What’s on Spike?

I decided to start a new feature on my blog called “What’s on Spike?” I will show you what I’m work on. The only thing you all need to know is that I don’t always know the names of the patterns that my customers use, so unless I direct you to a link for the pattern, the names I will say are just what I call them for my own record keeping.

I’m calling this darling baby quilt “Elephants Go A Marching.” I’ve no idea what the real name is, sorry!

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First Finish of 2018

I finished my first customer quilt of 2018!
It feels so good to be back in my quilting groove. You don’t realize how much you will miss your hobbies until you have to take a break from them for an extended period of time.

This is a small quilt and I’m told it will become a car seat cover for a soon to be born baby.  I did some fun custom quilting on this one. It really inspired me and I was able to crank it out fairly quickly.

Here is a close up of the custom quilting that I did. Sorry, we just aren’t having a super great day for lighting. This photograph just doesn’t do the quilt justice.

It’s sew much fun to be back in the studio working again! I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

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Right before I finished my student teaching, I decided to load some fabric up on Spike and play a little. For some crazy reason, I picked Kona White fabric and wait for it…BLACK Omni Thread. I think the stress of student teaching had finally gotten to my brain and I must have cracked just a little because I didn’t think about the fact that black on white would show EVERY SINGLE IMPERFECTION!  After I loaded up the fabric, I taped down my very first pantograph pattern and decided to give pantos a whirl. I learned a ton, but most importantly, I learned that I like doing pantographs, so this is a service I will start offering to my customers. Now remember loyal customers, this is my first ever try and your quilts will look far superior than this!

I plan to bind this and give it to Anne. She loves little quilts for her stuffies and she is very excited for it to become hers.  I guess, you could also say, that in addition to being a pantograph quilt design, it is also a whole cloth quilt. Maybe one day I will make a whole cloth quilt with a little more intention.

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Hi Everyone! I’m back!

Proof of Life!

It’s so good to be back in my studio and hanging out with Spike again. I’ve missed him terribly. I finished my student teaching last Friday. I was blessed to work with two amazing mentor teachers. In the fall I worked with an awesome 6th grade teacher, who is also a quilter! BONUS! In the winter, I did my 450 hour internship with an awesome 8th grade teacher who was so supportive. I learned so much from him and my incredible 8th graders, who I miss so very much! Shout out to my kiddos from Bush Middle School! While I wait for my university and the state to process my certifications, I am firing Spike up and getting back to work. I’ve got a stack of customer quilts a mile high!

This is the first one I will be working on. I’m told this gorgeous quilt will become a car seat cover. Lucky baby!

You will be seeing a lot more of me now that I’m done with student teaching. Now the job search begins, cross your fingers!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Spiked Pinwheels

Hello! I am still alive, I promise. I’ve been working on my Master’s degree the last 8 months and have not had much time for quilting. That being said, I still do have patterns coming out! My latest one, called Spiked Pinwheels, is in Issue 21 of Modern Quilts Unlimited!

This quilt is a monochromatic design made in American Made Brand solids, which are so awesome to work with! It’s a new take on the classic pinwheel design using half rectangle triangles. I quilted this beauty on Spike with double batting, so it is thick and luxurious.

So the next time you are at the bookstore make sure you pick up Issue 21, some of my favorite designers are in this issue, including Vicki of Orchid Owl Quilts.

Keep on quilting and I will keep on studying!


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