring Star for Covert Robin - detail

Spring Star for Covert Robin - Detail

I so love making mini quilts. There is, of course, great satisfaction and accomplishment making a bed-sized quilt. But I feel you can be so much more bold with new techniques and ideas when you’re looking at a smaller scale. Anyway, here’s hoping the recipient likes it!

As a side note – if you are even a little bit inclined, I highly recommend signing up for a swap or gift robin. I’m met some great quilters and crafters in all corners of the internet through gift exchanges!

Snap Pop Giveaway Winner!

I want to thank everyone who visited and entered the giveaway. I had such a great time reading all the entries – it really warmed my heart!

There were a total of 211 entries, and my husband pulled #154 out of the vase.

Snap Pop Giveaway Entries

Snap Pop #154

The giveaway winner is Janice:

Snap Pop Winner

Congrats Janice! And thanks again to everyone who entered – I hope you had a fun time blog hopping all the giveaways.


Fell In Love With A Quilt

I went to a vintage market that was visiting Salt Lake City this weekend, and it was a great bit of fun!  I found some old crocheted doilies for an upcoming project,  and my mom picked up a scarf and some handmade soap, but the real find was this quilt.

Vintage Sunbonnet Sue Quilt

Have you bought many vintage quilts before? It’s hit or miss- many of the inexpensive ones you find just aren’t in good enough shape to use for anything, and the ones in good shape can be so expensive.

Sunbonnet Sue Quilt

This quilt was draped over a bed frame, so at first I thought it was just for display, but after looking closer I saw a price tag.  I didn’t have any cash left, so I left my mom in the booth holding on to the quilt while I went in search of an ATM.

Sunbonnet Sue quilt - blue Sue

I have a love for Sunbonnet Sue quilts that I inherited from my grandmother.  She wanted to make one for quite a while, so I would clip different Sunbonnet Sue patterns for her. In the end she made a Sunbonnet Sue quilt as our wedding present. (You can see a bit of it here.)

I didn’t have the time to inspect the quilt then, so I did last night, and I have to say, the more I explore this quilt, the more I love it! What I love is all the secret history it’s sharing. There’s no label/name/date on the quilt, so now I just get to make up stories about this. So here’s all the fun detail that I’ve found so far:

Sunbonnet Sue, backwards hand

If you look at this Sue’s hand, you’ll notice that the quilter made a little mistake, and sewed the hand on top of the sleeve, instead of the sleeve on top of the hand.

Vintage Sunbonnet Sue quilt, faded dress

At first glance this Sue is so pale with her white sleeve, shoes, and bonnets over a pastel blue and pink pattern. But, there’s a surprise – Some of the stitching in her sleeve has been broken over the years and if you pull up the sleeve you can see the original fabric:

Sunbonnet Sue quilt - contrast of faded and non-faded fabrics

Look at all those beautiful blue dots, and the bright red flowers! She must have been a beauty, years ago.

Sunbonnet Sue quilt - red faded lines

I took this picture to show you how the ties of Sue’s bonnet are embroidered instead of fabric, but if you look close you can see some red lines around the edges of her bonnet. I looked closer and this is another place where you can see how much the fabric has faded – those red lines are the original color of the fabric, protected for so many years by the embroidery stitches.

Unfortunately, this Sunbonnet Sue quilt has some damage from her long years. there are two patches where the quilt top has torn through entirely:

Vintage Sunbonnet Sue quilt, damaged areas

And about a quarter of the dresses have sustained a bit, or a lot, of damage.

Sunbonnet Sue quilt, damaged dress

One last detail I love about this quilt is the quilting itself – it is a beautiful pattern and I can’t wait to copy it into a future quilt:

Sunbonnet Sue Quilt - quilting detail

So that’s my favorite new (to me) quilt. Do you like the patina of vintage quilts, or do you prefer a new modern quilt?