Birds and the Bees Pillow

At my most recent guild meeting, we had a English Paper Piecing lesson and were asked to bring some scraps to work with. I decided I needed a pillow to go with my Birds and the Bees quilt. So, I brought some yellow, black, and gray scraps and was able to get a few done while at the meeting.

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I decided to do a small cluster and added some small triangles that I sewed into hexies and a couple of random triangles as well. I zig-zag appliqued the pieces onto the gray background fabric. I love how this turned out!

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Earlier in the week, I created some hoop art with my favorite fabric: Polka Dot Stitches by Lori Holt for Riley Blake designs.

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I took some variegated colored threads and stitched around the stitch diagrams. This fabric just showcases the beginnings of my stitching journey that I experienced as a child. I keep buying it and hate to cut into it in any way. So, I thought I’d make it a feature piece in my sewing room.

On that train of thought: I found the Polka Dot Stitches fat quarter bundle on #thegreatfabricdestash and I just had to have it. I hadn’t seen the rest of the bundle and I was very pleasantly surprised when I received it and was able to open it up. I love them all!

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The text prints are definitely my favorite but this red color story is the grouping that I love most:

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It included some solids, some large gingham, and some adorable large prints. I’m not sure how I’ll use them but there may be another Sew Together Bag in my future.

I’m also working on a block that I will be making into a mini and I hope to share that soon. Until then – happy sewing!

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Sunday Stash – May

Well – I gave in once again to a big Craftsy sale. They had that Free Spirit Fat Quarter Box at a great price and I snagged one up.

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There was a wonderful selection of Chicopee in this one:

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Along with London:

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Pretty Little Things:

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And a few other randoms:

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I ran out of the green print from In my Room by Jenean Morrison and was able to locate it (and a few more prints) at Fabric Fly:

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Pink Castle Fabrics had some great blenders and stash bundles that I just had to have:

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They also sent a Cotton + Steel Trading card. I love the sentiment on this one!

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That should do it for this week.

Be sure to click over and sign up to be in the running to receive the Traveling Stash Box by Friday June 6th. I’ll be doing the drawing that night. Here’s what I added to the box. It’s all packed up and ready to head to it’s new temporary home. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Brick by Brick

I recently finished a baby quilt to give to a friend for her cousin. I have never met my friend’s cousin but her story touched my heart.

She is in her late 20s and has a 9 year old son from an old relationship. She is the type that never gets a break – broken home growing up, in and out of relationships with those that don’t deserve her, etc. From what I have heard she is a good person with a good heart. She works full-time at a small town bank and within the last year or 2 she met and married the love of her life. All was right in the world. She was in love and pregnant with her second child. She is currently about 7 1/2 months along. About a month ago her husband committed suicide and left her alone. She’ll have to raise 2 children basically by herself. She has joint custody of her oldest child but now no one to help with the baby.

She has been overly stressed since the incident and the pregnancy may be at risk due to her current emotional state. My friend stated that her cousin had nothing yet for the baby. I felt I should help in some way. I didn’t have any baby stuff in the gift closet – time to restock that, right? So, I decided to make her a quilt for the baby. The doctor has determined that it will be a boy.

I recently purchased some Giraffe Crossing by Riley Blake from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram and the colors are just perfect for the design I was thinking of.

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Browns, oranges, yellows, muted blues. I mixed it up with some boy-centric fabrics I had in my stash that have dinaosaurs, tools, numbers, and letters. Don’t you just love this chalkboard print?

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I chose a brick pattern using 4 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch bricks and spaced the colors out to make sure I wasn’t doubling up on anything. I backed it with dark brown Minkee and quilted with Stitch-in-the-Ditch. That Minkee is just divine and so soft and cuddly.

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I gave it to my friend to give to her cousin and I hope she is somehow comforted during this horrible time in her life.

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I’m entering this quilt over at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival – small quilt category – so be sure to head over there and vote starting on May 23rd.

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Surprise Packages

I did not get much sewing done this week. My sewing machine was quiet until Saturday. I spent some time organizing my fabric, doing a fabric pull for the Triangle Quilt Along that starts later this month, and tweaking the design of a quilt I am about to start.
Saturday came and I pulled out the March Sugar Block pattern and went to work. Amy Gibson named this one Explore with the ‘Beyond the Block’ challenge to try something new or something that is not in your normal schedule.
Here’s my block:

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My background fabric choice is the dark olive rather than a white or cream. I enjoy experimenting with color placement and creating combinations that really pop but still play nice together.

I also accepted an invitation to join a friend for an activity that I would have normally said ‘No’ to without any additional thought. I enjoyed myself even if it wasn’t my cup of tea. There are a few more activities this month that I would previously have shied away from but am planning on doing anyway. It’s a good way to expand my horizons and create new experiences.
In Saturday’s mail was a package from Craftsy.

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I was pretty sure that I was not expecting any fabric – not from Craftsy anyway. So, I just had to see what it was. Turns out that Craftsy sent me this canvas tote bag and a sweet note.

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I think I may be shopping their fabric sales just a little too much these days. It’s definitely a sign to cut back. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 –ย  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…

Riddle Me This

I have realized that I am starting to collect quilt tops.

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That’s 6 tops hanging up and I have 2 more in boxes. I really need to baste and quilt these guys. I have the backing fabric for about 1/2 of them. Does anyone else hoard quilt tops without finishing them?
I finished this top today:

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It’s the 2013 Sugar Block club by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock. I picked up this lovely scribble print off of EBay.

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It meshes very well with the main print on the blocks.

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I wanted to set the designs on point but I didn’t get enough fabric to do so. I still like the way it turned out. I’m calling it ‘Riddle Me This’. The quilt just makes me think of a joke from my childhood. What’s black and white and red all over? Answer: a newspaper. It’s just goofy and I love it!

Here’s more fabric I got from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. I ordered it prior to my ‘no fabric purchased for the rest of February’ pledge.

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I don’t know the line but I love these cool teals.

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I could not pass up this sweet giraffe print from Michael Miller. I’m planning to use it to make a gift for my darling niece. You just can’t go wrong with a Kona grey roll-up. And I couldn’t resist the Botanics Charm pack for $1.99 during the Daily Deal at Missouri Quilt Company.
I’m hoping to get one of those tops basted and quilted by the end of the month. That gives me 2 weeks. I think I can do it.

Lucky Stars – still a Work in Progress

My day job is in Retail Accounting and most retailers perform inventory at the end of January. Needless to say, we have been extremely busy at work and it’s really digging into my sewing time. But, for the first weekend in about 2 months, I was off on Saturday! It was incredibly exciting!!
I spent the time sewing and indulging in #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. Let’s just say I have a couple packages heading my way. I really need to stop refreshing that feed.
This week, I received a couple more textie-like fabrics. I love this RIley Blake Lost & Found 2 print.

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I also ordered these 2 Premier prints. They are a light weight Home Decor print. It was not what I was expecting but I can definitely make it work. Now, I’m thinking pillows and window shades. Hmmm, what to do, what to do?

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My Saturday sewing consisted of more Lucky Stars BOM blocks from Don’t Call me Betsy. I am seriously loving these! I now have 6 total – three 12 1/2 inch and three 6 1/2 inch blocks. Here are the newest ones.

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All together they look great!

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