September 26, 2011

time flies

I knew it had been a while since my last post, but 25 days... seriously?! This month has been crazy busy and I think it's just a foreshadowing of things to come between now and the holidays. We're in the final stretch folks! I need to get busy on some of seasonal projects... pronto!

One exciting development since my last post is that I have sold my first custom quilt. One of my childhood friends had seen some of my work on facebook and contacted me recently. Her daughter has just been accepted to Western Kentucky University for next Fall and she wanted to surprise her with a quilt for Christmas. The school colors are red, black & white and she wanted to incorporate the school logo somehow.

Since WKU is a smaller school, I knew I'd never find fabric with their logo, so I designed a print in two colorways and had it printed by Spoonflower (more on that later). My friend chose the Mix Tape Quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman... the perfect choice, I think.

By this past Saturday all of the fabrics had arrived. I'm thrilled with all of them... especially the Red Dottie by Moda. It just makes me smile. I'm happy to report that it's all been cut up and sewn back together. Love quick and easy patterns like this! Once I get the sashing finished up, it's off to the quilter. Yes, I am sending this one out. I've got several projects to finish up and I met a longarmer a few weeks ago and really want to give her a try. The price was right, too!

Hopefully I'll have a pieced top to show you in the next day or so. Hope you all have been enjoying a wonderful Fall. Like all the other seasons this year, Fall arrived in Nashville rather abruptly. No gradual shift from Summer to Fall and with the incredibly hot Summer we had, I was happy for the change. Now if we could just do something about all this rain.

September 01, 2011


Yesterday I saw this while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. If you've known me anytime at all, you probably know that this is right up my alley in terms of design and simplicity. I'm a little obsessed with this quilt pattern and am thinking about all the different fabric collections I want to make this in... Farm Fresh, Ruby, Bliss, Jovial, Countdown to Christmas, Flurry... I could go on. See, told ya I was obsessed. Based on my calculations (because I never follow anyone else's instructions completely) I can use 7 fat quarters and solids for the front. What a coinkydink that I have all these fat quarter bundles just begging to be busted. I think my list of quilts to make just got a lot longer!

Here's the tutorial if you wanna make this once or a thousand times over!