Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Mail!

Kona colour card...oh how I have pined for you!
 I entered a giveaway that was sponsored by Sew Fresh Fabrics & I won! Woot! After a long stay within the postal system, my package has arrived. A colour card & some Dewberry prints I can't get enough of. Awesomesauce! Now the fun begins...matching up all the fabrics I have with Kona solids! I have a feeling that more solids will be popping up in my quilts...

I can't wait til my grass actually is that colour!

Some more Modern Meadow... part of my giveaway win! (Artichoke & Deep Rose in Kona colours!)

Also had this Spring Street fabric come in was a great mail day!

 Spring Street fabric was purchased from Uberstitch on Etsy...the last prints I was waiting for to start a quilt with my 9 year old niece. I'm helping her make her first quilt ever for her new sibling. She's fresh out of an ultrasound trip and will be ready to get started I think! :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mug Rug

Mug Rug by twelfthzodiac
Mug Rug a photo by twelfthzodiac on Flickr.
Trying out the latest craze, mug rugs. A little placemat for your drink & a snack. I could have added a cream egg to the photo, if I hadn't eaten it while I made the mug rug. You get the idea anyway....

I made up two of these & a regular sized coaster in a new method for me, 'quilt as you go'. It's a quick way of using up little strips like this, I will do more!

Monday, March 21, 2011

table runner beginnings

table runner beginnings by twelfthzodiac
table runner beginnings a photo by twelfthzodiac on Flickr.
A tiny peek at how this project is coming along...I'm surprised at how quickly things are materializing now that I finally figured out what type of pattern to use!
I'll keep ya posted ;)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Modern Meadow fat quarters!

These will be used to make a commissioned table runner :) I puffy heart them!
You will see more creations from this line as I have been hoarding it to make a quilt for myself!

Hushabye, Little Girly

 Hushabye Front by twelfthzodiac
Hushabye Front a photo by twelfthzodiac on Flickr.

Washed this one up today! It's a small one... 27" x 40" - a great size for carrying around on the go!                                                                       

The back...tried out a zig zag...I like it!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Couldn't resist...

It's such a nice day out (above freezing ~yay!) that I had to take a couple few more photos of this quilt.

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Quilt for a Friend

It is finished!

The front

Random blocks on the 'back'

This quilt started life as a sheet set. Add in a few prints here & there, quilt & bind... presto- a new quilt, perfect for snuggles on the couch.
This one is:
  1. the largest quilt I have ever made @ 47 x 72 inches
  2. the first recipient of free motion quilting. (the best way to describe this method is to say that the needle is like a pen & the quilt is the paper. I move the quilt & the needle draws on the pattern.) It took a little bit of time to get into a rhythm, but I eventually got there. I LOVE the effect!
  3. my first time following an actual pattern. I used Stitched in Color's brick pattern found here. (if only for a small section)
 Most people start their free motion quilting with a 'simple' stipple pattern, which is a meandering line that looks sort of like coral to me. I am not sure why I jumped in with both feet and did a leaf pattern! I guess it just suited the prints better & I didn't think (worry!) about it before starting. I hope I can keep up this fearlessness! I am very grateful to my good friend who was trusting enough to let me do whatever I wanted (fabric choices were hers). I think that having a recipient that I know is not overly critical & the fact that there wasn't a fortune in fabric involved, I was able to be a little more 'free' than I normally am. Funny that the brick pattern on [what I think of as] the front was my first time following directions for piecing... but the quilting itself was very relaxed.

Here you can see the quilting a little better :)

While taking my photos, I discovered that this size works just fine as a quilt for a single bed. There is not a lot of overhang, but it still looks nice to me :)

Now...generally, I keep my kitties away from my quilts. Cat fur loves fabric! Since I knew my friend wouldn't mind, I allowed Mira to come explore...
Testing the waters...

She quickly got comfortable!

Possibly *too* comfortable?