Flying High

A few weeks back I joined a sew-a-long that I had been seeing floating around Instagram. I not only joined it but dove in full-force. I was mostly done cutting and piecing by the end of that first day. The only thing holding me back was not enough background fabric. Etsy to the rescue but that meant that I had to wait a few days to finish it up.This is my first transparency quilt attempt but I had been intrigued for a while. I’d really only seen them in solids and I don’t tend to use that many solids so that was holding me back from trying my own. I saw this Hold Tight pattern on Instagram and just had to give it a whirl. I knew that if I was going to use blenders that they needed to be the same pattern in order for the transparency effect to work. I had this gorgeous bundle of Pick up Sticks just hanging out in my sewing room that I received as a birthday gift from a great friend.I started throwing them on the floor using the pattern color chart as inspiration.Then the cutting and piecing began. I am not afraid of piecing curves as I gained a lot of experience with my Teal Fizz quilt top. I loved the first section as I was very secure about the color pull for those balloons. I cut out and pieced all that I could before my perfect background fabric ran out. Waiting for the next weekend was hard….but then I was back in business and got the rest of this top pieced.I pieced the backing by using a pastel charm pack and some leftover green and blue minky that I had in my stash. I also had the perfect binding fabric (Kona Oasis) and the absolute best shade of Aurifil to go with it. This 50 weight Mako Cotton (#4182) was in the Alison Glass box set. I love breaking open a new spool. So exciting.This quilt went together super fast and is so adorable. I want make all the balloons all the time!I used that same Aurifil color to create strings for the balloons and had them mimic the wavy quilting that I did. The quilting shows the movement of them just floating away.I’m hoping to finish a bunch of quilts this spring as long as I don’t continue being distracted by new projects. I think I’ve added about 5 within the last 2 weeks. Does anyone else have this problem?

Happy sewing everyone!

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Spring Blooms

I have a lot of projects happening right now but I am super happy to have this Spring table runner finished and on my table!It was put on hold because I ran out of thread while quilting it. I made a point to pick some up at QuiltCon last month and finally put my Trinket Quilt (which you can see here…Trinket Progess) aside to finish up a few things. This table runner was toward the top of that list. I only had two small areas left to quilt before I went looking for a good binding fabric.This particular choice was something I had picked out before I ran out of thread and had put aside, but in view, for when I was ready to bind. I starting trying to decide what fabric I should use when my eye fell on this one and I was so pleased with my forethought as this piece is perfect!

Now let’s talk about the quilting for a second. This is the back of one block and I love how it turned out with this variegated Aurifil thread that I used for the appliqué and I had to use that same design throughout the piece which I was able to do using my walking foot.I love the happy feeling of this runner. I got the pattern inspiration from the Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. I used the Petal unit for the center and combined it with the Plus One Block. There are so many different combos that you can create using this book and Amy makes it so easy to do so.

The Blueberry Park fabric fulfills my need for happy spring and summer colors. I had the backing fabric in my stash and it pulled it all together beautifully.I love this runner! What happy spring projects are you working on?

Trinket Progess

We’re at the end of week 2 of the Trinket Sewalong sponsored by Alison Glass Designs. I have all 8 weeks of blocks done and photographed and ready to post on the assigned day. I’ve actually also got my quilt top complete but won’t post that one quite yet. Here are the first few blocks.I booted up my computer and opened up my EQ8 software so that I could take the vision in my head and get it down on paper somehow. Christa Watson jokingly told me at QuiltCon that booting up the computer was the first step to really utilizing the program to its potential. I don’t tend to turn on my computer much since the IPad is just so much easier. I’m so happy I did as I love this design.My trinkets are one light and one dark of each pattern. The designs right next to each other just didn’t look right so I knew I needed to add the center sashing in the four patch blocks.The whole design turned out better than I had it in my head and I am super pleased with the result. Full reveal will be later but I did have time to start working on the backing which will be another Alison Glass fabric improv pieced backing. It’s going to be super colorful and fun!I’m having a blast looking at all the blocks under the #trinketsal hashtag on Instagram. There is so much fabulous creativity and diversity in the blocks. The finished quilts will all be wonderful.

Now to finish up that backing so I can quilt this thing.

Happy Sewing!

Trinket Time

I have been furiously working on the Alison Glass Trinket Sewalong. It doesn’t officially start until March 10th but I want to be prepared to post daily once it does. The blocks are foundation paper pieced, which is my favorite and they go together really quickly.I’m using all Alison Glass fabric which I have plenty of leftover from the Classic Meets Modern Finale quilt I finished in January. I did have to supplement some lighter prints and some dark charcoal that I’m planning to use for sashing. I was so happy to find exactly what I needed when I went shopping during QuiltCon in Nashville last weekend.I’m sewing ahead of schedule and currently have 68 of my 80 blocks done! The minimum to make is 40 blocks but I have a plan to do one as light/dark and then one as dark/light. Here are a few that I have completed so far which shows my plan in action.I’m thinking of doing 20 four-patch blocks and sashing in the charcoal prints and then arranging them however I decide on that day. The quilt top has to be done and posted (on the AG site) by May 20th in order to qualify for the grand prize.

I’ll start really thinking about the layout once all the blocks are done. I’m really excited for this one and can’t wait to start posting them on Instagram (@crystollyn).

Here’s the 68 I already have completed. It’s such a pretty stack.I cannot wait to get back to working on this project. So fun! Who else is joining in and sewing along?

Lori’s Epic Cat Quilt- Finale

Another finish is in the books (or on the couch, whatever). Yay! This quilt was made for my cats so they would stop snoozing (and shedding) on my other quilts. I’ll admit that it got a little out of hand as the original plan was a sweet scrappy cat themed quilt. I started looking for cat blocks and was going to use those and then some simple patchwork blocks using cat fabric. But, I went rainbow loco and I love it!Well, I found the perfect cat blocks to represent my two sweet kitties. The Geometric Cat pattern by Quiet Play in my cat’s colors was definitely the best way to start. The pattern is found in Issue 5 of Make Modern Magazine and I grabbed some scrappy prints and went to work.Say hello to Jasper and Gryffin. The next block I decided on was also by Quiet Play and is the Kitty paper pieced pattern. I wanted this one to be Geometric as well so I just drew lines at random spots to make it so. At this point is where I decided to just go all out rainbow so each block is a different color with a coordinating background fabric.The third block is – surprise – a Geometric Little Cat paper pieced block which was also designed by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play.Hey, let’s somehow attach them together. I know – Flying geese! Those are paper-pieced as well but the pattern by Quiet Play is currently not available due to an issue on Craftsy. I used the colors in the blocks for the geese but used the opposite color low volume for the background. I really like how they all turned out as they move back and forth to each block in the quilt.The backing was kind of what I thought the front would initially look like with all that cat themed fabric.I adore this binding of little cats peeking around. I probably should have gone a little darker on the binding but I really love this one.The cats are loving it! Jasper jumped up and fell asleep right away.That’s one more Work-in-Progress down. Time to pull another one out and finish that up. Happy Sewing!

Random Roundup #21

There is a lot of random sewing happening in my world.

Lori’s Epic Cat Quilt:

I was able to complete my cat quilt! Weather hasn’t been good so I need to wait for good sun to take a decent picture but I will leave you with this preview featuring quilt inspector #2 (aka Jasper).

Make Modern Beehive Gallery:

My Teal Fizz quilt top is a part of the Beehive Quilts Gallery article in Make Modern Magazine issue 26. Make Modern is a digital Australian quilt magazine with lots of great patterns and articles. I’m honored to have been asked to be part of this gallery. You can pick up a download of this issue here.

Blues Quilt Challenge:

There is a quilt show coming up locally that will feature blue mini quilts. The challenge is 24×24, predominately blue, 3 layers, stitched together. So, it doesn’t have to be fabric just 3 layers and blue. Information on the Blues Challenge can be found here. Mine will be fabric and I started with a light blue improv pieced heart and a pile of dark blue scraps. I can’t wait to see where this takes me.

Stash Enhancement:

I took part in a recent drop on Massdrop for the Michael Miller Fairy Frost fabric line. I was so happy when it arrived. It’s one of my favorite lines and I hadn’t seen all the colors before and they are just spectacular and so sparkly!Current drops include EQ8, La Pass templates for English Paper Piecing, Creative Grid Rulers, and a Rowenta iron. It works like a co-op where as more people commit to buy the price lowers and you can commit to only purchasing if the price reaches its lowest state. I use it a few times a year and have been happy with everything.

Perfect HST Sampler BOM:

I’m participating in the Perfect HST Block of the Month Sampler being held by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. She created some foundation paper piecing templates to aid in achieving perfect half-square triangles. This BOM uses those templates. I’m using this fabric pull of mostly Cotton + Steel Basics with the grey hearts and arrows as the main background fabric.The first block was the Ridgeline Star which used 4 of the darker colors. There are leftover triangle blocks to use for later in the BOM, for some bonus projects, or for whatever I choose. I’m happy with the points on this one so hopefully that will continue through the year as more blocks get created.

New [to me) Toys:

I just picked up this Brother PQ1500SL from a quilt friend that had upgraded. I was just barely leaning into the market for one and could not pass it up. I’m happy so far but I’ve only pieced on it (but I’ve threaded it 3 times 🙂). I think we’re becoming friends. I did not have as much trouble today as I did yesterday. It always takes a little while to get used to a new machine but I’m excited to learn new things and improve my skills!

Anyone headed to QuiltCon next month? It would be great to meet some fellow Quilters and bind over quilting things! Happy sewing!

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Classic Meets Modern Finale

This Block-of-the-month took a lot of planning on my part due to some health issues I was dealing with in 2018. I needed to finish up as many blocks as possible before chemically induced fatigue set in. I got a little behind early on but had a break mid-year where I was able to gain a bit of energy (and my sewing space) back. Once that happened I was able to push through and finish up this quilt top way ahead of deadline. I put together the backing this last weekend and finished this baby up and it’s a beauty!I admit to taking a couple of shortcuts….I did not make the filler blocks of snowballs and flying geese. Instead, I used some focal fabric to substitute for those fillers and one of them actually has flying geese in it so I call that a win.This quilt was made using Alison Glass designed fabric only. It’s rich and saturated with color and dimension and movement. I used a conglomeration of her many different fabric lines and they all work so well together.

The backing was made using the scraps from the individual blocks and then pieced together improv style. I like it just as much as the front which really makes this quilt a reversible throw.I quilted it using a variegated rust from the Aurifil Tula Pink collection and I really like how it looks on these fabrics. The colors are so varied that it was difficult to find a thread color that looked good on all of them but this one fit the bill.The quilting is a V shape echoed from each corner. The binding is a scrappy mix of colors that are the same print. Honestly, I was a little unsure once the binding was made about this choice but it worked out really well as a calming frame to this piece.This BOM was held by Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation. The theme was classic quilt blocks using Modern fabrics and interpretations. The layout is also a very modern touch. These blocks can be reused for many different projects. I already have a plan formulated for that X-plus Block pattern.My goal this year is to finish up a bunch of projects that are already in the works. I need to get a ton of quilt tops basted, backed, and bound. It can be done. I have the faith!