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 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 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.


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