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!

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.