December 21, 2008

Quilted Placemats are Done!!!

I finally finished my placemats!  Since they are all Christmas gifts I will wait until after Christmas to share pictures of all of them. But here's a picture of the stack! :-)

December 4, 2008

Quilted Placemats

I am still working hard to get all the quilted placemats done that I'm going to give as Christmas gifts. I worked for a couple days over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and made quite a bit of progress but still have lots to do. I'm leaving the binding to do at the end but my mom helped me by cutting a lot of it over the weekend.

Placemat Central

The fabric that I still need to cut

My pre-cut batting- I can get 28 placemats out of one queen size batting

The pile of placemats I have finished except for adding the binding

November 22, 2008

Another peak at my Christmas placemats

I've been working hard on my project for the Christmas season-making sets of placemats for my family and friends. I'm giving each family a set for Christmas and I have a bunch of different fabric combos picked out. So far I have 24 done and I'm working on 8 more today.  I still have to do the binding on the 24 I have "done" but that is going to be my last step.  I wanted to share a photo of a small section of one of the fabrics I'm using. Isn't it cute? :-)  I love Peanuts. 

November 2, 2008

A Sneak Peak

My placemat fabrics 2
Originally uploaded by dawnsquilts
I had way too much fun fabric shopping this weekend. I decided that I'm going to make quilted placemats for a lot of our friends and relatives for Christmas gifts this year. I found so many great fabrics and I can't wait to get started! This is a little sneak peak of what some of the fabrics look like. :-)

October 24, 2008

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This is a really fun blog where you can get tons of great templates for your blog! I just picked one today for my other blog and it was so easy to do. I was very impressed by the amount of free backgrounds available so I will be excited to check out the launch party next week. If you add the linky button to your blog, you will be eligible for giveaways!

October 17, 2008

Fun with Quilt Patterns

My mom is making a quilt with the "Strawberry Lemonade" fabric line that Me and My Sister Designs made for Moda.   She has 5 inch squares of 39 of the fabrics in that line.  She asked me if I had any ideas for what she could do with the fabric, and I decided to try out my Quilt-Pro 5 software and see what I could come up with.    She wanted something simple that would highlight all of the cute fabrics in that line so that was a great first project for me to try with that software. After she approved the main design, I put together some different color combinations so she could pick from those. The top picture is the one she ended up choosing. It was really fun to use the software and I can definitely see myself making lots of different designs in the future. I can't wait to see how my mom's quilt turns out! 

October 15, 2008

Quilt Pro 5 for Macintosh Review

I got the Quilt-Pro 5 for Macintosh program this past summer and hadn't gotten a chance to really try it out until last night. My mom had some fabric that she wanted to make a quilt out of and I decided to try to design one for her. It took a little while for me to figure out the ins and outs of the program but after some trial and error, I had success! I thoroughly enjoyed using the program and am really impressed with all the capabilities it had. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to what you can create with Quilt Pro 5. I look forward to playing around with it more and coming up with a library of my own quilt designs. I highly recommend this program to any quilters who like the idea of using their computer in a creative way to create something that is one of a kind.

September 28, 2008

Quilting Withdrawals

I miss quilting! But I can't complain because we've been busy doing all kinds of fun outdoorsy type activities. We went to Mammoth a couple weeks ago and went hiking and biking and sightseeing in Yosemite. Last weekend I raced in a sailboat race in Long Beach for the first time in about a year and we won the race! And then yesterday I played in a golf tournament with people I work with in 100 degree weather. It was at the Malibu Country Club which is gorgeous and I wish I had taken my camera along. The trees there were changing which is something we don't get a lot of here in Southern Cal. They were turning pretty reds and oranges so that was fun to see .
This coming weekend is my cousin's wedding in Colorado so we'll be in Denver for a few days. The wedding is going to be lots of fun and I'm very excited because my whole family will be together which is a fun treat.
I plan to get back into the quilting groove after we get back from the wedding. I already have a couple patterns I've been eyeing and of course lots of fabric in my stash waiting for me to use it!

September 8, 2008

A fun series about quilting

I just finished reading the first book in a series by Jennifer Chiaverini called the "Elm Creek Quilts" series.  The first book is called "The Quilters Apprentice" and I enjoyed it so much, I already ordered 9 more of the books from Barnes and Noble.  (They are quick reads so that should last me a couple months :-)  )  I love to read and I love to quilt, so it definitely made sense for me to try out this series.  
       In the past, I have seen a lot of books on display at the quilt shows my mom and I have attended together,  but I never knew which series to start with, or if I would enjoy the books.   I was at Costco the other day and spotted this book and realized  that it must have a wide appeal if it was being sold there. So I decided to pick it up and give it a try. 
     It is a charming book and the story telling is very good.  Reading about all the quilting in the book made me want to get started on another quilt right away!  Even if you aren't a quilter, you might finish the book wanting to start a quilt right away. ;-)  I'm looking forward to receiving the next book in the mail so I can get started on that one. I'm hooked! 

September 4, 2008

Originally uploaded by dawnsquilts
This was taken after I gave my cousin her bridal shower quilt. I was so glad she liked it!

August 27, 2008

She liked it!

      It took me about a week to catch up on sleep after the bridal shower weekend but now I'm back to blog land.  There was a slight airline fiasco with a certain airline that will remain nameless... starts with a U and ends with a ted. :-)  Anyway as a result of this I got into Denver for the shower at 3:30am the day of the shower. eeek!  Needless to say, I was tired. But the whole thing was well worth it as the shower went wonderfully!   My cousin E (not the one who is getting married) did a wonderful job decorating her house and cooking tasty food, and the attendees seemed to have a really nice time. We played lots of games and laughed a ton so that was great. 
      I'm happy to report that my cousin L (the one who is getting married) loved the quilt!  I was so glad and I hope that she gets a lot of enjoyment out of it.   Her wedding is coming up in about a month and it will be so fun to get together with family and friends and celebrate L and G's marriage. :-)

August 12, 2008

"Snapshots" Quilt is finished

The quilt I am giving to my cousin for her bridal shower this weekend is finished! Yay! :-)  I really enjoyed making this one and can't wait to give it to her.  I haven't washed it yet so it isn't all crinkly yet, but I figured I would post the pictures while I had a chance, since the next couple days will be pretty busy.   I quilted it with a meandering loopy stitch and used brown thread in the brown blocks and pink thread in the pink blocks.  For the border I quilted it using a figure 8 design with pink thread.  I have never used more than one kind of thread or attempted any designs on the border so that made the quilting part more challenging.  The binding is pieced from the leftover block fabrics.  My mom helped me out tremendously by stitching the binding fabrics together. This was a family project! 

August 10, 2008

Basting Day

I finished the quilt top for the quilt that I'm working on for my cousin's bridal shower. So yesterday was basting day. Basting is not the most exciting part of making a quilt and I generally go to my parents' house to do it because they have much bigger floor spaces for me to use. I was a lucky quilter yesterday because my dad offered to pitch in and help me attach the 150 or so safety pins to the quilt. Was that nice, or what! :-) It really made the whole process go much quicker and today I am on to the quilting phase. Being that I am leaving Friday for the shower, there will not be any room for dilly dallying. I can't wait to see it completed! It's kind of hard to see the patterns from far away, so if you click on the photos you'll get a better idea of what it looks like. :-)

My dad working diligently on pinning

All the pins are in!

August 2, 2008

Long Beach Quilt Show

My mom and I went to the Long Beach Quilt show last weekend and had such a great time! I finally got a chance to upload some of the photos from the show.  I am including some of our favorite quilts that we saw.  Since there were over 1000 quilts at the show, it's hard to pick just a few.  But here are some of the ones that we loved, along with the names of the quilts and the people who made them. 

My mom loved this quilt so much we visited it at least 4 times while we were there.  
It's called "Prairie Compass- Worth Two Complements"
By Kathleen L. Carlson from Missouri

This was one of my favorites. I really loved the pink and the white.  Can you believe it was hand pieced and hand quilted?  
It's called "When You Wish Upon a Star" 
By Noriko Kido from Japan

I decided that I liked pink and green a lot while we were at this show. My eye was attracted to anything with pink and green.  This one has a fun name. 
It's called "Kiwi and Fuchsia Meet for Mojitos!"
By Raewyn Haywood Khosla, Kathy York, Frances Holliday Alford, Connie Hudson, Leslie Jenison, and Sherri Lipman McCauley from New York

This next one is absolutely amazing. It colors were so beautiful and just wait till you see the back. It's the next photo. :-)
The label was missing so I'm sorry I don't have the info about it. 

This is the back! Can you believe it? The quilting is just so intricate and wonderful!

July 29, 2008

Long Beach Quilt Show

My mom and I attended the Long Beach International Quilt show this past weekend and had such a great time! It was the first year that Long Beach hosted one of these events and the turnout was huge! We heard that they had 15 thousand people the day before we went and that was a Friday. There were over 1000 quilts on display and they were beautiful! I took a lot of pictures but haven't had a chance to upload them to blogger yet. I will hopefully do that in the next couple days. There were also hundreds of vendors and we had so much fun wandering around and picking out fabric for future projects. We actually spent 7 hours at the quilt show and we barely were able to see the whole thing.
I can't wait to post photos of some of the wonderful quilts that were on display from all over the world. :-) We were lucky to have the show in our own backyard.

July 20, 2008

Win a Quilt at Old Red Barn Co.

       Dana at Old Red Barn Co is giving away an absolutely beautiful quilt!  Click on this link to enter to win! It's so pretty you won't be able to resist. :-) 

July 17, 2008

Alaska Cruise Trip

My husband and I recently returned from a great trip to Alaska on Princess Cruises' "Star Princess" ship.  We left on July 6th and returned the 13th.  It was a fantastic experience and I am going to be blogging about it on my other blog.  For anyone interested in hearing about the trip and Alaska Cruising in general click on this link to read more about it. 

July 15, 2008

Next Project

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful cruise to Alaska and we had such a fun time! I will be blogging more about the trip soon.   I am getting ready to start on my next project which is for my cousin who is getting married this fall. It will be her bridal shower gift and the shower is in August. I am going to be using the "Happy Hour" pattern book and more specifically the  "Snapshots" pattern to make her quilt.  The fabrics I chose are Civil War Era reproduction fabrics and I'm pretty excited about that because she is a history buff.  I hope she finds these patterns as fun as I do.  I needed 18 fat quarters to get started and the photo below is of the ones I picked for the quilt.   Should be fun! 

July 3, 2008

Just In Time

It's 6:30pm the day before the 4th of July and I'm done with my dad's quilt! I am so glad that it's not 1:00am!  (getting better at timing these things...)   I am so excited to give it to him and see his reaction.   Here are a few pictures that I took of the finished product!  

July 1, 2008

Tips for Basting Your Quilt

I recently learned some VERY helpful tips for basting your quilts and wanted to share them because of how much they helped me. I was having a hard time with the back of the quilt bunching when I was machine quilting. It was something that seemed unavoidable when it was happening, although I knew it had to be avoidable because I had only read a couple other blogs that had described that problem. I was watching a quilt show this weekend that brought up this issue and my ears perked up. I was so excited at the possibility of no bunching. :-)
The first thing I learned was the use T pins to pin the quilt back to your carpet. This makes it possible to make it very smooth- much smoother than tape does. I really liked this technique and it didn't seem to do anything to harm the carpet.
The second and I think most important thing I learned was to use size 1 safety pins instead of large ones. I am using low loft cotton 80/20 batting and because of that the small safety pins do a much better job of holding the layers together. This made such a huge difference that I am happy to report there was no bunching during the quilting of the patriotic quilt. yay! The only down side is that it is harder to work with the smaller size and my fingers got a little sore. But it was well worth the hard work when I saw how great the back of the quilt looked.
Happy Basting! :-)

June 27, 2008

Quilt Top Finished

I finally finished piecing the Patriotic quilt top for my dad. yahooo! :-)  I have 6 days to quilt it and bind it and wash it to make it fun and crinkly.  I'm planning to quilt it with a meandering design that has stars and loops in it.  I'm excited to be using variegated thread for the first time so it will be fun to see how that changes the look of the quilt.   

June 24, 2008

The Countdown is on

This quilt for my dad is taking me a while to finish. There was a lot of piecing involved and I worked on it a lot this past weekend. I  worked on it some more tonight and will be working on it every night until I get it done because I need to finish it in 9 days! eek! :-)  I am very excited to see it finished.  I'm pretty happy with how it is turning out except for my star points- they have issues.  ;-)  I need some more practice with those.  I like the colors though and I hope my dad enjoys it when he sees it. And I realllly hope it's finished in time for his birthday on the 4th of July. 

June 18, 2008

5 Things

I was tagged by AJ. :-)
The rules:
Answer the questions about yourself.
Tag 4-5 people and link to them.
Let them know that they have been tagged.
Then let the person who tagged you know that you've posted your answer.

1. What I was doing 10 years ago...
I had just graduated from Pepperdine University and was looking for a job.
2. Five things on the "to do" list for today
1. Work on Dad's quilt after work
2. Cook Dinner
3. Find out about transportation for our upcoming trip
4. Get Anniversary cards ready to send
5. Try not to melt in the 100 degree weather!

3. Snacks I enjoy
There are a lot of snacks I enjoy but I really like string cheese and wheat thins.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire

Like my earlier snacks comment, there are a lot of things I would do if I were a billionaire. :-) Too many to list here. But I would love to move our entire family (parents, brothers and sisters-in-law, kids, and any close friends who wanted to join us) to a ranch in Hawaii where no one had to work for a living and we could grow food and make quilts and go in the ocean all the time.

5. Places I have lived

*Los Angeles
*San Bernardino

Tag You're It!

June 15, 2008

And The Winner Is...

Michelle! Congratulations!  She guessed 160 and that was the exact number of squares. Pretty talented guessing! Thanks so much to everyone for participating in my first contest. It's fun and I will definitely be doing more contests in the future. :-)  Below is a photo of the fabric I will be sending off to Michelle very soon. 

June 9, 2008

A Fun Contest and Fabric Giveaway!

I finished cutting the sashing and corner stones for the Patriotic quilt tonight.  So I should be able to piece the whole quilt top together this weekend. Very exciting!  The 4th of July, my dad's 60th birthday,  is my target date to finish the entire quilt.  I think I am on track.  :-)  In honor of the upcoming  holiday, I thought I would have a little contest. Scroll down to see the details.

The picture below is a stack of 1 3/4" squares that I cut for my patriotic quilt. Whoever guesses the closest to the actual number of squares will win 10 pretty fat quarters. :-)  The contest ends this Sunday the 15th of June at 6pm pacific time.   So leave your comments on this post and make sure there is a link for me to reach you if you win. Good luck!

May 31, 2008


I am finally getting around to piecing the double rail block squares together for my dad's birthday quilt. I am pretty happy with how the color combinations are working but I still need to cut the sashing and stars that go between the blocks. Once I have all that done I will have a better idea of how the finished product will look.  Here are a couple photos of the progress.  

May 18, 2008

Patriotic Quilt

My dad's birthday is July 4th and my mom and I are making a quilt for him to celebrate. (It's his 60th) So the quilt needed to be patriotic, of course, and I've been collecting fabrics for it over the past couple months. We cut out 192 pieces today for the double rail blocks and here is a preview of what the blocks are going to look like. There will also be some cream colored fabric in between the blocks and red stars between all the corners. I'm excited to see this one come together. :-)

May 4, 2008

Finished graduation quilt!

I finished the binding on my friend's graduation quilt. yay! :-) I needed to get it done by this weekend because I'm giving it to her next weekend. I'm very excited to give it to her- she has no idea I made one for her... at least I don't think she has any idea. Anyway, here are some photos of the finished product.

The widest shot I could get without moving furniture :-).
It's kind of hard to take good pictures of quilts.

A close-up of the fun crinkly-ness that happened from washing it.
I was hoping that would happen but had never tried it before with a quilt I'd made.

A folded quilt close-up. :-)

April 28, 2008

My Mom's first quilt

My mom and I have been learning to make quilts together for the past couple of months, and I'm proud to say she has ventured out and started quilting on her own! :-)  I am in the midst of finishing my friend's quilt that we worked on together, and while I'm doing that she is starting on a quilt that we had planned to make for her.  I will be joining her on that one once my binding is done. She is doing an fabulous job with this one and I'm so happy that she's enjoying it as much as I am!

Her first quilt squares- aren't they cute? 

She is working on her mom's sewing machine which is a great machine.  I'm sure that her mom would be tickled to see that. 

This is the cutest pin cushion ever. We both appreciate the importance of having a cute pin cushion to work with while quilting.