Sunday, July 3, 2016

Instagram #wordplayminiquiltswap!

Well that was quick...the swap is full!!! Thank you for joining the fun, and be on the lookout for a welcome email with your partner info very soon!

Hello, hello! Welcome to the #wordplayminiquiltswap! A little more information about the swap...

I am a huge fan of text/words on fabric and thought it would be fun to host an Instagram mini quilt swap. There are so many great quilts out there with words and phrases on them. (I started a Pinterest board with examples.) There are so many great alphabet piecing patterns out there...the sky is the limit on what you can say.

Before signing up, please, please, please read the guidelines and only sign up if you are willing and able to abide by them. I really dislike conflict and chasing people down to make them follow through on what they agreed to do. :) Since this is my first swap, I'm cutting sign-ups off at 50 participants or next Sunday, July 10, 2016, whichever comes first.

  1. You must have a public and active Instagram account. Use the hashtag #wordplayminiquiltswap to tag all Instagram posts so I can keep tabs on everybody's progress.
  2. This is a secret swap. Do not tag your partner in any of your progress pics. You want them to be surprised!
  3. The theme is "word play." Use the information provided by your partner to make a mini quilt with a word or phrase that is meaningful and special to him/her. The word/phrase can be embroidered, appliqued, pieced, etc. Be creative!
  4. You must make a completed (quilted, bound, labeled) mini quilt between 12" x 12" and 20" x 20". 
  5. This swap is open to quilters of all skill levels. Do your best work. You may receive a mini made by someone with less quilting experience than you but know they did their best to make you a beautiful quilt.
  6. This swap is open to international participants. I will do my best to give you a partner living in same country, but you may have to ship internationally.
  7. Extras are allowed but not required. Don't go overboard. A few small extras (fabric scraps, notions, etc) is plenty.
  8. Schedule:
    1. Sign-ups close Sunday, July 10, 2016.
    2. Mosaic/inspiration pic for your partner due by Sunday, July 24, 2016.
    3. Progress pic #1 (fabric pull, quilt idea, etc) due by Sunday, August 14, 2016.
    4. Progress pic #2 (actual progress on your quilt) due by Sunday, September 11, 2016.
    5. Ship date range is Tuesday, October 11 through Tuesday, October 18! Post a pic of your package, receipt, etc and tag me (@stephjacobson) in it. Please do not ship early. If your partner has disappeared, I may have you to ship to different participant.
  9. I get that things come up and life gets crazy sometimes. If you will be unable to follow through on your commitment, please notify me as soon as possible so I can make other arrangements for your partner.
I think that covers it! Let me know if you have any questions or if I missed something. I look forward to seeing what everybody creates, Here's the link to the form!

Edited to add...I'm not easily offended, but let's keep your desired words/phrases "family friendly" so to speak. :)

Friday, April 1, 2016

do. Good Stitches {April blocks}

I've been contemplating a scrappy/bright/low-volume/HST quilt idea for awhile. I figured since I'm the quilter in April for the PEACE circle of do. Good Stitches, this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. (Disclaimer: I have no idea what the finished top will look like, but I'm excited to give this idea a try!)

I'm slightly addicted to the scrappy, bright+low-volume color scheme, so we're going to use it again...even though we just used it in January.

Everyone will make 3 or 4 8.5 inch blocks using the following options:

Block Option 1:

    • Sew a print 5" square to one low-volume 5" square to make half-square triangles. Trim each HST to 4.5" square. (Don't forget about this amazing tutorial for trimming HSTs.)
    • Make 2 4.5" half-square triangles using a bright print and a low-volume fabric
    • Add 2 low-volume 4.5" squares to get this layout:

Block Option 2:

    • Make 4 4.5" half-square triangles using as above
    • Lay them out in any pleasing HST arrangement. Some examples are shown below:

Block Option 3:
    • Make 8.5" half-square triangles. I started with two 9" squares (one bright print and one low-volume fabric), made my HSTs and trimmed down to 8.5". Two blocks done! So easy:

If you are as addicted to HSTs as I am, feel free to make as many blocks as you like. I will use them all to make quilt(s) for Project Linus.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Cute & Easy Baby Quilt

I finally learned how to quilt on a longarm! I took a longarm certification class at A Quilting Place back in March and am now able to rent time on their longarm machines. My first project was this cute little baby quilt for a friend, and I chose a fun, loopy pantograph. Cute and easy!

I added one of my Spoonflower quilt labels to the back. Now that I have the option to longarm some of my quilts, I might make it through all 20 labels I ordered this year.

Quilt Stats:
Size: I forgot to measure it, but probably 33" x 38"?
Fabrics (front): Riley Blake aqua/navy large chevron
Fabrics (back): gray and white polka dot from Hobby Lobby
Binding: Riley Blake navy/white polka dots using red Perle cotton and this handstitched binding technique
Pattern: no pattern...just two super-cute fabrics
Quilting: longarm quilted by me!!!
Started: April 2015
Completed: April 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

ABC I Spy Quilt

Two of my friends were expecting babies at the end of March/beginning of April. (They both ended up having their babies this past Saturday. Isn't that crazy?) Here is baby quilt #1 which will be for (surprise) baby boy #3 for my dear college friend. I thought an ABC I Spy quilt might be fun since it could involve the new arrival's big brothers.

I based this design on Elizabeth Hartman's Charm Squares Baby Quilt pattern, but added half-charms to both ends of each strip. Unfortunately the English language has 26 letters in the alphabet, so the cute little zebras ended up on the back. (My initial plan was to add the zebras somewhere random on the bottom strip on the front, but my rigid, right-brain tendencies wouldn't allow it.)

I went to visit baby Dane yesterday, and Mom loved the quilt. That, my friends, is why I make quilts. :)

Quilt Stats:
Name: ABC I Spy
Size: 33" x 38"
Fabrics (front): charms from an ABC I Spy swap, Michael Miller Out To Sea Sailors ABC Sky Blue
Fabrics (back): Windham Fabrics Toy Tales
Binding: red and white polka dot from my stash using this handstitched binding technique
Pattern: based on Elizabeth Hartman's Charm Squares Baby Quilt
Quilting: wavy lines by me on my Bernina Activa 220
Started: ???
Completed: mid-March 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Denyse Schmidt Modernized D9P

In 2015 I'm going to do a better job about taking good pictures of my quilts. And blogging about them. For real this time. I promise. So...without further ado, here is my amazing (and finished!) modernized D9P made with Denyse Schmidt charms from a swap I participated in ages ago.

I. Love. This. Quilt. And for the first time ever, I'm keeping it for myself. Back in 2011, I participated in a few rounds of a Denyse Schmidt charm swap over on Flickr. (Of course I had several spots in each round.) I decided I finally needed to start doing something with them, so I pulled out some of the blue, green, gray, and gold charms to make a modernized D9P using Kristy Daum's tutorial.

For the backing, I scored a piece of clearance Fancy Free Allover Floral at Joann's (love, love, love that Joann's carries Denyse Schmidt and other designer fabric) as well as a DS Quilts remnant that I used for the binding. Except for the two gold pieces on the back and the Kona white on the front, the quilt is all Denyse Schmidt fabrics.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Denyse Schmidt Modernized D9P
Size: 50" x 62"
Fabrics: Denyse Schmidt, Kona white, a few scraps from my stash
Binding: DS Quilts Fancy Free remnant
Pattern: Kristy Daum's modernized D9P
Quilting: straight(ish) line grid quilting by me
Started: October-ish 2014
Completed: February 28, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Valentine's Day Wrap Up (and a parenting fail)

I know Valentine's Day was a few weeks ago, but I wanted to post the cute cards and box my son and I made. For once, I was thinking ahead when I spotted some fun little eye rings in the Christmas clearance at Michaels. With some computer-generated tags, cardstock, and twist ties, we made these cute Valentine's Day cards for my son to give his classmates.

After much debate and deliberation, my son decided he wanted to make Picachu Valentine's Day box. Over the years, I've been much better about letting him make things on his own. (It was a very difficult transition for me since I'm a total type A personality. Yeah...I'm pretty much a control freak.) He did a fantastic job and was very proud of his finished box.

He made the whole thing by himself and even came up with the genius idea of taping toothpicks to the back of the foam tail and ears so he could poke them in the box. I was pretty impressed.

Now...onto the parenting fail. In our search for a box to use, the only thing I could find around the house was a Bud Light Lime-A-Rita box. (Of course that would be the only box I had available.) No worries. I was a super-smart mom, so I deconstructed the box, flipped it inside out and hot glued it back together. That way no alcohol-themed messages would show through the yellow duct tape. (And you wonder where my son gets his crafting genius from.) He made his box. It was freaking adorable. The morning of the party we realized there was no slot to put the cards in. I cut a sizable hole in the back which very clearly revealed a lot of Bud Light Lime-A-Rita graphics. Awesome. I was going to send my son to school with a Valentine's Day box that could quite possibly get him suspended. So minutes before we're due to walk out the door, I'm frantically duct taping the inside of his box to cover up the offending wording. He made it through the party, didn't get suspended, and still has a clean record. Mental note to save a shoe box for next year's project. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Hey...remember me? Yeah. It's been awhile. I've been doing stuff. I swear. There's proof on flickr and instagram. But another year is almost over, and I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I wanted to. Again. I like to use the excuses that I have an active almost-8-year-old son and work full-time. In reality, I waste an obscene amount of time on the internet. So...for 2015, my main goal is to stay off the computer and #gomakeaquiltblock. Every time I get the urge to check my e-mail, refresh my facebook feed, peruse Craigslist for stuff I don't need, or pin a billion more things on Pinterest, I will instead #gomakeaquiltblock. (Seriously...have you seen my Pinterest? I think I've got enough project ideas.) Now I'm sure my husband would prefer 2015 to be the year of #gocleanthebathroom, #gowashthedishes or #goorganizeyoursewingroom, but this is my resolution--not his! Basically, instead of wasting 5, 10, 15 or more minutes on the computer/internet, I will resist the urge and #gomakeaquiltblock. It doesn't even necessarily have to be a quilt block. Just #godosomething. Who's with me? :)