Random Roundup #9

I’ve been continuing the process of redecorating the guest bedroom.  There was a pillow on it that just kind of brought me down.  You can catch a snippet of it in this photo right in front of the polka dot pillowcase.I chose to make a cover for that pillow by using the colors in the duvet and following the same basic shape of the design.  The pillow is 18×18 so that is the size I wanted to make the cover.  I actually sketched it out.  I’m trying to plan a little better before cuttingInto my fabric.   It turned out pretty close to my design. I sewed the top together then added wonky, wavy quilting lines and then I made an envelope closure backing from some IKEA fabric that I got a couple of years back. 

 It makes such a big difference in that room and matches that duvet beautifully!

   This room is now as prepped for guests as it’s going to be.  Those guests are family that will be spending a single night before we all pack in 2 cars and head to Nashville for a long weekend of celebration at my brother’s wedding.  I will be bringing a camera, that I received for Christmas this last year, to try to get lots of family and festivity shots.

I have been contemplating a padded strap.  Hello – perfect opportunity!

In the latest issue of Make Modern Magazine was a tutorial for a camera strap cover.  What fabrics should I pick?  Something bright and cheery or something I really love?  I chose both!    I had some charm packs of Horizon by Kate Spain in my stash.  It’s one of my very favorite lines and has all my favorite colors included.  I chose a few of these gorgeous squares and made a fabulous camera strap cover. It’s perfect and comfy and bright and cheerful.  I just love it!  The tutorial was super easy to follow.  I’m looking forward to getting some great pictures of my brother and new sister-in-law and all the activities that we have planned.

Stash Enhancement:

I couldn’t pass up a Memorial Day sale happening at Quilters Square.  I gave in and got this stash builders bundle of fabulous gray prints!   They are going to work well for a plan I have in my head for later on in the year. And that text print should work great for the Text Me Mini Quilt Swap mini that I still need to start.

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Sunnyside for Sunny Days

Sunny, spring days have finally hit my area of the country and I could not be happier!  It’s supposed to rain and storm all week but I don’t care because I finished my Sunnyside nine-patch quilt.  And it’s new home will be my bed! 

 I started this top in late March of last year – here’s that post.  It used 2 layer cakes of Sunnyside by Kate Spain and some random blenders that I had in my stash.  It was initially pieced during a sew-in for the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild.  After it was pieced it just kind of hung out for a while enjoying the scenery within the realm of my sewing room.  It saw me discover Swaps on Instagram and Sew Together Bags and a ton of other projects while it languished in my Work-in-Progress pile.

I knew I wanted it on my bed for the summer season so I knew that I had to finish it up soon.  It has actually been basted for 5 months.  I had wall-basted it which I believe really helps me to keep it a bit more taut than anything I’ve ever been able to get done on the floor. 

 The cats have been using it as a bed while it sat on a chair in my sewing room waiting to be quilted.  They like to watch me while I sew.  It took quite a bit of lint rolling to get it ready to put through the machine.  Luckily it was only a small section that they had access to. 

 I quilted it using a meandering square random design. 

  The backing is 3 strips of the main directional fabric from the Sunnyside line that I bought specifically for this.  I bound it using 2 of the backing prints. 

  

 I’m going to wash it and get it all crinkly and put it on my bed.  This is the first queen-size quilt (it’s 80×80) I have made and I’m really excited to begin to use it every day!  

Early April Work-in-Progress

Works in progress. Seems like most of my projects have this status at the moment. First up is the Triangle Quilt Along quilt. This week is when triangles become rows.

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I knew that if I laid these triangles on the floor, to decide on my layout and design, that I would have to redo it over and over again because the cats would invariably rearrange them with their sliding on the pretty fabric. It’s their favorite game. 🙂
I don’t have room for a full-fledged design wall in my sewing space. I looked around and saw an area that might work on a smaller scale. The closet door! Light bulb moment. I draped some batting over the top of the door like this. The unfinished top of the door keeps the batting in place.

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The door still shuts with no issues. Ta-da!! It was so exciting. So, I put some triangles up. No pinning. So awesome! The door will fit 4 rows of 17 triangles.

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The QAL calls for 12 rows, therefore repeat 3 times. Finished rows I pinned on the back of the door inside the closet on the overhang of the batting. The cats aren’t even messing with it. It’s wonderful. I’m so excited to have at least a small little design wall.
So, I have a few rows done and it looks so cool. I’m incredibly happy with the color palette for this quilt.

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Second WIP is my Diamond Delight quilt using High Street by Moda.

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The triangles are all cut. I’m just working on cutting and attaching the grey background. I’ve had to tweak the pattern and am still working out some bugs but I like how it’s coming together.

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Third WIP is a Disappearing Nine Patch using Sunnyside by Kate Spain. The backing fabric came in and I just need to piece that together and baste and quilt and bind it. There’s a lot left to do.

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The only new stash I have this week came from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. It’s a couple pieces of Joel Dewberry Heirloom and one piece of Kate Spain Terrain.

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Let’s see how this all fares at the end of April. I doubt I’ll have a finish but I should make plenty of piecing progress.

More Stash Building

During last week’s Sunday Stash post on Molli Sparkles, I clicked into a blog that featured some needlework text print that I just had to have. So, I Googled images to find the name of the fabric and then I searched the name on Etsy and found exactly what I was looking for.

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It is Polka Dot Stitches by Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake. I was able to order it from Quilt Essentials on Etsy. It also comes in a red print that I am still thinking about. I love the stitch names and illustrations on the fabric. The illustrations are exactly the same as those I learned when I was a child.
This is one of the embroidery items I made during my youth. This fabric just brings me back to the times when I was creating these with my Mom’s assistance.

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I received a little more texty goodness this week. I think I’m done collecting these but I can’t be sure.

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There’s a cursive print, a ruler print, a small typed print with gold stripes, and some newspaper collage.
I haven’t just been shopping though. I was sewing, too! I got a good start on a disappearing nine patch using Layer cakes of Sunnyside by Kate Spain. The fabric is so light and airy. It just screams early Spring and that is something everyone needs right now.

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I believe it will end up larger than I intended which will be a bear to quilt but I’m ready to give it a go.