Freezer paper shirts

Step 1 – Acquire: some shirts, freezer paper, an X-ACTO knife, tape, self-healing mat, Martha Stewart craft paint, a paint brush or foam brush, a spare piece of cardboard or on the way out the door magazine,  and an iron.


Step 2 –  Tear off a piece of freezer paper at least 2 – 3 inches larger than you intended image.  Sketch out what you want to put on the shirt onto the freezer paper.  The key to the freezer paper being your temporary stencil is to sketch your image on the paper feeling side.

Step 3 – Tape the cut out the image to a self-healing mat.  Take an X-ACTO knife to it.  You want to remove the part of the freezer paper that you want to be on your shirt.

draw and tape

Step 4 – Place your spare piece of cardboard/magazine/whatever into the shirt.  This will protect the back in case some paint seeps through.

Step 5 – Place your X-ACTO’d image where you want your image on the shirt.  Place your not too hot, no steam iron on the image.  Don’t move the iron back and forth.  Pick up and place if you have a large area.

iron freezer paper  paint that area

Step 6 – Paint!  Depending on the image and space available you can use a paint brush or a foam brush.  I prefer Martha Stewart’s craft paint.

MS paint  paint that area 1

Step 7 – Peel off the freezer paper.  Let it dry overnight.  Pull out that not too hot, no steam iron again.  Doing this sets the paint and makes the item washable.

let dry


Cabbage Patch Quilt

I don’t know what it is about this quilt that reminds me of the Cabbage Patch Kids, but here we are. I love all these fabrics.  That was the last of my purple polka dots, it was a small bit I picked up from the remnants bin.  Last of my pink polka dot, too.   The green fabric is one of the first fabrics I purchased ages ago, like before I even had a sewing machine.

baby girl q 2012 front baby girl q 2013 back

That back fabric is one of my favorites.  I have two yards of it left.  I may never cut into it again.  Ha!  Fabric hoarders unite!

Pieced and quilted by: Me
Size: 38 square
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Batting, Dream Cotton

A quilt for me, by me

Of the handful of quilts I’ve made, I’ve kept none. I have plenty of ideas of quilts I want to make, but making it and keeping it are two different things. So, I waited until it felt right. Once I saw this quilt on In Color Order, I knew that was what I wanted to make and keep.

Next came the fabric selection.  The inspiration is made from vintage sheets.  And it occurred to me that *I* have vintage sheets!  They would soft and comfy, and best of all – timeless. Perfect! They didn’t all look… good together. So I added in two modern day fabrics. I dare you to try and figure out which two. 😉

The linen in the valleys is another fabric I’ve had for a while. I don’t remember where it came from, but I’m always happy to have it.

Without further ado, I give you what I have named Star V Quilt.

The Front

Quilt: Star V

Quilt: Star V - front, middle


The Back

Quilt - Star V - back

Quilt: Star V - back and bottom

My quilt holder upper. Such a good guy! 🙂

My quilt holder

I haven’t decided how to label it yet. I have a couple of labels I got from Spoonflower. Or I could just Micron pen the info on it. We’ll see. Since she lives here I can tag her whenever I want to. Nicest feeling ever.

Peace out Reader, Hellllo Bloglovin

As I’m sure everyone on the internet knows by now, Google Reader is a thing of the past. Like Google +. Wait. That’s still around. Major fail, Google. When I was searching for my new keeper of rss feeds I found Bloglovin and I love it. Super easy to use and they have an awesome app for my iPhone, unlike someone else I used to use. *coughcoughgooglecoughcough*

Anyway, now that I’m a Bloglovin convert I claimed my blog over there. Come follow me. Eventually I’ll post stuff. 🙂

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The difference a day makes

I finished my Madrona Road placemats last weekend. I had been wanting to photograph them on bright green grass, but when it snowed I thought that would be even better. And then the next day, the snow was pretty much gone save a few spots here and there. So, I took them out in the sunshine and photographed them on the bits of snow that were left.

Madrona Road Placemats Madrona Road Placemats

Here’s what I’ve learned about my piecing style, as it stands right now. I’m not very good at improv. It seems like it would be quick and easy – oh! let me just sew this and this together and look at there! No. I have to think it through, sketch it out, make a plan. When my quilt guild got the fabric for the Modern Quilt Guild challenge, I settled on placemats fairly quickly. Initially I thought I would do a long strips kind of piecing. And somewhere in there I just started cutting up random pieces and putting them together. And then I thought about it. And then I over thought it some more. Then I was paralyzed by “OMG, what have I done? I have no plan, I’m just making this up and I have no idea if I’m near the end.”

Last weekend I was over seeing it sitting around my sewing room. I was going to finish those placemats by Sunday and that was that. And so I did. I used what was left over of the fabric to make the binding. Came across some navy fabric – perfect for the back! For the first time I tried free motion quilting (FMQ). I’m on the fence about it. I initially tried to do a square FMQ look. But I guess I’m more naturally inclined to go loopy. And so I went with the loopy. I thought it would be a good idea to do the other three in different quilting patterns so I could test my quilting quiltiness.

Madrona Road Placemats - FMQ

The second placemat was what I’m calling a lazy grid.

Madrona Road Placemat - Lazy grid quilting

The third got a loopy loop pattern.

Madrona Road Placemat - Loop quilting

The fourth and final got a kind of inverted four corners thing.

Madrona Road Placemat - 4 quarters

That snow I talked about? Yeah, this happened Thursday

this is the hilly road to my house. #whattheabsolutefuck

The next day? The hill looked like this


Looking forward to some warmer weather. And cicadas. Have you heard? We’re about to be swarmed by them. I can’t wait.

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.