A Summer Quilt for Tiger

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A Summer Quilt for Tiger via cottagemagpie.com

With all this quilting going on up in here, I’ve been feeling a little guilty that I haven’t done more for Tiger (formerly Rocket Boy). Granted, he was the first person in the family to get a quilt made (you can see it in his room from a few years ago), but since he developed some strong opinions about colors and styles, he’s been waiting every so patiently for a quilt that matches his new tastes. Not that he’s complaining, mind you. He’s a very easygoing person in general. But everyone else has gotten new quilts, so he really is next in line.

For this quilt, I wanted to try making a two-color quilt (or, really one color if you don’t count the white). I’ve always admired old vintage quilts that are made this way and I thought it would be [Read more...]


Bohemian Squares Quilt

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Bohemian Squares Quilt via cottagemagpie.com

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share my newest quilt with you! After I showed you all the fabrics I had gotten to put in it, I just kind of got it all done lickety split! It’s been finished for a few weeks now, so I’m glad to finally share it.

This quilt was such a huge departure for me from the quilts I have done in the past. It’s almost all modern or vintage-inspired fabrics. It uses large squares. It has a scrappy backing. The opposite of my usual fare! But I really love it. It’s so colorful and cheery. I meant to put it in the family room, but I haven’t quite been able to bring myself to do it, since there’s an awful lot of rambunctious play that goes on in there, with quilts on the floor and dogs and children… [Read more...]


Bohemian Color for Bohemian Squares

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Bohemian Color via cottagemagpie.com

So, I may have mentioned that it was my birthday earlier this month. To celebrate, I spent the entire day on quilting. My local quilt shop gives a discount on your birthday, and I really wanted to take advantage! But for what? I have so many projects already started, and so much fabric already purchased, it didn’t seem like a good idea to go buy more. I mean, I am on a budget around here for goodness sake!

But then I figured, it’s my birthday, I can give myself something, right? So I decided to make something fun and colorful for the family room that I could tuck my feet under when I read a book or watched TV. At first I had tried to pull fabric from my stash to make something like one of the million ideas I already have floating around in my head. I just couldn’t settle on anything. I wanted something new, something fun, something fresh, something cheery. [Read more...]


Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished!!

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Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished via cottagemagpie.com

Guess what? I finished the irish chain quilt!!! A few weeks back I showed you that I had gotten it pinned and said that I was determined to get it quilted before I moved on to another project.

Well, it was a fairly long process, but I finished! Because of the way I quilted it I had a LOT of threads to tie off and bury, and that takes such a long time. But I got it done Monday and decided to go ahead and put it through the washer and dryer so I could have that old-fashioned crinkly effect right away.

Of course, the second I pulled it out of the dryer I had to take pictures. The grass was still wet, and Mr. Magpie tires oh-so-quickly of being a human quilt rack (I can’t really blame him), so I pretty quickly brought it inside and took some pictures of it on the (cough) new daybed in the family room that (cough) no longer has a mudroom. [Read more...]


Happy Happy Quilt in the Hoop

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Happy Happy Quilt in the Hoop via cottagemagpie.com

Since the Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain is still being quilted, I thought you might like to see one of the other quilts that I have been slowly working on. I made the top last year during the Very Hard Summer, and finally got it pinned a few weeks ago. I did some basic straight line machine quilting and now I am putting one sunny yellow tie in the middle of each square.

Surprisingly, tying is pretty time consuming. You would think it would be so much faster than quilting… you know, “Oh, I’ll just throw a few ties on there and it’ll be done,” but in fact it’s a pretty slow and laborious process and something you have to enjoy for it’s meditative qualities. I definitely enjoy tying quilts, although I only do it if (a) I think the quilt would just be less without it, or (b) I am okay with the quilt taking a very long time to get done. [Read more...]


Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Pinned

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Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Pinned via cottagemagpie.com

I hope you’re not too tired of seeing the progress on my Irish Chain quilt. Quilting is kind of a slow process, so it’s incremental steps forward, but for each one it’s so exciting I just want to share! When I said I was motivated to just go ahead and finish it, I wasn’t kidding around. I actually got down on the floor and pinned that baby. I know there’s lots of different ways to pin a quilt, but the way I learned was to sweep & mop the floor, tape the backing down with painter’s tape, and then lay the batting and freshly pressed top down and then get to pinning. I use a Kwik Klip to help me with my pinning, but a friend recently told me that you can also use a spoon! Who knew!?

Anyway, this is the job that I avoid most often. It’s not that I mind pinning, particularly, it’s just that I have to do it all in one go. [Read more...]


Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Top is Done

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Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Top is Done via cottagemagpie.com

So I finished the top to my Irish Chain quilt. Can you believe it? I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it and I’m the one who did it! Wild, huh? I decided to make an Irish Chain quilt. I worked on the Irish Chain quilt. And now the top of the Irish Chain quilt is finished.

I know this is probably really obvious to those of you who are organized and good at finishing things, but for me it’s a revelation. I want to go stand on the rooftops and yell, “Hey! I did it! I started and finished something, like, within the same season!! Hooray!”

So I still have to pin it and quilt it, and here’s the even crazier part. I am going to do that right now. I know! Who am I?!? [Read more...]


Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Started

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Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Started via cottagemagpie.com

Of course, the thing about Spring is that it may be sunny some of the time, but it’s rainy a lot of the time, and so I can’t be outside every day working on my garden project. Of course, I don’t mind too much because I always have things to do in my studio! Most recently I’m working on a scrappy Irish Chain quilt for myself. It’s getting warm enough here now that my duvet is too hot so I really need the quilt so I can upgrade from the mish-mosh of blankets and throws I’m using now!

I’ve always wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt. In fact, most of you probably don’t remember, but when I was first blogging (back in the mists of time) I shared was my epic failure in attempting an Irish Chain quilt at the time. I mean, it was terrible. I eventually got rid of all of those 2″ pieces and went on to work on other projects, intending that I’d come back to my beloved Irish Chain sometime.

Well, that time is now. [Read more...]


Simple Summer Sunshine Quilt Finished

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Simple Summer Sunshine Quilt Finished via cottagemagpie.com

Thank you all so, so very much for your incredible support and loving comments on my big post last week. It was a hard post to write and scary to publish, but now that I’ve done it I feel such a sense of relief and liberation. I really hadn’t realized how much I was letting the blog stress me out! Letting go has been like having the fresh Spring breezes clean out my mind.

The hardest part was going through a loop-de-loop of feeling like I had to justify all my newly found “free time” by filling it up with activities for the children. Apparently I have a deeply installed sense of shame about idleness. (Or perceived idleness, since apparently my inner critic doesn’t seem to think that writing, sewing, reading, gardening, or decorating count.) I’m working on it. I truly believe (at least, intellectually) [Read more...]


PKM and a 1930s Assortment

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PKM and a 1930s Assortment via cottagemagpie.com

Did any of you get fabric for Christmas? Me neither. But I *did* get a gift certificate to the local fabric store. I’ll be excited to use that. In the meantime, I did splurge a bit on fabric for myself. I had to take my poor sewing machine up to a quilt shop in a town over an hour away to be repaired for a large-but-not-exhorbitant amount of money, and while I was there I just had, had, had to buy some of the 1930s reproduction fabrics. I really can’t get enough of them.

I also may have gotten a little carried away on Fabric.com ordering some Christmas-y fabrics for next year, too. You know how I have all that white and red in my bedroom at Christmas now, and I was thinking how cute it would be if I had some pillowcases in bright red or bright green or bright aqua to kind of add some excitement, right? [Read more...]