January 29, 2016

Baby Quilt


I just got a new grandbaby - one day old Alex - and this is the quilt I made for him. It is a departure from what I always thought of as 'baby' quilts: missing are the animals, embroidery, primary colors... But I think it turned out really nice and, best of all, my daughter-in-law likes it.

I used what I had from Moda's Daysail by Bonnie and Camille (see the quilt I made for the Fat Quarter Shop Blog Hop in December by clicking here). If you like Daysail as much as I do, head over to Fat Quarter Shop because they are having a sale on this line. Sweet!


Notice the skinny border I chose - the binding uses same fabric (which also happens to be the backing). I really like this border as it frames the project without my adding to the project's final size or detracting from its design. Alex's quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt white. Simple straight lines were chosen for the quilting in keeping with the overall modern look.

I am heading over to California to spend some time with my son and his family. Will snuggle with Alex and his big brother, almost three-year-old Nicholas. Yes, it will be grandma's time in heaven and I can't wait.

I am linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Have a fun weekend,



January 21, 2016

All in a Row


Have you seen the book " Moda All-Stars - All in a Row, 24 Row-by-Row Quilt Designs" compiled by Lissa Alexander and published by That Patchwork Place? Oh... the eye candy! Lissa gathered 24 top designers for Moda Fabrics and they created wonderful row-by-row quilts that are sure to please quilters everywhere whether they like to make whimsical, seasonal, or classic quilts (this is actually how the designs are grouped in the book).

The projects feature a combination of piecing and appliqué and, although they look very elaborate, quilters of every skill level will be tempted! I suggest you skip to the Gallery section and drool over the projects as you decide which one to make first (because I am sure you will want to make them all!).

Here are some of my favorites :

Photographs from "Moda All-Stars - All in a Row, 24 Row-by-Row Quilt Designs" by Lissa Alexander and published by That Patchwork Place, 2016; used by permission. Photography by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

So... what about the table runner (or wall hanging) pictured at the beginning of this post? Well, I woke up in the middle of the night and could not decide which one to make. Since I wanted to work with appliqué, I selected motifs from the book by Betsy Chutchian, Karla Eisenach, Sandy Gervais and Sandy Klop and made my own row... Combine beautiful motifs and a bunch of your favorite scraps and there you have it!
I appliquéd all motifs using Aurifil 40 wt (and 50 wt in the bobbin). I am happy I chose to work with gray (although the picture on the left makes it look black). I wanted a lot of different textures on this project so the 40 wt thread was perfect. The background is 14" x WOF of Osnaburg.


The lighting on the photo above is sort of weird, but you can see how I free motion quilted the project: organic lines for the sky, pebbles below the ricrac. 


I decided to try something new and bound the quilt with the same machine blanket stitch I used on the appliqué shapes. I like it! How do you like the 'pins' on the pincushions? I am loving them!

This book has amazing projects and tons of inspiring ideas. What I like best about this book is the fact that all the contributing designers donated their royalties from the book's sales to benefit No Kid Hungry (nokidhungry.org), a charitable organization whose work aims to end childhood hunger through school breakfast programs. Yeah - another reason to have this book in our quilting library!

I am linking this on Friday to CrazyMomQuilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Have a great day!

January 12, 2016

Quilt Kit Winner


Congratulations "PJ" - send us a photograph of your completed project! Thanks for all the comments left on the giveaway post - stay tuned because I have more giveaways coming up soon!

For all of us, Happy Tuesday!




January 11, 2016

Quick Baby Gift


I have another grandson coming in just a few weeks. So happy! He was on my mind for a long time on Saturday when I finally decided to drop what I was doing and make something for him: burp cloths. You have seen tutorials on how to embellish cloth diapers to turn them into burp cloths. I improved on what is out there and came up with a fast, softer, and more durable product: 

(1)  Instead of turning fabric under I cut the strips using a rotary cutter with a wavy blade, which makes assembly faster. Another benefit: once washed the edges will have a soft fray, adding to the cuteness!

(2) I chose flannel instead of regular quilting cotton for a softer feel.

(3) In order to prevent diaper fabric from bunching under the flannel once burp cloth is washed, I quilted it in different ways, but my preferred (for a quicker project) is a simple line down the middle.

Check out the tutorial below and let me know what you think:

You will need:

1 package of 10 cloth diapers by Gerber
3/4 yard of flannel (I used flannels by Moda with this adorable Sock Monkey print!)
Thread (I used Aurifil 40 wt in white)
Rotary cutter with wavy blade
Machine quilting needle
Walking foot works best for this project


Using the rotary cutter, cut flannel into 4-1/2" x 18" rectangles (I had 1/2 yard of the monkey fabric and half of the dots. It was easy to just lay fabric lengthwise on my cutting mat and cut the 4-1/2" strips. When I needed one more, I got the dots fabric and cut a strip out of it. So, the fabric was already 18" wide.) Pin strips onto cloth diaper.


Using the walking foot and a quilting needle, stitch a line down the middle of the flannel strip. Notice that there are no marks on the flannel - I eyeballed the middle.


At the end of the strip, pivot foot and stitch all around the strip, ending where you just pivoted. This is all it takes! Repeat with the other 9 diapers, make two stacks of five burp cloths each, tie them with a contrasting bow, and the gift is ready.


It may have taken longer to prepare this post than it did to prepare the burp cloths. They will be washed many times and, between the gentle fraying of the Moda flannel and the sturdy Aurifil thread, I think they are ready for the task!

Enjoy this Monday, and don't forget to enter the Giveaway for Quilt Kit, which ends tomorrow!

January 8, 2016

Fabric Giveaway!


[Giveaway now closed!]

How would you like to win a fabric kit to make this beautiful quilt top? A layer cake and lots of yardage - everything you need for the quilt (just add batting!) which finishes at 63" x 63". The fabrics are from the Varsity Collection by Sweetwater for Moda.

If you have an Instagram account, look for @piecedbrain and join me there as the preferred method of entering the giveaway. If you don't, just leave a comment on this post. For an additional chance to win, let me know that you are following. If you are a no reply blogger, type in your email as 'xxxx at xxx dot com' so I have a way to contact you.

The winner will be revealed on Tuesday, January 12th. Nice way to start the weekend, huh? 

Before you go, don't forget to check out the amazing discounted prices on fabric bundles at my Etsy store, Quilterly.

Good luck, everyone!



January 5, 2016

Jiffy Quilts!

Photograph by Matthew Owen for Annie's.
Happy New Year everyone! I will start 2016 by showing you Lemonade, my latest quilt design which appeared in the book "Jiffy Quick Quilts" published by Annie's. This book showcases 10 beautiful, colorful, and fast projects which can be made in a weekend or less. I was so excited when I received my quilt back from the publisher along with a copy of the book.

For Lemonade I worked with Bella Solids white, Marbles in gray for the backing, and these gorgeous fabrics, all by Moda:

Simply Colorful
Essential Dots
I pieced it using Aurifil 50wt and quilted with Aurifil 40wt. The freemotion quilting is simple and delicate - a garland of leaves - to complement the fabrics. The quilt measures 45" x 63" and each block finishes at 9". Three fabrics, batting, and backing is all you will need!


I worked on my Masters project during the break (I get my Masters Degree in May!) so I am looking forward to doing some serious sewing soon! Nothing like these fabrics and a book with great patterns to get me inspired.

Here's wishing you a healthy and fabric-filled New Year!


December 22, 2015

Primitive Beauties


Martingale - Primitive Style
Christmas preparations are winding down at my house. Nice or naughty, you will get gifts. The food will be simple, the lights are on, and so is the Holiday spirit. As I make plans for the holiday break, I will definitely make time for handwork...

Since I received the book Primitive Style, Folk-Art Quilts and Other Finery for review I have not stopped thinking about its beautiful projects and all the possibilities for making each one my own. The simplicity of the designs appeals to my crafty soul! Jenifer Gaston, a resident of West Virginia and long-time quilt and rug-hooking pattern designer, delights us with a bounty of woolly creations, taking us back to times when the choice to use simple stitches was dictated more by the speed with which an item needed to be put to use than by a design decision.

Jenifer walks us through what makes a design 'primitive', how to felt and fashion wool so it will look old, and helps us every step of the way with tips about stitching and finishing projects.

Don't these look wonderful?

Martingale - Primitive Style
Martingale - Primitive Style

(Photos by Brent Kane for Martingale)

Her quilt designs are just as beautiful, evoking history with traditional blocks and textured fabrics. Primitive Style would be a perfect addition to your quilting library whether you already are a wool and primitive design lover or are just becoming one!

And this is my plan as I enjoy the snowy weather we are having here in Utah: I am thinking a mini quilt with blocks and applique on the borders using some of her designs can be started and finished during this break. I am going to dig through my stash and start selecting fabrics and wool colors.

In the meantime, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with good health, success, and tons of fabric fun!





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