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Winged Blog Tour12.02.14

winged-blog-tour

Hello, Hello!–I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We made it through–complete with the requisite holiday germs.  What is it about holidays and the sickies?…almost seems like you can’t have one without the other!  The girls are mostly on the mend–with some lingering coughs..and I was lucky enough to not get hit with it until yesterday–only one holiday party had to be missed.  I call that a success! =)

A few weeks back, I shared this wonderful stack of fabrics.  All Bonnie Christine fabrics for Art Gallery–it’s a mix of Reminisce, Sweet as Honey, & Winged.  And they go so beautifully together.  As soon as Bonnie asked me to participate in the Winged blog tour (to showcase her latest line of fabric, Winged), I knew that I wanted to mix these collections together–it’s “sherbety” goodness.

Bonnie Christine

When, I first started my project for this blog tour I had something completely different in mind.  I was going to share a quilt top with you along with a quick tutorial.  However, when I finished up the quilt top a couple weeks ago, I was so happy with the way it turned out that I ended up submitting it to a magazine to be considered for publication.  There’s one elusive magazine I’ve had my eyes set on that I’m hoping to get into–so we’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, here’s a little peek at the quilt top.

Quilt top

So, that left me with a project still needing to be completed for today–and very little fabric left over with which to use.  I decided to make a table runner using my Stashbuster Blocks (1 & 2)

Runner

I added in a few more of the browns and charcoals from Sweet as Honey to add a bit more contrast.  I machine quilted the runner and surprisingly enough, I machine bound it as well.  The machine binding turned out very well, cutting my binding strips at 2 1/8″ instead of 2 1/4″ made a world of difference.  I almost always opt to hand stitch my binding–but decided to machine bind and it turned out wonderfully.

Quilting

The completed runner measures 12″ x 36″ and will be a welcome addition to my coffee table.

Binding

The Winged Blog Tour will be running through the 18th of this month.  Yesterday, Jo, shared her Winged project &  tomorrow Taylor will be sharing her project.

Are any of you working with Winged right now?–what are you making if so?

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Block of the Months11.17.14

I love getting a “fabric-y” package in the mail–even better if they arrive on a routine basis.  You’ve probably run across various Block of the Months here and there–Fat Quarter Shop always has an amazing one every year.  This year they are doing “Snapshots” which promises to be another good one.  I have participated in their designer mystery block of the month–FQS does BOM’s right!

It’s been a few years since I have joined in on a BOM–but this fall, I joined in on two…two different ones totally caught my eye.

Fig Tree Mystery BOM

Photo Courtesy of Fig Tree Quilts

First up is the Fig Tree Mystery Sampler BOM–unfortunately this one looks like it’s full but if it strikes your fancy, keep an eye out–occasionally Joanna will have a couple spaces open up.

I really have no idea what to expect with this one–it’s a 12 month program, featuring various Fig Tree fabrics and a few more thrown in.  The picture above was the first teaser I saw on Facebook/IG.  I’m not sure what size the blocks are and I don’t think the final size of the quilt is even decided yet.  I really just couldn’t pass up a fun scrappy mix of Fig Tree & Joanna’s promise of using her favorite blocks for this quilt.  The first block ships very soon so I’ll be sure to share it with you!

Sweetwater BOM

Photo Courtesy of Sweetwater

The 2nd one I have signed up for is Sweetwater’s Block of the Month.  This one is an embroidery block of the month!–For 6 months you will receive 2 “feedsack” type blocks that you can add as much or as little to as you desire.  You only receive the panels(I’m not sure what size they are)–you would need to supply all additional supplies(i.e. embroidery thread, fabrics etc.).  There is an option to purchase the fabric/backing needed to complete the quilt as shown when the fabrics ship in the Spring.

I first saw this quilt in photos from Fall Quilt Market–and I immediately went to the United Notions/Moda website to see if those adorable feedsack panels where part of their Feedsack line of fabric coming out in the Spring.  I was bummed when I couldn’t find them.  So, when this BOM popped up over on their blog I knew I needed to hop on this bandwagon.

You can still sign up for this BOM through the 20th of this month–so a couple more days.  Read more about the BOM here.

And a quick housekeeping note

As of my last post, I will be answering questions/commenting in the comment section of  my blog rather than via email.  I have always answered via email but decided to go the comments route to simplify things.

Happy Monday!

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Vintage Fancy Quilt11.05.14

Quilt

I’ve been working on my Vintage Fancy quilt this week.  Yesterday was spent making and attaching the grey border along with the flying geese border.  Just a couple more borders to go and I will call this one done.

Medallion

It has been a very enjoyable project!

In other news, look what showed up in my mailbox today.

Daysail

A Daysail Moda scrap bag!  I love working with Moda Scrap bags and in fact have worked with a number of them over the years.  I made this strippy quilt using a Bliss Scrap Bag along with aqua and white yardage–you can read more about this quilt here.

Bliss Quilt

Bliss Quilt

And I made a little zippy chevron pillow using a Fig Tree scrap bag–more on that one here.  And I came across these string blocks I was working on also using a Scrap Bag–that one is a Martinique scrap bag.

If you aren’t familiar with Moda’s Scrap Bags, you really need to check them out.  They are made up of the strips left over from cutting fabrics for precuts(FQ bundles, Layer Cakes, F8 bundles etc.).   Usually all the strips in one bundle are from one line of fabric but occasionally they are from different lines of fabric–the strips vary in size–2″-3″ or so wide by around 30″ long.  And, if you are lucky you can snag them before precuts and yardage of the fabric come out–like I did with Daysail!  They are such a fun potluck surprise. =)

And lastly, the winners of the Make Modern Magazine Giveaway are comment #30 & #85.

Winner #1

Winner #2

Congrats Jean & Kelly!–I have sent you both an email. =)

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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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WIP Wednesday Instagram Style09.10.14

Tiled Blooms

My Wednesday is getting away from me!–I thought I better pop on here quickly before it slides right on by. =)  I had to snag some of my IG photos to share with you today–it’s so windy here today that everything is blowing away when I try to photograph it! =p

Playful Petals Header

Next week, on Monday the 15th, I will be kicking off a Playful Petals blog tour.  When my book came out this past spring, I was in the thick of Quilt Market prep and VBS prep and school letting out, getting my garden in etc. and I knew that I wanted to have a fall blog tour.

I think my fall is more like other people’s spring.  Fall is the time when I feel in more of a routine, and with the weather turning cooler, I like being inside nesting, with projects going on.  So for me, this is the perfect blog tour time.

In preparation for the blog tour, I have been prepping some fun free projects that I am going to be offering.  I’ve designed 2 projects to compliment the other projects in the book.  You’ve seen Mini Buds, a 16″ mini quilt project:

Mini Quilt

And, I’ll also be offering Tiled Blooms, a 60″ square, throw–there’s a peek of it in the top photo.  For Tiled Blooms, I worked with Up Parasol by Heather Bailey, and a bit of Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille.

Up Parasol Fabrics

I had planned on using a green solid in place of the green, Miss Kate floral–but after seeing Miss Kate and Up Parasol together at my LQS, I decided to use the Miss Kate.  That little green print is one of my favorites from the line.

Up Parasol Petals

The petals for Tiled Blooms are larger and work quite well with the larger prints in Up Parasol.  This quilt is a beginner friendly quilt with simple piecing and, of course, larger applique pieces.

Tiled Blooms Block

If you have a copy of my book and a some fabrics you’ve been itching to use, you’ll be all set when I release these patterns!

Be sure to stop back on Monday when the tour kicks off with one of my favorite bloggers!

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Mini Buds Quilt09.02.14

Mini Quilt

Over the weekend, I was able to spend some time working on a new project.  There is something so satisfying in having an idea, starting a new project, and seeing immediate results.

This quilt is my Mini Buds quilt and it finishes at about 15″ x 15″.  The fabrics I used are Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

Mini Buds

I plan to offer this as a free pattern sometime this month as a companion pattern to my book Playful Petals.  It’s a perfect pattern to use one of those mini charm packs you may have been saving for just the right project.

For the quilting, I tried something completely different(for me).  I wasn’t sure how the center was going to turn out with so much quilting passing through–but, I think it works well.

Quilting

For the backing, I chose a DS Quilts polka dot fabric:

Backing

And for the binding, I am using the navy striped scallop print from Miss Kate.

Binding

And here you can see how small these pieces are:

Mini

Such cute, teeny little pieces =)

Happy Sewing!

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Wednesday WIP08.27.14

c&s

What a busy couple of weeks it has been!  I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel sending my youngest off to Kindergarten but I am enjoying it more than I thought that I might.  The Kindergarten in our school district, prior to this year, was an all day/every other day Kindergarten.  We found out just weeks before school started that they were switching to an all day/every day Kindergarten program due to receiving a much needed grant to implement the program.

I am amazed at what all can be accomplished when the house is quiet and I am by myself.  So far, this has meant some serious cleaning time–what a treat to have uninterrupted cleaning time!  I have been catching up on podcasts as I work..Modern Sewciety & American Patchwork and Quilting Radio are 2 of my favorites.  BTW, do you have any favorite podcasts I need to add to my list?–I’m always looking for good ones!

Yoder Sign

Getting back into the swing of things and then tackling some household chores has left me with little time to work on my WIP’s.  I did finish up my Yoder mini quilt and it is now hanging above my kitchen sink just where I had in mind for it.  I used my faux piped machine binding technique that I shared a tutorial for here.  I love this technique, and so far it’s the only type of machine binding I haven’t felt compelled to rip out because of the way the back looked.

Corner Sink

Now to figure out some curtains for these windows.  I am the most indecisive curtain person ever!–I don’t even know how many different curtain options I have tried out on various windows–I’ll leave them up for awhile and then decide I want to change things out.  I like a lot of natural light so often I prefer windows without curtains/blinds that might block the light.

I have a few projects that I’m working on right now that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.  And I hope to get some more WIP’s banged out–I still need to add borders to the Metro Rings quilt and finish up the white stitching on Quilty Stitches.  But, what I really want to work on is this mini:

Future WIP

Those squares finish at 1/2″–it’s the cutest little pattern ever!  I’m thinking about using a little bit of my Cotton & Steel basics bundle:

c&s

I’d only need about a 5″ square from each fabric.  With such small piecing, I have to be careful about my fabric choices for this pattern.  I kind of want to dive right in!(and I just might) =)

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Spell It With Moda08.11.14

Fabrics

 

Do you guys ever wake up in the morning and you suddenly want to make something new and totally not on any WIP list or project list you are currently working on?

Well, I got bit with the new project bug on Saturday.  Some of you may have jumped on the Spell it With Moda band wagon earlier this year.  All of those cute little letter quilts and handy free letter patterns–it was hard for me not to dive right in.  But then, Saturday morning, out of the blue–I “needed” to make a little letter mini of my own.

Spell It With Moda

Moda Fabrics has a wonderful Spell it With Fabric pinterest board with links to all of the blog posts that feature the free printable letter patterns.  I printed off Y,O,D,E,R and pulled together a fun mix of scrappy red fabrics and low volume background prints.

Last Name Mini

In about 2 hours, I had a completed “Yoder” mini quilt.  These letters fly together–including cutting time they probably took about 15-20 minutes each.  And with a short last name (so much handier than the “Hershberger” I used to be!) my little quilt came together quickly.

The quilting took a little bit of time–I opted for a one inch cross hatch and finished that part up yesterday afternoon.

Quilting

Now, all that’s left is to add the binding!  I have wanted a Yoder sign above my kitchen sink for years.  I thought I wanted a wooden sign–but this little quilt was much more cost effective (I had all of the supplies) and just as cute! =)  Can’t wait to get the binding on and hang it in it’s new spot.

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