Cross it off

Another quilt finish!  I’ve been super busy basting and quilting old work-in-progress quilt tops and it feels great to get them all done.  This one is the Wonky Cross quilt that I started early last year.  My previous progress is documented here.  It’s for an old high-school friend of mine that is currently serving in the Coast Guard.  He just recently got shipped out and this quilt will be waiting for me to send to him when he returns. Lots and  lots of improv happening here.  From the crosses to the borders.  I had no plan other than the color palette and the crosses but I love how it turned out!  I quilted it with a radiating star type design from the top corner of the crosses section out to the edges.  The borders contain straight lines in an L shape.

I found the perfect binding fabric in a print from the Pandalicious line which I mixed with one of the grey prints.  It framed it beautifully!  Now it gets to spend some time hanging out in my sewing room for me to enjoy until he gets back to the states.

Stash Enhancement:

Pink Castle Fabrics was having a special on Asterisk fabric by Lizzy House.  I had to have it before it goes away.  I just love a great blender fabric!There are some metallics in there as well which I seriously love!

I’m currently working on quilting yet another work-in-progress which I hope to have done next weekend.

Happy Sewing!

Sugar Block Club 3.0

I’ve been working on finishing up some long standing works-in-progress.  One of those is from the Sugar Block Club 3.0 by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I finished the top a short while back and just needed to baste and quilt it.  Well, lets check those two tasks off the list!  Done and done!My color palette was taken from the floral background fabric which included berry, moss, and teal.  I set the colors off with some low volumes from my stash.  I like how all the colors play so nicely together and look at those Mirror Dots shine!I used a wood grain like quilting motif inspired by the Gentle Curves section of the book Walk by Jacquie Gering.  I like her term of Forward Motion Quilting to describe using your walking foot and not having to stick to straight line quilting.  There are so many options available to those of us that do not yet have those free-motion quilting skills.The backing consists of what I had remaining of the floral and an additional pattern that I found in my stash that carried the theme forward.  I took an Instagram poll and the overall winner was the berry for the binding.  I was pretty close to out of any of the berry that I used in the quilt top but found this Rhoda Ruth fabric in my stash that was the perfect color to frame this beauty.I’ve got another old WIP awaiting some binding so back to it I go.

Happy Sewing!

How Lori got her Groove back

I’ve been in a sewing slump for about a month. I would periodically sew but it was small and quick. The projects I began earlier in the year have been hanging out on my design wall getting lonely. Poor, neglected Wavelength quilt. I miss you.

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I created a foundation paper-pieced design and have yet to write up the pattern so I can share it all with you.

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So, how do you get your sewing mojo back? Mine came back full-force this week. The catalyst: project deadlines. You see – the Wavelength quilt and my Cropduster design are for me. There are no deadlines on projects for my home or to enhance the beauty of my space.
However, there are deadlines for a project for my quilt guild. We are making preemie quilts for the NICU at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and they are due at our next meeting early in September.
I received some Charm Pack happy mail this week and knew the Here Boy! charm pack was the way to go for one of the preemie quilts.

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It has bones, bouncing balls, and bright primary colors. It’s perfect for this project. I made the quilt 27×40 so I may have to trim it down a little if I want it to be 1/2 crib size. I used 9-patch blocks so the fabrics would be the focus.

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I backed it with flannel and did not use any batting. I stumbled upon a blog post written by the mother of a preemie and she uses that combination for quilts that she and her daughter make for donations. It doesn’t match the front at all but it is so cute!

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I’m going to wait to bind it until I decide on the proper finished size.
All of my block of the month blocks came out last week so I have a few more blocks to work on. I’m also working on some other random projects. I signed up for the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap. I figured it would be a good challenge and it sounded like a lot of fun.
The minis need to have cat shapes or cat fabric in them. I immediately got online and bought some fabric. Of course I needed to do that. This is a speciality swap. 🙂

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Every cat themed quilt this year must have Catnap in it somewhere and the other bundle is Here Kitty Kitty. Hawthorne Threads had each of these bundles at a great price.
This mouse print is my favorite of the Catnap line.

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I’ve already got a plan to get the Nested Churn Dash Block.

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But, that may change if I want to focus on the fabric more. The deadline for this is the end of September so I need to make a decision soon.
I’m so happy to be back at my sewing machine and actually feeling productive when I’m there. Lots of projects coming up in the next month or two. I’m excited!

Floral Pop!

Quite a while back I picked up this fabric yardage at Hobby Lobby. The main print just screamed my niece’s name so I got some coordinates and found my way to the cutting counter.

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I had seen a pattern in Quick Quilts Magazine that would feature that focus fabric well and I placed the fabrics and pattern together in a safe spot to work on when I got a chance. There was no immediate deadline on this project, and still isn’t, so I have not been in a hurry to complete it. Lately, I’ve been working on a few BOMs (Block of the Month blocks), and did not have a big project to work on, when this project starting calling to me. I knew it would be stitched up rather quickly and that was what I needed this week. Finishing a quilt top gives me a great sense of accomplishment. That’s one of the reasons I have several tops done without getting the quilting completed – see previous post.
I started with cutting:

cut and ready to piece

cut and ready to piece

Then I moved on to string piecing:
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String piecing magic!

String piecing magic!

There were quite a few joins that were able to be done this way and it moved the process along at an enjoyable pace.
The pattern consists of 20 blocks – 10 each pieced with two separate patterns.

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Those 14 1/2″ blocks then were pieced back and forth in rows. The finished top does not disappoint and looks as I envisioned with these fabrics. Here’s a little sample shot.

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Pattern from Quick Quilts magazine April/May 2013 – Tribecca
Fabric –  Bright Devorppa Noir B24-DVN-P07 by Brother Sister Design Studio for Hobby Lobby, assorted dots, brushstrokes, flower print – all from Hobby Lobby
I found the perfect backing fabric at #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. XOXOXO, The Cat by Wendy Slotboom for In The Beginning fabrics.

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A match made in Heaven...

A match made in Heaven…

Quilt of Valor blocks + more stash

I’ve been working on a few blocks for my local Modern Quilt Guild. We are making 3 blocks each to be incorporated into a sampler pattern for a Quilts of Valor quilt. I used one of the Lucky Stars block patterns designed by Don’t Call me Betsy.
I find it incredibly striking!

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Then I made a Hovering Hawks block but found it to be a bit busy so I slashed and sewed and slashed and sewed again.

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My third block is the Diamond Panes block from Vintage Quilt Revival. I thought it would feature the fabric really well.

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After all that, I did a little fabric shopping. I’ve been drooling over all the text fabrics being used for low volume backgrounds and have been searching all my normal online shops for just the right thing. I finally found some cool puzzle text fabrics on Etsy.

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The Word Search and Soduko fabric is by Timeless Treasures and the newspaper one is ‘Newsprint’ from the Collage collection by Carrie Bloomston. I should be receiving some script type fabric early in the week. I still have other text type prints on my wish list but that should suffice for now.
I also stopped in to one of the local quilt fabric shops, looking for those dang text prints, and picked up some items that should complement the fabrics in the paper-piecing top that I am working on.

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The batiks will make wonderful blenders and I grabbed a few fat quarters that should round out the color palette very well. I’m looking forward to working them into those paper-pieced stars.
Top left is Tea House by Dover Hill, black streaks is Mariko for P&B Textiles, the green with pops of color is Saturday Afternoon by Jane Spolar.

Paper piecing – Lucky Stars BOM

I did a fabric pull last week, which I shared on Sunday Stash, to start on the Lucky Stars BOM by Elizabeth Hartman of Don’t Call me Betsy. The inspiration fabric is full of maroon, pink, purple and light green.

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I thought I finally felt more comfortable with paper-piecing. There were a few chances to practice with the Sugar Block Club and with the Virtual Quilting Bee during the last year. When I signed up for the 2014 Lucky Stars BOM series, which I did late last year, she included all of the 2013 blocks as well! So I dove right in with the January 2013 block as the first block to try. It is called Funky Star.

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I love how it turned out all shiny, glittery, and gorgeous.
The BOMs come with a 6 1/2 inch block and a 12 1/2 inch block pattern. I decided it might be cool to make some of the blocks big and some of them small but keep the same color palette and fabric choices. With that in mind, the second block I chose to make was the May 2013 block called Spotlight Star.

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I like how it looks with the first block.

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I’m glad I am no longer intimidated by the process. But, I will say that the smaller block took way more time and precision than the larger one did.
Paper piecing makes a big mess and uses quite a bit of paper. I have a ream of colored paper left over from a teenager’s school project and I’m using that for this process.

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It’s a messy job but I think I’m up for it.

Christmas Cash funds Fabric Stash

This weekend I spent some of my Christmas Cash, which was in the form of JoAnn’s Fabric gift cards, on some fabric that I felt was necessary to fill out some fabric choices for a couple of upcoming block of the month projects.

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Okay, I could have bought a cool new iron or some other necessary supplies. I sure didn’t need any more fabric especially based on my last post. Here’s where I was wrong. I have been craving some sort of text print to use for low volume backgrounds. I found a beige on ivory and a white on black. My mom talked me into the white/black one. Her budget-conscious wing-man skills need some work. :-). Anyway, I didn’t have a really cool background or a lower volume greenish fabric to use with the Joel Dewberry Notting Hill fat quarters that I received in the nice big Free Spirit mystery box. The others are fillers for fabric types/styles that I felt would be well used.
I’m going to use the Notting Hill color story for the 2014 Sugar Block Club. This picture is just a sample of what I have pulled to use. There is a bit of sparkle on the swirly ivory print that I think will look great with the Notting Hill prints. I also pulled some darker olive greens.

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I’m also going to start the Lucky Stars Block of the Month paper pieced stars. They are just gorgeous. For that BOM, I am thinking about using this color grouping.

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The maroonish floral fabric is an old one so I am not quite sure where I got it but that was my inspiration fabric for this project. The two shimmery ones are Fairy Frost by Michael Miller. I swear I’m done with stash building for a while. I can’t promise (I’m still looking for that perfect text print that I just have to have) but I will try.