Wednesday WIP10.29.14

Pinwheel BlockHappy Wednesday everyone!  Last week, I decided to dive into the B&C fabrics that I shared with you.  I think about right after I published that blog post, I just had to start on my next project.

ProjectsAll of these fabrics have been cut up–with the exception of the top 4 fabric on the left stack.  Those are all border fabrics and I couldn’t decide which order I wanted them in, so I’m going to cut them as I go.

The center of my project is the 21″ pinwheel block at the top of the page.

PetalsAnd I also cut out 160 petals for this project as well.  I will guiltily confess to watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey as I cut them out…

Completing the applique on them is next up on today’s list.  Luckily I have a great line-up of podcasts just waiting to be heard as I sew.

Hope you all have a productive Wednesday!

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Waiting in the Wings10.24.14

Bonnie & Camille

 

You know when you finish(or at least, mostly finish) one project you have a million others just waiting for you to dive in?  Well, that’s where I’m at this morning.  I just finished up my Underground Railroad quilt top yesterday:

Underground Railroad Quilt Top

And, now I’m ready to start another project–I know I should finish the quilting on this one but there is something so much fun about starting a new project and cutting into new fabrics.

Fabrics

It’s a little bit like when you finish a book you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ve become quite familiar with the characters, have lived with them, know their flaws and imperfections, their strengths.  And then, the book is over…and the characters in the next book are waiting, waiting to surprise you with their quirks and personalities.  It’s a blank slate, another opportunity to fall in love with a new cast of characters.  Finishing and Starting a new quilt is kinda like that.

Projects

I have 2 stacks of fabric taunting me from the sidelines, this wonderful Bonnie & Camille stack which is a mix of a number of different lines.  I have the pattern written up for this one and am just ready to dive in.

And I also have another Bonnie stack waiting for me–this one from Bonnie Christine:

Bonnie Christine

A mix of fabrics from Winged, Sweet as Honey, & Reminisce.  For this quilt I have the pattern somewhat ready–I think that I am going to offer it in tutorial form on my blog so I don’t really need to make a fancy pattern.

Fabric

So, two bundles just waiting to be made.  And of course my little houses bundle also anxiously waiting to be built.

Liberty & Essex

Oh how much fun it is having fabrics just waiting to be transformed into a quilt!

I’m not headed to Quilt Market this weekend so that means I will have some sewing time.  Now to decide which project to start on!

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Underground Railroad Mini Quilt10.16.14

Underground Railroad

 

So, I finished up all 48 blocks needed for my Underground Railroad mini quilt(pattern is from Primitive Gatherings).  These are mini Jacob’s Ladder quilt blocks finishing at 3″.

Mini Jacob's Ladder

I used a variety of Cotton & Steel basics for this quilt.  These were a lot of fun to work with.  Scale is so important when working with very small pieces like those little 1/2″ squares–very little print is going to show up so I knew I needed to choose wisely.   This little Goldish-Silver block is one of my favorites.

Favorite Block

The blocks are all pieced using traditional piecing methods, no paper piecing involved–very fun to make.

Mini Quilt

I still need to cut all of the sashing–I believe, if I remember correctly, that I need 110 little rectangles & there will be little colorful cornerstone blocks in the sashing.  This little quilt is going to finish at roughly 20″ x 30″–it’s so cute!  I have no idea how I am going to quilt it–any suggestions?–Maybe straight line quilting following the diagonals?

Liberty & Essex

I also picked up some background fabric for my next project–these are Libertys and some Essex Yarn Dyed in Olive–and I plan to use for the little house pattern I referenced a couple weeks back.

Image Courtesy of McCall's quilting

Image Courtesy of McCall’s quilting

The free mini quilt house pattern can be found here.

I will be sharing my house making progress on my blog as I go–I probably won’t start for a little bit yet though–I have a few projects on my schedule that I need to wrap up.  So if you want to join in/follow along, check out the fabric requirements at the above link and do a little bit of shopping or stash pulling. =)

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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It’s a Party!10.14.14

Birthday Pillow

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Quilty Fun by Lori Holt is celebrating it’s one year birthday.  To celebrate, Lori & Fat Quarter Shop, have put together a fun Birthday Cake quilt block for you all.

I was excited when FQS asked me to participate in the Birthday fun as it just so happens that my little Elonie (by the way, her name rhymes with Melanie for those of you who read and wonder how in the world do you say her name!) just had her six year birthday this past Thursday.

Elonie Picture

I decided to let her pick out all of the fabrics for this Birthday Cake quilt block and turn it into a pillow she can have in her room.

Fabrics

Watching her pick out the fabrics was such a treat.  I didn’t give her any guidance and let her have free reign of all of my fabrics.  She picked out the blue background fabric first–blue is her favorite color.  The next fabric she picked was the blue fabric for the candle, followed by the little bit holding the candle.  She probably spent 1/2 an hour choosing fabrics.  She laid the fabric out, vetoed some, pulled out other ones & decided early on that her cake was going to be a layer cake.

Stipple

I quilted the pillow with a quick stipple, added an envelope enclosure for the back, and bound it with a coordinating striped fabric.  I think it turned out so cute!  And I love that I didn’t cringe about her fabric choices as I was piecing the block together–she did such a great job picking out a fun scrappy mix that really goes quite well together.

Happy 6 Years Elonie and  Happy 1 Year Quilty Fun!–Thank you for asking me to participate FQS–The little Miss and I really enjoyed this project!

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Playful Petals Giveaway Winner!10.03.14

Pillows

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway!  I really enjoyed reading through all of your comments & I especially loved how many of you are ready to begin applique after reading through the book.

The Playful Petals Giveaway winner is comment number 78!

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Pat!

Winner

I just sent you an email! =)

Rainbow Petals

If you are interested in owning a copy of Playful Petals, Amazon currently has a great price on them.  They have just a handful of copies left so you’ll want to snag one quickly!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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A Quilty Stitches Finish10.02.14

Quilty Stitches Sampler Copy

I’m able to check off another item on my WIP list.  I put the last stitches into my Quilty Stitches cross stitch sampler just a couple weeks ago.  You’ll remember that I debated about how I was going to finish this project, whether I was going to frame it, or possibly turn it into a pillow.

Now you guys have seen photos I’ve posted of the overflowing pillows on my couch and hubby’s apparent dislike for not being able to sit on the couches because of the pillows, so I decided a pillow might not be in my best interest.

Quilty Stitches Copy

I, then, decided to nix the framing idea as well–it felt a little bit more traditional and expected and was not quite what I was going for.  Instead, I decided to mount the finished stitchery to canvas.  It is such an easy way to finish this project and super easy to do.  All you need is a canvas approximately the size of your project or a tad larger, and a staple gun.

Quilty Stitches Sampler Picture Copy

Trim, your stitchery so it’s approximately 1 1/2″-2″ larger than the canvas on each side.  Center the design, pull the edges to the back, and using the staple gun, staple into place.  Pay attention to the corners as you want them to be neat and tidy.  And that’s it, it’s ready to hang!–so easy, and perhaps a little bit unexpected.

I hope you have all enjoyed stitching along with me.  I find that I really enjoy these hand projects and sharing them on my blog motivates me to finish them.  The links to all of the Quilty Stitches designs can be found at the top of my blog under the Quilty Stitches tab.  I have really enjoyed seeing all of the different Quilty Stitches designs being made up–so many great ones over on Instagram using #quiltystitches.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the winner of my Playful Petals Giveaway–still a little bit of time to enter if you haven’t already!

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Minis on the Mind09.29.14

Mini Quilt

Now that the Playful Petals blog tour has wrapped up, I am excited to be back to regular programming.  Of course you can still enter the giveaway if you’d like.  And, thank you all so much for the wonderful comments about my book!–you guys really know how to make a girl blush. =)

Apparently I have had mini quilts on the mind lately.  I have thoroughly been enjoying working on these little mini blocks recently.

Small Blocks

They will finish at 3″–those little squares are just 1/2″ finished in the block.  I have also really been enjoying using Cotton & Steel basics.  The colors are just “beauty-full” (as Elonie has been saying recently).

c&s

I have 24 blocks finished and I need a total of 48–I have found that it takes longer than I think it should to make these little guys.  It seems that if they are half the size(or in this case 1/4 the size) they should take half the time, right? =)  So not the case!

Mini Blocks

The pattern for these blocks is called Underground Railroad by Primitive Gatherings.  It was a pattern I picked up last year at a quilt show.  Just waiting for the right fabrics.

Underground Railroad

I also took some time to make another Mini Buds quilt–this one does not have the applique added if you were wondering what it might look like without.

Mini Buds

It’s done in a mix of Art Gallery fabrics.  I still might end up a scrappy mix of petals–we’ll see.

Stained Glass

I also came across this free pattern, The House that Kaffe Built, over on the McCall’s website:

Image Courtesy of McCall's quilting

Image Courtesy of McCall’s quilting

I think it’s the cutest little quilt!–These blocks finish at only 2 1/8″–just teeny!  I think it’s so cute and I’m inclined to give it a whirl.  Would anyone be interested in a sew along?  Pretty laid back, maybe making a few blocks a week until it’s finished?–Let me know what you think!

Have a wonderful Monday!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Giveaway Day! {It’s a good one!}09.26.14

Daisy Fields Pillow

Image Courtesy of Lee @ www.freshlypieced.com

Happy Friday Everyone!

Playful Petals Header

Thank you so much to all of you for following along on the Playful Petals Blog Tour!–Today is the last day of the blog tour and I hope you all have enjoyed it.  Lee is sharing her thoughts on Playful Petals along with her adorable Daisy Fields pillow(pictured above) on her blog today.  I love the yarn dyed dark linen background fabric she chose to use for her pillow.  That fabric has been wanting to make it’s way into my stash for way too long!  Be sure to hop over to Lee’s and check out her blog–she is always such an inspiration!!

If you have missed any of the Playful Petals Blog tour posts, here is a complete list(click the links to go right to the Playful Petals post:

September 15: Amy @   Stitchery Dickory Dock
September 16: Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
These are just a couple of the beautiful projects shared as part of this tour–you’ll want to make sure to visit all of the stops to see all of the pretties shared!:
Photo Courtesy of Faith @ www.freshlemonsquilts.com

Photo Courtesy of Faith @ www.freshlemonsquilts.com

petals mini quilt 1

Photo courtesy of Amanda Jean @ www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com

And now, we are moving onto the giveaway portion of today–I know you all have been waiting. =)  I seriously want to enter this giveaway myself…it’s a good one!–And it’s all about my favorites.

Of course, the winner of the giveaway will receive a copy of Playful Petals:

Playful Petals Cover

Next up, how about some Moda Fabrics layer cakes?!—Moda fabrics has been and will remain my favorite fabric manufacturer.  15 years ago, I fell in love with a certain Moda fabric designer and spent hours scouring the internet for pieces from one of her lines of fabric.  This was back in the day of dial up internet which meant it was slow going..but, I just fell in love with Moda!

Moda Fabrics has sent me two layer cakes for my giveaway, one of Kate Spain’s new Horizon line of fabric & one of The Jung’s new Pedal Pushers line of fabric.

Layer Cakes

I do a lot of fabric shopping locally but I also love shopping for fabric online.  I reached out to one of my favorite online fabric shops…which I am sure you are all very familiar with..Fat Quarter Shop…and they donated a $50 gift certificate to their shop for my giveaway!
They have recently added some awesome things to their site…Have you all seen the Snapshots Quilt Along yet?–seriously amazing!:
SnapShots Quilt Kit

 Well, I figured why stop with one online shop?..So I reached out to another of my favorite online shops…Fabric Shack.  Fabric Shack has both a great online store and a brick and mortar store which happens to be about 25 minutes from my sister-in-law’s house in Cincinnati.  So, it is a must stop for me whenever we visit.  The thing I love the most about shopping online at Fabric Shack is that they will cut 1/8 yd. cuts of fabric.  For my scrap loving self, this is perfect!  In fact, I bought 1/8 yd. cuts of the complete Up Parasol line from Fabric Shack when I was making my Tiled Blooms quilt:

Tiled Blooms Quilt

Fabric Shack donated a $25 Gift Certificate to their online shop as part of today’s giveaway!

Well, since I don’t do all of my fabric shopping online, I contacted my favorite local quilt shop, Miller’s Dry Goods, to see if they would be interested in donating to my giveaway…and they said yes!–Now you might be thinking that you won’t be able to shop here..but, they also have a wonderful online shop to which they’ve donated a $30 Gift Certificate.

They carry all kinds of goodies..some of my favorites:  The 8 wt. Finca Perle Cotton I am always referencing for hand quilting, Aurifil thread(which everyone in blogland is always referencing), Moda fabrics, Cotton & Steel fabrics, a great selection of solids, and the list goes on.  Plus, you will not find a more accommodating staff!

Plus, they have the prettiest quilting retreat center, The Rural Thimble,  right beside their fabric shop.  Every time I shop there, I am envious of the ladies staying over in that facility–so pretty, newly opened, and just perfect for a group of 10 ladies to get together and sew to their heart’s content.

So, here’s the rundown of the giveaway prizes(a value of nearly $200):

  • Playful Petals Book
  • 2 Moda Layer Cakes
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Fabric Shack
  • $30 Gift Certificate to Miller’s Dry Goods

To Enter the Giveaway: Comments are now Closed

One lucky person will win all of these goodies!  You can enter the giveaway through next Friday, October 3.  Just leave a comment for me below in the comments section with your favorite project from Playful Petals.

Happy Friday!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 909.25.14

Scattered Blossoms

Happy Thursday everyone!–Today I am sharing the last quilt in my book, Playful Petals.  There are a total of 9 quilts and 9 pillows in the book for a total of 18 projects.  This quilt is called Scattered Blossoms  and is a great scrap basket buster.

Scattered Blossoms Quilt

Quilted by Natalia Bonner

I neglected to snap a picture of the pillow so it’ll just have to be a surprise. =)

I really hope that you have enjoyed seeing all of the projects from my book.  If you have any questions about any of them or about anything in the book, please ask! =)

Playful Petals Header

Today, two quilting super stars will be sharing about Playful Petals on their blogs.  I am so excited that they are joining my blog tour!  First up is Amanda from Crazy Mom Quilts.  I have been following Amanda Jean’s blog for years!–She’s probably one of the first quilty blogs that I ran across–Love her blog!  And 2nd up today is Lori of Bee In My Bonnet.  Lori’s blog is another of my favorites–she’s always got something fun going on!–And her fabric…don’t even get me started!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Tiled Blooms Pattern09.24.14

Tiled Blooms Quilt

Welcome to Day 8 of the Playful Petals blog tour!  Today I am sharing the 2nd free pattern I designed for this blog tour.  This quilt, Tiled Blooms, is a very beginner friendly quilt.  The piecing is very easy and the petals are slightly oversized.  Tiled Blooms finishes at 60″ square.  The fabrics I used are from Heather Bailey’s Up Parasol line of fabric.

Heather Bailey Quilts

It’s no secret that I have a little bit of a “thing” for Heather Bailey’s fabrics.  I love the way the pink colorway from her first line of fabric, FreshCut, goes with Up Parasol.  The folded quilt(the quilt pattern is called Gypsy Girl) was the first quilt I made using her fabrics–FreshCut still remains one of my favorite lines of fabric ever!

For the quilt back, I pieced together some larger pieces of fabric and included a lot of the Ikea Britten Nummer print that I’ve been wanting to use.

Quilt Back

As I was taking this photo a bunch of horses came right up to the fence and walked by.  I thought they might try to eat it off the fence!–Okay, or at the very least, knock it off. =)

Horses

And, here’s the Tiled Blooms Pattern–It’s a freebie made to work with my book Playful Petals.  It uses the applique techniques I have outlined in the book.  Please note, you will need to print out both the PDF pattern and the Petal Pattern.  Make sure your page scaling is set to “none” when printing out the petal template.

Tiled Blooms

Tiled Blooms PDF Pattern

Tiled Blooms Petal Template

Day 8 of the Playful Petals Blog Tour brings us the 8th quilt in the book.  This one is called Sunshine and Clouds and features Madrona Road fabrics by Violet Craft.

Sunshine & Clouds Quilt

This is a fun take on the petal shape and a great use of a jelly roll.  I really want to either make another of these, or see one made up in a super scrappy version.

Quilting by Angela Walters

Quilting by Angela Walters

I used a little fussy cut Sweetwater print for the center of the Sunshine and Clouds pillow.  In my book, I give some suggestions for placing lighter fabrics over top of darker fabrics.  You’ll notice that none of the text fabric shows through the white fabric petals on top.

Sunshine & Clouds Pillow

Two different bloggers will be sharing about Playful Petals tomorrow.  Make sure to stop back to see who’s up! =)  And on Friday, I’ll be kicking off an exciting giveaway. =)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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