sunrise/sunset

sunrise/sunset

 

Here is my entry for the Project Quilting “Sunrise/Sunset” challenge. I know this is awfully un-inventive of me, but I decided to name this quilt “sunrise/sunset” simply because – depending on how you hang it – it could be either:

sunrise:

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sunset:

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see what I mean?

I never made a reversible quilt before, so that was exciting!

As far as the process goes, I started out with more of a scrappy/crazy design in my head:

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but once I got it up on my design wall, I kinda hated it. So I picked out a star and a flying geese unit that I really liked, both using the same fabric, and decided to re-do the whole thing in that fabric. I like the end result much better than the first draft!

Here are some more pictures that show the details of the fabric. You can also see the quilting – which I kept pretty simple on this one – I just wanted it to look a bit like sunbeams :)

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The piece is about 24″ X 24″ and was made by me here in snowy Central Pennsylvania.

Thanks Kim for hosting another great challenge!

wishing tree

wishing tree

I’ve been in a quilting slump for a few months, so I’m very excited that the new season of Project Quilting is upon us! I needed some motivation to get off my lazy butt and make something :)

Our challenge this week was to be inspired by trees, and this is what I came up with:

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Rowan, my four year old son, said he wanted to pull a leaf off and make a wish on it. So I’m calling it “wishing tree.”

Some of you fellow Project Quilters might remember the leaf pattern from “My Favorite Block Quilt-Along” a few years ago. I revisited the site for the quiltalong, and was happy to see that the leaf pattern was still accessible over here at Little Birdie Quilts. It is a reverse applique pattern, and lots of fun to do. I made a bunch of the leaves, as you can see. I was just going to make a quilt full of leaves, but I eventually decided to add a trunk and go for a whole tree effect.

I ended up using some of the free motion quilting skills I’ve been practicing. I free-motioned in all the ditches (which actually isn’t as hard as it seems, and it is faster than using a walking foot to do the ditches), stippled the background, and made veins in all the leaves. I was running out of time and couldn’t decide how to quilt the trunk, but ended up just going with straight lines. I could’ve used the free-motion foot for that as well, but ended up chickening out and using the walking foot since it is a bit easier to get very straight lines this way.

Here are some more pictures:

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I had fun making this quilt, and it felt good to get back into the swing of things. All in all, it measures 26″ X 36″ and was made by me here in Central Pennsylvania.

Thanks Kim and Diane for the inspiration!

Linking up to Persimon Dreams. Follow the link to see all the other awesome tree-inspired quilts made for this challenge.

This week only you can VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE QUILTS! To do that, click this link, scroll to the bottom where you’ll see lots of pictures of quilts, and click on the heart at the top right corner of the quilt picture that you like to vote for it. You can vote for six quilts. Mine is number 19…hint hint!

economy 101

economy 101

I can finally share the quilt I’ve been working on for the Clothworks Farm to Fabric challenge! I am super excited about this one because the quilt was accepted to be shown at the Houston Quilt Market and Quilt Festival a few weeks ago. What an honor! The quilts made for the challenge were supposed to reflect the theme of buying American-made and local goods. I tried to keep it as simple as possible, and made a quilt entirely out of economy blocks…you know…’cause shopping local is good for the economy and all.

I picked out some differing shades of red, pink, purple, orange, grey and white solids, and went to work on the economy blocks. I chain-pieced most of them…I always love the stage in chain-piecing when you take the pieces off and they are still connected by the thread. If you hang them end-to-end they look like bunting flags. When you do it at the right stage in making economy blocks, they look like little envelope bunting flags…like this:

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ha ha!

Anyway, I messed around with a few different layouts for the blocks

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before I decided I liked the simpler second version better.

And here’s what I came up with:

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I love economy blocks. They make me happy!

Another thing I love is that when you put them together, you get a secondary star pattern. So that’s how I quilted it:

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Can you see it?

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There’s a picture of the back that makes it easier to see the way it’s quilted. I hand-quilted this one with #8 perle cotton in ecru. I don’t usually do a whole lot of hand-quilting, but I found it very relaxing, portable, and enjoyable.

And now that quilt market is over, my quilt is off to, um, well, I have no idea. I just know that it’s out there traveling somewhere. And it’s in safe hands, so don’t worry! If anyone out there reading this knows where else these quilts are going, feel free to let me know. Thanks!

And that’s all for now.

Thanks for reading, and have a large day!

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Linking up to Persimon Dreams for the bonus challenge! Take a look over there and see some other great quilts made for the same challenge!

blogger’s quilt festival part 2

blogger’s quilt festival part 2

I decided to go outside the box a little bit for my second Blogger’s Quilt Festival entry. This is actually a set of small quilts that all work together. I like to call it “Me and My Arrows.”

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I used an online tutorial from Grace and Favour to piece six individual arrows. Then I quilted them with some lovely 50 weight rainbow variegated Aurifil thread. When I was done, I finished them by couching a black yarn around the edges and cutting the remainder of the excess fabric and batting away. I like the effect it created! Once I had six complete arrows, I hung them all on a dow rod with some curtain hanger clips, and voila! Me and My Arrows!

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Each arrow measures appx 5″ X 22″. I hope you like them.

And thanks again to Amy’s Creative Side for hosting this super-fun event!

blogger’s quilt festival part 1

blogger’s quilt festival part 1

I’m so excited that it’s time for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival again! Thanks to Amy’s Creative Side for hosting this super-fun online event!

Voting is now open! If you click on THIS LINK and then scroll down a bit, you will see pictures of multiple quilts. Each picture has a heart on the top right corner. If you would like to vote for my quilt, simply click on the heart symbol in the corner of this picture. Thanks!

Here’s my first entry:

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I like to call it Big Big Funky Star.

This is my first lone star quilt. Someday I might try a more complicated version with lots of little tiny pieces. But I do like the way the bigger diamonds make the quilt look a bit more modern.

Here’s a closer pic:

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I used several different graphic prints from my stash, and a nice zebra print for the outside corners. I did a lot of echo and straight-line quilting with my walking foot on my home machine to accentuate the piecing. I made a scrappy binding using leftovers of the black and white polka dot as well as some grey and black plaid. The quilt is 48″ X 48″ around.

The pattern came from Moda Bake Shop. Here is a link.

And here is a link to my original blog post about the quilt.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my entry!

one block wonder

one block wonder

I recently completed my ONE AND ONLY one block wonder quilt top. I say that because, while the quilt pattern has a beautiful effect, I simply cannot keep myself entertained while cutting up and putting back together ONE fabric over and over and over again! Some people seem to love making these quilts, but it is just not for me.

Anyhoo, I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out. I started with this nice Amy Butler print:

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And ended up with this:

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I could’ve made it a bit larger, but I just got to a point where I had sewn together about 500 identical equilateral triangles into hexagons and had to stop the madness in order to preserve my sanity.

I also made the triangles a bit smaller than what the instructions called for because of the scale of the original fabric.

So it is a small-ish quilt top.

But it is a beautiful quilt top.

And for my October goal, my plan is to have it quilted and bound by the end of the month.

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Thanks for reading – erin

 

moonflowers

moonflowers

 

In an effort to practice some of my newly acquired free-motion quilting skills, I dug through my WIPs for things to quilt. I happened upon this small, already-sandwiched quilt top and knew I had found a winner! I probably made it close to a year ago using Kim Lapacek’s “Spinning Nines” pattern. You can follow the link to buy the pattern at her Etsy shop if you like it.

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I really enjoyed using this pattern. Next time I use it, I will try higher-contrast fabrics. But I like the way this quilt is a bit dark, despite the fact that it is made using all floral prints. Hence the name – moonflowers.

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As for the quilting, it was difficult to photograph. But I did the entire thing with my free-motion quilting foot – even stitching in the ditch! So it was great practice to learn how to become one with my sewing machine…or something like that…ahem.

I used a wandering clover design in the purple patches, and I just left the black patches empty. I learned the clover design from Leah Day’s Craftsy Class: Free-Motion Quilting a Sampler. It is basically a stipple with a three-leafed clover here and there. It shows up a bit better on the back:

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If anyone is interested in learning how to free-motion quilt on their home machine, I highly recommend buying that class. I have been wrestling with this technique for at least a year now, and lately have just given up and used my walking foot for straight lines in my quilting. But she gives some pointers, tips, and even ways to modify your machine that seem to be working like a charm for me. Now I just need to practice. A lot. Hence the formation of this small quilt! I hope you like it!

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Thanks for reading,

Erin

me and my arrows…

me and my arrows…

the Project Quilting challenge this month was to “make it a mini.” or make a quilt that measures less than 24″X24″ all around. one of my fellow Project Quilters upped the antie a bit and suggested some of us make !four! mini quilts this month. of course I was in. and then things just happened and I ended up with SIX MINI QUILTS! all arrows. they were pretty fun to make. here they are:

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I used the tutorial on Grace and Favour to piece the arrows. then I quilted them with 50 weight variegated rainbow aurifil thread. then I finished them by couching a nice black yarn with a zig-zag stitch around the edges. I loved the effect that made! each arrow quilt measures appx 5″X22″ all around.

I used these curtain-hanger clips to arrange them on a dow rod, and !voila! They look pretty nice over my fireplace, but I may end up selling them. I may even make more…these were pretty fun!

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and that completes my goal for September! linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes.

thanks for reading!

erin faller

september goal

september goal

for September, I’ve decided to make the goal of completing the off-season Project Quilting challenge: Make it a Mini

TIMES FOUR!

thanks to Terry Truesdale–a fellow project quilter– for upping the antie on this one and giving me the idea.

For those of you who don’t know, the Project Quilting challenge this month is to make a mini quilt, which is defined as a quilt smaller than 24″X24.” Which means my goal for this month is to complete four small quilts!

Wish me luck!!!