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Modern Quilt Design with Michelle Wilkie

 

Last Saturday the Music City MQG hosted Michelle Wilkie for her Modern Quilt Design: Every Day Inspriation class. That’s right, two weeks in a row of quilty fun:)

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

Michelle has only been quilting for four years but her original designs are stunning. She started out with a great show and tell to showcase her quilts and the inspiration behind them.

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

It was really cool to see how she draws inspiration both from everyday objects like street signs and traditional artwork, especially indigenous history.

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

She led us through several group exercises to translate images into quilt designs, including our own photographs that we brought, and ended with some resources and practical tips for constructing blocks out of our original designs.

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

And yes… a few pokemon snuck into the classroom!

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

I usually follow patterns instead of making my own, so the whole process was outside my comfort zone and I definitely learned a lot! (Plus everything sounds more interesting in her New Zealand accent!)

You can check out Michelle Wilkie at her blog Factotum of Arts (and her other courses here!).

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michelle Wilkie Modern Quilt Design Class

Michelle Wilkie was super inspiring and it was so much fun to learn something new along with the Music City MQG ladies! Another huge thanks to our prez Ashley for organizing it all (you snuck into another post!):)

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: July

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with the mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’m joining the Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The seventh stop was Egypt, with an adorable camel and smiling sun. This one came together quickly and I really enjoyed it. Who knows where we’ll visit next… which is half the fun:)

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July

July

Seven months down, five to go…

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress:)

Sandcastle Cross Stitch

I’ve been watching a lot of Flosstube lately and it’s making me want to start lots of new projects… or at least finish some of my WIPs. So in between the Pumpkin Passport and the Summer Beach Day releases, I picked up the second pattern in the trio of Nautical Square-ology patterns I bought last year. (Sail Around was my first finish of 2016, seen here.)

The Amateur Librarian // Sandcastle Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Sandcastle Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Sandcastle Cross Stitch

I only got one quadrant done but hopefully I’ll have time to finish up this quick project soon. My summer goal is to have all three finished, framed, and displayed (maybe in the nursery if we end up with a nautical theme).

But one quadrant is all I needed to put together a preview of the finished product:)

The Amateur Librarian // Sandcastle Cross Stitch

 

Summer Beach Day Cross Stitch

 

The second part of the Summer Beach Day pattern released on Friday so I dropped everything else to get started. The pumpkins did it again… it’s so super cute! I love all the summery details – the fruit, the popsicles, lots of sunglasses, etc. We’ve got a couple busy weekends coming up but maybe I’ll have this one finished up by the end of the month. I can’t wait to collect all four seasons!

The Amateur Librarian // Summer Beach Day Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Summer Beach Day Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Summer Beach Day Cross Stitch

 

Firefly Baby Quilt

I made a bit more progress on the Firefly baby quilt over the weekend. After the shop hop, I added two other prints (Cotton + Steel basics in Sprinkles Alexia Turquoise and Heather Ross Far Far Away Unicorns in Purple) for more variety in the patchwork. I finished up the star blocks and put together the strip sets for the patchwork border, and the next step will be putting it all together. Lots of pinning to come!

(Free pattern available here!)

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

I probably won’t have much time to sew in the next few weeks but hopefully I can carve out some sewing time soon.

And that’s about it!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress:)

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

A few more nights of stitching outside and catching up on The Great British Baking Show equals more progress on July’s visit to Egypt. I love the smiling sun and the camel – so cute!

The second portion of the Summer Beach Day x stitch comes out on Friday so I’m hoping to finish this block in time to do both this month.

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Firefly Baby Quilt

I have a couple more quilts I need to make for others this summer, but I couldn’t resist starting this one for me first. Ever since we hung the Moving Up Piece by Piece quilt above the bed, I’ve been thinking that a super simple patchwork quilt would look cute on the opposite wall, hanging above a crib. I love the Wee Wander fabric line from Sarah Jane Studios so I downloaded this free pattern and started cutting last Friday.

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

My favorite part of “summer hours” at my office is getting groceries and laundry out of the way on Friday afternoons, and a couple hours for sewing seems to give me momentum to keep going over the weekend. I got all the cutting done and started on the star blocks. Next up is the patchwork border and then it should all come together pretty quickly.

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

I like making quilts for others because I think of that person the whole time I’m putting it together, and sewing for baby this summer is super special to me.

And that’s about it!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress:)

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

After a long holiday weekend, Tuesday back at work sure does feel like a Monday… but stitching on the porch with the cats while it rained on and off and the sun went down was a pretty nice way to end the day. We’re visiting Egypt this month and it’s super cute! I didn’t get very far, but here’s one night’s progress:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

And that’s about it!

True Blue Quilt

True Blue Quilt

Finally, another finish! Secret sewing is fun but I’m always dying to share pics by the time it’s finished and gifted, especially now that I’m averaging a finished quilt every 3 months of so.

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

This baby quilt went to some longtime friends to add a little cozy to their home. S & D have a gorgeous old home they’re renovating (I’m always hoping that Home Sweet History blog is back soon!) and after following their progress via Instagram the mix of vintage and modern, along with moody paint colors, inspired a palette of blues and greys.

This quilt started with the True Love mini quilt (free pattern via Canoe Ridges) that I made from blue scraps at the MCMQG Retreat in February, and then it sat waiting for inspiration. I finally decided to add some negative space around the patchwork heart, then create three more patchwork quadrants to fill out a square big enough to be a lap-sized quilt. I used Crazy Mom Quilt’s tutorial for 36-patch blocks with 5″ strips of coordinating blues and greys to make 27″-blocks.

I sent the quilt top off to Studio V for the longarm quilting and love the texture from the navy blue bubbles quilting! I would probably go with a lower-contrast thread color like grey or baby blue if I had to do it over again, but I like how the dark blue stands out against the simple patchwork. After wrestling with quilting on my basic home machine for the past few years, it’s such a treat to hand it over with just the binding to finish it up for good. One of these days I’ll invest in a higher-end machine that might make quilting more manageable… but until then, longarm quilting is the way to go for me!

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

All done!

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

No matter what happens in life, I’m thankful for friends like S & D. Even when it’s hard to know what to say after sad events, making something always helps, and lots of love went into every stitch of this quilt. S and I have known each other since we were toddlers at the same daycare, and we’ve kept in touch throughout the years… if you want to get sappy, I guess you could say our friendship is the true blue kind… or something like that:)

The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

Cheers to many more years of friendship!

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday:)

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress:)

 

Secret Sewing
Over the weekend I finished binding two baby quilts, and now they’re on the way to their new homes! In my mind these are still WIPs until they’re received… so hopefully I’ll be able to share more soon. Until then here are a couple more sneak peeks:
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt
I still need to make a quilt back for my Vintage Star baby quilt (that one is for me!), but I’ve got a couple other quilts in mind so I might wait until I’m making a few quilt backs at once. So for once, I’m all caught up on my WIPs!

And that’s about it!

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: June

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with the mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’m joining the Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The sixth stop was Russia and I loved stitching up the colorful cathedral domes and the girl’s wintry wardrobe (especially while it was 90 degrees outside!). I actually finished up early this month since I wanted to start the new Summer Beach Day mystery SAL that just got released. Hopefully I can manage two projects at a time for the next couple months. As usual, can’t wait to find out where we’re going next…

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

June

Six months down, six to go… wow, we’re halfway through the year already!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress:)

Summer Beach Day SAL Cross Stitch

 

Got to start stitching Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s newest SAL, Summer Beach Day! Stitching on the porch after dinner before the sun goes down is the best. Love the little beach scene and can’t wait to see Part 2 in July.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Summer Beach Day Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Summer Beach Day Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Summer Beach Day Cross Stitch

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Pixelated Heart Quilt

Pixelated Heart Quilt

Way back in January (and snow days!), I needed something to jolt me out of my sewjo rut so I jumped on board the Pixelated Heart QAL, hosted by @SewKellySews on Instagram… and it was exactly what I needed!

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

I used the free pattern from Robert Kaufman and blogged my progress in weekly WIP posts, finishing up the quilt top in February. It came back from the longarmer in March, then three months passed by in the blink of an eye before I got around to the binding. But when we hung a second rod in the hallway for a quilt display and the baby-quilt-sized quilts I had on hand just weren’t cutting it, I suddenly had the motivation I needed to finish it up.

Ta da!

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

My first finish of 2016. But what I’m lacking in quantity this year, I’m trying to make up for with quality by taking my time and only working on quilts I really love. I am still in love with the low-volume trend and I love having my two latest quilts displayed when you walk through our front door. You can’t ignore that a quilter lives here!

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

A few progress pics below to wrap this up:

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday:)

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