September 23, 2014

Robert Kaufman Sale!

Check out this great sale at Fat Quarter Shop!  It includes Kona solids and pre-cuts so stock up :)

September 17, 2014

Sewtopia and #travelhandmade

Do you #travelhandmade?  I must admit I'm so busy making quilts that I don't take much time to make items so that I can travel handmade.  However, you may recall my luggage tag tutorial from earlier this year.

Well, the awesome folks at Sewtopia saw it too and have added it to their post encouraging their attendees to #travelhandmade.  The post includes lots of wonderful #travelhandmade tutorial links.  It is totally worth checking out.  I just love my Jeni Baker Lined Drawstring Bag that I use to corral my toiletries when I travel!  If you #travelhandmade, show us what you travel with on social  media and # it #travelhandmade.

Sewtopia is a weekend of pure sewing indulgence!  It happens in Salt Lake City in early November and in Chicago next April.  If you are one of the lucky ones attending Sewtopia, you can add your handmade items to their linky party on the post.

So, do you travel handmade?

September 16, 2014

Neighborhood Charm

I love it when people send me pictures of quilts they've made with my patterns!  What could get better than that?

I received these adorable photos from Kristin of Quiltilicious recently.  She made my Neighborhood Charm pattern (on Moda Bake Shop) using a Sweetwater Road 15 charm pack.

Kristin's quilting is the most amazing part!  She added so many adorable details!  Check out her blog post for more pictures. Among other things, she added a clothesline, a trailer, a lemonade stand, a hammock, a kite and some balloons - all quilted free hand.  So fantastic!

So, send me pictures of anything you've made from my patterns!

September 14, 2014

Sew Solid Sunday!

Welcome back to Sew Solid Sunday!

This month I'm sharing an English Paper Piecing (EPP) project I've been working on (on and off) for several months now.  I wanted to try my hand at the ever-popular hexies and had some neutral fabrics that were dying to be used.  I designed this spiral pattern and set to EPPing! You can find a tutorial here.

As I love handwork, it wasn't a surprise to me that I enjoyed the process of basting the hexies and stitching them together.  I really like the way this warm and cool spiral worked where it looks never-ending - the warm turns the corner into the cool and vice versa.

The greys did not transition from one to the other as smoothly as the creams and, in hindsight, I wish I had purchased a couple more to use instead of relying on what I had on hand.  However, I do try to use what I have in my stash when possible!

Once I finished the spiral section, I set it in Amethyst Kona cotton a bit off center.  I put some batting in and pillowcased it to finish the edges.  I haven't added any quilting yet and have not really decided what I want to do.  At a minimum, I'll probably quilt around the outside of the hexy part.  I think it needs something more, but can't quite decide yet.  What do you think?  Maybe some handstitching?

September 11, 2014

BadAss Quilters Society Special Exhibit

Comma Link
Have you heard of the BadAss Quilters Society? Maddie Kertay is the woman behind it all.  Among other things, she owns Spool in Chattanooga, TN.  Basically, BadAss quilters believe in making the things they like to make, the way the want to make them while saying what they think and being nice to everyone.

So BAQS and AQS teamed up to do two special exhibits at the AQS shows this year in Chattanooga, TN and Des Moines, IA.   The Chattanooga show started yesterday and goes through Saturday and the Des Moines show is October 1-4.

My quilt, Comma Link, will be hanging in the Des Moines BAQS exhibit.  I wish I was able to go and see either of these exhibits!  You should definitely go if you can!

I went to the AQS show in Grand Rapids, MI last month and it was wonderful.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@eschhousequilts) and Facebook saw a lot of photos of great quilts.  My quilt, Think Positive, was finishing up nearly a year of traveling in the AQS Modern Quilt Challenge.  I'm happy to say it is now home with me again :)

As much as I want to, it can be hard to take time out of my schedule to go to a quilt show.  I never regret it when I do.  The variety and quality of the work on display never fails to amaze and inspire me.  (And I haven't even mentioned the vendors...)

Have you been to a quilt show this year?

September 9, 2014

Quick Column Quilts!

Nancy Zieman is a sewing and quilting legend!  So when I had the opportunity to get a preview and make a quilt from her new book, Quick Column Quilts, I jumped at the chance!

I had a hard time deciding which of the quilts to make.  Don't you love the cover quilt with all that great negative space?  After a lot of indecision, I opted to base my design on Nancy's Floating Squares quilt.
Floating Squares  80" x 88"
Its blue and white color palette is already totally my style, so I had to think a bit about which fabrics to use.  I was lucky enough to have some fat quarters of Marcia Derse's new Black + White line (due out in January) and paired that with some gold and mustard solids from my stash.  The crisp black and white against the mellow golds is such a great juxtaposition.  I love the sort of distressed look of the Marcia Derse fabrics - the print in the largest squares makes me think of scarred granite.
I switched the columns around a bit and made a quilt that is about a quarter of the original double bed sized quilt.  It was, as promised, quick to make.  The top, including cutting, only took about four hours and I am not a speedy sewist!

More Black + White on the back!
Straight line quilting or spiral quilting?  I was again afflicted with indecision. I decided on straight lines, but spiral would have been a fun option too.

Quick Column Quilts includes 12 projects and detailed chapters on making column quilts for charities and basic quilt making instructions.  There is a huge giveaway going on as part of the Quick Column Quilts blog tour!  The grand prize is a new Baby Lock Tempo sewing machine!  You could also win a copy of the book or lots of other great sewing items.  Click on over to the main blog tour post and leave a comment to enter.  Good luck!

September 2, 2014

Giveaway winner!

Snowflake Tree Skirt
Jocelyn from Happy Cottage Quilter is the winner of the Best Christmas Quilts giveaway!  Jocelyn says she likes muted reds and greens for her holiday decorating.

Even though I couldn't reply to everyone about your favorite decorating colors, I really enjoyed reading about your choices.  There were a lot of traditional red and green as well as quite a few festive alternatives!  When we first bought our house, I decorated our living room in pale blues and greens with silver (and a little gold) to go with the color scheme of the room.  Now that I've added a bit of pumpkin to our living room decor, I'm not using as much blue and am adding back in a little red.  As the years go by, some of our decorations have broken and need to be replaced, so things are in transition.  I have a special small tree in the family room where I like to use all our handmade and folk art decorations.

Whatever colors you use, I hope you include a quilt or two to keep you warm and cozy!