Weekend at the Lake Quilt03.13.14

Quick pink

Today I am sharing my Weekend at the Lake quilt I designed for McCall’s Quick Quilts featuring Little Friends by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics.

Weekend-at-the-Lake flat

This little quilt features two oversized blocks that come together quickly–and the Little Friends fabric line is adorable!

Mushrooms

You might remember my Framework Quilt/Pattern which I also made featuring these fabrics.

Framework Quilt

Natalia Bonner quilted my Weekend at the Lake quilt and she knocked it out of the park as usual!

Quilting

You can find the pattern in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts which is available now.

Quick Quilts

I snapped this picture taken just minutes after my quilt arrived back home from McCall’s:

Weekend at the Lake

Elonie was pretty quick to snatch it up!

By the way–I’ve heard that preorders of Playful Petals are starting to ship.  I’m excited and nervous about this at the same time as I start receiving feedback from everyone about something I worked on for so long.

Playful Petals

The folks over at Moda were kind enough to ask me to share a bit about Playful Petals on their blog.  If you’d like to read a bit more about my book just pop on over and take a peek.

And of course I’ll be sharing a lot more about it here!!–Can’t wait!

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Sweet As Honey Blog Tour03.11.14

blog-tour-image

I am so excited to be taking part in the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour today!  Bonnie Christine’s fabrics for Art Gallery are quickly becoming some of my favorites.  You’ll remember that I used her Reminisce fabrics for my SuperSized quilt along last fall:

Sampler

And I have been having just as much fun playing with Bonnie’s 2nd line of fabric for Art Gallery, Sweet as Honey.

fat quarters

Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing peeks of the mini hexagon pillow that I have been working on using Sweet as Honey.  I just finished stitching down the binding yesterday to complete my little spring pillow.  And it’s a good thing I have a little bit of Spring going on in here today as I think we’re gonna get another winter blast tomorrow…enough already!

Sweet As Honey Pillow

The fabrics that Bonnie sent over for me to work with were: the hexagon background fabric(I knew I “needed” that one for sure) and the fabric I used on the pillow back(I’ll share that with you in just a bit).  I already had a fat quarter bundle of Sweet as Honey to pull additional fabrics from as well as Reminisce scraps left over from my SuperSized quilt.  The green stems are from various Art Gallery fabric lines.

Closeup

This pillow went in a completely different direction than I had originally intended.  I had planned on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden type layout, filling up the whole pillow top with little 1/2″ hexagons.  However, Bonnie’s description of her fabric line led me to my flower/bee themed design:

Sweet as Honey is a collection with a story.  It’s a woodland themed line full of nestled deer, wildflowers and honey bees.  I was inspired to create the line after exploring nature and spending a summer growing a garden that generously allowed for freshly picked flowers.  It takes me to a most lovely place, where the sun is always shining, the birds fly free and the honey is extra sweet.

Bee

After I appliqued the stems and leaves and stitched the mini hexagons in place, I machine stippled the pillow top.  I left the applique portions of the quilt free from quilting.  I then went back in and added in the bees–and finished them with some stitchy applique.  The bees were fussy cut from one of the fabrics in the line.

Bee 2

I love adding in hand quilting to many of my smaller, as well as larger!, projects.  So, I completed the pillow top with some long stitch hand quilting using an 8 wt. perle cotton thread.

Pillow

The binding is a print from Reminisce and the backing is “Orchard Blossom in Spring”.  The pillow back is a simple envelope enclosure.

Pillow Back

You can read more about the making of this pillow here and here.

Amy shared a wonderful project on her blog yesterday using Sweet as Honey that you can check out here.  And tomorrow, I’m excited to see what Amanda of Material Girl Quilts will be sharing!

To see the complete Sweet as Honey Blog Tour line-up pop on over to Bonnie’s blog.

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WIP Wednesday03.05.14

Sweet as Honey

I’ve been working quite a bit on the little hexie project I shared with you last week.

If you are an IG follower you have seen more hexies made:

In Progress 2

the beginnings of a pillow layout:

In Progress 3

more layout:

In Progress

and some applique taking place:

In Progress 4

This design of this pillow has changed so much since my initial planning stages.  I knew that I wanted to use the hexagon fabric(the background fabric) and mini 1/2″ hexagons inside the hexagons printed on the fabric but I had initially planned on more of a Grandma’s Flower Garden type design.

It wasn’t until I had made 75 little hexagons that I decided to change things up a bit.

Hexie Flowers

For  you applique lovers, I use Heat n Bond lite (almost always) and in this photo I am appliqueing using a blanket stitch which is a pretty standard stitch on most sewing machines.

Stem Applique

To the hexagons, I added just a small piece of Heat n Bond lite on the back of them to hold them in place while I straight stitched around them.  I still have a number of flowers left to make and then I’ll be ready to start quilting.

I have an idea in my head for some hand quilting–we’ll see if it turns out like I am picturing of if I will end up changing things! =)

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Quilty Stitches Block 403.03.14

Block 4

Just a quick post today to share Quilty Stitches Block #4.  I’ve been away all weekend and my house is in dire need of attention!

This block is a fun take on a flying geese block which I’m sure you are familiar with. =)

The colors I used:

Orange Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 721, Sullivans 45169, Sullivans 45422, Sullivans 45453

Aqua Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 958, Sullivans 45293, Sullivans 45313, Sullivans 45113

Coral Row(Dk. to Lt.): DMC 351, Sullivans 45076, Sullivans 45077, Sullivans 45283

Pink Row(Dk. to Lt.): Sullivans 45338, Sullivans 45297, Sullivans 45220, Sullivans 45221

Block Diagram

Quilty Stitches Block 4 PDF Coloring Diagram

And the last 3 blocks altogether:

Cross Stitch

I hope you are enjoying stitching along!

If you have just stumbled onto this stitch along, it’s not too late to join in!  You can find all of the Quilty Stitches posts at the top of my blog under the “Quilty Stitches” tab.  We have been sharing our progress on flickr in the LMS group (there are some amazing blocks on flickr–check them out!)as well as on IG using #quiltystitches (again, some great blocks here as well!).

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WIP Wednesday02.26.14

Mini Hexes

I have been working on some mini hexagons using Bonnie Christine’s Sweet as Honey line of fabric for Art Gallery.  These little hexagons are pretty cute!  They would be considered 1/2″ hexies(hexagons in the quilting world are measured by the length of one of the sides).

Mini

These fabrics just scream, “make me into hexagons”–it’s all the wonderful bees/hives/hexagons sprinkled throughout this fabric line:

Bee
Bee Hive
Hexagons
Bonnie even designed a free hexagon quilt pattern for this line which you can find here:
HoneyPot Quilt
I still have more little hexagons to make but they are a fun little winter project.
Squares
By the way, if you ever want to print out your own hexagon paper pieces for english paper piecing, this site is a perfect resource.  You can set your hexagons at whatever size you need and print them out(I print mine out on card stock).
Paper
Cut apart, and you are all ready for making hexagons. =)  My hexagons are destined to be made into a pillow or mini wall hanging–I haven’t decided which yet.  For those of you who have been sucked into the mini craze, where do you hang all of your mini quilts?
Happy Sewing!

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Unsettled02.24.14

Sweet as Honey

Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics

I feel like I’ve been around in circles lately!  I think all quilt makers get to that point sometime or another.  For me, it’s when I have so many projects and commitments swirling around in my head it’s hard to keep them all straight.

I have definitely learned as I have gotten older that I must keep lists of what I need to get done.  Not only does it help me not to forget anything I need to get done, but I also find I am able to accomplish more when I write it down.  Plus it’s very satisfying to cross things off a list!

Plum Paper Planner

Last year I had an Erin Condren planner.  If you spend any time on the internet you will come across these planners referenced pretty often–and they are truly the Rolls Royce of planners–all the bells and whistles–worth the spendy price but more than I needed in a planner.

This year I decided to go with a Plum Paper Planner.  I am very pleased with my purchase!  Not quite all the bells and whistles–still enough to be fancy, and more in tune with my budget.  I’m more of a Jeep girl instead of a Rolls Royce girl anyway. =)

Once I could start writing down my weeks again, I have felt a bit more settled with all of my various projects.  Still a lot going on but more manageable!

Bonnie Christine

I have had some new fabric purchases roll in lately.  One of my favorites is this little stack of Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I loved Reminisce and Sweet as Honey is just as pretty.  I think Bonnie and I are on the same wavelength colorwise–just love the colors she chooses for her lines!  I think her two lines of fabric play together quite nicely–Reminisce is the little stack on the right.

Fabrics

I took a little bit of time this weekend for a fun fabric pull for an upcoming project I’ll be working on.  I really like this little collection of flowers & cherries.  I’ve got a couple more prints on the way from Fabric Shack to round out my choices before I start cutting and sewing.

Here’s hoping to a week filled with lots of marked off checklists!

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Quilty Stitches Block #302.17.14

Rolling Stone

 

Block #3 in our Quilty Stitches Sampler is the Rolling Stone block.  You’ve probably seen this quilt block popping up in a variety of places.  I knew it had become a popular block, but I didn’t realize exactly how popular until I started poking around a little bit.  You will find Rolling Stone quilt blocks or a variation of one in all of the following patterns:

Fig Tree Quilts “Wheels” Pattern (Scroll Down)

Thimbleblossoms “Puddling Jumping” Pattern

Cluck Cluck Sew “Spin Cycle” Pattern

Red Pepper Quilts “Labrynth” Pattern

And this is just a brief list of some of the places this block has been showing up lately.  If you feel like you’ve been seeing it around a lot–you probably have! =)

Block 3

Quilty Stitches Block 3 PDF Pattern

I used DMC 351(Coral), DMC 958(Aqua), DMC 744(Yellow)

And all 3 blocks together so far:

1st Three Blocks

Hope you are all enjoying stitching along!

Use #quiltystitches to share your blocks on IG or share over on flickr.

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Candy Scraps Quilt02.13.14

Candy Scraps

If you follow me on IG or over on Facebook, you have seen a few peeks of this quilt in progress:

Candy Scraps Beginnings

This is my Candy Scraps quilt designed for Moda Bake Shop.  It uses a bit of yardage and either a variety of mini charm packs for this scrappy version or a charm pack and a mini charm pack for a less scrappy version.  I loved working on another MBS quilt.  I didn’t do any of them last year–it’s been fun working on another one.

Candy Scraps

This was the perfect quilt to hand quilt–it’s a throw sized quilt 48″ x 72″ & quilted up pretty quickly.  Lilli loves sitting on my lap as I quilt & bind—she sees me sitting down with quilt and needle and and I can immediately hear her little jingly collar heading my way!

Lilli Candy Scraps

Today, I am blogging about Candy Scraps and giving the free tutorial to make a Candy Scraps quilt of your own over on Moda Bake Shop.

Stop over at MBS to check it out!

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Gray Square Scramble Quilt02.11.14

Square Scramble Quilt

I have been trying for about 2 weeks to get a beautiful outdoor picture of my Gray Square Scramble quilt.  It has been traveling along with me, along with my camera everywhere I go in the hopes that I’ll find a perfect spot to take a picture of this quilt to share with you.

The below zero temps, piles of snow everywhere, or way too bright sunlight have deterred me every time I was out and about.  Add that to the fact that we have all been under the weather and stuck inside.

Today, I have admitted defeat & have snapped some inside pictures to share with you. =)

Square Scramble

This is my Gray Square Scramble Quilt (54″ x 72″)–the pattern can be found in the Spring 2014 issue of Easy Quilts.

Magazine

 The solids are all from RJR’s Cotton Supreme line of solids.

Quilting

The quilting is done by the oh so talented Natalia Bonner–she rocked it as usual!

I did snag a picture from Fons & Porter’s website to share with you so as to not leave you hanging, wishing for a full picture of the quilt!

Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter Magazine, All Rights Reserved

Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter Magazine, All Rights Reserved

The magazine is available to purchase now if you’d like to make one of your own!

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Quilty Stitches Block #202.03.14

Block 2

I am so excited to have so many of you following along with my Quilty Stitches Cross Stitch Sampler!–I’m glad all of you are just as excited as I am about doing a little winter stitching. =)

 Today, we are moving onto Block #2.  This quilt block is known by a few different names including: Odd Fellows Chain, Odd Fellow’s March, Old Maid’s Ramble, or San Diego.  It’s a pretty cool quilt block–especially when you see it in a quilt layout as it creates a pretty neat secondary pattern.

Odd Fellows Quilt

We will be stitching this block to the right of Block #1.

Blocks

The colors I chose for my block were Sullivans 45076 (Lt. Coral), Sullivans 45293 (Aqua), Sullivans 45422 (Peach).  And here’s your handy coloring diagram. =)

Quilty Stitches Block 2

Quilty Stitches Block 2 PDF

I love seeing all of these cute little cross stitch blocks popping up over on Instagram!–Remember to use #quiltystitches when you upload over there. =)  And as always I love seeing them in my flickr group!

Happy Stitching!

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