Monday, March 12, 2018

Double Delight {Happy & Scrappy}

Now that my main scrappy projects from last year (Top Spin, On Ringo Lake, Magnolia Mystery Quilt) are done being pieced, and my Donuts quilt is getting closer and closer to being ready to assemble, I have been searching and contemplating a new scrappy project for myself.

I considered a lot of things, wanting a project I could pick up and put away easily as well as could be easily adapted to leaders and enders (because Donuts isn't great for leaders and enders!) and settled on Bonnie Hunter's Double Delight pattern which is free on her site. My color scheme will be identical as the original excepting subbing in chartreuse for cheddar and mulberry for brown. I drew up a mock version of what the Rolling Star block would look like in my color scheme and I like it very much!

Since I got a little too excited about starting the cutting for this quilt, I didn't realize until most of the way through the cutting that I don't actually have enough cream or pink scraps in the right shades for the whole quilt. Oops. I did have enough fabrics for the navy, mulberry, and chartreuse sections, but just barely!

I did as much sewing on the corner square-in-a-square units as my fabrics would allow -- I got all of the green corner triangles sewn, and about half of the units have one cream corner triangles attached.

I have all the necessary units cut for the side square-in-a-square units, so that has been my side project/leader and ender project over the last two weeks. I'm done with these units and they are ready to be trimmed to size!

I have quite a few pink and cream strips sewn and trimmed into sections for the nine-patch blocks, but will have to make lots more. I am sticking with the two pink-one-cream units until I have enough and then I'll switch to the two cream-one pink units.

My plan is to pick up a few fat quarters and half yards of the right shades of cream (I'll need approximately 2 yards more of the cream!) and pink (I'll need to add in about a yard) each time I am near one of my local quilt shops (or semi-local, rather -- all of them are about a half hour away). This is mainly going to be a leader and ender project and I still have lots of sewing I can on these units until I actually am going to physically need cream and pink fabrics in my possession to add in to the quilt.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Odori Quilt {AGF Stitched with the Fat Quarter Shop}

Good morning, quilt friends! Today I'm joining in with the Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics for the Odori Quilt Hop!

This is a fun strip piecing quilt that uses the spider web ruler from Creative Grids (not an affiliate link) and you can get the pattern here! The original quilt (and quilt kit!) uses Love Story by Maureen Cracknell -- I used the Bachelorette Fusion line for my quilt. 

The fun thing about this quilt is that you don't need that much of any one print! I enjoyed being able to pick out and play with these fabrics.

Since you cut your strips in different sizes, I used the two larger prints for my larger width strips. I also made sure that my strip sets had lots of contrast!

One little tip: If you stagger your strips when sewing your strip sets, you can usually get an extra triangle or two out of your strip sets! Use your ruler to estimate where to line things up.

Another tip! If you press half of your strip sets one direction and half of your strip sets in the other direction, you can nest your seams once you're putting your blocks together!

I like that just two different strip set arrangements can make different looking blocks! Here are all four of my blocks laid out before I made the larger blocks.

My blocks went together so easily! I also have to say that I am in love with the metallic polka dot background fabric. I think this is going to be a perfect little baby quilt! 

For the quilting, I did simple loops all over the quilt! I used some flannel for the backing and the quilting went so quickly!

I used the fun stripe from this line for the binding.

This is such a sweet little quilt!

Check out the other bloggers on the hop:

Kristina @ Center Street Quilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Karen @ Lady K Quilts
Kristen @ Meadowbrook
Kimberly @ Making Kate's Quilts
Alisa @ A Stitch In Between
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts (that's me!)

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to share pictures of your own version of this quilt on Instagram with the hashtag #OdoriQuilt!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Goodbye, Comfort Zone {March IBA Challenge}

This month our Island Batik Ambassador challenge is truly a challenge -- we have been tasked to "try a technique" -- something that we've never done before!

I've used quite a variety of techniques in my nearly 15 years of quilting! Hand applique, machine applique, templates, paper piecing, free motion quilting, quilt as you go, walking foot quilting, mystery quilts, quilt alongs, designing quilts, strip piecing, leaders and enders, improv piecing, to name just a few! It was slightly difficult to come up with a list of techniques that I haven't tried that I was interested in trying! I'm not necessarily interested in garment making or bag making, which were my first two ideas.

I ultimately decided what I wanted to work on this month was to make a mini quilt or table runner that used bias tape applique. I didn't want to pick something that I would potentially do once and abandon -- I think bias tape applique is a good skill to add to my arsenal! I pulled a few fat eights from my Sunflower Serenade bundle to work with for this project, which I think will end up being a table runner.

I started working with the wider 1/2" bias tape maker and cut my own strips of fusible web because the roll above is only 1/4" wide and supposed to be used with the smaller 1/4" bias tape maker on the right.

I cut 8.5" squares from two different fabrics and these are going to act as my block bases.

I used the pink and purple zig-zag stripe for my bias tape fabric. It really didn't take that long for me to turn my strips of fabric into pressed bias tape! Easy peasy! (don't you just love my obnoxious ironing board cover?)

I "drew" various curved lines on four different blocks. After ironing on the fusible strips, I pinned my desired curves, pressed the strips to the block base, and used purple thread to attach the strips to blocks.

Here are my other three blocks:

Here are all four together:

Now to decide how to put these together! I'm not sure if I am going to add more blocks with applique or additional plain blocks.

Are there any techniques that you haven't tried yet that you're itching to try? Any tips for me in my bias tape adventures?

Today starts the Magnolia Mystery Quilt Parade at Meadow Mist Designs! My quilt top is included today!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Brutal Honesty {March 2018}

March is here! I'm going on vacation in six days (hooray) and have exciting things to share this month, including two of the secret sewing projects I have been working on! I hope that you've been thinking about joining in our Blocked Rainbow QAL -- less than three weeks to go until kick-off!

I did finish my goal to finish my Gathering Quilt (hooray!) but I didn't start working on my Traveling Quilt Bee quilt yet.

Being long arm quilted:
1. Summer on the Coast Quilt -- Sent top and backing fabric with mom to be long arm quilted
2. On Ringo Lake Mystery QAL -- Still needs backing but also sent to be long arm quilted

Ready to be quilted:
3. Traveling Quilt Bee (2016) -- Need to get a batting
4. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- Need to pick a backing fabric

Tops partially finished:
5. Bonnie and Camille Coast to Coast Bee -- No progress
6. Romantic Garden Quilt -- No progress
7. Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress

Just blocks:
8. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- No progress
9. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- No progress
10. Mini Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress
11. Happy Houses blocks -- No progress
12. Birthstone blocks -- No progress
13. Donuts quilt -- I have 13 of my 18 blocks completed!

Quilt alongs in progress and long term projects:
14. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- My February projects were minis! March's theme is trying a new technique and I am excited to share about that next week!

15. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- I worked on Audrey's quilt and mailed it to Stephanie last week! I'll be working on Chelsea's quilt in March and April.

16. Top Secret Sewing -- Just plugging away on these projects!

New projects started:
17. Blocked Rainbow Quilt -- this is my version of the quilt for the quilt along starting on March 19th! I'll be making a second version of this quilt in twin sized!

My goal for March will be to start working on the quilting for my TQB quilt and to make some progress on at least one of the projects that has said "No progress" for months!

Happy Friday -- don't forget to join the HBD Facebook Group and to like us on Facebook! We're only 7 likes away from 900 -- and when we get there, we'll have a $9 pattern special!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Top Spin {Finished Quilt}

I'm so excited to share this finished quilt with all of you! My Top Spin quilt is done!

I started this quilt in 2016 as a leader and ender project. The pattern is by Melissa Corry for Moda Bake Shop! The original pattern uses 64 blocks for a queen sized quilt and I made 48 blocks for a twin sized quilt.

I took this quilt to Michigan over Christmas and told my mom that she could do whatever she willed with the quilt -- either take it with the next batch to her long arm quilter or quilting it herself on her mid-arm. She decided to quilt it on her mid-arm and practice her ruler quilting and the results are gorgeous!

In the grey background areas she did straight line ruler quilting and in the colored HSTs she did a loopy meander -- this is exactly what I had envisioned for the quilt! The thread she used is actually a variegated grey, which you can see in some of the photos.

The backing is from the HBD Shop and is a plum dot extra wide fabric and my mom also used it for the binding. I really like the purple-y frame around the mostly-grey quilt.

The next person who comes to visit us will get to use this quilt in the guest room!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Scrappy Top Spin
Size: 72 x 96
Quilting: loopy meanders and ruler work by my mom on her mid-arm
Started: December 2016
Finished: February 2018
Future: Guest room quilt

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