Thursday, February 4, 2016

Octagon Shimmer Baby Quilt

A few weeks ago I saw Jennifer Sampou's beautiful pattern and immediately bought it.  I don't buy many patterns these days because I like the freedom of being able to do my own thing, but this pattern is so fun and after making a baby quilt version I am sure it is a pattern that I will be using again.
octagon shimmer baby quilt
It is basically a giant, scrappy spiderweb block and it was so fun to make.  Everything is better when it is bigger (can you tell I am from Texas?).
octagon shimmer baby quilt
The colors for the front were inspired by this Small World Corduroy print.  It is the second time I have used this print to back a baby quilt and I love it just as much the second time.  It is so much fun.  I used a binding that is a little wider than normal (I cut my strips 2.75" instead of 2.5") and I like how squishy and soft it is.  
octagon shimmer baby quilt
I quilted it with a crazy, random crosshatch.  Crosshatching is my favorite way to quilt because I love the texture and feel, but I have been having some difficulty with my shoulder which meant that marking lines on the quilt with my Hera marker was not going to happen, so I had some fun with this craziness.  
octagon shimmer baby quilt
Did you know that you can back a quilt with corduroy?  This particular corduroy is fine wale which (I am pretty sure) means that the lines of the corduroy are tiny and close together.  So this fabric resembles flannel in the coziness and the weight but has a nice ribbed texture to it. I do prewash the corduroy first.  I have used corduroy for quilt backs a few times, including this one which receives almost daily use in my home and I haven't had any issues.  

Finished size: 36" x 36"

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy Shop.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Giveaway and a Sale - FabricCadabra

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Today we are lucky enough to have a giveaway AND a sale from FabricCadabra.
This is a fat quarter bundle of Buck prints in various colors.  I LOVE this print and I am so glad that Art Gallery printed it in additional colorways.  I have already used this print in one quilt and now I think I need to use the new colors :)

To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment on this post.  If you would like an additional entry into the giveaway, just follow FabricCadabra on Instagram or Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know that you follow them.  

The giveaway will run through Saturday evening.  You can also head over to Mommy by Day Crafter by Night to enter a bundle of Allison Glass' Handcrafted Indigo prints.
And February 3-6, FabricCadabra will be running a 20% off sale on all bundles.  I think I am going to need to stop by to pick up some of these pretty Fleet and Flourish fabrics or some of these Elizabeth Olwen prints.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bargain Basement Baby Quilt

A while back, I saw Amy's genius Bargain Basement tutorial and knew that I needed to make it.
bargain basement baby quilt

The way that it is constructed is so cool and it was an opportunity to use my not-exactly-cheap-but-totally-worth-it HRT ruler, so this quilt finally happened.  
bargain basement baby quilt
After spending lots of time searching Amy's blog for the block size she makes in her tutorial (because, of course, I didn't want to have to do any math) I decided to just go for it and make the quilt.  So let me just save you sometime: this quilt ends up about 36" square.  Quite a bit smaller than I was hoping for, but perfect for a baby quilt. 
bargain basement baby quilt
Once you wrap your head around the layout of the quilt, it is a pretty easy project and I think the design packs a lot of punch.  I think if I were going to make this quilt again I would make the half rectangle triangles quite a bit bigger and make a larger quilt.

Finished size: 36" x 36"

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Twinkle Twinkle Quilt - AvantGarde Blog Hop

I have talked before about how much I love Katarina Roccella's fabrics (I have made quilts with Recollection, Wonderland, and Skopelos) and I may have said that each of those was my favorite of her collections, but AvantGarde is my new favorite.  It is gorgeous.
twinkle twinkle avant garde quilt
I had mapped out a plan for the quilt in EQ7 and then when the fabrics arrived I decided to go a completely different direction.  Sometimes you just have to go where the fabric takes you ;)
twinkle twinkle avant garde quilt
I used a block that is very similar to a Kaleidoscope block (it's called a Maltese Cross block in EQ7, I don't know if there is another name for it) alternated with a block that has HSTs in the corner.  I don't know if it has a name, obviously I am fountain of knowledge here, ha ha!
twinkle twinkle avant garde quilt
I really love how the bright colors pop against the background fabric.  The collection is beautiful together, but could easily be mixed with other collections.  I wanted to echo the square-ish shapes of the background fabric with the quilting, so I did an organic. slightly wonky grid.
twinkle twinkle avant garde quilt
The backing fabric is a beautiful large-ish scale floral and the binding is black Pure Elements solid.  The batting is Quilter's Dream Request loft, which is very low loft; combined with the lightweight Art Gallery Fabrics this quilt is perfect for warmer climates or summertime.  

Finished size: 54" x 72"

This is definitely a collection you should add to your wish list.  Take a minute to check out the other blogs participating in the blog hop, there are some AMAZING projects.  
January 16th: Svetlana Sotak of Sotak handmade
January 17th: Sharon Mcconnell of Colorgirlquilts
January 18th: Rachael Gander of Imagine gnats
January 19th: Ali Brorsen of Because of Brenna
January 20th: Laura Scaramella of Simple Life Company
January 21st: Alexis of My sweet sunshine
January 22nd: Marija Vujčić
January 23rd: Hema Malini of Malini’s quilts
January 24th: Kristy Sachs - Rockbabyscissors
January 25th: Paul Hallinger aka Evildemondevildog 
January 26th: Erica Jackman 
January 27th: Kathleen Quilts
January 28th: The Tattooed Quilter
January 29th: Nicole - Lillyella
January 30th: Sari - Sariditty handmade
January 31st: Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s quilts

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Friday, January 15, 2016

wish list #1

I have been doing a little sewing lately, but I would like to be doing a lot of sewing.  There are so many fabrics, notions, books, etc. so I am thinking about adding a weekly (monthly, bi-weekly?) feature of things that I would love to add to my own personal stash.  This will include products from my sponsors, but also products out there that I would just really love to have.

To be honest, I think this idea kind of evolved from conversations I have had with my husband about what we would do if we won the Powerball.  Clearly I would buy a lot of fabric ;)

The #1 print I would love to add to my stash right now is . . .
Buck Forest Twilight by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I loved this print in the original colorways and now it is available in navy.  NAVY.  Love it.

Speaking of amazing blue fabrics . . .
Grid Diamond Navy from Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander.   Can you tell I am really loving blues?  This is my favorite print from Carkai.  Carolyn's prints are such great "basic" additions to your stash, but they aren't really basic at all.  They are amazing.

And one I want to have immediately even though it's just available for preorder . . .
Maritime Double Gauze from Charley Harper's new collection.  How amazing would this be as a quilt back?

And this one because it is so sweet . . .
Park Life Organic Coral Flower Field by Elizabeth Olwen.  I love these little flowers.  This would be great as part of a patchwork baby quilt.  

I have convinced myself that I have enough quilting books to last a lifetime, but . . .
I think I might need this one too.  Does anyone have it?  Thoughts?

Last week I dropped my Omnigrid 12.5" square ruler and now it has a giant crack in it.  
Technically it is still usable, but I think its days are numbered.  I am thinking about switching it out for a 12.5" Square Creative Grids ruler since I have a couple of Creative Grids rulers that I really like.  Does anyone have a brand that they love?  

What about you?  What would you love to add to your stash?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Stacked Squares Quilt - Sizing Options

Every few weeks for the past couple years, I receive an email from someone asking me help them figure out cutting instructions for the Stacked Squares Quilt in a different size. So finally I took some time this evening and figured out cutting instructions for a few different sizes and posted them here so that they are readily accessible.
I originally made this quilt for the Moda Bake Shop, so if you would like directions on piecing the quilt, all of that information can be found on this post.

One caveat: these are the minimum number of squares and strips that you would need to make each size.  You might notice that the numbers I give for the lap quilt are lower than when I listed in the tutorial; that is because I made extra blocks to make sure that I had plenty of variety and layout options.  I highly recommend making a few extra blocks than what is listed below, especially for smaller quilts, but you could make it with what is listed in the table.

I did not list yardage here, since that really depends on how many different prints you use in your quilt. So instead, I created a document for calculating approximate yardage. If you click here, it will (hopefully) open a spreadsheet where you can fill in the yellow boxes and the spreadsheet will give you approximate yardage based on how many different prints you plan to use in your quilt.  This calculator assumes that you are able to cut (4) 10" squares from a 10"xWOF (width of fabric) strip of fabric.

This is one of my favorite quilts that I have made and I have loved seeing new versions of it pop up online.
Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation
Julie from Chicken Julie
Jessie from Measuring Success
Kathy from Hamel's Thread
If you make your own version, I would love to see it!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Layers of Charm Picnic Quilt

When I saw this quilt I knew that I wanted to make a picnic quilt.  Not something big enough for the whole family, but something to take out at the park for me and the kids.  It is the perfect size (57.5" x 57.5").  I apologize in advance, this post is a little verbose.  

One great thing about this pattern is that it is simple and quick enough that if I take it to the park and one of my kids spills grape juice on it, I will be sad because the fabrics are gorgeous and I don't want grape juice spilled on them, but I won't be devastated that I something I spent painstaking hours putting together is now covered in grape juice.  
layers of charm picnic quilt
This is probably my fourth attempt at a picnic quilt and all of the previous quilts have been repurposed because they were took bulky, not hearty enough, or somehow both, so I knew that I wanted to try a few new things this time around.    
layers of charm picnic quilt
  1. I tied this quilt with perle cotton.  I don't know about you, but I have never actually tied a quilt before and thought it would be a good fit for a picnic quilt because I know my kids will yank and pull and fight over it.  Verdict: not my favorite.  It took almost as long as quilting and I miss the texture that machine quilting gives the quilt.  I probably wouldn't tie a quilt for use at home, but it will work for a picnic quilt.
  2. I used a flannel sheet instead of batting.  To be honest, I have seen other people omit batting or use flannel or fleece and I thought it was a terrible idea.  But I was trying to avoid bulk and I had a (prewashed) flannel sheet sitting next to my sewing machine so I thought I'd give it a try.  Verdict: I LOVE it.  The quilt is much more streamlined and has a nice feel to it.  I will definitely try this again and I think it is a great option for quilts that are used in warmer climates.  
  3. I used the foldover binding technique.  This was another one that I expected to not like.  Verdict: it was perfect for this project.  I used Mochi cotton/linen blend for the backing to give the quilt a little more heft and it occurred to me that having a linen blend for the binding would help weigh down the edges of the quilt.  To make them even more weighed down I made the binding extra wide.  I trimmed the backing to be 3" wider than the quilt top so when I folded it in twice my binding covers 1.5" of the quilt top.  Instead of trimming my batting (in my case a flannel sheet) to the same size as the quilt top, I trimmed it to the same size as the backing (except in the corners) and that made the 1.5" binding nice and squishy.  The edges of the quilt are much more substantial than a normal quilt and I think it will be nicely weighed down.  I zigzag stitched the binding to the front of the quilt.  It is much easier to attach this type of binding by the machine since you don't have to worry about trying to "catch" the binding on the side you can't see.  I also tacked down the corner a little bit with a few hand stitches to keep everything secure.  
layers of charm picnic quilt
When I started this nice and simple quilt top, I really didn't think it would turn into such an adventure, but it was a joy to make.  For my quilt I used a variety of prints paired with the arrow print from Maureen Cracknell's Wild and Free collection, but this project is also perfect for a layer cake and a charm pack.  
Want to make your own Layers of Charm quilt?
If you do make a Layers of Charm quilt, or any of the quilts featured in the Fat Quarter Shop's Top 10 Videos of 2015, make sure to post it on Instagram before January 31st with the hashtag #FQSTop10 to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!
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