Sierra’s moustache shirt

It’s time to clear out the saved posts in my drafts and show them up here. I hope to get back to posting a little more regularly after a long hiatus. Even though I made this shirt last spring, now is the perfect time to revisit it. Sierra had mustache day in school last week, but insisted that she didn’t want to wear a mustache. No problem, child, you have a mustache shirt!

The shirt is store bought, and I made it using a freezer paper stencil. I found an image that I liked and printed it off. I transferred the image to freezer paper and cut it out. I ironed the freezer paper onto the shirt where I wanted the image to be.

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With the image in place, I used a stiff brush to apply fabric paint inside my stencil. In this case, I went for an ombre effect, so with each mustache, I added a little more white to my black fabric paint.

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When the fabric paint had dried, I went over with a layer of glitter because … glitter!

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The shirt turned out well, and the girl is happy with it!

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Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge

This has been finished for some time, actually (as you might have guessed based on the SNOW on the ground in the photos!), but I’m just now getting around to posting about it.

This quilt, which I’m calling “Twisted Triangles” was my entry into the Modern Quilt Guild‘s Riley Blake Challenge. Seriously, I don’t know how it didn’t win the prize, as it is clearly awesome!

In all honesty, there were innumerable stand-out entries. I was blown away by all the talent displayed and it was really fascinating to see how the same fabrics inspired such a wide array of projects.

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I was amused by the process of making this quilt in particular:

1. Whip out rotary cutter and slice up pretty fabric.

2. Sew fabric back together in a triangle.

3. Slice through the fabric I just finished sewing.

4. Insert white strip and sew back together again.

5. Repeat.

It just seemed completely counterintuitive to cut up something I had just sewed together!

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The back is a Riley Blake print I had purchased for another project and ended up not using, along with some coordinating solids.


I attempted to repeat the twisting triangles in the quilting.

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Even though though this isn’t a recent finish, I’m sharing at Crazy Mom Quilts. Lots of great projects linked; go check them out!

Bill’s Star

My friend Bill wanted a handmade quilt for his bed. I can’t argue with that. If you are lucky enough to know a quilter who will make you a quilt for your bed (or you ARE a quilter), just know that you own a treasure because there are a LOT of hours that go into making a quilt that large. (I think that you should read this post on the value of a quilt.)

Bill is a dear friend, and when his Facebook status asked if anyone knew a quilter, I was more than happy to volunteer my own skills.

Bill sent me this photo as an example of the colors he wanted. Rather than go with all solids, I found the Michael Miller Krystal prints at The Fat Quarter Shop. Ivory, burgundy, and teal (which is really more “spruce”, I think) were perfect!

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I found this pattern for a Single Star Wreath on Serendipity Patchwork. The pattern was for 6-inch blocks and a finished quilt of 42 inches. I modified the idea to make 14-inch blocks and a quilt that finishes at 98 inches on a side!


I love how the angles of the blocks give the illusion of a star in a circle.

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I made some huge templates to get the isosceles triangle blocks and worked with oversized half square triangles. It was a fun challenge to make blocks of this large scale.

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The next photo shows the color a little more accurately and you can see the quilting, which was done by Pat Cole on her long arm machine. The size of this quilt was more than I was comfortable attempting on my little domestic Bernina!

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I kept is simple with the back and used a single length of 108″ backing fabric with a subtle tone on tone ivory print.

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Bill, I hope this keeps you cozy and happy. It was joy making this for you, friend.


The Road Trip Ends (Finally!)

I am beyond thrilled to finally have finished this quilt. For awhile there, I was convinced I would never finish it. The process was long. Though only a twin sized, this is the largest quilt I have quilted on my home machine and I was using this project to learn free motion quilting, so I was definitely taking baby steps toward the finish.


Since this is the quilt from my Road Trip Quilt Along, each block represents a state, so I quilted the state names below each block (can you see it?).


This is one of my favorite quilted blocks. I love the look of the flowers and half flowers, and I feel like I was finally getting a grasp on free motion quilting by the time I quilted this block, so it looks nice and even as well.

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The back is pieced and includes a lot of my scraps from working on the Quilt Along blocks, as well as a couple of rejected blocks.


I did a nice back and forth loop on the border (inspired by Amylouwho on instagram) with flowers in the corner. I love the stripe-y yellow and gray binding.


I am so proud of this quilt and the fact that I used it to learn free motion quilting. It’s reassuring to see my physical progress. I definitely need lots more practice, but you can see how far I’ve come. Below, you can see some pebbling I did in one of the first blocks I quilted on the left, and on the right, the same pattern in one of my later blocks.


This quilt has taken residence in the living room, and in addition to a quilt, it has already been an elevator, the ocean, a hideout, and an animal home. I am sure it will be well-loved by our family!



More fun finishes from the quilting world at Crazy Mom Quilts and Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.

What to do when your quilt is attacked by a toddler wielding a dry erase marker

I had just finished my mini quilt for the Bee a {Modern} Swapper swap.

Patchwork and birds mini quilt

I had solved my conundrum over what to do about quilting around the bird in the middle of the quilt.


I had finished the quilting around the rest of the quilt.


The only think I had left to do was to attach the binding and send the quilt off to its new home.  I was pleased to be finished, so I brought the quilt downstairs to take a photo.  Before I could return my pretty mini quilt to the sewing room to add the finishing touches, disaster struck in the form of a 2-year-old who had gotten her hands on a dry erase marker.

The horror!!

Here’s a tip: dry erase marker is more or less permanent on fabric.  Do not ever allow a child to unleash her “creative additions” on your quilting project with dry erase marker.  At least give her a washable marker or an ink pen.  I’m sure those would come out easier than this, which, did not come out at all!

In case you were curious, here is the list of various cleaners and chemicals I used on the marker in an attempt to remove it.  Oxiclean MaxForce laundry stain remover, Resolve carpet cleaner, extended soak in oxyclean, Mr. Clean magic eraser, extra concentrated oxyclean, nail polish remover, pure acetone, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, bleach pen, mineral spirits, and Greased Lightning cleaner.  Hmmm … I think that’s all.  I received several other suggestions that I did not try (Murphy’s oil soap, hairspray, rotten milk), but really, I think I covered the spectrum of chemical reaction that could have removed it.

When it became clear that I would not be able to remove the marker, I made a plan to cover it.  I traced the edges of the various sections of the quilt and marked where the damage was.  When I had finished that, I drew out an appliqué pattern to cover it.

Then it was just a matter of creating the actual fabric appliqué.  To keep with the style I had already started in the center of my quilt and have a piece large enough to cover all the damage, I ended doing raw edge appliqué on two dozen little leaves, a large tree, a bird, and three flowers.  Phew!

But we’ll call it a success.

IMG_5507 There is one bit of marker left that I could have covered with a different arrangement of the leaves, but I’m leaving it uncovered as a remind of what I went through with this project.

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Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday!

Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday on Sewing by Moonlight.

My name is Em and I have far too much on my mind. Sewing is my release! I just recently opened my Etsy store (with all of 6 items) and now have a Facebook page. I would be delighted if you came by to Like Sewing by Moonlight on Facebook!

This week, I had hoped to show you this little mini, all quilted and bound, since last week it was all quilted (one would think I could accomplish 96 linear inches of binding in one week).
 But, alas!  Horror of horrors!  There was an attack by a tiny, marker-weilding terrorist and this happened:
 So instead of binding this lovely mini this week, I spent a lot of time trying to (as of yet, unsuccessfully) remove dry erase marker from white fabric.  (insert sobbing)

I did give you a sneak peek last week at a quilt I was ambitious about finishing this week, but life happened, and quilting did not.  However, I finished the back of the quilt, and the quilt sandwich is completed, so that is definitely significant in my book!  I’m going to quilt this myself, and I’m admittedly a bit nervous about it.  This is a bed-sized quilt (72 x 90) and it will be the largest thing I’ve quilted on my home machine.  I would appreciate any words of encouragement you care to offer on that front!

This is the Road Trip Quilt Along quilt, which came together as a result of the 16 weeks of Road Trip Quilt Along tutorials I posted this summer and early fall.

I added the strip pieced sections to the top and bottom of the quilt because I wanted it to be rectangular rather than square.  And then two borders finished it off.

I am trying to decide if I should attempt to add the name of the state each block represents in the quilting so I don’t forget.  That’s Virginia, in the upper left corner, the block I completed first on the Road Trip Quilt Along.  Right below it is South Dakota, which gave me some trouble the first time I attempted it, but turned out to be one of my favorite blocks.

The back of the quilt is mostly Kona coal, but I pieced the back with extra fabric from the blocks and few blocks that were rejected or redone.

There are two Pennsylvania blocks here, one deconstructed and rearranged, and the other that I just decided to redo because I didn’t love it.  You can also see my first attempt at the interior of that South Dakota block, which turned out too small.

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to this week!  If you’re in the U.S. did you accomplish stuffing yourself with turkey today?  I did, but just a little because I wanted to save room to stuff myself with PIE!