Saturday, October 21, 2017

Giveaway from Simply Lovely Things

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!  I have a doubly exciting giveaway for you today - two different bundles from Simply Lovely Things.

The first is 6 fat quarters from Josephine by Camelot Fabrics.
And the second is 5 fat quarters from Amanda Murphy, four of which are from her Folk Art Fantasy line.
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post letting me know which bundle you would prefer.  And take a minute to check out the Simply Lovely Things shop for some super cute and very nicely priced fabric!

The giveaway will run through Saturday 10/28 and I will announce the winners here.  Thanks for entering!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Menagerie Quilt

I had so much fun making this quilt.
Menagerie Quilt
The fabric is Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel and I am in love with it.  The florals, the metallics, and the tigers, it is just gorgeous. 
Menagerie Quilt
This Menagerie fabrics are from the September Culcita Box and the solid is a Free Spirit solid called Mist.  It is just slightly off-white in a really pretty, creamy way.
Menagerie Quilt
I'm sure this block has a name, but I don't know what it is. A few months ago I drafted it in EQ7 and have been waiting for just the right project.  I supersized the block and my quilt finished up at 57" square.  
Menagerie Quilt
I quilted it with an organic crosshatch, which means that the lines are slightly wavy and are randomly spaced.  
Menagerie Quilt
The backing is my favorite print from the collection.  Love these colors! The binding is a green FreeSpirit Solid (not sure of the name).

The quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop.
Finished size: 57" x 57"
Collection: Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel

See all of my Culcita Box projects:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Last Minute Birthday Party Pillow

A couple of weeks ago my daughter went to a birthday party.  The day of the party I realized that I had forgotten to buy a gift so we decided to make her a pillow.
Last Minute Birthday Pillow
The party was princess-themed and even though my daughter can't stand pink, we decided that was probably the way to go.  I used this tutorial
Last Minute Birthday Pillow
And this one for the back. This is a slight variation on how I normally make the pillow closure, but it is my new favorite method because it doesn't involve switching to a zipper foot and it creates a flap to cover the zipper without having to sew on an extra piece of fabric. 
Last Minute Birthday Pillow
The front of the pillow is quilt-as-you-go which helped speed things up, too.

We wrapped the pillow up with some chocolate and gifted it to my daughter's friend.  

Finished size: 14" x 14"

Denyse Schmidt Halloween Quilt

I have a rule for myself: I don't start a quilt that I am not going to finish immediately. While there are many things that I enjoy about quilting, the process of moving from an idea, to quilt blocks, to quilt top, to basted quilt, to quilted to quilt, to bound quilt, and finally to crinkly-out-of-the-dryer quilt, is my favorite.  When I finished up this Field Study quilt this summer, I completed one of only 4 unfinished projects that I have ever started.  And this week I finished up another one.
Boo! Denyse Schmidt Halloween Quilt
This is a project that I started in October 4 years ago.  For some reason I got delayed and didn't finish quilt before Halloween so I put the blocks into a box and forgot about them.  
Boo! Denyse Schmidt Halloween Quilt
The quilt is almost completely made up of Denyse Schmidt prints, I used 1 Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet print and 1 Juliana Horner print.  Denyse Schmidt is my favorite fabric designer and I love how Halloween-y her fabrics feel without actually having anything to do with Halloween.  
Boo! Denyse Schmidt Halloween Quilt
For the quilting, I did randomly spaced crosshatching, then went back and added straight lines at different angles to give it a little bit of a spiderweb effect.
Boo! Denyse Schmidt Halloween Quilt
The backing is a corduroy Denyse Schmidt quilt.  This is my 4th quilt that I have backed with one of her corduroy prints and it is the best (Maple Leaf Rag, The Linda Quilt, Lemoyne Star).

Finished size: 55" x 65"
Fabrics: Various Denyse Schmidt Prints
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select
Backing: Denyse Schmidt Chicopee Corduroy

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