Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Scrap Jar Stars Guild Quilt

Last year our small Modern Guild swapped blocks using a free tutorial from A Little Bit Biased,  Scrap Jar Stars.

Each person was given one color (I was green), they made 12 of that color blocks, then we swapped and ended up with 12 different colors blocks.

I joined my blocks without sashing, creating a simple 4 patch. You can also add sashing a create a 9 patch block.  Trina decided to make her quilt bigger and is making more blocks on her own.

My green block.

There was a little trouble with differing quarter inch blocks (some blocks were up to a half inch bigger or smaller than others. I found I needed to use a very scant quarter inch to make the block square up to the stated size. It might be helpful to make a tester block first.

I machine quilted this one myself as I had easy lines to follow and it wasn't too big to wrangle on my home machine. And yes, one block was put together with a rotated section. I didn't fix it but kept it because it reminds me of the lady who made it.

I recently finished a king size quilt (I will share soon) and there was no way I was quilting that one myself. Heather did a great job and used a new to her pattern that worked out great.

Need a quilt quilted? Heather can also do your binding for you. Check out this page for details and great pricing. I know some people think a king size quilt would cost and arm and a leg but Heather's pricing scale is great.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Finished Modern Building Blocks

I finally finished my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. Today is lovely but very windy. No good for quilt photos. Inside photos it is.
 Under this quilt is an old one in rotation on my bed. The pattern is Hills n' Hollers by Denyse Schmidt. The fabric is an oop (out of print) line called Hope Valley (same designer as the pattern). It was one of the first quilts Heather quilted for me. It is a figure 8 pattern. Its one of my favorite quilting patterns.

Photo with my cat. Cats and quilts go together.
I deviated from the pattern. I didn't use all the blocks. I mostly skipped the biggest ones. I  ran out of steam and large scraps. I really wanted to use up scraps and the bigger blocks required more.
I added in a Lori Holt Bee in my Bonnet Birthday Cake Block (bottom right) to round out my puzzle piecing layout. The cake is a free pattern. You never know when you are going to need a cake pattern. Am I right?

I added a skinny pink inner border and a texty, low volume outer border. The borders brought the size to a large lap quilt.

This January was my third annual Finish All Your Dang UFO's month. I did pretty good, maybe even better than previous years. I will share some more of my finished UFOs. When finished they either go on one of two piles: giveaway (family/friends or charity) or sell. I have reached the point of having quite enough quilts of my own.  This one will go to a family/friend.

Do you have a bunch of UFOs? Maybe a bunch of quilt tops that need to be quilted? You can mail the top and backing to Heather and she will help make those UFO's in to finished quilts. Her prices are great and she has all kinds of batting to choose from. The cost to mail back your quilt is very reasonable too. Check out some options HERE

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Scrappy Fabric Card Tutorial

Hello everyone, I have a fun, and very quick tutorial for you. I had a pretty pile of left over rectangles from quilt project and I didn't want to throw them away.

What to do with them? I am in a few swaps on Instagram and I thought a pretty card set might be a fun gift to add to my packages.

I bought my cards here. The quality was great (and I couldn't beat the price). I tied 5 cards with a  vintage fabric measuring tape (or scrap of ribbon).

My cards came open (not folded yet) and I left it that way until the card was done. Cut your scraps into 3 strips sized to your card. I adhered each strip with a light spray of 505 Spray Adhesive and a little pressure on the card.

Sew each rectangle down close to the edge of the card.

Flip your card over and trim the fabric hang over. Yes, my ruler is broken. I just can't get rid of it.

Fold your card along the middle line and press with your finger. All done. Be sure to include the envelopes with your card sets.

As you can see I left the loose strings on my cards. I think it adds to its character but you can trim them neater.

Are you on Instagram? I am. And so is Heather. She will be holding several massive fabric destashes on her account so be sure to follow her and pick up great deals on out of print, hard to find, and new fabrics at great fabrics. 

You can find Heather's destash account under thequiltbarndestash
Her quilty projects are at thequiltbarn
And you can find me too at tinyglutton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vintage Grandmother's Garden

It always makes me happy when I can see a quilt top come out from a box (or closet or grocery bag) and get finished. It has fulfilled its quilt destiny. Now this quilt can be used and enjoyed.

Whether its a family piece or something you scored at a thrift shop you can see your quilt top to the finish line.

This quilt top was quilted using a tiny stipple. This pattern gives quilts a crinkly vintage feel. Small quilting like this also helps hold together hand stitching, old thread that may have become a little brittle, and ensures it lasts for generations.

This is my favorite block, the tiny blue and pink flowers remind me of Bachelor Buttons, my mom's favorite.

Heather is having a special on this Tiny Stipple quilting pattern. You can mail or drop off your vintage or brand new quilt tops and she can set you up.  This small stipple is normally 2 cents per square inch and is on sale for 1.5 cents per square inch during the month of February. This applies to any quilt dropped off or postmarked during the month of February.  Quilts can be dropped off at the store on the following days between 10AM - 5 PM

  Wednesday, February 4th
  Saturday, February 7th
  Wednesday, February 11th
  Wednesday, February 18th
  Saturday, February 21st

Or...you can call Heather at (208) 420-3484 to make an appointment.  She lives so close and doesn't mind at all!

Click here to print off an order form to mail in with your quilt top and backing. Heather can also bind your quilt for a small fee.

Click here to read her policies and tips for preparing your quilt to send.

The Quilt Barn
241 Main Street N
Kimberly, ID
(208) 423-5092

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Our Kimberly, Idaho store will be closed today due to illness.  Sorry for any inconvenience! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What I'm Working On: Project Tote

I saw this pattern by Jodi of Vintage Ric Rac and got started right away. I used unbleached linen for the exterior. To transfer the "Work in Progress" image I taped the paper pattern to a window, laid the cut front piece on top, and traced with my handy Frixon Pen.

This bag came together fairly quickly. The inner handle bindings were a bit of a bear though. I have a few more of these cut out (great presents!) so hopefully I get a bit better with that binding.

The bag lining is a fun sewing machine fabric. A perfect pairing.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Figures Patchwork Quilt

Heather and I have a joke that we only want to make patchwork quilts from now on. We see a fabric line we line and want to patchwork it! Of course, that doesn't always work out but sometimes it does.
There is just something so satisfying about the simplicity of rows of squares.

This quilt was made by our friend, Erika, of Pink Suede Shoe (check her out on Instagram). She used a fat quarter bundle of Figures, by Zen Chic, and several other coordinating fabrics.

Heather quilted the figure 8's. Did you know you can mail in your quilt top and backing and Heather can quilt your quilt  and mail it back? So cool. Info on how to do that is here.

I think the backing is just as awesome as the front. Its like a reversible two for one quilt.

I added a few greens on the shelf to show that the navy goes with other colors too. Teal, red, tan...navy is the perfect compliment to so many colors.

You many have noticed there is no binding on the quilt. Yet. I have to admit, for me, sewing the binding on can really delay a project. Why is that? So close!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Quilt Barn will be closed this week of Thanksgiving.  We will re-open again on Tuesday, December 2nd.  If you need to pick up a quilt, please call Heather at 208-420-3484.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: 6 Pointed Star

Welcome to another Vintage Quilt Thursday. Today is a continuation of my previous posts on the 6 Pointed Star quilt (you can see here and here) .

These 2 vintage quilts show another way to lay out your paper pieced stars.

Welcome to another Vintage Quilt Thursday. Today is a continuation of my previous posts on the 6 Pointed Star quilt (you can see here and here) .

These 2 vintage quilts show another way to lay out your paper pieced stars.

 The amazing feedsack top above (source here)  is pieced with hexagons as well as the white diamond spacers! It reminds me of an Irish chain quilt.

This pink beauty (source here, and its for sale!!) is pieced with 2 sizes of squares.

Here is Heather's quilt, and the inspiration for the latest Vintage Quilt Tutorial, that was joined with the same diamond shape.

Lots of options out there for your 6 Pointed Star quilt.
You can find the papers to make your own 6 Pointed Star here .

I have started working on the next tutorial and am quite pleased so far (fingers crossed). I will share the inspiration pic next Thursday so come back for that!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Indigo Denim Baby Quilt

Check out the adorable baby quilt Heather made with Indigo by Moda. She cut mini jelly rolls and used the Jelly Roll Jam II pattern. It finishes at 36"X39".

She used double poly batting and a wide chevron quilting pattern for a puffy soft quilt.

Kits are available in our Etsy Shop and in store. And can you believe they are $24.99!