Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Splendid Sampler 7-9 and Hexagon Peek

I have no completed the first 9 blocks in the splendid sampler!

The 7th block was out of my comfort zone but I want to try everyblock. If at the end it doesn't mix well with the rest of my bold blocks it will either be the quilts label or part of a smaller quilt.

I purposely picked colors for the min quilt in this block that reminded me of the quilt on my son's bed. We just got his big boy bed set up over the weekend and I think it looks so sweet!

Block 8 was just a quick fun block! It was nice to just use all the bold colors and let them do the talking instead of fussy cutting.

 Block 9 is an adorable little house! I did some fun fussy cutting and just tried to keep it really fun and bright.

Here are my first 9 together. I like were I am going! It's bright and fun! I even have faith that number 9 just might be able to hold his own!

A sneak peek at my New Hexagon Quilt! I now have all of my rosettes together and all of my edge pieces sewn in. All that's left is pulling paper before it can go to the quilter. Im probably about 2/3 of the way done and Im just really struggling to find the time to pull the rest since I can't do it when my son is awake/around. I feel like I've kept you waiting long enough so I wanted to share a little preview even if it's not in the best lighting and I cut off the top. Hopefully I'll have a better representation soon!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Splendid Sampler #4-6

I wanted to take a moment to catch up on my Splendid Sampler progress.

Block 4. I really had to think out of the box for this one and think about how I could adapt it to my palette. This isn't a block I would have ever made on my own so I love that I'm pushing myself to do things outside of my norm.

Block 5. A relatively easy, straight forward block made super fun with bold colors and fussy cuts!

Block 6. Another block where I did what was best for my personal taste and pallet. Instead of the 4 HST in the center, I opted for a big fussy cut, and then instead of doing 8 flying guess for the outer row, that would have left the mustard color in one pieced but would have left the purple with a seam, I instead did 4 flying geese and 8 HST so that my purple didn't have the seam. This may be my favorite block so far.

Block 7 instructions were released this morning and it is an embroidery block that is way out of my comfort zone and doesn't lend itself well to the bold fabrics I've chosen. I've been slowly trying to wrap my brain around it. Like I said, I don't think the block with work well with a bold fabric background, but if I pick a more neutral fabric for this block then it will stand out to much from the rest of the quilt. I still need to give this block more thought before continuing.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Splendid Sampler #2-3

I have completed the 2nd and 3rd block of the Splendid Sampler this week.

My number two I am considering re-doing. I don't love it as much as I do the others and I'd like to take another crack at it.

But I really like the way my number 3 came out. I used prairie points instead of having the seam in the middle from sewing the hearts in two pieces.

I wasn't intending for this yellow-mustard color to be my background color but somehow, that's the way it's going. I like it. It's bold! This quilt has a mind of it's own already and I can't wait to see where we end up.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hearts Aflutter

Block 1 is completed for The Splendid Sampler. Of coarse since it began on valentines day the first block had to be a heart. I will completing my Sampler in all Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I have a bit of a collection and she also has new lines coming out this year, which I think will be nice in terms of being able to bring in new fabrics part way in. The heart is needle turn applique. Since everything is packed up and moved around during our renovation I was unable to find a nice applique need and had to use an embroidery needle that was much bigger than i would have preferred but all and all I think it is just fine. I love the bold prints and I hope I can keep it this bold all year!

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Hexagon Update

Once again I am back after a long quilting brake! I took a 3 month break from quilting during the holidays and my son's birthday (We had a big party and I made so many decorations that I didn't have time for any quilting. But first birthdays only happen once). Then I picked quilting back up but didn't get into the swing for blogging.

I wanted to update you on my progress with The New Hexagon Quilt Along. I now have all of my rosettes done and I am working on filling the edges.

Rosette 4. This Rosette is made entirely of Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill fabric. This block took me to longest to complete and it fought me every step of the way and I seriously considered trashing it and starting it over many times, even after it was finally complete. I am interested to see it in the finished quilt with borders.

Rosette 7 This rosette is made entirely of Michael Miller's Birds & The Bees fabric. I really like the small heart print. It reminds me of candy.

Rosette 8 is a Tula Pink marriage of Bumble and Eden. I thought the two lines really played together well and I was extreamly happy with this block. It's one of my favorites.

Block 9 is another Tula Pink marriage. What can I say? I love Tula Pink. I think this is a super fun block.

10A is all cotton + steel and I think it's super cute. I was determined to get these adorable apples into this quilt somewhere.

10B is another cotton + steel block. I think it turned out really cute.

11A is actually the last rosette I completed and Im going to leave it as a surprise for the end. Just to keep everything fun.

11B is a Tula Pink Elizabeth rosette. It's very bold.

12A is another Cotton + Steel block. The sloths are too cute! (Could not get a good photo outside due to snow. By the time is stopped snowing it was already sewn in)

12B is Anna Maria Horner's Fibs and Fables. I love this block. So much so, that it dramatically influenced my fabric choices for a upcoming quilt. (Hint Hint)

I am also currently remodeling most of my home which has slowed my progress with finishing this quilt. I originally was hoping to have this quilt off to the quilter before I started the Sampler but when you are living in chaos with a toddler, not a lot of sewing can be done. Someday, in the not to distant fututre, it will all be worth it when I have all new floors, a refinished fireplace, and a beautiful kitchen.

 I am planning to begin The Splendid Sampler with everyone else on Valentines Day and I am looking forward to sharing my progress. I have picked a very bold pallet and I am excited to see where it takes me and how it comes together.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Princess Castle Pillow

I made this adorable little Castle pillow for a friend's daughter's 1st birthday. Every girl needs a little princess pink in her life right? I also recently bought a Cricut Explore and I wanted to try it out cutting fabric. So I designed the pillow in the Cricut software, cut out the fabric that way, and then did some hand embroidery to finish it off and give it something a little extra special.The fabric is all from my stash and scraps.

It's just a simple 16" pillow with an envelope back. I've had this tree print in my stash forever and I'm glad I finally got to use some of it and I really think it was perfect for the project. It's like the castle is  surrounded by pink and blue trees.I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New Hexagon Rosette 6

Here is Rosette #6! I used all Tula Pink fabrics from Prince Charming, Moonshine, Fox Field, True Color, and Elizabeth. i really love how the colors work together.

This is my progress with the quilt so far. I think it's going pretty well so far and I like how it's coming together.