Monday, May 21, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Week #7 - Setting Directions}

We've come to the home stretch of our Blocked Rainbow QAL! Thank you to all of you for joining us!

Let's get to it! If you already cut your spacers, you can pull those out again. If you haven't cut the spacers, refer to this post on how to cut them. Here are the sizes again:

Throw Sashing Strips:
A: (1) rectangle 6.5 inches x 30.5 inches
B: (1) rectangle 6.5 inches x 24.5 inches
C: (1) rectangle 6.5 inches x 18.5 inches
D: (1) rectangle 6.5 inches x 12.5 inches

Twin Sashing Strips:
A: (1) rectangle 9.5 inches x 45.5 inches
B: (1) rectangle 9.5 inches x 36.5 inches
C: (1) rectangle 9.5 inches x 27.5 inches
D: (2) rectangles 9.5 inches x 18.5 inches

Lay out quilt blocks as shown in the diagram with the spacers in the correct locations. 

Sew together quilt blocks in columns rather than rows.

Sew columns together to complete quilt top. Quilt as desired and bind.

Click here for the full pattern on Craftsy -- free for only a short while longer!

The throw quilt top will measure 48" x 66". The twin sized quilt top will measure 72" x 99".

The twin size quilt is really an XL twin size. It's so big my husband and I had a hard time wrangling it for pictures.

Next week is Memorial Day and also an off week so that we have two full weeks between the setting directions coming out and the start of the quilt top parade on June 4th. Starting now, if you finish your quilt top, please email me a photo of your quilt top at  I will have a post that will go up on June 4th and will continue updating the blog post with finished tops and quilts until June 18th and announce prize winners that day. As a reminder here are all of our prize sponsors, thank you to the designers that have already sponsored our weekly giveaways!

Giveaway Sponsors:
Weekly PDF Pattern Giveaways:
Inquiring Quilter
KISSed Quilts
Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Lizard Creek Designs
Patterns by Jen

Grand Finale Giveaways:
Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs
Seams Like A Dream (USA only)
Sarah Goer Quilts (pattern)
Quilting JetGirl (pattern bundle)
Benartex Fabrics (fabric bundle)
Island Batik Fabrics (fabric bundle)

Thank you to all of you for participating! We've had a lot of fun sharing pictures in the Facebook group! Sharing at Linky Tuesday!

Our winner from two weeks ago is Amanda! She's making a quilt with an entirely different color scheme and I can't wait to see it all together!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Diamond Sunrise {Modern By The Yard}

I'm excited to share that I have another project featured in Benartex's Modern By The Yard ezine!

My project in this issue called "Diamond Sunrise" -- an advanced level table runner pattern that uses strip pieced diamonds for an ombre effect!

This project uses the Sunburst line from Kanvas. I used all five of the color collage prints together to strip piece the sections.

For the quilting, I quilted wishbones within each of the diamond shapes. Here's a picture of the backing where you can see some of the quilting! This one was a lot of fun to FMQ.

Visit Sew in Love with Fabric to see the whole issue!

Sharing at Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Square Dance {Double Delight}

Since I last posted about my Double Delight quilt, I have been in a cycle of obtaining cream fabric, cutting said fabric, using said fabric, and realizing that I still needed more cream fabric. In addition to the cream fabric that I showed in the previous post, I added three different half yards of cream A Quilting Life prints (which all happen to have the EXACT shade of cream I needed).

Now it's time to do a dance -- a square dance, appropriately -- that my second set of square-in-a-square units are finished!

Of course it took a good chunk of my weekend evenings to trim these monsters, I mean, miniature artworks. So much pretty trash!

Like the previous set, I went ahead and sorted the units into four piles so I won't have to recount them later.

I also was able to finish my 9 patches as well. I exhausted the entire pile of pink scraps I had pulled initially, and piles of scraps beyond that! I used up just about all of the pink scraps on the pink-cream-pink units (bottom half of the below picture) and ended up using the last quarter yard of a pink print (from my Meadow quilt) for the cream-pink-cream units (top half of the below picture).

Because I was excited about these, I just kept sewing and sewing on these this weekend. All of the chain piecing!

Piles waiting for pressing on Sunday afternoon:

Piles of nine patches ready to be sewn into blocks!

Now I have all of the units complete and my next step is to assemble the blocks. I'll need to make 30 Rolling Star blocks and 20 Double 9-patch blocks. I am going to try to pull something from my stash for the setting triangles and it should be about twin sized when finished.

Happy Wednesday! Sharing at Let's Bee Social!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Fire Pit Quilt {Stash Statement Blog Hop}

I am so excited to share the quilt that I made as part of the blog hop to celebrate Kelly's book, Stash Statement!

Photo Courtesy of That Patchwork Place/Martingale

If you are like me and have a lot of scraps in a lot of sizes, this is a fun book to help make something beautiful from the scraps that sometimes tend to linger in our boxes, bins, and baskets!

While a lot of the quilts in this book caught my eye, the quilt that I made from the book is called Fire Pit! Here's Kelly's original quilt:

Photo Courtesy of That Patchwork Place/Martingale

She used warm colors and cool colors with white and grey solids to create a fun geometric quilt. I immediately knew that I wanted to use this pattern to make a scrappy Christmas-y quilt.

The problem with Christmas scraps (at least, for me!) is that I tend to skip over them when I am working on non-Christmas scrap quilts and over the years, I've collected quite a few Christmas scraps and this was the perfect way to use them! I'm not the most proficient improviser so I found it less daunting to work from a single color rather than multiple colors for my pieced units.

I made my quilt slightly smaller than Kelly's original version. I also used a white background, but I used brown jelly roll strips from my scraps instead of the grey fabric in the original. Doesn't that make it look like a mod forest?

For the quilting, I used white thread and quilted large swirls. I even fancy-matched the pattern on the backing so that it is nearly invisible!

My quilt ended up 48" square and is going to be perfect for some snuggling by the Christmas tree!

I just loved being able to sprinkle in the Christmas fabrics into this quilt.

I used the backing cut on the bias for the binding. It used slightly more fabric, but I think the effect is delightful.

I hope that this version is inspiring to you! I really enjoyed making it and I'm looking forward to making some of the other quilts in Kelly's book!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday!

Get yourself a copy! Stash Statement is available from the following:
Don't forget to check out the entire line up of bloggers participating in the Stash Statement hop!

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                    Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                           Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                             Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                 Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts <---- That's me!                  
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
7/9- Take Flight (bonus digital pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                                 Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

Friday, May 11, 2018

Free Wheeling Free Motion {Traveling Quilt Bee Update}

Since I posted my first quilting-in-progress update on my Traveling Quilt Bee quilt, I have quilted two more sections of the quilt.

For the fourth section, I did a feather filler inspired by Angela Walters. This motif ended up *slightly* more dense than I had originally planned (and compared to the other sections of quilting) but I'm happy overall with how it turned out.

For the fifth section, I did my new go-to motif of leafy meandering.

I have two more block sections to quilt as well as the border. I still plan to use a wood grain motif for one of the sections and then plan to do a floral echo pattern (similar to Leah Day's Dandelion Puff without flower stems) in the other.

I plan to do some sort of loop-de-loop or wishbone quilting in the borders. I'm not sure if I should use one single motif for the border, or if I should use separate motifs in the black borders and pieced border. If I do the latter, I'm considering quilting the black borders with black thread.

What are your motif suggestions? Thus far, I've kept my motifs "curvy" and I've stayed away from motifs that are overly pointy. The major accomplishment at this point is that the quilt is halfway done being quilted! Hooray!