Echino Giveaway!

I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for a long time, but I have a problem. I don’t have an extra fat quarter bundle of a brand new, not yet released line laying around. I don’t have a sponsor to give me one. I’m pretty broke, so I’m not buying you one. (sorry) So I’ve been trying to figure out what I could give away from my stash.

I’ve been saving up Echino for a while to make a QAYG Sophia bag. I’ve bought a few fat quarters, and I have some large pieces left over from a quilt I’m making my daughter. I don’t need big pieces for the bag, so I decided to give away some charms and a pouch I made! Everyone loves a good pouch, right?

(Edit – I’ve been told that that sounded a bit like I’m just offering my leftovers. I’m sorry. I’m not. I can think of plenty of uses for the fabric I’m not going to use for the bag. I just know that I have something that quilters love and wanted to share. I also I’m not trying to drum up sympathy for myself. I hope to have sponsors in the future, and I’d love to be one of the lucky few bloggers who get sneak peaks at everything, and I know that that takes a lot of work. I’m working at it. If I could go back to school to be a quilter I would, but there is no school, there’s just doing it. I’m trying to do it, and this is my thank you to those of you who are supporting me.)

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Alrighty! All you need to do is leave a comment here telling me what your favorite Thanksgiving food is. Mine’s stuffing.

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Captain Random Generator, DDS will draw a winner at noon on Monday.

Open to US entries only, sorry!



Winner winner, turkey dinner!


Dinah Barnes, you’ve got it! I’ll send you an email to get your address. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered!


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WIP Wednesday – Baby Quilt and a pillow

I have three baby girl quilts that need made. One is going to a friend who is having her second daughter in February, the other two will be for a friend who is pregnant with twins. (!) I want to say she’s due in April.

I got the top for the singleton done this weekend (as my instagram followers know) and I’ve been contemplating how to quilt it ever since. I don’t think I want to do an all-over design. Rather, I think I may do something in each diamond. I was doodling over a picture of it last night. Speaking of pictures, here’s the top!


Hopefully that shows up. I’m writing this on my cell phone.

I was doodling around, toying with an idea I had about chevrons when it occurred to me to do a string quilt. I used instructions from Elizabeth Hartman’s “Practical Guide to Patchwork” but made the blocks smaller.
If you don’t have that book, Film in the Fridge has a good tutorial. I’m going to have a really hard time letting this quilt go. I’m probably going to have to make a queen sized replica.

For the other two quilts I think I’m going to do something simple, like the strip quilt from Tula Pink’s latest market booth.

I also started a pillow yesterday, made with flying geese scraps.


I started quilting it, and got the lighter part done, but when I switched threads for the dark part my machine started skipping stitches, majorly. (my phone says majorly isn’t a word. Psh, whatever.) So, I’ve got to rip those out and either try again or go get another color of thread. I’ll probably give it another go first. Sometimes letting my machine rest over night helps. I understand its need.

Here’s the pillow before I started on the dark quilting.


I hope I can get it worked out today and up in the shop soon.

(Btw, I opened an Etsy shop. Check it out. Link over there —> )


Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced


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“Diamonds and Bowties”

I love Joel Dewberry.

This year for Christmas I got an gift card from my in-laws. I was thrilled when I found a fat quarter pack of Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill on Amazon for sixty bucks. Of course, I bought it. But it sat unused (un-opened, even!) for months while I looked for the perfect pattern. I didn’t want to cut it up too small, since there were so many awesome big prints. I finally saw a pattern that I knew I could replicate, but by the time I got around to sketching it out I got it all wrong and came up with this:

"Diamonds and Bowties" by Melissa of Tension Issues

I can’t wait to quilt it. I plan on incorporating the diamonds and bowties thing into the negative space and trying out some fun stuff on the prints.

"Diamonds and Bowties" by Melissa of Tension Issues

I’ve also got quite a bit leftover, so I’m thinking I’ll need to make a matching pillow or mini.

What do you think? Have you ever risked a line you loved on your own pattern?


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September 9, 2013 · 10:58 am

“Eat Pork” Quilt

Occasionally, I’m brilliant.

Some friends of ours recently got married, and their reception is today. They do competition BBQ. They’re really good at it, check them out.

So anyway, of course we needed a gift. Luckily, I can make things. I had the idea to turn this:  Pork-Chart_Article-668x419

Into this:

"Eat Pork" Quilt by Melissa of Tension Issues

I love it. I know that usually people wait til they get home to open wedding gifts, but I’m making them open it right there, as soon as I give it to them. I can’t wait. I’m also going to make one for myself. I’ll probably end up making a chicken and cow one as well.

Here’s how I did it.

First, I quilted the background. It was tedious, and I won’t do it again. But I did get to use that little line marking tool. I thought it was a seam presser until I saw a picture on Instagram of one. It worked really well. I kept my lines straight, and I didn’t have to erase anything after.


Then I took the image above, of the pig, enlarged it, printed it out, and cut it up.


Next, I fused Wonder Under onto my fabric and cut out the shapes.


After I fused them onto the background, I free motion quilted around each piece and between them all.

"Eat Pork" Quilt by Melissa of Tension Issues

I also added a little ‘eat pork’ detail, and quilted the tail on. I thought about using rick rack for the tail, but I thought that might be too cutesy.



I think the back looks pretty cool too. I forgot to take the picture before I sewed the sleeve on.


There you go! I’m insanely happy about it. Tickled pink, you might say. Happier than a pig in… well, you know.

I hope the happy couple loves it as much as me.

Thanks for reading!


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Dorothy Hates Me (wonky cross wall-hanging)

I finished this a while ago, but I’m just a lazy person.

Actually, I use my computer as a babysitter so I can sew, er, clean

No, not really. Well, yeah. Nevermind.

Hey! I made something.


Isn’t that awesome? I get the feeling I shouldn’t keep saying my stuff is awesome, but what the hell am I making all this for, right? I had better think it’s awesome.


Look! It’s a quilt on my wall! It’s like I’m an old lady!

So this little quilt is my first actual wall hanging. I’ve been wanting to do a wonky cross quilt for a long time. This was put together pretty quickly, and I had a lot of fun with the improv and figuring out where and how things go together. I think I got it done so quickly because I was working out some anger issues. But I won’t get into that.

I love it. That’s all.

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Tula Pink Top

Tula Pink The Birds and the Bees top by tension issues

Doesn’t that make you happy? Don’t worry, those brown things I just now noticed are leaves, not poo.

This quilt was pieced entirely with Tula Pink’s line The Birds and the Bees, using the Dreamweaver pattern from her book, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. The pattern was modified a bit to fit with the fat quarter pack I had, instead of the 1/3 yards of each print that it called for. So it’s a bit wider and shorter than the original. It’s also huge. It’s not quilted yet, since I don’t have the cash right now. I haven’t told my husband the quote I got on getting it quilted.


I can’t wait to roll myself up in this like an awesome gay burrito.


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