Modern Maples Fall Quilt

The leaves here seemed to show off their colors and start to fall overnight.  So of course the stunning leaves had reminded me that I haven’t shown you all my maple leaves quilt yet!  (I did show off some pictures of the finished top over on Instagram!)


I used the modern maples pattern by Hey Porkchop. I made the throw version, with adding a few more leaves and making my own layout. The throw version is a free pattern on interweaves website.


I had a bundle of Hope Valley and have been holding onto it for a fall quilt for six years now.  This year, I knew I have waited for my fall quilt long enough!

I quilted it will all over loops to (maybe) resemble fall wind and the path the leaves take.

I don’t know if it was because I was making this quilt, but it seemed like a lot of people were making  modern maples quilt this year. It has made a revival of sorts!  As it well should since this is the perfect fall quilt pattern.



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Best “Around the House” Shorts EVER

I’m sure,dear reader, that you have already seen the City Gym Shorts by Purl SoHo.  You’ve probably seen them a lot.  Like everywhere.  And  there is a reason for that, believe me.

I finally sewed up a pair for myself.  I had a little time, in between projects, and wanted to make something fast for myself.  With just a little fabric, and about an hour of my time, I created my most favorite around the house shorts ever!  Comfy, cute, can’t go wrong!
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Super awkward trying to get a picture of them on with no other photographer around.  I debated even putting seemingly random pictures of my legs on the internet, but here they are.

I was so pleased with my shorts that I immediately made another pair!  My uncle had passed away a few years ago and everyone got one of his giant hawaiian shirts.  Obviously, not being worn, it has been sitting in the back of my sewing closet since I got it.  I was waiting for something to sew it into.  Well, duh!  There was more than enough material for a pair of shorts.  Perfect for wearing to the beach!

And another awkward leg picture:



So if you haven’t made a pair of these super comfy shorts, I totally recommend that you do!  Even with the sweater weather upon us, they are perfect for inside paired with a hoodie!

And if you are wondering (I was) yes, these can be made with regular quilting cotton.  I used Pam Kitty print and some Kona for the back of my first pair.  They are still so soft, comfortable and aren’t rigid at all!  So no fancy substrates required!

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Beach Bee Quilt…aka: My Allison Glass Crazy Improv Quilt

My chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild recently held a fun challenge of sorts.  Each participating member made 12 identical blocks, and then swapped them with 11 members to get a set of 12 different blocks.  The only requirements were the finished block was 12.5 inches and had to have a piece of Alison Glass’ Field Day print Spent inside.

This was my block:



No offense to sampler quilts.  Some people put together AMAZINGLY gorgeous sampler quilts….I saw quite a few at our guild beach bee reveal!  Personally, they aren’t my thing. And since I loved so many of the blocks that were made in this swap, I really wanted a quilt that I would use and love.

So with a sampler style quilt out, and stuck for a true plan, I just cut. Then sewed, then cut and sewed and just went at it with no plan at all.  I was just sewing and it was SO NICE!


For the quilting, I ended up going with my most favorite swirled FMQ design.


I had all of my Alison Glass collection in one bucket and just pulled prints and figured out how to fit them in.  It really was great fun!20150916_202815190_iOS

The quilt is backed with a soft gray flannel.  My new obsession when it comes to quilt backs.  It makes them so snuggly and warm!  With the bonus of not being too terribly fussy to quilt with!


I may have used up almost all of my Alison Glass collection piecing this quilt together, but let me tell you, it was SO worth it!  This quilt (which has the colors of my house so beautifully arranged) has been a constant quilt on the couch and loved by my family!

Thank you members of the VBMQG who were in my group for their lovely workmanship and the creativity that was put into these blocks.  It is one of my favorite  quilts in my collection!

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A New House Means New Placemats (….and pillows and quilts…..)

My family and I recently bought a new house and moved.  We stayed in the same city, just to a bigger house down the street.  As with any move, once the boxes are all unpacked it iss time for new stuff.  New decorations, new paint, new pilows, quilts and placemats.  (so far the pillows have yet to be made)

My old house was very warm.  Browns, orange, beige, lots of wrought iron.  This house will be the opposite.  It’s going to be me: gray, purple, teal and white….insert happy dance!


(This crazy linoleum floor is getting replaced this winter.  I. Can’t. Wait.)

So my old cream, brown polka dot, Kate Spade Central Park placemats weren’t going to go with my new interior at all.  This was actually one of my first priorities.  I wanted something simple, yet awesome for everyday use.  I had just finished my Flying Geese quilt (also conveniently done in my new colors so it can be on the couch all the time) so I opted for more flying geese.  This simplicity of the one row was exactly what I was wanting.  And chambray.  Is there ever a time where you can wrong with chambray for every day use?!


This place is starting to really feel like my home.  I still have a lot more work I want to get done, but it has already come a long way. Did I mention that this living room was a country blue and the kitchen was a salmon pink when we moved in?  That might be comforting to some people, but it was not my personal style.

And while we are here, I need to show off the tile (glass and stone) backsplash that we put up.  The first weekend in our new house (like 24 hours after getting the keys) the kitchen became purple (a huge thanks to my MIL) and we put up the backsplash!  Things almost never go this timely but thankfully this time they did.  And guess what, the backsplash, it was easy to do!  But that’s another story for another blog.20150622_231631883_iOS

Now I’ve completed another quilt that “fits” into my new living room well. I’ll share that with you all next week. So the placemats are done, quilts are done, now I just need some new pillows for downstairs! Home sweet home.



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Sweater Weather Will Soon Be Here…I Hope


Sweaters are one of my favorite things.  I’ve knit a few, and luckily, they have all come out amazing.  Maybe it’s beginners luck, or maybe it’s picking really good patterns.  My antarorse sweater is one of my most worn in my closet, and it always amazes me that I made it!

Erin, of This Bird Knits, asked me to test knit an upcoming sweater pattern….how exciting!  It was released last week, so I can finally show off my new sweater finish!


The pattern is the Siggy Sweater, found on Ravelry in This Bird Knits’ page. Don’t you love the yarn over “holes” along the cuff and bottom.  And then again around the arms.  Fabulous detailing!


The fit is perfect too!  Fitted, yet cozy.  I cannot wait to wear it!  The first sweater weather day we have, I know what I’ll be wearing.  And hopefully it is sooner rather than later!  Now back to knitting all the things for fall!!

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It’s Bigger on the Inside

Summer TV is awful.  As mom of two very small children, TV is what our exciting evenings consist of since we obviously need to be home by 8 for bedtime.  Since summer TV is not my thing, we exhaust the Netflix catalogue during the summer.  Last year we somehow got sucked into Dr. Who and surprisingly found it worthy TV for our summer nights.  While I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t consider myself a fan.  I don’t have any memorabilia, I couldn’t even tell you all the doctors.  However, there’s something about that tardis.

Fast forward a year to this summer.  I was doing a birthday swap with someone on Instagram who is a giant Dr.Who fan.  Of course I instantly thought of that tardis pattern that is insanely popular (found on craftsy as a free download)   I’m fairly confident with my paper piecing skills, but have never done really small pieces or anything intricate.


This pattern was a fabulous exercise in working with small pieces in a pattern!  I feel much more confidant in my skills now that I made this.  It’s far from perfect, but I did my best and am pretty proud of it!  (And the recipient likes it so much, she’s hanging it on her wall!)


Now I’m wanting to paper piece all the things. My new printer will be getting out to good use, that’s for sure!

What are your favorite paper pieced patterns?


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Springtime Really Means a New Quilt

This spring I was really wanting a new quilt.  I wanted it to just be spring: flowers, springy colors, just spring.

Lottie Da Half Moon Bay

I knew I wanted this quilt to look like flowers without being too literal.  I was sketching away for days when I remembered the Half Moon Bay pattern from John Adam’s book: Beyond Neutral.  This would be a perfect flower, but not really flower pattern to use!

I also decided to use up some of the good stuff too.  I hesitantly cut up my Lottie Da collection by Heather Bailey.  Really people, after you make that first cut into the good stuff, it really is a lot of fun to use the favorites!  I think because I used some precious favorites, the quilt is much more loved and used often!

Close up of the quilting

I quilted spiral flowers in all of the gray and a back and forth continuous line in the prints using a variegated Aurifil that was a greenish gray to white.  Perfect for this quilt!  I knew I was hoarding that spool for a reason!

Half Moon Bay front and back

This dark gray (don’t know where from) that I had was PERFECT for the back of the quilt!

Quilt Close up
I love how all of the gray reminds me of the gray rain and the bright flowers.  It all just feels so springlike to me….which was exactly what I was going for.  So, mission completed!

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Benartex Burlap Brights Blog Hop

Hi! For those of you stopping by from Benartex, welcome!  (And welcome back to everyone else).  I’ve been blogging here for the past four years and using it as a way to share and record my finished quilts with the occasional tutorial, and pattern!


I was given a bundle of Benartex’s new solids: Burlap Brights. They have a printed texture to resemble burlap, but are still super bright.  When I was working with them, I kept thinking how awesome the green and blue would be as grass and water or sky in an art quilt.  I don’t make art quilts, but now I kinda want to!

The bundle that I received was very rainbow with all the Roygbiv present.  So I really wanted to do something rainbow, without being too rainbow.

image Then the thought of a pineapple block hit me, and I knew that’s what I needed to create with this bundle!

To make your own Burlap Brights Pineapple Rainbow

1 FQ bundle of Burlap Brights (you will have lots left over.  Always a bonus!)

white scraps

the pineapple foundation paper piecing pattern

This isn’t a full paper piecing tutorial, but more of a paper piecing crash course or refresher.

Tape together the pattern.  I tape where I won’t see over it, and then cut off the extra paper so it doesn’t get in the way.

imageFlip your paper over and lay piece one over piece two, fabric right sides together.

Holding these papers in place, flip back over and sew down the printed line between one and two.


Keep repeating this flip to the back of the paper, align fabrics right sides together, flip over and sew down the line.

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Make sure your fabrics cross over the line at least 1/4 inch. I let my fabric be way too big and then once I get I bunch sewn down, I start trimming down 1/4 from the seam.


When you’re all finished, you get the fun task of ripping out all the papers!  Finished block is 12 inch square.

Do you want to win your own FQ Bundle??

The amazing folks at Benartex are giving away a FQ bundle of their burlap brights (and they are giving away one at each post of the blog hop!)

to enter:

head over to Sew in Love with Fabric and sign up to follow their blog by email or blog reader. Then leave me a comment letting me know that you did so. For a second chance to win, follow Benartex on Facebook ( and leave a comment letting me know. The giveaway will remain open through Friday May 21.

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Something Special

As a quilter, it’s easy to get caught up in making another quilt. Man other quilt for a bed, for the quilt shelf, for the sofa, just because you need to make.  But every once in a while, the need for something special arises.  And you realizethat what you do is not just making another quilt, but really sending a hug and comfort.

We recently had a death in the family and I knew my step mom would be needing a few extra hugs. And as a quilter, a quilt would be a wonderful way to leave her with some extra comfort.

Patchwork and Stars by KD-Quilts

I had a few (hoarded) charm packs of botany that would be perfect for this project.  I wanted a garden theme, that wasn’t too flowery.

Patchwork and stars

I quilted flowers all over the patchwork squares.  I wanted the stars to stand out do they got pebbles (my favorite to quilt!)

Matching quilt back

Lucky for me, Joanns had the best coral kona to back this quilt. This was also the second quilt I ever labeled.  Now I think (again) that I really should label all my quilts and not rely on just my blog to remember when I made each quilt!

I was so happy to pass along this quilt.  I hope it brings comfort during a difficult time, as quilts should.

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