Archive - September, 2009

The finished hexagon quilt! Finally!!

I went back and looked, and the first photo I have of the beginnings of this quilt is from July 24th.  And today is September 28th.  Two months it took me to make this quilt.  For me, that is a long time.  Now it would be one thing if I’d done a ton of sewing otherwise, but I kinda haven’t.  The odd quilting bee block here or there, but otherwise?  Not much sewing!  Lesson I’ve learned?  Don’t start a huge quilt when you’re going to be working a lot.  Tackle smaller quilts and that way it’s easier to get a project finished and feel that needed sense of accomplishment!

But anyhow – the quilt!

Big Hexes Quilt

It’s 80″ by 88″ – a full sized quilt, but it’s on a queen sized bed in the above photo. 

Some details…

The pebble quilting, which I’ll never do on a quilt this big again (it took SO long!) really works on this simple pattern. I love it. Especially after the wash and crinkle…

Big Hexes - Quilting Detail

Love how the deer pop since I’ve otherwise used smaller scale prints.

Big Hexes - Deer detail

I used the Wonderland polka dots for the binding.

Big Hexes - Binding detail

The back – sorry for a kinda dark photo. The brown reads darker in this photo than it actually is.

Big Hexes - Back

It’s actually more like this:

Big Hexes - Back Quilting Detail

I love this quilt.  I do. But it was a huge project to get it all finished.  No more hexagons or pebble quilting for me for a long time. Improv piecing and stippling, here I come!

It’s for sale in my shop.

Modern Quilt Guild meeting!

Hey all of you LA area readers – we’re finally having the first meeting for our new Modern Quilt Guild the evening of Oct. 12th and now’s the time to join us if you haven’t already!

Stack of Quilts

Just let me know if you’re interested and I can add you to the invite list.  Can’t wait to meet you all!

Stocking up

Oh the fabric I have to sew with as soon as my full time quilting mania kicks into gear when I finish my current job.

Fabric

I can’t wait! Just a couple more weeks… The blog is gonna be mellow until then, but oh, the sewing I’m going to get done soon!

Yay!

Does this mean I’m finally for real??

Cards

Has taken me forever to get around to getting cards. So glad that I finally did.

Busy weekend ahead with probably very little sewing time… But only two weeks left on my job before I’m back to the full time sewing.  I can’t wait! Then I’ll actually blog about, you know, sewing!

Hope that you all have wonderful, wonderful weekends!

Westside classes!

Hey LA people! Are you on the west side of town? I’m also teaching classes in Santa Monica at the Urban Craft Center! If you haven’t been there before, it’s a great space!

I’m teaching the basic “how to quilt” class over a couple of weekends this month (9/19 & 9/26) and next (10/18 & 10/25), but I’m also really excited about the improvisational piecing class that I’m teaching there in November on the 8th & 15th!

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Want to learn to “wing it” with your quilt blocks and free yourself from always working with patterns? This is the class for you! Click on over for details and maybe I’ll see you there!

Just a little house

I actually got a lot of sewing done this weekend but I am not allowing myself to show you another photo of the hexagons until it’s photos of the completed quilt.  I finally finished the quilting and have the binding to go!

So for today, just a little house!

Little House

And yes. That is a dog in a teacup in the window.

Little House Close Up

It’s for John the host of Sew Connected 2 and what a great quilt this idea is going to lead to!

Class at Home Ec.

Did you guys see? Home Ec. in its very own beautiful store front location is now open!

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I’m teaching a fun patchwork pillow class there later this month.

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Would love to see you there! Tell your friends!

P.S. For you fabric nuts, have you seen the vintage sheet fat quarter packs Jenny sells?? So great…

What I did over my long weekend.

- Enjoyed my new and improved design wall.

Bigger & Better design wall.

Yes, I have finally moved on from the tri-colored random bits of felt! If you don’t have one of these, I can’t recommend it enough. I use a piece of batting thumb tacked to the wall. Simple and transformative for your design process… At least for me it was.

- Wished I had a friend having a baby boy so that I could use these fabrics for a quilt.

Next Quilt

Maybe I’ll make one even though I don’t. I’m liking these primary colors right now.

- And of course, I worked on quilting The Beast.

The Beast

I’m never pebble quilting a queen sized quilt again. Never. Ever. Again. I’m sure the pay off will be great but good god it’s taking freakin’ FOREVER! One more session that’s a couple of hours long and I should be done though. I’ll be happy to have this quilt behind me.

Wishing you all a great short work week!

Long weekend!

I’m going to sew as much as I can during it!

12 Squared - August

Finished my blocks (couple days late!) for August of 12 Squared. They are making me want to make a whole quilt in this style. Bees are such great ways to try out new and different things on a couple of blocks!

A Ning group was started for the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild. Drop me an note with your email address if you want an invite to join and you haven’t gotten one yet!

Hope you all have great holiday weekends!!

Pebble Quilting Demo

A couple of people have asked for a tutorial on the pebble quilting I’ve done.

Pebble Quilted Hexagons.

There is so much info out there about free motion quilting that I’m not going to cover the basics again, but along with those other links, I have a post here about them.

I figured it would just be easiest if I posted a little video of me doing the quilting. Check it out!

I hope that having a visual example is helpful!  I go around each “pebble” two full times and then move onto the next pebble.  Sometimes I start a third time around in order to head off into the direction I’d like.  At first I thought it looked a bit sloppy, but the big picture is the key with this quilting – not each individual pebble.  No one will notice if a pebble or two aren’t just right.

One thing to keep in mind is to keep the size of your pebbles basically the same.  Over time they can gradually grow or shrink and you want to avoid that.  Unless you choose to intentionally mix it up with the pebble sizes.

Also, wind all the bobbins you can before you get started.  You’re seriously going to be going through some thread!

Let me know if you have questions!

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