Friday, February 22, 2019

Jolly Bar Bon Bon {Quilt}

"Don't mind me. I'm just sitting here with my feet up, watching soaps, and eating bon bons".


 For long as I can remember, my husband would call home to check on me and always ask "what are you doing right now?"  Naturally, I was doing whatever full-time, part-time, or stay at home moms do when they are home...cleaning something, washing something, changing someone, disciplining someone, feeding someone, or cleaning something. 

However, instead, I ALWAYS went the sarcastic route.

 I would simply respond to that loaded question "What are you doing?" with:  "Oh...just sitting here with my feet up, watching soaps and eating bon bons...."

(and for the record...I have NO idea what bon bons are nor have I ever eaten one...it just sounds fancy!)


See why I had to make this quilt with Fat Quarter Shop
 The fact that it is are really cute and adorable certainly helped its case too!

This pattern is super straight forward to make.   Thirty six Jolly Bars (exclusive Fat Quarter Shop precut of Moda Fabrics) and some background fabric and you have simple construction with a great overall impact.

 I used the gorgeous Garden Variety line by Lella Boutique from Moda Fabrics.



For some, HSTs can be tricky to create.  I am going to be COMPLETELY honest.  Whenever there is a suggested start size for HSTs?  I try to see if I can make them just slightly bigger.  I am notorious for making my seam allowances more generous than not. 


For this quilt, it is suggested that you cut 3 7/8" squares for the HSTs, but I found that there was plenty of room to cut 4" squares.   I know there are a lot of confident quilters that don't even trim their HSTs, but I am NOT one of those.  Even after 22 years of quilting, I have not mastered that ability. I think knowing it and owning it are better than pretending I'm perfect.  If you are like me?  I definitely suggest cutting larger squares and using a Bloc Loc ruler for trimming your HST's to size.


Today, I'm also sharing one of my tricks for "marking" my HSTs without using a marker.  



I have a video on my Instagram stories and I've uploaded it to my YouTube channel this week explaining how I use my pattern tracing tool to make a crease on your fabric along with other marks I make with my tracing wheel.



For my backing?  I used my favorite print from the line in my favorite color. I used my Prostitch computer program to make these fun "flying" pumpkin seeds.


  I haven't made a quilt binding that was the same as the backing in a long time, but this quilt really wanted me to do so!



Quilt Stats
Measures: 60" square
Pattern: Jolly Bar Bon Bon by Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric: Moda Fabrics Garden Variety by Lella Boutique
 and Robert Kaufman Essex Linen
Quilted: Pumpkin Seed on HQ Avante with Prostitcher


I'm so happy with the results of the quilts. I can see a few quilt gifts in the future!!!


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Winter's Lane {Quilted Throw Pillow Covers}

"Walking in a winter wonderland..."


My favorite fabric line to this date is quite possibly Winter's Lane.  Every time I see it being used by another quilter or sewist, I fall in love with it all over again. 


While constructing my second Winter's Lane quilt, Festive Flurries, I had several triangles that were left over from trimming in two different sizes.


It was out of character for me to chain piece them immediately after finishing the blocks, but I'm so glad I did.


I tucked them away for a bit and pulled them out last winter and trimmed and stitched them altogether when little man was sick home one day. 


I soon had two identical rectangle mini tops to quilt and "magically" make them pillows with panel scraps and leftover Fat Quarters I had saved from the line.


I had some leftover fabric from the extra leftover backing to use for the binding.


The leftover FQs were used to make the backings.  


I used a not-so-favorite fabric from my stash for the quilted backing part.  You don't see it until you unzip the hidden zipper to change the covers!


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 14" x 26"
Pattern: Multiple sized HSTs and squares
Fabric: Winter's Lane by Moda Fabrics, Kona Snow
Quilted: 1/4" seam on Babylock Symphony


Here you can see my tiny HSts and our Prancer girls tiny feet!!!  She occasionally gets involved in photoshoots!


I love that I can keep my Winter's Lane quilts around after I take down Christmas decorations.

It softens the blow.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Perfect 10 Sampler {Quilt}

Perfect................Excellent, Foolproof, Ideal, Impeccable, Pure, Splendid, Superb.
The Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt hits all those notes!  And making any of the quilts with the blocks Fat Quarter Shop used from the Perfect 10 Quilts Book along with the companion Creative Grids Perfect 10 ruler can make your Layer Cake dreams come true!

I had a lot of fun putting these blocks together.  It had been quite a while since I was able to piece and quilt and it gave me the ability to get a good sense of my new studio workspace. 
I wish I would have had time to do some glorious baptist fans with these reproduction fabrics.  However, I was still setting up Ole Besty Longarm after my hardwood floors had been installed with a looming deadline, so meandering quilting was the quick pattern I needed. 



I wouldn't say I'm a "purple girl", but all of the purple reproduction prints just begged me to pull some purples from my stash to make a pieced backing.


 I loved using this tiny purple flower print for the binding.  I even machine stitched the binding this time.   I was anxious to mail this off to a dear friend and the time it takes to hand-stitching had me uneasy.
I was very excited to donate this quilt at the school she works for.  Every little bit counts!!
 I always use a simple printed label on fabric for commissions and donations.
Quilt Stats:
 Measures: 63" x 72"
Pattern: Perfect 10 Sampler by It's Sew Emma/Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric: Various Reproduction Prints
Quilted:Meandering quilting on HQ Avante with Superior Threads Natural White

 If this quilts interests you and you need more information about this quilt along?

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Toy Drum Block {Vintage Christmas Sew Along}

"Come, they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum..."

When I was a kid, my mom would turn off the television in the morning and start playing music on our record player.  When Christmas time started, she had a record that had traditional songs and drummer boy was the first song that played.  My brother, who was non-verbal at the time, would stop and just sit close to the speaker and listen to it...a very rare moment for him to be sitting still. 
I love how a project can bring back a memory like this!!!


I finished my Toy Drum Block for the Vintage Christmas Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop
The Vintage Christmas book by Lori Holt is another It's Sew Emma collaboration and there are a lot of great projects with quite a number of blocks, like the Candy Swirl Block I made a few weeks ago!


I decided to keep going with my reproduction print theme that I have been running with the last few months.  


And can we talk about the little toy band leader?  How perfect is THIS fabric!


I can hear the collective sarcastic gasps with the coordinating rolling eyes out in the universe because I made this block into a pillow cover.  Or maybe it's just one of my own boys I'm hearing?


I used this gingham check for the backing with a hidden zipper.


A simple older blue leaf print for binding from my stash.


Quilt Project Finish:
Measures: 15"x 15"
Pattern: Toy Drum Block from Vintage Christmas Book by Bee Lori
Fabric: Reproduction Vintage Fabrics, Kona White, Joann Fabrics
Quilted: Matchstick Quilting with Superior Threads and Gutermann on Babylock Symphony



 
My youngest suggested it would make a cute pillow for his bedroom at Christmas time.  
I think he's right!


What are you already making for the holidays to brighten up your home?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rainbow Sherbet and Rocky Road blocks {Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along}


I can't believe it! It's Week 8 of the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.  The very last blocks! 


Rainbow Sherbet

I really love these blocks.  I love that feeling of bursting stars from a corner.


  I used smaller orange and purple reproduction prints.  I can see this with a fun layer cake in many colors or even in two town Christmas prints to make a stunning finish!


Rocky Road Block

I saved this last floral print in my collection to make this block.


The final location of the block in the sampler seemed to marry some blocks around it.  A full quilt in this block make a cool "ring" when it's finished....Christmas comes to my mind again!


It's always exciting to get finished up so you can make them a quilt top!  Make sure you visit Fat Quarter Shop to find out what you need to bring it all together!!!

If these blocks have you interested and you need more information about this quilt along?

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 If you want to see other quilters ideas with these blocks, I encourage you to check out these other bloggers.  We are all posting our versions today!

Cynthia of Dream Quilt Create








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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Neapolitan and Peach 'n Cream blocks {Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along}

It's week 7 of the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter shop...only one more week and we can put together our blocks for a finished quilt top!




Neapolitan Blocks

All these purples are inspiring me to use purple for the backing and binding.


I adore the color pattern arrangement suggested in the book.  I can see them in rainbows!

Peaches 'n Cream Block

Who doesn't like a flying geese pattern?  
One layer cake for this quilt makes my favorite lap size, a 64" square quilt.  


After making this block with these colors, it has convinced me to use them for a spring quilt in the future!




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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Lemon Sorbet and Mint Chocolate Chip blocks {Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along}

It's Week 5 of the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop!


This is the point where I sometimes lose some steam, but I love the fabrics for these blocks!

Lemon Sorbet Blocks

I just HAD to use yellow prints.  
And the ducklings with umbrellas to coordinate in green?  Magic, right?


These blocks with simple HSTs make for a great modern looking quilt together.  I could see myself making an entire quilt with just two colors and the background.

Mint Chocolate Chip Block

I had to keep the green and yellow theme going with this block.  But that pop of purple flower was everything to me.  Its screams grandma's fresh vintage sheets, doesn't it?


Another really interesting block that can be made to look like a X or an O.  The book has a delightful example of it!


If these blocks have you interested and you need more information about this quilt along?
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 If you want to see other quilters ideas with these blocks, I encourage you to check out these other bloggers.  We are all posting our versions today!

Cynthia of Dream Quilt Create








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