Mixing it Up!

This mini quilt will soon be hanging in my office at work.  My whole career has been with housewares retailers and it will be just perfect in my office.  Baking is one of my favorite things to do and I cannot wait to put this one on display.The super awesome mixer is the Geometric Mixer pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play.  The bowl and kitchen crock  are also Quiet Play patterns.  The birthday cake block is designed by Lori Holt from A Bee in my Bonnet as part of her Quilty Fun patterns.

The background is from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis Textiles.  She prints directly on Kona Cotton fabric and it is all fabulous.  I’m so happy with how the blue fabrics pop off that pale background.I tried to connect each block with the fabric choices used in the other blocks.  The yellow spoon in the bowl is the same as the spoon in the crock.  The blue of the cake stand is in the mixer and the cake filling is the color of the mixing bowl.  I love how the whole thing came together. I adore the border fabric and I am proud of the very intentional binding that I did with the directional aspect of that fabric.  It took quite a bit of planning and numerous Wonder Clips to keep it all in place.I used this Cotton + Steel Cookie Book print as my label.  It tied everything together so well.

Next up…..

I’m still working on my sewing area so the actual sewing has been pretty limited but I started a baby quilt using the Varsity line by Sweetwater.  The background is Wavy Stripe by Tula Pink in the True Colors line. It’s adding so much movement to the blocks.  It’s turning out just as I imagined.

Speaking of my sewing room redo – I’ve got some more reorganizing to do before a full reveal.  I’m looking forward to it’s completion.  In the meantime, I’m sneaking in some sewing anytime I can get the sewing table cleared off.

Happy Sewing!

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The One with the Giant Chucks

The gift has been given so the post can be written! I was so excited when I came across this sneaker block from Kristy @ Quiet Play, which was inspired by a request from the ever-sparkly Molli Sparkles.

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I knew this was the perfect pattern for one of my besties for her birthday. I made it in San Francisco Giants colors as that is her favorite baseball team. The orange and black also represent Halloween, which is her favorite holiday. The colors would be just right for her! Black with white dots for the shoe, black spiders for the tongues, and orange crosshatch for the laces was how I was going to go. I found this baseball fabric that would work so incredibly well for the background.

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You really cannot tell they are baseballs until you look really close. I downloaded a free logo and printed it on fabric sheets and then appliquéd it on in the negative space. I adore how this turned out and now I need one for myself. It’s the perfect size for the wall in their Giants themed guest room. She loves it!

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My mini for the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap is coming along wonderfully! I decided on a Flowering Snowball block in a 3×3 pattern. That came out a little too big, and I had already cut out all the pieces, so I opted for 1/2 blocks around 2 sides.

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I like it. Now I need to decide on a backing design.
I’m also putting together a small pouch as one of the goodies. I wanted to add some cross-stitch into the mix and came across this sweet cat.

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The fabric pull for the pouch includes some Essex Linen in Olive which will make up most of the pouch and some other colors, including cerise, orange, and dark teal, will be supporting players around the cat. This swap isn’t due until the beginning of October so I’m a little ahead of the game and pleased with progress so far.
This week’s stash additions include this Rainy Day bundle from Connecting Threads. I just love the green Wellies!

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These next two were acquired when I bought the Catnap bundle from Hawthorne Threads. They are Pin Spin by Michael Miller Fabrics and Modernology by Art Gallery Fabrics. Both were in the clearance section at a great deal.

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These mini quilts are a little addictive! I must get back to my machine.