Grow Belmont Quilt

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

We have the honor of being located in downtown Belmont, the quaint streets are lined with original restaurants, boutiques, ice cream shops (we used to have 4 in a two block radius!) and a very cool garden.

The garden rents out plots, and for a mere $60.00 you can partake in having your own garden plot as well as all the activities they do.  Check out their Facebook page!  

Because Grow Belmont is an not for profit association, they organize a fundraiser every year.  Last year I kept saying that I was going to make a quilt for it, well you know how time gets away from you (or at least me...).  So I was able to get this WIP off my list and give Grow Belmont a quilt for their fundraiser!  

The fabric is Tend the Earth by Deb Strain, featuring a relaxed nature print.  Leaves, damask, swirls and subtle colors was just perfect for this quilt!

Of course the quilting is one of our favorites, I think this quilt pattern is one of our most popular patterns right now!

Here's the backing, I had a few random blocks left but not enough to make a complete row for the top.  I pieced them in the middle, I always find it quite satisfying when I can use all my blocks or better yet - not have any scraps left over from the project I'm working on! 

I'm terrible at making quilt labels, really it just boils down to being quite lazy!  I wanted to do something for this quilt, but not make it too personal.  I embroidered this cool garden embroidery and added the year, this quilt is currently being raffled off.  I hope it brings them money for many more years of harvest and keeps the person lucky enough to win it warm in those long, dark winter evenings. 

Details:
Fabric:  Tend the Earth by Deb Strain
Pattern: From the Growing Up Modern book by Allison Harris
Size: Approximately 39" x 51"
Quilting Design: Diagonal Plaid

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UFO Friday - Postcards from Sweden

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

The next UFO on my list is called Postcards from Sweden.  I went to Quilt Market last year in Minneapolis and stayed with a good friend I grew up with.  So to thank her for her hospitality, I of course am going to make her a quilt.  So while this is not a very old UFO, it is an important one I would like to see completed quickly!  

If you're new here, UFO Fridays are where you carve out 15 minutes of your day to work on a UFO (Unfinished Object), with the objective of finishing it up!  I work on the same UFO every Friday until it's finished.  So far I have completed three UFO's, although two aren't quilted so technically I guess that isn't completely accurate.  

I started on this project when I was at a sewing retreat a few weeks ago, this is how far I got... only three rows.  Although, I was pleased with my progress because I had started it the night before we left only giving me a few hours to work on it.

I worked on it today, probably for about 30 minutes.  I got two rows completely done and sewed onto the quilt.  There are so. many. triangles... gosh. I do love how it's turning out though! 

I did mess up on either picking out the triangles or placement of the them according to the pattern... but I'll never tell you where they are and you'll never figure it out!  Muahaha...  Well, until next week when I hope to show you more progress!

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Project details:
Pattern:  Postcards from Sweden by Jeli Quilts
Fabric:  Kona Cottons
Status: 5 of 15 rows completed!

 

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UFO Friday - Bonnie and Camille Sampler Quilt

Posted on April 22, 2016 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

I have missed doing UFO Fridays and I'm happy to be back plugging away at some half finished projects (and believe me, I have enough where I could do them every Friday for the rest of my life)!

If you're new here, UFO Fridays are where you carve out 15 minutes of your day to work on a UFO (Unfinished Object), with the objective of finishing it up!  I work on the same UFO every Friday until it's finished.  So far I have completed three UFO's, although two aren't quilted so technically I guess that isn't completely accurate.  

So what's on this week's UFO list?  My Bonnie and Camille Sampler Quilt!  I took part in a little swap on Instagram.  Each month you made two blocks and sent them out, and you received two blocks in return.  The only stipulation was a 12.5" block and it had to use Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

Look at all these beautiful blocks!  I was so excited to put them together that I even brought them to a sewing retreat a few weekends ago and got the sashing finished! 

I love every single block in here, it's so well balanced.  All of these ladies were wonderful partners, sending high quality blocks, unique designs and best of all they were all sent on time!  

So today, I started with 15 minutes and probably worked more like an hour (one of the benefits to UFO Friday is just getting the momentum to get started!) putting on my borders.  The blue with dots is the sashing and the lovely Pears in Cream print is my outer border.

On our retreat, we did a little local quilt shopping.  You really never know what kind of goodies you're going to find a small quilt stores.  I found this gem, Bliss from Bonnie and Camille in flannel.  Oh, my, gosh it is soooo soft!!  I new instantly it was to be used for my backing on this quilt, I even took it home to wash it last night.  It's all ready to be longarmed now!

Don't forget, you can join in on the fun!  Post your photos on Instagram or on our Facebook page, use hashtag #UFOFridays

Project details:
Pattern:  Bonnie and Camille Sampler, blocks provided from all over the world
Fabric:  Any collection from Bonnie and Camille
Size: 70" x 83"

 

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UFO Friday - Bonnie and Camille Scrappy Log Cabin Completed!

Posted on March 04, 2016 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

It's Friday and I'm back to working on my UFO's!  I do hope you join me in finishing up some projects, not only does it feel great to finish them up but I'm really enjoying using them when they're finished!

So here it is, my scrappy Bonnie and Camille Log Cabin quilt is finished!  You can look back on my progress - block progress, blocks completed and blocks in rows.

This quilt is so special to me, knowing so many women around the world have sewn a different block.  Truly is amazing how so many people can be connected by one hobby!

I sewed each block on point and did inset triangles for the border.  I used Bella Solid Ruby Ice as my background, and found it to be a nice change compared to the white that I'm typically drawn to.

I'm happy to have the top completed, now I just have to figure out what to use for my backing!  

Don't forget, you can join in on the fun!  Post your photos on Instagram or on our Facebook page, use hashtag #UFOFridays

Project details:
Pattern:  Scrappy Log Cabin
Fabric:  Every and any collection from Bonnie and Camille
Size: 88" x 100"

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Quilt Con Charity Quilt for the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild

Posted on February 26, 2016 by Jenn Thurston | 1 comment

Recently our quilt guild (Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild) took on the challenge of making an impromptu quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Charity for Quilt Con.  What a challenge it was for all of us "traditional" modern quilters (if that's not a contradiction in itself).  You can find more about it at the Modern Quilt Guild's blog.

We decided the best way to conquer the task would be dividing into groups of four and each group would come up with a section of the quilt.  The charlotte modern quilt board members had a meeting before the idea was rolled out, and all the powerful brains came up with a fantastic theme, "Postcard from North Carolina".

It was a brilliant idea, as each group was assigned a different theme from North Carolina, such as the state flower above (the Dogwood). 

Here is a recreational block, cycling.  For never doing an improv piece, everyone did a fantastic job!  

Welcome to North Carolina, the home of racing!  How cool is that checkered flag?!

Then we have the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets, as well as beaches and mountains.  We have such a beautiful state and I truly enjoy living here (I'm a Minnesota transplant, brrr!)

Here's our Charlotte city landscape, if you live in Charlotte then you'll probably recognize the Wachovia Tower.  It's the building with the red, and when the Panthers score a goal during a home game the building flashes carolina blue!  

We have so many beautiful beaches and light houses, this block is so pretty!  

Mountains, how clever was inserting the deer?!

We chose a more modern quilt design, something that wouldn't take away from all the hard work that everyone put into their piecing!  

 Details:
Fabric:  Mix of the challenge colors 
Pattern: Improv, Postcards from North Carolina
Size: Approximately 72" x 88"
Quilting Design: Retro Graphics #2

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Chalk and Paint Blog Hop

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Jenn Thurston | 1 comment

Hi everyone!  Today is my day for the Chalk and Paint Blog Hop!  I was so excited when I was selected by Sew Caroline (Caroline Hulse) for her blog hop!  Her fabrics are so fun and cheery, I knew it would be an easy challenge for me!  

All of her fabrics are so pretty, so I made no specifics to which ones I preferred to receive for the challenge.  Opening the the package of fabric was like opening a Birthday gift!  The fabrics were just perfect for me!  I love blue's and green's so these fabrics were perfection.  Here are the fabrics I used for my blog hop goodies. 

I was on the fence about what to make, I knew I wanted to make a pillow cover but just couldn't decide on the pattern.  Then after petting all these pretty fabrics for a few days (everyone does that right?!), it hit me.  I sure do love a kaleidoscope pattern, so I decided to use all my blues with a splash of color for the accent.

I love how it turned out with that pop of orange in there!  The blocks measure 3" finished and the pillow cover finishes at 18" x 18".  All those blues makes me miss the ocean and summer something fierce!  

I threw in a little random decorative stitching for good measure, I feel like it adds a little something without being too much of a distraction.

The backing is a mix from two of my favorite prints.  I love the writing, CAPS, cursive, print, bold, thin... I love it all, there was not a better choice than to pair these two prints together.  

So I had a little bit of scraps remaining, and if you know anything about me I can't let scraps go to waste of just lie around.  That meant it was time to make another something small.  I was pretty sure I had enough for another... wait for it... pillow cover (yes, I do have a problem... is there a anonymous group for pillow cover making?)  

I used my favorite fabric, I only had a 5" square remaining because I selfishly used all of it on the back of the other pillow.  I knew I wanted to do something with the words, and this word in specific called out to me.  It would be perfect in my sewing room, living room, game room, bedroom... you get the idea, this pillow will not have trouble finding a spot in my home.

 

I use invisible zippers in all of my pillow covers for a few reasons.  I find them quick and easy to install, the pillow won't stretch the enclosure, and it gives it such a nice professional finish.

I hope you enjoyed my post as much as I enjoyed working with these Chalk and Paint fabrics!  If you're jumping in just now, make sure to check out yesterdays post at The Simple Life for the cutest little girl skirts you ever did see!  Can't wait to see what The Pattern Revolution posts tomorrow for her Chalk and Paint project!   

Make sure you check out the giveaway!  Here are the details:

  • Giveaway will last 2/22 through 3/7
  • Open domestically (U.S.) only
  • Public accounts only, so we can verify entries

To enter:

  • Post/repost your favorite image from the blog tour (any photo from any blog post) crediting the maker/photographer
  • Use the hashtag #chalkandpaintgiveaway and tag @sewcaroline
  • People can enter once per day

Jenn

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Piece Tree

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments

We have been very busy in the store making quick gifts to be featured in our newsletter.  These are gift ideas that can be made when you have very little time.  If you've missed our newsletters don't worry, I'll make sure to do a recap of all of them!

This Piece Tree pattern is no exception, it is meant to be stretched over canvas but we decided to quilt it.

The background fabric we chose is Moda's Mochi Tan Linen/Cotton mix, it is truly one of our favorite fabrics to work with!  

I love the simplicity of the quilting, almost as though you can see the stars twinkling on the Christmas tree!

Details:
Fabric:  Green scraps for the tree, Mochi Dots for the background and Gooseberry for the backing
 * Kits available *
Pattern: Piece Tree featured in Christmas Quilts and More Magazine
Size: Approximately 12" x 24"
Quilting Design: Stars and Loops

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Posted in Piece Tree, Quilts and More Magazine