Fox in a Box

Trina and I designed this quilt in 2013, published the pattern, and it’s been a best seller! I’m sharing it here again as my entry in the Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival.

There is an applique and a non-applique version. I’m kind of partial to those cute little foxes on the applique version…

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Fox in a Box made with no applique:

Fox in a Box Quilt

Trina did a wonderful job on the quilting of this one, a combination of straight-line quilting, pebble quilting and shadow spirals…

Fox in a Box Free Motion Quilting

Fox in a Box Free Motion Quilting Detail

In designing this pattern, we worked out two methods of making no-waste (or LOW-waste) flying geese; through trial and error, but the methods in the pattern work our lickety-split!

Our little fox friend peeking out from his Fox and Geese Block, isn’t he adorable?

Fox in a Box Applique Fox and Geese Quilt Block

And his little friend gazing up at him from another block:

FIAB Fox 1 Detail

The two quilts side-by-side on my (apparently not-so-straight) fence:

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The pattern is available here.

Happy Quilting! …and do come visit again

Doris (& Trina)

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Wrapped Up in Love (Part I)

When my husband passed away, my life changed forever. But, it wasn’t just me whose life changed forever that day; he has two beautiful daughters in their mid-twenties who lost their awesome Dad way too soon. He also has a now 2-year-old granddaughter who won’t have a memory of the grandpa that was so enamored with her. And his brother lost his only sibling. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t given thought to the loss they all feel as well.

I knew I wanted to make something for his daughters as a special memory of their Dad–using his clothes, the signature jeans and t-shirts he lived in. I’m not a fan of traditional t-shirt quilts, and the carpenter jeans he wore to work every day were so a part of his persona, I really wanted to incorporate the denim as well. I found this inspiration quilt — and at a retreat in October, I started making a quilt for each daughter with the idea of finishing them for Christmas.

I finished most of the top for his youngest that weekend:

EliceTop1It includes pieces of t-shirts from places they toured together, a camp they shared memories of, from her college, there’s even a hammer loop from one of his pairs of carpenter jeans (both quilts have pockets from carpenter jeans, button plackets from his shirts, t-shirt collars, etc.):

EliceQuilt1There is some Minnesota fabric in each quilt (their home state), and of course, plaid flannel, another staple of his wardrobe:

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EliceQuilt3The label on each quilt (on the front bottom right) is a banjo–an instrument he taught himself to play over the past few years.

LabelI finished the second quilt top on a sewing weekend in early December:

LacyTop1His oldest was on the first Des Moines based roller derby team, so his Derby Dames t-shirt went into her quilt, as well as a few others that I knew would be meaningful to her:

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LacyQuilting2I used some Chambray in both quilts for the look of denim without making the quilt too heavy:

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LacyQuilt1The quilting is an overall pattern of music notes and meandering. The backing is Navy minky, because I wanted these quilts to be something they could snuggle up in; a comfort quilt. Trina helped me get these quilted in the last few days before Christmas.

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Here is a full shot of both quilts, photos I took before gifting them and then lost when I got a new phone a few days later. This collage was the only photo that survived because I had posted it to Facebook. Oops. Thankfully the girls each emailed me a few photos of their finished quilts so I could show them here. Collage3

Frank would have thought these quilts were so cool, as he would the quilt I’m planning to show you in my next post, it makes me smile to imagine what his reaction would’ve been. I hope they bring a little bit of that same comfort to his girls.

Merry Christmas (and a free pattern!)

Merry Christmas (or Happy Holiday wishes for whatever holiday you celebrate this year!) from me; thanks for continuing to read along and inspire me to keep creating!

I originally designed this table runner in 2008; Today you can download a FREE PDF PATTERN for this Holly Leaf version (and a bonus Snowflake design) over at the Row House Creations website!

Jolly Holly Free Christmas Table Runner Quilt Pattern

A super quick pattern to whip up for a last minute Hostess gift or to spruce up your home for the Winter!  Enjoy,

Happy Quilting,

Doris

Mums for Melissa – my quilt in Quilty Magazine

Our latest pattern is Hot off the Press!

It’s one many of you have been waiting for–a pattern for the quilt I was holding in the Quilty Magazine, Jan/Feb 2013 issue:

Quilty Magazine Meet a Modern Quilter Doris Chrysanthemum Quilt

Here it is:

Mums for Melissa Chrysanthemum Quilt Block Modern Quilting

To read more about the making of this pattern and to purchase your copy, visit Row House Creations today!

Retake, Release, and Reboot!

On Friday, we released our newest quilt pattern, Fox in a Box, the second in our series of critter applique quilts. This one has a non-applique version included in the pattern:
FrontCoverForDigital_woFRWe retook the cover photos (three times, actually!) after waiting for what seemed like an eternity for nice weather…

Fox in a Box Fox and Geese Applique Quilt

and later in the day on Friday, it required a reboot of my motivation to get back to work on the next pattern, which is well under way.  

In addition to quilt pattern designs for Row House Creations, I’ve been putting in a great deal of sewing machine time working on a commission quilt.  It’s based on one of Kellie Wulfsohn’s designs.  It’s twin size, applique, and a little tedious, but it is going to make an adorable quilt for a lucky little girl!

What have you been working on lately?

Happy Sewing,

Doris