Thursday, June 15, 2017

Patchwork QAL: Block Six

We are HALFWAY there!!! It's June and time for block five!!

The Round the Corner Block



Another block with teeny tiny squares and HST's....well....at least tiny for me!


I will admit, I kinda grit my teeth when I start out with the tiny bits, but then I start chain piecing them and I end up with six blocks!!


I just added this stack to my bin and realized we all should have 36 blocks now!


Isn't this stack just gorgeous!! 
If you haven't started it, it isn't' too late.
These blocks come together very quickly!  See everyone else's!!!!

The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
 
 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Superstar {Quilted Pillow}

 "Don't listen to them, you're a superstar!"



In January, a package arrived from Riley Blake Designs.  I was surprised to see the fabric bundle, until I remembered I had signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild 2017 Fabric Challenge with Riley Blake. 

The fabric line is called Creative Rockstar.  I really do love the two colors of Orange and Aqua/Teal, but  I felt like I needed another color to balance them.  However, I really didn't want to use more fabric than they sent.  I had presented a secondary challenge for myself. 


I knew I wanted to play with the words of the fabric line and the word star kept nagging at me. 
Then, I remembered that I had designed a star pattern a few years ago for my boys' bean bag cushion in their room that might work.


 I didn't want to make a mini because I'm really into making small quilts that are functional in my life, so settled on making a quilted pillow cover.  I set aside two of the fat quarters they had sent for the back of the pillow and then started with my star center...crossing my fingers I would have enough. 
 

I started adding colors strips around it.


At first, I tried to be very specific in my color choices and strip widths.


But then it became very improv and fun because I only had a bit left.  I even miscalculated the amount of fabric I had set aside for the binding and had to make it scrappy also.


The quilting was simple, I outlined the stars as best as I could, since the outer widths started to vary greatly.


Then I added my hidden zipper backing and scrappy binding.


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 18" square
Pattern: Superstar (still writing up the pattern)
Fabrics: Creative Rockstar by Riley Blake Designs
Quilted: Straight line outlines on Babylock Symphony



The pillow now lives in my chair at my desk in my studio.  It didn't win the challenge, which made me very happy that I didn't spend more money on fabric AND I have a functional project for myself!




Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Old Glory {Quilted Pillows}


"....with liberty and justice for all."


I am so delighted with these pillow covers!


And better yet?  I love this time of the year because I can put my patriotic decorations up from Memorial Day through the Fourth of the July...and there is Flag Day in between!


I did not use a pattern for these, but will admit I was inspired by the many flag blocks I've seen from Thimbleblossoms Stars and Stripes pattern.  Mine is based on the size of my pillow inserts.  I used the dimensions to be able to fit four red stripes, 3 white, a rectangle of aqua, and a border for them to stand out. 

I know, I know...the "star" rectangle is supposed to be blue.  But sometimes I feel like a quilter can take a little artistic license and bend the rules. 


I had fun doing the crosshatch quilting.  
And I'm so happy with my plan to use linen for both the background and the binding.


For the pillow backs, I made hidden zippers again.  There are some dark chocolate zippers under that flap, and no one needs to know!  And in accordance with my Sew My Stash goal, I used some duck canvas in a coordinating color I had hanging around.



Quilt Pillow Stats:
Measure: 13" x 20"
Pattern: Inspired by Thimbleblossoms Stars and Stripes pattern
Fabric: Scraps of red and aqua, Kona Snow, Robert Kaufman Linen in Natural, and Joann's Duck Canvas
Quilted: Crosshatch quilting on Babylock Symphony


There are some more patriotic pillow covers in the works....stay tuned!!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sooner Spirit {Quilt}

" A mile of road will take you a mile; A mile of runway can take you anywhere."


I wish I had the photo of the graduate that this quilt is going to!
  He is a young man headed to the University of Oklahoma, Department of Aviation 
this fall and is also already a REAL pilot. 
(I know that is weird to say, but it just blows my mind that he was flying planes while in high school!)


When he was a little guy, his mom tucked him in with a quilt made by his grandmother.  He would say "airplanes UP!" to her every night.  


She requested I add a bit of that fabric to the back of the quilt headed with him this fall!


 I can't tell you how excited I was to find this fabric for his backing.  
It's called Jetsetter by Tim Holtz.


Unfortunately, I did run into a bit of trouble while piecing the backing.  
When I had originally assessed and purchased the yardage, it appeared quite non-directional at first.


I had intended to have only a single stripe on the back, but when I realized all of the commercial planes appeared to be nose diving, I immediately messaged her to let her know I had to make a change in plans.  I think I said, and I quote, "There is NO way I am giving him any bad ju-ju" 


The last time I did this quilt for my own son, I did a square meandering, but this time I really wanted to do straight line quilting. 


I did a meander around the logo so that the applique would pop, with its blanket stitching, from the background.


I went with the black binding to frame the entire quilt.
I will admit, I struggled to choose the coordinating fabrics.  OU has only two specific colors for their school, Crimson and Cream.  I was so glad the Ash gray and black didn't distract from their colors!



Quilt Stats:
Measures:  71" X 89"
Pattern: Rah Rah Rally by Melissa Corry from the Moda Bakeshop Book, Sweet Celebrations.
Fabric: Kona Black, Ash, Crimson, and Natural
Quilted: Straight lines and meandering on Handiquilter Avante


Today is his graduation and I can't wait to see his reaction to his gift!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Pineapple Fun {Mini Quilt}

"Be a pineapple.  
Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside."


This year, the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild decided that they wanted to do a mini swap again.  Last year, I didn't have one and it was so fun to watch everyone open and then steal away minis from each other, white elephant style.


This year, I decided I wanted to do something fun like the pineapple quilts I have been seeing around lately. I confess, I saw just saw a block on line, quickly did some quilt math, and pieced the top with 2.5" inch unfinished squares and HSTs from fabric that I scrounged from my scrap bins.


I then added matchstick quilting. 
I loooooove matchstick quilting on minis and throw pillows.






I had a lot of questions on Instagram when I posted the photo in progress.  
I used four different colors, white, light yellow, dark yellow, and a green in 50wt Gutermann using varying widths and varying stitch lengths (generally 3.0-4.5).  I have had so many questions about it that I will be making a video very soon to share.  Stay tuned!!!



The backing was a fun green print I have had in my stash for quite awhile.


I had some fun with the binding and added a bit of black and white with the yellow to frame it.


I added a printed computer label and then just used Heat n Bond to secure it to the back since it was a mini wall hanging.

Quilt Stats:
Measures: approx. 12.5" x 19"
Pattern: Pineapple Block
Fabrics: various yellows and green from stash, Kona White
Quilted: 50 wt Gutermann on Babylock Symphony



I had a great time and so glad to be able to participate this year.  


Monday, May 15, 2017

Patchwork QAL: Block Five

Are you still quilting along with us at the Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork QAL?

The Homestead Block


Another fun block with squares, rectangles and HSTs!


I think I will make a larger block version with some of my scraps in the future!


Isn't this stack just gorgeous!! 


If you haven't started it, it isn't' too late.


These blocks come together very quickly!  See everyone else's!!!!


The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
 
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt QAL: Block Four

 It's the 15th of April...Tax Day here in the USA....a perfect day to bring smiles to people's faces by sharing block four of the Patchwork Quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop!


The Star & Cross Block:




It is a fun mix of tiny HSTs and square and rectangle block units!

Ready to make yours?  
Check out Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber for the links and videos for this charity quilt!!!




I have to admit...this striped one is my favorite this month.  It feels like Easter and Spring!!


I was super excited to add it to the blocks to my new wood crate that holds the now 24 blocks!!


Go check out the other designers quilting progress. 
Some are using the kit and others are using different lines or just their scraps!!!


 
The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

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