Monday, August 29, 2016

Out to Sea Betty Quilt (and scrap giveaway)

Earlier this week I was putting away some fabric and noticed a stack of Out to Sea that has been sitting in my stash for a while.  After I made this quilt, I fell in love with the collection and bought a whole bunch of it.  Of course I liked it so much that I didn't do anything with it until this week.
Out to Sea Betty Quilt
I used the baby size of The Betty Quilt pattern.  When I wrote the pattern I made the twin size version and have been wanting to make the other two sizes, and I had just enough time to squeeze in the baby quilt this week.  
Out to Sea Betty Quilt
The backing is the dark pink anchors and the binding is my favorite print from the collection.  And I made sure to get a few mermaids into the quilt.  
Out to Sea Betty Quilt
I used Quilter's Dream Puff batting for the first time and I really love the texture it gives the finished quilt.  It is fluffy, but still feels substantial without being bulky.

Finished size: 42" x 51"
Fabric: Out to Sea by Sarah Jane
Batting: Quilter's Dream Puff

Since my scrap bins overfloweth, I have decided to start giving away my scraps after I finish most projects.  I have a nice sized stack of scraps leftover from this quilt that I would love to giveaway.  If you are interested, just leave a comment and I will pick a winner in the next few days.  

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop.  Just a reminder that I am clearing out the shop and will be progressively marking down quilts over the next couple weeks.  They are currently marked down 20%.  

Pretty Playtime Quilt Along Wrap Up

The Pretty Playtime QAL has finished up.  I have spent some time expanding my block into a wall quilt.  It is currently in the started-hand-quilting-but-got-distracted phase of the project.  Hopefully I can share finished photos soon.
pretty playtime
Now that everyone has posted their blocks, make sure to stop by and check them out.
Week 2 - Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 - Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 - Anorian from Samelia's Mum
Week 5 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 - Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 - Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 - Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 - Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 - Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Week 11 - Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 - Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 - Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 - Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 - Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 - Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Friday, August 26, 2016

Some Pillowcases and a Shop Sale

Last week I was sorting through the closet in our guest room where we keep a stack of spare pillows, and a question occurred to me: why do I have all of these old, musty pillowcases when I could have new, pretty pillowcases?  I have also been wanting to make pillowcases for my bed, so I decided to make a whole stack at once.
Bluebird Pillowcases
I apologize that these photos aren't great.  It turns out that taking photos of pillows is not easy, especially when all of my photo helpers are at school.  The two above were made with the Fox Tracks print from Bluebird.  I LOVE this print.  It's my favorite color and I love the floral.  Good thing my husband doesn't mind sleeping on a flowery pillow.
New Pillowcases
Then I made one from Hatbox, two from Anna Maria Horner, and one from Lizzy House's Constellations.  These were all 1 yard cuts that I had sitting in my cupboard that I really love, but wasn't sure when I was ever going to use.  
Constellations Pillowcase
I really like this pillowcase tutorial if you are interested in making your own.  

In other news, there might be some changes going on around here (life changes, not sewing related changes, more info soon) and I am going to be clearing out the quilts that I have in stock.  I am marking all of the quilts in my shop down 10%.  I will continue to mark them down every few days until I give up and donate them.  So if you are interested in a quilt, now is the time!

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Quilt for a Boy

For the past few years I have been making quilts for my nieces and nephews as they have turned 8. It seems like all of the kids were born in groupings and in the past year 2 nephews and my daughter have all turned 8, they are keeping me busy!
A Quilt for a Boy
This quilt is for our nephew Aiden.   He turns 8 this month and that is the age in our church when kids are baptized.  We are going to miss his baptism because of a conflict, so this one is going to have to go in the mail.
A Quilt for a Boy
I used the backing fabric for the color inspiration and went with a variety of blues and greens. The quilt top is made up of 3.75" finished half square triangles so this involved a lot of trimming!  
A Quilt for a Boy
I cut my binding strips 2.75" wide which is what I have been doing more and more often.  When I first started quilting I always used 2.25" wide binding strips, then moved on to 2.5", and now I am preferring 2.75".  One thing that I like about the wider binding is that it seems to be easier to make a nice, crisp corner.  

Finished size: 57" x 68"
Backing Fabric: Denyse Schmidt Franklin
Binding Fabric: Pure Elements Nocturnal (available here)
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