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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A big ol’ strong storm came through late Saturday night and left my neighborhood without power for about 36 hours. What do you do when you are without power and had planned to sew for the majority of the weekend? You hand stitch! I’d been working on a hand sewing project for a few years. I don’t pick it up very often so this gave me the perfect opportunity to try to finish it up. The fabric is a mini charm pack from the Mixed Bag line. I made the hexies almost 2 years ago on the way to my brother’s wedding and I had a grand plan to use them in a Text Mini Quilt Swap that I had participated in. That plan changed for the better so I still had the hexies in my stash. Then I just decided to make them into a large hexie flower. They have been slowly making their way into that shape. I have one more length of thread to use in order to finish up this large flower. My plan is to make a pillow for my couch by adding it as an appliqué to a cool looking background – which I have yet to decide on. I’m thinking some sort of light grey or text print. I must raid my stash and see what pops out at me.My mom lives nearby and had power so I packed up my old reliable sewing machine and some fabric to cut for a new baby quilt that I have in mind. I pulled this cute selection of car prints and blenders that I think work really well with the main prints. I don’t have a selection of white blenders in my stash so this cute grey one should work really well.I did not make any progress other than transporting these supplies back and forth from my house to hers a few times. But, I love this fabric pull and will definitely do something with it.
I’m thankful that my Mom lives close enough so that I could bring some of my fridge and freezer stuff over for her to store for me.
I’m thankful that my home has great insulation and stayed cool enough so I could still hang out with the cats and sleep there without the power being on.
I’m thankful to learn that I have a gas water heater so I was able to shower and wash up with hot water.
I’m thankful that I did not have a ton of perishable food in my fridge or freezer as I now don’t have as much to replace. I took only the super important stuff to my mom’s – you know, like ice cream and steak.
I’m thankful that I had the means to get out and purchase some other power and lighting supplies that I could operate with batteries.
I’m thankful for the extra work put in by my local electric company, on a holiday weekend, to get extra crews in from other states to get the power restored – there were 140,000 without power on Sunday morning with full restoration not promised for at least a week.
I need to get my machine humming now that the power is back on. I have a different baby quilt laid out on my design floor (which I did not transport to my mom’s) and I need to start working on that. It’s the top I was planning on sewing together this weekend.
Time to get back to it. Happy Sewing!