the fantastic quilt voyage begins

fantastic quilt voyage blockI have never been a part of a traveling quilt project before, so when Jacey invited me to be a part of her fantastic quilt voyage project I was mixed with fear and excitement.  The idea is you make one block to start your own quilt and then it’s shipped around to one of the other participants, who in turn make a block and send it on to the next quilter.  Once everyone has made a block it comes home and you can put together a quilt top.  Most of us are on pinterest and we’ve been busy pinning all sorts of inspiration for our quilts.  Using pinterest has been a great way to really focus on what you are hoping for your own quilt and also get a feel for what would work for someone else.

fantastic quilt voyage packet

Some of us are also sending along a journal/blank book of some sort for all of us to write in as we work on a block.  I ended up making a sort of a journal pack with mini copies of the pins I found for inspiration and punched ovals from paint chips for color palette matching.  There are also some fabric scraps along with a clip to hold the journal cards that people put together as they work on the project.

fantastic quilt voyage box

I used a box from Fat Quarter Shop for shipping (they always use such sturdy boxes) but I thought I should do something to make sure people knew it wasn’t being sent from Fat Quarter Shop.  I didn’t want anyone to walk out to the mailbox and think “did I order a big box of fabric and completely forget about it?”  It could happen, right?!  So I doodled all around the box in the hopes no one has a panic attack on their front step.

Even though it’s months away, I’m already looking forward to putting together my quilt!

shop sale

front of little apples quilt

It’s that time of year when winter starts to drag on a bit.  I thought I would brighten things up a bit with a sale.

aorund the block quilt

During the month of February you can get 20% off your purchases in my etsy shop.  Just use the coupon code BIRTHDAY20.

arrow go anywhere tote on barn

thanks!

five quilts, one post

Last year I set myself up with a long project list.  By mid-year I had started several quilts but hadn’t finished most of them so by December I was determined to cross some off the list.  blue sky geese quilt

 

The idea for sky blue geese came from a doodle in my notebook.  It has blue and ivory cross-hatch print flying geese blocks surrounded by text prints.  I sent it as a surprise to a friend I haven’t seen in years.

back of sky blue geese quilt

The back is mix of prints.  The blue and white plumes were a favorite of mine.  They’ve been in my stash for years so it’s great to see them in a project.

silver star quilt

I made a couple of Christmas quilts in December.  I used a scaled down version of Jeni’s Giant Vintage Star Tutorial. They were also given to friends.

gold star quilt

One was a large silver star, the other gold.

florette quilt

Florette turned out to be one of my favorite quilts to date.  The pattern is by Jeni Baker.

florette quilt detail

Anna, Jeni, and I took a screen printing class ages ago and while they were here they helped me pull fabrics for future projects.  It was a blast to spend hours happily geeking out over fabric with friends.  I used one of the stacks we put together for this quilt.   Then I finished the top while we were on a sewing retreat together.

back of florette quilt

The back is one part, grey and white paisley and one part, floral.  Truth be told…the floral was our old shower curtain.  I made the curtain a few years ago and saved the fabric when I made a new one.  I had intended to sell this quilt, but in the end, I surprised lulu by putting it on her bed while she was in school.  She nearly fell down the steps to thank me because she was so happy.  (that would have been an awkward ER visit!)

golden geese quilt

Golden geese was another quilt I intended to sell.  It was also a stack that Anna and Jeni helped pull together.  The pattern is of my own design. I love the fabrics, so much print on print on print.  I just couldn’t part with it.  I have greedily kept it for myself.  (that’s how i roll)

back of golden goose quilt

It’s backed with some fabric from my stash.  It felt great to check all of these of my project list.

I’m looking forward to sharing more about this year’s list.