A Different Sort of Quilt

I have kept up with my middle school math teacher and volleyball coach via Facebook.  (It was a super small, close knit school community) I’ve made a few memory quilts for her in the past, but this recent project was a different sort of quilt.

Her eighth grade class that she teaches just finished reading the book Night by Elie Wiesel.  In case you are unfamiliar with the book, it is a memoir about his experience in Nazi concentration camps.  I have not personally read the book, but plan to now!

The assignment was for the students to create two quilt blocks, one with a picture about some aspect of the book and a second with a quote in the book that stood out to them.  I then pieced these together making a quilt for the classroom.

I had sparsely quilted around the blocks, as to not take away from the children’s work. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I absolutely love this idea for a class project!

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For the Love of Solids

I was recently asked to make a quilt from the book For the Love of Solids.  She was in love wth this quilt, with some slight color variations.  We spent a few days finding the perfect colors to fit the quilt and her style, thank you Kona color card!image

I had suggested we quilt it with either all straight lines or some pebbling and swirls.  We ended up going with straight lines and I think that was the perfect choice for this quilt!image This is the second quilt I’ve ever made with only solids.  I don’t know why I don’t make more solid quilts.  They always look so nice!!

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This quilt had colors way different than my normal jewel tones purple quilts, but I absolutely love it all the same.  It had a modernly traditional feel to it and I think it will fit in at its new home nicely!

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Christmas Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!!

Hi all! The super wonderful people at Benartex invited me to be part of their Christmas Blog Hop. They have some fabulous Christmas lines and always have some great bloggers in their hop!

I am sharing how to make a super easy patchwork apron. Great for people who aren’t garment sewers as there is no pattern, and uses a lot of quilty skills! Plus, with the fabric listed, you will have enough left over to make a child size too!

Patchwork Apron Tutorial by KD-Quilts

 

Benartex is giving away a bundle of Frosty Friends, the fabric line I used in the apron, to a lucky reader.  To enter:

Leave a comment with what your favorite Christmas cookie is.

Gain a bonus entry letting me know you follow KD-Quilts!

**Must be 18 or older and a follower of Benartex fabric to win.**

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Handmade Holidays Inspiration

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Hi all! Just wanted to drop in and let you all know that I am guest posting on Ellison Lane’s Handmade Holiday Inspiration series today. I’m sharing a super quick, scrappy bookmark tutorial. Great quick gift add on for the reader on your list!

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Be sure to check it out, not just to check out my awesome bookmarks, but to get lots of gift ideas and enter the phenomenal giveaway!!

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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!)

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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.

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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:
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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:

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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!

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

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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!

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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!

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(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?!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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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