Marriage Medallion

It’s quite an challenge to make a quilt as a wedding gift.  It’s really a marriage between both partners tastes and styles and you may not know the tastes and styles of both people.  I made this quilt for my work bestie and her family. It’s really a love story where 2 individuals become a family of three as the groom has also bonded strongly with her son.  It was beautiful to watch this relationship grow from a blind date about 2 years ago (that she was apprehensive about going on) to a marriage full of love and respect.

Some of you may remember that, after a Plan A fail, I pulled an old work-in-progress out of its hiding place and changed directions on it.  I took the previously made piece and made it the center of a medallion style quilt.I added a skinny border then some improv strip blocks, another skinny border and some large Raspberry Kiss blocks.  The cutting dimensions for the large size Raspberry Kiss block can be found here.  I then added some large appliquéd corner blocks to finish it off.  She had purchased an art print that has a tree with leaves that the guests can sign with well wishes.  I tried to use that theme on these large corner blocks.  Each corner block is different but all contain a selection of large and small orange peel pieces.I love the quilting effect on the Raspberry Kiss blocks.  I did skinny lines in the plus section and then just outlined the large square.  I tried to quilt each section a little differently.  Stitch-in-the-ditch for the center then straight lines in the sashing, wavy lines on the improv strips then more straight lines in the sashing, and ending with diagonal lines for the corners going into the side blocks.  I love the way the whole thing came out and the cool crinkly effect once washed was perfect!I found a fabric in my stash that was perfect for the backing and definitely more her style.  I also made a envelope block that was released as part of the Honey Pot Bee and used that as my label.  I added a solid green binding to contain it all.I’m considering this my year of finishing old projects. Now onto the next one before I get distracted by something new and shiny…..

Happy Sewing!

Random Roundup #19

I’m coming up on a bunch of self-imposed deadlines so I have a lot of different projects to share.

Baby Gifts:

I’ve been looking for cat-themed baby boy clothes or toys but they are all pink and girly.  That will not do at all for my (soon to be born) nephew.  His parents own cats and I wanted to play off of that for a sweet gift.  I designed a tag toy in the shape of a cat head and I think it turned out cute enough to be chewed on and pulled on and dragged around.  It’s got Minky on the back so it’s super soft as well.

Boo…….Basting:

I got a quilt basted and ready for quilting.  This quilt is destined as a wedding gift for my work bestie and needs to be complete before I leave town to meet my nephew.  The wedding is the weekend after I get back so I won’t have much time to finish it if I put it off any longer.  I dislike very much the process of quilt basting but it is a necessary evil to get to the awesome finished quilt.

Ring Bearer’s Pillow:

Her work shower is this week and she talked about commissioning me to make the Ring Bearer’s pillow but never actually got around to that.  So I have taken it upon myself to make one to gift at the shower.  I hope she is able to use it.  I cut up a headband to put on the back to help the young man hold it steady.  The headband has some grippy stuff on it so it should work well.

Stash Enhancement:

I’ve been loving the Aurifil thread that I got for Christmas and have been looking for a variegated set.  I was able to find one that Tula Pink curated where the majority of the threads are variegated.  What a fabulous selection of colors!While I was at it, I grabbed a few Charm Packs of my favorite lines (Blueberry Park and SunPrints 2017.)  They should work exceptionally well for the All the Colors Mini Quilt Swap that I’m participating in.I have to post my fabric selection by next week so it’s time to get moving on that swap.  That is once I finish the quilt for the wedding…….

Happy Sewing!

Solid Savvy Mini Quilt Swap

My local guild, the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild, hosted an in-guild mini Quilt Swap.  Back in February we secretly drew names for our partners and received their color requests.  The challenge was to use only solids and incorporate one of the characteristics of Modern Quilting. I am not much of a solids user and it is always a challenge for me to use them because I really like the movement that patterned fabric gives to a project.

My partner listed blue, aqua, orange, and rainbow as the preferred colors.  Negative Space and Alternate Gridwork were the characteristics that were listed as the favorites.  My partner is someone whose work I admire and love (Janet from @simplypieced.) She has a precise and clean look to her piecing and I wanted to make her something that she could love as much as I love a mini quilt of hers that I have hanging in my sewing room.

I’d been wanting to make a new flying geese pattern that was recently released and floating around Instagram.  It is the Geese in a Circle pattern by Alyin-Niyla.  I thought I could mix up the colors a bit and make them all shine.My favorite variation is the one on the top left but I just had a do it a bit differently.  I couldn’t keep with the norm and made it my own.   I took 2 sections and flipped them around so the two sizes flowed away from each other.  How cool would this look in a larger quilt flowing back and forth like that?  It could be awesome!  I didn’t like all that negative space.  I know, I know, that the challenge was to incorporate some negative space but I just couldn’t have as much as was there.  So, I added some bias strips to the corners.  I’d been staring at it for weeks with uncertainty and it didn’t come together until I added those strips.  That was the piece that I needed to move this to completion.The quilting had to follow the flow of those geese. It just had to.  I put a solid teal on the back and it really shows off the quilting.  The label is printed on fabric and raw edge appliquéd on with some improv corners.  I like how that turned out so I may use that technique a bit more.I quilted it with some new-to-me Aurifil thread.  I’m just starting to use the Aurifil and my machine appears to like it very much.  I got some thread packs for Christmas and dig into them each time to pick just the right neutral to use for the quilt.  I’m super happy with it.  I may need to grab some colored packs and play.  🙂

Now I get to show you what I got!  One of my favorite patterns ever made in my favorite colors.Meghan made this one for me and I absolutely love it!  It’s going to look so great on my wall.

Orphan Block Rescue

A friend of mine is getting married in a few months and I’ve been contemplating a quilt or some quilty gift for her.  Her wedding colors are champagne and blush and I’m not sure what to do with that as my color palette is a bit more vibrant.  I found a pattern I liked and pulled some low volume fabrics then dug in my stash for a small pop of color.  I found a deep coral floral colored fabric that I thought would work.  I was wrong……..The low volumes got lost so I thought maybe I should switch it up and reverse the color placement – low volume background, high contrast star parts.  Slightly better but just barely…….still not what was floating around in my head.

Now What?

As those blocks headed for the orphan block pile I came across an old project that I had started but got disenchanted by.  The colors might be a bit brighter than she would prefer but I think it could work.  I had all the fabrics wrapped up with the blocks so I didn’t have to dig any further for those.I bordered it with a thin white strip, gave it a super good press, and decided to move in a medallion type style.  The first surround contains different width strips placed both vertically and horizontally – slightly random placement of each colored strip with the floral fabric always in the center.Next up are some large Raspberry Kiss blocks – pattern was adapted from the original tutorial by Wooden Spoon Quilts.  I thought the smaller blocks would not work nearly as well for the next surround so I was glad to find a larger size to use.I had to scrap the Raspberry Kiss blocks with the deep magenta on the corners.  It was just way to bright for the rest of this quilt.  But I was able to use them to cut the side squares for the centers.  I love it when fabric does not go to waste.

I’ve got a bit more of these and some filler blocks to make to get the next section finished.  Then I’ll have to decide on the next row.  My mind is already churning……..

Color Me Happy!

My nephew is due to join this world in a few weeks.  It was about time to finish up some of the projects that I have in mind for the sweet boy and his momma.  First up were these burp cloths.  The pattern is a free one from Cloud 9 Fabrics.  There is no theme or color picked out yet so I did a little bit of everything.  Fun cotton prints on one side and soft flannel on the other.  So easy to put together and oh so useful.Then I finished (basted, quilted, and bound) the Crayola play quilt.  It so colorful and bright with super soft and cozy Minky on the back.The triangles on both the front and the back are the offcuts from the X blocks.  I randomly sewed them into pinwheels.  I hated to see them all go to waste so I used them throughout the quilt top and back.  I really like the look it created.It was so dark with just the green print that I added the low volume white blocks to lighten it up.  And I bought up every bit I could find of the x-plus fabric from the Best Day Ever line.  It’s such a great fabric for all the kids quilts that I’ll be making in the next few years.  And, I am now all out of the schoolhouse chalkboard fabric and can’t find it anywhere.  It was one on my favorites!

I echo quilted around each X and added vertical and horizontal lines every 2 1/2 inches.  Such great texture was created especially on that fabulous Minky!  It’s such a fun and soft quilt.The deep blue binding framed the whole piece perfectly!

Now I’m tackling my very first Divided Basket by Noodlehead.  Let’s see how much more baby decor and quilts I can get done before the baby arrives.  Time is a tickin…………

Mixing it Up!

This mini quilt will soon be hanging in my office at work.  My whole career has been with housewares retailers and it will be just perfect in my office.  Baking is one of my favorite things to do and I cannot wait to put this one on display.The super awesome mixer is the Geometric Mixer pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play.  The bowl and kitchen crock  are also Quiet Play patterns.  The birthday cake block is designed by Lori Holt from A Bee in my Bonnet as part of her Quilty Fun patterns.

The background is from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis Textiles.  She prints directly on Kona Cotton fabric and it is all fabulous.  I’m so happy with how the blue fabrics pop off that pale background.I tried to connect each block with the fabric choices used in the other blocks.  The yellow spoon in the bowl is the same as the spoon in the crock.  The blue of the cake stand is in the mixer and the cake filling is the color of the mixing bowl.  I love how the whole thing came together. I adore the border fabric and I am proud of the very intentional binding that I did with the directional aspect of that fabric.  It took quite a bit of planning and numerous Wonder Clips to keep it all in place.I used this Cotton + Steel Cookie Book print as my label.  It tied everything together so well.

Next up…..

I’m still working on my sewing area so the actual sewing has been pretty limited but I started a baby quilt using the Varsity line by Sweetwater.  The background is Wavy Stripe by Tula Pink in the True Colors line. It’s adding so much movement to the blocks.  It’s turning out just as I imagined.

Speaking of my sewing room redo – I’ve got some more reorganizing to do before a full reveal.  I’m looking forward to it’s completion.  In the meantime, I’m sneaking in some sewing anytime I can get the sewing table cleared off.

Happy Sewing!

A Splendid Sugar Buzz

I started the year cleaning up my sewing space.  This entailed putting fabric away and purging things that did not belong in that space.  Part of that purge were blocks from sewalongs or Block of the Month clubs that were at year’s end.

Sugar Block Club 2016:

I completed all months of the blocks for the 2016 Sugar Block Club.  I adore the color palette that I chose for this project.   Now I just have to figure out how I want to make them all into a quilt.How super cute is this  4-corner tree block?

The Splendid Sampler:

The sewalong was The Splendid Sampler headed up by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson and started January 1 of 2016. They released 2 blocks a week for 52 weeks.  I got as far as nine blocks made before other projects took precedence.  My plan was to start with red and grey and then move into all the colors of the rainbow for a fabulously colored quilt.  Looks as if I never moved out of the pink family.  So, I made it into a mini quilt that is perfect for the Valentine’s holiday next month.  It would also be great as a NICU preemie quilt.  I’ll figure out where it belongs soon.At least it is finished which left an open storage box for a new project and the interweb is buzzing about……

The Honey Pot Bee:

For 2017, I’ve decided to participate in The Honey Pot Bee put on by the fabulous Molli Sparkles.  It’s informal, self-reliant, and self-paced but in a group setting.  A ‘Wild Card’ Block was released before Christmas and I loved all the little trees that were popping up all over Instagram and Facebook.  I had to finally jump in and make my own.The blocks will be different sizes and styles and will make for some very interesting final quilts at the end.  This tree block is the small version and finished at 3 1/2 x 4 1/2.  I’m going to let the colors get chosen as the blocks are released.  First one is out tomorrow (Jan 3).

My sewing room cleanup also led to this fantastic fabric pull.  I don’t know what it’s going to become but I just love it!(t-b: Shot Cotton, Glamping, Just my Type, Rhoda Ruth, unlabeled maroon check, Good Natured, unlabeled by Hobby Lobby, Hilltop Foxes by Dear Stella)

Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!