Friday, April 18, 2014

The Making of a Patriotic Art Quilt

About a week ago I started on a project which I thought was going to be a patriotic table runner for the 4th of July holiday.  I used my favorite paper foundation technique and sewed this pretty star block.

My plan was to sew 6 of these and then sew them into a table runner.  I was going through my stash to find some coordinating fabrics and ran across a leftover block from a panel by Sandy Gervais and this changed my whole plan.

I decided to make an art quilt. I made one a few years ago and it sold in my shop, so I thought it was time for another one!

I auditioned numerous fabrics and then started making filler blocks.  I started with the center panel first. 
I placed the sailor block next to the star block and had to fill in the open space so chose to use a star fabric.  I placed a plain piece in also as I wanted to add some wording. Then I constructed a flying geese block to finish out the center section.

For the very top row I constructed a flag.

Now onto the bottom.  I had a section of red and white stripes I thought I was going to use for the flag but didn't so I used it in the bottom and cut a large wool star to place in the middle.  I sewed a flying geese strip to sit next to it.

I originally was going to put another plain strip next to the flying geese block with the words "Freedom", but once I had them cut and ran them vertically in the space I just didn't like the looks of it so decided to add three smaller red stars. This was much better.

To finish out the space I sewed two 4 patch blocks.

Today I pieced it all together and started to quilt.  I am using some machine quilting and some hand quilting. I will also embellish with buttons and who knows what else. I never quite know where a project is going to take me.

I hope to finish this up in the next few days.  I always love putting on the binding as it changes the whole look and makes it all nice and neat.

Hope you enjoyed this walk through of the making of my patriotic art quilt.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I have had my shop Twisted Sticks on Etsy now for a little over 3 years.  I have enjoyed so much making beautiful home dec and personal items for my customers.  It has been a true joy and pleasure creating, whether it be a custom item or an item I have made and placed in my shop.

I have had great feedback and have sold 178 items.  Something I never would have thought I would have accomplished when I first started this journey.

Over the last year I have been a little discouraged with the changes in Etsy and the opening up to more resellers and manufactured items.  I feel they are losing the original hand crafted ideal.  I feel I am getting lost in the shuffle.

In order to try and reach more customers I am also starting a shop on IndieMade.  I will be selling the same high quality, one of a kind home dec and personal items.  I will also do custom work if contacted.  I look forward to this new endeavor.  I love what I do and hope to be able to continue spreading my hand crafted unique fabric creations far and wide.

This site enables me to be able to do so much more with linking to my blog and adding personal touches to my shop site.  I will be adding new items and working to set it up just right!

Please stop by and check out my shop.

Till next time!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

National Craft Month

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WIP - When Planets Align

Today I am working on a new pillow design.  I fell in love with some charm squares I have and wanted to use some of the turquoise and green.

I took 8 of the 5 inch squares and pieced them into two 4 patch blocks.
The opposing blocks I just cut a piece of white with turquoise dots.
Once I had the blocks sewn together I did some machine quilting from corner to corner.  It is easier to do that before the applique goes down and then I don' t have to stop and start where the applique pieces are placed and it also gives a nice firm base to do the applique.

I cut some circles in various sizes.  I place the fabric circles in the center of a circle template.  I like to hand gather around the circle with a pearl cotton as it is stronger and won't break when I gather it around the template.

Then I spray a little starch and press with an iron to get a good crisp edge and remove the template.

The circles are all finished and I can now place them on my base fabric and hand applique them down.

I love to do hand quilting so I decided to use Aurifil size #12 to do some quilting around the circles.  I used color #2810 for the quilting. I went around the appliques plus I did some circle quilting in the opposing 4 patch squares.

Once my quilting is finished I am going to turn this into a pillow. I have chosen a striped fabric for the binding and have cut it on the bias so the stripes would run diagonal and be more interesting.

The backing will be the same turquoise dot that is in the front blocks.

I had so much fun working on this. I find the longer I quilt the more I love using the bright fabrics that are available now.  I still like the traditional darker colors, but I am tired of winter and needed to so some bright projects!

Should be posted in my shop today!  Till next time, God bless and happy quilting.

Friday, February 14, 2014

WIP Wednesday- Thinking Spring

I just can't stand this winter weather anymore!!  I am needing to do something bright and spring like. 

I purchased a fabric strip bundle a few months ago and decided this was the perfect time to use some!  The fabric is "Honey" by Kate Spain for Moda.  The fabric came in a bundle of 5 inch strips, which is nicer then the charm packs as it gives the quilter a little more fabric to work with.

I am going to use my favorite technique of paper foundation to make my blocks. I have chosen to do 4.5 inch finished spool blocks.  These fabrics will be so pretty with a pure white background.

I made 9 of these blocks and I am going to join them with the same white fabric so they will be floating in the white background.  I am using 2 inch joining strips and then a 2.5 inch border strip of a floral from the collection to bring it all together.

I am very happy with how this has turned out and it is so spring like!!  On to quilting and then binding which will be a Moda marble periwinkle fabric.

Happy quilting and bring on spring!!