Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My hand-quilted star is done!

I just love this simple quilt.  It started as a way to use up a treasured charm pack of Gypsy Girl that I really wanted to use.  I had held onto it for a long time because I didn't know what I could do with a single charm pack since I tend to like my quilts big.  And I didn't want to waste it because I just loved all the colors and prints in this line.  Then, I found this quilt on Pinterest and knew it was perfect!

I made just a few changes.

First, I pulled out the really low volume prints, because I really wanted the vibrant colors to stand out. And I knew that since I would be adding a border I would be pulling extra fabrics from my stash anyway.

Second, instead of making the half square triangles the way that Julie suggested, I cut a patterned square and white square 5 1/2 inches, drew a line from corner to corner on the white fabric, and sewed them together 1/4 inch on either side of my drawn line.  Then I cut them apart on the line and pressed them open, making 2 half square triangle pieces. I used pieces from my stash for all of the points.

Finally, I added the borders to frame the star and make the quilt larger.

This quilt needed to be hand quilted. It was quilted 1/4 inch inside of each square.  And then I marked out the rest of the echoing lines with a Frixion pen.  I am still nervous when I draw on a quilt with those pens, but they always come right out with my iron.

 This quilted up pretty quickly.  I took it with me to visit my family down in southern Mississippi.  My aunt put it on her frame and my grandmother, mom and aunts and I started to quilt the center while I was there.  By the time I got home I had just some white and the two outer borders to go. All those straight lines went quick!

The quilt is backed and bound with a perfect pink and aqua print.

I enjoyed this quilt so much that I am already working on another one made with the Fresh Cut fabric line.  This one will be for a sweet family that will be hosting us this summer on our travels.

And wouldn't this pattern be great in all red and white scraps....

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Applique Blocks

Irish Chain Twist applique blocks have been appliqued!

I used a zig zag stitch with matching pink thread.  I started and stopped in the center so you can't even see where it begins and ends.

Getting closer to seeing it all put together...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday

This quilt has been on my mind for a while.  I'm so glad to be starting it!  I've been waiting for just the right inspiration and this feather fabric was it!

I pulled fabric from my stash and of course picked up a few new fabulous additions.

I am 3 blocks in.

More fabrics paired up and ready to go.

I'm not really sure how big this will be yet.  We will see where the fabric takes me...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Next 11 blocks of the Irish Chain Twist QAL done!!

Loving the colors!!
We're getting close to putting it all together - I can't wait to see how it all comes together.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Avant Garden part 1

I finished my Avant Garden quilt!  It finished at about 60 x 72.

  AND I have enough fabric left from those fat quarters to make another top.  I plan to use this pattern from Camillle Roskelley's book Simply Retro.

I also made some more progress on my Go Four It! Quilt. 

Lots and lots of tiny squares...

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cade's quilt top finished!

I finished piecing Cade's quilt to this morning - woo hoo!  It finished at about 68 inches wide and 96 inches long.  I am thinking about adding a little strip of grey to each side to make it a little wider.  What do you think?  Leave it or widen it?

Now to decide what to back it in.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Avant Garden

A very sweet friend af mine gifted my an entire fat quarter bundle of Avant Garden for Christmas.  Yay! I have had the pattern picked out for a while now, and even had the fabrics paired together already.  I was just waiting for a few free moments to get started.  This newest group of snow days was just what I needed.

My first pair of fabrics turned out great!!!  I LOVE how they turned out.

I couldn't wait to get the next group done.

Not as awesome. I think the colors were too similar and although I thought there was enough difference in the size of the prints.  Not so much.  

So, I did some rearranging with my fabrics to make sure there was enough contrast.


I also took out some of the biggest prints and replaced them with a few solids.  Ahh.  So much better.


Here are a few of the bigger prints that I love that did not make the cut.  They will be on the back where I can enjoy them in their full glory.  :)

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Snow Days = Sewing Days

The kiddos were out of school again yesterday and today.  This means we all got to sleep in and I got to stay in my jammies and sew.  Yay!  I took advantage and got a lot done.

First, I got started on Cade's quilt.  He has requested blue and grey.  Together we decided on the Greek Cross.  I ordered some linen for the background and I am LOVING how it looks!  I was able to get 12 blocks made in one day.  Woo Hoo!

I was able to complete the next step in my Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along.
30 blocks, took longer than I anticipated, but love how they turned out. This shade of green makes me smile.

And finally, I got lots of cute little dresses sewn up for the shop. 

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