Thursday, 13 November 2014

#TBT | Carnival

One year ago, I had the joy of seeing - for the very first time - a quilt that I designed and made in the pages of a real-life magazine! 


My Carnival quilt was included in the November/December 2013 issue of Quilty magazine!  I made this quilt in the spring of 2013 for my niece Avery, who at the time was just a bun in the oven.  After finishing the quilt, I decided on a whim to submit a few pictures of the quilt into the magazine.  I'm pretty sure I was shaking as I read the e-mail telling me that my quilt had been accepted!  

So, about that quilt...


Carnival features the traditional Rolling Stone block (less commonly known as Squirrel in a Cage), set with sashing that creates a secondary Churn Dash block.  


I especially love the way the black and white Riley Blake chevron print gives the quilt a fun punch.  And I just couldn't resist that grey and red elephant fabric!!  I used my walking foot to quilt a haphazard zig-zag pattern.  

My favourite thing about this quilt was the publishing experience.  Next time you create something that you're particularly proud of, I can't encourage you enough to take a stab at getting it published.  There are dozens of great quilting and crafting magazines out there and it's really easy to reach out and pitch a project.  The worst they can say is no, and when they say yes it's pretty freaking awesome!!

Happy Thursday!
--Liz

Monday, 27 October 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival | Fancy

My first submission to The Blogger's Quilt Festival was so much fun, I decided to do it again!  Big thanks go out to Amy Ellis at Amy's Creative Side for hosting such a fun virtual quilt show!   



I'm submitting my Fancy quilt in the Small Quilt category - at 48"x72" it just squeeks in.  This quilt is based on the Tres Chic pattern from Quilty Magazine, and was certainly challenging!  This was a project of firsts: my first attempt at curved seams (it will be a long time before I take on curved piecing again) and my first quilt that was entirely free-motion quilted.  The contrast between the Kona Black and Sand fabric creates a bold, graphic effect.   




Champagne and Caviar anyone?  
You can learn more about this quilt in this WIP post, or this Finish post.

Remember to check out the Blogger's Quilt Festival and vote for your faves!

Happy Monday!
--Liz

Blogger's Quilt Festival | Old Salt

It's that time again, folks...The Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy's Creative Side!  In the past I've enjoyed this event as a spectator, and I'm pumped to actually participate this time around!  


I'm submitting my Old Salt quilt in the Original Design category.  I had a lot of fun working out a rough plan for this quilt, and experimenting with different blocks - blending traditional motifs with more contemporary ones.  The colour palette is calm and nautical in greys, blues and tans, with pops of red and mustard.  The end result reminds me of the east coast, light houses, and fishing villages.  



If you'd like to learn more about this project, you can check out this post, and by all means head on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and vote for your faves!

Happy Monday!
--Liz

Friday, 24 October 2014

Finished | Bookworm

It just occurred to me that I never shared this finished quilt with you cool cats!  


As I mentioned in my WIP post, this quilt was inspired by a couple adorable vintage prints that I managed to score from my mom's craft hoard, paired with coordinating fabrics from my stash.  I randomly arranged several squares with the occasional HST to break things up. 


I hemmed and hawed for a long while trying to decide how to quilt this, and at the end of the day I went with my go-to straight line quilting.  

This quilt is backed and bound in Kona Celadon - I love how a solid back allows the quilting to shine!  

Since the feature fabrics include illustrations of old-timey schoolgirls working on their studies, I decided to name the quilt "Bookworm"  I hope someday it will be used to snuggle up with and enjoy a good story.  At 36"x48" it's a nice size for a baby quilt, and it's for sale in my Etsy shop.



My favourite things about this quilt, as if you had to ask, are the super-sweet vintage textiles.    

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday, and TGIFF!
Happy Friday!
--Liz

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WIP | Hexie and I Know It

Identity crisis time - this is a WIP post that's kinda, sorta a Finished post too.
I finished my EPP hexie quilt top!  That's 697 hand-pieced, happy little hexies.




I sandwiched and basted over the week-end (my bum muscles are still aching from all the squatting and crawling during the basting phase), and have begun hand-quilting.  I love, love, love hand quilting and haven't done it in ages, so I'm enjoying this part of the process immensely.  I wanted to high-light the hexies with my quilting, so I'm echoing each hexagon with my stitching set in about a half inch.    



Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

--Liz

Monday, 29 September 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Today I'm participating in the Around the World Blog Hop, which has been working it's way through Blogland recently.  I was tagged by Ann at Anniemac Original, who has a great sense of colour and style.  If you've never come across her blog before I encourage you to hop on over and check out her work!

So, shall I tell you a bit about my quilting/blogging journey?  

What I'm working on...

I tend to work on one or two projects at a time, rather than trying to juggle several WIPs. I just love the sense of accomplishment of finishing a project, and the excitement of starting a new one.  Right now I'm at the basting stage of a random scrappy 9-patch-ish project that was inspired by some cute vintage prints.  


I'm also incredibly close to finishing up the quilt top for a long-term EPP project, which has been consuming my sewing time lately.  Once the top is done, I'll be basting it up then hand-quilting.  I love hand-quilting, and haven't worked it into a project in a long while so I'm excited about that.  Hmmm...I've just now realized that I'm about to have two projects in the basting phase.  Bleh.


How my work differs from others in the genre...

I knew this would be a difficult question to answer, but geez!  I suppose I try not to let my style be defined trendy colours, or block-crazes (remember when Economy Blocks were EVERYWHERE!?).  I just work on what speaks to me at any given time, and draw inspiration from my daily life. I rarely use a pattern and when I do I tend to put my own spin on in it some way. I've also never sewn entirely within a single fabric collection.  Pulling fabrics for a quilt is my favourite part of the process, and using a pre-curated bundle would take all the fun out of it!  

Why I create what I do...

I love making things from scratch - the act of creating something from nothing. This is why I love quilting, the act of cutting up a bunch of fabric and reassembling it into something that's beautiful and functional and unique.  The opportunity to experiment with new techniques or colour schemes is a big plus too.  

How my creative process works...

I'm always keeping my eyes open for possible quilting inspiration.  Like, tile patterns that inspire EPP, or piecing inspiration in the trusses of a railway bridge, or the way a handful of pistachios can inspire a fabric pull.  I also find inspiration in magazines, books and of course online!  
  
Once I've got a concept worked out I usually sketch up my designs using old-school graph paper and fine-tip Sharpies, make a few tweaks to the sketch, pull fabrics and begin making.  Of course, the design wall is a valuable tool, which helps me see my progress and make further tweaks as my work progresses. 



Well, there you have it - a little bit about me and my quilt-love.  
I've tagged two talented quilters for the next round:

Amy from Indigo Cottage Quilts has a great conversational writing style that's a lot of fun to read.  I'm loving the Hallowe'en table runner she's currently working on.  Confession time: Amy and I are bending the rules a wee bit and co-tagging each other, so her Around the World Blog Hop post is also up today.

Kat from Kat & Cat Quilts will be posting next week.   Kat's FMQ skills are impressive and her Scrappy Crumb Paint Box quilt is awesome - I'm totally inspired to clean out my scrap bins this way!  

Thanks for hopping over.  Happy Monday!
--Liz

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

WIP | Hex-Crazed

You know that point when you're nearing the end of a project, particularly a long-term project, and the completion of said project becomes an all-consuming obsession that occupies your every waking thought and haunts your dreams? Yup, that's where I'm at!



I'm working on the final edge of my "I'm Too Hexie" (aka "Hexie and I Know It", aka "Hexual Healing" aka "Hexie Back") quilt top and it's so close to being done I can taste it! The pieces above are all I have left to join to one another then join to the rest of the quilt top.

I've been so obsessed lately I've actually resorted to bringing my EPP supplies to work so I can squeeze a few sewing minutes into my lunch break.  My colleagues think I'm nuts, and maybe I am.  

Those of you who are keen observers will have noticed that both of my quarter diamonds are the same handing - two lefties and no righties.  *Sigh* I'll have to rip and re-work some of that red one, which is a real drag when you have Finish Fever. 

I'm linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced.
Happy Wednesday!
--Liz

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WIP | Vintage Inspiration

My parents are preparing to down-size, which means that my mom is finally willing to part with some of her craft hoard.  Truthfully, there's not a lot in her stash that I care for, but I couldn't resist these darling vintage prints. Aren't they sweet?!



Inspired by these colours and the old-time-y vibe, I pulled a stack of coordinating fabrics from my stash and set to work cutting them into 4 1/2" squares and a few HST units.  Lots of them - I got seriously carried away and cut some 70+ more than required.  Oh well, more for the scrap bins.



Just like my Pedal Pusher quilt, I'm going for a random, scrappy style.  However this time around, rather than sewing the squares into strips, I joined them into 9-patch units.  I'm finding this is coming together a lot more quickly, but I'm still able to achieve the randomness that I'm going for.  Here's a sneak peek:



This quilt top won't take long to finish, which doesn't give me much time to come up with a quilting plan.  Maybe a diagonal grid, or orange peel, or stippling?  Or perhaps some fail-proof straight lines?  Any suggestions would be most welcome! 

Linking up to Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

--Liz

Friday, 12 September 2014

Finished | Old Salt



Ahoy!  I'm pleased to announce that I finished my new nephew's quilt just in the nick of time.  

Don't the colours and motifs of this quilt remind you of the ocean?  I can't help but imagine seafaring stories of old ships, brave mariners and daring adventures on stormy seas.  Think Captain Jim - the beloved lighthouse keeper and teller of tales from Anne's House of Dreams (from the Anne of Green Gables series, which I now feel compelled to re-read yet again).  I can almost taste the briny ocean breeze.


I had a lot of fun creating this quilt.  I picked a few block styles and sewed them up in varying sizes and colours then placed them on the design wall, fiddled with the layout for a while then began to fill in the gaps with additional pieced elements and blocks of fabric.  I tried to stick to 3" modules (so finished block sizes of 6", 9", 12" etc) in order to keep the layout somewhat organized, but I did have one quilt-math issue that sort of messed with that plan.  This is what borders are for, people. The improv style was liberating, with just enough structure to satisfy my OCD self. 

The nautical vibe of this quilt was inspired by the Whale print of the Hearty Good Wishes Collection (by Moda), pictured below at the top right of the image.  This fabric is cute without being cutesy.



Simple, straight-line quilting in white thread finished this quilt off quite nicely.  I spaced the lines about an inch apart, although if you look closely at this detail shot you'll see that at one point I got distracted and used the edge of the presser foot as a guide instead of my actual guide.  I sort of like it though, and the location just happens to follow the "rule of thirds" so there was no ripping out this mistake.  phew.

This quilt finished at 42" x 51".  My favourite things about this quilt are:

  • The Whale fabric
  • Working in an improvisational fashion
  • the recipient!  My nephew, Marshall, was born on September 4!  Love that kid!
Happy Friday!
--Liz

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Summer Wrap Up

What happened to August? Or July even?  This summer has been a blur for me, I hope it's been a fantastic one for you!

I may not have done a tonne of sewing this summer, but I did get up to some quilty shenanigans these past months...




1.  I'm wrapping up this quilt for my nephew.  This is bordering on a fail on my part since the little guy was due to arrive 2 days ago.  He's still hanging in (literally) and I'm determined that he'll be welcomed into the world with a finished quilt.  

2.  I started reading Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood which doesn't seem quilty at all, except that each of the chapters is titled with the name of a traditional quilt block and is accompanied by an image of the block.  I've already started dreaming up my next quilt project, which will feature the Young Man's Fancy block.



3.  I headed out to Ottawa for vacation, where among other things, I did a little shopping at Mad About Patchwork's new brick-and-mortar shop!  I've always had a great experience shopping from them online but it's nothing like seeing the fabrics in person, and they've got such a great loft space that's filled with natural light.  The owner, Pam, happens to be my sister's best-friend's mother-in-law's next door neighbor!  Small world, eh?!

4.  Fancy is finally finished! Finally! Gahhh!  This one took forever but I'm thrilled with the end result.  If you're so inclined, you can read about the sometimes painful progress in this WIP post and about the finished quilt in this post.  




5.  My Pedal Pusher quilt was sold at a silent auction to support CanPKU and my Brother-in-Law's bike ride across Canada.  I never learned the final amount that the quilt sold for, which is probably a good thing, because I doubt it was anywhere near the value of the quilt.  The good news is that overall, the ride raised over $60,000 - far exceeding the original goal of $25,000!

So, those are some of my quilty activities this summer, looking forward to more quiltyness this fall.

Happy Labour Day!
--Liz

Linking up to Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day and the Small Blog Meet!





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Friday, 29 August 2014

Finished | Fancy

Hello You Peeps!

I'm really excited to share this finished quilt today.  This quilt is made of Drunkard's Path blocks and is based on this pattern from Quilty Magazine (although I altered the size and made up my own cutting directions - because that's just how I do). 


This was my first attempt at free motion quilting an entire quilt and overall I'm happy with the results.  I kind of lost some steam towards the end, hence the half-assed curly-cues.  But I still think it's a successful first stab at FMQ.  Here's a close up shot of the quilting.



When I first set out to make this quilt I planned on it ending up in my Etsy Shop. However after all the hours of cutting, piecing, ripping, re-piecing, quilting and so on, I think I'd have to charge something like $8,000 for it, so it's looking like this one will be staying in my collection. 

This quilt finished at 48" x 60". The top is pieced from Kona Solids in Black and Sand, and is backed with Stitched Square in Black, by Michael Miller.  I named it "Fancy" because the pattern is really quite elegant, and the colour scheme just screams champagne and caviar - which I also tried to convey with the bubbly/fish egg shaped quilting motif.  My favourite thing about this quilt?  The contrast between the black and the cream is so graphic, and is really quite striking.

I'm going to link up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts, can't wait to check out what everyone's been up to!

Happy Friday!
--Liz



Thursday, 17 July 2014

#TBT | Art Quilt

My lack of new sewing progress to share this week has prompted me to re-visit my Throwback Thursday series.  Today I'm sharing about a quilt that I made my sister for her 30th birthday. 


This quilt was born out of fabric cheapness frugality.  At the time that I made this quilt I was also working on my XOX quilt which had generated some irregularly wedge-y, triangle-ish shaped scraps that were too big to toss away but too wonky to use in a traditional application.  So, I just started sewing those wonky bits together all willy-nilly to create my own scrappy fabric, which I then cut into squares.  These little art blocks reminded me of tiny abstract paintings, so I went with it, creating "frames" with grey borders and a "gallery wall" with white sashing.  

I finished this quilt up with a cozy black and white flannel backing and bound it with teal polka dots.  

Happy Thursday Everyone!
--Liz

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

June Wrap Up

June was a weird month, eh?  Well, in my world it kind of was.  Not a bad month - just a little, you know, weird.

Between business trips, and toddler sitting, heat waves and blind dates I did manage to squeeze in a little sewing.

Like this Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead, which was perfect for toting my EPP supplies to Chicago:  


This finished quilt, Pedal Pusher, which will hopefully raise some big money for a worthy cause:


This Improv, QAYG Taggie Blankie for my bestie's new little one:



And a couple fun WIPs to round things out:


Well that's it folks, short and sweet today.  It's my country's birthday and I've got some celebrating to do!

But before I hit the BBQ, I'm linking up with Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet to check out what everyone else has been up to this month.
Lily's Quilts
Happy Canada Day!
--Liz

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

WIP | Drunkard's Path

I think it must be a full moon - the past couple days have been nutty, and unproductive and more than a little frustrating.  Thankfully I can come home to some sewing which always helps to boost the mood.  That and shoe shopping, of course.

To date I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with my limited FMQ experience, so thankfully it's been relatively smooth sailing and hasn't been adding to the frustration this week.

I've been working on a Drunkards Path quilt, based on this quilt from the cover of the March/April 2013 issue of Quilty, for what feels like an eternity!  Curved peicing equals slow piecing.  Plus the high-contrast piecing and curvy pattern has presented a challenge in figuring out the best way to quilt the dang thing!  I finally decided to just dive in, so I'm winging it with some curvy lines and pebbley circles and maybe some petal-y motifs in the pie-shapes spaces - TBD.  Here's a sneak-peak of the progress so far, I hope to have the finished quilt ready to share in a week or so.


I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced - I can't wait to see what everyone else has been working on this week!



Happy Wednesday!
--Liz

Friday, 20 June 2014

Finished | Pedal Pusher


Don't let the title of this post fool you.  You won't find any garment sewing tips here, or insight on the many different names for capri pants.  Nope, that title is meant to be a cheesy bike-riding pun.  (Sorry for the cheesy pun).

In order to explain this quilt's raison d'etre, I need to back things up a bit...

In August, my sweet niece Avery came into the world and shortly after her birth she was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Phenylketonuria - aka PKU - thanks to newborn screening.  People with PKU are missing the enzyme that is needed to break down a specific amino acid called PHE, which is found in essentially all proteins.  Ongoing exposure to PHE can lead to mental retardation or other neurological issues.  Thankfully, with early detection, super strict diet, and medical food, Avery will be able to live a healthy and normal life (or at least as normal as is possible, what with being a member of our kooky family and all!)   

In honour of Avery, and in an effort to help families everywhere that are dealing with PKU, my brother-in-law created Avery's Ride for PKU and has decided to bike across Canada this summer to raise funds and awareness for CanPKU - the organization in Canada that advocates for PKU patients.  Fundraising events will be held across the country, so I created this quilt as a silent auction prize that will be up for grabs, hence the cheesy bike-riding pun.  Fingers crossed that it brings in some big bucks!!



This quilt was super simple to make.  I just pulled a stack of coordinating fabrics (the top is 100% from stash), cut up a whole bunch of squares, tossed them in a bag, randomly pulled squares out of the bag and placed them in rows on the design wall, then sewed the rows together.  A little controlled chaos is just fine in my books!  I backed the quilt in Kona Berry, which is such a beautiful colour, and really showed off the straight line quilting.  Confession:  I tried to do a pretty FMQ Dogwood pattern, failed and ripped it out 3 times before giving up and switching to my go-to straight line quilting.  Sigh, one day I'll master FMQ, but today is not that day.  As you can see in the photo above, I used white thread in the top and purple in the bobbin so it would create a subtle effect when viewed from the back.


Please check out these links to learn more about CanPKU and Avery's ride for PKU:

Since it's Friday, and this is finished and all, I'll be linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday!

Happy Weekend!
--Liz

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

WIP | I'm Too Hexie

English Paper Piecing.  I love it.  This is the portable hobby that got me to quit knitting.  I mean, who wants to knit when you could be sewing?

It's been pretty toasty here in Ontario - almost too hot - but after the weather we had this past winter, it feels like a sin to complain about the heat.  So I won't.  No worries.  It might be too hot for the sewing machine, but it's perfect weather for a little EPP.


I began work on this quilt back in August and have continued to pick away at it since.  One of the things I love best about this quilt is it's connection to so many of the other quilts I've made through the scrappiness of the fabrics. You see, I tend to gift my quilts to loved ones and often the fabrics I choose remind me of those loved ones. At first glance some of the fabric picks may seem a little odd (like the bananas that were a leftover from the Sock Monkey quilt I made my niece) but these reminders, this collection of bits from my past projects and the people that they call to mind, are what make this project extra special. 



This is the latest "Block" to join this quilt.  I decided to get a little wild with the center hexie and made it out of a bunch of tiny diamonds.  This was so darling as it came together, I couldn't help but squeal with delight.  Which was awkward, since I sewed that bit up while on a road trip to Chicago last week with a few of my coworkers!  It's fine, they understand my brand of crazy!

If all goes well, technology-wise, I'll be linking up to WIP Wednesday with Lee at Freshly Pieced.  This will be my first EVER linky, peeps!  Exciting stuff!

Happy Wednesday!
--Liz

PS:  I'm auditioning some alternate names for this quilt:
  • Hexie and I Know It
  • Let's Talk About Hex, Baby
  • Hexie Back
  • Hexual Healing
Any preferences?  Other suggestions?



Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Finished | Improv Taggie Blankie

Hello again!

I've finally got a finished 2014 project that I can share!  I actually probably shouldn't be sharing this yet since it's a gift that hasn't made it's way to it's new owner, but since no one reads this blog - not even my mom - I figure it's safe!



I mentioned my Bestie, Christine's wedding in this post - well guess what? They had a baby last week!  A sweet little girl!

Of course, I had to make something quilt-ish for this little one, but Christine's mom is a very talented quilter and I knew she had made Baby a quilt already, so I decided on a Taggie quilt.  I'm told that babies love those little ribbon tags so I worked up this quick little blankie using the quilt-as-you-go method. Instead of the usual binding, I joined the front and back wrong sides together, turned the thing right-side out and topstitched, while tucking in the ribbon tags on each end.  This blankie is small, about 24"x36", sized to suit a car without being overly bulky, and once she starts toddling around it's small enough that she can drag it around with her wherever she goes, much like everyone's favourite Peanuts character, Linus.

I initially planned on an improv style with more evenly distributed chunks of fabric, but I came to really love the asymmetry of this layout, with longer strips on one side and shorter bits on the opposite side.  That's the beauty of improv - you just never know what you'll come up with.


I had so much fun mixing and matching fabrics for this quilt.  This detail shot features some Glimma, Botanics, Acacia, Alison Glass Feathers and many others that I can't name or that don't have selvages.  Note to self: Keep better track of fabrics/designers when stocking up the stash.  Fun combo though, don't you think?

Happy Hug A Cat Day! (yup, it's a thing)
--Liz  










Thursday, 1 May 2014

Throw Back Thursday | XOX


My BFF Christine and I have been tight pretty much since the day we first met, way back in the summer of of 1996.  We clicked right from the start.  

Fast forward a few years to the summer of 2012 - Christine's wedding!  I knew I'd be making a quilt for my bestie and her beau, and just needed a little inspiration.  That's when I came across this beautiful Flea Market Fancy Quilt  at Red Pepper Quilts and I knew it was the one!  This was my first attempt at paper piecing and time was short so I decided to create a band of pinwheels rather than try to tackle an entire quilt top.  

I chose to create a secondary pattern by alternating warm and cool colours (Colour Theory 101: Warm colours advance and Cool colours recede).  I was so pleased to see the pattern of Xs and Os start to emerge - hugs and kisses, perfect for the newlyweds!



Does anyone else out there associate people with colours?  Or is that just me?  Anyways, in my mind Christine's colour is a fresh, vibrant aqua.  Exactly like this binding!

Happy May Day!
--Liz


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Quilt Spotting | HST Cushion


While working away at the Day Job, this lovely image made it's way into my inbox.  

Photo courtesy of DIRTT Environmental Solutions
I know I'm supposed to be admiring the interior space - the TV embedded into the wall, those mitered glass corners and that ceiling detail - Shut the Front Door!  

But despite all this, my eyes keep coming back to that pretty little patchwork toss cushion on the chair!

All quiltiness aside, if you're at all interested in Interior Design or sustainable building practices, I encourage you to check out DIRTT's website - you'll be blown away!  

Happy Tuesday!
--Liz


  

Sunday, 6 April 2014

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Enjoy the weekend!
--Liz

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Throw Back Thursday | Fragment


It's Throw Back Thursday and I thought this would be a fun way of sharing some of my pre-blog quilting projects. 

I had a envisioned a quilt made from bars of fabric that seem to be fracturing, breaking apart and diffusing into smaller bits.  Thus the name Fragment.  

The plan was that that this quilt would end up as a wall hanging for my living room, so I pulled together some neutral grays along with a few pops in colour that suit my decor and personal style.  On thing that didn't go as planned: I intended to hang it horizontally above the sofa, but as things progressed it became clear that this quilt was made to be vertical.  So instead it hangs in a previously bare patch of wall beside the TV and makes a great focal point when you enter the room.  

I echo quilted the bars and a few random squares on my home machine, and I hand quilted the leaf/teardrop shapes.  I absolutely love hand quilting, but I'm also impatient so mixing the two techniques works for me.  I backed the quilt in an olive and white Ikat print, which you can clearly see showing through to the front on the image below.  Note to self: get better at photography!  

Happy Thursday!
--Liz