Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Kona Solids Quilt

How do you take two opposing color schemes and blend them together?  Careful selection of the colors and placement.  Any other way Hello Kitty and Chicago Bears clash.  Don’t believe me, check out the back of this quilt below.
This wedding quilt is made from all Kona solids half square triangles.  Pomegranate, Nautical, White, Black, Ash, and Kumquat were the selected colors.  A collaboration with my husband made this quilt possible.  He helped with the pressing and backing selection.  Poor guy had to go to Jo-Ann’s by himself.
kaplan wedding quilt The finished quilt measures 64″ x 72″ and I’m entering it in the Large Category for Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  Light gray thread was used for the quilting at 1/4 inch from each seam.
kaplan wedding quilt A black and white large polka dot from my stash worked great as the binding.  Can’t forget to show you the clashing back?  Ready for the some pink?
kaplan wedding quiltBrittany loves it, no real response from the groom.  Many pictures have been shared of them snuggled under it on there couch, so I will take that as a success.  Either way hubby and I wish them many years of happiness and sitting.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Nomadic Triangles

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Blogger’s Quilt Festival again this fall.  For this festival I am submitting over Nomadic Triangles in the Original Design Category.

nomadic triangles quiltThis improv pieced quilt was entered in the Indiana State Fair Sewing Challenge.  The inspiration comes from the Kona color Champagne.  The Arizona fabrics from April Rhodes really complimented the more neutral color palette.  Once I pulled these fabrics at the store, the design and triangles started dancing in my head.

For quilting I traced a triangle and continued moving outward at 1.5 inches for each following triangle.  The gold thread matches the center print in each triangle and doesn’t distract from the quilt.  It took me 5 different colors to get the right one.  nomadic triangles quiltBacking was originally going to be the solid blue and the store ran out by the time I was ready to baste.  Of course I didn’t buy all my fabric at the same time.  When I went back I pondered the backing options along with the thread mentioned above for longer than normal.  This is a competition quilt, I wanted to get it right.

nomadic triangles quilt backThis quilt has found a new home with my friend for her wedding and I hated to see it go.  It’s close by so I can visit frequently.  The name Nomadic Triangles comes from the theme of April Rhode’s Arizona line.  Look for a pattern to be out soon for this.

nomadic triangles quilt

So Many T-shirt Quilts

Not really so many, but two.  Two that I haven’t been focused on until recently.  Deadline is November 1st, I’m ready to get onto new projects.

First up is a Delta Zeta quilt.  This quilt is HUGE, the biggest quilt I have ever made.  Take that wedding quilt.  For the layout of the strips I had to move everything out of my dining room.

rebeccas tshirt quilt 1The backing I originally bought months ago isn’t big enough.  Thankfully I have a large collection of vintage sheets and I had one that was big enough.

Quilting required quite a bit of arm strength and clever maneuvering around the machine, me, and the table.

rebeccas tshirt quilt

All straight lines in the black borders.  Some in black and some in various colors.  The inspiration was this quilt.

tshirt quilt inspiration via tomakeaquilt

For my own sanity I wanted to prevent so many thick seams and opted to add the strips of color with thread.  Crazy?  Maybe but I think overall it works.

The second quilt is for a friend and all her running shirts from a couple of years.  I was surprised by how easily the performance fabrics adhered to the interfacing.  This is still a work in progress.

ellen's tshirt quiltThese will be the last t shirt quilts I do for a while.  More on that later this week.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday.

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Quilted NY Giants Pillow Cover Tutorial

craftyfootballI am excited to be apart of the Crafty Football blog hop again this year.  Last year’s quilted playmat was a huge hit and has gotten lots of use.  For this year I was stumped on what to make.  My sewing time is dedicated to a couple of big projects and I want something functional for our home. quilted football playmatI have been a pillow kick to make something quickly and try to use up some scraps.  In my solid color scrap bin there were plenty of red, white, grays and blues to start something NY Giants.  The idea came to make a quilted cover for the pillows that came with our couch in the basement.  They are not the most manly and I have wanted to make covers for them for a long time.

ny giants colors scrap fabric While traveling this fall and visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame, inspiration hit.  Yes, baseball museum is where the inspiration comes from.  So many old photos, uniforms, pennants, etc really got my brain going.  We have a large collection of vintage NY Giants sweaters from the Bill Parcells era.  Something like that would be perfect.

The design is simple but a great throw back to the Parcell's era sweaters we love so much.

The design is simple but a great throw back to the Parcell’s era sweaters we love so much.

Things you will need:

  • Solid fabrics in blue (more royal to navy), gray (light to medium), white and red
  • Quilt batting
  • Backing fabric
  • Thread
  • Old Pillow
  • Freezer paper or fusible webbing

From your fabrics cut the following sizes:

  • Blue fabric 7″ x 18.5″ strip (2) for the front
  • Blue fabric 11″ x 18.5″ strip (2) for the backing
  • Red fabric 1.25″ x 18.5″ strip (2)
  • Gray fabric 1.25″ x 18.5″ strip (2)
  • White fabric 5″ x 18.5″ strip

With your red and gray fabrics, fold in half, iron a hard fold.  Lay the red strips on the long side of your white strip of fabric, leave a small amount of white showing ~1/4 inch, pin, and stitch in place.  Layer the gray fabric right along the edge of the white strip, pin, and stitch in place with under a 1/4 seam allowance. strip cutting for pillowFor the GIANTS lettering I used Agency FB Bold Italic at size 250 per letter.  I used Publisher and put each letter in it’s own text box.  Printed with the mirror option on.  On a scrap piece of blue add fusible webbing to one side.  Cut each letter out and trace on the webbing side of the fabric.  When adhered later with the iron the letters will be facing the right way.

Agency FB Bold Italic 250

Agency FB Bold Italic 250

For two days hubby and I discussed and played around various fonts.  He wanted it to be perfect and he’s very happy with this choice.


ny giants quilted pillow cover tutorial Remove the paper backing from the webbing and fabric.  Position the letters on the white strip closest to the middle.  Once you’re happy with the positioning, adhere it with an iron.

ny giants quilted pillow cover tutorial Add the blue strips for the front 18.5″ x 7″ to the top and bottom of the white strip.  The front of your complete is now pieced.  The front should be 18.5″ x 18.5″.

ny giants quilted pillow cover tutorialUse scrap batting to back the front of your pillow and pin.

ny giants quilted pillow cover tutorial ny giants quilted pillow cover tutorialFor the quilting I used a coordinating blue, red, gray and white thread.  1/4 inch quilting is the look I like the best.  Quilt as you desire.

ny giants quilted pillow cover tutorial For the letters zig zag stitch around each letter.  Once the quilting is complete trim up to approximately 18″ x 18″.

The back will be made using the 18.5″ x 11″ strips for an envelope pillow back.  Here is a great tutorial on how to make one.  Lay the front and back right sides facing each other and sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way around.  The finished product will flip right side out and fit over your pillow.

ny giants quilted pillow cover tutorial The quilting is not too dense and the fabric is soft.  Can’t wait to nap on this Sunday during football.   Giants are on a bye week so at least the pillow won’t get tossed across the room as this season has not been their best.

Also linked up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Finish It Friday.


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Healthy Sewist – Sarah with Craftyfesta

I met Sarah through the Modern Instabee Hive 11.  As the year has progressed she has been posting many pictures on her Instagram account about her workouts, etc.  She is actually the one that got me on the #sweatnsew hashtag.

Pretty certain we could run some miles and discuss sewing, quilting, fabric, etc.  That sounds pretty awesome actually.

What do you do to keep yourself healthy?
I’m currently training for the Army Ten Miler, so I mostly run these days. I’m also doing PiYO when I can to supplement my running and to give me a chance to work out at home. Otherwise, I seek out other opportunities for calorie burn–mowing the lawn, carrying my toddler in the ergo around a park, etc. I also try to eat healthy. This is a constant challenge for me!! I have an incredible sweet tooth. I try to curb this by meal planning. It’s a chore that I don’t always do, but when I do I notice a change in the scale (woot!!) and it alleviates any second guessing as to what I’m going to eat.

What inspired you to start posting under #sweatnsew? How has it helped you?
I really enjoy seeing what other workouts people are doing. It keeps me motivated to post what I did and it also gives me a little push to get up and get moving if I haven’t done so already.

When it comes to sewing or exercise, which usually wins out?
Tough one–I guess exercise because it’s something I can do with my kids. I have a double Bob (we call him Robert) that I take out for runs. I can also do PiYO at home with the kiddos or I can take them to the gym and get in a work out. Sewing gets them too interested in what I’m doing and they poke and prod everything I’m working on; it makes for a frustrated sewist.

What impact has exercise had on your sewing, creativity, or quilting?
I find that exercise just gives me more energy in general. It clears my head and allows me to destress. Once I have a clear head it allows me to prioritize what I need to get done and then might I realize that I have some time to sew later in the day/night.

What kind of challenges do you face when it comes to staying active or being healthy?
Eating healthy food is a conscious effort for me. It’s a downward spiral–once I have some sweets I just go all in and indulge frequently and often. I try to plan when I can have treats; it doesn’t always work…trust me.

Do you have a favorite quote, technique, and/or exercise video to share with others?
I have found that strength exercises are SO important to an exercise regime. I used to just go on the treadmill and wonder why my body wasn’t changing. Find something you like–weights, PiYO, etc and it will help you get lean and see some muscles!

I think I’m going to have give PiYO a try, her posts have really got interested.

So readers, what are you doing today to stay healthy?