Thursday, September 17, 2015

Do you Swap?

I participated in my very first mini quilt swap!  The Gardenvale Mini swap hosted by my daughter @linneypooh.  The fabrics used were from the Gardenvale line by the amazing Jen Kingwell.

I met Jen and her daughter Lucy at Houston Quilt Market and I immediately fell in love with them!  Jen is simply delightful!  I loved her style, her designs, and of course her Gardenvale fabrics!

I just love her great sense of color and how she uses a lot of prints, florals, stripes and dots in her quilts...and gray is a recurring theme in most. 

Although I was a little nervous to participate in a swap, I couldn't go wrong if the fabrics were Jen's!  right...

 So I decided on the Cathedral Window pattern and it showcased the fabrics perfectly.  I used darker fabrics in the "base" and medium and multi-colored prints on the "top".  This was my second attempt at a cathedral window making only a pincushion once before...and I loved how it turned out

Click HERE for the free pattern Charming Windows by Angela Nash on Moda Bakeshop

It was really hard to let this one go, but it went to a good Stacy Lee in West Monroe, LA @tophatquilter.  Her favorite color is purple so I chose the pebble print for the center block and the inner border.  I love the scrappy binding don't you?  I machine quilted this on my Featherweight and it's not great quilting, but I think it turned out okay. 

So when your daughter is in charge of a quilt swap, and someone drops out you become an "angel" so this quilt was plan "A" for my gardenvale swap and luckily I had the top finished when I was called to be an "angel", so I only had to finish the machine quilting and the binding.  This one went to Cathy Kirk in North Carolina - @thequiltingcowgirl

 I used the Missouri Star Bordered Periwinkle pattern and tutorial and the large triangle papers.

 click HERE for the tutorial on MSQC

I used black Essex Linen for the "borders" between the blocks, and for the outer border.
(see previous posts for helpful hints on making this block)  I echo quilted the entire top in 1" increments.  I am not a great machine quilter and I could use a lot more practice.  Cathy is a full-time machine quilter, so I hope she doesn't laugh out loud at my machine quilting skills!

So after sending off my two swap quilts,  To my surprise I received this beautiful mini quilt from @amysews from Charleston, SC!  Isn't it absolutely gorgeous!!!

 Amy hand pieced and appliqued the flower block, and also hand quilted this beauty.  She really spent a lot of time and I am so appreciative of all the work she did on my quilt. 

 The back of the quilt (upper right) is one of the polka-dot prints from the line and I love the striped binding.


I also received so many goodies in the package.  The "jug" is a mason jar with a lid and straw and Amy made a quilted coozie for it.  (I love real southern sweet tea and can't wait to use this!) She made a pieced needle-case, and a finger pincushion for me which I have always wanted.  I got some Bennie cookies, a coloring book with colored pencils, and a postcard from Charleston, SC  with a cute note.  Amy really spoiled me!

 If you have the chance to check all the truly AMAZING quilts that were made take a look on Instagram at the #gardenvaleminiquiltswap.  I am so thankful to my daughter Lindsey for putting this awesome swap together for us.  Jen Kingwell would be so proud of what we all made out of her beautiful fabrics!

I enjoyed this swap so much I just might join another one...or two.  I got lucky with this one, but the fun of a quilt swap never know what you are going to get!!

until next time... 
Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

I heart Paper Piecing!

I've been doing a lot of Paper Piecing lately and I'm currently working on these darling Hummingbird blocks.  I have to tell you I really enjoy it and I love how your blocks line up perfectly when you paper piece. 

I'm using Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda, with a few scraps from my stash thrown in for variety

I used the Hummingbird Quilt Block Pattern & Tutorial by Red Pepper Quilts.  You can purchase and download the foundation pattern from her Etsy shop for just a few dollars.  She also has an amazing tutorial for this block on her blog with a lot of pictures and it's very easy to follow with step-by-step instructions.  I did however cut my fabrics about 1/2 inch larger than suggested in the the tutorial which gave me a little more wiggle room.  

You may have seen this block or a variation of it called the Periwinkle block.  This is called the bordered periwinkle quilt block by Missouri Star Quilt Co.  Click the link for a great tutorial by the amazing Jenny Doan.

For the bordered periwinkle block I used the triangle foundation papers from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. and they work just fine for this particular block.  I made scrappy blocks with no contrasting background fabric, and I used Robert Kaufman's Black Essex Linen for the "border" which is available to purchase on our website.  What I did not like about this method was pressing the seams...I was so confused how to do it, and when I layed out my blocks, I had to go back and re-press a lot of my seams because they all go the same direction.  The triangle paper is light weight and is really easy to remove, but I was a little unhappy with the final result because all of the bulk in the seams.  

What I liked best about the Red Pepper Quilts method is that when you piece from the right side to the left like the picture below (A1, A2, A3 ) all your seams nestle together when you sew your block together. So, when you make your bordered periwinkle blocks, press ALL your seams from right to left and you will have better luck than I did sewing your blocks together. 

I'm thinking this mini quilt needs a border or two and I would like a few suggestions on how to machine quilt it also.  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below...

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Until next time...
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Favorite Finishes

I haven't been much of a blogger over the years, but now that I am "retired" I seem to have A LOT more time to waste doing absolutely nothing  spend sewing and organizing my projects.  I've been digging through my messy and overwhelming stash of fabric and projects, trying to come up with a plan of how I'm going to tackle this mess!   FYI... I am planning a HUGE de-stash in August -- basically a buy my stash sale!  Hopefully there are ladies out there that would love to take home some of the projects I am never going to finish.  More info to come soon...

Anyway...can I be honest here for a minute... Since closing the shop a few weeks ago, I seem to get a little bored and I truly miss seeing and talking to all my friends and customers every day, so this blog is a means for me to keep in touch with all of you.  The great thing about social media is-- you can choose to read what you want, ignore the boring stuff, look at all the pics, and then delete it and move on.  Perfect right?  So what I am trying to achieve here in these blog posts is to give you a little inspiration, keep you up to date with what I am working on, show a lot of pics and maybe share a few tutorials and how-to's.  Please feel free to scroll through the pics, read what you want, ignore the boring stuff,  delete it and move on.  I would like to hear what you have to say however, so I encourage you to leave me comments on what you like or dislike.  Thank you in advance and please bear with me on this journey...

Now on to some of my favorite quilts and other projects that I have finished recently.  I realized that if you ever visited us at Quilter's Haven, you got to see all of these quilts in person, but for those of you who don't have the luxury of visiting a quilt shop regularly, you never get to see my quilts and projects, so here is a little snippet of some of my favorite finishes...

First up is Gobstoppers...
Gobstoppers is our 2015 Utah Shop Hop Quilt.  
The theme this year was Quilts over Broadway and we chose Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, so an everlasting Gobstopper was the inspiration for the blocks in this quilt.  I used Kona Mint green for the setting triangles, borders and binding and I really love how the solid mint sets off the scrappy blocks.

Next is an oldie, but a goodie...

Strawberry Social by the Pattern Basket
I made Strawberry Social well over a year ago, but it's still one of my favorite quilts!   I made this cheery quilt while we were living in Northern Michigan and it warmed my heart when it was -35 degrees outside.  The perfect spring project to brighten your day

And I just had to make a matching quilt to compliment Strawberry Social, or maybe it was the other way around,  my memory doesn't serve me well here, I think it was frozen and I just kept sewing my fingers to the bone just to stay warm and busy.  Regardless of which quilt came first...

Blossom by Fig Tree Quilts
Blossom by Fig Tree Quilts, made with a beautiful yet simple green & white color scheme.  I used Kona Snow and RJR Old Green (I believe it is called)  I previewed several different greens and nothing seemed to look just right.  So out came the color cards.  Have you ever had something specific in mind and nothing seems to work.  I wanted to make this quilt for months but I just couldn't find the perfect green.  I even considered making it yellow and white for just a second, but again, I guess I'm really picky because nothing worked.  Nothing worked until I pulled out the RJR solids card, and that old green was exactly what I last a winner!!!  and I absolutely love this quilt.

I had three strawberry blocks left-over from the strawberry social quilt, and just couldn't bring myself to throw them out, so the little pillow came to fruition.  The pinwheel blocks at the bottom were the left-over scraps from the half square triangles on the strawberry blocks.

and here is the trio together with the Weekender bag that the amazing Jessie made and taught as a class at the shop.

More recently, I have been working on my Instagram Gardenvale mini quilt swap  #gardenvaleminiquiltswap and my daughter Lindsey @linneypooh is the organizer for this swap.  I'm new to this whole swap thing and I don't know if I will do it again because I am having a hard time parting with the mini quilt I made...

The cathedral window is the Pit-Bull of the quilting always gets a bad rap!  The block is not the problem, it just takes a lot of time, so if you are into quick and easy, this might not be the project for you.

I can't show you the entire quilt because it is supposed to be a secret until you mail it to your partner, so here's a little sneak peek.  This is my second attempt at making a cathedral window quilt.  I followed the tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop called Charming Window Pillows by Angela Nash.  The instructions are very clear and there are a lot of pictures which helped make this attempt of this sometimes difficult block a little easier.  Don't get me wrong, this quilt is far from perfect, but I am happy with it...I'm just not sure if my partner will get it or not...I may have to keep this one!

I'm paper-piecing right now, which I love to do, and hope to show you how it turns out next stay tuned!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's Still March which means 

All GREEN Fabrics are 20% off 
through the end of the month

Come on in and save!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

The color of the month for February is...


All Pink fabrics are 
20% off 
the entire month of February

thank you for shopping at Quilter's Haven!

Friday, January 30, 2015

January Clearance SALE going on NOW

Our HUGE January Clearance SALE starts Friday & Saturday, January 30th & 31st

20% off

before the big kick-off on Sunday, SCORE some big savings on Friday & Saturday!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Our Winter Class Schedule is now on our Web-site


Here is a peek at our NEW 2015 Block of the Month programs and Clubs for 2015!

Our Wooly Hands Club is working on the Sunflower Gatherings pattern this year.  A great mix of wool applique', embroidery, and piecing

 We are thrilled to begin the Green Tea and Sweet Beans Block of the Month
You will learn so much in this BOM!

 We are also starting a Block Party Swap
This is really going to be fun!

We are offering the Austin Bluebird Sampler BOM in 3 colorways!
choose traditional (like photo above), Scrappy-Dark, or Scrappy-Vintage
trust me, you will have a hard time choosing which quilt to make

The Arcadia Avenue Block of the Week
is a fun paper-pieced BOW

We have the Fat Quarter Style Club
We will work our way through this fabulous book this year

We are once again offering the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club, Collection 2
This year we are mixing it up a little 

Now that should surely spark your creativity.  We have a little something for everyone this year at Quilter's Haven!