Happy Monday! Our weekend was spent celebrating our newly turned 8 year old little miss and we still have more fun coming this week. Why celebrate for just one day? =)
Happy Thursday!–Today is my day on the Precut Primer blog hop hosted by Fat Quarter Shop & Barb & Mary over at Me and My Sister Designs. I am always very impressed with the books that Fat Quarter Shop publishes. With Barb & Mary on board, Precut Primer is really, quite top notch.
I am quite excited about this book. There are very few quilting books that I would be interested in making more than one or two quilts from the book. In this book, however, there are a lot of quilts I would love to make.
I have to share this funny little story. When, Precut Primer arrived on my doorstep, I was browsing through and deciding which project I wanted to make first. I asked my 6 year old, Elonie, which was her favorite.
She asked me if she could use clothespins to mark her favorites. I said, sure–that’d be great. And, here are the results:
She had so many favorites!–I’m inclined to agree. My most favorite quilt from the book is the 11th grade quilt:
I think this quilt might have to be made sooner rather than later. I think it would be stellar using my vintage sheet collection. I already have the strips cut and just need to get sewing.
The great thing about this book is that all of the projects are precut friendly(you probably already had this figured out). There are projects for mini charm packs all the way up to fat quarter bundles. Using precuts sure cuts down on the amount of time spent prepping a project for sewing.
These are another of the two quilts that really caught my eye. The 8th grade quilt is looking pretty fancy in Prairie fabrics! And that 9th grade quilt is just too pretty.
So, I ended up choosing the 4th grade quilt to make first.
It’s a perfect little wall hanging size made in some of my favorite Kate & Birdie fabrics, Autumn Woods. I had a charm pack just waiting to be used for this project.
It quilted up quickly using an easy wavy line stitch.
All in all, a fun perfect for fall project.
You will want to check out the remaining stops on the blog hop and any you may have missed earlier this week. I hear there may be prizes…
September 3, 2015
Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby You Are Here
September 4, 2015
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
September 8, 2015
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Day 3 of the Playful Petals blog tour brings you my Starflower Quilt. Long time followers of my blog may remember this bundle of fabrics that I shared right before I began working on the quilts for my book.
And these fabrics went on to become the Starflower quilt, the first quilt completed for Playful Petals. The fabrics are a mix of fabrics from my stash but the quilt could also be completed using 20 fat 8ths.
Starflower was quilted by Margaret and she did an amazing job. I usually have a little bit of an idea of how I would like my quilts quilted but for this quilt, I knew exactly how I wanted it done and it turned out just as I imagined.
The backing is from one of my favorite Heather Bailey lines, Freshcut. This is still one of my most favorite lines of fabric. And I love this large scale print as backing.
I completely changed up the feel of the accompanying Starflower Pillow by using bold fabrics from Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden line of fabric.
For today’s stop on the tour, Jessica will be sharing over on her blog. Jessica’s blog caught my eye this summer, as all kinds of Orange Peel quilts began popping up on Instagram from the Orange Peel Quilt Along she hosted.
I loved seeing all of these quilts and really enjoyed when some of them were made using patterns from Playful Petals! What a great quilt along! Be sure to pop over and see what she will be sharing with us today. =)
On Monday, I mentioned that you could leave your applique questions in the comments and I would answer them throughout the blog tour. Here are a couple that I received so far(feel free to keep asking!):
Question: I have never appliqued before, but I have these dupioni silk fat quarters that I want to use for applique. I was thinking about using fusible interfacing and do the turn inside out method. Does that sound like a good idea? I don’t know how the interfacing will work with the silk.
Answer: First off, I would recommend that you try out applique using an inexpensive, user friendly fabric like quilting cotton and practice a bit. Because silk dupioni tends to cost a bit more than quilting cotton you want to make sure that you have your technique down and it’s one you enjoy! Because I have never worked with silk dupioni, I did a little bit of Internet research, I came across this information Taming Silk Dupioni. This gives a lot of great, useful information including the recommendation to use Soft Fuse fusible web for applique. I have used Soft Fuse and it is a wonderful, very lightweight fusible.
Question: Thank you for doing the book and being so sharing. Appliqué the “a” word.i have not done appliqué they way its usually thought of in the quilting world. I appliqué repairs for my grandchildren’s favorite, blankets, pillows, stuffies. Appliqué to fix their favorite treasures makes both of us very happy. My question is how do you hold the appliqué piece so as you sew around everything comes out even no puckers or wrinkles I’ve had more than a few times that I’ve had to add embrodery to cover appliqué boo boos.
Answer: Using applique as a repair method is a very practical application! There are a couple different ways to keep those little applique pieces in place while you sew them down. You could use a temporary fabric adhesive such as 505 Spray and Fix. You would spray the back of your applique piece & place it in the intended location and the adhesive will keep it in place while you sew. The adhesive will wash right out leaving no sticky residue. The bonus to this method is that the applique is re-positionable until it is sewn down. Another great option is to use Elmer’s school glue, the washable kind. For this method, you would place a couple dots of glue around the edges of the applique. Place the applique where you would like it and set it by pressing with a hot iron for just a few seconds. Many quilter’s claim that the glue doesn’t gunk up their sewing machine needles at all–however, if you are concerned about this place the glue dots in from the edge of the applique where you will not be sewing.
Thank you for the questions ladies!–Keep them coming!
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.
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.
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.
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.
First off, I want to thank you all for all of the wonderful comments about my post last week! I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts on applique–and you guys are all so kind!! Thank you, Thank you!
Today, I wanted to share with you the finished Chevron quilt from the Be Purposeful Bee. These quilts are being made to help support missionary work from my church. The group of ladies who joined me in making these quilts was just amazing and we have made some beautiful quilts! This is the 3rd finished quilt. The first was the Scrappy Trip Quilt:
Then the Churn Dash Quilt:
And now, the Chevron Quilt:
Rachael, was in charge of picking the colors & theme for October and she chose a very fun Navy/Aqua chevron theme. I think Rachael intended to run the chevrons horizontally, but I loved it vertically as well!
Since October was Rachael’s month, she was also the quilter on this quilt. She recently purchased a long arm and put it to good use on this quilt. Each of the white strips is quilted in a different design. It makes for such a striking quilt!–Perfect design choice.
Thank you Rachael for such a great month–the finished quilt is beautiful!–Beautiful Quilting!