8.25.2015

News from my Neglected Blog!

Between having a baby, taking care of my two boys, moving houses, meeting publication deadlines and working on some projects that I hope to share with you (really soon!!!), my poor blog has been neglected big time.  I apologize for that! I'm long overdue for a post, so i'll try (while my baby sleeps and my toddler is distracted!) to update you on what I can.

As a side note: for daily updates and pictures please follow me on Instagram and Facebook (search Quilting in the Rain), as I post there on a regular basis. I'd love to have you! 

First, I'd like to share some fun and exciting news! I co-authored the following book, 75 Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, along with 13 other popular designers. This book comes out this December, 2015. The strippy quilt, shown above and below, is featured in the book. It is quick to assemble and uses almost the entire fat quarter bundle with little to no waste. I assembled it via the Quilt As-You-Go method, detailed in my other book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, but I also go over the technique briefly in this new book.
I believe in my last forever-ago post I mentioned that I was preggo. Well, baby Simon has arrived! He arrived like a freight train on July 3rd at 12:47 AM, and shares a birthday with my husband. Here he is at one month, and is getting chubbier by the day. He's almost 2 months now and my mom calls him "butterball."
Below are some pictures of a more recent project I finished. These are just some sneak peak pictures as this quilt will be published in the McCall Quilting Magazine early next year. If you love the design and the fabrics, you will be happy to hear that McCall quilting will be teaming up with Lecien fabrics to make custom quilt kits that you can order through their magazine. Fun stuff!
I seem to be most efficient at night time quilting, but even that can be a challenge when I'm nursing every 2 hours. I'm honestly surprised to be quilting as much as I am having just had a baby. With my first born, I didn't quilt for 6 months after his birth! But then I came back feeling super creative and shortly after wrote my first book. Funny how that works.
 Above: my faithful quilting buddy, Paige. She stayed up with me all night  assembling this one.
 Above: saying good night to my Pfaff.
As mentioned, these beautiful fabrics were provided by Lecien Fabrics. I just love their vintage vibe and soft floral designs, and the quality of their fabric (made in Japan) is excellent. This is their new Flower Sugar line that will be in stores Fall, 2015.
These next two photos I had to share. I think Paige has adopted Simon as her little pup. She responds to his every squeak and loves to cuddle him. It's one of the sweetest things ever.
 Above: Paige and Simon doing tummy time together.
More recently i've had the privilege of working with Lecien's latest Princess Rose collection which comes out this Fall. Isn't it beautiful? If you haven't been able to tell yet, I'm kind of a sucker for whimsy florals. xoxo
I have ambitious plans for this quilt and will show more previews later...here's a peak of what I'm scheming...
Thanks so much for reading this, as much as it's been neglected! These days with my busy schedule I seem to be on Facebook and Instagram more, so please join me there if you can. =)  

Even now, I'm racing to finish this post before my 3.5 year old asks to type on my laptop and my baby threatens to be done with tummy time, lol ;) 

Life has been busier than ever and it's been a super eventful Summer...but I wouldn't change a thing. I love being a mama to two beautiful boys, and I am thankful for the time (though few these days) I get for my hobby.  I have to really try to make time for it with the help of my husband (and grandparents!). Through the hustle and bustle of life, it's important we make time for the things we love. Obviously family always being number one, but for our hobbies as well (our hobbies keep us from going crazy)!
Above: Nurse. Shush. Sew. Repeat. ;)
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to make another post sooner rather than later...but that's me being ambitious ;)  

Enjoy the rest of the Summer and take care! 

4.15.2015

Latest shenanigans...(did i mention i'm preggo?)

It has been crazy town over here, and it's been embarrassingly LONG since my last post! That being said, I thought I'd do this post loaded with photos to let you know what I've been up to.

First of all, have I mentioned that I'm 7 months preggo? Yup, that's me and my bump and Paige.
(photo cred: Lidia Flanigan)
And we just listed our house for sale. It goes on market this week! As of last weekend, we moved to a temporary rental home until we find a permanent home. I haven't had much time to quilt (and definitely no nesting time! lol), however amongst all the craziness I did find time to work on this baby quilt (pictured above and below) for my sister in-law's baby, Nathan. You can find the tutorial HERE.
As of last week I've said goodbye to my old sewing corner, below. I can't believe how many quilts were made in that tiny, itty-bitty space. That's where my book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern came to life!
My new space as of this week is this beautiful sun room. I am quite smitten with it! 
I started moving the necessities into the room, being my Pfaff, a table and a chair.
 Paige wasn't so sure about it at first...
 ...but i think she approves now! ;)
Anyway, the months and weeks leading up to now involved a lot of packing and moving, and that combined with watching my 3 year old and working part time and growing a baby were pretty much non-stop. I think it's fair to say that I am POOPED. It's a breath of fresh air to be able to settle into a home again.

Here are some pretty photos of my house, cleaner than ever and staged to sell. (and yes, cleaning our home and new rental with a baby bump pretty much sucked, for lack of better words!) ;-p

 (Above: my Tiny Tulips mini quilt. Perfect for Spring! Below: my home in watercolor)
Too tired to quilt, I found myself channeling my creativity by collecting vintage quilts. I told my hubby that it's my source of inspiration right now. ;) And it has been!!! Anyway, i'm kind of addicted. Here's some recent finds...
 (Above: On the ladder, the middle quilt is a vintage find. The top quilt is my Strawberries Fields Forever quilt, the bottom is my Stairway to Heaven quilt, and the mini hanging on the wall is my Sweethearts Mini quilt). 
(Above: vintage quilt and vintage pillow cases, modeled by my furr-baby Paige).
 Aren't they absolutely stunning? How can you not draw inspiration from such beauties - and they were all hand-quilted!!

So yeah, that's a glimpse of some of the prettier things I have been up to lately. :) 

I've said this before and i'll say it again: one of these days I will find time to finish all of my work in progresses!!
 I was hoping to finish this one (below) but then realized I accidentally packed the remaining fabrics  in storage :( Those public storage units scare the hell out of me with those long, dark corridors, flickering lights, no windows... So who knows when i'll get back to this one.
But you know me...I have quilting-ADD and i'm already scheming a new project! I'm collaborating with Lecien fabrics to create a quilt using their new Flower Sugar line of pre-cut fabrics, pictured below! I am so EXCITED to share more with you!
I'm all setup in my new space, and anxious to get quilting again after the big move! 

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll try to be better about posting. For more real-time and frequent photo posts, find me on instagram and facebook. :)

Happy quilting all!!




2.27.2015

Done and Done! With the help of a long arm ;)

A few months ago I did this Stairway to Heaven quilt tutorial for Moda Bakeshop. I did not finish it via quilt as-you-go as I normally do, so I ended up with a quilt top that sat in my sewing nook for months. 

I love quilt as-you-go because there's a sense of pride you get when you can say you finished an entire quilt all on your own (plus the quickness of Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern is always a plus), but I still enjoy making quilts the traditional way as well. That being said, I can end up with unfinished quilt tops laying around. Anyone else guilty of this? ;)

To my timely luck, my good friend Monica (owner of The West Seattle Fabric Company), just opened machine quilting services in her shop. Monica asked me if I had anything laying around that I needed to just get done and so I jumped at the opportunity to get this quilt finished, once and for all! One less work-in-progress, right?!
So after months of my sad quilt top folded up in my sewing nook, I bundled it up, dropped it off at her shop with high hopes, and...
...VOILA! Within 10 days my quilt was finished. Monica did a beautiful job, and took such great care of my quilt! She quilted the cutest hearts with edge to edge machine quilting.
What was refreshing about The West Seattle Fabric Company's machine quilting services was the super fast turnaround time. Their goal is to get your quilt back to you within 10 days. They are able to accomplish this via straight forward, edge to edge quilting options.

And what's really exciting is they will be offering their fast machine quilting services online within a few months, so be sure to check back!

All you would do is mail in your quilt top and backing (or choose a backing from their shop - they have minky and flannel options for the backing fabric, too!), and then they'll mail your quilt back to you within 10 days. Super simple. That's how I like it!
 I love to share my quilting experiences with you all, and this was a very good one! I'm really looking forward to getting a quilt finished with minky backing. I'll let you know how that goes once it happens. :)
Once again, you can find my free quilt pattern HERE. And for more details on The West Seattle Fabric Co.'s machine quilting services, visit HERE - and check back for online quilting services coming soon!
If you're ever in the Seattle area, be sure to stop by The West Seattle Fabric Co., or visit them online. My son and I are frequent visitors.
 They have beautiful fabrics, and good taste in quilting books too ;)
Thanks for stopping by my blog to read about my experience with machine quilting services! The fabric collection I used for this quilt is Somerset by Fig Tree and Co. for Moda. I used all the colorways in the collection except for brown.

And with that, I leave you with Paige =)
Have a great weekend!

1.29.2015

Sweethearts Mini Quilt Tutorial

 I'm sort of obsessed with hearts (see some of my other 'heart-themed' tutorials here, here and here), and what better excuse to share another heart-themed tutorial with Valentine's day just a few weeks away! I really love this one because it's adorable, but it's also doable! It's small enough that you can complete it within a couple of days, and warning...assembling the mini hearts are addicting!
This Sweethearts Mini Quilt makes a cute wall hanging (mine is hanging next to my front door), or as the cutest table topper ever! Though it's a mini, I'd love to see someone make a full size quilt out of these mini hearts some day.

Before I share the tutorial, here are some cute photos I snapped along the way... :) Or you can skip and scroll down to get straight to business! ;)
 Below: my handsome quilt model
The fabric collection I used for this mini quilt is called Ambleside by Brenda Riddle for Moda fabrics, to be released March 2015.
My pattern is simple and you can use fabrics you have laying around in your stash or scraps. Thank you for being here, and I hope you enjoy this fun tutorial I've put together for you all!

Materials for a 16.5"x17.5" Sweethearts Mini Quilt:
  • Mini hearts: scrap fabrics or a charm pack/mini charm pack would work. 
  • White fabric: 1/4 yard or a fat quarter
  • Inner border: Fat eighth, or scraps at least 1"x11.5" long 
  • Outer border: one fat quarter
  • Binding: 1/8 yard
  • Backing: one fat quarter  
Note: When sewing, always use a 1/4" seam allowance
Step 1: Assembling Mini Hearts

To make one mini heart, you will need: two 2" squares and two 1.5" squares from coordinating print fabrics, plus six 1" squares and two 2" squares from white fabric.

Take one 2" square from your print fabric. Then take three 1" squares and mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.

With right sides facing together, align one 1" square along the corner of the 2" print square. Sew exactly where you marked the diagonal line, and then trim 1/4" away from where you sewed. Press the corner to open.
 Repeat, but with the other two 1" squares on two more corners. Make two of these.

Next, take one 2" square from your white fabric.Then, take two 1.5" squares from your print fabric and mark a diagonal from corner to corner.

With right sides facing together, align one 1.5" square along the corner of the white square. Sew exactly where you marked the diagonal line, and then trim 1/4" away from where you sewed. Press the corner to open. Make two of these.
Arrange the four pieces you assembled as show below to form a heart, then sew together.
Repeat the above to make a total of 9 mini hearts.

Step 2: Add Background Fabric
From white fabric, cut three 2"x3.5" rectangles (A), one 1"x9.5" strip (B), and two 1"x11.5" strips (C) for the sides. Assemble as shown below.
Note: Although it's not illustrated in my images, as you start assembling your hearts into rows and adding background fabric, the 1/4" seam allowances will naturally round out the points in the hearts, to make the cutest little mini hearts!

Step 3: Add Borders
From your inner border fabric, cut four 1"x11.5" strips (D) and (E). Attach in that order.
From your outer border fabric, cut two 3"x12.5" rectangles (F), and two 3"x16.5" rectangles (G). Attach in that order.

Step 4: Finish it! 
This mini quilt measures 16.5"x17.5", so a fat quarter would work well for the backing fabric. Baste and then quilt. I did simple quilting and outlined the hearts with a 1/4" seam allowance. To bind, cut two 2.5" strip along the length of fabric. You can find an easy to follow binding tutorial here.

I gotta say, this quilt was an awesome excuse to buy Sweethearts and my favorite jelly sugar hearts...!! I'm such a sucker for seasonal candies.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you make something beautiful!

 

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