Tag Archives | quilting

Wedding Quilt Chuppah

The biggest gift we were given for our wedding was the gift of a handmade quilt that we used as a chuppah from my mom and her Quilty Ladies – from L to R  - Nancy, Judy, Ann, Mom, Miyoko, and Susie. An untold number of stitches done with love over an untold number of […]

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OverEducated Seamstress: Anne of PlayCrafts

Having just finished my Ph.D., I found that a major part of my reflection on the whole process was thoughts on how important creative pursuits were to me while pursuing higher education. To celebrate finishing my Ph.D., I’ve asked some sewing blogger friends to share their personal connections between their sewing and higher education. I’m […]

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Hst3 Degron Quilt

Science is beautiful in so many ways. A clean western blot lends itself so nicely to a modern quilt design like in this quilt, but what is most beautiful to me about this quilt is what it represents – my love for an amazing female scientist and friend whose support was instrumental in me personally […]

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Tangerine Dream Table Runner in Sewing World Magazine May 2014

Oh me oh my! My first published quilt pattern! My first magazine article! I am all sorts of excited! You can find my Tangerine Dream table runner quilt pattern in the May 2014 issue of Sewing World Magazine. The quilt is made from Kona cotton solids in Brown, Tangerine, Papaya, Lagoon, and Cream. My wonderful […]

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Oakshott Lipari Rainbow Stripes Tote Bag and Tutorial

This Oakshott Lipari is OMG gorgeous. They are jewel tones like none I have ever seen. After getting my hands on this fat eighth pack I immediately understood why quilters hoard Oakshott like garment sewists hoard good border prints. I was sent the Oakshott from Sew Mama Sew to make a tote bag, but I […]

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Ninja Cells Quilt

There is no way that I could have maintained the shred of sanity to which I have clung through graduate school if it wasn’t for my Girls. I’ve been meeting 5 female classmates for dinner, every other week, for the last 6 years. I cannot even begin to put words to how much support, and […]

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Assembled 2012 BOM Quilt Top and Bottom

This project brings me an odd mixture of excitement and apathy. I finished piecing the top (and bottom) of my Craftsy 2012 Block of the month quilt! I learned so much from making each of these blocks over the course of (a bit more than) a year. It feels very satisfying to have all of […]

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Thrift Store Score: Paper Pieced Quilt Chunk

I found this cute little piece of a quilt at a vintage store in Napa and bought it for my mom (because I stash only garment fabric and she stashes quilting fabric although I may be known to steal fabric from her stash for each of my own quilt projects making it like a large […]

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Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month October

Whew! I’m done piecing blocks for my block of the month quilt! Amy of Sew Well beat me (we’ve been encouraging each other’s progress on twitter), but I’m still way ahead of my mom. In fact, I can’t remember the last time my mom told me that she was working on these blocks, and we […]

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Purple and Neutral Hexagon Baby Quilt

I am a little embarrassed to post this just-finished baby quilt on my blog since there are construction flaws and honestly, the design is mediocre. But I’m learning. And I certainly learned from this quilt. And regardless of the finished product, it was made with love. And that’s what I wanted to send to my […]

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Quilted Scrappy Red and White Baby Quilt

In the last week I have visited my grandparents, visited my aunt, bought a mattress, bought a bedframe, bought an engagement ring, and worked a 15hr day in lab (sidenote: the experiment worked so it was totally worth it!). What I have not done is sew or write a blog post. I knew that this […]

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September Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month

Making these September Block of the Month blocks for the Craftsy 2012 BOM quilt was the first time that I have pieced curves. Fortunately, I didn’t find it as terrifying or challenging as I anticipated, and I’m pretty happy with how these blocks turned out. The top block is called a Chain Block and the […]

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August 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Blocks

August’s block-of-the-month blocks for Craftsy’s 2012 BOM quilt were fun to put together and I like the way my rugged fabrics look with such traditional blocks. The combination of the rustic fabrics, muted primary color palette, and the stars strikes me as very masculine. The first block is an Ohio Star block and taught the technique […]

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July 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Blocks

Dresden plates! Dresden plates were one of the first quilt blocks that I learned to identify when my mom took up quilting. I’ve always loved their look but had no interest in making them myself because of all the hand stitching involved. I’ve since started to enjoy hand stitching, so I was thrilled to make […]

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June 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Blocks

Okay, so I’m (very) behind in the Craftsy Block of the Month quilt that I’ve been working on. But this month marks the month I get it all back on track, I swear. My mom is caught up and Amy of Sew Well and I have challenged each other to catch up too. Two different […]

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How to Hand Quilt from an Expert

I recently learned to hand quilt. In sharing my story, I tried to describe hand quilting. I received a couple of questions asking for more of explanation. I really don’t know enough to answer them properly, so I reached out to Ann Rindge, the winner of Best Hand Quilting at the 2013 Vashon Quilt Guild […]

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Vashon Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2013

The Vashon Quilt Guild Quilt Show, where I learned to hand quilt last weekend, had an amazing quantity of beautiful quilts. I thought I would share a small selection of them. Many of the quilts feature Kaffe Fassett fabrics because the local fabric store, Island Quilter, specializes in his fabrics. This meant that there were […]

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I Learned to Hand Quilt

This weekend I went to the Vashon Quilt Guild Quilt Show (Vashon is the island outside of Seattle where my mom lives). During the two-day event, my mom and her friends – her “Quilty Ladies” who she stitches with every week – had a quilt frame set up with a quilt on it and were […]

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May Craftsy 2012 Quilt Blocks

Don’t be too confused by my post title. This isn’t a time warp. It’s not actually May of 2012. Rather, I’ve been sewing along with the Craftsy 2012 Block-of-the-Month quilt. And I got behind by a month (about which I feel okay because my mom is even further behind). The theme of this months blocks […]

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April Block of the Month

My April quilt block for my Craftsy 2012 Block-of-the-Month quilt. It’s a modern take on paper pieced hexagons, a very traditional technique. Paper piecing involves cutting out the finished shape of your piece (often a hexagon) out of sturdy piece of paper. (I used a manila file folder and I think it might have been […]

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Craftsy Block of the Month – March 2012

I pieced my March Block-of-the-Month blocks. (One more project down on my too-many-sewalongs this month). These are by far my favorite blocks so far (Okay, I know there’s only two other months so far with which to compare them. Regardless, I like them). These are sewn one strip at a time onto my background fabric. […]

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How to Sew Half Square Triangle (HST) Quilt Blocks

I’ve now made February’s blocks for the Craftsy 2012 Block-of-the-Month. Both blocks use all half square triangles (HST), but use different methods to make the HSTs, which I will explain below. For a video demonstration of the methods, register for the Craftsy class – it’s free! This is the Balkan Puzzle Block. I think this is […]

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Block of the Month Quilt

My mom and decided to do a long-distance project together. Since she’s always trying to get me into quilting, we chose to each piece Craftsy’s 2012 Block of the Month quilt, offered as a free video class. Yes, they have a 2013 quilt class too, but neither I nor my mom like the quilt as much. […]

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Mom Made Movie Theater Quilt Block

Every year, one woman on Vashon (the Island my mom lives on) assembles a completely hand-sewn community quilt that is raffled off to support Vashon Allied Arts. It’s been going for over 20 years. This year the theme is Downtown Vashon and Beyond. My mom was asked to sew a block for the quilt! She was given the […]

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Mom Made Household Dec

Welcome to my mom’s house! This is just a tiny glimpse of some of the lovely handmade touches she has added to her house to make it a home. Here is a shelf in her TV room. The folded quilt is all made of fall fabrics and is displayed seasonally. The red white and blue […]

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Mom Made Quilted Baby Blanket

My mom made a blanket for her cousin Amilia’s baby. (Same cousin for whom I designed the Baby’s First Fair Isle sweater). The construction was simple. It is made from 3 – 1 1/2 inch strips sewn together dark-light-dark in what’s called a strip-set. Then the strips are cut into 3 1/2 inch squares. Mom […]

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My Hexagon Quilt is Finished!

I’m so excited to be able to say that I’ve finished my hexagon quilt! The first step was piecing the top. Then I sent it to my mom to quilt it. Then I had to sew all the binding along the edges. Mr. T decided to “help”, which made the process cuddlier, but not any […]

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My Hexagon Quilt is Quilted

I’m so very excited to share more progress on my Hexagon quilt. When it’s totally done, it will go on the back of my couch. After piecing the quilt, I sent it to my mom, a very talented quilter, who assembled and quilted the quilt. I told her that she had complete artistic control over […]

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Hexagon Quilt Top

I just finished the first quilt top that I’ve ever planned, cut, and pieced on my own! I love the hexagonal edges and the geometric feeling will work well in mostly mid-century modern home. When I went to the SewExpo this year, I found a quilt pattern that I loved. My mom has always been a […]

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