Patchwork Essentials: Woven Quilt

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Photo © 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.

Time to share another quilt from my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle! You can find all the posts about Patchwork Essentials using the MY BOOK link at the top of every page, or here.


I'm going to share each quilt, in order, with the exception of a few that I've already shared. The Waypoint quilt is next in this chapter, I shared that quilt here: Waypoint Quilt. Now it's time for the Woven quilt!

For more on how the book is structured see this post.

https://incolororder.bigcartel.com/product/patchwork-essentials-the-half-square-triangle-book-signed
Need a copy of the book? Find one here: Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle


Photo © 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.

This is one of my favorite quilts from my book. I love working with jewel tones, especially when the palette includes eggplant purple! I used some of my favorite purple prints in this quilt. This design uses two different sizes of half-square triangles, and was inspired by traditional ocean waves quilts.


This quilt was quilted by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. The design is one of my favorites, popcorn. I've used it for quite a few quilts now, it just feels so cheerful to me!


For the backing, I used a blender from Urban Mod. It's bound in a purple dashed stripe from Bazaar Style. This binding fabric was one of those prints that had been in my stash for years, just waiting for the perfect project. It made a great binding!


In 2016, I made a second Woven quilt, this time in all blue fabrics! I wish I could say that it made a significant dent in my blue stash, but it did not. Still a fun quilt to make though! See the post about that quilt here: All Blue Woven Quilt.


Happy Quilting!

In Color Order is 10 Years Old!

Saturday, February 9, 2019


Today is my blog's 10th birthday!


On February 9th, 2009, I wrote my first post here at In Color Order. It was actually a sewing project too, a purse from Anna Maria Horner's first book, Seams to Me. See that post here.


2009 was a big year for me. I started this blog in February. In August, I brought George bunny home and moved into my first apartment. In November, I made my first quilt!


Ten years and almost 1500 posts later, here we are! I'm still posting my sewing and quilting projects, my thrifting finds, and sharing little life updates. A lot has changed since I first started this blog, but I'm glad I've stuck with it all these years. There have been times where I haven't felt much like posting, but I never gave it up. The blog world has changed so much since then too, it's kind of crazy!


I was 19 years old when I started In Color Order, and I had no idea what kind of opportunities it would bring me. Because of this blog, I started my business, I designed fabric, I wrote a magazine column, I have contributed patterns to books and magazines, I lectured at conferences, I taught sewing classes, designed my own line of sewing patterns, and even wrote my own book. Blogging also introduced me to so many amazing people, and helped me make some of my best friends. What an adventure this has been!


I could ramble on, but let's keep things short and sweet. Thank you for your support and readership over the years, I couldn't have kept going this long without you all.


One little treat before you go, an early photo of George bunny, before he grew into his big round eyes! :)

Happy Sewing!

2019 Sewing Room Tour

Thursday, February 7, 2019


Happy Thursday! I thought today it would be fun to do a little sewing room tour! I've shown photos here and there of my space, but now that we've been in our home for a year, I figured it was time to give a proper tour of my workspace. Fair warning, this is a photo heavy post!

I'm very lucky to have an entire room in our house to dedicate to my sewing. It's in an extra bedroom on the second floor, and it gets lots of morning sun. Plus there is access to the walk-up attic from this room which is convenient for storage.


I was so happy when I realized I could squeeze both of my tables along the wall where the ceiling slopes. I remember tearing pictures of an attic craft room out of a copy of Martha Stewart Living many, many years ago that had a similar set-up. I thought it was so lovely and cozy, and it is! The tables were given to me by my Dad, who bought them out of an old schoolhouse that was closing.

I've got a cutting mat on each table, and plenty of space to spread out. My sewing machine is on the end of the room with the two windows, which is great.

Note: I sew on a Janome 1600P, see my review of this machine here.


My serger is set up on the other table! I also have room to pull out my older Janome machine if I need to sew buttonholes or use any special stitches.

Note: My serger is a Juki MO654DE.


My quilting cotton fabric stash is housed in a Billy bookcase (with glass doors) from ikea. I wanted the doors to help keep the fabrics protected from sun damage. Thankfully it doesn't get any direct sun!


Next to that is a metal cabinet (vintage) that houses most of my garment fabrics and larger cuts of canvas, linen, etc.


My scraps could be a little more organized, but I keep them somewhat tidy in this red vintage metal chest of drawers.


Sensing a theme? I love vintage metal! This old metal breadbox holds my liberty of london stash!


Opposite my sewing tables is this big cubby unit. It's the largest Expedit from ikea, which has now been replaced by the Kallax line. This was quite a challenge to take apart and move, but it survived! It holds my vintage sheet stash, some collections, notions, hardware, patterns, interfacing, works in progress, and more.


How about a little peek at the top cubbies? First up, some of my vintage sewing machines!


Next, a few vintage tins, including a sewing machine accessories tin and my Droste cocoa tins!


My Hello Kitty Janome sewing machine, and some of my pincushion stash! I have a small wall shelf for my pincushions, but I haven't figured out where best to hang it yet!


This shelving unit holds a lot, in part thanks to my very favorite storage containers! These are 15 quart Sterilite ClearView Latch Bins from Target. I bought my first one a couple years ago because of the purple handles, but quickly realized how great they were. Two stacked can fit perfectly in the cubbies. The internal dimensions of the Expedit vs. Kallax units are the same, so you should be able to use these in Kallax units in the same way. I use them downstairs to store my paper pattern inventory too, it would be scary to count how many I own!


A few months ago I made this thread shelf to store all my thread and bobbins. It hangs next to my sewing machine for easy access. I shared a tutorial for how I made it here: DIY Thread Storage Shelf.


I hung up a set of two shelves on the wall behind my sewing machine to keep tools handy, but off the table. It's also a great place to put a few cute things!


One of my favorite things I've found thrifting here in CT is this vintage pink lamp. It wasn't in super great shape when I found it, and it was only $2! After a little TLC it's working great!


Another DIY project I tackled for my sewing room was a pegboard! I've wanted one of these for a long time, but didn't really have room (or the tools) in my last space. I used this tutorial to make mine. It's so useful!


I haven't hung much up on the walls yet, but I did hang up my pin banners! Find my tutorial to make these here: Enamel Pin Banner Tutorial.


Right behind my sewing machine is my ironing station. I recently installed a metal curtain line (also from Ikea, can you tell we live 20 minutes from one?) on this wall to hang quilts, quilt tops, or a piece of batting as a makeshift design wall.


And last but not least, one last DIY, a rug! The middle of the room is all open, so it's nice to have a rug there most of the time. It's a big room, which means I needed a big rug. With all the stray threads and messy crafts happening in here though, I didn't want to spend a lot on a rug. So, I decided to make one by stitching together some cheap runners from Ikea! The bonus is that it's not super heavy, so I can easily roll it up and out of the way when I want to baste a quilt. Find my simple DIY for this here: Sewing Room Scrap Rug Tutorial.


I hope you've enjoyed this tour around my sewing space!

Happy Sewing!

January Monthly Report

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy February! It's time for January's monthly report. See past reports here.


It's hard to believe the first month of the year has already come and gone! I didn't have a super productive month, but there were a few extenuating circumstances. Michael was off on holiday break until the 7th of January, which was amazing. It was so nice to have a full week to just hang out and relax at home. I've also been battling a swollen knee, so that's slowed me down a bit.

I did make progress on my pineapple blocks and finished a couple small things, like a pillow with the block shown above! Will share the finished project soon.


I made a goal this year to make a project from my scraps each month. This month I made a patchwork drawstring bag! The squares are pink and red Minny Muu prints that I cut out of leftovers from my Prism Quilt. I even managed to find a big enough scrap for two accent pieces! This is the project size from my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. And here are instructions for a patchwork version: Patchwork Drawstring Bag Tutorial.


I'm slowly plugging away on my hand quilting. I go for long stretches without working on it. I know if I worked on it more often I'd be much further. Hoping to really buckle down and work on it more this coming month. It's going to be so soft and wonderful when it's done!


I finished a knitting project this month! This was actually a one day knit, I started and finished it on New Year's Day. Michael had been asking for a thicker hat, so I picked up this bulky weight yarn when we were in Maryland. I used the free Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone pattern from Purl Soho. More info on my Ravelry.


To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I track my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track here. Here is how I did in January:

December Fabric
Used up: 2 yards
Brought in: 4.5 yards
Net: +2.5 yards
Year to date: +2.5 yards

December Yarn
Used up: 78 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: -78 yards
Year to date: -78 yards

I didn't exactly plan on buying any fabric this month, but ended up ordering some fabrics during a Stitch Supply Co sale. A few prints for my Christmas quilt and a low volume print for a quilt background. Hoping to have more in the "used up" column in February! I'm very happy to be down for yarn already this year! Let's hope that's a good sign.


As I was looking through my photos the other day, I found this picture of some beautiful handmade pins I received from Jackie of Viajoy! They sit on the shelves above my machine, so I see them everyday, and they always make me smile! You can find her pin shop here.


We've been making an effort to try new recipes this year, and a few weekends ago we made marshmallows for the first time! It was really fun and they were super tasty. The texture is so different from store bought marshmallows, so much softer! We made the mint chocolate chip marshmallows from the Joy the Baker Cookbook.


George the bunny, always looking so handmade! He loves to sit on this pillow when he runs around! :)

Have a Great Month!

Patchwork Essentials: Vast Quilt

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Time to share another quilt from my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle! You can find all the posts about Patchwork Essentials using the MY BOOK link at the top of every page, or here.


I'm slowly going to share each quilt, in order, with the exception of a few that I've already shared. We've made it to the relative size chapter, and the first quilt is Vast!

For more on how the book is structured see this post.

https://incolororder.bigcartel.com/product/patchwork-essentials-the-half-square-triangle-book-signed
Need a copy of the book? Find one here: Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle


Photo © 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.

I knew when I first had the idea for the book that I wanted to include a quilt that used supersized half-square triangles. I've played a lot with the idea in other quilts, like my Giant Vintage Star Quilt, so I wanted to include another variation on the idea.


Photo © 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.

I wanted to play with all solids for at least one quilt in the book, as a personal challenge. I haven't made a lot of all solids quilts, but it felt like the right way to make this already bold design feel even bolder. I used Pure Solids by Art Gallery Fabrics for this quilt. I used the following colors: Raspberry Rose, Coral Reef, Empire Yellow, Sweet Mint, Blueberry Zest, Mauvelous, Verve Violet, and Snow.


The absolutely gorgeous quilting was done custom by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. I asked her to choose a different design for each color! This way it almost gives the solid colors a print feel, especially when you look at it from a distance. I love all the variety of design, it turned out just how I envisioned.


I kept things pretty simple for the backing and binding. Another solid for the binding, and a blender from Minimalista for the back! I remember stocking up on clearance fabrics for backings before I started working on the book quilts. It didn't take long to go through most of my stashed backing fabric.


Photo © 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.

I recently finished up the variation quilt top that is shown in the book, so I'll be sharing that quilt finish soon too!


Happy Quilting!

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