Little Black Dress

Wherever you live in this country, 2015 thus far been record setting as far as weather is concerned. In the Chicago area, there are many names for it – Chiberia, Snowmaggedon, etc. We have experienced record cold for the last two months. Today, finally, we are having a warm up! As bad as the weather has been, it has given me ample opportunity to complete some projects that have been on the list for awhile, AKA UFO’s. 2015 has also come to symbolize the year of the UFO, with many of those in my quilt groups.

Something that has been on the list for about a year is my LBD, Little Black Dress quilt. I found a great fat quarter pack online with 64 of the Moda Little Black Dress 2 fabrics.  These prints are a great combo of black, grey and cream, which just happens to be the new colors of my bedroom. (I’m hoping that the walls will be painted soon too). I LOVE this line!!! So with some inspiration from a few decorating catalogs, I created an easy – but large quilt, KING size to be exact. I was also able to throw in some odds and ends from my stash and a few that others were so generous to donate (Thanks Barb and Maria!). After some figuring, cutting and sewing, the LBD was born made up of only 7 inch (cut) squares and bordless. Doesn’t get any easier.

Here is a sneak peak when I laid the quilt top on my bed.

Little Black Dress Quilt

Also found an awesome backing online at Backside Fabrics, 108″ wide, perfect.


LBD is ready for the quilter. Can’t wait to finish it.



Now I’m off to make pillows and pillowcases to match!



Steps to the Altar


Steps to the Altar is exactly what is happening right now with my family, more specifically my son and future daughter-in-law. They are taking all the steps toward the big day, June 8, 2013.

The past few months have been filled with fun wedding events, including two showers, one given by each family.  My gift at the Abraham shower was their wedding quilt, appropriately titled, Steps to the Altar.

I started to design the quilt in January after Erin chose her bedding which is a mono-chromatic nickel. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go from there. I had a few decisions to make and I’m not gonna lie, I did stress about this a bit. I needed to decide on the pattern, colors and fabrics and get moving.

There were so many different quilts that I had in mind but I ended up choosing the Steps to the Altar block while working on some samples for the block of the month class that I teach. We are working on Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler, the spin-off book from Jennifer Chaiverini’s novel The Master Quilter. I was flipping through the book, deciding which blocks to teach and came upon Steps to the Altar. After some research and looking at several block layouts, I decided on a block a bit different than Sylvia’s. After a bit of math for all the fabric calculations I was ready to pick some the fabric . After a few trips to a local quilt shop, my own stash and some internet stores, I decided on the block fabrics in greys and blacks, and I chose a border from The Morris Apprentice collection from Moda. Quilt construction went very smoothly – lots of HST’s and 4-patches. Did I mention this was queen size, quite a lot of fabric!

Quilt calculations, layouts and quilt journal

Quilt calculations, layouts and quilt journal


HST’s and Four-Patches




Steps to the Altar Block

The blocks came together and then it was time to measure the borders. I absolutely LOVE this border fabric. I thought it tied everything together. Steps to the Altar was just steps away from being finished.

IMG_2254 I was able to find an awesome black quilt back online – no piecing, 108″ wide. So as soon as the quilt top was finished, I handed it over to my friend Darlene (SewBusy Quilting) for machine quilting. Darlene did an awesome job. Binding was on, quilt label too, and then wrapped and ready for the shower! And with the quilt there needs to be some pillowcases, so with the leftover fabric, I made two sets.

Quilt Label

Quilt Label

Matching Pillowcases

Matching Pillowcases

I couldn’t end this post without a few words about the shower, and also share some pictures of the bride and groom. The shower, hosted by my two daughters, was champagne themed, a bubbly bridal shower. We got a lot of great decorating and recipe ideas from Pinterest and made place card holders from champagne corks which the guests could later use as photo holders. We also had beautiful layered candles made by Antoinette’s Candles.


Bubbly Bridal Shower Invitations and “Save the Date” in the wedding colors, silver and purple


Dessert Table, Blueberry Cupcakes and Chocolate Kisses


Chalkboard Champagne Bottle Vases and Layered Candles


The bride and groom as they open their quilt.

Michael and Erin

Michael and Erin

It was a beautiful day with friends and family. And as the happy couple continues to take their steps to the altar with more pre-wedding events, they look forward to their big day!

Congratulations to Erin and Michael!