Shift Quilt | A Reflection of 2018

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As 2018 came to a close, I began a new quilt project. My festivities for the evening including an anxiety ridden dog that farts all the time, snuggling P, and not much else. Once P went to bed I started messing around in my sewing space.

At an IMQG meeting a while back I picked up some scraps from our 2017 Quiltcon Charity Quilt, as seen below.

These scraps had been sitting on a pile in my sewing space and an idea sparked. Why not just bust out one last project for the year? What came about was a quilt that resembled my 2018. Here’s how.


In 2018 my life felt like millions of pieces not really sure how it all fit together. Maybe you noticed a change, maybe it’s you’re first time here. Either way I’m glad you’re reading.

It was nice to work with something my friends had worked on. Friends helped get me through 2018 and this incorporated that detail into the quilt.

Layout | Design

The design for this quilt happened organically. My brain may have subliminally arranged the quilt. All the blocks were pointing up but one. This one changed it’s focused. It shifted. Once I saw how I had laid them out on my first pass, I left it, and knew I needed to build the quilt from here.

That’s how my life felt. My focus shifted, my life shifted. This quilt was becoming an interpretation of what I had felt. It felt like a true artistic breakthrough. Then quilty tetris happened and it I loved the top.

Can you guess how many Y-seams are in the top?

I used a Kona (maybe Navy) solid that was in my stash that coordinated perfectly with the blue in the backing. It’s an African Wax print from Crimson Tate. I had picked it up from a neighborhood garage sale site and it’s been waiting for the right project.

It wasn’t easier to piece together the top. Some time, rearranging, and lots of trial and error to get it exactly how I wanted it. There are TWO Y-seams in the quilt. They were challenging but necessary with my block placement.


As the top was coming together, I envisioned a heart in the shifted block and then quilting out ripples. My quilting had other thoughts. My heart was messy and wasn’t looking great. Let alone decent to keep going.

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So I ripped it out and started with another option. Wavy organic lines. The year had been full of curves. Some bigger and some tighter. The lines felt much better in telling the story for 2018. They are not perfect, but got better by the end.


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I do love a solid binding. In the scraps from the IMQG meeting, I had found an orange binding ready to go and thought this could work. Once the quilt was finished it needed more of a frame to complete the piece, not accentuate it. The Kona solid binding won.

Typically, I machine stitch the binding to finish up a project. However, this quilt needs the hand stitched binding. Spending some time snuggled under the quilt, sewing along slowly, to finalize the overall look.


In 2018 my life took a change. Right now I’m not ready to discuss anything publicly, maybe eventually. What you should know that while it’s been challenging, it’s also been a time of growth. There has been much reflection. I’m in a much better spot than where I thought I would be.

Finishing this quilt going into 2019 was refreshing. I can complete 2018 and feel like I’m truly moving forward. In all the quilts I’ve created I’ve never had an AH-HA! moment. I used to call them Oprah moments when I was coaching people since those typically feel like a breakthrough.

It was therapeutic. Not sure where this quilt is going to live. In my stash or out the door. Maybe this needs to stay with me for a bit to remind me that everything shifted and I’m still fine.

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The Best Christmas Gift

As a mom, Christmas isn’t about me. It’s always about P and others. This year was no different. There are needs and wants that I have this holiday season. I’m too proud to share my needs.

However P was asking what I wanted. My response has been just hugs and kisses. He told my mom and she helped him make it happen. He was so excited to show me. On Christmas morning this was his gift.

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I loved it and I teared up at the idea. He was very excited for me to open it. My next gift was socks, exactly what I needed. Boxing wears your socks out. Ha. P got me exactly what I wanted and needed this Christmas.

The rest of the day was all about P and the magic of Christmas for a five year old. It was magical and full of family time.

Maybe a little too much family time. Boss had enough.

As a mom, I think this was the best Christmas. Now I wonder how much of that candy P actually eats instead of me.

What did you get for Christmas?

Soft Palatte Half Square Triangle Quilt

Creating a project out of your color palatte can present some challenges.  Mostly that I didn’t have much in my stash to use.  After digging through scraps, it became apparent these softer colors were just not there.  

I was able to pickup a few fat quarters at Crimson Tate to start building the colors of the quilt. The request was for muted/soft pinks, neutrals, and maybe some accent colors. For a girl, but not overly girly and muted.

After the fabric was selected, it was time to solidify my design idea. Since this was a different palatte for me, I wanted to stick with a comfortable design. Half Square Triangles came to mind. Cutting into the fabric and making 5″ squares allowed me to think about a way to add Wow to this project.

In my stash was some leftover triangles from another project. Could they be the twist? I dug around and found them. The piecing began on a beautiful Sunday morning. My favorite is to sit here as the sun is rising before the house awakens to all the noise of the day. Soft colors and soft lighting make for a great way to start the day.

Once the half square triangles were created, it was time for the little bits of wow. On a number of blocks, I took these little triangles and added them to a corner. Not to every block, I think it was just about half.

Look at those colors? They are out not my normal, but goodness I love how they came together.

The little corners add a bit more design to the quilt. It’s backed in a coordinating print with gray and some gold. There are a few metallic fabrics sprinkled into the fabrics as well.

Quick overall loops for quilting. For binding there was just enough left of a couple gray and white prints with gold. The best last touch for this quilt.

The quilt was finished just in time as it’s owner decided to enter the world a few days early. There is enough fabric left over to make another quilt in this palatte in 2019.

If you are looking for a custom quilt in 2019 I currently have space. Please connect with me here.

Postage Stamp Checkerboard Quilt Version 2

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After creating this quilt, there were quite a few of scraps already sorted.  They just called out “make me into a quilt.”  They are so demanding, right?

Postage Checkerboard Scrappy Boy Quilt

Over Labor Day weekend I took these to the lake and started sewing.  Are you surprised?  I take my machine everywhere.  The hum of the machine in nature was quite refreshing.  I did some early afternoon sewing, most people were out on the water and our area gets pretty quite.

Once I got home, I pressed the small squares with seams open and began adding 2″ Kona Ash strips.  Why is it every time I go to type ASH, I type AS*?  Adding those strips takes no time and creates an interesting look.

Once P was in bed I could lay out the quilt in the house and piece the rows.  My process involves piecing all the rows, then pressing.  I also don’t press the seams between rows until the top is finished.  From my stash I chose a blue backing that I had picked a while back.

For the binding I had a large scrap of a Robert Kaufman print that was a wide back.  White bindings are scary on a baby quilt, but sometimes it just works.  Quilting is my go to all over loops.

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Time to refresh my scraps and maybe mix them up a bit.  The scrap bin is overflowing.  Anyone up for a scrap swap?

This is quilt 15/40 in my 2018 baby quilt goal.

Geese A Flutter Baby Quilt

Geese A Flutter baby quilt has been in the works for over a year.  Can’t believe that is true.  It started with an idea from the Handmade Swap last spring.  Soft girly colors for a baby quilt.  Shortly after our friends announced they were going to be having a girl.

assorted flying geese blocks

I started with stacks of flying geese and started building my 4 block units.  These come together rather quickly.

flying geese quilt blocks

Laying out the blocks revealed a small hiccup with my original idea.  The quilt would be too narrow.

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At the IMQG retreat this winter I added thick borders.  So this baby quilt is really more of a lap quilt size.

geese a flutter quilt top

I chose the Art Gallery butterfly print in my stash as the backing.  Using free motion loops I was able to quickly quilt this up.  Binding is one of the blue floral prints in the quilt.

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Then the quilt sat in my sewing room.  It’s been done since May or so.  The baby was born in December.  I found the quilt while cleaning out my sewing space this summer.

It got a good tumble through the dryer, a new photoshoot, and then wrapped to send.

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It’s enjoying snuggles with it’s new owner.  While I say it’s my last flying geese quilt for a bit, I doubt I’m done.  They make great srappy quilts and come together smoothly.

This is number 14/40 for my baby quilt goal for 2018.

Happy Fall and a New Quilt

The calendar turned to September 22nd and Mother Nature brought in fall with force yesterday.  Temperatures dipped into the 60’s.  Suddenly a jacket or sweater would be required.  The air was still, perfect for taking in the transition to the new crisp weather. I grabbed my fall wreath and quickly put it up as well since the temperature finally felt right.

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I embraced the change of weather by grabbing a comfy sweatshirt and working on a new Halloween quilt.  Last weekend at quilt guild a member had a layer cake of Patrick Lose’s Happy Halloween fabric.  It’s rustic, feminine, and perfect balance of spooky.

During this past week I sorted the fabrics and decided that a large half square triangle quilt would be right for this.  The fabrics were sorted into black/white and orange.  Then I just cut each on the diagonal and pieced them together.  One from each stack.

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Yesterday I started pressing the seams towards the orange and decided to see if I could finish before heading a friend’s house at 6pm.  I love a good time challenged project.  Soon I had the entire top pieced and ready to start thinking about backing.

In my stash was a lovely black and white tiny houndstooth print.  It’s perfect for a backing since the print can look a little overwhelming.  I pieced together a strip of halloween fabrics I had in my stash that coordinated with this layer cake.  Piecing the back and pressing it took the longest out of the entire process, even quilting.

For quilt I opted for loop de loops with free motion quilting.  It just blends into the quilt, allowing the fabrics to be the showcase.

I was able to finish quilting and use the remaining houndstooth for binding.  Lately, a 2 inch single fold binding has been my go to.  I piece the binding onto the back and turn the fabric on the front of the quilt.  It’s the perfect width.

The quilt was quickly put in the washer at 5:42pm last night.  Just in time for me to make it a friend’s house at 6.  Once I was home I put the quilt into the washer.  This morning I ran downstairs to grab it.  The sun wasn’t quite up yet and it was the best time for pictures.  Not too far from my house is Locally Grown Gardens.  They turned an old gas station into a neighborhood produce stand with delicious locally sourced foods.

Their pumpkin selection is amazing and most years this is where my pumpkins come from.  I ran over there this morning to grab a few pictures of this quilt with their gorgeous pumpkins.  No filter or editing needed on the photos with the pre-sunrise light.  Those blue pumpkins are my favorite and I will have to go back and get one.

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The quilt measures 53″ x 53″ and is a great lap sized quilt.  It is available for sale if you’re interested.  P doesn’t think we need another Halloween quilt, but I think he’s wrong.

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Buy this quilt and enjoy some snuggles all your own under it.  Everyone needs a Halloween quilt.  Email me if you’re interested.

If you like Halloween and fall stuff check out my other projects.

Spooky Ghost Pumpkin Quilt

Fall Baby Shower

Fall Fabric Wreath Tutorial