Friday, February 16, 2018

Sidekick Tote ++ Echino Version

I have been getting my packing list together for QuiltCon next week and was looking to pick out a purse to bring. I wanted a shoulder bag that was big enough to carry my essentials for the day.

I was originally planning on bringing my old Sidekick Tote by Noodlehead, which I made back in 2015 (see below). Upon closer inspection I found that I had loved it to death. The tote was stained and I had actually worn through the fabric in some places.

I decided I needed to make a new bag and since I loved the Sidekick Tote so much, I made a new version.
I had some Echino linen prints that I had been saving hording since I bought them at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin. The main part of the bag is a mostly black linen Echino print with small, bright pink birds on it.

For the pocket, I played around with a few options and came up with a mint colored Echino linen print with bright pink bias trim and a few other, more tame options. Both my husband and others voted for the more tame fabrics, but I thought the bright pink was too fun to pass up.

Anna's instructions are wonderful and got me through the whole process with minimal frustration and use of the seam ripper. I even did the zipper and magnetic snaps done correctly the first time :)

New for making the bag this time was my choice of interfacing. Last time I used a combination of Pellon 808 and Pellon fusible fleece which gave the bag a good structure (which I liked), but it did seem to make the fabric stiff and crinkly in places.

For this time around, I used some of the Soft and Stable from byAnnie and it was awesome! It was flexible, easy to work, and gives the bag such structure while leaving it very soft. It will be my go-to interfacing from now on.

I am loving my new fun and bright purse and am proudly using it at work and around town. I hope to meet as many of you as I can at QuiltCon :)

I am linking up to Link a Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday, Finish It Up Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Sewjo @ My Go Go Life, and Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Meadow Mist Designs ++ Made By You ++ February Edition

I love seeing the quilts made with Meadow Mist Designs patterns!  Here are just a few that have been floating around blogland / Instagram recently.

Have you made a MMD pattern?  I would love to see it!  Please send me a picture at meadowmistdesigns at gmail dot com. (All pictures used with permission, and some links are affiliate links.)

Hayley from MooBird Stitches

Hayley recently showed off her completed Midnight Mystery Quilt and I love how she was able to make the quilt so scrappy and yet at the same time so cohesive (I am lacking in this skill so when I see scrappy done well, I am in awe!). She finished the quilt with straight horizontal line quilting that adds great texture in the background fabric.

You can see all of more of Hayley's projects on her blog and on Instagram.

Photograph by Hayley

Photograph by Hayley

Huong made wonderful versions of two of my patterns, State of Being and Half Circle Mirror

On State of Being, Huong said "I’d like to share some background information on the color choice for the State of Being quilt. I made the quilt for my daughter’s coworker with the fabrics that she bought with her Mom, they had intended to make a quilt together, but sadly, her Mom passed before they got around to make one, and your pattern is perfect with what she had handed over, it worked out well because there wasn’t much yardage left when it’s all done, I used whatever remain on the binding. I added the butterflies and one rose embroideries because they are her mom’s favorites."

The quilt is beautiful, with its soft gradient and better embroidery. 
Photograph by Huong

For Half Circle Mirror, Huong used a great color palette making the center column stand out with a great orange color. I can't wait to see how she decides to finish the quilt!

You can visit Huong on Instagram.

Photograph by Huong

I saw Erin's baby version of Broken Frames on Instagram and I fell in love with the prints combined with the green framing fabric (along with the pieced back)!  A lucky boy will be the recipient of this quilt.

You can see all of Erin's latest finishes on her blog and on Instagram.

Photograph by Erin

       Photograph by Erin

Many thanks to Hayley, Huong, and Erin for permission to highlight your quilts!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Joel Dewberry Charity Quilt

As part of the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild, we make philanthropy quilts with members making blocks, making quilt tops, and/or quilting the quilts for various charities.  I did not make this quilt top  but offered to quilt and bind it. 

Charity quilts are wonderful quilts to practice new quilting and binding techniques. It is a win for the quilter to practice a skill and a win for the guild to have some of the quilt tops finished into quilts.

This quilt used some large pieces of Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for FreeSpirit fabrics.  The bold yellow and reds of the large scale prints are fabulous in this line.

For the quilting design, I quilted a a curl and then surrounded it with two tear drop shapes.  It was a larger design so the quilting went well, but I found it difficult to keep the spacing of the quilting lines even over the quilt top.

For the quilting thread I went with an Aurifil gold thread in a 40 wt (versus my usual 50 wt).  This is a little thicker yarn which helped the quilting stand out a little more.

When it came time to bind the quilt, I was between an almost black print and a magenta print.  The black print was the winner because I thought that it framed the bright colors better.

I finished the lap sized quilt and turned it into the philanthropy group of my quilt guild where it went off to a good home at Safe Haven (a local shelter for women and their children).

I am linking up with Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts and
Finish it Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Reminder - Quilt Pictures due for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt in 1 Week

Just a quick reminder...if you took part in the Magnolia Mystery quilt, pictures of quilt tops and/or finished quilts are due to me in one week to be eligible for prizes and to be in the big reveal parade.

Photos can be e-mailed to and they need to be received by midnight on Thursday, February 15th.

We are going to have 31 winners (combined prize value of over $1,000!) so be sure to get your picture submitted.  If you have any questions, you can leave them in a comment below and check out the parade/prize FAQ here.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book ++ It's Here!

At long last, Paige and my book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts has been published!

Want a quick flip through the book?  Here is a short Instagram video of the book pages...

The book is now available in hardcopy at:

You can also get a digital version at:

Book Hop

Kicking off on Monday, March 12th will be the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop, we have 40+ bloggers joining us!  Each of the bloggers will be sharing a version of a book quilt they made and there will be prizes for each day of the 10 day hop.  I hope that you will follow along!

Plus Sign Sampler Quilt Along

In addition, this summer I (along with Paige) will be hosting a Plus Sign Sampler quilt along!  The quilt along will be run just like my annual mystery quilts with monthly instructions and quilters sharing in the Facebook Group and on Instagram.  The quilt will contain blocks from almost every pattern from the book, so you will need your Modern Plus Sign Quilts book to join in.  We are excited to sew up the quilt in preparation for the quilt along!