April Finishes

I’ve got a couple of finishes to share this week. First is the Birds and the Bees Triangle Quilt. I cleared the space on my dining room floor and taped it down to pin baste. While the space was all cleared, I did another quilt as well but that’s for another post.
I quilted the same as The Sassy Quilter did on her initial triangle quilt post – 1/4 inch from the seam on all the triangles.

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Then I machine bound with strips of the dot fabric that I used throughout this quilt top. This was my first time binding a quilt in this manner. I am self-taught and have used the fold over from the back method on all of my previous quilts. It was the first way I learned and I stuck with it. It was simple and there were no extra steps involved other than making sure the backing fabric also looked good when folded over to the front.
So I cut my dot fabric into 2 1/2 in inch strips and sewed them together until it was long enough to go around the quilt. I folded and pressed and attached to the quilt top using the same technique I followed for the next featured project in this post and some tips I got from Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation.
It was my first go at a separate binding fabric and I like how it turned out and I think I got those mitered corners to work out.

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I’m happy with this quilt. I love the colors, the pattern, the quilting. I just love the whole thing!

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My second project was the Sew Together Bag from Sew Demented. I purchased my pattern on Craftsy. I followed the Sew-along at The Quilt Barn as well as the instructions on the pattern. Using both together really helped me understand the process of making this bag.
I had someone in mind when I started this project and found the Glamping line by Moda. It was perfect! I just knew she would love it.

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Put the inside together – check.

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The sides – check.

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The top zipper added, bound and completed – check.

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I love how it turned out and so does she! There are definitely more of these in my future.

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The Birds and the Bees

I missed the last link-up for the Triangle Quilt Along over at the Sassy Quilter. It was a very busy week and I didn’t get my top done until Saturday. But, I now have the top done and the backing finished and I am incredibly pleased with both. Here’s how it all started:

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I started piecing the rows together in sections. Quadrants work better for me than rows when piecing large sections. I tend to be a bit more precise that way.
So, I pieced the left rows together 4 at a time then the right side ones. I joined the left to the right. This was done in 3 sections. My points are not perfect but some of them came out pretty good.

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And some did not.

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Oh well, you can’t really tell in the big picture.

It was a gorgeous day out so I took this top outside for some glamour shots.

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I had stopped at Joann’s on the way home from work and found these lovelies to use as the backing.

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It turned out great. I’ve been trying to think of a name for this quilt and as I was sewing this backing together it just hit me. The Birds and the Bees. The sweetest bees on the front and those birds on the back Perfect!

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Now, I need to do the basting. Which is the part I continuously put off and the reason I have more quilt tops than finished quilts. This time I have a great excuse. How in the world could I have disturbed this?

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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.

Stash Build – March ’14

I’m still not sewing much but I have been building my stash a little bit in preparation for some new projects. I picked up a bundle of Mellow Yellow to use for the upcoming Triangle Quilt Along being held over at The Sassy Quilter. I decided on yellow, grey, white, and black. I pulled a couple of fabrics from my stash but did not have a full spectrum of what I wanted to use. I think this bundle filled it out nicely.

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I picked up that bee fabric from Busy Bee Quilting. Simply adorable! It’s Honey Bee from What’s the Buzz by Kanvas Studios.

I grabbed these So Sophie by Riley Blake charm packs and yardage from #thegreatfabricdestash at a great deal. I will find a great project or 3 for these. There were 6 charm packs in the group.

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After my last Modern Quilt Gulld meeting we all headed to a local quilt store and I bought these beauties.

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There’s some Wrens and Friends by Moda, Urban Patch is the green trees, some Riley Blake fillers, Zippee by Connecting Threads, and others without the names on them. I have no plans for these now but I know that they will find a home in a great quilt later on.
Besides the bees this is my favorite acquisition!

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Shuffle by Riley Blake. I saw it being used in a few blocks lately and just needed to have it. The yellow and grey will be added to the triangle quilt, which doesn’t start for a few weeks yet. But, I’m ready.