Blogging Hiatus

Holy cow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged! These past few weeks have been unbelievably busy with school, thesis, internship, and quilting orders. Right now I’m working on three different quilts! Definitely more than I have done at a time before. Also, I’ve been busy fighting this thing off…

Stupid goose

I don’t know if you can see it, but it’s a goose. And it’s mean. And cranky. And driving me nuts! It pretty much sits outside my sliding glass door all day, fighting with my dog. I’ve literally had to barricade my door, so Baxter and the goose can’t meet. Also, it attacks anything that walks past it. Stupid goose.

However, in all the crazy busyness of my life, counselors are all about self-care and wellness, so I haven’t gone without a few pool days in this (mostly) sunny, Florida weather. What do you do for self-care and relaxation?

Well there’s lots of exciting things happening at Beauty in the Blocks! I’ll post some new pictures and posts throughout the week, so stay tuned!

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

Kristy

Pretty Fountain

 

Purple and Green Forest Quilt

I made this quilt for my grandmother that has been in the hospital for the past week. I’m hoping this will help cheer her up a bit… or maybe it helped cheer me up a bit.

Forest Quilt

 

This quilt was really easy to make and only took 4 fat quarters, 3 jelly roll strips, and 2 days to make! It came out to be about 32in x 32in. The fabric I chose reminds me of a forest because it has some butterflies and the purple fabric looks like fern fronds.

Purple and Green Quilt

 

For the quilting, I was going for it to look like tree bark. I’m not entirely sure that comes through though. If I did it again, I probably would have made it less busy on the front since the fabric already has so many details.

Purple and Green Quilt

 

But I really do love how the quilting looks on the back.

Back of Forest Quilt

 

Even though it’s just a little quilt, I’m sure she’s going to like it. It’s surprising how comforting such a small quilt can be for both the person that receives it and the person that made it.

Forest Quilt All Rolled Up

 

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

Kristy

 

Finding Motivation

This week I’ve been on Spring Break and it’s safe to say I didn’t get much done. It’s funny because I’ll go into a vacation thinking I’m going to catch up on so much stuff and get so much done and then… NOTHING. I pretty much spent the week hanging out with my little dog, Baxter, in front of the TV. I have to say it’s really nice to just not do anything for a while though. Everyone needs a little time to recharge their batteries, right? How do you reenergize after busy work weeks?

I did get to finish the striped quilt and send it off this week. Check out the final pictures of it here.

Now I need to get back to work and catch my second wind for the rest of the semester. There’s only 6 more weeks left of the semester, but there is still so much work to be done for my classes and my thesis proposal! Some days it’s just a little harder than others to find motivation to actually get anything done. What motivates you to get to work?

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

Kristy

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,

Kristy

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,

Kristy

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,

Kristy

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,

Kristy

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,

Kristy

New Fabric

Today I got my shipment of new fabric from The Fabric Quarter and they are beautiful. I absolutely love getting new fabrics and adding them to my stash. I’m already thinking of new projects I can use them in.

Here are some pictures of my new additions…

New Fabrics

Stack of Fabric

I also got my fabrics in for a custom-order quilt I’m making. Check them out here.

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

Kristy

Making a quilt for a wedding…

Well for about a month now I have been working on a quilt for my brother and (soon to be) sister-in-law’s wedding. So far, I’m really happy with how it’s coming out. I finished putting together the blocks last night and today I’m working on putting together the rows.

For this project, I tried a few new techniques I’ve never used before. Peter and Gina were pretty open to me putting together a non-traditional quilt, so that’s what I did…

For this project, I used improvisational quilting. I got this idea from Malka Dubrawsky’s amazing book, Fresh Quilting. At first, I was a little nervous to try improvisational quilting. I had never gone into a project with no rulers, patterns, or pins. This quilt really threw out a lot of the rules of quilting and, I have to say, I loved it. It was pretty freeing to just go into a project with a general color palette and just see what happens. I used about 9 different fabrics and just mixed and matched them into cohesive blocks. I know the points of the squares don’t match perfectly and the rows are different lengths, but there is something beautiful about being able to trust my eyes and my quilter’s intuition. Plus, I didn’t have to pick up a single ruler the entire time.

Last night, I finished piecing all of the blocks together…

Cascade of Fabrics

I kind of loved having a pile of blocks on my desk.

and laying them out into the pattern I wanted to make.

Pattern for Wedding Quilt

In the next couple of days, I’ll finish getting all of the rows together and make the quilt sandwich. I’ll post some updated pictures as I finish this quilt.

All in all, I really enjoyed making this quilt and I hope Peter and Gina love it.

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

Kristy