Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quilt As You Go {Easy Peasy Picnic Quilt}

I decided to change my mind completely about what I was going to do to make my Island Batik Ambassador project for this month. That's my prerogative, right?

Instead of trying to overdo it with a technique I have never used before, I decided to go sweet and simple. I'm super happy with the fact that this took less than 4 hours start to finish!

To start off, I cut a piece of scrap batting to approximately 40 inches by 45 inches -- slightly larger than what I wanted my finished piece to be. I pieced what I'll call "the backing" from a half yard cut, two quarter yard cuts, and one 5 inch wide strip for a backing approximately 38 inches wide by 44 inches long.

Here are the batting and the "backing" layered together:

To piece the "top" I decided that I would alternate between 5 inch strips and 2.5 inch strips. I tried to use fabrics that were rich earth tones.

I started by laying my first 5 inch strip across the batting at a diagonal. I chose to do this at a diagonal rather than parallel or perpendicular to the lines of my backing so that I didn't have to worry about making sure things lined up on both sides.

The center was a little awkward to wrangle, but the more strips that I added the easier it got!

It was no time at all until I had reached the corners and the light at the end of the tunnel!

The corner pieces could be significantly shorter, so I was able to use some smaller scraps as well. Here's the "top" all finished:

Here's the back after finishing the top:

I actually used the "back" to trim the quilt top to make sure that I didn't trim too large or too small.

I machine bound this little quilt with purple strips left over from another project.

This little quilt measures 36 x 42!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Static Interference {August Stash Bee}

Katrin is our queen for August in the Stash Bee and she requested sections of her self-designed "Static Interference" blocks.

I love to paper piece so I intended to go crazy and make a lot of block sections, however, I was rather limited by the color selections. I only had one dusty purple jelly roll strip that fit her request, and very little aqua -- so I ended up making three sections.

Since I'll be leaving to go on quilt retreat in less than a week (!!!) I'll be taking these to Michigan with me so my mom can mail ours together!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Racing Rails {Moda Bake Shop Pattern}

Hooray! I am so excited to finally be able to share this quilt with all of you. This is my newest project for Moda Bake Shop -- Racing Rails!

While at first glance this might just seem like a run of the mill rail fence quilt -- it most certainly is not! After watching a few different "jelly roll race" tutorials, I thought to myself, "why can't you use this same technique to make strip sets for strip pieced blocks?" I put pen to paper and after quite a bit of quilt math, Racing Rails was born!

You can check out the full tutorial on Moda Bake shop (including lots of tips and tricks from what I learned making the quilt), but I wanted to share the basics here as well.

Using all of the strips from a jelly roll, I made a four strip wide set using a slightly modified version of the jelly roll race technique. The strip set was over 32 feet long! I then cut the strip into the 36 - 8.5" blocks for the quilt as well as 27 - 2.5" x 8.5" strips for the pieced border.

The quilt top has three borders - a small border, the pieced border, and a wide border. I used the same light floral print for the small and large borders.

I used one of the plaid prints for the backing and binding and used a meander with little five-petaled flowers as the quilting motif.

The best part about this pattern is that there was almost nothing left over from the jelly roll! Between the blocks and pieced border, I really made sure to maximize what you could get out of the strips.

I also had a lot of fun taking this quilt to the pond nearby for pictures! It was a little windy, but I managed to make sure it didn't get blown into the water!

Visit MBS for the full tutorial! I'm taking suggestions for what other sorts of quilt blocks could be done with this technique, so send me your ideas!

Sharing at TGIFFFinished or Not Friday, and Let's Bee Social!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blooming Table Runner {Bree Blog Hop and Giveaway}

Update: the giveaway is now closed and the winner is noted below!

Today I am the stop on the Bree blog hop! Bree is the newest line from Nancy Halvorsen, who just happens to be my mom's favorite designer!

Check out this gorgeous fabric line!

For my stop on the hop, I decided to make a table runner that uses a 30 degree ruler from Creative Grids (not an affiliate link!) to make flower blocks! I'm always trying to find new ways to use the specialty rulers that I have.

This tutorial makes a BIG tablerunner -- 15" by 45"! -- perfect for bringing a bit of summer inside!

I love this backing print so much! It's so cheery and festive.

Pop on over to Sew In Love With Fabric to see the full tutorial!

Ready to win a fat quarter bundle of Bree for yourself?

1. Leave me a comment with your favorite print from the line -- click here to see them all!
2. Leave a second comment if you follow me -or- if you share this post on social media!

Two entries maximum -- additional entries will be deleted!

Our winner is Shirley!

Thanks to Benartex and Nancy for having me as part of their hop!

Sharing at Linky TuesdayLet's Bee Social, and Free Motion Mavericks!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Magnolia Mystery QAL {Fabric Pull & Cutting}

Since finishing the top of my Meadow Mystery Quilt, I have been looking forward to the newest edition of Cheryl's mystery QAL series -- the Magnolia mystery quilt!

For this quilt along, I decided to go with a controlled scrappy fabric pull rather than pulling from my stash, as I have done for both the Meadow and Midnight mystery quilts. Having leftovers from a few of the blog hop projects I have done recently as well as leftovers from old bundles, I pooled fabrics from Folk Art Fantasy, Sparkle, and Wallflowers, and added in a few fabrics from my scrap boxes.

For Fabric A, I had enough of the mint green floral Folk Art Fantasy print for the 3/8 yard required for the quilt. Cheryl actually suggests using layer cake squares or jelly roll strips for Fabric B - I settled on using the aqua prints since I had the most variety of blues. Red was the obvious choice for Fabric C given what I had on hand.

For background, I believe that I've settled on Kona Coal. White seems like it is a little humdrum, but black might be too stark. I think using Coal will provide nice contrast from the mint green and aqua, but will be a little bit softer than straight up black.

I did all of the cutting for Fabrics A, B, and C -- and here they all are arranged in a beautiful fashion on my good cutting board. For both the aqua and the red, there were colors I didn't end up using at all! Some because the prints were too large (the aqua floral in the picture above) and some because I had more fabric than I needed and cut from the smallest scraps first.

Fabric A was obviously much simpler to cut since it was just one piece!

And here's a picture of all of them as they exist in real life -- in plastic bags in a bin waiting for next month's sewing directions.

Are you participating? Did you take advantage of the HBD Kona Special yet?

Sharing at Oh Scrap and Needle and Thread Thursday!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Quilt-As-You-Go {August IBA Project and Giveaway}

This month's theme for Island Batik Ambassadors is quilt-as-you-go (QAYG)! This is something that I have never done before, so this will be an adventure. I'm planning to base my quilt around this piece of fabric that I got in my new goody box:

Our project requirements state that our projects should be a minimum of 36 inches square, so I decided to attempt to make a sturdy picnic quilt.

I am so excited to share what came in my second Island Batik Ambassador goody box!

You can see the full video from our Facebook Live event anytime on our Facebook page!

Are you ready for a giveaway? Winner will win an 8 strip bundle of 5 inch strips! Check out all of these lovely colors! You'll receive over a yard of your choice of colors!

To enter:
1. Leave a comment and tell me what colors you'd like in your bundle!
2. Those who follow the blog -or- share this post get a second entry. Just tell me how you follow -or- how you shared in a second comment.

Maximum of two total entries per person! Giveaway will close Monday at 9 AM.

The giveaway is now closed and our winner is #26, Barbara!

Happy Friday! Don't forget that our newest pattern -- Faceted Churn Dash -- is available for F-R-E-E on Craftsy for a short time only! Get your copy now!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Brutal Honesty {August 2017}

How is it August already? It seems like I just posted about my WIPs for July! Here's a quick recap of the progress of my July goals:

1. Finish July IBA baby quilt - done!
2. C2C Bee blocks/Stash Bee blocks - done!
3. Complete quilt top for MBS Quilt - the whole quilt is actually done!
4. Finish binding on Alison Glass sampler - done!

Here's how everything else is progressing, or not progressing:

1. Farmer's Wife Quilt (RSC 2016 project) -- At the long arm quilter, hoping to pick up in August.

2. Traveling Quilt Bee (2016) -- No progress

3. Coast to Coast Bee -- My additions to Audrey's quilt are complete. My quilt will be back to me very soon.

4. Stash Bee Star quilt -- No progress

5. Top Spin leaders and enders -- I made eight blocks. I need to make more large HSTs before I can make more blocks.

6. Meadow Mystery QAL -- I bought the backing for this quilt and I am going to hopefully quilt it later in August.

7. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- I am trying to decide how to put it together. Suggestions welcomed!

8. Summer on the Coast Quilt -- I bought the backing for this quilt and I am going to hopefully quilt it in the fall.

9. Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress

10. Sew Kitschy Blocks - No progress

11. Romantic Garden Quilt - No progress

12. Mini Monthly Wall Hangings - No progress

13. Happy Houses blocks - I made two blue blocks for July and have 32 blocks total.

14. Birthstone blocks - I made both my sapphire and my tanzanite blocks. I now have nine of twelve blocks complete!

15. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- My July project is done, and my August project is in progress. I also started on my September project since it is a bigger project for an official blog hop.

16. Gathering Mystery Quilt with Cora's Quilts -- Ready to send to be quilted. I picked out a new aqua polka dot 108" backing for this quilt that we are now carrying in the HBD fabric shop on Etsy.

New Projects:

1. Magnolia Mystery Quilt with Meadow Mist Designs -- my fabrics are tentatively pulled but I don't have a background fabric yet. I'll do a post on this project once I cut my fabrics and decide on a background fabric.

2. Blue in Bloom quilts: I also plan to make two throw sized versions of our Blue in Bloom pattern. Last year I made the two Little Firecracker quilts for the college girls that I advise, and this year I'll be doing the same with Blue in Bloom. I have all of the fabrics picked out and cut other than the background fabrics for each. These will be my main projects when I go to quilt retreat in a few weeks. I'll be showing off the color schemes for the two quilts very soon.

Here are my goals for this month:
1. August Island Batik QAYG project
2. August Stash Bee blocks and August RSC house blocks
3. Stash Bee Star Quilt
4. Progress on Blue in Bloom Quilts

Happy August! Don't forget to enter the August Island Batik giveaway!