Friday, September 23, 2016

Frosting {Quilt}

"Grandmothers are moms with lots of frosting"

I adore these quilts. I actually finished them in January and was supposed to mail them off to their recipients. But I just couldn't let them go. 

Honestly, I just didn't mail them because I never got around to making their labels.
And I let a lot of other projects, and life, get in the way. 

I used jelly rolls I had that I had picked up a million moons ago at either Joanns or Hobby Lobby. The Granny Square pattern by Blue Elephant Stitches from Moda Bake Shop was well done and it came together quickly. 

Very quickly!

My big problem was that I had a matching white issue. After a long drawn out process, I discovered that there are actually, not just dye lot issues, with Kona White, but there are actually two different manufacturers for Robert Kaufmann and the whites are NOT at all the same. 

After hunting down some that matched thanks to Hayley from The Plum Bobbin, I was able to find the right white and add the sashing. 

The quilting. These were quilted at a time where I was just really discovering my "feathers" and was playing around with them. 

I may have over-feathered them. If that's possible?

One backing is flannel and one is cotton. They both washed up really nicely!

From the beginning, I had in my mind to do scalloped borders/binding. I just knew I wanted them to have a vintage feel and if scallops don't say that?  I don't know what else would!

The key to scallops is a good amount of border space, a good scallop ruler to mark, and bias binding. 
The other thing I learned was to not get too worried about mitering the corners.  The bias binding started just naturally curving into the inside turns. 

My IRun4 buddy, Reagan.

And the final touch, sweet labels.  I forgot to take pictures, but one of the recipients  took one!
These are going to two super special people that had no idea that they were coming. 

Quilt stats: 
Measures:Approx. 54" x 64"
Pattern: Granny Square by Blue Elephant Stitches at Moda Bake Shop
Fabric: Kona White, Joann Fabric jelly rolls, Joann flannel and cotton
Quilting: Free motion feathers on Ole Betsy longarm (18"Avante)

I was so excited to get messages from them when they arrived!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fat Quarter Bundle Winner

I loved EVERYONE'S thoughts on the style of quilter they are. 

Me?  I struggle. I love all quilting. As the interior decorator that came to my house said once, I love traditional/classic things with a nod to modern and whimsy. So I just keep calling myself a plain old quilter!

And now. The winner. Linda!!

 You won!!

The Solids Paintbox bundle from Fat Quarter Shop is yours! 

I will also be emailing and posting this on Instagram. Just need your address so I can have FQS Mail you the bundle!

If I don't here from you by Friday, I will redraw!


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Jolly Bar Book {Blog Hop}

Have you seen the new book by Fat Quarter Shop?

I was intrigued when Fat Quarter Shop emailed me about the book.

Twenty? Yes. You read that right!  Twenty quilt patterns!!

Many would say that Fall began when Pumpkin Spice Lattes arrived a week ago, but I'm willing to wait until the 22nd to enjoy this quilt longer.  My last hydrangea flower agrees.

Next was choosing from all the amazing patterns!!! After long thought, I picked the Regiment Quilt. 

liked it's simplicity and that it used every single Jolly Bar to the fullest. I also had just enough pink and white dot, Kindred Spirits by Bunny Hill Designs, for sashing, which played nicely. 

 I adore the tiny red cornerstones. 

The cutting was simple and the piecing went quickly. 

I couldn't wait to try my new pantograph pattern, Lotus Blossom by Urban Elementz. 

For the backing I found two flannels leftover from two other projects. 

I probably mentioned before that I dread pieced backings.
 But I'm relatively happy with the result. 

I'm more than happy with the way the quilting looked on the back. 

I found some leftover white on red flowers
 from the Bonnie & Camille line Hello Darling for the binding. 

Even Button begged me to have a picnic with him yesterday afternoon. 
Fall can wait just a bit longer....

Interested in seeing some other Jolly Bar quilts?  Please go visit the other bloggers!  You won't be disappointed. 

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Connie from Free Motion by the River
Afton from Quilting Mod
Pam from Pam Kitty Morning
Heidi from Buttons and Butterflies
Renee from Sewn with Grace
Remona from The Stitching Scientist
Andy from A Bright Corner
Angie from Gnome Angel

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Solids Paintbox Fat Quarter Bundle {Giveaway}
Did you know that September is National Sewing month?

"The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month
 'In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.'"

What better way to celebrate the kickoff day of the month with a giveaway, sponsored by my favorite online fabric store, Fat Quarter Shop!!!!

This bundle contains 26 Kona solids that would be awesome as coordinates with prints for my more traditional followers or stand on their own for my more modern quilt followers!

All I'm asking you to do is to comment on this blogpost by midnight (CST), Saturday, September 3, 2016. I'll announce the winner on Monday, September 5th!

What should you comment about?

Tell me if you consider yourself a modern, traditional quilter, both or neither!
 I really would love to hear everyone's thoughts!!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Checkmate {Quilt}

How beautiful is the flannel version by Fat Quarter Shop

 And how different are mine?!?!?!?! 

I chose Riley Blake's Lost & Found Halloween line.
 I liked that it had some darker colors and the lighter/low volume selections.

Just like the pattern, I split (3) Riley Blake 10" stackers into light and dark:
(note: Riley Blake's layer cakes have 21 prints, 
the original pattern calls for 24 dark and 24 light layer cakes.)

I cut my Lost & Found Halloween Black Spider Web yardage for borders and prepped the Lost & Found Halloween Black Stripe yardage for binding.

I started laying out my darker blocks....and quickly had a change of mind. 
I wanted two quilts.  Twin quilts for the two chairs in my family room.

To make that happen, I then had to change course and change the layout.  Instead of a 6x8 rectangle layout?  I chose a 5x5 square layout.  It meant I had to cut some more borders and binding out from the yardage.

The pattern came together very quickly and I had two quilt tops!

Next came the backing.  I ADORED the Halloween Cream Newsprint for backing.
Because of my decision to make two, I had to quickly come up with a pieced backing plan.

Confession:  My edges are wavy because my binding is pinned to the back...I was running out of photo daylight!  Binding is officially complete now!

And if anyone knows me by now?  I avoid pieced backings at all cost.  They were probably the most time consuming part of the entire quilt. Scraps from some remaining yardage and layer cakes mixed in with a black and white ticking and solid black from my stash.

Excuse the missing binding......I promise, they both are finished now!!!

 After I loaded each up on Ole Betsy Longarm, I knew I had to keep the quilting pretty tame since the fabrics were so busy, but I wasn't really feeling like I wanted to do a pantograph pattern.  I chose Superior Threads Omni Medium Gray for the quilting since the backing was cream and black and the front fabrics seemed to hide it well.

For the border, I did a squiggly line that just didn't show up in the photos.  But I'm okay with it.  I know the texture will arrive after they are both washed.
Because of that, I wanted to do some fun things in the bigger blocks.

Spider webs.



 For the low volume four patch squares, I simply did a curved square quilting. 

The binding didn't pop out as much as I had pictured it against the spider web,
but I still loved them together.

I'm just super excited to have to matching Halloween quilts and Button agrees. He was determined to be in the photoshoot this time!

Layer Cake Checkmate Quilt Kit
I think that the original in the blue is fantastic for a masculine quilt, but the pattern is versatile enough to handle the fun novelty fabrics.  Especially the holiday ones!

Quilt Stats:
Measure: 61" x 61" 
Batting: Warm & Natural
Thread: Superior Threads Omni Medium Gray
Quilted on: Handiquilter Avante 18"

Check out all the other quilter's versions that joined in the fun!

Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Andy from A Bright Corner
Anorina from Samelia's Mum
Sherri F. from This & That Patterns
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts


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