Wednesday, March 22, 2017

So Charming {Quilt}

 "Your prince charming will come one day.  
He may not ride a white horse or live in a big castle, 
but he will love you and only you!"


 This quilt was a quick start to finish that was solely based on the fact that I needed a break from some other quilts.


 I had pulled out some charm squares from in the Fall to use for a pincushion, but lost somehow lost all desire to make it.  I'm not a big pincushion user and not a collector either.  


 It was actually a half open pack of Pat Sloan's "Eat Your Fruits and Veggies" line for Moda Fabrics, with only 17 charms left, the others used on various swap or bee blocks in the past
.  
When I found it two weeks ago, I really contemplated tossing them in my scrap bins. But, I just really liked the play of the colors together and felt that I had to do something.  
I came up with a quick design.


I took 3 of the charm squares and cut them in four 2.5" squares each.  Then surrounded them with sashing to make 5" blocks to match the 13 blocks.  To make it a baby size quilt, I added really large borders.  I raided my stash for binding and backing.


I miscalculated when I started loading the backing and realized that I needed to add a strip to make it wider.


The borders allowed a lot of fun free motion with very large and exaggerated pebbles with feathers and paisleys sprinkled in.


I then used a ruler to play in the big squares and emphasize the tiny squares.


I loved how the quilting showed up on the back and how the orange dot strip up with one of the rows on the front.  
Completely unintentional!


I had a moment of indecisiveness to change the binding to the orange dot when I finished quilting, but told myself to stay strong.


 Definitely some texture on the front!!!


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 36" square
Pattern: Inspired by box-in-a-box blocks
Fabrics: Moda Fabrics Eat Your Fruits and Veggies (circa 2012) by Pat Sloan, Moda Fabrics Simply Color by VCo, Robert Kaufman Kona White, Dots from Joann Fabrics
Quilted: Freemotion and rulers on HQ Avante longarm


There is still one charm left that I'm saving for the quilt label or it will land in the scrap bin.  
Had to share the photo bomb.


He thinks he's sooooooo charming.
Oh well....what can a mom of boys do other than shrug?



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt QAL: Block Three

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

The Box-in-a-Box Block:


A simple geometric block that gives you 6 more blocks pretty quickly with a lot of visual impact.


Ready to go make yours?
Check out the Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber for the links to the video and block pattern instructions!

I can't believe that I have 18 blocks already!!

Block One: Friendship Block

Block Two: Diamond Panes

 Join the rest of us on this fun and super great charity 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
 
 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Button's Fox {Quilt}

"What does the fox say?"


This quilt is everything to Button right now.  


It all started with a trip to Target for some school supplies in August.  
He spotted this coin purse he HAD to have!


When we got home, he asked me if it was possible to make a Fox quilt.  I instantly thought of Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Fox pattern and knew he would love it.
As soon as I showed it to him, he went shopping on my pre-cut shelves and pulled out this Fat Quarter Bundle with Moda Bella solids I had bought at Quiltcon 2015.


He then proceeded to follow me around with it.
 Even if he was at school, I would find the bundle sitting in strategic places where I would find it.
He was getting kinda creepy...so I bought the pattern.

 When I finally showed him the pattern instructions?
He started to camp out in my studio to make sure I was working on it.
I was even scolded for texting.


I worked quickly and had almost all the blocks done.  But then he wasn't happy it wasn't a "rainbow".  I would make more blocks.  Then we would go a few weeks without addressing it because he couldn't decide on more colors or less colors or the layout.
 He once told me that he "wasn't in the mood right now" like a fickle artist.

When we both finally agreed on the final layout, I got to work piecing it all together.


And then I ran out of the Essex Linen Background.  I just needed the bottom 2.5" border strip.
We were also at a standstill because he couldn't decide on a backing.  After spotting a backing fabric on Amazon suggestions while I was ordering a client's fabric selection, I made up my mind quickly to get more fabric and choose the binding for him.


Quilting decision? Simple.
He liked the wood grain free motion I had done on a clients Hazel Hedgehog quilt.


The chevron binding ended up looking like a really interesting diagonal stripe.


The Riley Blake orange played really nicely with the Cloud 9 foxes.
 

Button was so thrilled about the finish, that he was in charge of his photo shoot.

His assistant: Holding some of the weight of the camera for him.

Other than the few photos of him and a few sneaky shots of the quilt....


He decided who, what, where he was taking photos of his quilt.

Photo cred to my oldest son since I was working hard as an assistant.

He even had to give some lens time to his pal, Fox.



Quilt Stats:
Measures: 50" x 72"
Fabric: Moda Fabrics Bella Solids, Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Flax, 
Cloud 9 Foxes, Riley Blake Chevrons
Quilted: Free motion wood grain on HQ Avante




It has probably been the most exasperating and, yet, wonderful quilt journey I've been on recently since he was so enthusiastically involved.


I can't wait to see what journeys his fox friends and quilt will be going on with him in the future!





Friday, March 3, 2017

Independence Day {Quilt}

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt


I mentioned last year that I loved the Quake pattern I have made.  It inspired me to raid my pre-cut bundle bookshelf and cut up a bunch of rectangles to make quilts for gifts and charity.

This quilt was a Red, White and Blue fat quarters with a few other random patriotic styled Fat Quarters from Joann Fabrics.


The Quake pattern, once again, came together very quickly.

I will admit that I'm not sure what happened when I was piecing this one last summer, but the strips really started to get very curvy?  I suspect it was an example of mindless piecing where I didn't make sure the weight of the strips were evenly going along my foot.  OR I was just impatient, as usual,  during the tube/cutting process that I didn't cut evenly. 


I did unpick and re-pieced the entire top with a bit more luck.
I decided on pieced backing with fabrics I had in my stash.


 and paired it with a Moda Three Sisters Diagonal Stripe.


I found a fun quilting pattern that I've been seeing around the internet. 
After practicing and seeing the example I was shooting for, I realize now where I went wrong. 
But I really don't mind the results!


Binding red and white ticking home decor fabric I have used a few times. 
 I sometimes like using unexpected fabrics for my binding.


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 54" sqaure
Pattern: Quake by All People Quilts
Fabrics: Joann Fabrics, Moda Fabrics
Quilted: Freemotion on Handi Quilter Avante


I've decided that I don't like the quality for a charity or a quilt gift.  I don't have a quilt that I keep in the car for picnics or fireworks?  I also noticed that it fit right into hubby's traditionally styled home office when I was trying to take photos, so I think it will work out for the more patriotic holidays!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree {Quilt}


"Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas tree...how lovely are your branches...."

Button haaaad to get in this quilt photo.  He thinks  I make them just for him to pose in front of!
After finishing Home for the Holidays Quilt, I still had significant leftovers of the Odds and Ends Fabric.I enjoyed the pattern and noticed that hubby liked the quilt so much that I decided it just made sense to make another one.


The leftover scraps were not large enough to be the same size and I decided on a 7X8" block. I saw a few staggered layouts on Instagram and really liked the smaller blocks in that arrangement.
I used a few rectangles to offset every other row.


Originally, when I had pulled all the fabric, I remembered some leftover Moda yardage scraps my friend Jen, from Knotted Threads, had sent me quite a few years ago when I was making custom baby quilts for Butterfly Kisses.  They came around the same time as the Moda Odds and Ends and really married well.


I had some leftover blocks that didn't make the cut for the top because they were just too small.  I decided to piece them together with small sashing in between the yardage strips along with another old backing scrap.


Unlike the larger block quilt, I felt that the smaller blocks looked more patchwork and custom quilting would get lost, so I decided on a wavy quilting.


The large dot fabric was probably the wrong scale for the binding, but I liked how they landed randomly on the edge. 


 I love that I was able to make a quilt that will make me remember that my parents have their own on their wall during the holidays.

Quilt Stats:
Measures:  46" x 54"
Pattern: Modern Patchwork Trees by Amy Smart (@diaryofaquilter)
Fabrics: Odds and Ends by Cosmocricket for Moda Fabrics, 
Vintage by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics
Quilted: Wavy free motion on Handiquilter Avante Longarm


And to round things out?  I still have enough fabric to make a third lap quilt.  Stay tuned!!!



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