Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Squares Plus

Squares Plus is my most recent finish {and probably the last one of 2017!}

The pattern is from McCall's Quick Quilts magazine February/March 2015. Obviously, I've had the pattern for a while, but put it off because of the massive amount of tedious piecing. Those tiny squares are 1" and the Plus blocks are 3"!

I'm so glad I finally made it - in reality, it was no where near as time-consuming and tedious as it was in my head.

I started with one floral print from Leah Duncan {you can see it above - 2nd row, left edge} and pulled coordinating fabrics from my stash in navy, peach, mint and blue. It sat unquilted for several months - mainly because it's a bigger quilt than I normally tackle. I finally decided a simple stipple was all that it needed and the quilting moved along pretty quickly.

Because the quilt is almost 80" long, I needed to add some length, so that I could use 2 widths of my backing fabric. Some extra Pluses to the rescue! And I ended up loving how they looked on the back.

One simple row...

I bound it in a navy wavy stripe.

I'm always excited to look back at my year of quilting and I'll be doing just that after Christmas and linking up with Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs. I've also already started thinking about next year! So I hope to share that too!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Two new Quilts for Kids!

Time for a little catch up! It's been a month since I've blogged...

I recently finished up 2 charity quilts that I'll deliver tomorrow to my MQG.

The first is a pattern called Scattered designed by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew for the book "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe". I used scraps of Amy Butler fabrics collected over the years. Such a great pattern for small scraps!

As I was cutting up my scraps, I decided to cut what was left into 6" squares that I pieced together for a backing. I alternated rows of the squares with strips of the background and it turned out to be a 2-sided quilt.

The second quilt is named Framed and from Camille of Thimbleblossoms' book "Simply Retro". I had a leftover chunk of this pretty floral and just added an aqua background with scraps of pink, aqua and green.

I quilted it with swirls and bound it in a green diagonal stripe. It's really a sweet quilt in person!

In other sewing, I've made a couple of bags using patterns from Anna of Noodlehead.

The first is the Range Backpack that I gave to my daughter.

The second is a cross body bag that I made for myself using the Traverse Bag pattern.

Anna's patterns are just so easy to follow. I love it when things just fit together smoothly!

And that's what I've been up to :)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kisses Charity Quilt

 I finished up another child's quilt for my MQG's "Quilts for Kids" charity drive. The block is a simple Plus Block, that's been turned on point to create  an "X" or "kiss".

I decided to add one 4" heart block using the tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew. Adding 1" borders around the heart brought it up to size with the 6" Kiss Blocks.

I think it came out cute and I was able to use up some smaller scraps.

The block is very simple and finishes at 6" square. If you'd like to make one, here are the measurements I used:

Plus pieces - two 1 1/2" x 2 1/8"; one 1 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Background - four 2 1/8" x 2 1/8"
Setting Triangles - two squares 4 1/2", cut once on the diagonal

After sewing on the setting triangles, trim the block down to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Monday, September 25, 2017

Memory - A traditional block in modern fabric

A while back, I was in the mood to piece a traditional quilt block. With no real plan in mind, I pulled some fabrics in teal, mint, gray and gold. I had some white Kona Cotton on hand for a background, so I just started making blocks using a block I found in one of my block books called Memory.

I ended up making 12 blocks {the quilt is flipped over on the railing from the photo above here}.

The blocks were super fun to piece, especially pairing up the fabrics for each one.

I photographed the quilt on a beautiful Saturday morning at an industrial building along Greenville's Swamp Rabbit Trail.

I think simple straight line quilting works so well when you have a quilt with very high contrast fabrics. I was happy with how my 3/4" spaced lines turned out - straighter than usual. Amazing what slowing down a bit will accomplish!

The backing is Alison Glass Grow in Charcoal and the binding is Cotton + Steel Dottie in Fedora.

Have you noticed I love traditional blocks in modern fabrics? Yes, it's my favorite!

Monday, September 18, 2017

One for Quilts of Valor

In my quest to make good use of my stash, I made a quilt for Quilts of Valor. If you're not familiar with the organization - quilts are gifted to our Veterans. Obviously a small token of thanks from the quilting community.

The pattern is Lucky Stars by Terri Atkinson. I've made this one before and it's such an easy one to put together with stunning results.

We photographed the quilt on a beautiful Sunday morning at Greenville's minor league baseball team's stadium, Fluor Field.

Couldn't resist giving the Shoeless Joe Jackson statue a bit of a quilt drape...

The quilt is quilted with simple straight lines spaced at 1" intervals.

The backing came from my local quilt shop - on the sale rack! - and looks perfect with the diagonal stripe binding.

I'll deliver it on Thursday to our local Quilts of Valor group, so they can spread the love and admiration!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Slow Sewing

How about a WIP post today?

I've been working on some slow projects, and totally enjoying the pace.

Let's start with an English Paper Piecing project. I've tried English Paper Piecing in the past, but projects never stuck and I quickly lost interest. For some reason, I'm loving this one ~ the block, the planning, and the sewing.

The pattern is a free one, called Ice Cream Soda from Jodi at Tales of Cloth who I started following on Instagram. She sells kits with all the paper pieces, but since she lives in Australia, I decided to buy them from Paper Pieces here in the US.

It'll take some time, but I'm enjoying choosing the fabrics for each block.

This was a total spur of the moment decision! Brigitte from Zen Chic and Bernina are doing a Quilt Along for a Triangle Quilt. It's a triangle block of the month and I chose black and white, gray, bright blue, turquoise and coral fabrics from my stash to make the first block. A new block will be posted each month (the September one is up). I think I'll add some solid fabrics to keep it from getting too busy and figure it out as I go :)

I'm also working on the Magnolia Mystery from my friend Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. It's been a really long time since I made a quilt with only 4 fabrics and it took me longer to pick out he fabrics than do the first 2 steps! Luckily I know the designer and was able to get some expert advice!

Do you remember the Rin QAL? My blocks are set together and the backgrounds are machine quilted. I even added the binding, but feel the appliqué needs some quilting.

I'm thinking of adding a bit of hand quilting to each block...

but have been procrastinating because I can't decide what hand quilting design to add.

Suggestions welcome! I'd love to get this one done!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Quilts for Kids!

My sewing projects have been all over the place recently!

I've joined in on the Magnolia Mystery Quilt with my friend Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. I'm excited to try something a bit different from my norm and am enjoying the slow, monthly, one step at a time progress!

I belong to the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild and our philanthropy project for the past year has been making kids quilts. My goal this year has been to donate one small quilt a month, either one that I have on hand or a newly-made one using my stash.

I have two of those to share today...

Last month I donated this small quilt. I was made using the Improv Stripes tutorial from Debbie at A Quilter's Table. These blocks were fun, quick and easy!

Being me, I had to bring some order to the improv and cut my blocks up into strips to create my final quilt design. It's quilted with organic lines.

For the second quilt, I wanted to use up this letter fabric and I had a big enough piece for a backing. 

I made Cluck Cluck Sew Allison's quilt "Strip and Flip". It was another quick and easy little quilt and turned out so colorful!

Always feel good to send these off as comfort quilts for a child in need.

My book sale is continuing for one more week. I have a few left...