Refresher Course

I have been preparing my guest bedroom for guests that should be arriving next week.  It is barely used and was previously the room of a teenage boy when he came to stay from time to time.  So, I kept the room in blues and wood shades and tones.  That boy is now an adult and doesn’t come by to stay so I decided to re-do the bedding and decorations in that room and brighten it up a bit.

I started with this bright rainbowy Palm Beach duvet cover that I picked up at PB Teen.  I thought it would make a great backing for some kids quilts.  But, I really like it on this bed and I think I need to make a matching pillow cover for that denim pillow in the background.  Maybe something rainbow and scrappy….. Jasper sure did make himself comfy right away.  πŸ™‚

There was some empty wall space on the side wall near the bed and I was thinking of putting some of my rainbow mini quilts in there.  But, I just love them in my sewing room and I am in there more often than in this room so I left them there.  I did bring in an unfinished top and hung that on the wall instead.  I’m still thinking of adding more borders to it so I haven’t totally completed this piece.  But it looks wonderful on that wall. I also made another Hour Basket to add to the room on a shelving unit at the end of the bed.  If you haven’t made one yet then you definitely should.  They are so easy and customizable to whatever decor or size you want. I used a Reel Time mini charm pack that I received in my package when I ordered the Reel Time fat quarter bundle from Starlit Quilts on Etsy.  The basket looks so cool on that shelf and I need to make more.  I know that none of these items really match each other but they still mesh really well together in this room. Reel Time is my current favorite line.  That film strip print is fabulous!  And then the TVs and the colors are just perfect.  I just had to get the bundle and I found a great deal on it which makes it even better.  

I also finished a mini quilt for the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild paint chip challenge.  It’s a secret swap so I can’t show you a color photo but I can show you this one!  I love it.  I used the  Octagonal Orb pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.  I echo quilted each true diagonal and around the orb horizontal sections.  It brings a lot of interest to that solid center.  I’ll be able to show you a color photo in September so I am going to really enjoy it in my sewing room until then.  It’s a sacrifice I will just have to make for my guild.  πŸ˜Š

Sewing with Friends

While visiting friends I was able to get a tiny bit of sewing in.  First, I was able to give the joy of sewing to a 6 year old.  She is losing her first teeth and we needed to make a tooth fairy pouch to hang on her bedroom door.  She chose the fabric from what she found during our trip to The Intrepid Thread.  It is a sweet purple flower pattern called Hothouse Flowers – Scattered Violetes in Lavender.  We grabbed some mini charm squares that we had on hand and made a pocket for the front of the bag.  This little one sewed the pocket together and attached it to the purple fabric. 

  She did a fabulous job!

After her bedtime, I was able to finish the bag up and added a few embellishments and some ribbon for hanging. 

 The next day, her mom and I put together an Hour Basket but in a smaller size to use as a thread catcher.  It turned out to be the perfect size for that task.

That tree fabric was in the remnant bin at the Intrepid Thread and looks so great in this project.

Stash Enhancement:

Also, while I was away I placed an order with Craftsy during their fabric blowout sale and came home to a few very well priced bundles of goodness. 

 British Invasion by Riley Blake designs – 14 piece bundle.  I really love those plaids.  My future sister-in-law will be moving to the states from the UK and I wanted to make her a little something.  I’m not sure what that will be but I only have a month or so to get it together before the wedding. 

 Hipster Pop and Crimp -10pc bundle.  These are just great blenders and I’m sure will get used in many different projects. 

 Lazy Day by Riley Blake – 12pc bundle.  Hot air balloons, great blenders, cherries, and flowers!  These bundles were only 10 to 15 U.S. dollars each.  I just couldn’t pass up that great of a deal.

I also got this grouping of Chevrons in the Ruby colorway. Each color is 1 yard of fabric and was also at a super sweet sale price!

 I’ve got a lot of plans up my sleeve for the next few months and cannot wait to share them all with you.

I saw this on Instagram this week and felt it very appropriate for all of my crafting friends.😊

  

All Revved Up

I finished the All Revved Up baby boy quilt.  I love the medallion design style that I settled upon.  I took the center block and surrounded it with a small border of this fabulous motor terms fabric that I found at JoAnn Fabrics. 

Then I added some Raspberry Kiss blocks on each side to give it some more interest.  I added solid blocks in the corners of that border to keep the design idea of the medallion flowing outward.  For the final border, I randomly placed 2 1/2 inch strip blocks to break up the border fabric a bit.   

The main fabrics came from a jelly roll of Ready, Set, Go that I purchased at Craftsy.  So, the 2 1/2 inch strips were already perfectly sized for the border.  I took the 2 reds and a yellow strip plus the blue cars (it’s my favorite print in the line) and made my binding.

Before I put on the binding, I created my backing using some leftover strips and blocks of greys and blues that I bought to supplement the primary colors.  I also used some leftover blocks from my first design attempt as a strip on the left.  I really like how it looks 

I quilted it using a spiral square design starting in the very center and continued that all the way to the edges.  That design could also allow the young recipient to use the channels for little cars as they age. 

    Such a sweet little package of loveliness!

  (How come I never see those random threads until I’m putting these posts together?)

The finished quilt measures 39×39 and is perfect for my guild’s LeBonheur Children’s Hospital infant ward donation quilt project. 

 

After I finished that quilt, I jumped into making the Hour Basket from Kelby Sews.  The tutorial is excellent and I had been seeing them floating around Instagram all week and knew that I had at least one in my future.  I had found this cute dog fabric at JoAnn’s while buying some flannel to make a new cover for the dog’s bed and knew my Mom needed something made with that fabric. 

 

See that circle ruler?  That may be used in a special project very soon.  It’s an experiment that I hope works as I see it in my head.  Anyway, I completed the basket in less than an hour, I did not include the time used to piece the exterior pieces, and it turned out so adorably cute! 

 

It is very generously sized – the exterior pieces are cut 10.5 x 16.5.  The 16.5 side is mid-handle to mid-handle.  There will be more of these made very soon.  I can see all kinds of uses for these baskets – kitchen, sewing room, bedroom, living room, etc.  I must check out my stash and see what kinds of combinations I can come up with.  πŸ™‚