Teal love

Many of you know of my love for teals and blues.  Last week I shared the in-progress pics of a sweet baby quilt made with my favorite hues – teals and blues. 

 I wasn’t sold on the placement of some of the triangles so I made a few adjustments and now I LOVE it!  The heart piece stands out a bit more and I made it more symmetrical and added more of the solids.  I did have to stop and get more yardage of those solids.  The dark blue in this photo is actually a deep teal and is just gorgeous.  Here’s a close-up of the sweet snails and dragonfly prints.  

 These prints would work for a boy or girl quilt which makes it pretty gender nuetral.  When finished it should be about 40″ square which is perfect for those new bundles of joy.

After that I took my teal love and placed it in the Rhoda Ruth Block Challenge.  The Robert Kaufman Quilting Blog – Swatch and Stitch – is hosting a fabric challenge using Kona solids or Essex linen.  Make the Genny and Ruth block using those fabrics and post on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #RhodaRuthBlockChallenge by the morning of August 31st.    Here’s my block of teals with a touch of grey.  I like how it shimmers.  Now I need to figure out what to do with it.  It could make a great throw pillow or I could build a whole quilt around it.  So many options……..

I also made myself a key fob using some teal scrap fabric.  I needed a new keychain for my new car!!!!  

 No white, black, grey, or tan cars for me.  It’s this really cool blue color which could be seen better if it hadn’t been overcast and rainy all day.  There’s lots of room in the back for fabric except now I have a car payment so I will be cutting back on those purchases for a little bit.

Before that purchase I was at JoAnn’s picking up the solids and I saw this sewing machine print that will be perfect for my ironing board.   Now I just need to find the perfect tutorial to get it done.  I think I already have one downloaded but I will have to double check that.

 

A Snail’s Pace

I was going through my stash recently to cut up fat quarters for the fat quarter swap we do at my guild (The Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild) meeting each month.  I came across these sweet snail and dragonfly prints and decided to keep them to make a baby quilt for upcoming baby showers and such.  I matched them to some Kona solids that I had from a great Craftsy sale a while back.  Those prints are from a 2010 line called Breeze for In The Beginning fabrics. I wanted to do an HST quilt of some kind so chose the 4 at a time method of cutting and sewing.  I cut 7″ squares then placed them right sides together and sewed a 1/4″ seam all around the edges.  Cut on the diagonal each direction and you end up with 4 sections 4 1/2″ square.  This method seems to be a bit more precise for me and I think I’ll need to find a chart of some kind to show what size square will get to what size final section.  This left me with a nice pile of pieces to iron and then decide how I wanted to place them.   Once I laid them out on the floor I got to rearranging and rearranging and rearranging and ended up here.  I’m still not sure but I definitely like where it’s going.  The heart part is really sweet.  I still may change up the 3 inside squares.  What do you guys think?  Should I keep those patterned squares or change them to more solids?

Prior to that sewing burst of energy, this happened:   Last weekend I hit my master bedroom closet with a vengeance and did a bit of purging. 

Why does anybody need this many empty show boxes in their closet?  I sure don’t – so to the recycle bin they went.  I did find 2 pairs of super awesome shoes though so it was a win-win.  I was also able to purge 2 bags of  clothes for donations and 2 large bags of garbage.  It was incredibly freeing to get rid of stuff that I don’t like and will never wear again or have actually never worn.  Now my closet is a happy place without shoeboxes and ill-fitting clothing all over the place.

Now, it’s time to get back to my other happy place and sew some pretties together.  I did get another bee block done.  This one is the Double Star block.  It came togther really quickly and I like how it looks.  The queen bee wanted navy, grey, gold, peach, cerise, aqua, text, and white.  I have a block in mind for my month but is one may be good too.  I’m waiting to see what else gets released before I make a final decision.  I’m glad I was able to get a later month as my queen bee month.  It’s giving me so many options of blocks to choose from.  They have also been a challenge as I have been pulling exclusively from stash.  But that has also been the fun part of this bee.  I like seeing what I can find in my stash to put together the perfect color combo for the queen.  I’m looking forward to next month’s selection on both color combo and block.

Random Roundup #10

I’ve been tackling, starting, stopping, finishing, planning, and buying fabric for a myriad of projects.  This is not an uncommon occurrence by any means so let me show you what I’ve been doing….

Beehive Block:

The July Queen Bee chose a Spinwheel block with very specific color placement in bright, cheery, summery colors.  It was a blast picking out the fabrics and getting her approval on those chosen.  It turned out exactly as she wanted and I love that!Spinwheel July

Broadway Mini Quilt Swap:

I put the finishing touches on the Broadway Mini Quilt Swap quilt which is based on the musical ‘Into The Woods’.  It was one of many that my partner chose in the favorite musical question.  I made sure to watch all the ones I could that were on the list given and this one really spoke to me.  The main focus of it is the search for 4 items that need to be given to a witch to release a curse on a family.  I wanted to incorporate those items into my mini.  Part of what I like about participating in these swaps is needing to think outside of the norm to get to the end result that you want.  I wanted to try something new so I decided to do some improvisational curves to represent each of the 4 items.  broadway mini Into the WoodsThe four items are a Red cape, milk from a White cow, a Golden slipper, and a strand of hair Yellow as corn silk.  The ‘I Wish’ quote is a continuous theme throughout the musical.  I added the musical note fabric as a nod to the genre and binding it in the red really brings the whole piece together.  The Red Riding Hood fabric was perfect for this one.

I used the Riding Hood fabric on the back intermixed with the four main colors from the front.  Organic wavy quilting just brought it all together.  I also included a sweet keychain as a small extra.

into the woods backowl keychainI get the hardware from a shop called Everything Ribbons.  They also have this fabulous pair of pliers!  They are absolutely perfect for making these keychains and I’m glad I picked them up last time I ordered webbing and key fob hardware.

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It’s in the mail and I hope my partner really loves it.  Posting the finished project here will not give away my partner as I have seen a few on the Instagram feed with this musical as the star.  I should be receiving mine soon and will share once I get it.  Go and check out the Instagram feed on the #broadwayminiquiltswap hashtag to see all the goodness that is being created.

Christmas in August??

I’m also working on a commissioned project of 4 Christmas stockings.  She sent me a picture of what she had in mind and stated she wanted them to have the first initials on them.  I already had a pattern of letters that I could paper piece for the initials.  It is lowercase abc’s by Diane Bohn.  I put those together first since they are to be the star and then I processed outwards from there.  Here’s where I’m at right now.01fb4e01b2bfea93d4f1666d1bee403e4bb097d715 01479717954e29d8a4d471dd95dcf31f7b2f4dd2ecI need to add at least 2 more rows on the top and bottom to create the heel and toe and to make the stocking fronts complete.  The next row will be a thick one of the holly and gold fabric.  All of this fabric was bought after Christmas at a great deal from JoAnn’s earlier in the year.  I actually bought a ton of the red/gold dot (who doesn’t love a great dot fabric) and I picked up a lot of that green/gold stripe because I think it would make great binding fabric for a ton of different projects.

Stash Enhancement:

There was recently a city-wide sidewalk sale nearby and one of the local quilting shops participated by clearing out some older lines to make way for some new ones.  I picked up a few Charm Packs of Beach House and a jelly roll of Navy Bella Solids.Beach House charmsThere are some great prints in that pack and the navy solids will be great as sashing or adding some solids into a few upcoming projects.

I also grabbed a few end of bolt deals:015152c272f17b1b9f6acd1a62cb8a29acd3623669

Havana by Monaluna, Grunge by Basic Grey, and Beechwood Park by Jenean Morrison – then 2wenty Thr3e by Cosmo Cricket.

I’m thinking backings for mini quilts or bag linings or baby quilts.  They were fabulous finds!

twenty threeI also recently got some Christmas fabric.  I’m gearing up for the Christmas Mini quilt swap that I am in and any other small gifts I could come up with.  The Woody wagons from Holly’s Tree Farm, the deer, the washi tape, and the snowglobes…..how could I resist?  Christmas fabrics

Brick Bazaar

I had found some great matching cotton fabrics in the remnant bin at a local fabric store and knew they would make a wonderful baby quilt.  I have put together this tutorial in case you wanted to make one of your own. To make this quilt you will need:

  • 1/2 yd of four different fabrics or 2 yds of assorted fabrics for a scrappy version
  • 1 yd fabric for backing
  • 1/3 yd fabric for binding

 Cutting directions:

  • From each of the four prints cut 12 rectangles 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (I cut 4 1/2″ by Width of Fabric then sub-cut the rectangles from the long strip)
  • From the main or focus print cut an additional 2 rectangles measuring 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
  • There is a total of 50 large rectangles
  • From each of the four prints cut 2 rectangles 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches
  • There is a total of 8 small rectangles


Construction:

There will be 6 large rectangles per row alternating with a row of 2 small rectangles with 5 large rectangles in between them (I used a random placement of the fabrics trying not to get one color or pattern bunched up in the same area as you can see in the photo below.)

  1. Row 1 is made by sewing the 6 large rectangles short ends together
  2. Row 2 starts with a small rectangle – sew the 4 1/2″ side to a large rectangle
  3. To that section sew on 4 more large rectangles then finish the row with a small rectangle
  4. Sew Row 1 and Row 2 three more times
  5. Make one more row of 6 large rectangles – there should now be 9 rows
  6. Sew each of the 9 rows together.

Brick Bazaar by Lori StollYour quilt top should be 36 x 36″.  Back, quilt, and bind as desired.  I chose this sweet silver heart on grey fabric for the binding and had this floral in my stash that I used for the backing.0124dc92f785c2a7411005f5834db54c7062b906c1019cde2769aece39d88c7528238679950c9f7c4019I quilted straight lines across on both sides of the seams and then I wavy quilted organic lines from top to bottom using a variegated pink thread.014eb7aa1f5a0c4a6ba1859002d5716fde134b7bbc 019b154f2077597985473cf75c7615504c8cff7d10 0187dd795e9a97abbd15fda457a54bd45e8cb271d7This quilt is so versatile and I think I’ll make one in boy or gender neutral prints as well.  This one goes in the pile for my guild’s charity quilts that will be donated to the infant ward of LeBonhuer Children’s Hospital here in Memphis. 0151325bd761b3db02e40ea757638713de71523092

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Beehive Blocks

Earlier this year I got involved in The Beehive Quilt Bee being hosted by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts and Angie of Gnome Angel.  If you are not currently in any of the ‘swarms’ you can still play along and use any of the blocks from the free tutorials.  The quilts that I have seen on the #beehivequilts tag on Instagram are looking absolutely fabulous!  My month as Queen is October so I have plenty of time to pick a block – two new ones are released each month.  I already have my colors picked out but I’m waiting to see which block I choose before I divulge my selection to my swarm. The Bee Hive series

My favorite part of this bee is pulling the current month’s fabric that the queen for that month has chosen.  I’m pulling from my stash as much as possible.  Only one block is being made with that selection so it makes it that much more feasible to pull from what I already have on hand.

Here are the first month’s selections – what I initially pulled (and posted online for the queen’s selection and approval) then what I ended up using in the block.

  She wanted a stash buster with low volume for the ‘x’ and bright pops of color for the side and corners.  She loved this green when I first posted it so I knew I had to keep that one in the block.IMG_1048The next two month’s queens wanted the Houndstooth block.  One wanted bright orange with ivory and the other wanted a southwestern hue of peaches, mint, and low volume ivory.  I went with the larger flowers on peach but failed to get a finished photo of the block.FullSizeRender IMG_1204The next queen wanted the Wanta Fanta block in any colors we chose as a scrap busting choice with a white background.  I went with pinks, greens, and purple backed up by Mirror Dot in White.  You just can’t go wrong with Mirror Dots.01eadfc4010dc5536293feb1a402f8220bfd11ce64 014ce9366468ff4bba7b66c6b956e8a3d81558a647June’s queen also chose the Tic Tac Toe block but with turquoise, navy, and ivory for her colors.  I love how cool this one looks.01cf783dbd7ede2222b2d377e6091b6924bd592830The July queen just made her color selections and chose bright citrusy hues.  I sent her this photo and she approved this range for her Spinwheel block.01c18142bbc90733aa6c13f3e39f3d650563b4a2d1I tend to think that I have a good sense of color and how they will play with each other.  But, this bee has had me reach a little bit out of my normal choices and still come up with some fabulous combinations.  I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year holds and what the remaining color selections will be.

Waves of Progress

I’ve been making a little progress on the Wavelength quilt – which is designed by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. I am putting this together in sections/rows.  So I’m cutting the fabric and piecing by row then I’m setting them out to see if I like the placement of the colors before I sew them together.  (I am removing the paper before I sew the squares to each other.) I was able to complete this medium teal row and am moving on to a lighter teal for the next one.    I only have 3 more rows left to complete which equates to 53 paper-pieced squares to finish.  I’ve already cut and prepped the papers for the next row.

Each row brings a new dimension to this quilt and it’s fabulousness just shines through.  And I’m really enjoying how pretty my scrap basket is becoming.  I will definitely have to figure out something super cool to do with these scraps.  Suggestions??

Stash Enhancement:

It is very difficult for me to resist a Craftsy sale, especially when they have one of their big, huge ones.  This last weekend was no exception.  My favorite item that caused a decrease in my checkbook balance was a quilt kit that used some Cotton & Steel fabric.  The kit came with 15 fat quarters and 5 yds of fabric (background and binding) and the pattern shown above for under $50!!  You can get that kit here.  (It was still on sale as of the date of this post.). I may not use that pattern as is but I couldn’t pass up the deal on the fabric.  This is not the first time I have bought a kit just for the fabric.  So don’t just glance over the kit section. You may actually find something awesome!  Like this super awesome fabric!  I’m very happy with this purchase. I’m about to start the Twisted Blossom quilt-along with Jenny of Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I already have the Quick Curve Ruler and I picked up the Metro Twist pattern so I am all ready to go and these C&S prints may just be perfect for it.  Now that I think about it – the Metro Twist pattern may be just the thing for my Text Me Mini Quilt Swap quilt.  Hmmm…

Hello Old Friend 

I pulled an old Work-in-Progress off my quilt rack.  It was hanging right behind my ironing board and I could see it everyday.  I’m glad it was there and I loved looking at it and kept thinking that I needed to keep working on the quilt top and finish it off.  That time came this week. It is the Wavelength quilt pattern by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced.  I started it sometime last year and had gotten 3 rows around done.  I’m doing this in teals and aquamarines with some greens mixed in.  It’s going to be fabulous when it’s done.

I opened the box where I was keeping the fabric pull and the (already copied) paper-pieced patterns and found the most gorgeous collection of teal goodness! The box is in the order that I will piece the rows with the next row on top.  There will be about 4 patterns per row ending with the white/aquamarine pieces.  There are some great fabrics in here that I forgot I even had.  It’s just like I bought new fabric this week but without the cash leaving my wallet.  

Here’s where I was at this morning. The next row is where the mid-value teals will begin. Gryffin was helping me keep it secure on the floor.  It’s what cats do best. I was able to get some of the teals attached and I’m really happy with where this is going.  It is currently residing on the floor in my sewing room ready to be pieced together. 

In other news – I got some hexie piecing completed on my way home from my brother’s wedding.   I have a plan to use these in the Text Me Mini Quilt Swap but it’s not working out like I planned.  I think I will stew on it for a little bit and revisit in a week or two.  I may end up re-working it.

Speaking of the wedding – it was fantastic and I’m very happy to have such a sweet and wonderful lady added to our family.