Military Patch Quilt

Here is one of the latest quilts I’m working on. I was so honored to be commissioned for this quilt because it’s a gift for someone that is retiring after being in the military for 30 years!

The colors of the quilt are cobalt blue, yellow, and black to match the colors of the Army and my customer’s regimental colors. For the back I chose two fabrics from the America the Beautiful fabric line.

Military Patch Quilt Fabrics

Military Patch Quilt Fabrics

Here is a picture of all the patches that are going on the quilt.

Military Patches

I’ve laid out the squares and sewed the patches to each square. Sewing them on was actually a lot of fun because I did it by hand. I haven’t hand sewn something in so long! I haven’t had a chance to take a picture of the patches sewn on, but here’s one before they were sewn together.

Military patches laid out

Stayed tuned for more pictures as I get the quilt finished up!


Here’s the quilt top all done!

Military Patch Quilt Top

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,

Peace Quilt

Right now I’m working on a peace sign quilt for my little cousin. She LOVES all things peace sign, so her mom asked me to make a quilt with a white background and a big, aqua peace sign in the middle.

It’s really helping broaden my quilting horizons. First off, I’m making my first quilt circle. I’ve never made a quilt that had anything but squares or rectangles. I used a dresden template to make each piece of the peace sign. I completely guessed how big I need to make each one to get a circle the size I want. I’m actually still not entirely sure how to change it to get a bigger circle. Maybe once I figure the math out I’ll make a tutorial about it. Plus, this will be my first applique project. I’ve never done it before, so hopefully it’ll come out good.

Anyways, this is what I got so far…

I decided to have white and white polka dots fabric for the quilt top. The polka dots are really subtle, so it was just to add a little umph into it.

White squares


Here is the peace sign and quilt top together before it was all sewn up. I wanted to see if the peace sign was going to be big enough.

Peace sign before it was sewn

Peace sign quilt before it was sewn

When I saw this, my initial thought was, “Oh man. It’s perfect. I’m so good at this.” <insert hefty pat on the back> Then as I started to sew the pieces together I remembered… seam allowances… and the peace sign got smaller and smaller. <ego deflated>

Putting the peace sign together


So anyways, this is the finished circle for the peace sign. It’s not as big as I wanted it, but it’s still a good size. Now I just need to put the lines in the middle and applique it all together.

Finished circle


Peace sign


Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,




Striped Quilt is Done!

I finished the striped quilt this week. I’m really happy with how it came out. Here are some pictures of the finished product.

Striped quilt all finished

You can see a little bit of the binding in this picture. I decided to go with a brown binding.

Striped quilt on futon

Here you can see a little bit of the back of the quilt and the binding.

Back of the striped quilt


Folded striped quilt


Folded striped quilt

Here is the label I made for the quilt. I need to work on some pretty designs for these labels. If only my handwriting was nicer…

Striped quilt label


The completion of this quilt and shipping it off to my customers was an exciting milestone for me… My first customers that aren’t related to me! Let’s hope there will be plenty more. :)


Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,


Striped Quilt is Quilted

I’m so close to being done with this quilt I can taste it! I’m really excited with how it has come out so far. Here are some pictures of the process of putting together the quilt sandwich and actually quilting the three layers together.

This is a picture of the top two layers together. It’s the top of the quilt with a layer of batting:

Striped Quilt on Batting

Here is a picture of the back of the quilt. I chose to use navy blue and brown flannel with stripes of light blue, orange, and pink to tie in the top of the quilt with the back:

Striped Quilt Backing

Here is the quilt sandwich pinned together and ready to be quilted:

Striped quilt ready to be quilted

Another picture of the quilt on my sewing machine:

Starting to quilt the striped quilt

Here are the first few rows quilted together. I decided to just do lines of different widths straight down. It helped keep the modern/minimalist look. I used a silver thread for the top and navy blue for the bottom. Although you can’t really tell on some of the colors, the silver really pops on the darker blues. I really love how it looks on the quilt.

First few quilted rows

Here is the quilt all quilted up! While I’m quilting it, it’s hard to see how things are going (especially since it’s so much bigger than me). It’s nice to see it held up so I can take a step back and see how everything came out.

All done with the striped quilting!

Here is the back of the quilt all quilted up:

Back of the striped quilt

Here is the front of the quilt against my couch:

Front of the striped quilt

And here is the back of the quilt against my couch:

Back of the striped quilt

Here it is hanging on my stair banister. I may have gotten carried away with the pictures…

Hanging striped quilt

And the last picture for the night: The quilt all folded up:

Striped quilt folded

Just a few more steps and the quilt will be all done! I just need to cut up the strips for the binding and sew the binding to the quilt and it’ll be all done. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,


Striped Quilt Part 2

I’ve spent a good chunk of my day working on the striped quilt today. I love the days that I can just sit down and quilt all day while listening to music. It definitely helps me relax after a long, stressful week.

I’m really excited about how this quilt is coming out. Here are some pictures of my progress throughout the day:

Striped quilt on sewing machine

Strips coming together

Quarter of the striped quilt

Such bright fabric

This project has been great because of the instant gratification of seeing the quilt come together. I don’t have to wait around to put each block together, it’s just growing right in front of me.

More of the striped quilt

Working on the striped quilt

So much fabric

After a few hours, I’m more than halfway done.

Striped quilt is halfway done

I can’t wait to have the quilt top all finished, so I can start quilting it. I’m thinking I’ll have the quilt top done by the end of today.

**Update 2/19/11**

The quilt top is all done! I finished it last night and didn’t have time to post new pictures. This was such a simple design, but it looks great. It’s feels so fresh and modern.

Striped quilt on couch

Striped quilt top 1

Striped quilt top 2

Note to self: Find a better way to take pictures of the quilts. Any suggestions?

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,


Striped Quilt

This weekend, I finished cutting the fabric for the striped quilt. I love how the colors are working together. The uneven lines really give it a simple, modern look, but the colors just make everything pop. I ended up taking out the fabric with the blue flowers and replaced it with more strips of the boxes. I think it just helped bring everything together.

Here is a picture of the quilt on my design wall…

Striped Quilt

My next step is to add the second half of the strip to each piece and then sew them all together. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to look once I’m done!

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,


Fabric for Striped Quilt

Today I got in my order from The Fabric Quater and I have to say, the fabrics are GORGEOUS! I pretty much haven’t been able to do anything since I opened the package except look at them and arrange them into how they’ll be in the quilt. Who needs to eat dinner, right? I’m so excited to get started on this quilt for my customer from Etsy.

Here are some pictures of the fabrics…

Stack of Fabrics

Fabric for Striped Quilt
Fabric for Striped Quilt

Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t do the colors justice. I’ll keep you all posted on how this quilt is going. I also got some other really beautiful fabrics in this shipment. Check them out here.

Here’s to always finding the Beauty in the Blocks,