bugs! baby quilt

After having made the dragonfly quilt for my June Project Quilting challenge, I still had quite a few bugs left on my panel. I also still had the bricks I cut out with intentions to use them in the dragonfly quilt. And I ALSO have a cousin who recently had a little baby girl. So you might be able to guess how this all worked out pretty well for her!

I haven’t finished the baby quilt yet, but am posting it here for you to see my progress, and to link up to yet another WIP Wednesday. I also think I will make it my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes to have this quilt finished and gifted by the end of the month.


So here’s a quick pic of what I’ve got so far:

lovea baby quilt

obviously I’ve got some cutting/piecing/squaring up to do, but so far I think I’m liking it even better than the dragonfly quilt I made for the original panel project! Feel free to click on the link if you’re curious as to what I did with that ;)

Thanks for reading!


more daylight pics of the dragonfly quilt!

I always like to get a nice picture of my quilts in natural light, so I took the dragonfly panel quilt out today to get some photos.

For a reference, here is the panel that I started with:


I thought about lots of different ways to go with this, but in the end was so in love with the green dragonfly panel that I decided to make it my centerpiece. (unfortunately the crappy pic above makes it look yellow). I was leafing through some quilting books for inspiration, and settled upon this quilt out of Material Obsession 2: It’s called Kismet.


But I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make one quite that big. I toyed with the idea of using the dragonfly for the center medallion, and then using the rest of the panel for borders. I even went so far as to cut up the rest of the panel into “bricks” for a border, but when I layed them out around the quilt, I wasn’t happy with it. Don’t worry, I fully intend to use them in my next project. You can see it HERE if you’re interested.

I also had a moment where I thought I would make smaller stars out of the smaller bug panels and place them randomly around the quilt. But again, I didn’t like it. I ended up using one of the smaller stars on the back of the quilt. So here is the finished product:


right next to my giant hostas — in full bloom no less! the quilt is appx 40″X40″ so that tells you how large those hosta leaves are!

here’s a couple close-ups of the dragonfly:


That second one really shows off the quilting. I am not 100% on my free-motion quilting skills yet, so I thought I was just wiggling around. After a bit I looked down and thought, “hey! I think that’s a stipple!” and so I think I stipple-quilted most of it. whatever it is, it was pretty fun!

I can’t resist putting in a close-up of this beautiful Anna Maria Horner print that I used for the star points.


I love poppies!

And here’s the back:


hanging from our dogwood tree. (I love my yard, can you tell?)

I used the left-over smaller star that I mentioned before, and a purple batik. I’m normally not a huge fan of batiks in such large doses, but this color complimented the front of the quilt so well, not to mention I had just enough of it in my stash…so no trips to the fabric store for me!

It’s kind of hard to see here, but I wanted to include this pic of the star on the back, because at this angle you can kind of make out the dragonfly echo-quilting I did on the front. I got a bit of a kick out of that.


So that’s my story on this one. Thanks for reading, and have a large day!






here is a sneak peak of my dragonfly quilt made for the “panel it” project quilting challenge. I really pushed up against the deadline this time, as it is about two hours from now and I just finished putting the binding on. so I can’t get the good daylight photos that I normally like to, but here’s some kitchen photos until I can get some better ones tomorrow. thanks to the hubby for being the “kitchen quilt holder.”

update: click here to see my post that includes the daylight pictures!

hope you enjoy!

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WIP wednesday

Today I’m linking up to Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts for Work In Progress Wednesday.

At the moment I have about a million WIPs in my sewing room, but today I think I will be focusing on two. I’m always working on a Project Quilting piece, and this month the off-season challenge is to use a fabric panel. Here’s the one I chose:



And here’s what I’ve done with it so far:

PQ panels 1not the best pic, but you get the idea.

it’s a really big star, about 32″X32.” I was originally inspired by this quilt from Material Obsession II


and I thought I would do a medallion-style quilt. But now I am thinking about using more of the bugs to make different sized stars, and the putting them all together somehow. We’ll see what happens!

The second project I’ve been focusing on is a one-block wonder, which is something I’ve recently become obsessed with. Using this tutorial, I started with this lovely fabric:

one block wonder 1

and ended up with some of these:

one block wonder 2

which are coming together nicely like this:

one block wonder 3

These two projects are complimenting each other nicely. Since the one-block wonder is a lot of repetition and not a lot of thought, I have been doing it while waiting to be struck with a lightning-bolt of inspiration for the other one.

Well I’m off to make some lunch. Hope you enjoyed my post!

May goal: COMPLETE!

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here are my 16 shirts all together hanging on our fence. I picked one to keep, and am sending the rest away to the All Shirts No Shoes swap 2.0. I can’t wait to get my 15 various shirts – hopefully from 15 different people, and make a little shirt quilt out of them. And I’m happy to have completed my May goal!

Here are close-ups of all the little shirts:

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which one is your favorite?

thanks for reading!

big big funky star part deux

I was so excited to have finished my star quilt last night that I couldn’t wait to post about it even before I had a solid picture. Fortunately, I think I did it justice today. I took it out to my Aunt Wendy’s house, which is my preferred location for quilt photos. As a bonus, I also received a wonderfully yummy dinner! Wendy’s house is just nice like that :)

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of all the pictures I took, I think I like this one the best. something about that birdhouse and the horseshoes hanging off the fence…

here’s one a bit closer up:

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I am finding more and more often that I like to keep my quilting simple. I just echoed the star in the background, and on the star, I echoed the diamonds. I think it complimented the design perfectly.

As I said, I wrote a blog post about this same quilt last night, so at the risk of boring everyone who’s already read it, I’ll just post a link here. It has the details of the Project Quilting Challenge it was created for, and a bit more of the story of how the quilt came to be. Oh and a link to a pattern for this particular design, too!

I’m very happy with this little project. All in all I think it took me about two weeks to complete. It measures appx 48″X48″ and was made in lovely Duncannon, PA by the Susquehanna River.

Thanks for visiting my blog. And have a large day!

And, by popular demand, HERE IS A LINK TO THE FREE PATTERN ON MODA BAKESHOP! If you do make one, let me know!

big big funky star

I was challenged this month to make a quilt using a ruler I had bought but never used. This is the only one I could find.

big big funky star ruler

I had absolutely no idea why I had ever bought it, what I was planning on using it for, or how to use it. My only thoughts on the subject are it was probably on sale for really cheap, and I probably had some big idea to do something REALLY COOL when I picked it up. But mostly it was probably just on sale for really cheap, because I am a cheapskate, and that is why I like to make quilts.

So anyhoo, I was challenged by Project Quilting off-season challenge to use a ruler that I owned but had never used. So I had to figure out how to use it. This ruler had no package, no instructions. So obviously, I turned to the google oracle. Who in turn told me to follow this tutorial from Moda Bakeshop. Which I did.

And here is what I came up with:

big big funky star

pretty cool, right?

I just finished it this evening and am so excited to share these finish pics with you. But stay tuned for tomorrow after I get this baby out in the sun and take some majorly awesome photos with it!

Much love, Erin Zee

geronimo! – blogger’s quilt festival entry 2

Hello, and welcome to my website! I hope you enjoy what you see here. If you do, and you would like to stay posted on my sewing/quilting adventures, you can click the button to the right to follow me on Bloglovin!

This is my second entry for the spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I like to call it Geronimo! I made it as a gift to my sister when she was pregnant with my nephew. She was one of those weirdos who don’t want to find out what they’re having, so we were forced to call the poor child GERONIMO while he was in utero. He has since been born and deemed a male, with a much more socially acceptable name – mason. Isn’t that cute? For this same reason, I also had to make his baby quilt be gender neutral. And I wanted it to be super-fun! Here’s what I came up with:

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My sister was pretty pleased with the whole thing, and I think Mason was too, as evidenced by the little drool/spit-up stains on it now…oh the love!

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yep. I think he likes it.

Here’s a close-up of some of the details:

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I just love that white fabric with the little blue birds on it!

But I think the whole thing looks much better with this cutie-pie on top:

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there we go. that’s better.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hoped you like my quilt. Please leave a comment to let me know you were here. And if you REALLY like my quilt, you are welcome to nominate it for people’s choice this week, or vote for it next week.

Here’s a link to my other Blogger’s Quilt Festival entry post this spring.


farmer’s butterfly garden – blogger’s quilt festival entry

Thanks for coming over to my little piece of cyberspace! I hope you’re enjoying the fabulous Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and all the lovely quilts that are posted. If you enjoy what you see here, feel free to follow me on bloglovin (link is on the sidebar to the right) to keep up with me and my sewing adventures.

For my first entry, I chose my recent big finish, and the biggest quilt I have made to date. I like to call it Farmer’s Butterfly Garden:

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it is a mixture of Farmer’s Wife blocks:


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Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks:

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and Flutterby Butterfly blocks from Kim Lapacek’s Twisted Tradition quilt along:

FW 6 FW 4 FW 3 FW 2

The project started innocently enough, when I needed a little hand-sewing to work on while I took a cruise to the Bahamas last January:



hex on the beach

hex on the beach

at this point, I was just hand basting and sewing hexagons together, teaching my young cousin Isabel the joys of English Paper Piecing, while sitting around on various beaches and decks of a gigantic cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. not too shabby!

then I came back to snowy Pennsylvania where work, chores, and life in general was awaiting me! ahhhhh, my glamorous life… Fortunately, I was also greeted by a package from Kim Lapacek at Persimon Dreams for the Project Quilting off-season Triple Trouble Challenge. Since the guidelines for the challenge were to have a mixture of traditional blocks and star blocks, I decided a sampler quilt was in order. I pulled out the Farmer’s Wife book to find some patterns and templates.

FW book

at some point, I started noticing how well my farmer’s wife blocks were jiving with the hexagon flowers I had made on the beach:



and this is when it started to come together as a cohesive project.


at this point, it just kept growing and growing, until it was nearly bed size, but not quite, which is when I decided to do something I normally don’t do, and add sashing:

FW most of it

I thought about finishing it up, but it still wasn’t quite big enough for my bed. also, while I do like the grey sashing, I didn’t love how it gave my previously light and bright quilt a bit of a dark edge. so I decided to piece a light colored border, using the butterflies I learned how to make over on the Twisted Tradition quilt-along page:


and here is where I finally felt satisfied with the finished top.

and had a panic attack about how the hell am I going to quilt this beast?

luckily, there is a local quilt shop here called Smile Spinners that rents out time on their long arm machine. that was a fun experience in itself, since I never used a long arm before. I decided to go with an all over loop-de-loop design which reminded me of the way a butterfly flies. fortunately for me, according to the instructor who sets up the machine and sticks right there with you while you sew, that is also the easiest quilting pattern to do!

I am pretty proud of the end result, and I hope you like it too!

Here are a few more pics, just for good measure:

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Let me know in the comments what you think about my creation. If you like it, please feel free to send a vote or two my way, or nominate me for viewer’s choice. I’d be thrilled!

Here is a link to my second entry: a baby quilt I made for my new little nephew!

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you enjoy the festival!

May goal – shirts!

I am in the middle of making some shirts for the Shirts 2.0 swap, and for my May A Lovely Year of Finishes goal, I am going to try to make 16 of them, so I can do a 4X4 quilt out of the ones I get back. I am thinking I will only send in 15, and keep one of my own shirts for the finished quilt. The deadline for the swap is June 15, so I want to have the 16 shirts made, and the 15 shirts mailed by the end of the month.

There is still time to make your own shirts and send them in for a swap. It is a paper piecing pattern, and details for the swap, as well as where to go to buy the pattern, are all found HERE.

So far, I made five:

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and that’s my goal for the month!

thanks for reading :)