Friday, September 30, 2016

Giant Owl Floor Pillow

A few weeks I told you I was going to participate in the Shape Family Challenge hosted by Tales of Cloth. I have finally finished my project and can show it to you! I was sick last week, so I was cutting it right down to the wire with this project!

I made an owl entirely out of EPP pieces! And not just any owl, an giant Tula Pink owl! And then I turned him into a giant 36" round and 7" deep floor pillow!

Originally I just planned a circular quilt with the crescent moon but then as soon as the circle was cut I knew it had to be a giant pillow! I backed it with this awesome Tula Pink sparrow pint. I love the fun dots!

It's a little hard to tell in the pictures, but I actually fused sparkly silver fuse to the white pearl essence fabric for the moon. I always love to add a little extra bling!

My son thinks its the best thing ever. He's been jumping on and laying on it ever since it's been done!

Even the cats are in on the action!

This is where the owl started. It doesn't even look like an owl really. I sent my sister this picture and she said she loves shape puzzles and was coming over! Many glasses of beer later, we got the owl to it's final magnificent state! We had so much fun!

This was such a great project and I'm so glad I did it! I always wanted to play around with a giant pile of EPP pieces and see if I could make my own pattern. Now I know I can! Here is the link to the Tales of Cloth Blog and this challenges link up! Tales of Cloth Shape family Challenge

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Prince Charming Pillow

I've completed another swap mini!

This is the Prince Charming block from Quite Play Patterns, which was one of the blocks my swap mate requested. And for good reason! He is too cute!

And she requested a pillow cover instead of a mini so I made him into a simple envelope back pillow. Blueberry park fabric was also one of her requests so I ordered some, since all I had in my stash was the yellow daisy the frog is sitting on.

I gave him a foundation pieced square in square border to bring him to a cozy 18 inch pillow. I just like the size of pillow! I think he's so cute and I hope he will like his new home and be well loved!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Teal Mini Swap

I have completed my Teal Mini Swap quilt and my partner has already confirmed she received it so now I can share! 

The challenge fabric was the teal Basic Mixologie print and I made a block from the book Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman from the Metro Area quilt. The challenge was only to make a mini quilt or a mug rug, but her 5x8 blocks are the perfect size for mug rugs, so I couldn't resist doing something extra! Besides, once you already have all that fabric pulled out, why not? Plus, I was worried she might not be a fan of all the little animals hiding in the mini, so I figured if she hated the mini, at least the mug rug was pretty neutral!

I've been trying to get a little more adventurous with my quilting, especially now that I've moved about 2 hours away from my quilter, but I still don't do anything that I can't do with my walking foot. I feel like this was still more adventurous then what i usually do, so I'm obviously making progress! I figure if I can get better at quilting while I'm working on these mini's, someday I'll be able to quilt my own fullsize! A girl can dream!

I couldn't imagine sending a mug rug without a mug so I found a cute mug to ship along, and also a blingy notebook because I know I always need another cute notebook to sketch in! Notice Adrian hanging out on the side. He seems to approve so it must be good!

I had so much fun with this project and I can't wait to do it again next year! This year there are 300 some participants. Imagine if you could get all of those mini quilts and mug rugs in the same room! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lucky Completions

My Good luck minis are complete! 

I kept the quilting really basic stitch in the ditch becuase i didn't feel like it needed anything else. the fabric is already beautiful.

I did opt for a fun binding with pops of colors.

I really think these two will be a great start of a mini quilt collection.

Now, if I only had a sewing room to hang them in....

Hopefully soon!

As mentioned before, I have two more mini quilts to make for swaps. Here is a sneak peak of what my work station looks like while I get these two off the ground. More on that soon!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good Luck

As you know, we are getting ready to buy a new house in Pennsylvania where I will *hopefully* have a beautiful sewing room with a ton of space. I've decided that in my new space i want to have a mini quilt wall.  I've seen beautiful, wonderful, inspiring shots of other people's on instagram and it's given me serious envy! So in the mean time I've decided to start working on some mini quilts to take with me to the new house and set the tone.

This is Good Luck Star! The pattern is available on craftsy. The pattern makes a 12" block but I couldn't see messing around with 24 fabrics (26 if you could the background prints) just to get a 12" block and I really wanted to showcase the beautiful fabrics, so I had the templates blown up 200%, so it's now a 24" block. It's made entirely of Alison Glass fabrics. I started with a fat eighth bundle of Sun Prints 2016 and then added from my stash of her other prints to fill in gaps in the color wheel and also to try to minimize how many time I had the same print touching. The pattern is designed to leave you with a whole in the middle of the block (because who can match 24 points? Certainly not I!) that the pattern has you applique a circle over. I don't like to put circles in the middle of stars, personally, because to me, it makes it read flower instead of star and I want a star. So i added the 6 pointed english paper pieced star instead. I was concerned about what laying a 6 pointed star over a 12 pointed star would look like but I think it worked out ok.

Here is it's companion block, More Good Luck. It is surprisingly the same template with just two extra lines. I made the same changes that I made to the first block for this block. Blowing up the block definitely upped the challenge more than i was expecting, just because the pieces where so large and cumbersome, but i think it was worth it. 

The pattern says that 12 pointed stars are suppose to bring good luck, so I'm hoping that taking these two beauties to the new house will be perfect! I just need to get them quilted and bound now!

I also joined two additional mini swaps (Have to fill that future wall after all). The Teal Swap, which uses the proceeds to benefit Ovarian Cancer, and the Quiet Play Swap on Instagram which is a foundation piecing swap. I'm sure you'll be seeing more on those as soon as i get my partner assignments and get started!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rainbow beginnings

I have begun a new project! It will be a set of two star mini quilts made with Alison Glass fabrics. I have been collecting her fabric but really haven't done much with it, till now. 

I have most of the piecing done for the first star already. I love the rainbow pile of little scraps that i got from trimming my wedges.

Speaking of scraps, I was playing around with some of the bigger scraps I had from cutting out this project and started to get really inspired. I now am starting to formulate a plan for this little pile of rainbow goodness. Of course this means that Im not any where near half way down my first project and I'm already obsessed with the possibilities here.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Modern Hexies Pillow

Hello! Long time no post! I've picked up my family and moved to Pennsylvania. We are in a rental until our Maryland house closes and we find a home to buy, so unfortunately in the meantime 90% of my quilting supplies and stash are in boxes and I only have a very small table in the basement next to the washer and dryer for my sewing machine and ironing. So probably not a ton of quilting coming my way in the next few months.

BUT I did manage to pull off these two pillows as a present for my sister birthday!

I originally saw this kind of hexagon pillows in an issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting quite a while back and I had it in the back of my head as something I'd really like to do at some point. So when I was searching for pillow ideas for my sisters birthday I came across the Modern Handcrafted blog and it reminded me I still had the magazine with that original pattern somewhere. Luckily, I was able to find that issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting in all my boxes!

I used all Cotton + Steel prints except for one Alison Glass print in the purple pillow because despite ordering more purple Cotton + Steel fabric to try to fill that spot I was still unable to find the perfect shade/print. I thought tit was fun to back the pillows in mismatched fabrics.

One of the coolest things about these pillows is the geometric quilting that complements the hexagons. I had a really hard time marking the my fabric because it was so dark and I wound up just using my pressure foot. My quilting isn't perfect but I always say if I wanted perfect, I'd go to the store and buy something made by a machine and save myself the time. We all know it would be cheaper too! Ha!

My sister seems to really like the pillows so hopefully they will gets lots of love! It was a nice little project to break in my temporary sewing space.

I am in preparation for a new project so hopefully I'll be back soon!