Friday, May 22, 2015

To-Do Tuesday on Friday with a Finish!

Last week I finished my mother's Geometric Slide quilt. I hope she likes it as much as I do!

This week, I've finished my Layers of Charm quilt. I made this one because I it was the perfect pattern for the layer cakes of Sun-Kissed Michele D'Amore I've been holding onto since 2013. The collection included two palettes: Spa and Tropical. For this project, I only used the cooler, more neutral tones of the Spa palette. I needed a few more squares, so I added in some coordinating Bella Solids; and use one of my green shot cottons - Lichen, I think - for the corner pieces.

The pattern, by Kimberly Jolly, is a freebie on The Jolly Jabber. I'll definitely use it again - the top comes together super quick and is very easy.  

The only problem I had was with the pre-cut layer cake squares. There were a lot of wonky squares in this layer cake. Because of the mis-cuts, I ended up making the 10" squares 9" so my blocks, and by extension the entire quilt, are smaller than the pattern instructions listed.

I found the fabric I used for the back on Fat Quarter Shop's 50% off Sale page.  I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the print, collection or designer and I cannot locate the selvage edge. I used the left over corners and triangles to make some HST blocks to add to the back.  The binding is the Reflections print in Starfruit from the Waterfront Park line by Violet Craft for Michael Miller.  I think it works nicely with the colors in both the top and back of the quilt.

I quilted it using one of the specialty stitches on Elwood, the smaller of my two Brother machines.  I rarely use this machine anymore, but decided wavy lines would be perfect for this quilt and it would just be easier to do it this way.  I like the texture this stitch created and expect to use it frequently on upcoming smaller quilts. As always, this quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil. You can find all the quilty details at the bottom of this post.

I didn't make this one for any specific reason. However, the colors in this quilt are more in tune with the colors I prefer to decorate with than the quilts I normally make, so this one might just live on the living room couch - at least for a while!

Now, on to my To-Do list for the week.  Since I didn't get to it earlier in the week, I decided to add it here:
  1. Make 2 more wonky stars
  2. Finish cutting for the Molehills QAL - just a few more to go and I'll be ready for the next part!
  3. Possibly start basting the Escape quilt.  (Maybe.)

Pattern by Kimberly Jolly
Fabric: Spa Palette from the Sun-Kissed collection by Michele D'Amore for Benartex; various Bella Solids; Shot Cotton in Lichen; Reflections in Starfruit from Waterfront Park (binding)
Thread: pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. #2021 Natural White and quilted with Aurifil # 2314 Beige
Quilted with wavy  lines
Measurements: approximately 52" square

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Friday, May 15, 2015

A Friday Finish | Geometric Slide Style

It's finished! I'm so excited about this quilt. I love everything about it. (Except the fact that it won't be living here with me!)

This has always been one of my very favorite projects from the book Vintage Quilt Revival. In fact, if I wasn't so far behind on some other projects, I'd love to make another just for me! The pattern is by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons. If you don't have the book, you can see Faith's version right here.  Pretty amazing, right?!?

I really love using this brick wall, but I just can't seem to catch a break with the lighting.
It's either dreary and grey or the sun is out, but behind a big tree.  Oh well!

So I made this quilt for my mom. The story goes that she bought one of these batik printed critter pillow covers (the bird) and wanted a quilt to match it. After much discussion, she decided she wanted mostly grey and blue solids. At this point I remembered seeing something about Moda having a new palette builder. So I uploaded a pic of the pillow cover and after adjusting the circular color selectors to the colors I wanted to use, I was presented with a list of Bella Solids that perfectly matched. 

I'm still working on finding a balance between speed and hand movement with my FMQ, but
it's slowly getting better. What is it Angela Walters says?
"Finished is better than perfect."  I think that's it!

There was a bit of debate over using the lavender and thistle shades. Mom is a big lover of subtle and neutral, but I gently pushed for them because the quilt needed just a bit of a pop. However, she won out on the binding fabric. I was pushing for grey and white stripes, she stood firm with her idea of using the same fabric that was used for the back: the Cuneiform print from Katarina Roccella's Recollection collection.  It's not a perfect match for the grey solid used for the background on the top, but it works really well.

I love these super cute labels from ananemone. 

Now I just have to force myself to give this one up. Luckily, it's just going to my mother's house in Atlanta, so I can visit it whenever I want!

Pattern by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts from the book Vintage Quilt Revival
Fabric: various Bella Solids & Cuneiform in Cast from Recollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 Dove Grey for piecing & quilting
Quilted with a big meander
Measurements: approx 58"
Made for my mother

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To-Do Tuesday : 05.13.15

I've finished the Geometric Slide quilt!  All that's left is to throw it in the wash, snap some pics and then blog about it Friday!  I also managed to get Layers of Charm quilted and trimmed. Now I need to prep the binding.  Finally, I managed to add the border to the Escape quilt and will baste that next week.

Clockwise from the top: Escape; Geometric Slide, Layers of Charm

What I didn't do this week is finalize my fabric pull and start cutting for the Molehills QAL.  I like what I chose last week, but I don't love it..I might go in a completely different direction. However, that will be waiting until next week as well because we're having a hexagon tutorial at this week's guild meeting and I need to get ready for that.

Here's my list for this week:  
  • Geometric Slide
    • Wash it
    • Snap some pics
    • Blog about it
  • KMQG 
    • start working on hexies
    • attend meeting 
  • Layers of Charm
    • Prep binding (if I get around to it)
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Friday, May 8, 2015

To-Do Tuesday : The Extremely Late & Incredibly Quick Version

Wow!  This week is flying by!

Since this week is almost over, I'll keep it simple this time.  My list for what's left of the week is short:

  • Continue binding the Geometric Slide quilt.
My new favorite way to keep the binding under control while machine stitching it down!

My fabric pull for the Molehills QAL. I'm not done yet- I'm not sure about a couple of these
prints and I may add more, including some solids.

That's it.  Hopefully, I'll get my act together and actually post on Tuesday next week!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

A New Cover for My iPad

I should have spent the day quilting my mother's quilt...but I did't.  Since I can't drive down to Atlanta to deliver it until the week after next, I decided to slack off and do some selfish sewing instead.

Last week I somehow managed to break the very nice leather iPad case with a keyboard that Hubs bought me a couple of years ago.  I have no idea how I managed it - I swear, sometimes I just look at things and they spontaneously fall apart.  Anyway, I didn't want to spend the money on a new one since my iPad is a few years old and I will probably upgrade this year or next.  

I spent some time this morning scouring Pinterest for a quick and easy tutorial and came across this one on the Riley Blake Designs blog by Char from Crap I've Made.   I skimmed through it, decided I could make it fairly quickly and then spent some time pulling fabric. 

Since I didn't want to spend any money, I shopped my stash.  Also, it's been awhile since I've been able to use the #sewmystash2015 hashtag, so I was excited to have a project that didn't require anything new. I knew I wanted to use the black text print from the Architextures line by Carolyn Friedlander. I wanted something dark because I am the queen of accidental pen markings, but I also wanted it to be fun. Since it's one of my favorite prints ever, I thought it would be perfect. However, deciding on a fabric for the lining and pocket detail took a few minutes.  I knew I wanted it to pop, so I pulled some hot pinks, light greens and light blues.  

I went with a turquoise solid - not sure which one as it's from before I started labeling my solids.  I seem to be quite partial to blues lately, so I went with my gut.  

The instructions call for fusible fleece.  I  didn't have any so  I  used the fusible that I had on  hand and added some batting for extra padding. The only other change I made was adding the pocket for easy access to papers or travel documents that  I can't access via my phone. Other than that, I followed the instructions as written.Originally I opted against adding the optional elastic  and button enclosure  but have decided since finishing the project that  I will go back and add them as the fit is a bit looser than I would like. 


I found the instructions to be clear and easy to follow.  I will probably make a few more at some point including a Dallas Cowboys one for Hubs and a Georgia Bulldawgs one for me to use during football season.  Also, they would make great gifts as long as you know the measurements for the recipients gadgets.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Another Friday Without a Finish

Well, I failed again at having a finish to post.  I had the Geometric Slide quilt basted and had even started quilting, but those blasted pins kept getting stuck together or caught on under the extension table.  So, I ripped out my stitches, unpinned the entire quilt, re-pressed, re-starched and finally gave Sharon Schamber's board basting method a try. Here's the link for part 2 of her tutorial

My two board basted quilts: Layers of Charm
made with Sun-Kissed by Michele D'Amore for Benartex
and Geometric Slide made with Bella Solids from Moda

Without going into a full on review, I have to say I love this method.  Does it take longer? Yes, it does.  Do I care? Nope, not really.  Reasons I dig it: no pins, the quilt is lighter, it's not a big deal if I run over a stitch vs. breaking a needle if I run over a pin, the quilt doesn't shift which means no puckers - which means less stitches to rip out because I never notice the puckers until it's too late!  

I should add that if I had my way, I'd spray baste every single quilt.  Unfortunately, I run into issues with the spray not holding its stickiness after the quilt has been moved around a bit, especially with larger quilts... and yes- this even happpens with the beloved 505 Spray. This leads to more puckers and what was supposed to be an act of convenience turns into a fiasco and a major time suck when I have to stop and pick out quilting stitches.  Another reason I think I may have problems with spray baste is that sometimes after I baste a quilt, it doesn't quilted for up to a few weeks. So, it's probably more me than the basting spray, but still.

Before I go, I'd better make my to-do list for what's left of this week:
  • finish quilting the Geometric Slide quilt
  • start binding the Geometric Slide quilt

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

To-Do Tuesday | 04.21.15

I was so busy last week, I forgot to write a blog post. OOPS!

In addition to completing the Geometric Slide top, I finished 27 of 30 blocks needed for the Escape quilt I'm making with Tula Pink's Moon Shine.  I also finished a few more Posy Patrol blocks; unfortunately, I miscalculated when I ordered additional background fabric and now need to order even more.  Again with the OOPS!  

Geometric Slide top in Bella Solids
Pattern by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons
from the book Vintage Quilt Revival
Posy Patrol Blocks in Anna Maria Horner & Swiss Dots
Pattern by Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co.
from the book Imagine Quilts
Escape Blocks in Tula Pink Moon Shine & Free Spirit Designer Solid Silver
Pattern by Esch House Quilts

My main goal this week is to get the Geometric slide quilt basted and quilted - Mom's decided on an all-over stipple. I've got to run out and buy more basting pins, but I should be able start quilting tomorrow.   It would be fantastic if I had a finish to share this Friday!

This week's list:
  • Baste and quilt the Geometric Slide quilt
  •  Piece remaining 3 Escape blocks
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