Log Cabin Challenge

I  belong to the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild that was started when I worked at Pink Chalk Fabrics. We have and annual mini quilt challenge. This year the challenge was to make a mini log cabin quilt. To get started I played around with some traditional blocks until inspiration hit. Once that happened I found myself obsessed and unable to stop making blocks.

This is my first mini quilt in process. I added pieces and cut the angles to make a retro block. The design and lay out was challenging. But so fun!

The finished block. Fun angles! Now for the quilting

Some times quilting works and sometimes it doesn’t. This is an example of when it didn’t work. I wasn’t happy with random stars and zig zags so I ripped.

Awe… that looks much better. I love how the quilting itself is like a log cabin block.

After making my Mod Minni I made another and then kept making log cabin blocks. I found I couldn’t stop myself. They are so fun to just sew and go.

Mod Minni #2

To see more log cabins from our guild here is a link to the BIMQG page.

I have another to share in the next blog post.

Happy sewing!





Lowlander Style – Design and Print your own fabric

I sold my vintage travel trailer or caravan, as they’re called in some places. Don’t worry I bought another one. The Lowlander was my travel buddy while the kids were small. We had some amazing family adventures on the coast. For Christmas I wanted to give the kids a momento of our vacation time in the 1969 Timberline Lowlander. Yes, there is a Midlander and a highlander but the Lowlander was home to us for 2 1/2 weeks each summer.

A friend suggested printing fabric with a picture of the trailer then making pillows for the kids. Enter Spoonflower. I had the original sales brochures which I scanned before selling the trailer. With a little photoshop magic I cropped and touched up those images. Uploaded them to Spoonflower and ordered fabric. All printed on Kona Cotton of course.

I found Spoonflower to be very user friendly. Saving your images as .jpg makes it very easy to upload and manipulate in their program. Once uploaded the size, scale, repeat and fabric can be adjusted. You can even print an 8 x 8 inch swatch for $5 to check color. I was too impatient to wait for swatches. My order included fat quarters, half yards and a yard of the larger images.

I have to admit I was quite impressed with the quality. The image printed beautifully with clean and crisp colors. The Lowlander pillows are so fun and happy!! The kids (they are quite grown up now) loved them. After the holidays I made one for my self, thinking I was going to put it in the new vintage trailer Lola but it hasn’t left the house yet. I love it. It’s my favorite pillow.

Check out that zipper. I’ve always done envelope type pillows but I am loving the zipper as a design element on the pillow. It really pulls out the red of the car.

Let Yourself Go in a Lowlander!!!


What Goes With What? Cotton & Steel

Kona Cotton, Cotton & Steel, Mochi, Playful, Tokyo Trainride, Mesa, Cookie Book,

Cotton & Steel color match. I decided to match the whole Cotton & Steel goup in one post as the colors flow throughout each designers collection. Above we have, Playful by Melody Miller, Mochi by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Mesa by Alexia Abegg, Tokyo Train Ride by Sarah Watts and Cookie Book by Kimberly Kight.

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids

From the top – Berry, Candy Pink, Dusty Peach, Coral, Nectarine, Wasabi, Peapod, Pond, Sage, Cypress, Leprechaun, Basil, Celestial, Cadet, Nautical, Indigo.

Cotton & Steel

Leave a comment on the blog for a chance to win one of 5 FQ Sets from Cotton & Steel.

This will be my last color post for now. I’m finding there are not enough hours in the day to write, plan and create What Goes With What color posts while working full time outside the quilting industry. My goal is to fill my days off with things that feed my passion to create and going on adventures with friends and family. I plan to continue writing the blog but the focus will be about what I’m creating in my life. Watch for the next post. Hint “BIG Giveaway”!


Fragments by Dear Stella

Fragments by Dear Stella with Kona Cotton Coordinates.

More summer inspiration today with solid coordinates for Fragments by Dear Stella.

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid coordinates for fragments by Dear Stella

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton – Corn Yellow, Coral, Candy Pink, Valentine, Rich Red, Pear, Kiwi.

Fragments by Dear Stella

The giveaway is a FQ Set of Fragments by Dear Stella. Please leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen June 10th.

Happy almost summer!

Summer Love by Dear Stella

Semmer Love by Dear Stella with Kona Cotton Solid.
I am so looking forward to summer!! To help make it feel like summer is already is on it’s way, here are the solid coordinates for Summer Love by Dear Stella. Enter the giveaway below!

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton coordinates for Summer Love by Dear Stella

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids – Sunflower, Punch, Carnation, Pomegranate, Ultra Marine, Aloe, Caribbean.

Summer Love by Dear Stella

For the giveaway please tell me – What do you love about summer? Comment on the blog to win a FQ Set of Summer Love by Dear Stella. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, June 3rd.

Happy almost summer!

Winner of Natural History by Lizzy House

Natural History by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics

What fun it’s been reading all your sweet birthday wishes! Thank you! I had an amazing day, drinks with my dear fried, followed by a long chat on the phone with my sweet brother in So Cal.

And the winner of the Natural History FQ Set by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics is Marla from the BIMQG!!! Congrats Marla.

All the best to each of you who entered!

What Goes With What? Natural History by Lizzy House with Giveaway!!!

Nautrual History by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics with Kona Cotton coordinates

Solid coordinates for Natural History by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics.

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Coordinates for Natural History from Lizzy House

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solid coordinates.
Capri, Aqua, Sky, Bahama Blue, Peacock, Cabbage, Pistachio, Spruce, Jungle, Bonsai, Wasabi.

Fat Quarter Set Natural History by Lizzy House

And the giveaway is a Fat Quarter Set of Natural History as shown above!!! Leave a comment on the blog about what your doing this weekend! Sewing, fishing, camping… I will select a winner on my birthday, Friday May 1st. Best of luck to you!

Happy sewing!


What Goes With What? Sun Print 2015 by Alison Glass

Alison Glass Sun Print 2015 Kona Cotton solids from Robert Kaufman

Today I’m happy to share with you Sun Print 2015 from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. What a beautiful vibrant collection Alison has created!  Truly a feast for the eyes!

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid coordinates for Sun Print by Alison Glass

From Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Grellow, Coral, Tulip, Lilac, Watermelon, Jade Green, Pickle, Ice Frapp, Breakers, Royal, Grass Green, Indigo and Graphite.

Alison Glas Sun Print for Andover Fabrics

Here’s the fun part!!! I have a Charm Pack of Sun Print 2015 to giveaway!!! Leave a comment on the blog about what you would like to make with Sun Print. I will select a winner on Tuesday April 7th. Best of luck to you!

Interested in the first Sun Print collection? Take a look at the What Goes With What post on the Pink Chalk Studio blog post.

So happy to be back on the blog! Moving 30 years of my life has taken it’s toll and 2 months. I must say it felt so great to be playing with color again. More color projects are in the works so check back soon. I have some great collections to share with you!

Enjoy and happy sewing!