Floral Pop! – Finished

Another finish! And it’s a regular sized quilt! It’s been a while but this one is a Christmas gift and I needed to get it done. The quilt top finish post was made in February. I’ve had it basted since April when I basted the Birds and the Bees quilt. It’s been hanging out in my sewing room awaiting quilting inspiration. And when it hit I just had to finish it. I went with the same wavy quilting that I used on my Contained Chaos mini.

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However, I quilted the quadrants from the outside-in using an ‘L’ shape. And quilted the middle center across end to end with the wavy quilting. I think it turned out really cool and I am super pleased with it.

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The backing combined the original fabric I bought for the back and some of the remaining floral focal fabric with one bold strip down the back.

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I quilted it with this variegated pink thread from Gutterman.

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For the binding I used the remnants of the backing and I love the look it gives.

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The gift recipient will be thrilled! She’s bold and outspoken and this quilt represents her really well. It’s also in her favorite colors.

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I’m entering this one in the Fall 2014 Blogger’s Quilt Festival in the Small Quilt Category. It measures 54×66 and makes it just under the size restrictions. Please vote starting November 1st.

Contained Chaos

I have a finish! It’s another mini but it’s still a finish!
The inspiration for this mini came from the Aurifil September Designer’s Block by Pat Wys. This photo is the one Pat made:

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The block is a combination of Friendship Star and Rail Fence blocks. I thought I could expand it and do it in rainbow colors. I’d been contemplating a rainbow mini for a few months but didn’t know what I wanted to do. So, I pulled up Electric Quilt and put the design that was in my head in the computer. And I loved it! I changed the background and main fabric placements and added a few more design elements. I think that they make this quilt a bit unique. Then I started sorting my scraps.

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Such gorgeous buckets of rainbow goodness! I made scrappy slabs using those sorted scraps. The technique is based off of a tutorial by Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation. I was able to see her scrappy rainbow version in person and was inspired to use her technique.
Scrappy yellow slab:

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The Rail Fence sections are 1 1/2 inch wide strips and the scrappy slabs gave such a cool look to these strips. For the texty background, I used random lengths to create the 1 1/2 inch strips. I wanted to continue that scrappy look and I love the movement it gave to the whole design.

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In my stash, I found these fun choices for the backing – Schoolies, Kids Fit to Print Balloons, and It’s a Party Dots in yellow #shopyourownstash:

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I had to go with those Schoolies dots. It had all the colors that were on the front and matched everything perfectly.

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I decided to quilt around each Friendship Star square and then did some wavy quilting parallel to the diagonal placement of the stars.

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The wavy quilting looks awesome on the back!
Time for the photo bombs of the mini itself:

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It is now hanging up in my sewing room next to my Kitty Mini Quilt. I love how they look together. :-)

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I’m entering this one in the Mini category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. So, pop on over and place your vote starting November 1st.

The One with the Teeny-tiny squares

I’ve been working on the rainbow mini and it’s turning out so awesome! It contains many, many, many 1 1/2 in squares, here’s some of the purple ones.

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The full reveal on this one will be in my next post. I’m going to wait until the Blogger’s Quilt Festival starts on Friday so that it can be included in the festival.
When I finished the rainbow mini, I pulled up the instructions for the next border of the Mini Medallion Quilt-along. It contained 100 1 1/2 inch squares. I have a pretty good idea on how to piece all those together. :-)
I picked these fabrics which are by Jenean Morrison – from the Wishing Well and In My Room lines.

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I did some chain piecing.

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And some more chain piecing.

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But, in the end, it all turned out gorgeous.

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Time to wait until the next border is posted.

On a different note, I received my mini from the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap from my partner Liz of Fat Chick Quilts (Instagram ID @fatchickquilts). The whole package was so wonderful. First the mini:

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Then some great goodies – like this pouch:

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And these mice – being enjoyed by Gryffin:

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My partner also enjoyed the mini I made for her. So this swap, which was my first, was incredibly successful!

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Witches and Rainbows

There was an incident with the Halloween quilt that I made for my mother last year.

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Her dogs pulled it off the back of the couch and ate off one corner of it. I was able to perform surgery and fix it but I have a feeling that she will not be putting it out this year. So, I decided to make her a Halloween wall hanging. I found this super cute Witches Hat foundation paper piecing pattern on Craftsy and knew that it would be perfect and match the rest of her decorations. I pulled a selection of purples, blacks, oranges, yellows, and greens. For the background, I decided on the bird print I used for my Birds and the Bees quilt.

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The black birds make it look a little sinister and creepy when paired with Halloween colors.
Once it was pieced and basted, I was trying to decide how to quilt it and decided that I would try out free-motion quilting on a real-life project. I figure that Mom will love it no matter how the quilting looks and she will be proud that I even tried. She knows it is one of the skills I want to learn this year. It’s a little wonky but passable.

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It looks like a small problem with my speed through the curves.

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I’ll just have to practice some more and get that hand/foot speed control more consistent. I made a scrappy binding and finished this one up.

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She’s going to love it!!

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I’m loving these small projects so much that I started another one. I downloaded a pattern that had 4 Friendship Stars and some bar blocks. I decided a rainbow would be perfect for it if I just added 3 more stars. Time to sort my scraps:

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How pretty does that all look? Just having them sorted like that makes me smile. I’m putting this together by color section starting with red. For the bar blocks I will be using all scraps by sewing them into slabs and cutting the strips I need for each section. How sunny and gorgeous is this yellow slab?

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I pulled 3 of my coveted text prints to use as a scrappy background. Hello Architextures, Word Search, and Sudoku.

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I’m only through 3 colors right now but I really like how it’s coming together.

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Fall is here!

I’m starting Fall with a quilt top finish! Yay! I was able to complete the Triple Barnstar quilt top and I love it.

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Now if I can just get a few quilts basted we might be in business. I also pieced a backing for a disappearing nine-patch quilt that I made using Sunnyside by Kate Spain. So that puts me at about 5 or 6 quilts that need to be basted so that I can quilt them. The basting is my least favorite part of this whole process so I just tend to put it off completely (unless I have some sort of deadline.)

So, I switched gears and put together the October Block for the Beyond the Block challenge for the Sugar Block Club. This one is called Peace and the challenge is to find some time to be peaceful by unplugging and enjoying life, or relaxing however you choose to relax and find peace. This may be one of my favorite blocks so far.

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Then I decided that my mom needs a Halloween wall hanging since she’s terrified that the dogs will try to eat her Halloween quilt again. I already did surgery on it once and I know she doesn’t want that to happen again. So, I don’t think she will be adding it to her decor this year. I found this super cute Witch Hat pattern on Craftsy and it was free. Just perfect!

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I shopped my stash for the fabric I would use for this block and it’s going to work out so well. I am also using this sweet little bucket to keep the pieced sections from getting lost. It’s working out great!

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My Kitty Mini Quilt is ready to head to it’s new owner and I’m so excited to send it out into the world. I used a 9″ Flowering Snowball pattern with Catnap and Chicopee fabric lines. They play so well together.

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I’ve got the goodies and just need to wrap everything and package it up. I got the cutest dog and cat wrapping paper that will work out so perfect for this swap.

Happy Fall everyone!

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Random Roundup #4

Random Project #1:
I received some awesome crafty toys in the mail this week!

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This 25 pack of webbing and key fob hardware was found at an Etsy shop called Everything Ribbons. I wanted to try and make these key rings and I felt this was a great way to get started. I grabbed some fabric (#shopyourownstash) and made one for a friend. The shop owner also included some instructions for use with ribbon.

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My friend loved it!! She calls her little one Squirrel so this fabric was just perfect. Definitely more of these in my future. They will be perfect for small work gifts and swaps and extra family gifts. They can be completely personalized and that is what makes these key fobs so great.

Random Project #2:
I found some Frozen paper piecing patterns at Fandom in Stitches that are free for personal use. I downloaded Sven, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. You can’t have a Frozen themed anything without Olaf! So I started on him first.

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As the piecing got smaller I realized that I was having trouble seeing the lines under my 1/4″ sewing foot. Look how tiny some of these are.

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I pulled out a clear foot that I knew was in the machine storage area and started to use that to see if it would help. It helped more than I ever thought it would. It has a indent on the foot directly in front of the needle. This allowed me to make sure that I had my needle sewing in exactly the right place and I could follow the line on the pattern better than with the other foot I was using.

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I believe it has helped keep my sewing lines quite a bit straighter which makes the piecing even more precise. I believe I have found a new foot to use for foundation paper-piecing!

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Olaf is now 1/2 done and he’s just so cute!

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The question remains about whether this is fated for my Disney Quilt Swap partner or for a sweet 5 year old that I just adore.

Triple Barnstar Workshop

I had to go back to work this week so I did not get nearly the amount of sewing done that I had last week on my ‘sewcation’. I did a little more work on the Triple Barnstar Quilt. I posted this shot last week of a few of the blocks:

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I got all the blocks made and then I laid them out into the pattern, creating a even distribution of colors and patterns, and then started sewing sections together. I like to piece in sections and not necessarily rows. It helps me to match up seams a little more precisely. Eventually you do have to piece a row or two but it helps me keep everything straight in the meantime. I got the center star section pieced and it looks so cool.

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White is not a color that I normally work with especially in a solid. But it came in the kit and I going with it. I’m a bit concerned at this point as how to quilt it. With a patterned background the quilting kind of fades in but with white I just don’t know. I love quilts that have a solid white background but it is nothing I’ve used on my own quilts. Taking this large step out of my comfort zone will be good for me and help me think a different way about the quilting plan and technique.

At this point, I have 3/4 of the top done and pieced together. It’s a gorgeous pattern and these Birch Farm fabrics (by Joel Dewberry) really work well with it.

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Since I am not buying fabric, and will be shopping my own stash for any projects, I don’t have any pretties to show. But, I did pick up some swap goodies for the 3 swaps I’m currently in. I posted this super secret swap goodie on Instagram for the Disney Mini Quilt Swap and everyone was really excited about it.

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I also picked up some Needle Magnets, some sewing goodies, and some local Memphis flavor.

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I hope my partners will enjoy whichever of these goodies is coming their way!