My local guild, the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild, hosted an in-guild mini Quilt Swap. Back in February we secretly drew names for our partners and received their color requests. The challenge was to use only solids and incorporate one of the characteristics of Modern Quilting. I am not much of a solids user and it is always a challenge for me to use them because I really like the movement that patterned fabric gives to a project.
My partner listed blue, aqua, orange, and rainbow as the preferred colors. Negative Space and Alternate Gridwork were the characteristics that were listed as the favorites. My partner is someone whose work I admire and love (Janet from @simplypieced.) She has a precise and clean look to her piecing and I wanted to make her something that she could love as much as I love a mini quilt of hers that I have hanging in my sewing room.
I’d been wanting to make a new flying geese pattern that was recently released and floating around Instagram. It is the Geese in a Circle pattern by Alyin-Niyla. I thought I could mix up the colors a bit and make them all shine.My favorite variation is the one on the top left but I just had a do it a bit differently. I couldn’t keep with the norm and made it my own. I took 2 sections and flipped them around so the two sizes flowed away from each other. How cool would this look in a larger quilt flowing back and forth like that? It could be awesome! I didn’t like all that negative space. I know, I know, that the challenge was to incorporate some negative space but I just couldn’t have as much as was there. So, I added some bias strips to the corners. I’d been staring at it for weeks with uncertainty and it didn’t come together until I added those strips. That was the piece that I needed to move this to completion.The quilting had to follow the flow of those geese. It just had to. I put a solid teal on the back and it really shows off the quilting. The label is printed on fabric and raw edge appliquéd on with some improv corners. I like how that turned out so I may use that technique a bit more.I quilted it with some new-to-me Aurifil thread. I’m just starting to use the Aurifil and my machine appears to like it very much. I got some thread packs for Christmas and dig into them each time to pick just the right neutral to use for the quilt. I’m super happy with it. I may need to grab some colored packs and play. 🙂
Now I get to show you what I got! One of my favorite patterns ever made in my favorite colors.Meghan made this one for me and I absolutely love it! It’s going to look so great on my wall.
Christmas usually ends with more fabric and accessories being added to my stash. This year was no exception. We’ll start off with the prettiest bundle ever!This Cotton + Steel Basics 40 piece fat quarter bundle is so versatile. It’s even got metallic accents on some of the pieces. And it’s super pretty and I love looking at it. It will be put to great use throughout the next year.
The rest of my sewing presents included a bunch of notions: blades, rulers, and other accessories that will be very useful.I also got a box of Aurifil thread from the Basics collection. My Singer machine seems to like it better than what I normally use. I’ll need to put that thought to the test soon.
A Project Bag:
Before all that gift getting happened, I put together this last minute gift for my mom. A project bag for her cross-stitch or knitting projects. I found the pattern here on Craftsy. It’s a bit larger than I had anticipated – I made the Medium size – so I may also make her a few smaller ones for her upcoming birthday in February.Christmas was big success. Especially on the ‘giving’ side of it, which is my favorite part.
New year is coming up with plenty of new projects on the horizon where all those new notions will be put to use.
Happy Sewing! I’ll just leave you with this awesome sign I got from my mom.
I’m making a separate stash post to help celebrate the 200th Sunday Stash post over on Molli Sparkles blog.
I gave in to a bundle sale that Southern Fabric was having and picked up a few things.
First is this Blueberry Park bundle of loveliness. OMG! It’s so fabulous!I couldn’t pass up the price on this bundle of Atrium by Joel Dewberry.Pandalicious was a must to make something for my Mom. Her favorite dog was named Panda. Now, I just need to figure out what to make…..Charm Packs:
While I was there I found some charm packs on sale. Grand Canal by Kate Spain. Her work is always beautiful. Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman has such both great color saturation and cute prints.Layer Cake:
I loved the Hey Dot charm pack so much that I decided that I needed to get a layer cake for a cute charity baby quilt.That’ll probably do it for me until after Christmas when the bug will hit yet again.
I’m still trying to decide on a direction for the Quiet Play Swap on Instagram. I finished the best Unicorn ever!It may get made into a cushion for a Christmas present. (Yes – I’m already starting on Christmas presents….) I’m going to tweak the borders on the geometric mermaid that you may remember from my last post and see if I like it better than I do now. I got a lot of positive feedback at my guild meeting about the new direction that I’m thinking about for the borders so I will have to get that process going and see how I like it. This unicorn may end up as my swap item if the border solution doesn’t work out.
While I contemplated all that, I dove into a fabulous fabric pull for a quilt for my dad. He requested a quilt so I dragged him into the sewing room to look at colors and he fell for the color palette on a mini quilt that I had received in a swap. It had teals, mustards, blues, and greys. Here’s what I pulled:I’ve really been wanting to make a Stacked Squares quilt and it lends itself very well to just about any color palette. There is a free pattern on the Moda Bake Shop site that uses precuts and jelly rolls. I went to my friend Kelly’s site – My Quilt Infatuation – to get her measurements for cutting from yardage or fat quarters. This fabric pull had a good selection of both. Her middle squares were a little bit smaller than the original pattern but it doesn’t change the illusion at all. She suggested 23 different fabrics to make 23 different blocks.
I cut out all of my selected fabrics. Then took a little break after cutting 23 fat quarters/quarter yard cuts of fabric. I don’t normally cut my fabrics all at once, as I tend to change my mind halfway through, so my cutting stamina is really low. The ice cream gave me the energy to sew all the squares together.I got all my squares sewn together just so I could then cut them apart. I swear quilters get a little bit crazy. 🙂After all those cuts, I set up my portable design wall and got those squares all placed where I want them. I’m still contemplating a few moves but I like how it looks overall.
Some of those fabrics I got from a recent sale that The Intrepid Thread was having over the Labor Day holiday.
I picked up – at fabulous prices – a few awesome fabrics. Some Cotton + Steel, Drawn Bubbles, Remix, and the green chevron made up this beautiful selection.I used all but the yellow bubbles in the Stacked Squares quilt. So they were all definitely a good buy.
Then I stocked up on these Christmas prints for a wall hanging mini quilt I have in mind. It’s going to be a bit fabulous!
I cannot wait until I have a few moments (hopefully meaning a few days off this week) to work on my Dad’s quilt. I think he’s going to love it!
I made some progress on the Foxes Baby quilt from last week’s post. I pieced some of the foxes fabric with the cuddle dots for the back and basted it. It’s all ready for quilting.That progress was made at a sewing day with a few new sewers. One is making a full-size quilt using squares so I showed her how to prepare a nine-patch, the staple of the quilters world. I introduced her to the 1/4 inch piecing foot to make her piecing more precise and she was headed online to find one for her machine. The other was putting together a dress. I’m not a garment sewer so I showed her how to read the pattern and decipher the language. The pieces were already cut out and we made great progress on it. She got all her darts sewn in the bodice and also a few pleats on the skirt part. Now she’s trying to get the sizing right before we get the zipper installed. The pieces were slightly too small on the bodice so she cut and darted a second bodice section. It was a bit too big once sewn to the skirt so she took it home to seam rip and study and I’m sure she’ll have a great plan by the time she comes back over.
Sugar Block Club 2016:
It’s the halfway point for the Sugar Block Club and I got caught up on all my blocks.It’s going to be such a pretty quilt. I love the color palette that I chose. The purples and teals just pop against those low volumes.
Chrissy at Sew Lux had a large Memorial Day sale and I gave in big time. The prices were super low and I couldn’t resist.The top three are from a line called Meadowbloom. The colors are more vibrant than shown here and are so gorgeous! I love the blue one on the top.This grouping contains a few from the For You line by Zen Chic (the teal and grey ones). Zen Chic is one of my favorite designers and these do not disappoint. The yellow one on top is Color Theory Mesh. I love the randomness of the color placement. It’s such a great blender.
This next grouping I see being great additions to a circus themed baby quilt that I have in my head. So bright and cheerful! The mutli-colored pieces are from Best Day Ever and the ‘plus’ one is called Math Nerd. I love that! I could use it in multiple different types of quilt patterns. I’m looking forward to getting all these designs out of my head and through my sewing machine.
I have been catching up on the Splendid Sampler blocks little by little. I have made 4 this week. The top one is eagerly awaiting it’s chain stitched center. I’ll have some time to get that done this week. I’ve already transferred the pattern into the fabric so I can begin that process. The bottom one is not correct but I’m leaving it this way and never again piecing those tiny triangles. It’s still cute though. I love these two! I’m moving from the pinks into lavenders and purples and love the combination.
Speaking of purples – a guild mate has been buying clearance fabrics and splitting them up with some of us so we all get a great deal on fabric. This past month was dark pinks and purples which matches up perfectly with my block colors. They are just all so gorgeous!
Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month:
I finally (!) basted the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month quilt top. I had purchased the backing fabric a long, long time ago as it perfectly matched the scrappy color story on the front. I’m not sure how long this will take me to quilt. I kind of want to try some free-motion quilting but don’t quite have the skills. That means that I may end up doing some fancy straight line quilting with my walking foot if I don’t get any practice with FMQ.
I’m thinking of taking some older fabrics that I no longer like and making small quilt sandwiches to practice with. That will definitely help me destash in a positive manner and learn a new skill all at the same time. 😊
I’m having fun with the Splendid Sampler quilt along. We are at 6 blocks now as they are releasing two per week. These are some tiny hearts. Those are 1 1/2 inch squares on the corners of the small hearts. I went a little crazy on the flower pot one and my block is a little too big but there is no where to trim so it stays as is and I’ll fit it in somewhere. I actually didn’t read the size directions on the vase and just went for it. But I like how it looks. I really like the block released on Thursday. It would be fabulous in a larger size to use in a baby quilt. And now the group shot: The blocks are 6 1/2 inches (or supposed to be anyway) and there is still a long way to go. The most recent Sunday block is an embroidery one so I may just skip it. I’ll have to take a closer look at it and then decide. I have a number of cross-stitch projects in the works that need my hand sewing attention instead of something new. But, we’ll see.
Sugar Block Club:
I’ve also been making some progress on the 2015 Sugar Block Club blocks. This is February and March. This block is a little too muted for my taste so I may remove the corners and do them in color to jazz it up a little. There is just not enough contrast. But, I am super happy with the appliqué center section!
I gave in at The Intrepid Thread during a big Flash sale she had recently and I picked up a number of fabulous things. Some great blenders: Then some Blueberry Park – this is so awesome in person! And daisies are my favorite. Then this gorgeous selection of purples: The top two are also from Blueberry Park. This group also includes a print from the Rhoda Ruth line. The rest are all from the Macrame line from Cotton + Steel. They are the most fabulous purples I have seen in a while. My purples were really lacking and this sale came at the perfect time to stock up.
I should have lots to show next time as I have a few days off this week with just sewing plans in place. Should be a good week full of creativity and hopefully some quilting.