Saturday, June 6, 2015

A galactic finish and news

I last posted about how obsessed I was with the monthly BOM by called technicolor galaxy-and my obsession continued. I sewed ahead of the BOM and kept sewing until I had the blocks done
The arcs are sewn, then quilted, ala quilt as you go, which I'd not tried in quilt size before.  It is so rewarding to quilt detailed patterns without wrestling a large quilt!  I want to make more quilts this way!  At this point (above) I did internet research on QAYG block assembly and found some great tips, and blogs to get lost in too :). Alyssa at pileofabric responded to my plea for early assembly how-to by pointing me back to her blog - duh.  So, I then cut the blocks down, got my bias binding ready and went for it


I really loved putting the binding on the blocks and seeing the quilting flow together!  When it came 
to putting the center circle in, I admittedly got a little worried..some additional thought on how to make it work (I hoped) ahead of the time helped 

Alyssa shows the use of washable elmers glue throughout the sewing process and I, being relatively old-school couldn't wrap my head around using it...and I didn't use it much but, it definitely came in handy!  Glue was especially helpful with the back bias strips.  Have you used glue in quilting?

I then pinned and pinned and crossed my fingers 

For the back of each arc I used colorful solids -that I still think multiply in my stash by themselves:). I placed them in a step-down way to make the back fun :). I don't think I used up much of my solids stash on this, oddly enough! 

And, before I knew it, it was done!!  The BOM and pattern have side and corner low volume blocks to make the quilt square but I wanted this to be circular as I want to hang it on a wall.  I really loved every bit of making this one!  Now I sort of don't know what to do with myself! :). 

I'll be testing a couple of quilt patterns for designers soon and I can't wait to dig in on those!  I am ready for a new project! I'll post some teaser pics for these new patterns  on Instagram soon hopefully! 

Speaking  of which I have failed at my blog posting commitment because Instagram is so immediate!  I continue to see so much (too much??) inspiration there that it continues to eat up my computer time. If you haven't joined, please try it!  There is an amazing group of talented quilters on IG.  I'm going to  continue to be active there, and this blog will likely, eventually end.  Gone due to instant social media. I will  still peek at your blogs though!  Have a great weekend xx K

Friday, May 8, 2015


i have been known to get downright obsessed with some quilts I put together.  If you've hung around with me for a bit, you may know this :). The technicolor galaxy quilt I've been working on has become an obsession.  Like, dream about it obsession.

I have jumped ahead in this BOM as I cannot seem to work on much else. It has been a blast to use skills I haven't in some time and learn new techniques

Hexie flowers!  

Then some inset circles, or piece-lique

Here is where I am today!

I am nearly done with the arcs!  Ok, now the sides and corners are to be scrappy low volume...I'm leaning towards keeping this round.  Assemble and bind as a round medallion quilt.  What do you think?  xx K

Friday, March 27, 2015

A little progress plus

I've started my star points on the technicolor galaxy quilt and they are kicking my behind just a bit

The piecing of the 3 individual segments for each point is easy but the dog ear assembly to get the sections joined is little relearning!  I have unpicked each twice.  Thinking more points and experience will help since I have 10 points left.  Looking forward to quality time with that this weekend.

In the meantime, since instagram is a font of creativity, I want to try the one hour basket that popped up from Kelby Sews.  I woke up one morning this week with a two year old orphan block in my brain, it is a paper pieced block free from

So fun to use this block finally!

I think this will be quite handy for the fabrics I'm using in technicolor galaxy!  I hope to use some repeats in prints throughout the quilt top.  My vintage sewing basket is a great display too :)

In other quilting news I should be sewing non-stop with the arrival of my new sewing machine tabletop

My old top was not large enough to flush mount so, we got just the top and reused the legs.  I am thrilled to have this machine and now the table too!!!  In other life news, check out this stinker :)

It's already been a year after adopting her and though she is standing on the couch and being naughty, she is my bestie!  Have a great weekend!  xx Karen

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A stormy finish! maybe I didn't have a tidal wave (or storm) of quilt along people for my Instagram stormatseaqal but I kept at it!  I present a finished top

I had originally planned for the heart to be in the center, but it didn't look right.  Luckily I could easily rearrange it.  It is approximately 40 x 40" and a good size for me to be happy I got a bucket list pattern done!!!  This is a very fun paper-pieced quilt to make and it is trippy to look at since it looks curvy but isn't :). An Instagram friend is going to quilt it for me and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with!

Ok, so that done and I found a next project.  I couldn't help but sign up and dive in on the technicolor Galaxy BOM, especially after seeing some of the blocks completed for month one posted on Instagram.  Check for more on the BOM, or check the hashtag on IG #technicolorgalaxy or #skillbuilderbom.  Here is my version of block one, first without bias tape-

Isn't it cool!?!  I am using stash fabrics as much as possible for this quilt (for anything quilty as much as I can this year) and am loving it!!!  I also have a distinct lack of yellow in my stash and a bunch of is growing on me :).  Check out the block with bias -

So amazing right?!  I am learning a lot with this BOM with block one; fabric selection, elmers glue 
basting (?), plus how fun is the bias tape on this?  I'm in love!  I'm already starting the next round of 
blocks for this so hope to post more progress soon.  You have a great rest of the week :). xx K

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Old to new

When you look at quilt patterns, or even specific blocks, do you think about the style and attribute an era to them?  For example here is the beginning of a somerset star-

When I usually see this block I think of vintage Christmas ornaments in gold with maybe some red and green thrown in.

When I thought about the side of a zip pouch for a swap, knowing my swap partner from some stalking and her favorite colors I kept coming back to the somerset pattern.  Could I make this work on the pouch?  Sure...could it look modern?  Ha, think so, maybe.

I turned the star into a second ever attempted reverse appliqué and it worked!  Ok, now I needed it to work in the zip pouch-

It worked alright!!  I'm thinking this is a modern take on a vintage block too.  

To create your very own somerset star check, plus she has the reverse
 appliqué steps on her blog.  The zip pouch is the open wide zipper pouch found on  The pouch is so great to assemble and my zipper even went in ok!   I may need more of these!  

Until next time. xx K

Friday, February 20, 2015

Into the Sea

I started my storm at sea quilt!  I'll show it to you in a second, well the start of it for sure.  First though I need to share a picture of my new 'baby'.

Oh but wait!  Here first is a pic of a recent finish!  I joined in on the instagram quilt along for a scrappy log cabin -

I turned my blocks into a duvet cover for our guest bedroom!  I have always wanted to do this! Like since *forever*. I used 108" wide quilt back fabric and quilted my log cabin top to it.  By quilted I mean sewed each block down 1/4" off the seams on each side.  I didn't want the 80 kajillion seams to take too much stress!  Then I cut another 108" wide piece for the back of the duvet.  I finished the opening with pearl snaps and Walla!  Love it!

Ok here's a pic of my new baby!
It's a Janome 8900!!!! + 80 kajillion more exclamation points!  I've been wanting this machine for 2 years!  They have come down in price since I looked more than a year sewing machine savings account and my husband said 'yes'!  This beauty has 270 stitches built in, excellent lighting, a huge throat (11"), it can be mounted as a long arm machine (!), it has a huge foot pedal plus a spectacularly beautiful red faceplate ❤️ Love!  I was initially scared to sew with it!  I've never had a brand new machine!  Now we're besties ❤️

Ok, here is where I am with the storm at sea!  Join in if you can!  Check Instagram #stormatseaqal

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Storm at Sea Quilt-a-long!

As I promised, here is some info I found available for the Storm at Sea Quilt-a-long that I'm co-hosting starting in February!  Yay!!  Ever been curious about how this quilt is put together?  Ever wanted to make one but really weren't sure it was something that you could do?  Join us!

Stephanie (@yespositively on Instagram) and Kathy (@librkat on Instagram) and I plan on making our own versions of Storm at Sea.  Follow along and sewalong with us!!!  There will be more info coming on Instagram (and on this blog) as we get started the week of February 9 and we have the potential for some prizes (YAY!) plus more!!  Check #stormatseaqal

Here is what I have started for my SAS -

Along with my 'usual' text fabrics I have had these black prints in my stash forever, forever...well, I did invest in a bundle from here to round out my pile too :)  I use black fabrics so sparingly and have always kept them aside for 'someday'.  Well that day is fast approaching!  I also adore the color purple and pulled some fat quarters I have of shot cottons for the heart within my quilt...and maybe that lighter purply/burgundy.  I may just change up this design again though since there is SO much inspiration on the Internet!  Keep on reading:

If you have EQ7 then you could 'easily' create your own storm at sea layout and templates.  If you are like me 'sans-EQ7' then check out the links I have laid out here.  

I grabbed the coloring template I used in my picture from here and if there is any site I've spent time on it's this one!  There are so many storm at sea variations including single sashing, double sashing, quilts with highlighted hearts (like my drawing) and snail's trail which is another quilt I'd love to make!  There are paper templates you can print for the blocks at those sites too.  Paper coloring templates for your design are also at this site on the second page.

I'm really loving this one, I may have to switch it up! 
found here

Both of the above sites have a pile of information and can get your ideas brewing!  

The ever-popular Quilters Cache also has storm at sea 12" paper patterns to print but if you aren't comfortable with paper piecing, then there are instructions for piecing the blocks without.

If you are feeling ill thinking about selecting fabrics or if you want to dive in and sew then check out this quilt at Robert Kaufman!  Here's a pic, Jennifer Sampou's fabrics look gorgeous in this version!

 Love this!  I found kits here, and here (just giving you the links, I get no kick-backs).  The Kaufman site has the pattern for free too!  

OK, so there's the gist of it.  Follow us on Instagram, we'll have prizes, did I mention that?  Also some pretty generous offers.  Join us won't you??  

Start by thinking of fabrics, print your quilt layout to color and have fun!!!  xx K