Heart + Throb

I cut out the squares for this a million years ago. Well, more like two months. It seems like forever. This past Sunday, my quilt guild had its sewing day* and I finally had the motivation to sew it all together.

This is what I finished Sunday.

WIP - Heart  Throb

Originally, I had planned on this being part of a quilt back. Kind of just an off center surprise. But once it was done I realized this needed to be a quilt front, for sure. Before we all packed up for the day, I cut wide stripes of white to frame it and then some other color? Or do I do a smaller patchwork of two rows as a frame around the white? Or!! So many choices.

For now, I’m leaving it up there on my design wall. One day, it’ll tell me what it wants to be. I’m in no hurry and I don’t like to rush and then regret.

So, while Heart + Throb (yes, that’s what I’m calling it) is working on what it wants to be, I’m moving onto cutting my next quilt. It’s called Chevron and On. I discovered it in Quilty. Quilty is a quilting magazine. I wanted to dog ear every page.

Most quilt magazines aren’t my cup of tea. Think of quilts as a room in a house – if the carpet is an ugly burgundy and the walls are painted a horrid peach color and there’s a boob light, it’s hard to look past that to the room itself. Quilt patterns are the room, fabric choices are paint, carpet and bad lighting. A quilt done in white and blue flowers in a fabric that evokes memories of the 70s or 80s and you’re going to scrunch your nose up. But make that same quilt pattern in an updated fabric and I bet you love it and cannot believe it’s the same pattern. Most quilting magazines I’ve flipped through have some great patterns, but I just can’t get past the fabric choices.

*I cannot even relay into words the joy that sitting in a room full of women with similar interests brings me while we plan/sew/cut/quilt our projects and chat. Finding something you love to do is amazing. Finding people who share your love of said thing is amazing to the upteenth power.


Row 1, Column A

As most quilt plans do, this one started with a spreadsheet.

sometimes you gotta excel it before you piece it. #craftynicole #vatech

I knew had a jelly roll (heyo!) of maroon and orange. I knew I didn’t want to recreate the wheel and wanted to leave them in their pre-cut state. That left me a couple of options. I went with a brick like effect.

after dinner, it is on like David Wilson on a rabbit. #vatech

So, I unrolled the jelly goodness and got to counting. I had just enough of each color to alternate colors and make the size lap quilt I was aiming for. Perfect! I got to piecing.

6 more to go... #vatech #craftynicole

Then I put the columns together. It went pretty by quickly after that.

half way there! well, for this part...

Did I mention that the mister even helped piece a section? He totally did! This is the Pieced by Dan section*…

p.s. @wxdan pieced this section. !!!

I had picked up a decent sized creamy white remnant when I picked up my other supplies. I laid the quilt sandwich out on my bed. This is the only large space that was not occupied by a certain furry puppy. I used Dream Green. It’s made of recycled bottles, that’s awesome. Yay saving the Earth!

even when I'm picking out quilting materials I'm thinking of the environment. this batting is made of recycled bottles! #gettrashy

Coming Soon: Basting

After I unkinked my back (oy!) I got to the actual quilting part. I still had my old machine at the time and wasn’t sure how much it was going to let me do with all that thickness so I figured basic was best. I liked the idea of through the rectangles so it appeared to be patchwork. Not too shabby, for my first machine quilting (the first quilt I made got hand-tied). You can’t really tell on the front, but I alternated the lines with maroon and orange. It looks pretty cool on the creamy back.

Autumn / Virginia Tech Throw Quilt

And of course Doppler had to test it out. He approved.


*This was a gift for his mom, that’s why he helped. He’s not suddenly becoming Mister Martha.

Pinwheels and something

Pinwheels and chevron? Pinwheels and zig zags? Round the Christmas Tree? Yeah, that sounds good.

Here is the making of Round the Christmas Tree.

hopefully the end result won't be as sloppy as my terrible sketch.

not bad for a couple hours of work on this lazy Sunday.


quilting for the first time on the new machine!


And the final product…


I cannot even explain how happy I am with this lap quilt. It finished to 40 x 49. The perfect size for the person it is for. And I hope she loves it… when she gets it next month. That’s right, I’m not sending it to her until after my April quilt guild meeting. I can’t not take it for show and tell! 😉

Weekend’s end

The weekend is officially over. It was one of the most productive weekends I’ve had at home in a while.

I finished a lap quilt, two mug rugs, and cleaned/straightened my sewing room. And I had a date day with the mister. Virginia Tech’s baseball team was playing Georgia Tech Saturday. It was the perfect day for an outdoor event.

Hope you had an awesome weekend, too! Let’s all aim for good work weeks.







The Mid-Atlantic Quiltfest XXIV

XXIV = 24. Just throwing that out there for all you non-Roman numeral people.

Back to the fest of quilts… The last weekend of February, quilters gathered in Hampton, VA (my hometown – holla!) to show off quilts, sell quilting paraphernalia and things that had nothing to do with quilting. So I traveled on down (over?) to my hometown. My mother joined me and together I’m pretty sure we photographed every quilt it the convention center.

There was SO MUCH to see! I was not prepared for all the things. I had been to the Blue Ridge quilt show over the summer and it was… smaller. Much, much smaller. The Mid-Atlantic quiltfest was not small in any sense of the word.

I got a lot of great quilting tools. I got a Kwik Klips (which I had been eyeing Amazon), some fabric (duh), an awesome basket (told you there non-quilt related things), and something that I had been hoping was in existence. What was I so hopeful someone else had already figured out and made? This:


The show quilts were awesome. Some (a lot) were not my cup of tea, but I appreciated the work and time and skill that went into making them. I look forward to the day I can go to Quiltcon, which is part of the modern quilt movement.

Here are a few of my favorites from the Mid-Atlantic Quiltfest.

the quilt show is hopping, y'all!!





The rest of my photos can be found here.

If you like it you should put your initial on it

This is what we’re making:

The finished product.  So cute!

Here’s how were going to do it!

1. Cut some fabric. Specifically, cut a pillow front, batting for behind the front fabric, (both one inch bigger than pillow form) and your initial.



2. Cut some more fabric. This time you’re cutting two panels for the back. Take the measurement of your pillow, add 7, divide by 2 = P. Cut two panels that are P x size of pillow.


3. Sew your initial down to the pillow front.


4. Sew the long edge of the back panels.


5. Now it’s time to put it all together! Lay your pillow front on a flat surface, right side facing up. Place the finished edge panel on top of the pillow front. Right side touching right side.


6. Place the second panel on the other side. Pin around the edges. The sew around the square.


7. Trim the edges to make them pretty and clip the corners as shown.

Trim down and snip your corners

8. Turn the pillow right side out. Be sure to poke the corners to they poke out. Enjoy!