Monday, January 22, 2018

On Ringo Lake {Clues #7, #8, & #9}

Having a three day weekend last week and then my husband being out of town for a few days this week was a big jump start on a number of projects, especially my On Ringo Lake quilt!

After finishing up all of the individual units, starting to put the units together seemed much faster, or rather, much more rewarding!

Clue #7 was pairing up all of our flying geese units -- working on this a little in the evenings made it go quite quickly!

I laid out the stacks of units with one another to get an idea of how my blocks were going to look. So bright, so lovely! 

These zipped together into blocks with very few uses of the seam ripper. A triumph! Here are all of my blocks.

Clue #9 is the reveal post with the quilt top construction. Last weekend I paired up all of the sashing units and sewing the top together was weekend's main project. I was able to lay everything out and get the blocks and sashings sewn into rows. I finished sewing the last few rows on the top Saturday morning. It's bright and beautiful!

I don't have anything on hand for backing and other things that will need to be quilted first, so I will start window shopping for a backing. I'm in a rather lovely and strange place right now where I have no pressing deadlines so I have been able to work ahead on some future projects as well as working on some of my just for fun quilts, like On Ringo Lake.

Although this probably needs it's own name to reflect its more tropical feeling! Maybe this should be On Montego Bay?

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Frosty Cabins Table Runner {Modern By The Yard}

I am excited to share that I have another project featured in Benartex's Modern By The Yard magazine! This time around, I put together a quick and easy table runner tutorial -- introducing Frosty Cabins!

This table runner takes log cabin blocks and slices them up for a fun and quick winter table runner! I used Amanda Murphy's Winter Games line -- a fun wintry (but not too Christmasy!) line that's perfect with the upcoming Olympic Games!

I used two different background fabrics and three different accent fabrics -- one red, one teal, and one green. My backing and binding is the large scale ski print. I quilted this with simple loops and just for fun I used red thread to do the machine binding!

Best of all, this pattern is free! Click here to access the full issue of Modern By The Yard! This issue also features projects by Sarah Goer Quilts, made by ChrissieD, and MMM Quilts!

Now that I've finally put all of my Christmas decorations away, I'm excited to use this as a wintry-themed table runner and root on Team USA!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Traveling Quilt Bee {My Finished Quilt Top}

After a long while, I think that I can count the top of my Traveling Quilt Bee quilt as done!

This bee was an Instagram-based bee that ran from June 2016-January 2017. We had seven ladies in our group and rotated quilts each month. This was my starter block:

And this is what my quilt looked like when it came back to me:

I passed along the quilt to my sister who worked with my mom over Christmas to finish the quilt top for me. Here's the finally finished quilt top:

Instead of adding more block sections to the quilt, they added two black borders surrounding a pieced middle border. It's a fun frame that adds a good balance to the quite busy center of the quilt.

Now the quilt is approximately 68" x 90", so I think it's ready to be quilted and finished. I've had the backing fabric for this set aside since before this bee started and it was the inspiration for my color scheme. I bought about 8 yards of this fabric on clearance at my LQS a few years ago so that it would be big enough to back whatever quilt I ended up making.

I pieced the backing and I still have two yards of the fabric left, so I can use it to make matching pillows. The print is a little too big in my opinion to try to bind the quilt, so I'll be looking for something to bind the quilt once I am able to quilt it.

My initial idea is to quilt each person's different section with a different filler. This would be less involved than my Stash Bee Star quilt which had different motifs in every star, since it would need only eight different motifs -- one for me, one for each of the six ladies in the group, and one for my mom/sister. What do you think of this idea? Is it kind of crazy, or is it a good homage to each of the people that worked on the quilt? I am really interested in making quilts with more meaning and I think this could be a fun way to accomplish that.

Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Coast to Coast Bee Round 2 {Starting My Quilt}

Because we had SO much fun last year, most of our Coast to Coast (C2C) Bee have returned for another year! Just a reminder of my quilt top from 2017, which I still need to finish!

My quilty friends this year are:
Audrey (Hot Pink Quilts)
Chelsea (Patch the Giraffe)
Stephanie (Quilt 'N Party)
Karen (who is mysterious!)

Last year I loved starting with a fabric line and letting my cohorts add in other fabrics as they choose. I picked through my sets of coordinating fabric and found a set of two charm packs and some yardage of an older line from Benartex, Breezy Blooms. I believe my mom bought this for me when she was on a shop hop. Here's a sampling of the fabrics:

I also have a few bright solid fat quarters in pink, orange, yellow, and green, and a VERY large chunk of the black floral in the top row of the picture. I saved part of it for myself to potentially use as borders for the quilt.

This year instead of a medallion, I am requesting a row of blocks 48" long from my friends for a row quilt. They can make their rows any height -- 48" long works well with a variety of block sizes! I drew a picture of my "vision" quilt in my notebook that travels with the quilt.

I requested either white or bright solids (I sent some with my fabrics) be used as the background in each row. My plan is to sash the rows together with black solid and then to use the rest of my large floral print as a border. It's VERY modern traditional, and perfectly me!

For my starter row, I chose to make a row of four 12" finished blocks. I used the Folded Corners block pattern. I used a pink solid background for my blocks and made each block in a different color.

My quilt has been mailed off to Stephanie, and I have Audrey's quilt starter to work on this month! Here's what it looks like thus far:

Her theme is "flight" so my initial thoughts are pinwheels and flying geese!

Have a wonderful Monday! I'm going to stay in my Scottie Dog pajamas for as long as I possibly can today.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Garden Plots {New Moda Bake Shop Pattern}

I'm so excited to share about my newest Moda Bake Shop Pattern -- Garden Plots!

This is a complicated looking quilt that has all straight seams! This could easily be accomplished by a confident beginner or intermediate quilter! A single block is a grand 18" square, so only a few blocks make a rather large quilt! Each block uses two jelly roll strips -- I chose to make each block using two different fabrics.

I quilted this quilt with an all-over meander with flowers -- my go to motif as of late!

This quilt uses one jelly roll and a total of a yard of fabric for the focal fabric portions of the blocks. I used three different fabrics for the large centers of the blocks.

I also wrote this pattern so that you could use either 3 yards of fabric -or- a neutral jelly roll as your background fabric. I used yardage but the directions don't change if you wanted to use a jelly roll and save time!

I had some trouble fighting the shadows given that I took these pictures before sunset, but some of the pictures show such amazing texture!

The fabric line used in this quilt is Voyage by Kate Spain! I absolutely love the purples used in this line. Every other block is turned 90 degrees which accomplishes two things -- it eliminates the need for sashing between the blocks and it also means that you only have to match the seams between the blocks themselves and not any of the "gears" around the block!

I used the large scale floral flourish print in three colors -- pink, teal, and blue -- as my block centers. I also used the teal fabric for my backing and the pink print as my binding. There is also a final "border" of background strips around the 16 blocks to help the blocks float on the background.

This quilt finished at 76 inches square. If you wanted to make a larger or smaller version of the quilt, here are the number of blocks and approximate sizes. All sizes include a final 2.5" border of background fabric on four sides of the quilt.

-- Baby, 4 blocks, 40 inches square
-- Smaller throw, 9 blocks, 58 inches square
-- As-shown throw, 16 blocks, 76 inches square
-- Twin, 20 blocks, 76 inches by 94 inches
-- Queen, 25 blocks, 94 inches square
-- King, 36 blocks, 112 inches square

Pop on over to Moda Bake Shop to see the full tutorial and don't forget to share your finished quilts using my patterns with me -- I love seeing them!

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