Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Playtime Quilt

Incredibly fast and incredibly cute! The Playtime quilt is done!

Using the Playtime pattern

 in the Sew a Modern Home book,

a striped fabric and some ric rac, 

makes for a super easy, fun quilt! It may be cheating, but it sure is adorable, don't you think?

The wavy line quilting adds to the playfulness, which was carried into the borders.

Though the pattern does not have borders, I added the yellow 4" border to make the finished size 40" x 40", a size I prefer for baby quilts.

And on the back, a soft flannel, and the fun quilting.

Got striped fabric? Ric rac? Need a quilt in a hurry? I definitely recommend this pattern--just too cute!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dia de los Muertos Cat

Several months ago, I participated in my first mini swap through Instagram. Hosted by a member of my guild, the theme was Halloween. The hostess gave each one of us the name of another participant, along with their fabric and Halloween theme likes and dislikes. Then we were to make a mini, under 24", for this person, and this is what I sent.

My fellow swapper liked the same fabrics as me: orange, purple, black, green, and silver. But she also liked vintage Halloween images, and Dia de los Muertos, two styles which are totally out of my range. What to do? Well, it helped that she also liked cats and spiders.

Googling some Day of the Dead photos, I got an idea to make a cat face in that style. Finding a floral fabric which I could apply small bits of fusible to and cut out,

supplied all of the pieces for decoration.

Freehanding a cat head onto fusible, then ultimately on to a white fabric, bits and pieces of the floral fabric were placed around the face.

After carefully fusing everything down, the cat face was fused to a black piece which had a small edging and the ears. My only mistake was having so many layers of fusible--wish I had cut out the centers to leave a 1/4" edge of fusible. Live and learn!

Now the whole head is fused to an orange mottled piece, and everything gets stitched down with black thread, to add emphasis. 

A simple border of her favorite Halloween colors was added, with some skeleton fabric squares in the corners. Stitch in the ditch quilting was all that was required here.

As for the background, it got a spider web, after drawing it on Golden Threads Quilting Paper, 

so that everything would line up. I sent her some spider buttons, with her choice as to where to place a spider. Add a with a fun orange polka dot binding, some tabs for hanging, a label, and it's done! FYI, it measures around 12" square.

Now, a different person made a mini for me, using my favorite colors, and of course, cats.

Adorable! I currently have it topping one of my tables in the living room, which is now full of all things fall--lots of orange in there! Even though I don't wear orange well (pink girl--if you hadn't noticed!), I love the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall! That's my New England childhood coming through.

Have a great day quilting!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015 Book of the Month

Drum roll please--the October Book of the Month honor goes to Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden!

A book with a wide variety of projects, it was the two baby quilt patterns that attracted me. Being that hubby told me before we left for Germany that he needs two baby boy quilts, the pressure is on. Both patterns look to be fairly quick and easy, and a hunt through my stash uncovered a print and some ricrac I've been wanting to use. The first pattern, Naptime,

uses large prints. I've chosen this cute fish print, along with blue dots, and a lively green for sashing. Fish on this print are 2-4 inches in size, so I think it should work.

The other pattern is Playtime,

which uses a stripe and some ribbon. I have a pretty blue stripe left over from a t-shirt quilt back, and bright yellow ricrac. 

This one should be fun!

Tomorrow I'll start cutting and sewing, as the day is free to spend in the studio. Can't wait!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Patchwork City Month 6

Just where has the month of September gone??? A fun family vacation in Germany, and moving my younger son into college 800 miles away, that's where. I have some great memories, but feel completely exhausted! Tired out by five pm, I make myself wait till eight to go to bed. If that sounds really early to you, keep in mind I'm up by five am to work out. What matters is eight hours of blessed sleep!

So, with that in mind, there has been little in the way of quilting in my house. But I still have Patchwork City blocks to show, and a few projects to start and, of course, finish. Without further ado, I present Patchwork City month 6!

Called Donut Hole and Mixed Use, these two were really fun and easy to assemble. I could see these used in multiples in a larger quilt, can't you?

And tomorrow is October 1st, which means another Book of the Month, and all things Halloween! I'm slowly transforming the house over to oranges and reds--the Pumpkat Patch table runner is in place (for the pattern, click here, to see more pictures, click here),

and pumpkins decorate the front of the house. Still need to put out the pumpkin placemats, and a few wall hangings, then we'll be in the spirit! Later in the week, I'll show what I made for a Halloween mini swap, and the sweet wall hanging I received in exchange. Until then, 
Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Patchwork City Month 5

And another installment of Patchwork City blocks. Month 5 features Duplex and Intercom.

Rooftops on Duplex were paper pieced, then add to the other parts. Intercom was strip pieced, but tricky getting all the seams to match. They're a bit wobbly upon close inspection, but will do.

These two are okay, nothing super special for me. What do you think?

Hope your having a great time following along!

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