Sunday, February 19, 2017

Valentine's Day {Quilted Projects}

"Love does not make the world go round.  Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."


 About two weeks ago, I pulled out these leftovers.


They were leftover layer cakes and cut triangles from my Layers of Charm quilt I made two years ago!
 


I didn't finish all of my Valentine's Day projects until the end of that day.  My husband and I went on vacation to Maui and I just didn't get all the quilting and binding done to take it with me on the vacation.  But I was excited to come home to these "minis".


 I'm actually super excited that I got these done so they are ready for next year!   
I don't mind being late or really early.  I just like being done!  


I used the leftover backing from the Layers of Charm quilt to make hidden zipper backings.

 
I was worried about using solid black binding, but I'm glad I did.  I feel like the eye is drawn only to the triangles of prints and stands out against the quilt on the chair.  The second pillow pops out against the second red chair (and more to come for a coordinating quilt in the works!).


I still had two leftover layer cakes to make two Hugs and Kisses potholders.



I intentionally set aside the lip layer cake for the X potholder.


And a red dot layer cake for the O potholder.


I used insulbrite and batting and then echo quilted both of the potholders. 


I used a fun Teal with white dot leftovers on the backings of all the potholders and trimmed them with black binding and a loop to hang them.


I almost ignored the four HSTs I had sitting around.  But before I put them in my scrap bins, I decided to play around with them and chose to make a trivet.



I didn't love it until I decided to add a coral pink embroidered stitch.


Then to round things out, I decided to make some quilted coasters for the family room again.


I raided my stash and made six of them and it makes my hubby happy because he loves my quilted coasters.


I was also inspired to make a Hugs and Kisses bunting for the fireplace.  I tried to use scrapbook paper I had in my stash that matched the colors in the Moda Kiss Kiss Fabric.


I'm sooo excited about decorating for next year and also making a few more valentine's quilts. 
 Stay Tuned!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt QAL: Block Two


It's the 15th of February, which means it is time for the second block of the Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop!

The Diamond Pane Block:


It really is a unique block that seems to draw your eye to different elements each time you stare at it. 


What else is awesome?  They made a video for the block!




If you are just stumbling upon this quilt along? No worries!  You can easily hop on the wagon train!
This is a quilt along that is designed to help the Make A Wish Foundation.


https://www.blacktie-america.com/online_sales/nonprofit_donation_enhanced.cfm?id=1161&campaignid=83


There are kits or you can quilt along with your own.   The blocks are free every 15th of the month. They only ask for a suggested donation of $5 to the Make a Wish campaign for each time you make a download.

 The final quilt will look something like this:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/patchwork-quilt-along-quilt-kit-preorder

You can see my first set of Souvenir of Friendship Blocks HERE!

Join Fat Quarter Shop, the designers, me and other bloggers in the journey!!

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


It's an adventure!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Minky Texture {Quilt}

 "May you remember the texture for days..."


When I attended Quiltcon in February 2016 in Pasadena, Shannon Fabrics had a booth and they were allowing attendees a choice between a stack of charms of their cuddle or something else (that I can't remember for the life of me).  I figured I might get a baby quilt or something out of the charm pack.

.Fast forward to September 2016, the charm stack was, in some strange way, leering at me.  They started annoying me enough that I started looking at my stash. 
 

Unfortunately....I didn't have a ton of great cotton fabrics in the colors.  But I did have some seersucker and gingham from the days when I thought I would make Button some more clothes other than the one outfit for Bluebonnets.

I quickly decided on a square in a square design, with a small 1" border around the charm to offset it from the ginghams and seer-suckers. I ended up adding a few of my leftover scraps of minky cuddle (light pink and white dot and rosette pinks) to the mix to make it larger.  

Before I knew it, I had a nice size baby quilt.


I decided to do some free motion on the quilt to define each "square".


I have to say, that I am delighted!
I'm not quite sure how the seersucker is going to feel after washing...it does definitely have some serious texture.


I left the centers untouched and I love how they pop up in the middle.


I didn't have a quilting plan and just plaid around with lines, scallops, loops, and feathers.


 Following my Sew My Stash rules, I found cotton pinks for the backing. 
I contemplated using minky, but I love how the squares puff on the back too!


I chose the same dark pink for the binding.  I'm really using up some old stash!!


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 48" Square
Pattern: Square in a square
Fabrics:  Shannon Fabrics Cuddle, Joanns seersucker, gingham, cotton And  Kona Cotton solids
 Quilted: Freemotion on HandiQuilter Avante


I'm not sure where it's final home will be, but for now, I'll just pet it and wait for the right recipient!



Friday, January 27, 2017

Judge Pride Twister {Quilt}

"Twist and Shout!"


I made another Twister quilt this school year for the older boys' high school auction.  I figured I would give my brain a break and just make the same pattern, just different colors.


I will admit, I still feel like I'm making two, just to have one cool twisty pattern.
 I decided do a tighter meander free motion quilting so it would wash really crinkly.


 Black binding framed it perfectly.


Sticking with Sew My Stash 2017,
I used a yellow dot backing with a pieced black and white chevron scrap.


Did you see the snow falling in the above picture???
The white thread really disappeared in the yellow dot backing.


I added a printed quilt label after I washed it framed in black.


Here is a pull out of the photo-shoot!  I have had this stand forever to display quilts and have used it to take pictures...but just recently realized I should extend the poles way out on the sides and crop them out instead of trying to hide the legs behind it.  It also would fall over when the wind blow.  Especially when I don't have quilt holder staff hanging about.   It seemed to work!


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 65" Square
Pattern: Twister Quilt inspired from School Spirit Twister
Fabric: Kona White, Tomato, Corn Yellow, Black, and Joanns yellow dot and chevron
Quilted: Free-motion meandering on Handiquilter Avante


Maybe it will return to my red chair for us to enjoy....


Monday, January 23, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along: Block One

Within a few days of my kit arriving, I sat down and worked on the first set of blocks.

Souvenir of Friendship Block:

 
They came together very quickly and efficiently!


Especially with the help of the video:



To see the other versions the designers and other bloggers are doing, just click on the links below!

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



Let's have fun together!!


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along

 Have you heard about the Patchwork Quilt Along by Fat Quarter Shop?
  
 
http://www.fatquartershop.com/patchwork-quilt-along-quilt-kit-preorder

Welcome to the 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along! Join me and a smattering of other awesome quilters while we sew this collection of 12 different classic patchwork blocks to create the lovely Patchwork Quilt!
 
https://www.blacktie-america.com/online_sales/nonprofit_donation_enhanced.cfm?id=1161&campaignid=83
 
 
The Patchwork Quilt Along benefits Make a Wish. This fantastic organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. Granted wishes help children feel stronger, more energetic, and more willing to face their medical battle, and for many the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses!
 
 This year, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $20,000 of donations raised!  So help them reach that goal!
 
There are kits or you can quilt along with your own.   The blocks are free every 15th of the month. They only ask for a suggested donation of $5 to the Make a Wish campaign for each time you make a download.
 
I'm a little late posting because I just received my kit that Fat Quarter Shop today!
 
 
I'll be posting the January Block as soon as I get a chance, so keep your eyes peeled.
 

 But it is already available on the Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop's blog.  
Please also go check out the quilt requirements or check out the Kit they have already put together.  There are limited amounts available, so if you are serious about it, hurry up and grab yourself one.
 
*Psst! 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
 
 
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group! Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
 **Disclaimer:  Fat Quarter Shop has provided the full kit to me.  However, even if they didn't, I would be joining along to help such a worthy cause.****

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