Pillow Party

I’ve been quilting non-stop for the last few weeks.  So, after quilting and quilting and quilting my life away I needed to piece something small and fun.  The Dogs in Sweaters pattern by Elizabeth Hartman was just perfect.  It’s small and cute and fun.This pillow will be a gift for my mom for Christmas.  Yep, I’ve already started my Christmas sewing.  She has two dachshunds and recently commented about needing a pillow to use on her recliner.  This definitely fits the bill.  

The pattern for the single dog went together really quickly.  I swear the cutting took longer than the sewing.  The woodgrain print was just perfect for the ears and tail.  It’s exactly as I envisioned it when I was pulling the fabric.  I made it into a pillowcase to make it easier for her to remove for washing.Then I made another pillow and chose another Elizabeth Hartman pattern for it.  This time it was Pineapple Farm.  I needed something to use on my couch so chose to make only three pineapples and placed them side by side rather than offset like in the pattern.  And I used my favorite colors!  Love it!I tried a different closure technique and it needs some tweaking but I love the way it looks anyway.  The text fabric is from Meriwether by Amy Gibson and adds just a touch of sweet charm to this pillow.I love both of these pillows and it was such a great break from all that quilting.My niece has now requested a pineapple mini quilt for her bedroom wall in their new place.  She chose mint green and coral and I like how the top looks.  I think it will work perfectly.  I’ll post more about that one when it’s complete.  She won’t get it until Christmas so that checks one more off the list.  Yay!I still have some works-in-progress to finish up so there is more quilting to come.  And then all those handmade gifts for the holidays to get started on.  It’s going to be a busy fall.  Happy Sewing!

Cross it off

Another quilt finish!  I’ve been super busy basting and quilting old work-in-progress quilt tops and it feels great to get them all done.  This one is the Wonky Cross quilt that I started early last year.  My previous progress is documented here.  It’s for an old high-school friend of mine that is currently serving in the Coast Guard.  He just recently got shipped out and this quilt will be waiting for me to send to him when he returns. Lots and  lots of improv happening here.  From the crosses to the borders.  I had no plan other than the color palette and the crosses but I love how it turned out!  I quilted it with a radiating star type design from the top corner of the crosses section out to the edges.  The borders contain straight lines in an L shape.

I found the perfect binding fabric in a print from the Pandalicious line which I mixed with one of the grey prints.  It framed it beautifully!  Now it gets to spend some time hanging out in my sewing room for me to enjoy until he gets back to the states.

Stash Enhancement:

Pink Castle Fabrics was having a special on Asterisk fabric by Lizzy House.  I had to have it before it goes away.  I just love a great blender fabric!There are some metallics in there as well which I seriously love!

I’m currently working on quilting yet another work-in-progress which I hope to have done next weekend.

Happy Sewing!

Sugar Block Club 3.0

I’ve been working on finishing up some long standing works-in-progress.  One of those is from the Sugar Block Club 3.0 by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I finished the top a short while back and just needed to baste and quilt it.  Well, lets check those two tasks off the list!  Done and done!My color palette was taken from the floral background fabric which included berry, moss, and teal.  I set the colors off with some low volumes from my stash.  I like how all the colors play so nicely together and look at those Mirror Dots shine!I used a wood grain like quilting motif inspired by the Gentle Curves section of the book Walk by Jacquie Gering.  I like her term of Forward Motion Quilting to describe using your walking foot and not having to stick to straight line quilting.  There are so many options available to those of us that do not yet have those free-motion quilting skills.The backing consists of what I had remaining of the floral and an additional pattern that I found in my stash that carried the theme forward.  I took an Instagram poll and the overall winner was the berry for the binding.  I was pretty close to out of any of the berry that I used in the quilt top but found this Rhoda Ruth fabric in my stash that was the perfect color to frame this beauty.I’ve got another old WIP awaiting some binding so back to it I go.

Happy Sewing!

Straight to the Finish

I’ve made a ton of progress on finishing quilts this year.  I want to make sure to finish a bunch of current works-in-progress to help clear up the clutter in my sewing room.  One of those from the basting session I had a few weeks back is the Triple Barnstar quilt pattern by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  She had it on Craftsy a few years back as a quilt kit that contained Birch Farm fabric by Joel Dewberry.  It’s super pretty but not quite my style – and there’s so much white (we’ll get back to that later).  But I persevered and got it finished.  A great friend of mine just bought her first house and I decided this would make a wonderful housewarming gift for her and her family.  They got the keys last week and that’s the kind of deadline that gets things done!

During the journey to finish this quilt, I was trying to decide what to do with all the white space.  I knew the quilting would show no matter what color thread I used so I needed a bit more precision than I normally go with.  I’d already decided on triangle shaped lines to bring out those side triangles.  I then remembered that I got a Hera Marker for Christmas and had not yet used it to help mark quilts.  I tend to go rogue and just do what I feel and call it organic rather than precise straight lines.  I used the Hera Marker in the white sections to score straight lines at even intervals that I could then stitch over to get some crisp and straight quilting lines.The end product really shows how well this worked for me.  I never sew this straight.  It was amazing!I bound it with the Chicken Coop print in all 4 colorways and backed it with the remaining fabric from the kit.I can’t wait to wash this one and get it all crisp and crinkly!

As a funny aside – I did have to unquilt and unpiece one corner once I realized it was not facing the correct direction. I just couldn’t live with it that way and it would have messed up my quilting design for those corners.  I found it when I went to quilt the corner.  But, as you saw in the final quilt, I was able to fix it with minimal damage since it was on the corner and easy to get to.

I finished two other quilts as well but I’ll show those another time.  I bought more batting so I’m now ready for another round of basting.  Many more quilts in that work-in-progress pile to tackle.

Happy Sewing!

Inverted Stars

I’ve been working on some gender neutral baby quilts for a guild charity project and found a great pattern that I wanted to use.  The pattern is the Fence Rail Star by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The star points are white in the pattern but I don’t play that way and had to invert the color selections.  Oh, and I don’t use white much so had to go with a grey background.  It is my favorite background color as many of you all already know.The background Rail Fence blocks are made from a jelly roll of Behind the Scenes by Jen Kingwell.  I made it a point to have a light, medium, and dark print in each Rail Fence section and flipped them around until I liked the layout for each star block.As previously mentioned, I adore a grey background and this jelly roll did not disappoint.  The colors do run a bit more beige-based than pure grey but the bright star points really shine.  I made two 36″ square quilt tops and had 4 jelly roll strips remaining.  I want to make myself a big girl quilt with this pattern so I may have to order a few more jelly rolls.  I love the pop of color against the subdued background of the grey.I’ve got enough super soft cuddle fabric for the back of both which will make these both doubly awesome!

I should use this new-to-me fat quarter bundle for the bright points in the big girl quilt – Architexture Crosshatch!  I adore it and it might just be perfect for a quilt I’m keeping for myself.  I think I’ll ponder that option for a bit….

Yoga Sling Strap

I also needed a bag or sling for my yoga mat and I found a tutorial online by Doodles and Stitches for a nice looking sling.  She had cut her strip four inches wide and folded in half then top stitched but I figured that I had enough leftover binding strips that I could just sew them together and get the same width for my strap.  I can’t be the only one with a pile of leftover binding strips.I love how colorful and fun the strap is!  It will make carrying my mat through the gym so easy and it won’t take up a lot of space along the studio wall while I’m using it during class.

Are there other great uses for leftover binding strips?  Let me hear ’em.

Happy sewing!

Break the Code

I recently came across a legend showing the Morse Code for the numbers zero through nine and it looked like it would make a cool quilt.  And guess what?  It does!The table I saw looks like this and I thought I could possibly create a mini quilt out of it.  I created the design and then attempted to figure out how to make it come to life.


Snowball blocks create the dots and small strips create the dashes.  I’m planning on writing up this pattern.  How cool would it be to make a quilt personalized with Morse Code?  I must start working on that!

I used this gorgeous Alison Glass charm pack and mixed it with some text prints.The rainbow deliciousness of this quilt makes me very happy!  I quilted each row with a coordinating color and I love the overall effect that it gives to this piece.  I used all the colors shown here.  I am definitely an equal opportunity thread user.The back is an improv pieced beauty that was made with the remaining scraps left over after making the front.

To be honest, I actually made this for an Instagram swap but I just couldn’t part with it and made something else instead.  Am I a bad swapper?  My partner wasn’t very specific about what was requested so I think I’m okay.  And the new piece I made is stunning.  I think it will work just fine.  In the meantime, both pieces are brightening up my sewing room.

Happy Sewing!

Sew Productive

Once the power was restored, all my creative juices starting flowing.  Somehow, the ‘can’t sew’ got all my ideas pent up within my head and really led to a marathon sewing session.

Hexagon Pillow:

I finished stitching the big hexie flower and found a good background (Blueberry Park) to let those colors shine.  I pieced more of the mini charm squares into strips for framing the corners of the flower.  I quilted through the middle of the hexagons which created a diamond design in the center and I added a zipper on the bottom to close up this 18″ pillow.  It’s going to look fabulous on my new couch!

Fishy, Fishy baby quilt:

This is the quilt I had laying on the design floor that I was planning to sew together last week but couldn’t without power.  Picking it up and transferring all of the unsewn pieces to my mom’s was not going to happen so it just sat there waiting for overhead lights and machine power.It looks so much better sewn together!  How cute are these little fishes?  It was made using 2 charm packs from a Studio e Fabrics line called ‘Count with Me’.   I love all the numbers and sea creatures playing in the sea.I scoured my stash for something good to back this with and finally came across the perfect fabrics!  An old underwater print and some cute octopus made the best of friends while hanging out together on the back of this quilt.  I got it all basted but I did not have the urge to drag out my other machine to quilt it.  Soon though – very soon…..

Charity Sewing – Habitat Houses:

My quilt guild is collecting House Blocks for a couple of Habitat for Humanity quilts for some local participants to receive when they get the keys to their new home.  They called for printed houses and solid color roofs so I rummaged through my stash to find the perfect print fabric. (I tend to rummage through my stash a lot…..and I really enjoy it!)  I love the prints that I found and did a little fussy cutting on one of them.  They turned out super cute and I can’t wait to see them mixed up in the quilt with the blocks the other members made.

Stash Enhancement:

I gave in to temptation in the form of a Cotton + Steel fat quarter sale courtesy of Stitch Supply Company.  They are selling Grab Bags of fat quarters for a great price.  And they included this great project bag with the Large set.  The fat quarters I got were a mix of lines and seasons and I love most of them.  My favorite is the butterfly print in the center.

I currently have 2 projects basted that need quilting and a separate quilt top complete that needs a backing created, to be basted, and then quilted.  It’s all part of my big plan to finish a bunch of UFOs this year and I think I made good headway this week.

Happy Sewing!