Monday, October 28, 2013

Pay It Forward - Give Away Winner!

This lovely fabric is going to.....

Quilting Tangent!.  I've sent you an email so that you can send me your mailing address.  Be sure to thank the "Random" generator from

Thanks everyone for the comments on the strangest places you've sewn.  I kept thinking to myself that I need to follow-up to this giveaway with a whole post dedicated to random/strange sewing places.  It does seem a bit silly to purposely sew in strange places just for a blog post.  However, it must be done!  New series on the blog coming up.

Thanks again for participating!

Also, just as an FYI: I may be slowing down a bit on the blogging.  I'll keep checking in every Monday, but I need to go quiet for a bit.  My other life is busy working in and around distribution warehouses, making final construction adjustments before the big holiday season.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Pay It Forward: A Give-Away

First, a little WIP update:

I completed the HST Green with Envy Top.  Now to quilt it!  I am donating this and have decided to hand-quilt it with some simple straight line stitching.

I have other WIP updates, but I think you all are curious as to the give-away so without further ado...

Last week I received an email congratulating me on winning a gift certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics!  This is the first blogging give-away that I have ever won.  Super excited!  Now... what to buy?!?  I should probably stay away from blue (see post about blue obsession here)...

While I figure that out, I've decided to pay my good fortune forward to a lucky person.  Typically I don't ask anything of my participants... but this time, if you could either "follow me" or like Quarter Mile Quilts on Facebook, it would be very helpful!  And to make it fun, please tell me the strangest place you have ever sewn in your comment!  I'll probably use the random number generator, but, strangest place may win!

Here's the prize:

1/2 yard of Melody Miller Ruby Star Polka Dot Patchwork Green and Navy and four coordinating fat quarters!

In summary, to be eligible to win this fabric bundle giveaway you need leave me a comment telling me the strangest place you've ever sewn! (If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave me your email address or you can't win - bummer!).  Closes at Friday, October 25th at midnight PST.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Zippered Pouch Goof

Do remember that one time I forgot to unzip the zipper while sewing the sides of my zippered pouch?

You don't?

Oh yes, I forgot to tell you about that one...

Everything started out fine...

I recently feel in love with the idea of French seams and while working on the pouch a few weeks ago this happened:

Luckily, I was able to slowly and carefully wrangle out the zipper.  VERY slowly...

Maybe I should start a link up party and call it Friday Fumbles?

Hope you're not taking yourself too seriously tonight and enjoying a wonderful Friday evening!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Borders vs. No Borders: A Quilting Experiment

I like to think of myself as a modern-traditional quilter.  I enjoy playing with modern fabrics in traditional patterns.  In the words of a new quilting inspiration, I feel like I need to stretch my quilting.  I need to challenge myself to try new things, even if they are in small steps.  Example: one of the items that can classify a modern quilt is the absence of a quilt border. 

Curiosity struck this cat and I decided to do a "quilt experiment."  I decided to make two similar looking quilts.  This experiment would include the control of the same pattern: Jeni Baker's Modern Plus Quilt Tutorial.   I would have two variables: fabric, and border vs. no border.  My hypothesis: I would love the border and not like the un-bordered quilt. 

A little bias in the experiment?  Yes.

Objective vs. Subjective? Oh dear, please don't make me get into that!

Here are the results:

The quilting above is called cogs and wheels, perfect for a little boy (or a engineering mind like myself!).  Fabrics are various Michael Miller, Japanese, Riley Blake, etc.

The bordered quilt features fabric from Violet Craft's Waterfront and Madrona Road fabrics.  This is the same bundle that I am using for A Crafty Fox's Starflower QAL.  The quilting is called boomerang and I think it works perfectly?

What do you think?  Any preferences?  I am pretty sure its hard to pick a favorite, but the border is pulling an early lead.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hexagon Progress and a New Tutorial!

Happy Wednesday!

First I am excited to share that I am guest posting over at Young Texan Momma today!  I am sharing a Dr. Pepper mini quilt tutorial!  It uses some of the no-sew adhesive to do some raw edge applique.  Head on over :)

Also, I am happy to report that I finished stitching my Tula Pink hexagons over the weekend!  Forgive the snap-happy photos...

Now I get to applique them onto a nice neutral background before adding them to a quilt.  A tan that allows all that Tula Pink awesomeness to shine.  Then I took a picture with one of the "accent" corals I was trying to match... thoughts?

I don't think I quite got it right, but am wondering if it will be ok? Perhaps not to matchy-matchy?  Or just too intense?

Linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

New York Subway Quilt - Throw Back Thursday...errr Friday

Today's post is in honor of the trend "Throw Back Thursday" although it's technically Friday...  

Here's a two year flashback to review my NYC Subway quilt.  I was (and still am) inspired by Oh Fransson's Tokyo Subway Quilt.  My husband grew up in NYC and I wanted to pay tribute to his subway adventures.

I chose to follow a simple grid layout and used the actual MTA Subway layout with Central Park, the central (hehe) focus of my quilt.  I could go on and on for hours on how much I love Central Park.  Ready?  

My husband and i while we were dating, next to the Alice in Wonderland Statue, 2006

Ok, maybe next time.

Here are pictures that I took at the time I created quilt. After I cut the squares, I laid out the quilt by grids and smaller squares 8 x 8.

2000 2" squares later, I created the quilt top and fairly accurate piecing.  It took me plenty of time, but I was (am) very happy with the results.  The letters were raw appliqued onto the white squares with a zig zag stitch.

Here is the finished project!  The back is a squiggly line print to reflect how a tourist feels when they come out of the subway... a little disoriented.

This quilt was my first experience with my local quilt shop and I was nervous.  Luckily the ladies were understanding and helpful, even though they didn't like my original plan to put minky on the back.

The long-arm quilting pattern is called "sprung" and also evoked the movement of "The City."

We held a raffle for the quilt at Christmas in 2011 and my Father-In-Law won!

Thanks for indulging me! I hope you've enjoyed my little trip down memory lane.  I promise that I'll have some current updates next week, including a tutorial.

Also, I now have a Facebook page for the blog!  If you're interested in having some additional project updates and more quilt pictures, please like my page Quarter Mile Quilts.