Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Baby Alternating Blocks

Squeezing in Baby Alternating Blocks on the last day of the month!


This is the other baby quilt made from the same blocks as Baby Tango, but a different pattern from 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts


Just so many choices!

Baby Alternating Blocks (what a title!) was also quilted with Glide Baby Blue thread, but with the pantograph called Bayside


This is also a new pattern for me, and I like this one too. Looks almost like Baptist Fan, but is much more fluid. Another to use again!

Bayside

More soft flannel on the back.


And this one also got the same random color binding, working perfectly with the piecing.


Guess that's all that I accomplished from the May Book of the Month selection, 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts. I found the book's instructions easy to follow, and loved all the choices of quilts with each block presented. Wish I had more time to make a few more. 

Since tomorrow is a Midweek Makers day, the June Book of the Month selection will come out on Thursday, June 2. Time to go to the bookcase!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Today is the day to remember all who have fought for this great country, protecting the freedoms we cherish so much. That means my Patriotic Wave table runner is out on display, to celebrate how great this country is.



There's just nothing better than red, white, and blue.




And what table wouldn't be complete without place mats.





Please take a moment today to remember those who fought for our freedom.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Baby Tango

Another baby quilt to show off - Baby Tango,


a very small version of the Tango pattern 


from 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts.


The base block gives rise to 7 quilt patterns in this book, which means it's quite the versatile block. I happened to make too many blocks, cutting strips so as to have variety. I could have easily done a four by four layout, but didn't want a baby quilt over 48". Thus, a three by three layout with 3 1/2" borders, so it finishes around 42". That's a good baby quilt size - just right for tummy time!

For this pattern, a variety of prints works well. I needed some boy quilts, and found 30's prints in primary colors in my stash. Add in Kona Snow, and there's a quilt!


For the quilting, I used Glide Baby Blue thread along with the pantograph call Bluster. It's the first time I've used Bluster and I really like it! Gives the quilt a nice soft look with all the puffy crescents.


And of course, my trademark flannel on the back.


I didn't want white binding on this, and tried really hard to use up the rest of the fabric. Opting for random color placement, I think it turned out just perfect! Here's the quilt again so you don't have to scroll to the top just to view the binding.


I got really lucky that none of the seams ended up in the corners, supposedly a no-no. Actually, I think the reason is that there's just too much fabric in the corner to make a nice fold. Otherwise, I don't know why it's frowned upon.

And don't think the excess blocks are going to waste. I've put together one of the other patterns, Alternating Blocks, also in a baby size. That gets on the frame soon, hopefully to be finished next week.

Until then, have a great weekend!



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Midweek Makers #21

Time for another Midweek Makers!



Last week, Julie over at PinkDoxies was looking for a new way to describe quilts using random scraps, not liking a current term. I'm not going to repeat it - you'll have to read her post! After many suggestions from readers, the one that felt right was Second Chance quilts. I like it, and think it's a perfect name for those quilts using up random scraps, such as this one she created.

                              

Julie, be sure to grab the 'Featured' button! 


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I need to work on my own second chance quilt from the scraps my mom sorted for me. But there's too much emotion tied up there, so they sit. Someday, when I'm ready.

And now it's time to party. Let's see all of those wonderful creations everyone is working on! I must say, since starting this linky party, I've enjoyed visiting blogs each week and seeing progress on all the various projects. Makes me feel I'm sewing along!


The guidelines for joining the fun are simple.

  • 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 a fun time!




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quietly Working Away

After a weekend of working on the house again, I've finally gotten a chance to get back into the sewing room. Thankfully, I had cleaned up after the last projects, making starting a new one a pleasure.

Today I'm working on finishing up these blocks, in 30's prints.


Following the pattern Tango,


from my May Book of the Month selection, 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts,


they're going together fast! I'm making a baby quilt size (hubby needs some for boys), and may have too many blocks. Just means I have more opportunity for another quilt design!

Also in the works, are labels and hanging sleeves for the fair entries, due next week.


Not my favorite part of quilting, but it must be done. Hmm, maybe I'll tackle it during the ball game tonight. But still, ugh.

Definitely not very exciting stuff going here at QuiltFabrication. Hope your day is better!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Tiny Bits in Red

Done is the last of the three baby quilts, this one called Tiny Bits in Red.


Another quilt pattern from Perfect Quilts from Precut Fabrics



'Tiny Bits' was another fast, easy quilt to put together with 5 inch squares.



Though I left off the top and bottom borders, it still turned out great! That's what happens when one runs out of squares.

This one was also quilted with the Easy Peasy panto,



with red Glide thread. I liked the polka dot flannel from Aunt Bea in Mauve so much that I used it here also.



The recipients of these quilts are some lucky babies!

Now, as for the other fabric pull I had started,



unfortunately, got put away. I wasn't happy with what I'd pulled, so decided to clean up the room and move on. Someday it will happen. I'm sure this happens to everyone, right?






Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Midweek Makers #20

Welcome to Midweek Makers #20! 



This week, I'm featuring my quilt, Confluence


Made for RaNae Merrill's new book, Sideways Spiral Quilts


it was a new technique I was willing to try. Glad I did, as it turned out really special! 

But now it's your turn to show off! 
  • 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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Enjoy!



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Aunt Bea in Mauve

Here's the sister to Aunt Bea in Blue, Aunt Bea in Mauve.



Another from the Aunt Bea pattern found in Perfect Quilts from Precut Fabrics, this one has a tiny floral background and mauve squares.



Though nice enough, I still like Aunt Bea in Blue better. There's something about the freshness of the lighter background. But hey, at least I used up the fabric from my stash, and I'm sure any baby would love this!

This one has the panto Easy Peasy on it, in mauve Glide thread. Shows up nicely on the polka dot backing.



Easy Peasy is another favorite panto - it nests nicely between rows, has both a feather and a floral look without going overboard, and looks nice on just about anything.

Two baby quilts down, one to go!
Happy Quilting!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Aunt Bea in Blue

Finished up one of the baby quilts made two weeks ago.





Based on the pattern 'Aunt Bea',


from my April Book of the Month selection, Perfect Quilts from Precut Fabrics,

 


I'm calling this one 'Aunt Bea in Blue', since it has a sister done in mauve.

I really like this pattern (I made two!), as this was a fun, easy quilt to put together, perfect for 5 inch squares, or even 10 inch squares or 2 1/2" scraps. The blocks go together quickly, and in no time, there's a top done!

For this one, I choose a white background with blue clouds and silver stars. The 5 inch squares were a brighter blue, with some turquoise mixed in.


To top it off, I found a star panto, that with a bit of modification, perfectly mimicked the background. It's easier to see on the back.


I really like how this one turned out - just a fresh, cheery little quilt! Now it's on to quilt his sister, Aunt Bea in Mauve.

Have a great day quilting!