10.31.2013

Modern One-Block Quilts - Schoolhouse

Schoolhouse occurs on Friday, before International Quilt Market begins. Schoolhouse is a day full of presentations. Each presentation is either 15 minutes or 30 minutes long. Schoolhouse is only open to International Quilt Market attendees. It's an opportunity for quilt shop owners and others in the quilting industry to share and preview new fabrics, books, notions, etc. before quilt market actually opens.
Kathleen and I shared a little peek into our new book, Modern One-Block Quilts this year at Schoolhouse. Thank you very much to Fat Quarter Shop for recording our schoolhouse. :)

10.30.2013

Stitch Magazine - Winter 2013

I'm so thrilled to share a couple projects that I machine quilted are appearing in the Stitch Magazine, Winter 2013 issue.

This issue is on newsstands now.
This first quilt is called Nordic Trails. Tina Lewis designed and pieced this amazing quilt and I machine quilted it for her. I love how this quilt looks like a picture hanging on the wall.
Next is the Multi-use tote bag. Tina Lewis also designed and made this fabulous tote bag. There are so many cool things about this bag, one is the use of the laminate fabrics. When Tina came up with the idea for this bag she had in mind that it would be best if the bag were machine quilted.  So, she brought it to me, I had never machine quilted on the laminates before and wasn't quite sure what the result would be, but I was willing to give it a try. It turned out awesome!
When the bag is open it lays out flat into a nice circle. I can think of so many fabulous uses for this awesome bag.

Tina Lewis is so creative, she is going to be teaching a couple classes at Small Town Quilt Show - In a Big Town Way next summer. Here are a few more details about the event.

10.28.2013

Modern One-Block Quilts {the video}


Kathleen have big plans for our new book, Modern One-Block Quilts, besides remaking each quilt I've been wanting to make a video to share all 22 of the original quilts. Today I finally had a little bit of time to myself, so I spent a little while and made a video to share Modern One-Block Quilts.

Hope you like it! :)

Quilt Market Happened!

photo via instagram

Kathleen and I spent the weekend in Houston, Texas at International Quilt Market. It was a fabulous weekend of connecting with friends, old and new, learning about new products and most exciting for us, sharing our new book, Modern One-Block Quilts.

As we spent three days there I spent a lot of time snapping pictures of the quilts I machine quilted for Vendors. I'm honestly not sure how many quilts I machine quilted that were hanging there but I do know there were over 20, that I machine quilted in the last month... it's been a little crazy here. :)

The quilt above, sorry it's not the greatest quality photo (phone picture) I machine quilted for Moda Fabrics. It was hanging in the Moda Fabrics booth and I love how it turned out. :)

If you have a minute hop over to my instagram page to see many more of the beautiful quilts that I was able to machine quilt.


10.26.2013

Mesmerize Quilt Pattern

I'm super excited to share one of my newest original design, Mesmerize. This was such a fun quilt to design and have my pattern published through Basic Grey is such an honor.

Mesmerize is such a fun quilt and the pattern is super simple to make. The pattern comes in three different sizes; Throw, Twin & King.

Fat Quarter Shop has Mesmerize kits available for pre-order, and patterns are now available.

10.24.2013

Cherry Spinner Quilt

I'm off to International Quilt Market, and can't wait to share pictures of the quilts that I machine quilted for Quilt Market, but before I go I have to share one last quilt I finished before I left.
This gorgeous quilt was pieced by Patti. It's such a beautiful quilt I feel honored to be able to machine quilt it for her.
Patti wanted custom machine quilting, with thread color changes, I like to make the thread blend so changing thread colors was a perfect fit.
I machine quilted a lot of feathers, I kinda love feathers. I really love what they did for this quilt.
The backing turned out really pretty too. Sometimes quilt backings just turn out awesome.

Thanks for letting me machine quilt your beautiful quilt Patti.

10.23.2013

Aurifil 2014 Design Team

I'm super duper honored to be participating in the 2014 Aurifil design team. This year besides sharing the fantastic quilt block each month I get to share a little machine quilting tip, then when all the blocks are made and the quilt is put together I get to machine quilt the final quilt, that will hand in Italy. I'm feeling so honored.

Check out the buzz over on the Aurifil blog and all of the fantastic designers blogs.

10.22.2013

Boise Basin Quilters

This past weekend Kathleen and I, along with my kids and husband, had the opportunity to travel to Boise, ID to teach and share the quilts from our books, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting and Modern One-Block Quilts. We shared our quilts at the Boise Basin Quilters, a huge quilt guild that was very well organized.

They had told us it was a big group, and it was, there were about 250 in attendance that night. 

Kathleen is originally from Boise, ID so it was fun to connect with old friends & family and make new friends. Thanks so much Boise Basin Quilters for having us!

Email Natalia to schedule a trunk show, or check out our events schedule here.

10.21.2013

Accuquilt Fabric Cutter - Hexagon Dies

You all know that I love my Accuquilt Go! It's so much fun to cut fabric with and a great way to get accurate cutting quickly! Accuquilt has recently released several new dies, today I get to share a few of them with you. I thought it would be fun to focus on the hexagon dies today, because who isn't loving hexagons!

There are 4 new hexagon dies;
I'm loving all four of these dies, especially those 1/2 dies. Yes, I think there is a quilt in my near future using those!

All of these dies, except the 4 1/4" Hexagon die are compatible with the Accuquilt Go! and the Go! Baby die cutters.

Accuquilt has created a nice video sharing these new dies, plus 8 more! Hop over to their website to check it out!

10.15.2013

Alternating Stars - A Modern One-Block Quilt

Kathleen and I are so excited to begin sharing the quilts from our new book, Modern One-Block Quilts.

One of the most exciting things about this book, besides 22 quilt patterns are the size options. Each quilt pattern has included instructions for three sizes! How awesome is that!
Kathleen and I originally made all of the quilts in the largest size, (most are queen) so we thought it would be fun to go back through the book and re-make all 22 quilts in the smallest size, baby.
So, we've started at the beginning of the book and we have re-made the first quilt, Alternating Stars. We re-made this baby size in plum, gray and white. I love the color combo in this quilt.
This might be one of my very favorite quilts in the book, I love it so much because it totally looks like the quilt is made from two blocks, but it's not, it's just one block repeated.
This is the original version of Alternating Stars. The original version in made in aqua and brown. It's a pretty combination too and shown in queen size.

The original version is made using Dainty Blossoms by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs.

The plum and gray version of Alternating Stars is made using Oval Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics and Moda Bella Solids. Machine quilted with a fun straight line quilting pattern, paper and digital versions of Straight Line Quilting are available for purchase here.

Modern One-Block Quilts can be purchased here.

10.14.2013

Bella Solids Quilt - Instagram-along

I started my typical day today by loading a beautiful quilt on my long-arm machine. After I loaded it I shared a quick picture of the quilt on Instagram. There was a lot of love happening over there for Sherri's quilt.

After I shared the first picture and then machine quilted the first row I decided it would be fun to share my progress through as I machine quilted the quilt.

The quilt isn't a huge quilt so I was able to custom machine quilt each row pretty quickly, and then share pictures of my progress. The positive feedback that I was receiving via instagram and facebook during the process made quilting the quilt so much fun! I think I'll do that again some time.

Machine quilting progress, row two.

Machine quilting progress, row three.
Then I finished the machine quilting. I decided instead of sharing row four on instagram I would just wait and share the final quilt here, where I could share bigger pictures.
I love how the quilt turned out.
It's such a crisp, fresh quilt.
Thank you to everyone that played along with me on instagram and facebook today! You made this process so much fun!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Thank you very much to all who attended our Modern One-Block Quilts book launch party this weekend! Kathleen and I had so much fun chatting with old and new friends, eating and playing with quilts. I even finished unpicking some quilt blocks that I had sewn wrong. :)
This coming weekend we'll be in Boise, ID sharing our quilts and books with Boise Basin Quilters, can't wait!

If you weren't able to attend our book launch party we do have signed copies of Modern One-Block Quilts available for purchase here.

10.10.2013

American Jane Quilt

Lianne made this darling American Jane quilt.
It's always fun to hear the stories behind quilts, this quilt in particular started out as a kit, but Lianne didn't love the colors in the kit, so she added in the blacks and since she lives in California she decided to make it a little bit beachy, so she added in the darling bottle caps from Emily Herrick's Going Coastal fabric line.
I  think it turned out darling!
I had a lot of fun custom machine quilting this quilt. Love how happy and cheery it is.

Have a great day!

10.09.2013

Super Simple Receiving Blankets

Holy cow, I mentioned last week that everyone we know is having babies. Well, today we're headed to another baby shower. So I took a little break from machine quilting and sewed up a couple of darling super simple receiving blankets.
These two receiving blankets were made with some of Emily Herrick's Technicolor fabric, love that fabric!
The receiving blankets that we made last week we included the babies name, this time I'm not sure what the babies name will be so he gets plain ones, they are still cute though!

10.08.2013

Modern One-Block Quilts is now shipping!

Kathleen and I are beyond ecstatic to share today, our new book, Modern-One Block Quilts has officially arrived and it's now shipping.

Also, if you haven't heard the buzz..... Kathleen and I are hosting a book launch party! This Saturday, October 12th at our quilting studio. All are welcome, we have goodies, giveaways, purchase signed copies of our books and you can check out all 22 new quilts!
Email Natalia for studio address.

We are now scheduling trunk shows and signings for Modern One-Block Quilts, contact Natalia for more information.

10.07.2013

Ferris Wheel Quilt

This gorgeous Ferris Wheel quilt was pieced by Donna. Seriously, what an awesome quilt.
The quilt pattern actually comes from the book It's a Circus, I love how bright and cheery it is. 
Donna was visiting Utah a while back and she, along with her friends brought me several quilts to machine quilt. I machine quilt quilts for so many wonderful women who I never get to actually meet in person so it was fun to actually meet Donna in person. :)
Donna asked me to custom machine quilt her quilt, she didn't have anything in particular in mind, she just wanted it to be beautiful. So I had my way with it and I love how it turned out.
Thanks so much for letting me play with your beautiful quilt Donna!

10.04.2013

No Bind Receiving Blanket ~ how to

I'm starting to think that someone we know has a baby every.single.week. It's okay though, we love to have an excuse to make baby gifts. :)
These gifts are for a new baby Bronson, we thought it would be fun to make some No-Bind receiving  blankets with a little embroidery applique.
We made two different blankets using Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies, Technicolor fabric, I LOVE this fabric.
Then we used our Mod Alphabet embroidery appliques for the initials and also the monogram B. I love this alphabet. You can purchase and download the alphabet here.
We've also got a how-to embroidery applique tutorial here.
Or, if you need the tutorial on how to make a no-bind receiving blanket, you can get that here.

All of our embroidery applique is done on a Bernina Aurora 440QE with the embroidery module.

10.03.2013

Monster N-Tune Headpones - GIVEAWAY!


Today I GET to tell you about these N-Tune headphones.
Before I tell you very much about them let me tell you a little back story. Sometimes I'm a big skeptic. I look at things and see the price and say, there is no way that is worth that much money. I'm sure we all do this. When the opportunity came along for me to try out and tell you about the N-Tune headphones I was really excited, this is one of those products that I have definitely been very skeptical about.

When I received the N-Tune headphones I shared how excited I was over on instagram. Actually, at that point I was still quite skeptical. I stared at them for a few hours and then finally decided to open the package. 
So, after I layed my baby down for a nap I decided to try them out, I was actually custom machine quilting at the time, I like to listen to music on Pandora while quilting but I always have to have it turned up pretty loud to hear over my long-arm. 
I put these babies on and I was so impresses/shocked! I couldn't believe how well they blocked out the sound and how fabulous the sound was while listening.
I've been using them quite a bit now and I have to say, I have learned to try out products before judging them. These are awesome! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for some fabulous headphones!

To win your very own pair of N-Tune headphones (valued at $150),  read all about the Monster headphones here and let me know in the comments of this post which color you prefer. The comments on this post will be aggregated with the comments on the posts from the other bloggers participating in this review, and 25 pairs will be given away. This giveaway will close on Nov 1.

10.02.2013

Patriotic Quilt

Last week I shared Mary's college quilt, and shared that she is decorating each room in her home with a theme. Well today I'm sharing another one of her darling quilts. This quilt is for her patriotic room.
Such a fun quilt, I love patterns like this where the sashing creates a secondary pattern.
I machine quilted this quilt for her with an all over stars and loops pattern, it seemed quite fitting for a patriotic quilt.

Thanks for letting me quilt another one of your darling quilts Mary!
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