Friday, March 22, 2024

A New Vintage Project!

 I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I agreed to make a quilt for my husband.  Ok, so the 80's kid/90s teen in me did get really excited about this one...  My husband's favorite arcade game is Galaga.  We have a retro arcade less than a mile from our house and they have Galaga, and yes, he has spent hours there playing it and setting the high score.  Unfortunately, they randomly reset the scoreboard, so Hubby has to go back every so often and reclaim his title.  I have agreed to make him a Galaga quilt. 

This is the overall inspiration for the quilt.  It will be all 8-bit and done in 1/2" squares.  The ONLY reason I agreed to do this is because TenSisters has a fusible grid for quilting that makes this a lot easier than it really should be.  

The first step is figuring out the art for the all of the ships in the game.  I stole a graph paper notebook from Hubs for this.  

Then, I spent some time on EQ8, designing the first custom block.  Each TenSisters grid panel is 18x28, so I 

Then, it was time to lay out 504 1" squares of fabric on the grid!

I used a washable glue stick to place all of my squares before pressing.  It was nice to not have to worry about them shifting or moving around while i was working. 

I started with the white parts of the ship, then filled in the red and blue, and lastly I placed the black background.

I started sewing the panel yesterday and will hopefully have it completely sewn by the end of the weekend.  It's not difficult to do this part, but it's not the easiest when working with such small squares!  

I will definitely be posting lots of updates as I continue!  I am estimating that I'll make 45 total panels, which will result in a grand total of 22,680 1/2" squares when this quilt is done!  And it's going to be awesome!!!

Stay Creative, my friends!


Saturday, March 16, 2024

Dallas Quilt Show! Rock On!


This weekend is the Dallas Quilt Show and I checked it out with my mom and our friend, Dennis.  The quilts on display were simply amazing!  I didn't take nearly enough pictures, but I did capture some of my favorite quilts that were on display. I also picked up some new fabrics to make more tumblers!  I'll be a vendor at a couple quilt shows this fall and I'm already starting to build up my inventory!  

I decided that I would like to enter a quilt in a show soon, and I have the perfect quilt in mind!  It's one I'm starting to work on for my wonderful hubby, a personal request of his based on his favorite arcade game.  Also, one of my new business goals is to have a vendor booth at the Dallas Quilt Show.  It won't happen next year (I'll be on a quilting cruise next March) but I would love to be there in 2026!  

Stay creative, y'all!


Sunday, March 10, 2024

Quilting, Quilting, and more Quilting!!!

 The last month has been full of quilting around here!  I have finished a few quilt tops and am about to start getting busy quilting them!

The first one I finished up (which I'm really excited about) is Tossed at Sea, a quilt I designed using triangle cutoffs from a chevron quilt my mom made about 10 years ago, which is shown above.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Tula Pink!  When Mom was cleaning out some sewing stuff in her sewing room a couple years ago, she asked if I wanted the tringles from her flying geese.  Of course!!!  In May of 2022, we hosted our first Friends of Judy quilt retreat and I decided to start playing with the little triangles.  I found some really pretty navy fabric at Stitchin' Heaven and started making a ton of HST blocks.  251 to be exact.  At the time, I had no idea what I would do with them.  In January of this year, I got my hands on EQ8 and decided to make this HST quilt a reality.  I ended up turning the HST blocks into flying geese and I love how it all came together.  Currently, it's waiting to be quilted, but once that's done, I'll be able to get some really good pictures of it and write the pattern for it to share with y'all!  It will be my first venture into pattern writing and I'm excited about it!  

***Updated to add the link for the Tossed at Sea pattern, now posted!!!

Next up, I've been making some adorable small quilts that are perfect as baby gifts! I'm a huge fan of Villa Rosa pattern cards and I found a super cute one that goes together really quick, Silver Star. I'm currently toying with the idea of selling finished quilts, starting with baby quilts.  If so, this will likely be among the ones offered.

One thing that I am really enjoying right now if playing with designing my own quilts with EQ8 and in doing so, my husband has put in a request.  His favorite arcade game is Galaga and he's asked if I can make an 8-bit Galaga quilt for him.  I started working on the layout this week and it's going to be a fun one to do!  I'll be sure to keep posting my progress on Instagram and Facebook!

Lastly, I have been working on a special secret project and I cannot wait to share later this year!  

What has been on y'all's cutting tables lately?  

Stay Creative, my friends!


A Whole Lot of Grace!

 They say that when God closes one door, He opens another.  This week, He kicked down a door in my life! As you may know, I recently started...