Saturday, July 14, 2018

#100Days100Blocks2018 Blocks 1 - 7

This is the first week of the #100Days100Blocks2018 challenge, and I completed blocks 1-7.

I have 2 of each block for now, because I plan to make 2 quilts. One will be using the Pacific bundle by Elizabeth Hartman, and one uses a black/white with a little bit of neon bundle.








And I got a little bonus project! I had some flippy corners cut off from a different project, so I used them as leaders & enders for these blocks and I ended up with a cute little mugrug!


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Wholecloth for Mom

Earlier this year my mom announced that she and my dad were moving back to Florida. For a housewarming gift, she asked for a quilt. I was off in my mind thinking about what kind of top to piece, and how to quilt it, but my mom had her own ideas.

First, she told me she didn't want patchwork, she wanted a wholecloth. But then, she didn't want it quilted very densely either. However, she added a final design request: feathers. Since she didn't want patchwork, I showed her my collection of wide backings, and she chose a blue and white print from Jennifer Sampou.

Anything too complicated was bound to be too dense, so I decided to make this really simple. I quilted a big wild feather around the borders, and then quilted a feather going in a circle in the center. I filled the rest of the space with swirls quilted at a much larger scale than I usually do.

It's hard to see the quilting except in the right light, and in fact I think it shows on the back better. But I think my mom would be happy to consider this a double-sided quilt!

I'm not entirely happy with the results due to my inexperience with wholecloth, but at least it's still a warm and functional quilt!


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Saturday, July 7, 2018


Today is the first day of the 100 Days 100 Blocks quilt-along hosted by GnomeAngel, based on Tula Pink's City Sampler book.

Tula's City Sampler quilts have always been on my secret wish list. I didn't think that I'd ever want to devote that kind of time for a sampler quilt like this, but when this challenge came up, I knew that was probably the motivation I needed to get it going.

I was having a lot of trouble deciding which setting and which color palette to use. I was both drawn to this black / white with a little bit of neon fabric set, as well as something more colorful. So I decided I might as well make 2 quilts! Neither of the settings I'm planning has the full 100 blocks, and that's fine with me as I'll be able to end my block spree early and spend the rest of the time assembling the quilt top.

Here's to a great quilt along!


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Minikins: Grab and Go Sleeve

For my second minikin, I chose the Grab and Go Sleeve. I figured I'd finally make a pretty case for my trusty laptop, it really deserves it!

While the I-Spy Pouch was pretty easy and quick, the Grab and Go Sleeve took me several hours to do because it was essentially a bag. The construction was interesting and at times confusing, but I followed Sara's video very closely and I was quite amazed when everything worked out at the end. Some of those instructions feel like they shouldn't work, but they do!

I really like this fabric too, as it's such a bright and happy print. I completely forgot I even had this fabric until I saw it buried in the back of my stash, and when I saw it, I knew it was the perfect fit. Turns out I had just the right amount, too!

I think I've grown addicted to making bags. Who knows, I might make a handbag soon!


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

An All Stars Extravaganza

What do I do when I just finished piecing a beautiful English Paper Piecing quilt? Start another one, of course.

Every year there's one fabric collection that I can't get enough of. In 2016, it was Avant Garde by Katarina Roccella. Last year, it was Fragile by Zen Chic. And this year ... my vote would have to go to Tula Pink's All Stars. I don't even want to reveal how much of All Stars I own ... in fact, I don't even think I know. (I keep intending to do a fabric inventory, but then discard the plans in favor of actually quilting.)

I thought All Stars is the perfect fabric for Tula Pink's Bloomers quilt. For the first time ever, I explored the magic of fussy cutting. Sure, it uses a lot more fabric and takes more time, but if I was going to spend 6 months or more piecing a top, it better be special! I used all Tula Pink fabrics, combining All Stars, a Throwback bundle, as well as a few prints from True Colors.

Here are a few of my favorite flowers. The fussy cutting is so worth it, and I particularly like the way the stripes look! The hardest part of this quilt is probably deciding on the fabric combination as well as placement.

Fussy cutting for English Paper Piecing is pretty magical, and I think it has to do with the symmetry. It seems that no matter what part of the print I pick, as long as I pick the same repeat and make it symmetrical, it always ends up looking quite amazing. Tula's prints, of course, are well-known for the fantastic, awe-inspiring details.

I can tell this is going to be an epic quilt! I'm not sure when it'll get done, but it's so nice to have a project I can take on vacations and a project that I can't simply rush through. There's also no applique and dog ears to manage since this entire panel is the top, and that makes me very happy!


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