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DS dresdens

 

Well, it’s true what they say, that first year on the tenure-track is a doozy! The reason behind my lack of activity here is that work required quite a bit of focus over the last year. But I’ve still been sewing, and I’d like to try to catch up on sharing some of this work over the summer!
DS dresden quilt

First up is my dresden quilt which I finished hand quilting this winter. Instagram tells me I pulled the fabric for this quilt 90(!) weeks ago. I went through and found all of my Denyse Schmidt fabric, because I have been in love with her designs from day one, and have managed to amass quite a collection!

 DS dresden quilt

I wanted to play with color combinations by creating dresdens in a range of colorways. Some had a more limited palate, whereas others combined a bunch of colors. I left one dresden composed of all neutral fabrics, and included some “missing pieces” of neutral fabrics in the surrounding dresdens. There are even a couple of rainbow dresdens that I snuck in for good measure.

DS dresden quilt

Each dresden was machine appliqued to a background square composed of mixed neutral fabrics. One of the reasons this quilt took me a while (besides the size) was stitching up all the little pieces that make up the background blocks.

DS dresden quilt

The blocks were sewn into rows and then joined. I machine quilted in the ditch along the long rows before adding hand quilting around each dresden, as well as in the hexagons that I added to the middle of each dresden plate.

DS dresden quilt back

For the back, I continued with the theme, and chose fabrics in a range of colors from my DS stash. Each strip was cut selvedge to selvedge, and I added a gray row in the middle to make it big enough (I think the quilt top is around 85 inches square).

Hand quilting my DS dresden quilt

It took most of the winter to get the quilting done, but I am so glad with how it turned out. It is a very heavy quilt, due to the many layers of fabric, and it will be back on our bed when the fall returns.

DS dresdens in the woods
 

 

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wonky pinwheel quilt

I have been meaning to blog about this quilt for-EVER! I have to admit, I’ve had this done for a little while, I just have had my focus on work and family and traveling lately, and never seemed to find a minute to write about this quilt! And– I have to admit– when I would have a minute, I’d use it to sew.

wonky pinwheel quilt finished

This quilt was my own design, and I shared a tutorial for the blocks here on my blog. The lovely members of the Love circle of Do. Good Stitches all sent me these blocks, and as you can see, they did such a great job! You really can’t tell where one block begins and another ends, which is exactly what I was going for.

wonky pinwheel quilt scrappy binding

I also found that the mixed neutrals in the background really helped keep the quilt cohesive. I’m loving mixed neutrals lately!

wonky pinwheel quilt back

Although it will be hard to part with, this quilt is off to Wrap Them In Love. I’ll have to make another with my scraps to live at my house!

wonky pinwheel quilt

I was also *so* lucky to be able to meet some of my fellow bee members at the QuiltCon conference in Austin last month. We had a lovely breakfast, and I am so happy to be part of this group. If you’re thinking about joining a bee that makes quilts for charity, you can find more info about this particular organization here. I’m already looking forward to getting my blocks in the mail this month for my next quilt for the group!

Do Good Stitches Love Circle at Quiltcon

{From L to R: Ara Jane, Me, Kristan, Rachel, Jacey}

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Simple voile patchwork

I’ve been dreaming of making an all voile quilt for a while now, especially since I have been sitting on a stack of gorgeous Anna Maria Horner voile. For the longest time I mulled over what would be the best pattern for this quilt, and it occurred to me last weekend– with fabric this gorgeous, I want to just highlight the prints and colors, and a simple patchwork would be best.

voile patchwork quilt top

As soon as I decided on this, I got to ironing and cutting my fabric, and within a couple of days I had this pulled together!

volie patchwork quilt top

Now the big questions are– should I back it with voile, or with flannel? All voile front and back would be so luxurious, though the flannel/voile combo is soft and cozy! Also, hand quilt or machine quilt?? I love the idea of using perle cotton in different colors and using running stitches along the length of the quilt, though machine quilting would be so sturdy and fast.

Finished voile quilt top

What would you do? Flannel or voile back? Hand or machine quilted? Help me decide!

voile quilt top from behind

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Justin's half square triangle quilt

Wow, time has been flying by this Winter! We had a great break, and were able to take a long road trip to visit family. Before Christmas, I was sewing like mad to get all my hand made gifts done in time. I barely got it all done– had to finish some binding on the road! But it was totally worth it to be able to give the gifts I made to my family.

Detail of Justin's quilt

There was one in particular that I was so happy to make this year– a quilt for my wonderful husband.

A long view of Justin's quilt

Although we have a number of quilts around the house, Justin would jokingly say that I had never made a quilt for him. I knew I needed to remedy this, so while he was at work I pieced the quilt top and back, basted and quilted the quilt, and hand finished the binding– all in the course of one week! I was careful not to let him see the quilt pieces so he wouldn’t know this was coming.

quilt back

I decided to make a quilt using solid fabrics in a half-square triangle design. To add a little visual interest, I also sewed some log cabin blocks that became half square triangles to sprinkle into the quilt top. I used my left over log cabins in the back of the quilt, and I love that it is reversible. I had seen some really gorgeous HST quilts in the last year, and I really wanted to make one myself.

Justin's half square triangle quilt

I love to see Justin using the quilt, and I’m happy it’s sticking around our house. One of the perks of sewing for your family!

Justin's new quilt

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a quilt with a view

I have been waiting a *long* time to share this quilt top, so warning– there are a lot of pictures in this post!

single girl 1

I started the Single Girl quilt (pattern by Denyse Schmidt) with the Single Girl Quilt Along, which started quite a bit ago– as I look back at the group, it looks as though it’s been 20(!) months. This is definitely the longest it’s taken me to finish a quilt top! I don’t think I really knew what I was getting myself into when I decided to make this as a queen sized quilt for our bed. Now that the quilt top is done, I’m soooo glad I did it, but I likely won’t make another, at least not this size!

single girl 2

After finishing the quilt top, I knew I wanted to take it somewhere special to take some photos, and the perfect opportunity presented itself shortly after our move to Boston. We headed out one evening to climb Mount Wachusett, and since finishing this quilt top felt a bit like climbing a mountain, I thought I’d schlep it up there with me.

single girl in the wind

The light was perfect, and the top of the mountain gave us the most amazing views. It was a bit windy, and I think I put my quilt holders to the test, especially as I kept directing them to “just ONE MORE spot” for photos. Thanks so much to my mom, Justin, and Liv for putting up with me!

quilt and tower

At the top of the mountain there are 360 degree views, and an industrial looking tower that was just gorgeous, and provided a nice platform for holding the quilt.

tower supports

windmills

There were also a bunch of grasshoppers hanging around, and we spotted a frog lounging in the pond on top of the mountain.

cricket

frog in the pond

grasshopper

Simon loves hiking and climbing, and he stayed a few steps ahead of us all on the way up and down.

Simon

As you can see, he’s a very fashionable dog, with cans of dog food on his collar. He loves his wet food!

Simon's dog food collar

I just couldn’t help myself, and took about a million pictures. There was something so ethereal about a night like this, with the light just right, hanging out on top of a mountain with family and a new favorite quilt.

single girl 1

single girl 6

Call me crazy, but I’m planning to hand quilt this beast over the winter. I’m almost done hand quilting my lap quilt, and I am loving how slow and deliberate it is to quilt by hand. Plus, I think I will back this one in voile, which I have found makes for VERY pleasant hand quilting. I managed to snag some from Pink Castle Fabric for a great price before it sold out, and I’m so glad I did– if you ever have a chance to hand quilt with voile, do it!!

single girl closeup

I’m sure I’ll be sharing some process pics as I work on this over the next few months. I’m so glad it’s finally ready to quilt!! It took more patience than any other project I’ve attempted, but it was well worth it, and I can’t wait to put this on our bed in the spring!

single girl on the rocks

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Front and Back of my new quilt

Things have been quiet on my blog for the last few weeks because J, Simon and I were busy packing up our lives in Ann Arbor and making the move to Boston. Leaving Ann Arbor was bittersweet for us, because while we were excited to move on to the next steps in our lives, we really, really loved living in Ann Arbor. Not only was it a great little town, we were lucky to make some amazing friends while we were there.

A closeup of the blocks

For me, leaving the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild (or A2MQG) was something I dreaded. I found such a home there, both within the guild, where I was constantly and generously inspired by my fellow members, and within the individual friendships that grew out of a shared love of fabric and sewing. So you can imagine the emotion I was feeling when I was surprised with the most amazing gift just before our move– my friends had coordinated the guild to have members contribute blocks made from Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy fabric (so generously donated by Brenda from her shop scraps– and I use the term scraps lightly, as you can see this is a formidable amount of fabric!), and put together a quilt for me to take with me on my move. I also appreciated the other fabrics that made their way into this quilt; Brenda added a bit of hope valley as she knows how much I love it. Emily added some DS quilts fabric, and Rossie and Dorie added some original Flea Market Fancy, which was such a sweet addition!

Quilt by the A2MQG

When I opened the box, I was speechless. Well, I may have actually said “are you fucking kidding me?!?!!” which was meant to convey how surprised and floored I was by this gift. It could not possibly be more perfect. And the more I learned about the quilt, the more I knew I will treasure it forever.

My new quilt made by the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild

My dear friend Anna set up a flickr group to coordinate the block making, and a number of members of the guild took time to make blocks. Emily took the time to quilt it, and Anna hand finished the binding. Jenna’s contribution takes the cake– she hand stitched the label, which is our A2MQG logo. Look at those french knots on the trees! Brilliant, and so unexpected. It really completes the quilt, and puts all other quilt labels to shame.

Best Quilt Label Ever.

I want to thank the entire guild, and every person that contributed to this quilt:
Anna, Emily, Brenda, Ashley, Rossie, Dorie, Jen, Lynn, Jenna, Ronit, and Ginia
You guys are amazing, and I can’t begin to thank you enough for this amazing gift.

The back of my A2MQG quilt

I couldn’t bear to take it out of my sight as we packed up and left Ann Arbor, and it rode next to me in the car on our way to Boston. I still can’t believe it– no one has ever made me a quilt before, and I know exactly how much time and energy it takes to make such a meaningful gift. It makes the transition to a new town a little less scary, as I can see in front of me what great friends I have every time I look at my quilt. Thank you all, so, so much.

My new quilt

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Ocean Quilt

I was commissioned to make this quilt last year, and although I find I say this often, this is one of my favorites!

Ocean Quilt

The design was my own, and was meant to be reminiscent of the ocean. I used prints from Denyse Schmidt’s hope valley line of fabrics paired with solids. I wanted the various sized squares to give the quilt top some movement, and I quilted it with wavy lines meant to invoke– what else?– waves!

Ocean Quilt on the rail

I kept the back simple, with just a few larger blue squares. I am glad, because it kept the back calm and complemented how busy the front was!

Ocean Quilt Back

I had to send this quilt off to its new home just as I finished it, and I have found I keep thinking about this one– I would love to make another someday!

Ocean Quilt Folded up

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