Playing Catch-up

I’ve been playing catch-up on my Block of the Month blocks for the Classic Meets Modern Quilt-a-long. I was able to complete 3 months worth! It’s been really fun pulling out the fabric and finding the perfect combination for each block. I’m using all Alison Glass fabrics for this project. So, let’s get started.

April:

This Block of the Month is using Modern color interpretations of classic blocks. April was Rolling Stone and Susannah.

May:

May consisted of the Double Arrow and Crossroads blocks.

June:

June included the X-Plus and Ribbon Star blocks.

I’m super happy that I was able to get all of this completed this weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve had the energy to sew and it was wonderful!

This quilt is going to be so eclectic and colorful and I cannot wait to see it come together.

I’m hoping to complete another big batch of blocks next weekend.

Until then – happy sewing!

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Stash Statement – College Prep

Welcome to my stop on the Stash Statement blog tour! I was honored when Kelly asked me if I wanted to participate and make a pattern from her new book. That pattern is College Prep and has an argyle design incorporated in it with improv in the background. I love improv piecing as I am not a big planner and like to just create as I go. That made this type of piecing was right up my alley.

Kelly gives great instructions about how to best make your improv slabs. However, we have a different idea about what makes a scrap piece. She laughs at me every time she sees my scrap bins and it cracks me up. My scraps tend to be pretty small as I lean toward foundation paper piecing and sometimes that requires a tiny piece of fabric. The smaller your scraps then the more scraps you’ll need to make your slab. The texture is amazing with the smaller scrap pieces and gives the piece a whole different look.

I ended up making two argyles which sized up to the perfect floor pillow size. This was a ‘takes a village’ project as I have been going through some medical treatments that cause fatigue and lack of focus. Luckily my guild mates are super helpful and offered to help me finish up this pillow. I had the two argyles done at the time and supplied the rest of the fabric for them to use to finish it up for me. My friend, Camille, lovingly sewed them together, quilted it, and created the envelope closure for the pillow. I love how it turned out and the colors of blue and yellow together. It’s always been one of my favorite combinations.

Be sure to head to Kelly’s blog and pick up a copy for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. There are so many great projects in this book and definitely a few I need to make once I get my energy level back. I also love all the little tips she gives about improv piecing. Like the one about errors in cutting. There are no errors in cutting – just sew it to another piece! Also, check out all the stops on this tour to see all the great interpretations of her patterns.

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora’s Quilts

Connie @ Freemotion by the River

4/23- Louvered  Lindsey @ Primrose Cottage Quilts

Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

Liz @ Savor Every Stitch

5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts

5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts 

Shelley @ The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts

5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

Christine @ Triangles and Squares

6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

Debbie @ A Quilter’s Table

Christa @ Christa Quilts

6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Anja @ Anja Quilts

7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan

Lori @ Crossquilt

7/9- Take Flight (bonus digital pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches

Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

Classic Meets Modern QAL – Jan/Feb

I had to finish the quilt top for my Epic Cat Quilt and got slightly behind on the quilt-along being hosted by My Quilt Infatuation. I got all caught up (and a little ahead) last weekend. Let’s revisit my fabric choice. I’m mixing lines but will be exclusively using Alison Glass designed fabrics.

I was super happy to find that text bundle on Etsy! The other two bundles came directly from Alison Glass during her big Christmas sale and will work just fine. So, let’s jump right into the blocks.

Bethlehem Star:

I chose a fabric from the Handcrafted 2 line – military green with splashes of Ochre and Fire – and took inspiration for the other colors from there.

I plan on using a text fabric in each block for a bit of cohesion. This block is a biggie – coming in at 24 1/2 in square and is a great showpiece for these fabrics.

Antique Tile:

I tried a little fussy cutting for the center of this one and strove to get the complementary colors positioned around it. This one is a normal size of 12 1/2 square.

The two blocks are assigned to be the top left and top right of the pattern. I love how they look together.

Nestled Churn Dash:

This is the first block for February and I went with a little bit of a darker palette but still keeping some of those oranges and yellows involved. And this is another big 24 1/2 in square block which allows those fabrics to really shine!

That middle white, between the Handcrafted and the magenta, is really a light grey that did not photograph as such so it works better in person.

Greek Cross:

Two smaller blocks here. I’ll admit that I messed up on one of them and will probably fix it later.

I’ve got half of the March blocks done but I will save those for later. This quilt is going to be fabulous and I’m excited to keep making these blocks!

Anyone else sewing along?

Lori’s Epic Cat Quilt

I’m working on a quilt for my cats to use instead of the super awesome quilts that I have already made. The patterns I decided upon are all designed by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play and I made them all geometric in nature. You may remember that I started with two blocks that were the same colors as my cats.Then I decided to continue on in that vein but with smaller cats. I found a seated cat in an issue of Make Modern Magazine and then bought a pattern that was just the face with whiskers. The combo of all those cats would be perfect for the new plan. Now, this was not the original plan. The original plan was to find all kinds of different cat blocks or use cat themed fabric to make the quilt top but sometimes you need to follow your gut and change up your plan. This one worked out so good once I decided to rainbowtize those kitties. Check out all the finished blocks!I was trying to figure out how to connect them and didn’t just want to put them together in a grid format. I then decided to connect them all with some geese and that was the decision that was needed to change up that grid format a little bit.Once those geese were done and the math was attempted then I was able to get this top complete. I adore it!The back will be made up of all those cat fabrics that I mentioned earlier. Scrappy and happy will be the way to go for that. I cannot wait to get this one finished up and loved by Jasper and Gryffin.I’ve got some cat themed text fabric that will work well on that scrappy back to bring it all together. I’ve got some other deadlines before I can even start that backing but I am definitely looking forward to it.

Happy Sewing!

Guild Christmas Swap

The guild Christmas Party and Dirty Santa Swap is our most anticipated meeting of the year and for really good reason! We have some amazing makers in our group. You don’t have to make something to participate but the made items are the most stolen presents in the group.

I made a ‘Maker’ mini quilt from the pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play (subscribe to her newsletter to get the pattern for free.)I took color inspiration from the Pins fabric and used that for the letters and the borders which includes my coveted teal Mirror Dots. I’m down to less than a fat quarter now.This mini was quilted using a 1″ cross-hatch straight line design. I used a ruler and my Hera marker to try to get clean, crisp lines. Our new guild president ended up with it and she loves it so I’m super pleased with that.I was happy to pick a gift from a fabulous maker. I was lucky enough to get her make at last year’s party and was hoping I’d end up with this one, too. Our rule is that the item is locked after two steals or with the third owner. Of course it got stolen from me and then I had a sweet gnome pillow which was also stolen from me. I was then able to get my original gift back and was, happily, the third owner!

Look at this awesome triangle Christmas Tree wall hanging!I found a great place for it right away. I’ve been contemplating a new triangle quilt and this may be just the inspiration that I need to get started on one.

Right now I am working on a mug rug for my mother. She requested a cocker spaniel silhouette with a Christmas theme and this is what I have so far.I need to figure out how I want to quilt it and get it done for Christmas.

Are all your Christmas sewing projects done? This is my last one for the season.

Happy Sewing!

Classic Inspiration

My guild mate, Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation, is hosting a quilt-along beginning in January. Her theme is Classic Meets Modern and will involve classic blocks in modern colors within a modern quilt design. I got inspired to participate and hope that a number of our guild mates will also participate. It will be fun each meeting to see all the blocks that are being made using the different fabric selections.

I have chosen to use a combination of Alison Glass Fabrics from a bunch of different lines.I’m going to use the low volume and text as the white and grey required for the design. Thoughtful placement of the prints will need to be done to make sure that those Handcrafted prints shine against the bright Sunprints.

I located some more of those text prints on Etsy and was super excited to be able to add these to this project!

I can’t wait to see what the first set of blocks will be!

In the meantime, I am furiously sewing up Christmas presents and Christmas decorations. I finished this Snowman Mini Quilt for my office door at work.

I really like this sweet print that I chose for the back. It’s from Joann’s and I picked it up over Black Friday weekend at a great price. I bought enough to use on multiple projects. My main plan was the exterior of a small candy bowl or bucket for my desk. I haven’t quite found the pattern I want to use yet so it will probably not be done for this holiday season. Gives me some fun sewing to look forward to.

Santa’s Workshop is Open

My stepfamily has requested a few handmade items for Christmas this year. Once I️ told them that Santa’s Workshop was open the orders came flooding in. The main request was for microwave safe fabric bowls. I️ found this great tutorial from Happy Hour Stitches. It uses 10″ squares of 100% cotton fabric, batting, and thread. Perfect for those layer cakes you may have laying around.

I️ went to work cutting and sewing and I️ now have seven of these great bowls. Then I️ realized that the batting I’m using (Warm & Natural) has scrim which is not 100% cotton. I️ found some Wrap-N-Zap on Amazon, which is also made by The Warm Company, and placed my order. So I️ have seven super cute bowls that should not be used in the microwave. I️ may have to tell the gift recipients to use them for other things like hair ties, candy, keys, bracelets, etc. There are lots of uses for them that don’t involve the microwave, right?

I️ was also working on a computer sleeve for my niece. I️ wanted to add a pocket for the cord and a wrap around zipper.So far, so good. My computer is bigger than hers so hers should fit just fine. It’s not perfect but the zipper works and it’s super cute. Now the cord pocket….Looks great, right? But, it’s positioned right below the zipper tab on the top and cannot be accessed…..sigh…..I️ may have do do a little surgery and shorten the pocket while it’s sewn into the bag.

I’ll be honest. I️ have a coupon for Vera Bradley and she may be getting one of theirs instead. It won’t have the cord pocket or the love but it will work just fine. She’s getting other handmade stuff from me this year.

After those two defeats I️ needed a quick design to work on. I️ love making holiday themed wall hangings, pillows, and table runners. I️ scrounged through my scraps and found some charm squares left over from a tree skirt I️ made a few years back. You know what would look awesome on a few four-patches of Charm squares? Snowmen!

I️ cut some circles for the bodies and appliquéd them onto my four-patch background slab. Something was missing so I️ added the word ‘Joy’ in one corner and then the snowmen needed some accessories. You can’t have a naked snowman! That’s just not right.I’m not sure where this one will end up but I️ love it!

I️ hope everyone is enjoying their holiday sewing as much as I️’m enjoying mine!