SewPro recap and a quilt!

Wow, it's been a lot time since I've blogged!

This past weekend I attended SewPro in Chicago, and I learned so much about running a crafty business. I'm the first to admit that one of my weaknesses is with social media. I loved InstaGram for a long time, and I still use it frequently. It's so easy to snap a picture while I'm working on a quilt and see the likes and comments pour in! Now that IG has changed, I'm struggling. I see pictures hours or days after they are posted, and I assume others are having the same experience! So, while I'll continue to use IG, I'm also going to recommit to blogging and sharing on facebook!

I attended several different lectures at SewPro, from book publishing to taxes, and more! It was great to surround myself by others who are also making their space on the business side of the crafting world, and the support was amazing! I've always felt very supported by others in the industry, and this was no exception. Connections were made, knowledge was gained, and I have spent my first day home working on my facebook page and blog, while waiting on a customer quilt. ;)

If you're considering a business in the craft world, or have a business and need support, consider attending SewPro in 2017! And if you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me: quiltygirl AT gmail DOT com

Now, let's see how pretty quilt pictures! If you follow me on IG, you've seen these before. As usually happens, I snapped some pics as I was working. It's still quite fun, and oftentimes shocking, to see the full reveal! This is the Northern Lights quilt pattern by JayBird Quilts, and it was pieced by my mom!

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

I quilted this with alternating swirls and straight lines. The straight lines really allow the swirly designs to stand out! In the center I quilted a swirling paisley, which has become a go-to design for me when I want to fill and elongated space.

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

Here's a closer shot of the designs I used. Sorry about the pic quality!

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

Northern Lights - Pattern by JayBird Quilts, Pieced by my mom, quilted by The Girl Who Quilts

And here's the back! I was so proud of my mom for creating this super cool back! I just love how the quilting stands out, too. It's so much fun to quilt solids, because there's nothing for the quilting to compete with. :)

Stay tuned for some more long arm quilting. I have a huge backlog of stuff to share, and I'm hoping that my time at SewPro was the kick in the pants that I needed to jump back in!

Florentine for Sew Many Creations

This post is going to be a big pic heavy, because I love this quilt so much! I quilted this paper pieced "Florentine" pattern for Sew Many Creations.

The background is Essex linen, and it has such great texture against the cotton prints! I went with my favorite background - straight lines! They are about 1/4" apart, but I didn't use a ruler so they have a bit of variation to them.

Quilted Florentine for Sew Many Creations

All of the blocks are quilted the same way, but the center area is rotated 90* from one block to another. I don't like to give a quilt a definitive top or bottom, unless it was designed that way, so I like to rotate the designs a bit!

Quilted Florentine for Sew Many Creations

Quilted Florentine for Sew Many Creations

The blocks have arrow shapes in the corners, and when these arrow shapes meet up they make great stars! I quilted a different fill in each arrow, but kept the fill consistent by fabric. Just another trick I use when I'm trying to keep track of several different fill patterns through a top!

Quilted Florentine for Sew Many Creations

Quilted Florentine for Sew Many Creations

Quilted Florentine for Sew Many Creations

And here's the back! I really love how the design looks on the back of this one.

Quilted Florentine for Sew Many Creations

Quilted Florentine for Sew Many Creations

It's always so fun to quilt for others!


Navigate quilt for Sew Many Creations

After the rush of quilting for Market this spring I've actually spent some time working on my own projects! It's been really nice to get a few things done, but I'm also trying to show more of my long arming and build my client base a bit. :) I'm going to share more projects on here - some new, and some a bit older, some are mine, and some I quilted for others!

I quilted this for Jessica of Sew Many Creations. I think this was part of fall Market 2014, so maybe you've seen it around the quilting world by now! The pattern is called Navigate, and you can purchase it through the link above.
Navigate Quilt for Sew Many Creations

The pattern calls for paper piecing, and is made up for 2 blocks. I quilted the same design in each matching block. Here's the block with the cream background, I mixed up some straight lines and curves:
Navigate Quilt for Sew Many Creations

Same block at another angle (I love this bright orange, but it's hard to photograph!):
Navigate Quilt for Sew Many Creations

And here's the second block:
Navigate Quilt for Sew Many Creations

Another angle of the second block:
Navigate Quilt for Sew Many Creations

I used a mix of pebbles, swirls, paisleys and echos in the background, and I let the background quilting flow out into the two borders. I really wanted the blocks to pop, because they are so pretty!

I have another paper pieced quilt by Sew Many Creations that I can't wait to share - I just need to figure out where my new Mac "reorganized" it to for me. :)