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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Where did I leave off + upcoming QAL!

Wishing you a Happy New Year and hoping it has been a good one so far!  Lots has been going on in house of laughter, busy life stuff and holiday stuff and stuff of the quilty kind!  I finished not one but two queen-sized quilts for Christmas gifts this year and I am so happy I did!  First up, I finished my Moda Modern building blocks

This is a great pattern to sew!  I really enjoyed the different blocks and using color combinations I normally wouldn't have thought of for some blocks. I sent this quilt off to the quilter and adore how it finished!  I backed it in white flannel and then bound it in flannel.  I love using flannel and I need a flannel backed quilt in my house now :)

Swirls :)

The other quilt is a postage stamp using 2.5 x 2.5" squares 


I will never tire of a postage stamp quilt!  I thoroughly enjoyed sewing this together; no worries of pattern, color, print!  1900 squares of fabric!!  My 2.5 x 2.5" scrap bin doesn't look any does that happen?  This quilt was also quilted by long arm and backed in flannel! Bound in flannel too :). 

Ok, then add in a bunch of swaps and you're caught up :). Here's one swap project to share.  I love this bag that I made using soft and stable and quilt as you go for Sew Sew modern 6.

Pattern is classmate by Atkinson designs

I didn't want to send that one off!  Then I started thinking of 2015 plans.  Do you have quilty plans?  I decided I'm done loading myself up on swaps even though I have thrived on them and enjoyed them so much.  I want to focus on big quilts!  I love making them, using up fabrics and giving or using them.  This last year I didn't donate quilts which is the first time in 5 or 6 years!?  I need to do that!  So, with a couple exceptions I'm big-quilting it this year.  

And soon  co-running an Instagram QAL for a storm at sea quilt, mini, whatever!  This is a bucket list design for me and I can't wait to start!  I'll post more soon but here is an inspiration pic from quilters cache:

We are looking at a mid-February start date and it will be mostly an Instagram QAL but I will post some updates, pattern links and other stuff on the blog!  Join if you can :)  xx K