Random Roundup #22

I’ve been working on some quick little projects so I have a lot of little things to share.

Midibag:

I was preparing for a minor surgery and had quite a bit of nervous energy so I made a Midibag the day before which worked great for holding my clothes, phone, and wallet. I also got a few compliments from the nursing staff.I combined 3 mini charm packs – one Modern Background Ink and two Just a Speck by Jen Kingwell. The bag turned out so cute and was the perfect size! You iron the squares to the supplied interfacing and then fold and sew it together. The pattern contains interfacing for 2 bags. I need to decide on mini charms for the second bag. It’s a great little bag for art and craft fairs or the beach.

With the remaining squares, I was able to make this cute little pouch which is now with my sister-in-law. It worked beautifully for transporting a selection of Peppa Pig figures to my nephew.

Microwave Bowl Holders:

My brother’s family requested some of these bowl holders last year when they were here and I finally got around to making them as a housewarming gift. I use a great tutorial from Happy Hour Stitches.

Fabric Swap Box:

My guild is setting up a fabric birthday box swap and I needed a box to use to turn in my bought or ‘curated from stash’ fabric. The accessory box from The Container Store can hold 15 to 18 fat quarters depending on how you fold them. So I created a fabric name label to fit that box. I used my favorite fabrics for this one.The letters are from the Just My Type – lowercase pattern by Kristy of Quiet Play. I used headbands as the straps and sewed them into the binding and it worked beautifully.

Summer Sampler 2019:

I have been wanting to join in on the Summer Sampler that is hosted by Lee at Freshly Pieced, Katie at SwimBikeQuilt, and Faith of FreshLemonsQuilts but I was always preoccupied. This year the theme is Piecing Bootcamp and I love learning new techniques or improving my current techniques.There are two different finishing options but I just adore this curved layout. I’m planning on rainbowing this thing up and chose to use the Ombré Confetti Dots that I’ve been hoarding. I’m combining that with Tula Pink Fairy Dust and a grey Essex linen and it’s going to be epic!This Sampler Series starts tomorrow (May 20) with a block being released once a week. Here’s the link to sign up through Katie’s blog – Summer Sampler.

Stash Enhancement:

Alison Glass Holiday arrived and I cannot wait to get started on the quilt I designed last year. These fabrics will just pop!

I also received Alison Glass Sunprints Light. No plan for those but I just had to have them to fill in my low volumes.Lots more to share but I will pause here to take a breath and get some more sewing done!

Until next time- happy sewing!

Quilts for Pulse

It feels great to get back behind my sewing machine.  A couple of fun-filled weekends with family and friends and I was ready to get sewing again!  

First project – completion of the quilt I am making for the Quilts for Pulse charity drive that is being headed up by the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.  They chose the heart block by Cluck, Cluck, Sew for the quilt blocks that they wanted.  There is still time to make blocks or whole quilts.  Heart blocks are due to the Orlando guild by August 15th.  Completed quilts are due September 15th.

I decided to use multiple sizes of the heart block for my quilt and I’m so glad I did.  I love the way it looks.At the center of this tragedy was an attack against the United States so that had to be represented in this quilt with that center heart block.  As we move beyond that we see the hearts get bigger as the love grows within us all.  The outpouring of support that the Orlando guild is getting is amazing.  They only expected about 200 quilts and now they should have well over 500 to distribute.  This is such a wonderful community and I’m proud to be a part of it.

I wavy quilted vertically to imitate party streamers and celebration.  On the flip side it could also represent the tears that were shed as healing begins.I cut up a duvet cover that I got on clearance from PBTeen and used that for the back.  I love how the flower petals are hearts and felt it went really well with the theme.I even remembered to label it!  (Well, I remembered after basting but before quilting so that counts, right?)I used the rainbow dots on grey print, that I used throughout the quilt, to bind it.

You want more pictures?  Okay…….it’s so pretty I just can’t resist.

This one will be mailed off after my guild meeting next week.  I’m excited to show it off.

Now, let’s see if I can finish one more UFO before that meeting……

Random Roundup #16

#quiltsforpulse:

I made some progress on my #quiltsforpulse quilt.There is one more round to do and that is the 10 inch blocks.  But they are constructed and ready to go.  I need to figure out placement and any sashing needs then I can sew them on.

Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild Charity Sew-in:

My guild is also making quilts for this cause and I was assigned three of the 10 1/2 inch blocks to bring to our quarterly sew-in.

We ended up with two quilt tops for #quiltsforpulse along with 2 other charity quilt tops.  One for a local dog rescue foundation and the other for a local children’s hospital.  I was able to lend a hand on all four projects.  It was a very productive day.
In between working on those projects, I was working on a scrappy something using all the offcuts of the heart blocks I had made.  I pieced many, many half-square triangles of varying sizes and sorted them by size.  From there, I just started sewing them together ‘Improv with a purpose’ style.  The smallest HSTs ended up like this. I think it will be a border or sashing on the back of this quilt.  It could also end up as another charity quilt for LeBohuer Children’s Hospital.  We’re donating in September so I have time to work all that out.

Stash Enhancement:

A few weeks back, Joann’s had a sale on their Quilters Showcase line of 70% off and you could use an additional coupon off of the entire purchase.  I figure they will make excellent backing choices.  Some of these were also ‘End of Bolt’ so I got an additional discount there.  Bargain shopping is my favorite! This next one had a smaller discount but it was so dang adorable that I had to have it as a backing for the ‘Preppy the Whale‘ quilt that I have planned.And yesterday, I found the perfect backing to the #quiltsforpulse quilt at a local Pottery Barn Outlet store. It’s going to be fabulous! I’m glad I have the ability to help others in this way.  Charity sewing gives so much to so many people and is one thing I adore about this quilting community!  

End the violence – spread love……

Quilts for Pulse 

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting blocks and quilts to give to the victims, families, and first responders from the shooting tragedy that happened at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.  All the information can be found here.

They have chosen a heart block that uses the tutorial by Cluck, Cluck, Sew using a rainbow color palette and a low volume background.  The Orlando guild is asking for completed quilts or heart blocks in the 10 1/2 inch size.  My guild will be making a quilt using the 10 1/2 inch blocks so I need to make some for that but I wanted to make a quilt of my own to donate.

First – pile up the rainbow:There is all kinds of goodness in that pile.  There’s some Sketch, some Stitched Squares, some Comma, some Mixed Bag, and some Cotton & Steel.  It’s a great combination of fabrics and designers, which is really what this quilt should represent.  We’re not all the same but we can live together in this crazy world and make it beautiful at the same time.

Second – get a plan together:

I took some of the different sizes of hearts and am making this quilt medallion style.  The middle heart represents America and all the freedoms that it stands for. Then I moved out using the small size hearts in a rainbow order.I moved from the 4 1/2 inch hearts to the 6 1/2 inch hearts and added some rainbow goodness in the corners.

Third – Keep Going…..

Next up is the 8 1/2 inch hearts, which I have yet to start but I love where this is going.  The Orlando guild is asking for lap size quilts so I will continue until I have something that is about that size.

If you would like to help then please visit their website for all the information.

I’m thrilled to be able to help in this manner and hope that the good hearts that abound in the quilting community will bring a little bit of comfort to the families involved.  #LoveWins

Witches and Rainbows

There was an incident with the Halloween quilt that I made for my mother last year.

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Her dogs pulled it off the back of the couch and ate off one corner of it. I was able to perform surgery and fix it but I have a feeling that she will not be putting it out this year. So, I decided to make her a Halloween wall hanging. I found this super cute Witches Hat foundation paper piecing pattern on Craftsy and knew that it would be perfect and match the rest of her decorations. I pulled a selection of purples, blacks, oranges, yellows, and greens. For the background, I decided on the bird print I used for my Birds and the Bees quilt.

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The black birds make it look a little sinister and creepy when paired with Halloween colors.
Once it was pieced and basted, I was trying to decide how to quilt it and decided that I would try out free-motion quilting on a real-life project. I figure that Mom will love it no matter how the quilting looks and she will be proud that I even tried. She knows it is one of the skills I want to learn this year. It’s a little wonky but passable.

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It looks like a small problem with my speed through the curves.

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I’ll just have to practice some more and get that hand/foot speed control more consistent. I made a scrappy binding and finished this one up.

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She’s going to love it!!

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I’m loving these small projects so much that I started another one. I downloaded a pattern that had 4 Friendship Stars and some bar blocks. I decided a rainbow would be perfect for it if I just added 3 more stars. Time to sort my scraps:

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How pretty does that all look? Just having them sorted like that makes me smile. I’m putting this together by color section starting with red. For the bar blocks I will be using all scraps by sewing them into slabs and cutting the strips I need for each section. How sunny and gorgeous is this yellow slab?

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I pulled 3 of my coveted text prints to use as a scrappy background. Hello Architextures, Word Search, and Sudoku.

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I’m only through 3 colors right now but I really like how it’s coming together.

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