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:

one block wonder 1

And ended up with this:

IMG_2181IMG_2183

IMG_2180

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.

IMG_2179

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.

IMG_2175

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:

IMG_2177

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!

IMG_2172

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:

six arrows

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!

six arrows 3 six arrows 2

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!!!

lady in red

lady in red

Project Quilting’s challenge this month was to do a quilt in only red and white. I decided to use it as a way to practice some of my free-motion quilting techiques, and here is what I came up with:

lady in red 1

I am calling it “lady in red.” I made her here on the banks of the muddy Susquehanna in Duncannon, PA, and she measures about 9.5″X18.5.”

Here’s a close-up:

lady in red 2

I used two different fabrics for the lady: one solid red fabric, and then another red with white stars. I used fusible web to do some raw edge applique, and then free-motion quilted the snot out of her. This was a fun little quilt to make. I see more small art quilts in my future.

Thanks for reading!

catching up with Globetrotting

catching up with Globetrotting

I started Pat Sloan’s Globetrotting block-of-the-month quilt in January and randomly stopped in April. I’m thinking I probably got distracted by my garden and pool! So I spent my free time the past few days catching up with blocks from May, June, July, and August. If you’re not familiar, the quilt-along is pretty awesome. Lots of people are doing it, it is free, each month a different block pattern is posted, and each of the blocks have been inspired by a different city.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

January – Washington D.C.

globetrotting washington dc

February – Venice, Italy

globetrotting venice

March – Chicago

globetrotting chicago

April – San Juan, Puerto Rico

globetrotting san juan

May – London, England

globetrotting london

June – St. Louis, Missouri

globetrotting st louis

July – Sydney, Australia

globetrotting sydney

August – Paris, France

globetrotting paris

which means I’m caught up! just waiting to see what Pat has in store for us in September.

Here is what they look like all together up on my design wall:

globetrotting progress august

pretty fun!

Everyone in the group is using the same patterns, but different fabrics. The differences are amazing. You can see all the variety by following this link to the flickr group. Enjoy!

buggy baby quilt finish!

buggy baby quilt finish!

I’m happy to announce that the BUGS baby quilt has been finished and has made it to it’s new home. Here are some pics of the completed project:

IMG_1902IMG_1913 IMG_1911 IMG_1910 IMG_1909 IMG_1908 IMG_1907 IMG_1906 IMG_1905

I even learned a new trick: how to print a fabric label on my home printer right onto fabric! It worked great, and even survived the washing machine intact!

IMG_1912

And here are a few pictures of the cutie-patootie herself!

lovea baby quilt 2 lovea baby quilt 3

thanks for reading! linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes.

bugs! baby quilt

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.

Yay!

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!

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:

IMG_1862

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.

IMG_1869

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:

IMG_1893

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:

IMG_1888IMG_1885

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.

IMG_1895

I love poppies!

And here’s the back:

IMG_1892

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.

IMG_1898

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