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
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.
I pulled another old work-in-progress out of hiding and went about figuring out how I wanted to finish it. The blocks are from The Beehive Quilts quilting bee that I took part in a few years back. I had chosen the Fizzy Block as my block with teals and charcoal greys as my color choices. My sample blocks showed the placement of the colors.The group was supposed to send 2 blocks to each member of the ‘hive’. I actually did not receive all the blocks that I was supposed to receive but that is the chance you take signing up for this type of group. So, I went to work making more blocks to get up to the quantity of 24 that was required of the bee.It was smaller than I wanted and didn’t give quite the punch that I was expecting. I want those curves to really shine. So, I cut out more blocks and more blocks and more blocks.Now, I’ve decided that I want to put it on my bed. So, guess what? I need to cut out even more blocks to get it to be a queen size quilt. I think I’m now at about 48 of the 12″ blocks, in varying degrees of completion, with the possibility of more to come. I may need at least 8 or 10 more. Keep in mind that each block takes four sections of the large drunkards path block and I really am getting tired of cutting them out. I also had to recut my template piece as it was getting a bit distorted in shape and was messing with my block sizing. All this cutting is really digging into my teal and charcoal stash and I will be sad if it depletes too much more.
But, I do believe that it will be totally worth it when it’s done! It’s already beginning to shine!
Well, I haven’t increased my teal or grey stash but recently got in the newest monthly Cotton + Steel Basics bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics.Not a teal or grey in the bunch but still a pretty sight to see. I just love the metallics in this Basics collection. They shimmer so bright and will add just the right amount of glitter to any project.
My local guild is having a pouch swap. It’s a three-way secret swap (and I’m going to post about it anyway…) I make something for someone, they make something for someone else, and someone makes something for me. I’ve been picking out fabric in my head and trying to figure out pouch patterns to use. I wanted to make a smaller version of the Sew Together Bag. By smaller, I mean less pockets but just as cute and functional. I tried to make some adjustments myself but just ended up with a short and skinny version. I really like it so it’s still in the running to give away in this swap. The pockets may not be deep enough for much though so I’ll still look at other options.One of those options is this Foldover Pouch by Aneela Hoey. So stinkin’ cute and useful! It’s got a pincushion, a needle book, a scissor pocket, and a clear vinyl zipper section to keep stuff contained.This one is definitely in the running and I love this Cotton + Steel bird print. It’s so fun!She also has another pattern that I’m thinking about stitching up. It’s an All-in-One Box Pouch. It is a large box pouch with a fold down opening with storage on the front and two slip pockets on the back. I’ve got time. Our swap isn’t complete until our October meeting. There’s lots of time for making and choosing. I’ll keep what I don’t give. I don’t think you can ever have too many pouches. Or, I can save one until our guild’s Christmas gift swap. That’s also a great option. Hmmm….
I am part of the Cotton + Steel Basics fabric club hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics. So, I get all the basics in all the colorways that were released this year. It contains Dottie, Add it Up, Netorious, and Sprinkle. All such good blenders. I couldn’t pass up the limited time entry earlier this year. We’re in month 2 and I’m still delighted with what I received and it was a good price. This one is closed but they have other clubs available so go take a look.I’m off to ponder the next pouch I’m going to make. I love the planning in my head part! Happy Sewing!
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.