Verna Quilt Process

Hello friends!  My "VERNA" Quilt is coming along.  I have had some time to sew on it lately.  This quilt is my quilt I designed for my month hosting the quilting bee I am in.  A quilting bee is made up of 12 ladies  that each take a month of the year to host.  When it's you month to host you design a quilt block and mail out fabric packs to the other 11 members.  They get your fabric and make you a few blocks for your quilt.  Then they mail the completed blocks back to you to sew together.  My quilting bee quilt is called Verna.  I finally sewed all the blocks together for the front.  I then designed and pieced a very unique quilt back.  Here are some photo's of this quilt process.  Enjoy!  I can't wait to quilt this!  Any suggestions for a quilting pattern?  Email me

Verna block.  

Verna quilt top.  

Design wall of quilt back ideas.

Quilt back stitched together with wonderful stripes.  Verna quilt top is at top of picture.  

Verna quilt back.  

Quilt back detail.  

I included 2 selvages in the back stripe down middle.  They say the fabric line and designer.  
"Verna by Kate Spain for Moda"

Check back in a week or so for the quilting process.  
I can't wait to quilt this!!!

Some important links:  
How to make the Verna block tutorial Part 1:

How to make the Verna block tutorial Part 2:

More pictures of the Verna Quilt including how to sew the back stripe:

New Portfolio Gallery at my new website!

I have a new website!  It's pretty and functional.  Now all my quilting and sewing projects can be found and viewed in one gallery.  You can even see the pictures in a nice slideshow feature.  
Here is my new website: 
At my new website you will find some new tabs at the top that will link you to pages about me, my online portfolio gallery, prices and info, and my shop.  Currently I am selling the Zoology Quilt in my shop.  It's easy to purchase through Paypal.  
Enjoy the new website and email me with comments and feedback if you would like.  :)
Have a blessed day!

I have a new email too:

New quilts added to new website!

Hello!  It's been a while since my last real update.  I have 3 new quilts and some new bibs and stuff to share with you!  First I would like to share the "Heart and Hands" Quilt.  This quilt was made for my daughters pre-k class for a fundraiser auction for the school.  It was such a fun quilt to work on.  For more details, the kind of fabric paint I used, and LOTS more PICTURES, click here.

 My next update is the LUKE Quilts.  There are two quilts!  I made a big quilt for a precious baby boy, and my daughter designed the tiny quilt.  While I was laying our the back of the big quilt, my 5-year-old daughter played with some scraps and came up with her own design!  I was so amazed and proud of her that I stopped what I was doing and stitched up her tiny quilt top.  She then picked out a backing flannel and I quilted it.  After it was finished, she gave it to the baby with a huge smile.  Lots of love went into these two quilts!  For more pictures and info click here.

I also made a very cute OSU shoulder bag and matching zipper pouches.  
For more info and pictures click here.  

This is a new baby gift set I made.  
For more pictures and info click here.  

Blessings, Erin

New Quilt!!!!

I wanted to share with you a new quilt I have been working on these last few weeks.  It is so dear to my heart!  I can't wait to post ALL about it.  Blessings, Erin


I have a new WEBSITE!
It is still under construction, but feel free to look around.
It will hopefully ALL be integrated and up and running by.....Christmas?!
I don't know.  It takes time when you are the one doing the HTML, the quilting, the housework, and taking care of an almost 5 year old.  I have my hands full, but I am loving every step of the way.  God is so faithful and wonderful when we focus on Him with all of our being!  Blessings, Erin

I also have so many pictures to upload here but haven't had the time.  I have some wonderful new quilts, baby gift sets, bibs, and bags that have been stitched and photographed and at home with their new owners.  I have been sewing.  I just haven't been blogging.  I'm sorry!

Natalie's Purse

Farewell gift for our sweet friend Natalie.  We love you!

Meet Olive and Grass

I made these 2 bags this week.
I think I might just keep Olive!

The Quilting Bee Block {part 2}

Please read part 1 first.  Part 1 is the real tutorial showing step by step examples.  Part 2 is just of you want to be a little more experimental with your block.  I will just show a few snapshots and tips to get your own creativity flowing.
The left block was created in part 1.  The right block was a lot more "crazy" (can you tell the difference?) 

This is a picture with a 5 sided center and 5 strips added.  I'm not liking the shape it is taking on.  What do I do?  Get out the ruler and the rotary blade!
 I'm going to chop it off here and add another side.  It should of had 5 sides anyway, but that little peach strip I started with got buried in the mix.  And that's okay!  When you piece a block with out a backing or foundation, you can chop on it and do anything.  It's more flexible.  However, you can still be flexible with the paper piecing method.  You just move your fabric and stitch it overlapping the fabric I'm going to cut off in this picture with the ruler.
In this picture I liked the stripe, but felt it was too wide.  I cut it strait, but what would happen if you cut it a bit skewed?  Could be neat?!  I don't know.  With sewing and quilting sometimes you just have to throw out the instructions.  Throw out the pattern.  Just go for it and see what happens.  Some of my best quilts have been born this way.  I have this quilt idea....a teal and orange quilt...but I keep over thinking it.  I can't even cut into the fabric yet because I don't have a "plan".  I am realizing that I love the fabric so much that I am over thinking it and stressing out way too much about it because I want it to be perfect.  There is a time and place for perfect.  I should work on perfecting my machine binding skill.  But sometimes perfection stifles creativity.  And when that need to work on a project that you can really let go on.  Or learn how to be more flexible and creative!  he he he.  I will re-visit my teals and oranges and try what I preach.  Back to the quilt block...
 Alright.  See how the block is taking on that 90 degree angle with the red and the green strips?  I'm not liking it.  Yep....time to get out the ruler and blade.
Aaahh, much better.  Now I keep stitching on strips around and around. 
 Whenever I am working on a project, I like to lay out my fabrics and visually see what I have throughout the entire process.  Even with quilts, I lay out each block on the floor before I sew them together.  Quilts can look nice or they can look GREAT.  It's all about color and placement.  I am often know to get out the high stepladder, climb up over looking my quilt, and snap a picture.  That gives me a wonderful birds-eye view of how my quilt is looking before I stitch the blocks together.
Happy Mothers Day and blessings to my OKC bee friends, Erin

The Quilting Bee Block {part 1}

 OKC Modern Quilt Guild Quilting Bee Month of June
This tutorial is for the 9 lovely ladies in our quilting bee.  
This is my month so I chose to have some blocks that kind of look like these below.
But....I want you to "bee" creative, have fun, get modern on me!  :)

 I made 2 different "Verna Spice" 17" blocks.  
The one on the left was six sided and pieced more strait and orderly.  The one on the right was 5 sided and pieced more wonky, I reshaped and cut the block as I worked on it.  The left one was just paper pieced strait on the muslin, the right one was pieced "floating" (not on a foundation) until I got to the corners.  When I got to the corners, I paper pieced it so that I didn't waste fabric!
Let's start with the left block step by step:
Here is my 6 sided shape I made from one of the 3.5" fabric squares (2 are included).  Pick a side to start with and a fabric to sew on next.  Cut the fabric strip with your scissors just a bit longer than the side you want to sew it to.

Now fold over the strip you cut so that "right sides" are together and stitch a 1/4 inch seam with your 1/4 seam foot.

Press the seam and strip with your iron so you have this to the left.  Now move on with the next side and pick out another strip of fabric.  See how I cut the reddish strip a bit longer than that side.
 Pin the fabric (right sides together) and sew a 1/4 seam.  remember the line you follow with your fabric is the next side of the shape (center fabric).  However....if you are making a more wonky block, this is where you can sew the strip on a little crooked to get a crazy pieced effect.  Just make sure you cover the seam with fabric and don't leave holes in the design as you go around stitching your strips on.
 Press open with your iron.  Viola!
Here is my 3rd strip. 
Here is my 4th strip after I stitched it on.  See how the "right sides" or nice sides are together.  Now I will flip it over and press.
 Press with iron and get ready for the next strip. 
I have finished one time around the shape now with 7 strips.  Just keep going around stitching the strips on with the same method.  You can even piece the strips you sew on with a few fabrics if you wanted to.  Get creative!  Sew strait lines!  Or overlap and sew wonky lines!  Whatever!  Have fun with the 2 blocks you make.
In this picture I have finished one corner and cut it flush with the muslin.  I will move on to the next corner.
 Here is my reddish strip cut to a good length.  I like the paper piecing method with the muslin so I can see where I am on completing the block.  If you just make a big block and go back with an acrylic square and cut it to the right size, I found that I waste the corner fabric when I chop it off.  Paper piecing allows you to see your shape and cut your strips just the right length. 
Reddish strip has been pressed and now you are ready for the last corner strip of fabric.  After you sew it on and press it, flip over your block as shown below and cut off the excess fabric on the corners. 
Keep sewing until all the muslin is covered.  Working around the center shape till you reach the corners.
 Finished!  Ta Da! 

I will post a part 2 of this tutorial showing how to piece this block a little more wonky and a little more impromptu.  Stay tuned in say 2 months from now for a look at this quilting bee quilt finished.  I can not wait to see what the girls sew up!!!  =D

The OKC Modern Quilt Guild meets tomorrow!

Sneak peek of the group project:

Top picture:  Sneak peek of the OKCMQG Quilting Bee for the month of May
Bottom picture:  Sneak peek of Erin's inspiration fabric and design for the quilting bee blocks

I will upload a tutorial on Monday showing step by step how to piece and sew this block.  I'm excited to share with you all this lovely block.  It measures 17"x17".  The quilt will be 4 blocks by 5 blocks for a total of 20 sewn.  The fabric is Verna by Kate Spain.  Fun, fun, fun!