From Stuffed in a Bag to Glorious

As a quilter I ponder many design ideas on projects.  Some projects it’s the first time by.  Other projects get halted and then wind up in a plastic bag smothered in my WIP cabinet.  This quilt has gone on a five year journey to completion.  It’s sad, inspiring, and real all at the same time.

Moda Blush Quilt

My love of charm packs were at an all time high in 2012.  People may have noted it as an obsession, but that’s all hear say.  For the IMQG first overnight retreat I grabbed the Moda Blush charm pack and yardage in my stash along with Kona white to make a creation.  Seven to eight simple squares were started and another five or so improv blocks.  Improv is a loose term, they were measured and tried to keep it symmetrical.

Post retreat the blocks and yardage were stuffed into my WIP cabinet in a plastic bag.  I had so much hope for that project as I wrote the above blog post.  Five years later, it was pulled from the cabinet and given new life.  It could breathe again.

The improv blocks were stripped back down to the charm block and the solid.  Rather than continue with a design that didn’t make sense, I wanted to go back to the simple blocks.  Simple will get the project finished rather than sitting in a cabinet.

Simple can help you finish a project faster.

During the winter IMQG retreat this year I took the blocks and created the quilt top.  From the yardage I was able to piece a backing as well.

Post retreat the project went back into that plastic bag.  This time it sat near my sewing space.  Part of my first quarter goals for 2017 is taking the time to finish some projects.  Rather than have this project taunt me, I grabbed the starch and started pressing.  Lots of starch to get these seams to lay flat.

Some franken-batting was created to use up some scraps.  The challenge from my IMQG peeps was to try another FMQ at home.  This was the project that accepted the challenge.  After some spray basting it was ready to quilt.

Rather than quilt at night when I’m tired, I went in fresh on a Sunday morning.  It was invigorating to try this new to me technique so early in the morning.  Challenge myself to break out of my go to straight line quilting.  Guess what?  FMQ went faster and was fun.

FMQ was fun.

After being washed and dried, I truly admire this project.  It has new life, it’s been rejuvenated with the help of a seam ripper.  Stuffed in a plastic bag doesn’t have to mean the end of a project.  Look at it now with all the crinkled goodness.

Moda Blush, baby girl quilt, simple quilt, easy quilt, charm pack quilt, quiltytherapy

Pieced back with enough left over for binding.

What project do you have just sitting around?  Could you break it down to something more simple?

This quilt is now available on Etsy and ready for a new home. is going to a new home.  Someone is going to love it.

Springy Granny Squares Finally Revealed

Springy Granny Squares by quiltytherapy #grannysquares #babyquilt #florals #springdecor #floraldecor #nurserydecor #floralquilt

I’m excited to share this quilt with you.  The input and response to selecting the back was awesome.  Thank you for participating.  Here it is…the back of the quilt.

The vintage sheet is pure perfection.  Soft, drapes wonderfully, and the colors coordinate well with the front.  Notice anything different about this finished quilt?  More free motion quilting.

Confession time:  I have avoided FMQ for so long, but I truly enjoy it.  Why did I resist for years?  My quilting time has been cut down by a couple of hours. Instant time saver.  Loops are my jam for now.  I tried meandering and quickly ripped it out.

This quilt turned out much better than I could have imagined.  Tiny polka dots on a pale green was the perfect binding choice.  It provides a gentle frame around the quilt.

Floral fabrics stretched me creatively especially on the front of a quilt.  I don’t mind them on the back and often choose florals to coordinate on the back.  Maybe it was the scale or colors in this specific collection that didn’t originally inspire me too much.  As I noted in my last post, it helped to chop them into 2.5″ squares.

This quilt is available in my Etsy shop.  Wouldn’t this be a cute baby shower gift this spring?


Springy Granny Squares

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Patchwork Baby Girl’s Quilt

Simple patchwork is always some of my favorite.  Cut up some 3″ squares and start piecing.  It can sometimes feel too easy, but is also therapeutic.  All of these fabrics are from my stash and I still can’t figure out what the actual fabric line is.

Do you happen to remember this line?  I want to say it’s a Michael Miller or Timeless Treasures line.  I just know it’s been in my stash for a few years.

patchwork baby girl quilt

While my main machine was in the shop this beauty was pieced on my original Brother CS6000i.  It got quite the workout.  Amazingly, it’s still pretty fast and didn’t skip stitches.  The quilting was kept simple so I didn’t wear the old machine out.

The back of this quilt may be my favorite part.  Even better, used up some fabrics that have been lurking around in my stash.  Those Dimples in Pink have probably been with me since 2009.  Time for them to be put to use.

patchwork baby girl quilt back

Baby boy quilts are up next on my docket so this quilt needs a new home.  It’s available in my ETSY store for purchase.

patchwork baby girl quilt

patchwork baby girl quilt back

Thursday Treasury Feature

Etsy had changed the way they promote favorited items.  If you see something in the treasury you like, I encourage you to HEART the item directly.  Not sure how to do that?  If you hover over an item, a heart or list should show up in the upper right hand corner, given that you are logged into Etsy.

HEARTS keep an item trending.   I’m not a huge fan of this new system, but I still want to promote handmade items and small businesses.

‘Organize your kitchen’ by oktak


Dansk Kobenstyle Yellow Sauc…

$35

Tea Towel – Plant Shapes

$19.5

SALE! blue and aqua ikat pin…

$48

Large Stylish Metal Wall She…

$63

Vintage Diner Stool, Pale Bl…

$150

When Life Gives You Lemons M…

$18

Vintage Thermos Insulated Va…

$10.5

Ceramic Pig Planter Vintage …

$34

BLUE: modern wall decor key …

$42

Butterfly hand printed in ro…

$60

Yellow Kitchen Printable Wal…

$5

Fine Art Photography “P…

$28

1970 Yellow Canister Set wit…

$28

Tenugui Japanese Cotton Tow…

$1500

Passing Shower, limited edit…

$35

Lemon Yellow Kitchen Flatwar…

$10.49

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I’m loving the towels in this collection.  Do you have a favorite item?  Take a moment and heart them and spread some small business love.

 

Holiday Gifts for the Quilter/Sewist

This may be the hardest person to buy for this year on my list.  However I’m looking for something unique and special they maybe wouldn’t splurge on normally.

These hand printed fabrics have caught my eye for some time.

via sarahwaterhouse on Etsy
via sarahwaterhouse on Etsy
via umbrellaprints on Etsy
via umbrellaprints on Etsy

What about a block of the month club?  Something to help work on skills and create a lovely project along the way.  My favorites are Anne Marie from Gen X Quilters.  There is a new one coming out for 2015 that uses curves and some applique.  Hint Hint Santa.

via Gen X Quilters
via Gen X Quilters

How about a t-shirt to show off their style?  I can spot a quilter by all the threads on their shirt, but this let’s them stand out.   Know their favorite block?  Even better.  This would make a great stocking stuffer.

via Patchwork Threads
via Patchwork Threads

You can never go wrong with a gift certificate to their favorite quilt shop either.

Make it Yourself Gift

If you’re got a sewing person but want to give something useful.  This pincushion would be a great idea.

via Punk Projects
via Punk Projects

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Handmade Holidays – Kid Edition

porter at christmasPorter is actually old enough this year to get excited and enjoy Christmas.  We may be in trouble though this holiday season.  We went to Lowe’s a couple of weeks ago and he was mesmerized by the yard blow up things and just stood there for 10 minutes.  He loved the $300 one that would take up our entire yard.  Sorry bud.

What are you excited to get your kids this holiday season?

This shirt may need to show up in a stocking stuffer.  Ask Porter what a dinosaur says and he goes, “RRRR!”  They have really cute kid’s shirts.

via shopmonkeybug on Etsy
via shopmonkeybug on Etsy

Hubby and I don’t usually buy each other Christmas, but I may get him this for the nights I work late.  This would be cute for kids you don’t know what to get them.

via theideaboxkids on Etsy
via theideaboxkids on Etsy

I’m going to be getting a few of these for the kids at daycare for a small Holiday gift. Our sitter does an amazing job of being creative with the kids. They paint and create regularly.

via art2theextreme on Etsy
via art2theextreme on Etsy

If your child or someone on your list is big into pretend play this store could help you out with your shopping.  I recently purchased these for a friend’s kid for her 2nd birthday and she loves it.

via AnnsCraftHouse on Etsy
via AnnsCraftHouse on Etsy

These hats are some of my favorite to give as gifts.  Jessi makes adorable hats and Porter gets so many compliments on them.

via TwoSeasideBabes on Etsy
via TwoSeasideBabes on Etsy
via TwoSeasideBabes on Etsy
via TwoSeasideBabes on Etsy

As for a homemade option I’m considering these blocks to help use up some scraps and other fabrics I have sitting around.  Plus I can personalize them.  I plan to fill mine with batting and insul bright scraps that I have around.

via artgalleryfabrics.com
via artgalleryfabrics.com

Feel free to add your products and homemade supplies below.  I know there are lots of great options out there, these are more towards the age group of my friend’s children.

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