Two Years in the Making

imageA little more than two years ago I had this fabulous idea.  After lusting after the Maple Leaf Rag quilt in Material Obsessions 2, I figured I would just make my own.  In my typical go big or go home fashion, I jumped in; thinking I would get it finished in just one Summer.

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This quilt and I truly had a love-hate relationship.  It became my in between project quilt and I would do a little here and there.  I was mad I didn’t use all my precious fabric in it, so I wouldn’t want to work on it at all.  Then I loved it again and seeing bits of fabric from all the quilts Ive made….even if they weren’t favorite prints still made me smile.

imageI originally was going to go all out on the quilting.  After three bobbins, I wasn’t liking the weight and stiffness of the quilt.  Since it has the fabric behind all the blocks, there’s the extra weight so I needed to be a little more sparse on the quilting.  I ended up picking out all the quilting and starting over.  This time just doing a little swirl on every other strip in the rings and a dense swirl on the between sections.

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This quilt was giving me such a hard time at the end. I told myself I wouln’t work on anything else until this was finished.  But now it’s finished, and I absolutely love it….and kind of want to make another…

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Flying Geese with Geese Flying

So I have been working on the blog post for a month now, and haven’t posted in even longer.  No reason as to my radio silence.  Mostly I have been caught up in snuggles and fire trucks and Legos, knitting and books.  Can you tell it has been too cold to sit up in my space and sew?  But with spring comes new life, new energy and new sewing projects in a much warmer sewing room!

I’m rambling.  The reason you all are here is a finished quilt!

I started this quilt with one thought in mind.  I wanted a quilt made of flying geese, but I don’t want any layout in particular. I just wanted to make some geese, no math and see where it took me.  It was quite freeing.

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These geese flew over while I was taking pictures.  Perfect timing for some flying geese flying with geese!
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I had a fat eight bundle of Tula Pinks Acacia and this top used every bit up. I love the big rectangles I put throughout the top and the borders.  These prints are awesome and it was nice to show some of them off. I went to get some kona for the back (my go to quilt backing) but this flannel was begging to be the back of this one and I am so happy I listened!  So.  Soft.  I want all the quilts to be flannel.

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I will say, these 2″x4″ geese were a much grander idea than actually making them.  3/4 of the way through, I was so over them!  Of course, I love the finished quilt.  It has been a family favorite this winter (thank you flannel back!) Maybe my next quilt should be more “boyish” for my family of guys……..and flannel.  Must be flannel.

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Holiday Gift Blog Hop……and a giveaway!!

Benartex Fabrics has been putting on a blog hop this week full of holiday gift ideas that can still be made this year. There are some fabulous ideas and it has been so fun to be a part of the hop.

I made a set of cloth napkins, and not only are they cute, they are super quick to make! Using a self binding technique, the napkins look finished and crisp. They are easy to customize for size difference and fabric options are endless. I used the Boy meets Girl line for Benartex and made large dinner sized napkins.

Self Binding Napkin Tutorial

 

Want to win some fabric??

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Boy Meets Girl, make sure you’re signed up to follow the Benartex blog either by email or through a blog reader (see both options in the right hand sidebar at Sew in Love with Fabric). Leave a comment letting me know you are, and leave a second comment if you follow Benartex on Facebook. In your comment, let us know if you’re making any handmade gifts for the holidays this year (and if you are…where are you in the process? Idea stage? Halfway done? Already wrapped?). The giveaway will remain open through Tuesday, December 9th at 11:59 pm EST

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Good luck!  Have fun sewing up some lovely holiday treats (to either give or maybe even keep for yourself!)

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Make it Now: Casserole Dish Trivet

When I host holiday dinner, I like to have all the casserole dishes come straight out of the oven to the table. This super simple and quick tutorial will have you all set for your holiday dinners this season!

This trivet is incredibly simple to make.  For mine, I included a 6 inch paper pieced block in the middle.  (The pattern for the tree can be found here)

::You Need::

Finished top of 23×12 (this can be a solid piece of fabric or patchwork)

Backing fabric 24×13 (there is some extra to allow in shift during quilting)

Insulbrite (the “metal” sounding batting stuff that is used in hot pads.  In the event you can’t find any, 3 or more layers of batting will work)

Binding and basic sewing tools

::What to Do::

After your top is finished and ready to go, either one solid fabric or patchwork of sorts, layer your backing right side down, batting/insulbrite, then the top right side up.

Quilt as desired.  I chose to do a simple straight line, 1/2 inch apart, and leaving the tree unquilted.  With all of the layers, there is a great dimension to the quilting!

Once quilted and bound in your usual method, it’s time to add the handle pockets.  Fold each end 3 inches (or more if your dish has wider handles) and sew them down.  Remember to reinforce your stitches at the beginning and end of sewing!  Be sure to stitch close to the binding so that your stitches don’t show.

And believe it or not, THAT’S IT!  See, I told you it was incredibly easy!!

(Tutorial originally created as part of the Holiday Hostess series on Ellison Lane last year)

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Probably My Favorite

My favorite bag to make is the Weekender bag by Amy Butler.  I have made a tula pink scrappy one and a constellations one  in the past and they both get heavily used!

I wanted to make my sister a little something for her birthday.  This girl has THE BEST wardrobe and has more clothes and accessories than anyone I ever met.  Shopping and clothes are her thing.  Because of this, I don’t always like to give her clothes.  She has one of my first ever quilts (it’s a trainwreck. Trust me) and loads of zippy pouches.  But nothing as fabulous as the weekender bag.
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Initially, I wanted to make her a bag to take to work to replace the ratty old image011/12/27/some-christmas-gifts-part-1/”>laptop bag I made her a few years ago.  I forget how big the weekender is, and made it anyway.  A little too large to be a everyday work tote, but days she needs to bring along more, it will be great.

I used some of the last of my Alison Glass Lucky Penny prints.  I didn’t go the scrappy route on this one, but I did still quilt (and used duck instead of interfacing) It stood very nicely and had the structure needed to be a great looking bag.
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Thanks, Lindsay, for sending me some pictures.  Being the rock star blogger that I am, I gave it to her without taking a single picture of the finished bag!  Oops!

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Lots of Projects, Means Lots of Project Bags

As I mentioned in my last post, there has been a lot of knitting happening around here while we were adjusting to life with a new baby in the house.

But as any quilter/knitter understands: if you start another project, you need another bag.

So my biggest WIP right now is a blue sand cardigan…which is ginormous! So I needed a good sized bag to keep it in. It needed to be big enough for all the things I need for the sweater (extra yarn, notions, the sweater itself) but also small enough to travel with.

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I saw on Instagram that Happy Zombie had recently made an oversized box bag using a tutorial from sew it all tv. I modified the pattern as she did to make it large sized. (She has all the dimensions on her blog)

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It was the perfect size for everything I needed, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. And even better, I used some of my precious fabric and now I see it everyday instead of folded away!

Now to just get the sweater finished…..

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Catching Up On Some Knit Finishes

So I don’t always share knit projects around here.  After all this is a quilting blog.  But every once in a while I like to share a bunch of my knits. I feel like there has been a lot more knitting lately.  By the end of the day if I don’t have a quilt order that I have to work on, I just want to sit and knit. I’ll go ahead and blame that on two kids!

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These plain vanilla socks were my travel project since there was no pattern or anything. Yarn was some fingering from indie dyer Lynai Yarns. I love her yarns and am quite happy with my collection of her color ways!

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I started these socks May of 2012! I have no clue why they were on needles for so long. I love them and so happy they are done and in my sock drawer rotation now!

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I made Mr. Fox (small stole size) as a commissioned project. He turned out so adorable! The pattern was so well written, making him very enjoyable to knit up!

More info on all my knit work (yarn and patterns) can be found on my ravelry page

Later this week, when I can get out for pictures, I’ll share all about some new shawls I worked up for the fall. See, I told you my needles have been busy lately!

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Thank you to everyone who entered the Olfa Birthday Celebration giveaway! It was so funny to hear how most quilters started with scissors and templates for their first quilts and wouldn’t have ever made another if it wasn’t for the rotary cutter.

And welcome to all the new readers of KD-Quilts.  I hope to get to know you all.  So leave comments, hop on over to Instagram and chat!  I love to talk quilting and knitting, and love to make new friends in this awesome crafty community that we have!

Now onto our winner….

 

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Olfa’s Birthday Celebration!


Happy birthday, Olfa! #olfa35
The rotary cutter. This simple little tool was (and still is) a life changer. 35 years ago, the quilting world was rocked and things became much more simple and accurate thanks to that little circle blade.

When I made my first quilt, I didn’t know if I would be quilting long, so I didn’t want to invest in a rotary cutter. Instead, I made my rectangle cardboard template and cut each rectangle with a pair of scissors. Ugh! I’m thankful fabric doesn’t have to be cut that way today!

When the lovely folks at Olfa asked if I would like to help celebrate their birthday, I was ecstatic! Help celebrate 35 years of my favorite sewing tool? Of course!! Part of the birthday celebration includes some bloggers making a block inspired by the rotary cutter. I was inspired by the trimmings that it creates. I love a big pile of tiny little bits of fabric!

Using the frosted 6.5 inch ruler and my trusty rotary cutter, I cut one inch x six inch strips of fabric in the colors of the cutter:gray, black and yellow.
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The strips got randomly sewn together.

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Now as we quilters do, chop up the freshly sewn piece into more pieces and resew. Keep going until it’s the size you want, then trim square.

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Add a white border to the left and right, then top and bottom. I don’t measure strips, I just use scraps and trim down to my pieced square. I made my block 6.5 inches, but you can make this whatever size you want.

 

Now onto super exciting things……Olfa has offered to give away a surprise package similar to the one here. It’s not this exact set, but will still be wonderful!!

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::To enter::

*leave a comment telling me about cutting out your fist quilt.

*for a bonus entries, follow the blog, follow KD-Quilts on Facebook or Instagram and leave a separate comment for each place you follow.

Giveaway will remain open until 8pm Friday July, 25. Winner will be selected via random number and the winners information will be passed along to Olfa. Good luck!

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Summer Patchwork Series:a new all day bag for me

Today I’m over at Elison Lane talking about my new bag as part of her Summer Patchwork Series.

 

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Now that I have two kids, I need a lot of stuff when I head out for the day.  This just meant I needed to make a versitle, super large tote. I’ve tested it out, PERFECT for the beach!

I love that it can be cross body, or carried by the handles. The softer (not interfaced) patchwork top easily flops over or folds down if I want to be using the tote as a project bag. When it’s folded down it really opens the bag up to see what’s inside.

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So head over to Elison Lane for a little more on this bag. And while you are there be sure to check out all of the other inspiring patchwork projects in the series. There are some crazy talented ladies sharing their gorgeous projects! Thank you, Jennifer for having me!
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