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Economy Block Quilt backed in flannel


This past year I joined in an impromptu quilt-along that began on Instagram of friends and fellow quilters making economy block quilts. The economy block is an old one, and is pretty simple in its construction.


Far Far Away 2 + Hope Valley Economy Block Quilt

After playing around with the blocks, I found I liked making a variety of blocks that were both large and small, and by adding borders I could break up the regularity of the patterns. I also found this is a great way to fussy cut some patterns and feature some of the fabrics I’ve been holding onto for a while.

Flannel Economy Block Quilt Back

I backed the quilt in flannel (Folksy Flannel, designed by Anna Maria Horner) and as has become my norm, I used a bunch of scraps up in my quilt back. ¬†Although, technically this isn’t a quilt because I skipped the batting. Because the flannel and fabrics in the quilt top were heavier, this had enough weight without the batting.

Economy Block Quilt

I kept the machine quilting simple, and I’m slowly working on adding some perle cotton handstitching. I love how cozy this one turned out!

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Finished Half Square Triangle/Log Cabin Quilt

I’ve fallen a bit behind in blogging about my finished quilts this summer, but I wanted to keep a record of these finishes here. I’d guess I have at least 10 quilts I’ve finished that I haven’t blogged about– yikes! I’ll try to do some catching up.

Quilting detail on thr HST/LC quilt

Thanks for holding my quilt, tractor!

Wavy Quilting Lines

Do Good Stitches Log Cabin/Half Square Triangle Quilt

First up, I finished this quilt along with the help of the Love circle of the Do. Good Stitches charity bee. We usually send these quilts off to be distributed by the group Wrap them in Love, but this time I had a special request. My neighbor had been battling cancer, and I knew he was going into hospice care. I thought the quilt might lift his spirits, and the members of my bee agreed that this would be a good home for our quilt. Sadly he passed away just after I finished the quilt, but I know his family was very moved by the gift and continues to use the quilt.

July Quilt

July Quilt

Patchwork July Quilt Back

Next, I finished what I think of as my 4th of July quilt. I’m not usually into Americana, but there is something about the red and blue stars that I love. I also used one of my favorite ruler prints as a neutral in this quilt. It was good to get this one finished!

stacked coins quilt

stacked coins quilt back

My office mate at work was getting married this summer, and from the day that I hung a mini-quilt on our office wall she’s shown an interest in and appreciation for my quilting hobby. I made this simple stacked coins quilt for her and her new husband to enjoy. I used the colors from the Chicopee fabric line as my guide, and made each stack of coins centered around one color. I love simple quilts like this one, they are so enjoyable to put together.

stacked coins quilt

I have a few more finishes to share soon, including some quilts I recently wrapped up for the Lowell Quilt Festival. If you’re in the New England area you should consider checking it out– the Boston Modern Quilt Guild has an exhibit, and all the details can be found here. I’ll share some photos of those quilts once I go visit them in the show!

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Scrappy stars! For @jaceynotjc

Today is my birthday, and I’m trying to resist the birthday blues by taking the day off work and making myself a new bag. There are a couple of things that I wanted to share because I think they are amazing, and I hope you enjoy them too!

First up, this is by far the best use of Pinterest I have ever seen. Seriously, take a minute to check it out.

Second, I’ve been in love with this song and music video for the last few months. I could watch it every day. WordPress is being tricky and won’t allow me to embed the video, but this link will take you to youtube to watch it. Trust me, it’s a good decision!

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As many of you know, google reader is slated to be shut down in a few months! Oh no! I love reader, but will have to adapt with the times. There are a number of other blog-following platforms available, and many of my friends have been switching over to bloglovin. I’m planning to check it out, and in the meantime, you can click here to follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Simon on my FMF quilt

Thank you all so much for your comments on my color card giveaway post! It has been great to get to know a little more about some of you, and I love visiting new blogs! I’m still a bit behind on replying to the comments, but bear with me, I’ll get there eventually!

I wish I could have given you all a color card, but alas, I only have 1 extra. To help me in choosing a winner, I consulted random.org, who provided me with number 49… Toni! Toni has some gorgeous quilts and projects over on her blog, you should check it out if you have a chance! Toni, I’ll be emailing you shortly about your prize.

Simon and the quilt

(Simon likes to help break in all the quilts around here.)

Simon in his quilt nest

Simon sleeping on the quilt

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Count me in!

I am so excited to say that I’ve made plans to go to the Sewing Summit this fall! The more I heard about this conference, the more I wanted to go. I decided to make it happen, and I’m so excited to meet some of my bloggy friends there!

The Sewing Summit

Are any of you planning to go? Let me know, I’d love to meet up!

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Mom's pillow shams

Ok, it’s taken me a little while to get to posting about it, but I made these pillow shams last month for my mom for mother’s day. I wanted something that would fit well with her stacks of books quilt, so I picked out many of the same solid fabrics I used in the quilt to make up the shams. (Also, about 2.5 seconds after she opened the quilt at Christmas, she said, “ooh! Now I need matching shams!” so I had been planning to make these for a while.)

Books and shams

A few weeks after I gave them to my mom, I was visiting my parents and was able to take some pictures of them in their new home. My mom and sister helped me make up the bed, and they couldn’t help but add some real books to complement the quilt and shams!

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Bibs and Books

baby bib with blue tie

A friend of mine had a baby a few weeks ago, and I wanted a little something to give to her to celebrate. I decided bibs would be functional and cute, so I made these up in an afternoon.

bibs backed in terry cloth

I didn’t follow a pattern, I just made a shape I liked and went for it. I backed the bibs in a soft terry cloth so they’ll be comfy and easy to wash. I’m happy with how they turned out, I may have to make more in the future!

Baby bibs

Simon and I have been going for a lot of hikes now that it’s nicer out! He was really worn out the other day when we got home– he fell asleep under the table with his head on the chair leg. I can’t imagine that this was comfortable, but he slept like this for a while!

Simon asleep under the table

Also, I got completely hooked by the hunger games books this past week. Luckily, my friend Jen owns the books and was able to lend them to me, and I charged through until I finished! I love reading, and I’m always looking for the next great book to read– have any of you read anything good soon? I love getting recommendations!

book obsessed

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Single Girl Quilt Along!

Single Girl Quilt Pattern

I was very excited to see the announcement on Nova’s blog a few weeks ago that she (along with Megan and Katy) are starting a Single Girl Quilt Along!. They even started a group on flickr where those of us undertaking this project can find some support. The Single Girl Quilt is made from a pattern written by Denyse Schmidt (one of my favorite designers), and involves lots of tiny fabric squares being cut and pieced along an arch to form rings that make up the quilt. It’s a daunting task, which is why it’s so wonderful to have such great support! Already I’ve read some great tips from the flickr group.

Single Girl Quilt Along button sometimes...

I’m hoping to make a queen sized quilt for our bed– I figured if I’m going to try this intimidating pattern, I want to do it right and go for it! I think that if I can get through it (and I’m definitely planning on it!), it will be a quilt that we’ll use on our bed for a long, long time to come.

Single Girl Quilt Fabric

For the quilt, I chose the green and blue fabrics from the Hope Valley line by Denyse Schmidt. I realized they needed a little rounding out, so I added a number of blues, greens, and yellows from Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow line of fabric. The colors play together so well! Finally, I realized that I had a couple of Amy Butler prints from her Midwest Modern line that looked so good with my stack of fabric, so I threw them in there to bring me up to the 36 (!) required fabrics for the quilt. I prewashed all the fabrics– something I don’t normally do, but I didn’t want to put so much time into this quilt and then have those dark blues run at all in the wash. So I bit the bullet and threw them all in the washer.

Prewashed all the Single Girl Fabric

I cut out my templates and started cutting fabric, and I can’t wait to see things come together! Stay tuned, I am aiming to have some in-progress shots next week!

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