Sunday, May 1, 2016

Book of the Month May 2016

Time for another Book of the Month selection! 


This month, I'm featuring 75 Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, containing 13 quilts with multiple variations. Totally fun due to all the options! It's going to be hard to choose, but I'm looking forward to getting started. Come join me!






Friday, April 29, 2016

April Book of the Month Update

Spring cleaning is underway, and the sewing room is no exception. Tired of my stash, and determined to use it up, I've been putting Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics, the April Book of the Month selection to good use.





Two large quilts have already been completed, Roundabout,



and Nickel Bricks.




Now I've moved on to baby quilts, as hubby needs a few gifts. Digging through the stash and pulling out the nickel bin, I found enough fabric for this combo.



The resulting top is on the left.




A yard of fabric and 50 nickels gone! Ok, that's one for the girls, so had to make one for the boys. That's the middle one.  Another yard and 50 nickels gone!

The pattern, Aunt Bea,



was really easy to put together. Course, I made smaller borders because of fabric limitations. But that's okay.

And the last one in the photo, on the right,



is called Tiny Bits.



I skipped the square block borders, and just went for background fabric. Yet another easy pattern to put together.

Fabric is picked out for another top, 



just not sure which pattern I'll use. Gearing this one towards the girls. Guess I'll have to find something for the boys, just to keep it even.

So far, this book has been a big win. Lots of quilts to choose from for different fabric cuts, or cut your own. Win win! If you get a chance to acquire this book, I highly recommend it.
                                    
Have a great weekend quilting!



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Little Bit of Sweetness plus tutorial

Who doesn't love a Little Bit of Sweetness? And all that great puff!

This is the latest in my Think Outside the Box HST Challenge, though I wouldn't say it's as creative as the last two, Light at the End of the Spiral and Jagged.
    

              
Light at the End of the Spiral

                                                                 
Jagged

But it is an adorable baby quilt! Here's a straight on shot.



Based on the log cabin block, I've included some rough instructions if you would like to make one too. The quilt finishes at 39 1/2" x 39 1/2".

I started with triangles left over from the Heart to Heart table runner, pairing them up to make HST's, but squares can also be used. One HST/square measures 3 1/4".


Choosing one light and one medium value fabric to go around these blocks, they're cut into 2 1/2" strips. I got really lucky to find a pink dot and an adorable girly print in my stash - just enough for this quilt. 

From the light, a 3 1/4" x 2 1/2" rectangle is sewn to the larger triangle, with the 90 degree point on the right. This helps with consistency in the quilt, since blocks get rotated.


A 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" light rectangle is added on the other side of the large triangle, on the right.


Now for the dark side. Oh scary! Just kidding! A 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" rectangle is sewn along the top of the previous units.


And finally, a 7 1/4" x 2 1/2" dark rectangle finishes off the left edge.


Block measures 7 1/4" x 7 1/4". At this point, settings can be played with, but this is the one I liked. Every other block is rotated 90 degrees. 



The plain block color can also be played with. I thought about using pink, but just didn't like it, so I went with white throughout. Glad I did because of the pretty quilting design I came up with.

















Some closeups, petals first.



Lots of starts and stops, so if you look closely you can see some of the thread build up from that. This is not a show quilt, and I'm sure a baby won't mind the thickness.

Here's a closeup of the block quilting.



And can't forget the back, where the quilting looks really awesome on pink polka dot flannel.



Now it's time to go make you're own Little Bit of Sweetness!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Midweek Makers #17

Time for another party at Midweek Makers!



Last week there were so many fun and creative projects, I hope everyone had the chance to visit them. One that caught my eye was the cowboy boots for the Texas Two Step that Sharon is making over at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs. Adorable!

                               

Sharon says she could wear each one and I totally agree with her! Sharon, be sure to grab a 'Feature' button.


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What's everyone working on this week? I'm quilting this bit of sweetness, 



which should have taken just an afternoon, but has stretched over three days. That's what happens when one spends too much time clearing out stuff, moving furniture, stripping wallpaper, and prepping for painting. Quilting has taken a backseat!

But let's see your projects!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Link any recent post that has to do with sewing and fabric.
  • Visit the other party guests and leave a comment. It's a great way to make new friends!
  • Grab the Midweek Makers button code to put on your post or sidebar to let everyone know about the party!

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Have fun at the party!



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Midweek Makers #16

It's Wednesday! Time for another linky party to show off everyone's creations!

Last week there were so many fun projects shared - I hope you got a chance to visit all of them. This week, it's all about accessorizing your wardrobe with a tutorial for fun fabric covered beads from Julie at The Crafty Quilter.

                            Fabric Covered Bead Necklace Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

What a terrific way to spruce up an outfit - thanks for the tutorial Julie! Be sure to grab a 'Featured' button.


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What do you have to share this week? For me, it's Jagged, my HST challenge project. Click on the pink link to read more.


Now it's your turn! 

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  • Link any recent post that has to do with sewing and fabric.
  • Visit the other party guests and leave a comment. It's a great way to make new friends!
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Enjoy the party!