Wednesday, December 18, 2013

finished quilt - Briar Rose

Briar Rose - On a Whim Briar Rose - On a Whim Briar Rose - On a Whim
Oh, Heather Ross fabrics get me every time. I love Briar Rose, it is the sweetest line. I knew before I purchased a FQ set that I was going to use it to make another On A Whim quilt. It is the perfect pattern to display and focus on each individual print, rather than mixing them up together. I used yarn dyed Essex to set off the colors, I am a big fan of the soft neutral tone of flax. Texture is really my thing, and Essex adds the perfect amount.

This was an especially fun quilt to make. After Camille decided to make an identical one with me, an impromptu instagram quilt along began. The quilting community on IG is so great, in case you don't already know that. :) Anyways, a bunch of ladies sewed along and made their own beautiful On A Whim quilts, it was fun to see all of the different colors and fabrics. This is my second one, remember my first? I already want to make another!
Briar Rose - On a Whim Briar Rose - On a Whim Briar Rose - On a Whim
quilt stats
fabric: Briar Rose by Heather Ross, Flax yarn dyed Essex, Kona PFD
backing and binding: Cloud 9 from JoAnn's
pattern: On a Whim by Thimble Blossoms
quilting: meandering pattern by me
dimensions: approx. 70" x 70"

You can find this quilt for sale in my shop. I just finished up a custom quilt order yesterday, which was so fun. I don't take as much custom work as I used to, and I really enjoyed this one. I am a pretty selfish sewer, and I really like to sew what I like, so it was good for me to step out of my comfort zone and use colors that I don't typically use. Now that it is done, I'm ready to get back to my norm though... I have a Chicopee quilt that is ready to baste!!! You know how I feel about Denyse Schmidt fabric. xo, A

PS - I had the worst time trying to capture the colors of the beautiful fabric in photos due to the dreary winter weather we've been having. Be sure to visit these old posts to see clearer pictures of the true colors!

previous posts on the making of this quilt:
Briar Rose
almost there!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Falling Leaves

Falling leaves quilt
Hi friends! My goal for the fall was to list a few of my quilts in the shop. I am swimming in quilts that have never even been used, and we are running out of storage space in our small home! As hard as it is to let go of my quilts, knowing that they are being loved by their new owners makes me happy.
Falling leaves quilt Falling leaves quilt
Today I am sharing my Falling Leaves quilt. Seems like it is an appropriate time to share this one, since Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I designed this quilt using the classic maple leaves block for the Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bakeshop Chefs. I loved creating a clean and modern design out of such a beautiful traditional block. This is the first time I ever had a project quilted on a long arm machine. Sharon Sweetland, who is a nationally awarded long arm quilter, did such an incredible job. She also quilted my Swoon quilt that I made out of AMH's Good Folks, remember that one? Those swirls make me want to have everything quilted professionally.
Falling leaves quilt Falling leaves quilt
quilt stats:
fabric: Moda Bella warm pastel fabrics, Kate Spain for backing
pattern: Falling Leaves by me, featured in the Sweet Celebrations book
quiting: swirls by Sharon Sweetland

You can find this quilt right here in my Etsy shop. I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! My family is trying something new this year. We've hosted our families for the past 9 years, and we thought we would take a break and eat out this year! Our families are going to be eating a gourmet meal at a local ski resort and I cannot wait. xoxo, Angela

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

and the obsessive knitting has begun.

purple lowbrow cowl One mitt done!.

Yeah, it is that time of year again. If you know me at all or have followed this blog for awhile, you know that as soon as the weather cools I retreat to the couch with my yarn. I have been knitting quite a bit lately. I am trying to be good, so I am mostly working on Christmas gifts and knitting from my stash. Here is a little peek of a few of the things I've made lately. All of details are available on my Ravelry page. I might try to blog about each of the projects here if I get a chance, but for now you can read about everything there if you want info.

Shimmer in Blue cowl and Snoflinga hat

That purple Lowbrow cowl in that top photo is my most favorite knit right now. I may need to knit another in a neutral color so that I can wear it everyday! The Plucky Knitter traveler aran yarn and the drape in that pattern are just perfect. I took that picture this morning while I was at Tim Hortons and posted it on instagram (@fussycut). I have been doing my Craftsy work there twice a week while Finley is at preschool. It is amazing how much work I can get done there! Working (writing specifically) at home is so hard for me, I just get too distracted. Now I call it my office, and I write and drink lots of coffee while I'm there. Pretty sweet deal I think. If you want to read my Craftsy blog posts, you can find them right here on my author page!

I'll be back soon with that spray basting tutorial you all asked for way back here, I haven't forgotten about it! I also have a finished Briar Rose quilt to share with you. Happy Wednesday! xo Ang

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Little Apples finished!

little apples - garden fence quilt
little apples - garden fence quilt
little apples - garden fence quilt
It is no big secret that I love Little Apples. This is my second quilt with this line (remember the first?) and I can't get enough of it! The colors are so unique, just perfect for autumn aren't they? The illustrations are so sweet and charming. That Aneela, she sure is good at designing fabric isn't she?
This is my first time using the Garden Fence block. If you haven't tried this one yet, you have to! I am going to make another version of this pattern very soon. The finished block is so cute, and it is really easy.
little apples - garden fence quilt
little apples - garden fence quilt
little apples - garden fence quilt
quilt stats
fabric - Little Apples by Aneela Hoey, black and white text prints and mono pez
pattern- Garden Fence by Hyacinth Quilt Designs
backing and binding - DS Quilts
pieced and quilted by me

If you are interested in purchasing this quilt, you can find it right here in my Etsy shop sold, thank you!! We spent the day at church and the pumpkin farm with friends so I am beat and off to bed. When did I get to be such a wimp and so old?? xo, Angela :)

previous posts on the making of this quilt:
finally binding and a new project
little apples quilt top
basting made fun

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

almost there!

briar rose quilting briar rose binding
Things are going great with my Briar Rose quilt.  I quilted it a couple weeks ago on the hottest two days of August.  Great decision, right?  It was such a cool month for us, of course it just happened to be sweltering the two days I was in the mood to quilt.  I still had fun working on it, I love quilting and Netflix.  I've been working on the binding the last couple days.  I tend to drag this part out because I love it so much.  I ended up using the same herringbone print from Cloud 9 (at Joann's!!) for the binding.  It is the perfect binding print.  Pretty sure I need that one in multiple colors.  Be back soon!  xo, Angela

PS - I have lots of fun posts over on the Craftsy blog in case you missed them! You can see them on my author page.  There is quite the debate on my post about the pros and cons of  prewashing fabrics (I guess I'm in the minority... I rarely washing my quilting cottons, only those for apparel!)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Briar Rose

Some fabrics are just so pretty that I can't bear to cut into them without properly photographing them first.  That is definitely the case with Briar Rose, the latest line from Heather Ross.  In case you haven't noticed, I am a big fan of her work.  I even went to sew with her and Denyse in Vermont a few years back!  Best weekend ever.  Anyways, I purchased this lovely stack of Briar Rose the week it came out.  My favorites are the ones in that bottom photo: the strawberries, honeycomb, and then that pretty red/orange one.
briar rose - on a whim
briar rose - on a whim
briar rose - on a whim
I don't always have a plan for the fabrics that I buy, but I totally did with these ones.  Remember the On a Whim quilt I made last summer?  It was a gift for a friend, and I've wanted to make it again ever since.  I adore that pattern, which is by Camille Roskelley.  I think that it is the perfect way to display special fabrics like these.  This time around I used Essex yarn dyed linen in flax and Kona PFD white along with Briar Rose.
briar rose - on a whim
briar rose - on a whimbriar rose - on a whim
An impromptu quilt along was formed over on Instagram after Camille decided to make a matching Briar Rose On a Whim quilt, too! It is so fun!  I love seeing all of the different versions.  If you are on IG, you can see them all under #onawhimquilt, and I'm @fussycut if you haven't found me there yet.  Come join us!  xo, A

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

fresh flowers quilt

fresh flowers herringbone quilt
fresh flowers herringbone quilt
fresh flowers herringbone quilt
My herringbone quilt has been done for a couple weeks now, and I finally found the time to photograph it yesterday.  This was such a fun quilt to make.  I've always loved herringbone quilts, it is about time I made one!  I didn't use a pattern for this one, I just drew a quick sketch and the cut 2.5" strips.  I especially love all of these fabrics together.
fresh flowers herringbone quilt fresh flowers herringbone quilt fresh flowers herringbone quilt
quilt stats
fabric - Freshcut by Heather Bailey, plus coordinates from my stash
pattern- modified herringbone, my own
backing and binding - DS Quilts
pieced and quilted by me

This quilt is available in my Etsy shop, if you are interested!  Update: SOLD, thank you!!  Now the kids and I are off, time to get some shopping done before we go fishing and swimming at the pond this afternoon.  I cannot believe that school starts next week!  xo, Ang

previous posts on this quilt:
sewing and blogging again
finally binding

Monday, August 19, 2013

basting made fun.

basting Little Apples
My least favorite part of the quilting process is basting.  Always has been.  As a new quilter, I learned to baste with pins, but as time went on I switched over to spray.  I don't always love the added expense, but it is worth it to me.  It makes the actual basting process go quickly and I love quilting when there are no pins to interfere.  I forgot to buy basting spray for my herringbone quilt so I pulled out my pins for that one.  While the finished quilting turned out fine, it took soooo long!  I may be spoiled, but I learned my lesson and stocked up on my next trip to JoAnn's.
basting Little Apples
basting Little Apples
I basted my Little Apples quilt top one early morning a couple weeks ago.  The house was quiet and the sunrise was peaking through the windows.  Since I was using spray, all of the windows were open for ventilation and the house was nice and cool.  It was the first time I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of basting.  This is such a rare thing for me, I had to snap a few pictures.  I wish it was this enjoyable every time!

Happy Monday! xo, A

Monday, August 5, 2013

Little Apples quilt top

little apples garden fence
My Little Apples quilt is almost finished, but I wanted to share some pictures of the process before I finish stitching on the binding.  When it comes to quilting and quilt blogs, I am one of those readers that loves seeing the entire process.  I love the finished object, of course, but it always means more to me when I've seen the process unfold first.  That is why I like to share the way I do.  It also reminds me of what I went through during the making of each quilt.  Most of my quilts I gift or sell, so these posts are the nicest reminders for me when they are gone.  That is the main point of this blog, in case you are wondering.  It is pretty much my crafting journal.
little apples garden fence little apples garden fence
Anyways, I really happy with this quilt top.  I am a big fan of all of my friend Aneela's fabric lines for Moda, this one included.  I decided to added some black and white to the mix, I'm glad I did!  When I first made the blocks and laid them out on my floor, I wasn't sure about that decision so I ended up stacking them up and putting them away for a couple weeks.  I guess I just needed to look at them with fresh eyes, because when I pulled them back out, I loved them!  Does that ever happen to you?  I'm so glad that I didn't change a thing. 

Hope you are having a great week!  with love, Angela

Friday, July 26, 2013

finally binding and a new project

I threw the binding on my herringbone quilt a couple weeks ago, but it has been too hot to sit down on the couch to sew it down.  Today we are heading out of town, and I am so excited to settle in with an audiobook and some hand sewing.  We are going to listen to the second Hunger Games book, I haven't read it in awhile.  The movie comes out this fall, right?  I like to be prepared.
herringbone binding
In the meantime, I've been sewing like a crazy woman.  When I'm into something, I'm all in.  Can you tell?  And I am into quilts again.  Feels so good.
Garden Fence
Garden Fence
I started this quilt the same day I put the binding on the herringbone one.  I've had some leftover Little Apples fabric laying around, and I thought this would be perfect.  The pattern is Garden Fence, a free one by Hyacinth Designs.  It is fun and easy, I highly recommend it!
Garden Fence
Hope you have a great weekend!  Can you believe that next week is August??  xo, A

Monday, July 22, 2013

vintage flowers

I was digging through my sewing cabinet the other day and I came across this baby quilt that I made over a year ago.  I can't believe I forgot about it!  It was one of those projects that you sew just to sew.  No specific purpose for it.  Just because you enjoy it.  I guess it is about time I get around to sharing it with you.

vintage flowers - baby quilt
vintage flowers - baby quilt vintage flowers - baby quilt

I have had a stack of Dream On by Moda charm packs for such a long time, and I remember thinking that it was about time I used them.  Such a soft, delicate line.  I loved making this pattern, it is well written and makes good use of a couple charm packs.  I would definitely make this quilt again!  Perfect way to use those charm packs you have laying around.

vintage flowers - baby quilt
vintage flowers - baby quilt
 
quilt stats:
fabric - Dream On by Moda, vintage sheets from my friend Jeni 
backing - Scallops from the Ruby line by Thimble Blossoms
pieced and quilted by me
 
This quilt has been listed here in my Etsy shopSold, thank you! It has been empty for too long now, it is time to get back to work.  I've even accepted a couple custom orders again, can you believe it?  I think it is safe to say that I've caught the quilting bug again.  That makes me terribly happy. :) 
 
Hope you are well!  xo, A
 
previous posts on this quilt:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

sewing (and blogging) again.

#widrn sent in my Craftsy articles for the week, now I am cutting up pretty pretty strips and roasting broccoli for lunch. Tagging @heyporkchop @provhandmade @lucyandnorman What are you up to ladies?  Added a bunch of fabrics and got a good start on cutting. These prints and colors are making me sooo happy.
Hey guys!  I've been sewing again.  And it feels so so good.  It has been a long break, hasn't it?  For the winter months I was preoccupied with knitting. Winter and yarn go hand in hand for me.  After that, I was and continue to be so busy writing for the Craftsy blog.  I love my job.  But right now crafting is tricking for me, I have so little free time with the kids.  I realize that this won't last long, having the kids around so much, and I am enjoying my time with them very much.  Come fall things will change.  It will be the first time that all my kids will be in school at the same time.  I am already dreading it!  Now that we are all home for the summer, I've been able to get more sewing time in.  I feel like I've been bit by the sewing bug again!  I want to sew all the things.  It is nice to feel inspired.

Thinking.I think I like it.
 

UntitledNo batting or backing, guess I'll have to wait a few days to finish this one. Guess ill have to start something new!

I am trying to sew and knit from my current stash, so I pulled out this lovely stack of soft colored fabrics a couple weeks ago.  I love herringbone quilts and came up with this simple pattern to showcase the fabrics.  I'm sure there is some kind of pattern or tutorial out there for a similar block, but I just winged it. 

Basting with this baby doll. I haven't used pins in forever, input of spray. Untitled

Each stage of the quilting process has been completely enjoyable.  Except for the basting, I never like that part.  This time was especially not-fun because I was out of basting spray.  It has been so long since I've pin basted!  I quilted the entire throw yesterday afternoon, it didn't take too long at all.  I used a meandering pattern since that is the most fun for me.  Quilting around those pins wasn't as bad as I remember!  Now I need to slap some binding on, I'm so anxious to sit on the couch and hand sew the binding down... My most favorite part.

I hope you are well, those of you who have stuck with me here through all of those quiet months.  Maybe next time I'll remember to pull out my real camera while I'm sewing so that I have more than instagram pictures to share.  I completely forgot, I'm out of habit when it comes to blogging.  At least I have these!  I'm hoping to be in this space more, I have missed it.

xo, Ang