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.
I’ve decided the cats need a quilt of their own. It’s really a selfish decision as I’m tired of having an extra dose of cat hair on the ones that I use. So, I’m planning to make a scrap-only quilt using cat fabrics or cat inspired blocks.
First up is the Geometric Kitty block by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play. This pattern was included in the Mini Quilt extra bonus edition of Make Modern Magazine and also in Issue 5 which you can buy separately. I wanted the colors to represent my two cats. First up was Jasper – an orange tabby. Here is his likeness in a partially completed state.Next up is his brother – Gryffin. Gryffin is a grey tabby with brown undercoat. His likeness came out like this.To get them to be a mirror image of each other, I traced the pattern lines on the back side of the paper it was printed on. The pattern is foundation paper-pieced so it was easy enough to accomplish. Together they look amazing!It’s a bit difficult to get a pic of the cats together so this is the best I could do……See what I mean about them sleeping on human intended quilts. Anyway – I have a few more patterns picked out. There are more geometric kitties (seated ones), the Kittens by Elizabeth Hartman, and some others that I located online. This will probably be a long term project and I will only be using fabric that I already have. I like the low volume backgrounds on the first two blocks so will continue in that vein for the rest of the blocks. I will choose fabric as I go so that color selection will really depend on my mood that day. It’s going to be fun seeing it come together. Then I will puzzle piece it together at the end. I’m excited to keep going on this one.
Please share any exciting project s you are working on. Inspiration is everywhere. Happy Sewing!
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My handmade holiday is already in full swing and I’m on staycation this week so I would expect more finishes to fill this space soon. I’m excited for holiday and gift sewing!
First up – a Mini Pineapple Quilt for my niece.She asked for something to put on the wall in her first solo bedroom in their new home. She wanted mint green and coral and she loved that pineapple pillow I made a few weeks back. She is my favorite youngest niece so I just had to oblige.
I used the Pineapple Farm pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and offset the pineapples to add a little interest. I like the little fussy cutting on the blue fronds of a couple of those bunnies and it looks great with them peeking around. The quilting was corner to corner so was not quite on a 45 degree angle for this 16×20 mini quilt but created a nice horizontal diamond pattern.I bound it using the metallic gold dots on the mint green fabric to bring it all together and I added some hanging triangles and will send it to her with the dowel to help her hang it straight.I may send it home with her Grandma this week as my niece has also put in a request for a computer sleeve for her laptop. So, I could give one now and hold the other for Christmas or her birthday.
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Have you started your holiday projects yet? Planning them is so much fun. Happy Sewing!
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!
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.