Painted Lady

So I have a new obsession.

It surprisingly involves lots of handwork – Something I used to be quite impatient with, but am now thoroughly enjoying.   This obsession came about in June, when I went to the Minnesota Quilt Show.  There was one booth there that was fresh and bright and sucked me in right away.  Three kits later . . .  and I thought I was set for handwork for the next 2 years.

Wrong! A short few weeks later, and I had all the handwork done on this project.

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It was so much fun to do, that I had it done way sooner than I thought I would.  The pattern is called Painted Lady.  You can find the pattern here and the kit here.  Everything is done with wool, except the background is a woven.  (In person, the background is a better color, but it didn’t photograph well.) I don’t remember a time where I have even bought a kit or made the quilt just as the pattern is written/shown, but I liked this one as is.  I love the fact that though the design uses wool, it is not primitive as most wool projects are.  The colors are bright and the design is modern, so it has a different feel.

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When I bought the kit, I figured I would skip all the putsy handwork.  As you can see in the photo above, I followed the pattern and did all the details.  This project was kind of like a good book, I was enjoying it so much, that I didn’t want it to be over just yet – so why not go all out?

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I quilted it just like the sample in Fiberworks booth – a 1/2″ cross hatch, right over the applique and stitching.  This is just an Iphone photo from my Instragram feed, but it really shows the quilting.



This isn’t a great photo either, but it shows how I did the crosshatching.  You do the stitching in one direction first, then take it off the machine, turn it and add the stitching in the other direction.  It’s a design that takes no skill, so even a beginner can do this quilting.




One of the other things I tried on this design, was the thread that the designer used.  The thread is thin, so I used two strands, matching up the repeat so the color variation showed.  I used to hate variegated thread, but I loved what it added to this project.  Isn’t it beautiful?



That’s all for today.  This isn’t the end of wool applique that will be shown here  –  I have 3 more projects going that use wool 🙂

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I have another finished runner to share today.  I was excited to make this for several reasons – It’s one of my favorite runners from my Trendy Table book, I loved these fabrics/color combination, I have several places in my house to use this runner so it actually has a purpose, and I’ve been wanting to make a few things with the Moda black crossweave fabric.

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This shot was taken in my studio and it shows where my color inspiration came from.  I got this artwork from Home Goods.  It originally came with a white frame, and I never liked it until I repainted it black.  The black just makes the colors pop, thus the decision to work the black crossweave fabric into my runner.  Are you familiar with this fabric?


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It’s a little hard to capture in the photo but the texture and color is beautiful.  It’s a woven fabric that uses a black thread in one direction, and a light grey thread in the other direction.  I have bought several pieces and have found it works with lots of different color combinations.

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The other prints in the runner are from my stash.  The yellow stripe, flower center and one of the blue prints are from a Denyse Schmidt like called New Bedford.  The others are from assorted lines.  You only need 12 – 5″ squares in assorted colors for the flower blocks.

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The original version from the book uses a lighter background called Essex Linen.  It’s similar to the crossweave as far as texture, but it’s a little itchy if it’s in a quilt that is going to be up against your skin.

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Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed this runner and that you are enjoying a little time to sew this summer too!

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More Trendy Table Runners and Quilting Ideas

I spoke too quickly in my last post – We have now had a heat wave that reminds me of what our summer is normally like!   I am hiding out in my sewing room and enjoying the air conditioning.  It’s a chance to go through my photos.  I found a few things that I finished early this summer that I haven’t blogged about.  All 3 runners are from my Trendy Table book.

First up, this Tango runner, made using Mochi Linen by Moda Fabrics.

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I am working on this whale pattern for Carter using Mochi Linen and I had just enough leftover strips to make this runner.  This runner is easy to do, is made with strip sets and using this ruler.

I really enjoyed quilting this one –



It’s a design that looks complicated, but it’s really easy.  Let’s break it down –

First, the design in just one of the triangles.



I start stitching in the upper right corner of the triangle, make a hump, then flatten out to hit the point in the top left corner.

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Repeat on the next edge

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And again on the remaining edge of the triangle.

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To do the design on the whole block, without starting and stopping on each triangle, I stitch the design across the top of the triangles as shown below –

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Then I start filling in the middle as shown.

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Repeat on all blocks to fill in the quilt.

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The leftovers from the strips sets on the Tango runner can be saved to make this runner:

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I tried a new quilting technique on this one.  It was really fun to do too.

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It is also continuous line.  Begin by startting in the upper left corner as shown

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Fill in bottom half of flower motif as shown, the repeat across the quilt.  The only thing I marked, was a line designating the height of each row (I wanted to fit 4 full repeats of the design on the height) and I marked the width of the design on the first row only, so that I got a full design at the end of the row.

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Lastly, I have a color option on the Plus runner.   The  Fabric is from the Lil’ Red collection by Stacey lest Hsu for Moda Fabrics.  The pattern takes about half a charm pack, plus some background fabric.



The original version from the book uses a darker background.



Again, these runners are from my “Trendy Table” book.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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Summer Photos

Summer is flying by, isn’t it?


Here in Minnesota we have been having a beautiful summer, without as much heat and humidity as we usually have.  (I’m sure those of you down south are scoffing at my idea of heat).  We have been making the most of it – spending hours and hours outside.  The boys ask to swim at least twice a day, though sometimes it’s more like twenty.  I just don’t remember swimming as a child, so I didn’t realize what entertainment swimming would be for them.



We went to the lake a lot as teenagers, as we had a little speedboat and would go tubing and knee boarding.  I remember looking forward to our Sunday afternoons at the lake – but I never really did much swimming, so I’ve been surprised by how much fun the kids are having.  It is so fun to see Carter out in the water, swimming and swimming with a huge smile on his face.  Yesterday Max had a crabby day, with two spells where he cried for 45 minutes each time.  Giving him the bedtime nuk helped a little (after my ears were ringing!), but it wasn’t until we went swimming that he was actually happy.



And a few more favorite shots from outside –






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And one last photo of the boys, taken on Mother’s Day of this year.

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I have a ton of new quilt projects in process.  Last night while the kids played in the water and I stitched the binding on this –



I will show more pictures when it’s done.  The pattern is called Painted Lady by Laura Heine.  She owns the Fiberworks Quilt Shop in Helena, Montana.  They had a booth at the Minnesota Quilt Show this year and I purchased a couple of their kits (more on that later too). I have so enjoyed this project and can’t wait to share more with you.






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Trendy Table Size Options

I did a post earlier this month on changing the size on some of the runners in my Trendy Table book.  It was kind of fun to see how the designs looked on a larger scale, so I decided to do the remaining projects from the book.  (If you missed the first post, click here).  As I mentioned in that post, I’m not very skilled at making digital quilts, but hopefully it will help you visualize the blocks in a different way.  This time, rather than just laying a few runners next to each other, I tried to come up with more unique layouts.


First up, Sorbet.  The original runner looks like this –

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For my larger layout, I envisioned it as a table-cloth type quilt.

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Next up is Fusion.  Here is the original:



For this one, I wanted to see a border of the blocks around a plain center.  With this layout, I like how graphic the blocks are and I didn’t want to take away from that by laying them next to each other.  The plain center preserves the graphic nature of the quilt – and you will have to envision some fancy quilting in that center.

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Now Rock Candy –

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For my size option, I just make the runner and added two extra blocks to the width.

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I also did one with the two outer blocks positioned differently and added a border.

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Lastly, I have the Tango Runner.

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If you separate the runner in half vertically, and turn the direction of one block (the orange one in the photo below), you get a topper.  In fact, if you follow the directions as written, you will get two toppers.

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If you are interested in purchasing the book, please click here.  Thanks for stopping by today!


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Trendy Table Options

During the process of writing the Trendy Table book and having the projects tested, I end up with several samples of each pattern.  The original set from the book is out traveling from quilt shop to quilt shop.  I had to hurry and finish the second set so they could head out on their quilt shop route as well.  Today I wanted to share a couple of the runners from that second set.  I will start with a couple of the Christmas options  – because all the beautiful Christmas fabrics have been hitting the stores and you might “need” some!

Pattern Names:  Wrapped and Frosted



Wrapped – The runner that made it into the book doesn’t look that much different, it just uses more current fabric and I really try to use the most current fabric I can find so people can replicate the look.

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Here’s a close up of the second one again.  It uses several prints from Basic Grey’s past fabric lines, long with a few basics from my stash.  The grey print with the red cardinals is another Moda designer – Kate and Birdie I think.



I would also love to see this one done up in bright birthday prints.  It would be fun to have out on the table for parties . . . .  and we are celebrating Carter’s 4th birthday this weekend, but I have not had time to get it done.  (Plus, I did a search for birthday fabrics and I don’t see any currently on the market)


The second quilt from the photos the Frosted pattern.



It really looks different from the original – The black background is so dramatic.  The photo in the book shows it with an aqua background.

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Lastly, I have the Starburst runner.  The original version from the book uses prints from my stash.

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I had it tested in Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille.



The sun was a little bright when I took the photos, so the color isn’t totally accurate, but you can see the prints and quilting really well.  DSC_3307 DSC_3306

If you are looking for the book, you can find it here.



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Trendy Table Size Options

Today I wanted to share some size options for the runners from my Trendy Table book.

As I was making the runners, I was imagining many of them as bigger quilts.  Since I don’t have time to make them all as bigger, I took some time this morning to make a few digital quilts to see how they looked on a larger scale.  I’m not very good at making digital quilts, but this gives you an idea of how they would look.


For example, Starburst in its original size shown in the book –

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And a larger version:



I laid 3 runners next to each other, with extra sashing units sewn vertically between the 3 runners.  If you were to make this and wanted to buy fabric for it, you would need 3 times the grey, white, and star point fabric, plus 24 extra charm squares for the sashing (or one full charm pack for the whole quilt).


The original Alpine Runner:

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The original Plus runner:

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This is the equivalent to 3 runners laid next to each other, with the middle runner adjusted a bit so the pattern alternates.  The cutting isn’t quite as simple to change on this one, as you don’t repeat the outer edge 3 times, but it is still fairly simple to do.

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The original Falling Leaves runner:

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This is the equivalent of 3 runners also.  Just take the fabric requirements and multiply by 3.  Do the same when cutting, but I rearranged the blocks in the middle row a little differently.


The original Wrapped runner:

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Again, the size option is just 3 runners laid out next to each other.

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The original Frosted runner:

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This is roughly 3 runners laid next to each other, with some adjustments made in the quantity of the cutting for large blue background pieces.

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The original Charisma runner:

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Again, we have 3 runners laid out next to each other, with a little adjusting so I could alternate the blocks in the center row.



The original Squared Runner:

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Again, we have 3 runners laid out next to each other.

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The original Capri Runner:

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And a size option –

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So, for those of you who don’t like runners, this gives you some ideas for making these quilts larger.  I didn’t do all of the runners in the book, but you get the idea.  For more info on the book, click here.


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