Saturday, April 01, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Block 3 - The Pineapple

Yes it's the first of the month and
I'm ready to show you my Bella Skill builder blocks for April,
the Pineapple blocks!

The Fat Quarter Shop has created a video to demonstrate how easy this block can be.

I used the Creative Grids Pineapple ruler for my blocks.
Here is just one of the steps in the block.

You line up the 45 degree angle and cut off the excess.
I'll admit, it creates a lot of scraps and trimmings but the result is awesome.

Blocks 1,2 and 3 all together.
I'm loving it. I can't wait for next month's flying geese.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spellbound Quilt Along

I have been participating in quite a few quilt alongs lately.
The honest truth is that I find if I am quilting along,
I'm FAR more likely to finish the quilt top.
Now I haven't been very good about getting the tops quilted.
When I was in Ohio I had a fantastic machine quilter that was only a 20 minute drive from my house.
I haven't found a quilter here yet.
I am sure there are many... I
just haven't made time to meet any or take any quilts to them.
I NEED to soon as I am drowning in quilt tops.

This Spellbound quilt pattern is from It's Sew Emma.
2 jelly rolls and a few yards of fabric and voila...
a quilt top.
I chose Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique and Compositions by Basic Grey.

The pattern is straight forward and
using the Creative Grids 90 degree double strip ruler really makes it EASY.
I sewed this in between other projects.
I guess you could say it was my leaders and enders quilt.

It's a big quilt.
I started to lay it out on my foyer floor.
You can see how well that went....

My helpers were not going to have all that fabric laying around.
It was too much fun for them to drive into the blocks.
I finally brought my design wall upstairs and assembled it.
By the time I was ready to take pictures the sun went down :(

You can still see the secondary pattern created by careful fabric and block placement.
Now I must confess....
I thought I had purchased the coordinating yardage for this quilt...
somehow I didn't buy it with my last Fat Quarter Shop order.
First I called 5 quilt shops within driving distance.
One of them had a few bolts of Composition but it was 35 minute drive.
I decided to search my stash and I chose a melon colored fabric from the Sweet fabric line from about 2007-8?

I also found that Ella Blue Basic Grey fine lines coordinated pretty well.
I decided that if I am holding on to all this stash that I might as well start using it.
How about you? Have you been using your stash?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Scrappy Planner Sew Along Week 6 : Fat Quarter Flirt in Busy Backgrounds

Welcome to the Scrappy Project Planner sew along Week 6!
It's Fat Quarter Flirt Week.
I'm sewing along with Lori Holt and The Fat Quarter Shop.

Do you have a scrappy planner?
Have you been following along with each week showcasing the projects from the planner?
I have had my planner since October.
I have started all 6 quilts - lol seriously.
I've only finished one top ... this one :)

This week's quilt is the Fat Quarter Flirt.
When I traveled to Utah last October for a quilt retreat with Lori,
she showed us her version of the Fat Quarter Flirt in "busy backgrounds".
I immediately wanted to make it.
Unfortunately my busy backgrounds were in Minnesota.
Well fast forward to this month....
I grabbed a bunch of my 'busy backgrounds'...

you know that prints that are too colorful for a project or too light for another....
or just too busy in terms of the print itself? Those are busy backgrounds.

Can you see with the prints that I have chosen how they are light?
Yet there is quite a bit of color too...
I wasn't too sure how these would end up looking in a quilt
but I decided to mash them all together anyway for a surprise result.

I meticulously cut my blocks.

And these are the left over scraps from the fat quarters.

They multiplied like bunnies in this project.

Here's my token cat picture.
Actually she rarely left my side while I made this quilt.
I think it might end up being her favorite.

It's a rather large quilt overall and I had a tough time getting the whole top in one picture.

I love the busy background version and I can't wait to get it quilted ASAP.
If you'd like to see other versions of the Fat Quarter Flirt check out the Jolly Jabber.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Morning Glory Sew Along

Welcome to the Morning Glory Sew Along.
The original, shown below, was designed by Pat Sloan and featured in her fabric line Sunday Drive.
I am super excited to sew along make my own version of this quilt.
If you'd like to make the original The Fat Quarter Shop has kits available HERE.

 I have been sewing in our dining room lately because my sewing area has been super cold in the basement.
I didn't want to bring up my design wall due to space so I thought I could lay it out on the floor.
My 'helpers' aka cats, thought it was a new play area obviously.

  I chose a rainbow of Atsuko Matsuyama 30's Collection Yuwa fabrics
for my version of Morning Glory.

 I made the crib size and it's very pretty.
My husband says that he thinks it needs another row.
I'm debating as a crib size shouldn't be too big.

I know I need to make it lap or queen sized right?
I've seriously considered it.

If you'd like to see other versions of this quilt,
head over to the Jolly Jabber for a list of other bloggers making this cute quilt.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Block 2 Bella Skill Builder quilt along

 Yippee! I finished my Second Bella Skill builder group of blocks.
I opted to use fusible interfacing applique method for my blocks.
You can find the pattern links from the Fat Quarter Shop blog .
There is even a video to help you on You-tube.

I have the It's Sew Emma Orange Peel templates in the exact sizes I needed for these blocks.
Interfaced petals are basically done by tracing the shape on the smooth side of the interfacing.
Trim to about 1/4" from the outline.
Place the interfacing rough side down on the right side of the fabric.
Sew around the outline, make a small slit in the back of the petal interfacing and turn right side out.
Finger press the edges.
I pinned my petals to the background and then ironed them in place.

I sewed my appliques to the background squares by machine.
I learned after making 64 of the petals that using a smaller stitch length worked best.
I tried to coordinate my applique thread with the petal fabric.
When stitching the blocks together, the interfacing petals were quite a bit more bulky than I expected them to be.
A tip is to begin stitching at the beginning of the block furthest away from the where the petal tips meet.

When you stitch close to the points, slow down to make sure that you maintain the 1/4" seam allowance.
I might also suggest starting with the 4" petals first, smaller petals are definitely more challenging.

I thought it would be a great idea to show how my blocks progress each month...
The cat immediately attacked them.

My daughter lured her away with treats :)

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Jacob's Ladder Sew Along - Feeling Lucky ;)

Although Valentine's Day is only a week away...
It's near St. Patty's Day too and
what better way to celebrate than with a little green ;)

The Fat Quarter Shop has developed another fun Classic and Vintage pattern with the Jacob's Ladder block.
They have even made a video.

To make a quilt just like The Fat Quarter Shop, they put together a great quilt kit and backing set with Reflections fabric by Jo Morton.

If you want to use your stash...well then you can do that too, just like I did.
As soon as I saw the quilt along pattern I knew I wanted to do it in scrappy green fabrics.

I chose various scraps from my bins that were already cut and ready to piece.
One of the REAL advantages to all that sorting I did last year.
I am still cutting, sorting and well destashing!

I love how it turned out.
I am contemplating adding borders
and making a 'seasonal' pillow.
Check out what the other bloggers did with their Jacob's Ladder blocks
over at the Jolly Jabber.

Monday, February 06, 2017

I drank the Kool-Aid so to speak...

The Glitter Quilt Kool-Aid that is.
Some of you may have seen my posts on Instagram already but those who haven't.....

I have spied these glitter blocks showing up on Instagram for quite some time.
When I discovered that Jen Kingwell was releasing the templates that coordinate.
I immediately ordered them.
I had extra sets for sale on my etsy site but they sold within a few days.
If you are interested in purchasing the templates,
I can order them for you, just let me know!

The Glitter quilt pattern can be found in the book Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell.
Here is my first block made with template cut pieces.
I machine pieced mine.
You can hand piece as well but
I found machine piecing works best for me so far.

I am thinking of cutting 3-4 blocks at a time and slowly stitching them....
until I have about 300.
That's what I calculated a King size required.
And I may have lost my mind....

But they are sooooo pretty.

I'm still smitten with them and I am rummaging through my scrap strips to cut them.
This is going to be good...I have a feeling.