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I opted in to participate in the Riley Blake Creative Rockstar Challenge with the Modern Quilt Guild and received a package of the challenge fabrics. We were allowed to add additional fabric from the line as well as any Riley Blake solids. I opted to order the additional colorway of the Rockstar Rhythm print (with the triangles) as it was my favorite in the line. I love the geometric design. I also ordered solid black and grey and ultimately decided on the grey in order to emphasize the quilting.

In designing my quilt, I decided to feature the three different colorways and fussy cut to show an interesting section of the print. I planned my quilting to emulate the design from the fabric in a much larger scale. I achieved this quilting motif by marking my fabric.

I used a straight edge to draw the different sized triangles and then stitched approximately 1/8” on each side of the lines. There were a lot of threads to bury, but I’m very happy with the results.

I had just enough leftover from my pieced strips from the quilt top to be able to piece them in to the binding to extend the quilt top design onto the binding.

I completed my 16" x 16" quilt a full week before the deadline (Shocker, I know!) and submitted it to the MQG challenge. Winners are supposed to be announced this month.

I love seeing all the different takes on the challenge. There are quite a variety of styles! You can check out other entries at #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram.


This week's challenge for Project QUILTING was "well-dressed man." On Tuesday, the kids and I made a trip to Goodwill in search for an inspiring men's jacket. I was interested in a jacket with elbow patches (which this one didn't have) and interesting buttons. I just couldn't resist this plaid jacket! And it had a great solid blue lining, too. We chose a tie to go with it. At the register the man helping us commented that "dad [was] getting a new jacket" and my kids prompted corrected him that it was for me. I laughed and said that I was going to make it into a quilt. He chuckled, then asked if I was serious. I explained the challenge and he asked if I'd bring in my finished quilt to show him.

I knew that I wanted to highlight some of the features of the jacket, but I didn't really have a plan for the construction of my quilt.

I finally got to work deconstructing the jacket on Friday night.

I cut out some sections that I liked, but didn't get back to my sewing machine until almost 10pm on Saturday. With about 12 hours left in the challenge, I knew I had to take my friend Mel's advise and work small. I edited down my initial ideas and decided on making the blocks even smaller than I'd planned. One feature that I liked was the section from the front of the jacket that had the full pocket. When I decided to make my blocks smaller, it eliminated the possibility of using it as a block. Then I realized if I trimmed my blocks down to 4.5" finished squares I could use the pocket as my backing. I used a remnant piece of batting and bound my quilt with the tie (deconstructed to only be the top layer of fabric).

In the end my mini took me about 2 1/2 hours to sew and finish. The solid blue is the jacket lining fabric. My blocks feature the tie, the cuff of one sleeve with buttons, a section of the inside where the lining met the plaid fabric, and the bottom corner edge of the jacket. The section from the interior was just cut out and used as is, and I machine appliqued the other three blocks.

Here's the back with the pocket.

I loved this section of the inner lining. The plaid edge you see was the detail on the interior breast pocket. Early on I knew I was going to use it. Mel suggested I use it for my label, but I thought I might feature it on the front before I decided to work even smaller than planned. Once I decided on the smaller size, I knew it would make a fun label. I opted to finish it and tuck it into the pocket on the back.

I'm linking up to Persimmon Dreams for the Project QUILTING Well-Dressed Man Challenge.

Voting is open over on Persimmon Dreams. You may vote for your EIGHT favorites. You can find me at #51.


After a break from Instagram quilt swaps, I caved for two swaps, the Hazel Mania Swap and the MQG swap. I've admired Hazel for quite a while and this was just the excuse for me to finally make one. The secret partner assigned to me is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She tends to favor cool colors and greys/whites/creams or low volume as neutrals. Her mosaic mentioned that she loved the idea of a nurse's cap on the Hazel. I decided that I would make a nurse and a patient for the mini quilt and opted for a nurse's cap as well as bandaids on the "kid" Hazel to personalize it.

There are so many pieces in a Hazel block. It's very important to keep things properly labeled as you go. I opted to use my Alphabitties to keep track of all my pieces. The blocks went together pretty quickly. I admire Elizabeth Hartman's creative piecing to build the block, but with both Hazel and her Preppy the Whale pattern, I've found that reading the directions carefully is key.

Once I made both Hazel blocks, I had to decide how I would appliqué the cap and bandaids to the mini. I like a finished edge. I sketched the cap until I found a shape and size that I liked, then cut it out of two pieces of fabric, pieced them together, clipped the curves and corners and turned it right side out. The cross on the nurse's hat was raw edge appliquéd. Once the hat was made, I machine appliquéd by stitching along the edge of the cap.

For the bandaids, I once again sketched the shape and cutout my fabric, but for these I just pressed under about 1/4" around the finished edged. Then I seam ripped the seams on Hazel and inserted the bandaid into the pieced seam to really give it the look of being wrapped around Hazel. After closing the seam with the bandaid inserted, I added a small piece of batting in the bandaid for a puffy center before machine piecing the edges of the bandaid. This detail is my favorite part of the mini quilt.

I finished the quilt with organic woodgrain free motion quilting. I've used a variation of this motif before on a larger scale and really love the look of it. I find it has a forgiving ease to the design unlike some other more detailed, dense or precise motifs.

The mini has been received by Jessica. I had such a great time creating for her!


Here's the adorable Hazel mini that I received from Stephanie in the swap. I love the colorful print fabric, the fun glasses and the funky quilting. Such a fun addition to my sewing room wall.

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