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!

My Mini Sewcation

I normally take the entire week of my birthday off to just relax at home and sew my little heart out.  It didn’t quite work out that way this year but I was able to squeeze in a few days on the end of that week and got some sewing time in!

Quiet Play Mini Quilt Swap:

I finished up the mini quilt of the Geometric Mermaid.  I made a little adjustment and I love it so much better.I had the perfect clamshell fabric to use on the back that really pulled it all together.

Christmas sewing:

I stayed on the geometric theme and made two of the three panels that I want to use to make a Christmas wall hanging.  First up was the Geometric Christmas Tree.  I used fabrics from the JOL line for the background pieces and some of the interior.The second was the Geometric Reindeer and I did that one in shades of red.  Mirror Dots for the win as the antlers and hooves. 🙂

I’m also going to do the Geometric Sleigh in shades of silver and gold with a hint of red.  It should look really cool.  I can’t wait to finish this up and get it all together.

Sugar Block Club:

I got all caught up on my Sugar Block Club blocks.  I was a few months behind and I was glad to have the time to devote to them.  I just love this top one!  This palette is just so soothing.

Stacked Squares:

I finished the top of the Stacked Squares quilt and I think my dad will love it!I created the backing out of some left over golf fabric that I had on hand.  My dad lives on a golf course and I tend to make him golf themed items.  That has been a Dad gifting theme my whole life.  This quilt will only have a little bit of that theme on the back. 

Still To Do:

Baste many, many quilts – Stacked Squares, Wonky Cross, Triple Barnstar

Mini Quilts – 3 in progress.  One for my guild and the Christmas one for me and one my mom just added to my plate that she needs in early October for Halloween decorating

There is a lot to do……..Happy Sewing!

Quilts for Pulse

It feels great to get back behind my sewing machine.  A couple of fun-filled weekends with family and friends and I was ready to get sewing again!  

First project – completion of the quilt I am making for the Quilts for Pulse charity drive that is being headed up by the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.  They chose the heart block by Cluck, Cluck, Sew for the quilt blocks that they wanted.  There is still time to make blocks or whole quilts.  Heart blocks are due to the Orlando guild by August 15th.  Completed quilts are due September 15th.

I decided to use multiple sizes of the heart block for my quilt and I’m so glad I did.  I love the way it looks.At the center of this tragedy was an attack against the United States so that had to be represented in this quilt with that center heart block.  As we move beyond that we see the hearts get bigger as the love grows within us all.  The outpouring of support that the Orlando guild is getting is amazing.  They only expected about 200 quilts and now they should have well over 500 to distribute.  This is such a wonderful community and I’m proud to be a part of it.

I wavy quilted vertically to imitate party streamers and celebration.  On the flip side it could also represent the tears that were shed as healing begins.I cut up a duvet cover that I got on clearance from PBTeen and used that for the back.  I love how the flower petals are hearts and felt it went really well with the theme.I even remembered to label it!  (Well, I remembered after basting but before quilting so that counts, right?)I used the rainbow dots on grey print, that I used throughout the quilt, to bind it.

You want more pictures?  Okay…….it’s so pretty I just can’t resist.

This one will be mailed off after my guild meeting next week.  I’m excited to show it off.

Now, let’s see if I can finish one more UFO before that meeting……

Random Roundup #16

#quiltsforpulse:

I made some progress on my #quiltsforpulse quilt.There is one more round to do and that is the 10 inch blocks.  But they are constructed and ready to go.  I need to figure out placement and any sashing needs then I can sew them on.

Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild Charity Sew-in:

My guild is also making quilts for this cause and I was assigned three of the 10 1/2 inch blocks to bring to our quarterly sew-in.

We ended up with two quilt tops for #quiltsforpulse along with 2 other charity quilt tops.  One for a local dog rescue foundation and the other for a local children’s hospital.  I was able to lend a hand on all four projects.  It was a very productive day.
In between working on those projects, I was working on a scrappy something using all the offcuts of the heart blocks I had made.  I pieced many, many half-square triangles of varying sizes and sorted them by size.  From there, I just started sewing them together ‘Improv with a purpose’ style.  The smallest HSTs ended up like this. I think it will be a border or sashing on the back of this quilt.  It could also end up as another charity quilt for LeBohuer Children’s Hospital.  We’re donating in September so I have time to work all that out.

Stash Enhancement:

A few weeks back, Joann’s had a sale on their Quilters Showcase line of 70% off and you could use an additional coupon off of the entire purchase.  I figure they will make excellent backing choices.  Some of these were also ‘End of Bolt’ so I got an additional discount there.  Bargain shopping is my favorite! This next one had a smaller discount but it was so dang adorable that I had to have it as a backing for the ‘Preppy the Whale‘ quilt that I have planned.And yesterday, I found the perfect backing to the #quiltsforpulse quilt at a local Pottery Barn Outlet store. It’s going to be fabulous! I’m glad I have the ability to help others in this way.  Charity sewing gives so much to so many people and is one thing I adore about this quilting community!  

End the violence – spread love……

Quilts for Pulse 

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting blocks and quilts to give to the victims, families, and first responders from the shooting tragedy that happened at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.  All the information can be found here.

They have chosen a heart block that uses the tutorial by Cluck, Cluck, Sew using a rainbow color palette and a low volume background.  The Orlando guild is asking for completed quilts or heart blocks in the 10 1/2 inch size.  My guild will be making a quilt using the 10 1/2 inch blocks so I need to make some for that but I wanted to make a quilt of my own to donate.

First – pile up the rainbow:There is all kinds of goodness in that pile.  There’s some Sketch, some Stitched Squares, some Comma, some Mixed Bag, and some Cotton & Steel.  It’s a great combination of fabrics and designers, which is really what this quilt should represent.  We’re not all the same but we can live together in this crazy world and make it beautiful at the same time.

Second – get a plan together:

I took some of the different sizes of hearts and am making this quilt medallion style.  The middle heart represents America and all the freedoms that it stands for. Then I moved out using the small size hearts in a rainbow order.I moved from the 4 1/2 inch hearts to the 6 1/2 inch hearts and added some rainbow goodness in the corners.

Third – Keep Going…..

Next up is the 8 1/2 inch hearts, which I have yet to start but I love where this is going.  The Orlando guild is asking for lap size quilts so I will continue until I have something that is about that size.

If you would like to help then please visit their website for all the information.

I’m thrilled to be able to help in this manner and hope that the good hearts that abound in the quilting community will bring a little bit of comfort to the families involved.  #LoveWins

Fabulous Foxes Finish

I finished up the Fabulous Foxes baby quilt that I have been working on.These fabrics are so cute that I just smile looking at it. I love the single diagonal quilting. More than that would have been too much. I also straight line quilted on the sashing strips to help decrease the possiblility of stretch while I did the diagonals.The pieced strip really adds a bit of interest to this solid colored backing and the cuddle fabric makes it so darn soft.  It’s so snuggly!

I need to make some that are more gender nuetral for my guild’s charity project and I have the perfect charm packs to get that done. School Days By Riley Blake Designs should make a super cute quilt.Under the Big Top by Bernatex is going to be super adorable.  The colors are just so happy!Count with Me by Studio e just has it all with the numbers and sea creatures.  Those whales just kill me they are so cute!

I’m not sure which one want to start with first.  They are all so precious!  Now to pick out a pattern……

Foxes in Pearls

I broke open a Fabulous Foxes Jelly Roll to start on a charity baby quilt.  I had a free pattern sheet that I had gotten somewhere that was basically bows and thought this fabric would be cute in that type of quilt.  The pattern was also Jelly Roll friendly with 2 1/2 inch cuts.Here’s the first section completed.  I did change it up a little from the free pattern, by Riley Blake Designs, and added some 1 1/2 inch sashing.The glasses on the dots just kills me!  I love it.  I’ve got more bows to make and then I think I will be adding some of these awesome dots to get it to the size I want.I may back it in this cuddle fabric that I picked up at the Hancock going-out-of-business sale. I think they would clear stock faster if they had a 1 yard minimum instead of a 2 yard one.  It’s easier to add 1 yard each of random prints to your stash than 2 yards.  I saw some prints that I liked but not enough to get 2 yards worth. However, I did get some of my favorite Kona Cottons – medium grey and steel.And these dots….I thought they would be great for a lot of projects – there was less than 2 yds on the bolt so I got the End-of-Bolt discount as well as the 60% off sale.  

Projects to finish in June:

  • Fab Foxes baby quilt
  • IKEA-hack ironing station
  • Wonky Cross quilt
  • Graduation pillow for my niece (Class of 2016!) – I have an idea to put into play at her graduation party so we’ll see if that actually comes to fruition

It’s time for summer sewing!