Random Roundup #18

I’m still trying to decide on a direction for the Quiet Play Swap on Instagram.  I finished the best Unicorn ever!It may get made into a cushion for a Christmas present. (Yes – I’m already starting on Christmas presents….) I’m going to tweak the borders on the geometric mermaid that you may remember from my last post and see if I like it better than I do now.  I got a lot of positive feedback at my guild meeting about the new direction that I’m thinking about for the borders so I will have to get that process going and see how I like it.  This unicorn may end up as my swap item if the border solution doesn’t work out.

Stacked Squares:

While I contemplated all that, I dove into a fabulous fabric pull for a quilt for my dad.  He requested a quilt so I dragged him into the sewing room to look at colors and he fell for the color palette on a mini quilt that I had received in a swap.  It had teals, mustards, blues, and greys.  Here’s what I pulled:I’ve really been wanting to make a Stacked Squares quilt and it lends itself very well to just about any color palette.  There is a free pattern on the Moda Bake Shop site that uses precuts and jelly rolls. I went to my friend Kelly’s site – My Quilt Infatuation – to get her measurements for cutting from yardage or fat quarters.  This fabric pull had a good selection of both.  Her middle squares were a little bit smaller than the original pattern but it doesn’t change the illusion at all.  She suggested 23 different fabrics to make 23 different blocks.

I cut out all of my selected fabrics.  Then took a little break after cutting 23 fat quarters/quarter yard cuts of fabric.  I don’t normally cut my fabrics all at once, as I tend to change my mind halfway through, so my cutting stamina is really low.  The ice cream gave me the energy to sew all the squares together.I got all my squares sewn together just so I could then cut them apart.  I swear quilters get a little bit crazy. 🙂After all those cuts, I set up my portable design wall and got those squares all placed where I want them.  I’m still contemplating a few moves but I like how it looks overall.

Some of those fabrics I got from a recent sale that The Intrepid Thread was having over the Labor Day holiday.

Stash Enhancement:

I picked up – at fabulous prices – a few awesome fabrics.  Some Cotton + Steel, Drawn Bubbles,  Remix, and the green chevron made up this beautiful selection.I used all but the yellow bubbles in the Stacked Squares quilt.  So they were all definitely a good buy.

Then I stocked up on these Christmas prints for a wall hanging mini quilt I have in mind.  It’s going to be a bit fabulous!

I cannot wait until I have a few moments (hopefully meaning a few days off this week) to work on my Dad’s quilt.  I think he’s going to love it!

Random Roundup #13

Splendid Sampler progress:

I’m having fun with the Splendid Sampler quilt along.  We are at 6 blocks now as they are releasing two per week. These are some tiny hearts.  Those are 1 1/2 inch squares on the corners of the small hearts.   I went a little crazy on the flower pot one and my block is a little too big but there is no where to trim so it stays as is and I’ll fit it in somewhere.  I actually didn’t read the size directions on the vase and just went for it.  But I like how it looks.  I really like the block released on Thursday.  It would be fabulous in a larger size to use in a baby quilt.  And now the group shot:  The blocks are 6 1/2 inches (or supposed to be anyway) and there is still a long way to go.  The most recent Sunday block is an embroidery one so I may just skip it.  I’ll have to take a closer look at it and then decide.  I have a number of cross-stitch projects in the works that need my hand sewing attention instead of something new.  But, we’ll see.

Sugar Block Club:

I’ve also been making some progress on the 2015 Sugar Block Club blocks. This is February and March.  This block is a little too muted for my taste so I may remove the corners and do them in color to jazz it up a little.  There is just not enough contrast.  But, I am super happy with the appliqué center section!

Stash Enhancement:

I gave in at The Intrepid Thread during a big Flash sale she had recently and I picked up a number of fabulous things. Some great blenders: Then some Blueberry Park – this is so awesome in person! And daisies are my favorite. Then this gorgeous selection of purples: The top two are also from Blueberry Park.  This group also includes a print from the Rhoda Ruth line. The rest are all from the Macrame line from Cotton + Steel.  They are the most fabulous purples I have seen in a while.  My purples were really lacking and this sale came at the perfect time to stock up.

I should have lots to show next time as I have a few days off this week with just sewing plans in place.  Should be a good week full of creativity and hopefully some quilting.

 
  

Christmas Stashing

I got caught up in the big Pre-Christmas sale at the Intrepid Thread.  Each day during Christmas week, Julie put select yardage on sale at $4.99 a yard.  The unfortunate thing was that it was different yardage each day.  Unfortunate because you either didn’t realize that and only found the sale on one day or you knew it and checked back each day and now have three or four packages headed to your house.  I fell into the latter category.  I have already received the first package.

It contained selections from the Drawn line by Angela Walters.  These will make such great backgrounds for a myriad of projects this year. These random pieces are from Curiosities – Firefly Jar, Ashton Road – Keys, and Dream a Little Dream – Owls.  These will work well for some baby quilts for one my guild’s charity projects. Then a couple more – Cookie Book – Recipe Box and Cleta – Translate Bike.  I just really like them.  

Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap:

I also worked a little bit on the mini that I am making for the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap Round 2 on Instagram.  I made this fabric pull and cut out some curved pieces.   I’ll be using low volume and text print for the background. Here’s a small sample of what’s to come.  I decided not to go rainbow order and just randomize it. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year and gets to work toward whatever success you dream of.

A Solid Start

A friend of mine from high school was the first of our group to have children and her eldest daughter will be graduating from high school this month.  Now, that cannot be true because we met in high school so there is no way that she has a child that is older than we were when we met.  Crazy!

Look at this child.  She is not graduating high school – she’s just a darling little girl…. 

What a sweetheart!

 Well, I am making that child a Sew Together Bag to use as she embarks on her adult life.  She wants to audition to be Belle on Disney Cruise Lines and do that for a little while.  She’d be great and I hope she is able to accomplish that goal.  She is still determining what she wants to do after graduation and I hope she finds something she loves and goes for it with all her heart.

The fabric pull for her bag looked like this: Her completed bag looks like this:    I love the ‘Be Happy’ fussy cut appliqué on the front.  That is exactly what I wish for her future.

I lined one of the pockets with laminated cotton so she can use it for make-up if she chooses.   The zipper pull was included with my order of zippers from Zip-It.  If you need zippers you need to order from this shop.  The service is fast, the selection is broad, the prices are fabulous, and they have always included a color card and zipper pull with every order I’ve received.  That zipper pull was absolutely perfect for this bag.  

I have another Sew Together Bag in the works.  My future sister-in-law is moving to the states from the UK and I have the exterior of her bag ready.  I think the minimalist approach of this exterior will be perfect for her.  I hope she’ll love it!

Stash Enhancement – the Solid Edition:

I’m trying to add some solids to my repertoire because I do love how they look in quilts that I have seen.  I tend to lean toward blenders or tone-on-tone fabrics when I need to add some color to my designs.  (Ex: the gray fabric pictured above.  😊). Lately, anytime I am in JoAnn Fabrics I will take a look through the remnant bin and have been coming across some Kona Solids.  The remnants are always 50% off the current sale price of that item so it is quite the deal.  I now have these three in my stash:  Pool, Buttercup Yellow, and Tangerine.  They are such beautiful and vibrant colors.  All are just a bit under a full yard. 

I have also added a few Kona Solids from a recent Craftsy sale.  They are sold as backing fabrics for some kits they were selling.  So, I do not know the actual color name.  The lighter one is called ‘Breakers’ and no color name is listed for the darker teal.  All I know is that I find these colors very appealing and I had to have them!  Also during that sale, I ordered a Free Spirit assorted fat quarter box.  About a third of the box was these very muted florals that I may never use (all were from the same line as well), a third included some great modern prints that I will show in another post, and a third included some solids.  All but the two blue ones came from that box.  It’s a nice array of colors.  The two blue ones came from a Scrap pack that I got at The Intrepid Thread when I visited a few weeks back.  (I didn’t see them on the website so the scrap packs might just be available in store.)  Now I need to decide how I want to start incorporating these solids into my quilts or other projects.  This will be a challenge for me but I feel that as I get more confident with my quilting then I will feel more comfortable adding these solids in.  

Any suggestions on how I can get started with that?

Stashing Memories

I went home this week to visit some great friends but before that trip I was able to start cutting fabrics for a Sew Together Bag for an dear friend’s daughter.  She will be graduating high school next month and I wanted to make her something useful.  We all know how incredibly useful the Sew Togther Bag is!  Her likes are the color green and photography and art and pottery.  I found a small Riley Blake Snapshots bundle that had some camera prints and used that as my jumping off point. 

I was able to get most pieces cut out before my flight.  I had a bit of time between when I was ready to go and when I should actually start heading to the airport.  🙂 

These pieces are for the interior and pocket linings.  I was able to decide on the exterior piecing and get started on that but I failed to take a pic before I left the house.  This will be fun to work on when I get back home.

My friends live in the San Francisco Bay Area so I just had to make a stop at The Intrepid Thread in Milpitas to see some of the awesome new lines in person.  The selection did not disappoint!  Here’s what we walked out of the store with:  

Now, that’s a bag full of loveliness!

  Okay – this is not all mine.  Mine is the Mini Pearl Bracelets bundle and everything to the right of that.  Here are some close-ups: 

 Hello, Natural History Butterlies in Blue.  The color is just so gorgeous and vibrant.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with it but I really love it.  The text is Color: FULL patterns in Natural.  Such a great background fabric! 

 This little grouping is just so pretty!  We’ve got some Wood Grain by Joel DewberryCherie Les Points in Rose, script – another from the Color: FULL line, Flowers in Rose by Jeanean Morrison, and Studio Stash 2 Crossed Grid in Smoke by Jennifer Sampou.  It reminds me of my cross-stitch roots and I just had to have it.  They all meld so well together that this might just make it into a quilt by themselves.

Then of course is that Mini Pearl Bracelets bundle.  So rainbowy and adorable.  Such a great blender for just about any project!

I have been hanging around with my bestie and her fabulous 6 year old who has been coloring stickers for me when we are not out craft shopping or having lunch.

 Such great creativity in this one!  The rest of the fabric from that bag is for them and it will be fun to see what they create with them.

Today is for hanging out with more of my besties with great food and wonderful company!  It’s the best way to refresh my soul!

Swap-a-Rama

I mentioned in my last post that I entered my first swap: the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap. I have picked out my fabrics, which is a mix of Catnap and Chickopee. I polled some of the #kittyminiquiltswap mates about pattern selection and then went with a design not on the poll. I chose the Flowering Snowball block, made the templates, and started sewing.

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I went with 9 inch blocks in a 3 by 3 pattern. That makes the mini too big. I had already cut all the fabric pieces so I decided to just do half blocks for some of them to make it a 24″ square. It’s turning out so cute.

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I have until October to get everything together. After sewing I get to shop for some local goodies to ship to my partner with the mini. I’m already having so much fun participating.
The Instagram Mini Quilt Swap popped up and I told myself I wasn’t going to do it since I was already doing one. But then all these awesome quilters started joining up and I caved. The ship date isn’t until December so that gives me plenty of time and shouldn’t interfere with anything I have going on. This swap is international and could have up to 500 people signed up. The kitty one was limited to 60. So the Instagram Mini Quilt Swap is going to be epic! Entries are open until August 23rd so if you are interested in participating click the link above. I cannot wait to get my assigned partner’s info so I can start planning their mini.

Happy Mail came this week from the Intrepid Thread courtesy of Julie’s big clearance sale. I’ve been eying these for a while now.

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Stitch in a Square and Domino Dots.

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I passed them up when I was in the shop in April and have been dying to get some. The colors are all just gorgeous! I love that teal grouping of Stitch in a Square. Those bundles were not on clearance but these lovelies were:

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That’s Just my Type, Fun and Games by Riley Blake, and Bespoken by Art Gallery. I love the purples and olives swirled together.
Maybe some of these newbies will be included on the mini for my new swap partner. If you have not joined a swap you should. It is so much fun.