Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chopsticks in Cascade for Quilt Market



I was so honored and excited to be selected by Jessica Levitt, to make something with her new line of fabric for her booth at Quilt Market!



Her new line is called Cascade, and is distributed through Windham Fabrics. The line features some large focal prints, and a variety of medium and small prints. My favorites are the raindrops, and the prints that look like falling rain - that one is a great blender!




 I made the Chopsticks Quilt, by Julie Herman, at Jaybird Quilts, which is a great pattern to use to show off large scale prints. The amazing quilting was done by Angela Walters, and there are, of course, some really neat details in the quilting.






















I also made the Rock Candy Table Topper, and the Seaside Table Runner, both by Julie Herman as well. I have to say, I'm not one keen on having a million rulers, but Julie's rulers are awesome! I cannot wait to use them for other projects! Both of these use the Sidekick Ruler, which is super easy to use, the lines are easy to see, and Julie's directions are very clear.





I quilted both of these myself, and I was really pleased at how well they turned out!

All of these lovely pictures are courtesy of Jessica - aren't those with the quilt by the waterfall amazing?

Windham Fabrics and Jessica are doing a blog hop this week to show off all of the projects Jessica and others made to show off her new line.


Here is the blog tour schedule:

Monday October 13th - Jessica Levitt - Juicy Bits / Windham Fabrics

Tuesday October 14th - Julie Herman - Jaybird Quilts / Jenn Nevitt -knit ’n lit

Wednesday October 15th - Amanda Kattner - What the Bobbin / Andy Knowlton - a bright corner

Thursday October 16th - Marci Debataz - Marci Girl Designs / Jennifer Auh Chon - Sunny in Cal

Friday October 17th - Angela Walters - Quilting is my Therapy / Rachel Gander - Imagine Gnats

Saturday October 18th - Elizabeth Timmons - and pins / Andrea Taddicken - knitty bitties

Sunday October 19th - Erin Erickson - Dog Under my Desk / Jessica Skultety - Quilty Habitt

Monday October 20th  - Caroline Press - Trillium Design / Karin Jordan - Leigh Laurel Studios

You can also sneak a peak at everything in the awesome Look Book that Windham and Jessica put together. 

As part of the blog hop, Windham is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of Cascade at each stop! To enter, please leave me a comment telling me what you are most looking forward to sewing next, or what line of fabric you can't wait to see! Please make sure you leave your email address if you are a no-reply comment blogger (if you aren't sure, it is safer to leave it!) so I can contact you if you win! 

Thanks for following along! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Greek Plus Puss Quilt


I am so pleased to share this quilt with you today! A few weeks ago, Rossie at Fresh Modern Quilts asked for pattern testers for her new quilt design. I was lucky to be accepted, and I got started right away.



I ended up switching the low volume fabrics into the plus shape instead of using them for the background - I love the different look it gives! I used an assortment of solids from my stash for the puss in the corner blocks. All of the background fabrics are black and grey, and I love the pop of color from those solids! The pattern is well written, and very straightforward. The quilt came together very quickly once I had everything cut out!

I backed the quilt with Kona Raisin, and used the same great silver and white stripe for the binding that I used on my woven quilt. I quilted it using diagonal lines through each section of the block. 


Samantha (my oldest) keeps telling me how beautiful this quilt is, and how she wants a quilt like this for her bed. :)

Best part? Rossie gave me a copy of the pattern to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment, and if you feel like it, let me know what quilt you're working on right now - I love new inspiration and ideas! Comments close Thursday at midnight CDT and I'll choose a winner then! Please make sure you leave your email address if you are a no-reply blogger commenter, otherwise I can't reach you! I will also update this post on Friday with the winner, so check back!

**Edited to add** Trish - you are the winner of the pattern! Thanks for the comments everyone!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sewvivor - knitnlit


Hi and welcome if you are visiting via Sewvivor! I have decided to throw my hat into the ring, and 'audition' for the Sewvivor: quilted edition! :) 
I had a very difficult time trying to decide what quilt to enter for this competition, and I finally chose this one I just finished up this week! 

I am so very very pleased with the way this one came out - it was many many hours of piecing, cutting and pressing! 
The pattern is Simply Woven from the Moda Bake Shop, and I had a good time picking some of my favorite fabrics to use in it.  


I did some simple straight line quilting (my favorite!) and I backed it with some of my favorite DS prints, and used this great grey and white striped binding. This one finished at twin size, and I think I will put it away to save for one of my girls when they are a little older. I can't bear to part with it! 


Crossing my fingers and toes I'm one of the 16 selected! How fun would that be?? 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Large Quilts - Swoon!

Hi! Welcome if you are visiting from Blogger's Quilt Festival! I am so excited to share this recent finish - it is one of my favorites!



I have long wanted to make this pattern, and I purchased a FQ bundle of Denyse Schmidt's Florence line with some birthday money last summer.  Finally, after the holidays were over, I had time to cut into this loveliness!

I used Kona Coal for the background, and I really like it - I think it compliments the colors of the DS fabric very well.

I am so happy to have this on my bed!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: ROYGBIV Quilts - Less is More

Hi! Welcome if you are visiting from Blogger's Quilt Festival! I am so excited to share this quilt with you today - it is one of my new favorites!



I finished this quilt earlier this spring for my quilt guild's solids challenge. The pattern is Less is More by Elizabeth Dackson, available in her book, Becoming a Confident Quilter.

I changed it up a tiny bit, but having the center of each block be one color, instead of a shade of the other colors in the blocks. The light grey is Kona Ash, and the dark grey is Kona Steel. I used a FQ bundle of Kona solids for the blocks - I really love the way it looks!

I finished up the binding on this on our drive to Indiana this March, and it snowed while we were there, so I was able to take my first 'quilt in the snow' pictures! :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Beyond Neutral

I am so excited to finally be able to share this with you! Last spring I sewed up a sample for John Adam's new book Beyond Neutral. Well, the book is out, and I can finally show you what I made!



I can't wait to see all of the other patterns in the book - from the sneak peaks I've seen, they look awesome! See more peeks on John's blog!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Alder Skirt pattern testing

I was so fortunate to be able to test the new alder skirt (for girls) for Rachael at Imagine Gnats.




This is such a cute, basic skirt pattern - great for beginners! 


I really love the way it came out, and I can't wait to make some more - I think this will be a great option for school skirts - cute, flattering, and just the right length. 




Plus pockets! My kids are obsessed with pockets, so this is definitely a winner in their book!

I encourage you to pop over to Rachael's shop and pick up your own copy - there is even a pattern sized for women! I'm excited to make one for myself too!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Hi! And welcome if you are coming from Sew Mama Sew's great Giveaway Day!

Today I am excited to give away one of my zippered pouches.

I love these for containing my various knitting projects and my EPP materials! 

This bag measures 7.5” tall, 13.5” wide, with a 4” gusseted bottom, which allows the bag to stand on its own.

To enter, just leave a comment! And if you don't win, you can purchase your own pouch in my etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by! 

UPDATE! We have a winner! Barbara P - you are our winner! You are a no-reply commenter, so I can't email you. Please send me an email at knitnlit AT gmail DOT com to claim your prize!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Two new sweaters for the kiddos!

I finished up these two sweaters for Henry and Ellie during the Ravellenic Games as well. Ellie is so excited that mommy finally finished her sweater (I am making a promise to myself to finish hers first this fall!).



For Henry's I followed the Sanctuary for Baby pattern, and omitted the collar. I knew he would just chew on it, and it would get gross.



For Ellie's sweater I used the Korrigan pattern, which I made several modifications to (I didn't knit the sleeves flat as called for). I knit the 24 month size, and it came out perfectly! (She is a tiny thing!)
I think it came out really cute, especially given all the trouble I had keeping track of the cable chart (too many increases!)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Two new sweaters!

I am so pleased that I met all of my Ravellenic Games challenges! I finished up two more adult sized sweaters.



First up was my Must Have Cardigan. It came out lovely (apologies for the less than stellar picture), but alas, it is a bit too small to fit me comfortably. That's what happens when you start a project 4 years before you finish it!



I also finished up my Featherweight Cardigan. It grew a lot with soaking and blocking, and it is a great length on me! I wore it a bit on Sunday when it was a just a bit chilly outside, and it kept me very warm. I am looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of it this spring and summer!