Friday, November 17, 2017

Regatta Quilt Along

Roseanne from Home Sewn By Us is hosting a quilt along to make the Regatta Quilt by Daniela of Block M Quilts. The quilt along will start in January.  I really like the original colors of Daniela's quilt so I picked these 19 Kona Cotton Colors. 

In case you really want to know what colors they are and you can't read them here they are:

Navy, Windsor, Cadet, Regatta, Copen, Evening, Denim, Blue Jay, Candy Blue, Cornflower, Blueberry, Cloud, Lake, Aqua, Ice Frappe, Pond, Aloe, Sage, and Delft.

I am getting ready early so that if I need to make a Kona Cotton order between now and then I will have my list ready.  I am also thinking of doing this in another color way.  Do you have any suggestions?  Maybe red, orange, and yellow?  Myra - I know you'll say, "Rainbow!"  But I'll leave that for you so you can join too!

Crazy Quilt

48 x 60

This quilt is really called Crazy Quilt. It's a pattern from the book Childhood Dreams by Susan Bennett Gallagher. Someone asked if I could make it for them and sent me the book. Sometimes I say yes before I realize what I am agreeing to! The quilt calls for 4 solids. I used Kona Navy, Amethyst, Bluegrass, and Malibu.

The pattern requires you to copy and enlarge 111 pieces and then sew them together according to the pattern layout in 4 sections and then the borders. There are some ridiculously small pieces hiding in there!   I used some pins to mark a quarter inch to check if I was placing the pieced in the right spot before I sewed. There was quite of bit of seam ripping at first.  But then I was surprised how nicely my points lined up once I got the hang of it.

She wanted the quilt to be bigger so I added a 6" border.  After I had already pieced the colored border I thought I should have just made those wider then the navy border could have been smaller. But it was too late at that point.

I was going to quilt it with some modern lines, but everyone in my house said I should meander it. I was shocked! I used a dark monopoly thread so it wouldn't be distracting.

This quilt reminds me of an art piece. I think I could be persuaded to make it again. I love that customers challenge me to try new things. It's good to be stretched!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Birthday Quilt

54 x 63

My daughter wanted to make a friend of hers a quilt for her birthday last week, but she hasn't sewn in a while so I wanted something easy. I had 4 charm packs of something I don't recall and suggested she use it since it was already cut for her. I helped her pick a few more prints to add to the mix and she laid out this patchwork quilt.

She chose this black print from Hobby Lobby for the back.  I love it too. And it's perfect for her friend. The only thing I did for her beside coach her was to quilt it. She did all the sewing and the binding. Maybe she will start quilting with me more often!

Quilts make the perfect gift!  Hope you are getting all your holiday sewing done.  I've got a few more custom orders before I'm caught up. Then I'll get back to sewing the stash!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Splash of Color QAL - Blocks part 2

It's block time for the Splash of Color Quilt a Long over at Busy Hands Quilts. This is a fun quilt along because you get to pick your own pattern and your colors.  All you have to do is use black and white with a splash of color!
Blocks for the first quilt on the design wall.  I like it with and without the sashing!

And here is the second one. There are only 25 blocks in this queen size quilt.

Hope you are joining us.  It's not too late!

Splash Quilt Along @ Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt - a Fat Quarter Shop Shortcut Quilt

This is a new pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop called Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt. Mine is made in Moda's Sunday Supper. This pattern is a new shortcut quilt for the Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along.  You can find the free pattern here.   It has instructions for many different sizes. I chose to make the lap size.

The Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt Pattern features Mini Charm Packs which are 2.5" by 2.5" squares.

This quilt goes together super fast because there is not much cutting that needs to be done. I loved using the pre-cuts in this quilt.

You can see other Mini Charm Chocolates Quilts on the Fat Quarter Shop's blog today.

Gabe's Quilt

54 x 66

 I made this low volume lap quilt for a friend of mine that is getting married. Once again the picture isn't great.  Come on new computer!  I used the 6.5 HST accuquilt die to cut the triangles. It is so much faster than having to trim each and every square. There are 19 or 20 different prints in this quilt and I wish I had used more. I matched up a light and a dark for each square.

Since this was a wedding gift, I decided to use Minky on the back. I had to lower the size of the quilt to fit on the minky, but it is still a nice sized lap quilt. I was super careful when I loaded the minky on the rollers and it still stretched a bit in the corners. But after washing it lays pretty flat and it's super snuggly!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Custom King Size Log Cabin Cross Quilt

108 x 108

This is a king sized log cabin cross quilt made for a customer from my shop. She wanted a quilt based on a lap sized log cabin cross quilt so I had to enlarge it a bit. I kept the original width of the strips and just made them longer.  I found this floral print at Hobby Lobby and she chose some matching colors from the print to use for the outer layers of the cross.

It does look a little brighter in person.  The good news is that I finally got a computer ordered and now I will be able to post better pictures!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Queen Rainbow Pinwheel

100 x 100

I will sure be glad to get a new computer. The background in this quilt is actually white.  This was a customer requested quilt from my etsy shop. She wanted the colors you see below in pinwheel blocks and white sashing in between. I love it when they know exactly what they want.

I loved the colors in the quilt, but for me I need a little more order for my rainbow quilts. It makes such a difference how you lay them  out. She was completely in charge of the layout. Some people like to make lots of decisions and some people don't. I think they like getting to choose and make decisions. Makes the quilt feel more like it was made just for them.

Kona Chartreuse was used for the back and the binding. I quilted it with a meander in white thread.  The blocks are 12" finished and I used the accuquilt 6.5" die to cut the triangles. I am finding that it is very helpful to have this info written down for later so I don't have to guess.

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Splash of Color QAL - Blocks and Stash Report

I have my pile of blocks all finished for the splash of color qal. I am just loving them! The white prints with the rainbow of color is so pretty.

I also have these huge black and white with yellow blocks done.  It's going to be a queen size, but there are only 25 blocks!

Are you quilting along?

Splash Quilt Along @ Busy Hands Quilts

October Stash Report

This has been my busiest month sewing this year. And it was starting to take it's tole on me.  But I feel I am catching up with things.  However, more custom orders usually means more fabric purchases. I would really like to get to 200 out for the year...

In:   70
Out: 82
Net: 126.5 out

Friday, October 27, 2017

Boomerang Pillow Shams and a Minecraft Quilt

I finished the boomerang pillow shams this week. The block arrangement is slightly different in each pillow.  I made the blocks 6" so that the pillow would be the correct size.

I also finished this Minecraft quilt. This one is different because it has 4 new blocks in it, all bad guys.  Bad guys seem to be popular for some reason!  

Linking with Finished or Not Friday.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Queen Size Boomerang Quilt

90 x 90

Another paper pieced boomerang quilt finished! I never thought I would be making another one of these quilts.  Fortunately, I learned a few things from the last paper pieced quilt I made. It is still super difficult to get the points to end up in the correct location.

The background color in this quilt is Kona Parchment even though it looks a bit gray. The colors were picked by my customer and I think she did a great job.  Quilting is a simple organic wavy lines which looks great on this quilt.

I'm making two pillow shams to go with this quilt, but they aren't finished yet.  Hopefully the fabric will get here today and I can get them done!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Splash of Color QAL - cutting done

My first quilt for the Splash of Color QAL is black and white with scrappy rainbow squares. This on has lots of little pieces but it is going to be so cute!

My second quilt is this black and white with yellow has large pieces and will go together very quickly!  Oh, I did change the yellows to just the one on the top of the pile. I think it will unify the pattern more.

I am excited to get working on these two quilts!

Splash Quilt Along @ Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, October 13, 2017

UT T-Shirt Quilt

Any UT fans out there? This is the last of the 5 memory quilts for my friend. This one was fun to make. I really like the two color theme of this quilt.

Look at that double pocket!  I only quilted a single line under the flap on the lower pocket because that piece was too big not to quilt. There are two pockets in this quilt. I cut the white TEXAS strip off one of the sleeves and put in there even though it couldn't be centered.

This was my own design based on the shirts she gave me. I like the linear lines in different size columns. This one is one of my favorites!

Linking with Myra of Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, October 5, 2017

King Size Postcard Quilt

 102 x 114

This is a modified Postcard from Sweden Quilt enlarged to make it a King Size.  Isn't it magnificent. with the rich Kona Cotton colors? 

I made two king size pillow shams to go along with the quilt. She wanted a bright yellow for the back of the quilt for the pillows. I made them with an envelope opening on the back.

She also wanted a matching pillow case for her dog!  This one is not quilted and has a zipper closure.

The hardest part about making this quilt is sewing all the HST blocks. The rest seemed easy compared to that. The pillows are a nice touch to complete the set which is for sale in my shop.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts

Fat Quarter Shop Clementine Quilt Along

Every year Fat Quarter Shop hosts a charity quilt along in which they post monthly patterns on their blog in exchange for a donation each time a quilter downloads the pattern. In addition, they auction off a completed charity quilt where 100% of the proceeds go to charity.  This year, all of the proceeds of the Clementine Quilt will be going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The donation efforts for the Quilt Along are on a good start with Moda and Fat Quarter Shop donating $10,000 each! 

The Quilt Along will run from January to July, with one pattern coming out each month for 6 blocks and a finishing pattern to make the quilt!  Here is the official Clementine Quilt Along Announcement for you to check out. Hope you will consider quilting along with this great charity event!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Splash of Color Quilt Along Fabric and Pattern

Splash Quilt Along @ Busy Hands Quilts

Below is my fabric for the Splash of Color Quilt a Long at Busy Hands Quilts. I am making the cover quilt on the book  Splash of Color - A Rainbow of Bright Black-and-White QuiltsI went through my scrap bin and pulled out some of the bright colors that I like. 

I actually decided to make two quilts for this quilt a long!  My second one will be black and white with yellow.  I have made this one before and I love the pattern because it uses big blocks with just a hint of color.

Love this QAL because I get to choose my fabrics AND the pattern!  I hope you'll join in the fun!
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