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Neon Challenge

When I first got this neon fabric, for the Michael Miller Neon Challenge, I wasn't in love with the fabric. Honestly, I didn't like it at all. For starters, the fabric is literally saturated with color, so much so that it is VERY stiff! But after washing it (it's still stiff), it started to grow on me. 

For Bee PDX, I had started working on my first paper pieced star block. I was instantly hooked! I have been seeing more and more paper pieced stars pop up on blogs and pinterest, now I know why! They are so fun and once you learn the technique the possibilities are endless. Once I finished Ale's block, I didn't want to stop. So I ran out to Powell's and picked up this book that many people recommended. 


This block is the Alabama Star, I simplified it a bit, I found it made a bigger impact with less fabrics. Couldn't you just imagine a whole quilt of these? 



Spring Mod Block 

Throughout this year, Portland & Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds are both organizing Block of the Month programs, and they have teamed up and asked me to design a block based on my QuiltCon Block Challenge. They will both feature this block at the meetings and many people will make it for charity quilts and more! I'm so honored! 

I'm calling this block the Spring Mod block, because I've been inspired by the Portland Spring. It's gloomy in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. Sometimes visa versa, sometimes still gloomy. It's hard to have such beautiful days of sunshine, followed by pouring rain and not seeing the sun. The back and forth is harder to get used to! ;) These colors in this block represent that. The Mod part is based on my love of all mid-century design. :)

Spring Mod Block

  • 12.5" unfinished block
  • 1/4" seam allowance
  • Press all seams open

Cutting: Cut 1.5" strips then subcut into the following measurements.

Black Essex: 

  • Two - 3" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 8" x 1.5" 
  • One - 1.5" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 7" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 2" x 1.5" 
  • One - 3.5" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 4" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 6" x 1.5" 
  • One - 2.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 13.5" x 1.5" strips
  • Two - 13.5 x 2" strips for the right and left side 



  • Two - 3.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 4" x 1.5" 
  • One - 9" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 5.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 8" x 1.5" 
  • One 3" x 1.5" 
  • Two - 4.5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 5" x 1.5" 
  • One - 7" x 1.5" 



 1. First, cut all of the pieces that you will need. The trick to this pattern is to first layout all of the strips in the correct arrangement. Follow the pattern in the above picture. 















2. Piece together the cut pieces into  strips. 

3. Sew the strips together. Make sure that the alignment is correct. I like to pin the strips together to make sure each mod shape is lined up correctly. 

4. I've made the block bigger than it needs to be, so that you have a little wiggle room! ;) Trim up the block to 12.5" square. 

 I tested this block again and asked my friend, Petra if she wouldn't mind testing it too. We made both of these in the leftover neon fabric that we had from the PMQG/Michael Miller Challenge. :) 

Have fun with this block! Feel free to modify and arrange blocks in different ways! I'm excited to see how these turn out. Please don't hesitate to ask questions in the comments. :)

Happy Sewing!  





QuiltCon Block Challenge

Today is a GREAT day! I just found out that my block has been chosen to be one of the 20 blocks that will be featured in the Quilt Con Raffle Quilt! Click here to see it! There were over 375 blocks submitted and all of them were simply mind-blowing. I'm utterly amazed that mine was chosen. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I'm speechless! ;) And if you don't believe me, simply click here to see all of the amazing blocks and the hard hard task that Elizabeth had in choosing! 

For those of you in that are not in the modern quilt world, here is a little background: The Modern Quilt Guild is a national guild that has over 100 chapters (PMQG being one of them). For the first time ever they are hosting a conference in February in Austin, Texas called QuiltCon. So far, I believe over 800 people have registered (myself one of them!). There will be workshops, lectures, meet-ups, and more! One of the activities leading up to the event was a block challenge. Simply put, make a block using the QuiltCon logo colors to describe what modern quilting means to you. 20 blocks would be picked to be part of a quilt that will be raffled off at QuiltCon to raise money for Austin Children's Shelter. All of the other blocks will be assembled to make quilts for every child in the shelter! 

I knew I wanted to participate if not only to help make a quilt for a child. Thinking about what modern quilting means to me, I knew I wanted to play with some mid-century shapes. I love taking vintage elements and translating them into quilts. It's quite a challenge, but being challenged is something that I love about modern quilting. It's so open to interpretation and you can make anything that you set your mind to! I sketched out many designs but ultimately decided on a blocky design, following the order of the QuiltCon logo. 

The QuiltCon logo: 

My sketch and plan: 

After mapping it out, I decided it would be much more vibrant and represent myself if I added pattern. Pattern is what drew me to start quilting. I love print and pattern, so not including it would not have fully represented what modern quilting means to me. I decided on the dimensions and then I pieced each shape together in strips. I didn't pre plan where I would sew the patterns in, I slightly improved where they would go and made the strips longer than they needed to be so that I could trim them later. 

Here it is one more time! It measures over 24 inches long! I really didn't think that it would get picked simply because of the volume it would consume within the raffle quilt! Thanks everyone in PMQG & the online quilting world, you all continue to inspire me with all of your amazing work, I love being apart of this creative community!! 


A forgotten sewing project...

Do you ever make something and forget to ever blog about it? Last night I was looking through all of the photos I've taken over the past year, and I stumbled upon this! I thought it begged to be shared! If you follow this blog or even saw yesterday's post, you'd see I love vintage sheets and textiles! So while participating in a Secret Santa Swap for PMQG, my secret partner had all vintage sheets in her swap bag, I knew it was meant to be! 

Whenever starting a new process, my favorite part is laying out the fabric scraps, and envision what the final product will be. I hadn't made a star before (and since this was Christmas time) I figured that would be perfect. 

 The star on it's own begged to be framed. So little scraps came to the rescue and it was framed with 2" squares. 

I love straight line quilting, I quilted this with a walking foot and pivoted easily as this was a small amount to quilt. 

Hope you enjoyed this old project! I'm glad that I stumbled across it again. :) Do you have a project that sitting in the back of your photo library begging to come out?


DIY Quilted Name Tag


Last night was Portland Modern Quilt Guild, this year we decided to make quilted name tags to wear at each meeting. First, I looked all over the web for inspiration. I was strongly inspired by Fresh Lemons, and made mine similar to hers.
If you'd like to make your own, here is a peek into my own process:
I then layered it like a quilt. The top, batting, and a fabric. I quilted around the perimeter of the badge, then attached bias tape from Bolt as the binding. 


To wear it, I sewed a pin back to the back of the badge. I really enjoyed this process, especially the embroidery! I haven't done much of it, I'm sure I'll be adding this to a few projects in the future. 
I was inso much flattered as to be asked by two people if I did it on the machine or my hand. :) Thanks gals for making my day! 
If you haven't checked out PMQG - do it! When I'm not blogging here, I'm blogging over there along with Petra about all things quilting and PMQG. I'm so thankful to be on the board this year and making so many great new friends.