Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fabric Tuesday Friends!

We are sorry we are the worst bloggers ever lately! Megan has been busy building a baby in her tummy, she is due in a few weeks. My excuse is my five kids, and still recovering from the holidays. We promise to get some more blog posts up...soon! In the meantime, most our crafting/quilting endeavors are meticulously covered on our Instagram feeds. @quiltstory and @quiltstorymeg. If you don't have an Instagram account, DO IT NOW!

A few from last week...



How cute is this mini from one wee bird? Love the fabrics, pattern and color!

This Kaleidoscope quilt weirds my eyes out. Amazing! From tales of cloth 


Happy quilting Melissa created this gorgeous quilt. This fabric, Bari J, Emmy Grace, for me is tied with Violet Crafts Brambleberry Ridge fabric line last year. Both beautiful!

Melon Wedding Ring quilt by Karin Jordan 2
Sigh. How amazing is this? From Leigh Laurel Studios, a Melon Double Wedding Ring tutorial. Love!

heart quilt large copy
The Crafty Quilter and this precious Heart quilt. So sweet. Heart this!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fabric Tuesday, link up!!

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  My hubby was home for a few days which is rare and oh so nice :)  I have been doing LOADS of sewing lately.  You can always catch me on my Instagram @quiltstorymeg...but I plan to share a lot here this week too!!

Let's see some of the awesome link-ups from last week!








Ahh!! Such pretty things!! :)

Fabric Tuesday #218
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fabric Tuesday! Come link on up!

Just a few favorites from last week. I have hardly been sewing lately, and I am really feeling the need! I love looking at all the lovely projects week to week. Keep sewing, even if I am not :(




Ellyn's place beautiful swap mini. Love the hand quilting...

Fair isle quilt 2 - tutorial by karin jordan

Fair Isle block tutorial from Leigh Laurel. This is a tutorial for this block! I really love this!

Super awesome elephant pillow! Love! Amazing! From Gemini Stitches. Good work!

Fox Field Mystery Quilt
This finish from The Quilt Engineer...Wow!  Love all the patterns here!



This awesome MineCraft pillow from Crafty Nomad, My little boy would die! I must make him one!

Quilty Habit beautiful colorful finish. Isn't this great!?

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Cutest mini ever! From Simple Sewendipity....

We got the sweetest quilt submission from Simple Sewendipity. How darling is this? Now I want to make one with my little girl! What a great idea and darling mini. I am sure this will be kept forever! (Probably by mom!) Be sure to go check out Simple Sewendipity, , these quilt finishes will have  you following her blog. Such talent!

The Last and the First...


While the title of this post sounds like some profound novel in progress, I have my last finish of 2014 to share with you.  But what I'm most proud of is that it's also my daughter Sophie's first quilt finish - ever.  She is 6 and has been watching me sew for her entire life.  She's pretty crafty herself but the furthest we've gotten as far as sewing is her sitting at my sewing machine, practicing sewing straight lines onto paper.  But last week,  I got on a potholder kick due to a gorgeous post by Ashley at Film in the Fridge.  More on this next week, I promise! 

Inspired by the idea of scrappy rainbows, I had ALL of my color coded bags of scraps out and scattered across the floor in my tiny sewing corner.  Sophie sees all the fabric and asks if she can sew too - usually this just amounts to her taking her ragged safety scissors and ravaging the life out of fabric scraps.  Sure, I say...and if I'm being completely honest, I was only half listening and trying to stay in the zone.  Maybe a minute later, she asks if I can sew these two pieces of white fabric together.  Yeah, yeah, here you go....I mumble.  I zip it through my machine and back into the zone I go.

Five minutes go by and suddenly - in typical mom fashion - I realize that things are quiet.  Too quiet.  I turn around and see this:


I feel instantly proud - here she is armed with only scraps and a glue stick, making this adorable rainbow "quilt".  But also, in that flash of proudness, I felt that awful flash of mom guilt.  I was wrapped up in my own project, single-minded and focused...and this was happening literally a foot behind me.  And I was missing it.

Needless to say that the potholders were set aside and we finished the rainbow together.  It took all my self control not to trim here or smooth a rough and jagged edge there.  She was happy with how it looked and it was HER quilt.  Perfection be damned.  It looks perfect to her, so who am I to argue?

When all the gluing was done, we ran it under the iron to set things up a little firmer and I asked if she wanted me to quilt it all down.  If this was practice for her, it was going to be practice for me too!  I decided to practice a different technique in each color band - matchstick quilting in the pink center, pebbles in the purple, crosshatching in blue, meander (I stink, STINK at this supposedly easy style!) in green, ribbon candy in yellow, chain squares in orange, and a regular curvy back and forth in red.


Even though the backing is really dark and busy, I love how the rainbow quilting looks on the back :)


I did a very tight grid in the white background and a free motion sunburst in the block of sunshine.


Sophie says that she wants to use it as a doll blanket, but I added a couple pockets on the back just in case she decides to hang it on the wall instead.

My favorite part of this whole thing is that it was pinned up on my corkboard while I was deciding how to quilt it and Sophie wandered up behind me and put her little (okay, not so little anymore) arm around my waist.  "Mummy," she says.  "It's so beautiful that it makes me want to cry!"


Me too, honey.  Me too.

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