Ahhhhh! I’m dying a little bit over those Anna Maria Horner Pretty Potent prints. This is a fabric line that I adore, but never ended up making anything myself with. So it was a special treat to get to quilt this and ooh and ahhhh over the fabrics and quilt design.
When I first looked at this quilt, I was literally stumped at what to quilt it with. I knew it was going to be custom quilted, but couldn’t figure out what to do with all the negative space. I loaded it on the frame and it sat for a week. I sketched out ideas in my sketchbook and didn’t really have any great luck with inspiration. Finally I decided on a simple outlined design with some ruler work, embellished with pebbles and other straight lines to fill in the gaps.
This picture has a filter on it to try to high light the thread more. It was quilted with Glide Cloud, so it doesn’t necessarily blend like white thread would have, but it doesn’t starkly stand out from the background, either. If I could change anything about the quilting, I would go back and double batt the quilt or use a loftier batting.
You can see here a little better that each print fabric was outlined twice with a small ruler. Then pebbles were added, along with some straight lines for filler to add more texture.
I really enjoyed the process this quilt took me through, and I hope to continue to better develop my quilting design. Usually, I can load a quilt on the frame and I have at least 2 fairly decent ideas by the next day. This quilt really gave me a run for my money, but all in all, I’m pretty satisfied with the results. I really love the way a quilt looks finished when ruler work and free motion quilting are combined in the same top. Sometimes the simplest design can work and really make the fabrics and quilt pop, and other times, it takes some work and elbow grease to figure out the best fillers and accents.
In the midst of tragedy, I am relieved that I belong to a group of people that goes out of their way to show love for others. The group I’m talking about is the Modern Quilt Guild. And even more specifically, the San Antonio chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. The Orlando MQG organized collections to accept in progress quilts and completed quilts to show support and love for some of the people affected by the Pulse night club shooting. I hate that I’m even writing a post about this, because it’s so disturbing the amount of violence we hear about on a daily basis on the news…but I want to focus on giving back and showing support for our fellow human beings.
The SAMQG members are SO giving and generous with their fabric and time, that we’ve had a plethora of blocks constructed (most using the Heart pattern tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew). A few charity sew-ins, and we’ve finished (I think) 5 quilts!
I had the great opportunity to quilt a few of these, and wanted to discuss charity work in this industry. I’ve done a little bit of charity sewing in the past, but not really donated much of my time or resources prior to getting my longarm. And once I started donating my quilting, I kind of just rushed through the process, doing a stipple or some quick meandering design to get that top off my frame as quickly as I could. But one night, I started thinking about the recipients of these rushed through pieces I had worked on. Was I proud of the work I was doing on them? No. Absolutely not. I was just FINISHING THEM. There was nothing special or generous about what I was doing to add to the quilt. And maybe those recipients don’t even look at the quilting. But it really got to me that I was doing about 2% of my best work on something that was supposed to be making someone happier. I decided to start doing my best work on every quilt top. Whether it was a paying customer or not. If I’m going to commit to working on something, why would I give anything less than my best? And besides, if you want to look at it from a really selfish angle, it’s great practice and helps develop your skills even further.
I really love the graffiti quilting style, and chose to do that on this quilt. These blocks were pieced together by so many different people, with such love and compassion in their hearts. It really does give me a little bit of hope for humanity.
Anyway, my two cents for the day is to think about where your heart is when you decide to do charity work. If it’s in your heart, put your best foot forward and really give all you have. Otherwise, what are you wasting your time for?
I played with the quilt design for the Gems in the Night Sky Quilt in EQ7 for probably a week straight before I had my final layout the way I wanted it. I changed the background fabric, moved blocks around, completely deleted blocks, changed color arrangement, the list goes on and on. It’s funny how after you’re done with something, all the time you spent on it just kind of vanishes, and you don’t think about the labor of love you put into it.
This quilt. All the hearts. I had the awesome chance to design and make this quilt for Janome’s brand new machine launch–the 9400. I’m not going to lie, this quilt took FOREVER. But packing it in a shipping box and saying goodbye forever was nearly as difficult as giving away your first born.
And then I saw the picture of it on the Janome website once the machine was released, and it was like seeing photos of a long lost friend. And I might have squealed out loud at the top of my lungs 🙂
So there were 81 blocks- with 9 different block constructions. At first glance it kind of looks like someone took a Dear Jane quilt and dumped a bucket of modern over it (which is fine with me!), but if you look a little closer, you will see the blocks are just made with alternating colors and arranged in a way that it deceives you into thinking there are a lot of different blocks in this quilt.
This was pieced with the Michael Miller Cotton Couture bundle that’s available at Janome dealers, and the background fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s True colors- filigree in dusk. I think the combination is just dreamy.
Sometimes I love the backs of quilts more than the front. I like to press my seams open to eliminate a lot of bulk when I quilt.
And then it was quilted with Stitch in the ditch around the bright colors and heavily quilted on all of the AMH fabric. I had to keep this a secret for so long, that I nearly forgot about it once the machine was finally released. So I’m finally able to share and show my little labor of love.
How many times have you been in the car, loaded up the kids to go to grandma’s house, and heard that horrible, awful question…(queue the Jaws music)…”Are we there yet?” or better yet…”I’m Boooooooored.”
|I Spy Quilt loaded up and ready to go!
I know we’re all super busy in the summer, and it makes finding time to sew pretty difficult. But now you have a great reason to bust out the sewing machine–you’re going to cure the kids of their road trip boredom by making them an I Spy Quilt! All you really need are some random novelty prints or scraps–even seasonal fabrics are great for this. The great thing about this quilt is that NONE of the fabrics need to be cohesive for this to work. You have a print with elephants? Elves? Pirates? Cactus? Ballerinas? They’re all perfect! The more random the assortment of your fabrics, the longer the kids will be staring at this quilt, absolutely stumped.
|Your layout can be totally random, too! I tried to lay my squares out from dark to light,
but you can try grouping them by color, theme, etc.
I had the privilege of teaming up with Janome to write this tutorial for American Quilter’s Society. So follow this pretty little LINK and head over to get the skinny on how to put this awesome little lifesaver together!
|I quilted mine with some sweet little swirls that were fast and easy!
Okay, so in all honesty, making this quilt won’t be the end of you ever hearing those two comments from the back seat again, but what the heck! It’s worth a shot isn’t it? 😉
So…There was this one time that I actually got to have a quilt in a magazine! I collaborated with Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety on this gorgeous ombre nautical themed quilt for Love Patchwork & Quilting. I’m one of those people who already WAY over uses exclamation points. But just prepare yourself for this post, because my excitement was ridiculous!
Seriously, pick up your copy of LP&Q-issue 36 (you can find it at Barnes and Noble), and you’ll see my ugly mug in there 🙂
So, normally, this would be a post discussing the design elements and collaboration process, but this was my first ever time to be in a magazine–so far 😉 so I’m allowed to be a little excited, right?
Have you ever picked up someone’s journal or diary and caught a glimpse of who that person is and what drives them? Even if it belonged to a total stranger? That’s how I often feel when I get a t-shirt quilt commission. Sometimes It’s t-shirts, sometimes ties, sometimes clothing from a deceased loved one, but what my clients may not realize is that by the time I am done with the finished item/quilt, I feel like I personally know the person the items belonged to.
I recently completed a t-shirt quilt for a graduating senior who was an avid football player. And let me tell you…Momma did an awesome job of saving shirts from elementary school on up! This was probably the largest t-shirt quilt I’ve done, being nearly king-sized when completed.
Seriously…this sucker was a monster.
This is going to sound totally lame, but I feel like I know this kid and went through each achievement with him! While cutting out the shirt blocks, sometimes your mind just wanders. A lot of things about this quilt reminded me of when I was in high school. Thinking about football games and pep rallies and all the fun and carefree days.
It is such a joyful process to make something that parents are putting so much thought into to gift their child. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? I am so happy that I’ve found my thing–and that it can bring other people a little joy and happiness.
So…It pretty much seems like everyone I know is either pregnant or just had a baby here lately. I am in that season of my life where the wedding invitations have stopped and the baby shower invitations are lining my mailbox! That being said, I get a LOT of joy making things for people’s new babes. While I work on it, I wonder if they’ll be curled up on the couch with it, playing outside and dragging it through the mud, becoming a couch fort in the living room…I love it!
This was the appliqued fabric before I started quilting it.
I had a close friend from college ask me to make a Harry Potter themed baby quilt for her brother’s first child. She pretty much gave me free reign to come up with whatever (which is AWESOME!!!), so I thought I would applique the deathly hallows symbol, followed by “lways” so that it kind of looked like “always”-just google it, I’m sure there are examples! I made a fun template out of poster board and traced it onto the fabric I wanted, used some Wonder Under and fused that bad boy to my background fabric to get ready to applique!
I was really excited about the quilting process and wanted my free motion quilting to LOOK like MAGIC would look.
Just pulled from the longarm frame!
I’m not really sure what that means, but I tried my best to quilt what I thought magic looked like in thread form. And I loved the outcome.
I used the Harry Potter-y chevron fabric that I think was really meant to be college colors for the backing and really love how it turned out. I’m not usually a huge applique person, but I definitely will be trying it with more projects in the future! And I really hope and pray that this kiddo is a Harry Potter fan!
Roughly crib sized finished baby quilt!
I am going to talk to you today about Latifah Saafir’s “Glam Clam” quilt pattern and my journey completing the quilt.
I’m a member of the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild, and we were fortunate enough to have Latifah Saafir do a trunk show AND teach 2 awesome workshops! I was super excited…the clam shell style quilt has been on my quilting bucket list since I first started sewing, so this was a great excuse to get it done. I immediately signed up for the workshop and picked my fabrics out after I got the pattern and templates. I painstakingly cut out all of the pieces, labeled them, and organized them all into little ziplocs, until I would attend the workshop. I had the finished quilt in mind for a very special friend and was excited to gift her a really cool quilt.
About a week from the workshop date, my grandmother’s health was failing. She passed away, and the funeral was scheduled for the same time as the workshop. I missed the workshop and didn’t touch the pieces I’d cut for a few weeks after. Once I started the quilt, I thought about my grandmother often. I’m not crazy about piecing curves, but I must say that it was kind of a healing feeling to sit and sew without really thinking about anything. It gave me a chance to think about relationships and friendships and how much people can impact your life.
Quilting the finished top was even more fun that putting it together. After doing a little bit of research, I found that many of the clam shell quilts are quilted with just an all over design, without much attention paid to the individual blocks. I definitely didn’t want to just do edge-to-edge quilting.
Latifah’s pattern is seriously so simple to follow, and her templates are to die for. They are very mindful of how curved seams should be constructed, and here’s something even more awesome–NO PINS NEEDED!!! I won’t lie…I didn’t believe that at first, but after sewing a couple together, I tried it without pins, and–life changing.
Here is a little more of the quilting–not really anything too difficult, but I felt it gave a better effect than an all over quilting design.
Above is the top with no quilting or binding–I absolutely love how this quilt came together.
And then this was the finished quilt after binding. I shipped this beauty off to my friend in California and hope she uses it until the thing falls apart! I must say, Latifah did an amazing job on the pattern and tutorial and I can’t wait to make my next Glam Clam quilt.
I’m crazy about quilting, but I’m also really crazy about modern quilting. The colors, the patterns, the newness of it all just makes me love everything about it! Luckily, I got to create something with the curated Michael Miller Cotton Couture bundle available at local Janome dealers. It’s bright, cheerful, and has the awesomely saturated colors you can’t get anywhere but from Michael Miller Fabrics (and no, they aren’t paying me to say that). Cotton couture is my favorite solid to work with right now, because it sews like BUTTER. I’ve even used it in some garments and loved the result. So if you’re dying to see it, here’s “Crayon Box”:
|Crayon Box by Joanna Marsh
You can find the full tutorial on the Janome website HERE and download the pattern for free! I had a blast creating this and playing with the colors! Use the hashtag #thecrayonboxquilt to share your creation.
There’s also a fun tutorial on how to do scrappy bindings in the free quilt pattern, just like in the picture below (and I just couldn’t resist this Loominous Anna Maria Horner print for my backing):
|Scrappy binding tutorial
And for quilting ideas, I did a super fun swirly motif.
So run and grab your free pattern and get sewing today 🙂
It’s been a little while since my last blog post, but I have been working on some really exciting things in my neck of the woods (and I haven’t even been snowed in by the monster snow storm!)
I am SO excited to be releasing my first independent quilt pattern! I absolutely ADORE geometric quilt patterns that pack a lot of punch and created this pattern that is available on Craftsy and in my Etsy shop. The pattern is an instant PDF download, so you can enjoy it immediately 🙂
The pattern comes with instructions for 3 different sizes-a mini quilt, a 64″ x 64″, and a 80″ x 80″ quilt.
One of my favorite things about this pattern is that if you aren’t great at combining lots of patterns or colors, all this pattern needs is really 2 contrasting or 2 coordinating fabrics to work well. But if you’re a little more adventurous, go for a scrappy look and be blown away!
Here are a few samples of the Dreamer’s Star Quilt Pattern:
|Dreamer’s Star Quilt 64″ x 64″ made with Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Midnight and Lime
|Dreamer’s Star Mini Quilt made in scrappy blacks and purples
|Dreamer’s Star Mini Quilt made with Michael Miller Cotton Couture and Painter’s Canvas
I hope you’ll check out this pattern that really packs a punch and when you make it, please use the hashtag #dreamersstarquilt and tag me on Instagram @kustomkwilts
I SO look forward to what you’ll make with this pattern :))