Craftsy 2012 BOM – Finished!

One quilt top quilted!  Part of my goal list this year to to actually finish those quilt tops that I have piling up.  This finish is from the 2012 Free Craftsy Block of the Month class.  I loved this class.  I learned so many techniques and styles and it really improved my piecing accuracy.  It also introduced me to Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I love her teaching style and how straightforward her instructions are.  She also seems like a genuinely good person and I just want to hang out with her and soak in her energy and enthusiasm. This class was taken before I found out about ‘designer fabrics’ and high quality quilting cotton so all of the block fabrics are fat quarters from JoAnns, the background is from Hobby Lobby, and the backing was bought at Hancock fabrics a few years back.  I hope the quilt police aren’t reading this as I also mixed in some batiks. πŸ˜‰ What was I thinking.?.?..I was thinking that these fabrics were cute and played really well together.  I love this and I wish that Hobby Lobby still had that blue background fabric.  It’s just so fabulous and fun!

This top has been complete for about 2 or 3 years so it’s about time I actually put it together and quilted the darn thing!  I quilted it with a random improv triangle continuous line design.  Whew…that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?  I used a blue variegated thread and I love the effect it gives.  There is so much texture here.  It’s going to be so great and crinkly once I wash it.This one stays with me as it represents such a big change in my abilities and style.  I improved while we went through the blocks and it’s fun to see where I’ve been as I try to get where I’m going….I had some extra blocks that I put on the back.  One of them did not have enough contrast and the other I just didn’t like the colors I used for it.  I added some 2 1/2 inch strips to separate the extra blocks and add more color to the back.That backing fabric was perfect and I have had it for awhile stashed away specifically to back this quilt with.  Love it!I still have a number of quilt tops to get quilted but I have the need to start something new.  I’m looking at a few options right now – a mini quilt based off a drawing that a friend’s son did, a Preppy Whale quilt using some fabrics I was recently given by a very generous quilting friend, or a baby quilt using this adorable jelly roll that I just received via Craftsy.It’s very difficult for me to resist a big Craftsy sale and this was no exception.  I also got yardage of these wonderful greys at fabulous prices!I’m thinking the Blueberry Park grey will look wonderful with those foxes…..

Thoroughly Modern Mini Swap

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, aunts, stepmoms, grandmothers, dog moms, cat moms, and dads that are also moms.  We all have a big part to play in the lives of others as they journey through this crazy world.

I created this cute Mother’s Day card for my mom to enjoy forever…..I hope she likes it. We’re getting together later for some lunch and shopping so it should be a good day.

I also finished up this mini for a swap that my guild is hosting.We are swapping with members of 3 other modern quilt guilds in our state.  They listed 3 aspects of modern quilting that they liked and we were to incorporate those items into our mini.  I love what I came up with.  It was a bit of a challenge but I flew through it once I came up with an idea.My partner likes bright colors so I made sure to use them.  I picked up a Kaffe Fassett charm pack and used those for the back.  You can’t get much brighter than Kaffe, even in the Cool color story.I bound it in the background fabric (Modern Background Ink – Stitched Circles Graphite) but wanted a pop of color on one side and that orange/yellow fabric did exactly that.  I hope my partner enjoys it.

A pattern might be coming for this block as I just love it.  I need to make another set in order to document everything and maybe perfect those points a little more.😊

Stash Enhancement:

I’m curbing my fabric spending a bit but did pick up a few things recently.Missouri Star had a Daily Deal with the Kona Snow charm pack not too long ago and I couldn’t pass up a charm pack of For You from Zen Chic.The Mama Said Sew Volume II line is fabulous and this yardage ended up in my cart as well.  I’m a sucker for a good text fabric.  I also got some cuddled charm packs that I will use in some chrIty baby quilts.  One of those may be coming up next….

Disney Quilt Swap 2016

The 2016 Disney Mini Quilt Swap is complete and I wanted to share what I sent and what I received.

My partner stated that she liked the older Disney movies and especially those with nature and animals.  Her favorite Disney film is The Aristocats and her IG name was cat related.  I just had to make an Aristocats mini for her.  I picked a few inspirational images off of the Internet and finally decided to focus on the three kittens.

I used The Kittens patterns by Elizabeth Hartman for the three kittens – Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse.  The pattern allowed me to construct the kittens as different as they actually are.  For Marie, I used the Mr. Snuggles kitten and added a pieced bow which really made her stand out.  

 Toulouse was created using the Simon kitten pattern and Berlioz was created using the Bacon Bits kitten.  I made collars in their signature colors and used an Eiffel Tower fabric as the background.  This entire mini was pieced using stash fabrics so that’s a huge win and I was so happy to have that Eiffel Tower fabric in my stash as it was perfect for this. My favorite phrase/song from that movie is ‘Everybody wants to be a Cat’ and I knew I wanted to incorporate that somewhere.  I already had a pattern for paper pieced letters so I created the word ‘cat’ in the three colors that I used for the collars.   You can find the letter pattern, by Diane Bohn, here.  The mini would be huge if I used those letters for the entire phrase so I searched my stash for a solution. I had a fabric that was just lower case letters spaced out for cutting and piecing back together.  It worked perfectly!  I intentionally made the piecing a little wonky to give it some movement as if the song was being played over and over in your head.   I made a pieced back, continuing the color theme from the front.   This picture really shows off the quilting so let’s talk about that.  I did large wavy lines over the kittens and then some straight line echo quilting around them to make them stand out a little.  Smaller wavy lines covered the writing and finished off this mini.  I really love this one and my partner does as well.  There was a little argument on IG after I shipped it as to who it was going to so that was fun to see. 

Now, onto the one I received!  My very favorite Disney character is Dopey so my partner sent me a Minimalist rendition of Dopey and it is just so cute!  The green is the perfect color for his clothes.  The purple hat and brown patch are also exactly the right shade.  I love it and it will make such a great addition to my collection.  And how adorable is that Tsum Tsum?

The Disney swap is always my favorite.  There is usually a lot of awesomeness on display.  

I have one more swap item to finish this spring and hope to be able to share that soon.

Happy Sewing!

  

Random Roundup #14

Splendid Sampler:

I have been catching up on the Splendid Sampler blocks little by little.  I have made 4 this week.  The top one is eagerly awaiting it’s chain stitched center.  I’ll have some time to get that done this week.  I’ve already transferred the pattern into the fabric so I can begin that process.  The bottom one is not correct but I’m leaving it this way and never again piecing those tiny triangles.  It’s still cute though.  I love these two!  I’m moving from the pinks into lavenders and purples and love the combination.

Stash Enhancement:

Speaking of purples – a guild mate has been buying clearance fabrics and splitting them up with some of us so we all get a great deal on fabric.   This past month was dark pinks and purples which matches up perfectly with my block colors.   They are just all so gorgeous!

Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month:

I finally (!) basted the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month quilt top.  I had purchased the backing fabric a long, long time ago as it perfectly matched the scrappy color story on the front.  I’m not sure how long this will take me to quilt.  I kind of want to try some free-motion quilting but don’t quite have the skills.  That means that I may end up doing some fancy straight line quilting with my walking foot if I don’t get any practice with FMQ.

I’m thinking of taking some older fabrics that I no longer like and making small quilt sandwiches to practice with.  That will definitely help me destash in a positive manner and learn a new skill all at the same time. 😊
 
 

Fun with Fungai

At a guild meeting a few months back we were given some fabrics to use in order to make some charity quilts for a local children’s hospital. We were able to select 6 fat quarters out of the entire selection that was available.  The fabrics I chose were all from a Japanese line called Mushroom World.  If interested, there are a few prints on deep discount at Hancock of Paducah’s fabric shop and other prints in the line are available on Fabric.com. I wanted to feature the fabric and make them the focus of the quilt and I needed to decide on a pattern that would do that.

I made wonky sized log cabin blocks with random sized squares surrounded by varying sized strips.  I picked blender fabrics that would pull all of the colors out and make them shine.  Those colors made this such a happy looking quilt.  A meandering squares continuous line quilting pattern was perfect!  Backed with a Riley Blake Chevron print then bound with a mixture of the red gingham and a solid red made this quilt complete and after a washing it will be ready to donate later this year.      I’m incredibly happy about how straight the chevron turned out on the back.  I tried to line it up correctly while basting and it worked.  And those quilted squares look awesome on it!  I’m excited to show this off at our guild meeting next week.

In other news, I am planning on updating my sewing space a bit and the first part was to get this unit from IKEA.  It’s from the BESTA collection.  Please excuse the ‘just finished assembling’ photo.  I have yet to place the shelves as I plan on adding an ironing surface to the top which makes it more organized and functional.  And that is way better than the ‘regular ironing board and the pile of junk currently stored underneath it’ system that I currently have going on.

When Inspiration Strikes

I recently posted the finish of the Wavelength Quilt on Facebook and a friend of mine sarcastically threw out that maybe I could make him a ‘blanket’.  We’ve been friends since high school but he did not realize that I made a lot of quilts as I do not normally post them on Facebook and he is busy serving our country in the Coast Guard.  Anyway, my first thought was ‘Challenge Accepted!’ so I asked what colors he liked.  The answer was blue.  That led to this fabric pull.   I adore that bottom blue print.  It’s from the Studio Stash line by Jennifer Sampou.  I love the mix of colors in this pull.

I’ve been dying to make some sort of wonky cross quilt and started in that route.  I cut each of the blue fabrics in random widths and lengths and cut the low volume strips in varying widths (1 to 2 inches wide). Next thing I knew I had covered my design door with a little forest of wonky crosses:  It did not take long at all to put all those together.  After a little more of that, and a little Tetris wonky cross placement, I ended up with a small throw size quilt top.  A little too small for my friend so I added borders on 2 sides but I still need to add more.  I’ve got a plan brewing and hope to have it worked out soon.  

Stash Enhancement:

I received some happy mail the other day from Missouri Star Quilt Company that included a few ‘Count with Me’ charm packs and a Half Hexie ruler which is going to help me make an adorable charity baby quilt. The charm packs contain numbers and whales and fish and all kinds of cuteness. There are a number of great patterns in that ModBlock magazine as well.  Lots of great inspiration to be had!

The Kaffe charm pack might be used in a swap quilt for a partner that likes bold and bright colors.  I’ve yet to figure out what I’m going to do for this swap. This is just one idea that I’m playing around with.  We need to stay in the modern realm and my partner didn’t give me much to work with.  I’m sure something will click soon.

There was also a ton of inspiration over on Instagram this past week as Amy’s Creative Side hosted the #igquiltfest.  There were so many great quilts and so many great works-in-progress. I hope you head over there and check it out for yourself!

Rainbow Rhapsody

Lots of rainbows happening around here right now.  I received the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap quilt that my partner made.  Such wonderful loveliness!  I adore a ledger print and this is one of my favorites!  The flying geese in the corners add such a great element to this piece.  I’m very happy with this one and it’s already hanging in my sewing space.   She also sent these sweet solid mini charms (and some Lecien floss) which will be put to good use in a charity baby quilt that I have planned out in my head,  My partner was equally satisfied with the one I sent to her.    I used a Drunkard’s Path template to make this scrappy mini quilt.  I bound it in the dark grey crosshatch in order to keep everything a little bit contained.  This was the first time I attempted a spiral quilting technique.  I love how well you can see the quilting in these pictures.  The spiral quilting worked really well for this mini but I can see how a larger quilt would be a bit of a struggle.  

I have a bunch of low volume half moons left over that I need to do something with.  I’m thinking of making this same mini in an inverse color story and seeing if it comes out just a great as this one did.

I backed it in this JoAnn Fabrics print that I love:  I have this same print in a flannel.  It’s incredibly versatile.

I also made this Geometric Squirrel in a rainbow color story.  A friend of mine calls her daughter ‘Squirrel’ and has done so since her birth.  Little Miss was turning 5 this weekend and this pattern, which was released last week, had to be made to celebrate that occasion.  I bordered it with their favorite squirrel fabric and this fabulous grey that I need to start hoarding.  I hope I have a selvedge edge so I can find out what it is because I love it.  Anyway, this came out so stinkin’ cute that I can’t stand it!

I did add a sweet fussy cut of a dancing Woodstock with a heart as it was too cute not to.  This squirrel was made entirely from scraps (other than the grey border and the text background) that I had put aside waiting to be used and loved.  I also saw a rainbow as I was driving home from work on Friday.  Rainbows are everywhere!  That must have meant that a good weekend was coming.