Subdued Storm

My sister gave some charm packs a few years ago, but they’re so beautiful I was afraid to use them.  I wanted to wait until I had the right pattern, the right fabrics, and overall better skills.

This is what came of one of charm packs…


I used schoolhouse blocks, two batik jelly rolls, and of course the charms.  I wanted something balanced and different.  This turned out better than I could have hoped.  It’s orderly but also a bit wild.  The colors and prints on the various fabrics remind me of the severe storms I witnessed when I lived in the Midwest region of the US.

I handquilted this using a variegated thread in autumnal colors.  The quilt fluffed up really well after washing, and this caused the quilting to stand out more.  You can see it better on the back.


The quilt is filled with texture.  All over the top it’s so different and the back even more so.  I love it!

It measures at 49.5 x 49.5 inches / 125.73 x 125.73 cm.  An excellent size for a lap quilt or a large baby quilt.

You can purchase this here in my shop.  With the holidays around the corner now’s a good time to get a one-of-a-kind gift.  This one is on the lower end of the price scale, and the colors make it great for any gender for it’s neither masculine nor feminine.


Small Projects

I’ve found that making small things to be very helpful.  It helps me understand some foundation paper piecing blocks, color combinations, design, and keeps me busy without taking too much time.  One of my recent mini-quilts was made using a rather elaborate foundation paper piecing block, and since making it I’ve decided I need to make a big quilt with it.


I added borders to give it a good finished size, but as you can see it’ll make for a rather elaborate quilt.  Absolutely perfect for a gradient design or starbursts.


I plan on using purple, white, grey, and black for it, but I want them to be different prints.  Lots of different purples, greys, whites, and blacks.  Small print, hint-of-a-print, and not a single solid.  I think there’ll be a lot of fat quarters used for it, and maybe some yardage.

As for the size…I think a twin or full size quilt will be good.  It won’t be made anytime soon.  I need to collect the fabrics first, then print out a color sheet so I can figure out the best arrangement.  This won’t be started until probably March 2019, and the top will take at least two weeks to make once I get started and not work on anything else.

This mini-quilt is available for purchase in my shop right now and measures 18.5 inches x 18.5 inches / 47 x 47 cm.

Pay What You Want

How This Works:

  1. Tell me what your budget is (can be anything from $5 to $5000)
  2. I tell you what I can make within that budget
  3. After going over details for the commission you pay 50% upfront
  4. I make the commission
  5. When finished I list it on my shop and charge only the other 50% + shipping
  6. Once I receive the payment I ship it off to you
  7. If you decide after I’ve begun/finished the commission you can no longer afford it I will keep the 50% upfront payment. The item will still be listed in my shop at 50% of the agreed cost.
  8. The budget does not include shipping.  Keep that in mind.  If your budget is only $5, and that includes shipping, it’s going to be a no.  Shipping in the US generally starts at $3 for small lightweight parcels.
  9. If you wish to commission me for more than one item assume you’ll need to have at least a $15 budget prior to shipping.
Specifically for Jewelry
  1. I need you to provide links to three pieces I’ve made that you favor most
  2. What you like best about them
  3. Color preferences
  4. Length of the finished piece
  5. I also need to know if you’re allergic to metal (I specialize in making metal-free jewelry)
Items already listed in my shop are unavailable for this event.  The link to my shop is at the top of this journal post.
Check out the links below to get a feel for my style.  I don’t always make brightly colored things; they’re just a personal preference.  If you want dark colors I can definitely do that.
If you decide you want a surprise
  1. I’ll need your budget
  2. What you love and what you cannot tolerate (colors, designs, texture, etc)
  3. General size (be it a quilt or jewelry)
  4. I may also need to write up a simple contract stating you want a surprise and want to see what I can do
  5. 50% payment upfront (as stated above) and the rest of the payment when I list the item in my shop
  6. If you, for whatever reason, don’t care what I make for you so long as I make something please let me know
  7. You are either completely mad or you know I’ll make something fabulous
My jewelry gallery can be seen here.
My quilt gallery can be seen here.
The event runs from now to December 31, 2018.  Seeing as the holidays are coming up now is a good time to get a head-start on commissions.  One-of-a-kind gifts are a wonderful things to receive, even if it’s just for yourself.
If you’re serious about hiring me for a commission please send me an email at with the title PWYW.  .
Examples of my work in no particular order
For something of this size and grandeur expect to pay no less than $1000 USD.  If you want this quilt specifically I have it available in my shop.
This is a set of six coasters.  If you want just a single coaster it won’t be from this set because this is already listed.  However, individual coasters will start at $5 USD.
If you’d like a quilt using this design but in a different size the price will vary.  This specific quilt is listed at $250 USD.
This was made using a technique called “foundation paper piecing”.  It’s more labor intensive, yes, but the results are well worth it.  If you want a mat of this design it starts at $35 USD.
I strongly recommend reading the information I have in the description.  For something like this it starts at $35.  This piece in particular is valued at $65.
A completely metal-free necklace!  It’s a simple design and the price starts at $25.  The design is simple but it uses a lot of cord length.
One of my chunky necklaces!  This is a flexible design allowing for all sorts of custom changes from what you see here.  It starts at $45 USD if using only one color, no beads, and no pendant.

Mermaid’s Treasure

I had a blast quilting this.  I also fell asleep three times because this quilt is so cozy.


The fabric I used for the squares in the center of the blocks is also used for the binding.  A great way to balance it all out.

It measures at 78 x 75 inches / 198 x 190.5.

All the quilting was done by hand.  I used painters tape to help keep the lines straight across the blocks to create an X.


You can see the quilting much better on the back.  The thread is variegated and blends in with the top while standing out on the back.

Photographs don’t do this justice.

Currently the quilt is available for purchase in my shop.  Check it out here.  With the holiday’s coming up now is a good time to get the one-of-a-kind gifts.  This one will serve well as a family heirloom, passed from generation to generation.

Vote Winner

I had the hardest time figuring out which quilt to finish first and needed a little help.  I received said help via tumblr, twitter, and Instagram.  What was voted on?

After saving some money I purchased wide backing (108″) fabric so I could finish these.  I just…couldn’t decide which one to work on first.  The winner is Mermaid’s Treasure!  I’ve basted it and now have it on a lap frame.  It won’t be on the larger frame simply because I’m working on multiple projects right now and need the space.

You can see all the progress on my Instagram page: ReneetheChaosfay

Threads for August

I’m keeping very busy as of late and haven’t really gotten around to uploading pictures of my current work to my computer.  Here’s what I’ve finished over the last four weeks!  Nearly all of it is for because it’s about the only thing preventing me from feeling lonely.  A lot of quilters are there.


The theme for this was “August” and we had to make a mug rug.  For me August has become a month of smoke.  There are a lot of wildfires in and near my area, smoke from distant fires travels here as well.  It chokes out any colors and makes the sun a dim circle in the sky.  All colors are subdued by the grey-brown haze and landmarks are sometimes hidden entirely.

For this I used a foundation paper piecing block I’ve been wanting to try out.  The results are 1) it’s a fast block and 2) it’s super easy but gotta mark the colors.  I’ll definitely use it again, but for a much larger project.


Not for swap-bot!  This was done entirely on a whim.  It wasn’t until I made the final square that I realized I didn’t have enough butterfly print.  The block was a lot of fun, not too demanding, and the color arrangement will make a HUGE impact when I make a larger quilt out of it.  A gradient look will be very appeal!


I finished it!  The receiver looooves it, and that’s all that matters.  Made entirely from scraps!  I used foundation paper piecing (seeing a pattern here?  Oh, look, a pun!) for the hearts and added borders around them.  It finished at 34×34 inches, a little larger than intended but totally worth it.


This one was for swap-bot as well.  We only had to make a strip-piece mug rug with at least five strips no larger than 2″ wide.  I couldn’t do just five strips though.  I decided to play with arranging the strips to keep the roses aligned.  No idea why the background is pink in the picture.  Weird.


Last but not least is my favorite creation of the month!  I titled it “Wonderful Creation” and used foundation paper piecing.  The theme for this swap was to make something using a 6×6 inch square provided by the swap host.  I used two batiks and a solid.  The binding is spot-on perfect!

That’s August for you!  What have you been doing to keep your hands busy?

In non-quilting news I’ve been playing with makeup and loving every minute of it.


Huge Commission!

Not in size, but in regards to exposure.

The person commissioning me is my husband’s boss who also happens to own two restaurants in town, including the one my husband works at. He’s very well known here an in the surrounding area. This will be making a MASSIVE impact in regards to folks knowing my work.

On top of this is what the quilt is being made for.

In December there’s an annual auction. Every year there’s a theme and folks have the option of making a Christmas tree or quilt with that theme. Most folks opt for making a tree because apparently it’s a lot more fun and easier. All the money made at the auction is donated to the local hospice.

I’ve been hired to make a quilt, and quoted that it’d be no less than $1000 when finished. The commissioner didn’t even bat an eye. He completely expects it to be at least $1k. Awesome!

The big part of this is the massive exposure. How? THOUSANDS of people will be at the auction, most of whom are VERY wealthy. When the quilt is set up my information will be provided, including my website, name, and a bit of other information. Folks will be able to touch the quilt, see the detailing up-close, etc. I’ve been informed that a lot of people see a huge rise in their business when their work is auctioned off. Because there are so few quilts they tend to stand out more. Not many of the quilters sell their work though. That means mine will be receiving a lot more attention because I accept commissions and sell ready-made items that can be purchased immediately. I’m local, which means people can come by my home to purchase my work instead of doing so online. There’s also a big “support local business” thing here because we’re rural (town has less than 10k people). I do most of my work my hand, namely the hand-quilting, making each piece a lot more personal. On top of this I’m disabled which swings things a bit more in my favor.

My husband’s boss and a few co-workers have given us warning that I may be a little overwhelmed by a sudden influx of new buyers. In other words, I need to build my inventory.

I’ve budgeted $200 for the fabric I need for this quilt. The Crown Royal bags I’ll be using have been provided for me, but this is a queen size quilt. It’s going to be 96″x108″. I’ll be using more than just the bags (they’re going to be cut down to the size and shapes I need) because the quilt will be impressively boring otherwise. I’ve looked up Crown Royal bags, and though a few are impressive and beautiful, the majority just turn into visual mud with just yellow and purple solids. I plan on using a hint-of-a-print gold fabric and a wilder print containing purple, gold, and possibly white or off-white. I want this to stand apart from the crowd. I had considered using foundation paper piecing but couldn’t find a pattern I liked.

As with all purchases I’ll be making a freebie. This will be done with scraps from the quilt and the commissioner can add this to the auction if he so desires. I’ll accept extra payment if he feels the need to pay me, but it won’t be required.

Unfortunately my husband set up the verbal contract for the quilt before speaking to me, hence why I won’t be receiving the standard 50% up-front payment that would cover the cost of fabric as well as the fuel needed to visit the necessary number of quilt shops I may need to go to in order to find the fabric I want/need.

Anyway, I’ll be making items exclusive to my monthly Ko-Fi supporters, but ultimately most of what I make now will go to my inventory. With the holidays coming up I definitely need to invest in fabric to finish the large quilts I already have as well as make new things. I’m thankful I have nothing but time on my hands.

Feel free to give me $200 so I can purchase the fabric sooner than later!

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