Monday, February 13, 2017

Winter Blues runner


Turning this selection of prints from the Town Square collection by Holly Taylor for Moda into a long log-cabin-block runner was the plan from the moment I first saw this fabric collection.  I have always wanted to work up a one color quilt. These blues were the perfect opportunity! (Blue is my favorite color : )


These blocks worked up so fast. Pieces can be cut and pieced in the traditional piecing method, but I chose to strip piece these. I tried this method with Autumn Beauty Runner and loved how quickly the blocks went together. Again, I pre-pressed the fabric with Best Press and came up the same results - crisp, flat blocks!



Straight line quilting was just the perfect touch - clean and simple. Love it! Makes me smile every time I walk past it : ) Hmm, is that totally silly or totally understandable???


             I also love a good quilt roll : ) and 84" makes a good one!













This blue-loving family couldn't be happier with how this runner turned out. It was such a joy working on this quilt. My "winter blues" are now history.  So, so glad I pushed through my creating doldrum and made that first cut.



It's going to work just fine on the entertainment center until it's time to put out something for spring. (Yes, that's one last little bit of Christmas still out. Just not ready to put it away yet.) My young teenage son said it's his favorite quilt. Score one for mom! : )


Doubles as a bedrunner - two for one!


Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Town Square by Holly Taylor for Moda
Batting: Dream Cotton
Backing:  Kona cotton
Binding: Moda marbles
Size: 14"x 84"

Joyful day, everyone!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Autumn Beauty runner



Autumn Beauty - fresh finish using Fall Festival fabric line by Wilmington Prints fabrics. Lovely, lovely fabric. It reminds me of the color of a sunny autumn day when the light filters through and bounces off the orange and yellow leaves - warm and cheerful.

 Started with a fat quarter bundle and added a couple of Moda Marbles - the orange and cream. The design went through a few changes from start to finish, but I am very pleased with the end results.



Quilting this runner was fun.  I really focused on my technique and got better results - straighter lines with fewer wobbles.  

The obligatory rolled quilt shot : )  Love this quilt roll! 90" of rolled quilted table runner. SOOO cool!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Fall Festival by Wilmington Prints
Batting: Flannel
Backing:  Kona cotton
Binding: Moda marbles
Size: 15"x 90"

Happy autumn, everyone!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wallflowers - Picking Petals mini quilt


Needed a summer wall hanging for our entryway. Had my eye on Picking Petals Mini Quilt by Carried Away Quilting for  awhile and had the perfect fabric - Wallflowers by Cluck Cluck Sew

Easy prep work.

Fun piecing.


Had a blast straight line quilting on diagonal. I SO love quilting and the results of straight quilted lines! Took a bit of ironing to square it up. Side note - do a bit of stitch in the ditch to anchor quilt top. 

Overall thrilled with how my Picking Petals in Wallflowers turned out. I recommend this pattern - fun, easy to follow, stunning results.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Picking Petals mini quilt by Carried Away Quilting
Fabric: Wallflowers by Cluck Cluck Sew and Moda Bella solids and marbles
Batting: flannel
Size: 20"x20"

This is my second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival by Amy's Creative Side in the Mini Quilts Category.

Check Plus quilt top

 Check Plus quilt pattern

Check Plus, another fun pattern by Meadow Mist Designs, launches today. You can find all pertinent details on Cheryl's blog.

The plus-within-plus block drew me in instantly and I quickly volunteered to test this pattern for Cheryl. I have made up a few of her patterns now and am never disappointed - easy to follow, quick cutting and piecing, and clean, high-impact designs. Check Plus was no different.

Easy cutting.

Simple piecing (very little ripper usage required on my part : )

On a side note - seams matched up like a breeze and ironed flatter than usual for me. Could pre-pressing with Best Press be the magical key to flatter seams???

This was a fun, quick quilt top. I'm very pleased with the results.

I highly recommend quilt patterns by Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs. Her patterns are clear and easy to follow.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dandelion Girl - a simple quilted runner


Ah! Dandelion Girl - oh, how I've wanted to make with you for so long - about 4 years to be exact : )

This fabric line designed by Fig Tree for Moda Fabrics released March 2008. By the time I first laid eyes on her, Dandelion Girl was already out of print and hard to find. All my local quilt shop had was a layer cake kit, and it was a bit out of budget. So I let it pass and pass and pass until it was gone. Oh well.


Then my connections grew and I discovered personal fabric destashing. Last summer (2015) I lucked upon a couple charm packs and a jelly roll. Score!!!! (insert joyous happy dance : )

Fast forward a few projects to this spring and I made up my mind that now was the time to make with Dandelion Girl. A charm pack paired with squares of Moda Bella Porcelain morphed into 84 half-square triangles (I love HSTs!) There are SO many ways to layout HSTs, but I chose to keep it simple and traditional and let the fabrics shine on their own.

I love the colors of this collection - cheerful and warming.  Just the right touch that I think will work from spring into fall.

This runner was all about the fabric so straight-line quilting for the quilting win to keep it clean, simple and unobtrusive.

This quilt proved quite photogenic. So much fun photographing! 

Though capturing 84" can be a bit challenging.

Love it with this crochet basket!!!


It was absolutely joy and lots of fun working and making with Dandelion Girl by Fig Tree. If you ever want to remake a line, this line has my vote : )


Fabric:  Dandelion Girl by Fig Tree for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Flannel
Backing: Moda Bella Solids cream
Size: 16" x 84"

 Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2016

Dandelion Girl is my entry in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Fall 2016 Edition  in the Small Quilts Category.  The Blogger's Quilt Festival is an online quilt festival to showcase the work of quilters from all over. Prepare to be inspired! You are welcome to vote for your favorites.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Strawberry Fields Jelly Roll Quilt

Oh, what a beauty!
Her story...


Christmas 2011 I received one of the best gifts ever from my dear husband and children - a Strawberry Fields jelly roll!  My very first jelly roll! I was SO excited! But what to make with it??? It sat on my little shelf for a few years. Little ones got there little hands on it and "disturbed" its perfectness. I started a board on pinterest and over the years pinned pics of various quilts made with Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree for Moda fabrics. My heart became set on seeing it made up into strip sets yet I couldn't settle on a pattern. I didn't want it to be "boring." So many times I almost cut into it but got interrupted and lost interest in whatever pattern I had settled on.

Then a couple years ago I was introduced to Instagram (you can find me there as freshdewdrops : ) and a whole new world of inspiration opened up (as if Pinterest wasn't enough ;) Anywho, in June of this year inspiration struck when my eyes lighted on a pattern by @corianderquilts called Prairie Blooms. I had found it! Pattern match for my Strawberry Fields jelly roll! Simple strip pattern yet pretty and unique. I set to work almost immediately.


Working out my strip sets.



Laying out blocks.

Nicely ironed quilt top (getting close to finish : )

Gentle wave quilting for the win - adds a bit of softness and flow.

It was SO much fun to finally make with this jelly roll.  I thoroughly enjoyed every step and working with all the different prints.  Here are a few of my favorite sets:


The red check is the best red check ever designed, in my opinion.


Love the buttery yellows and the not-blue-not-green pond color.


It's not often that I like a fabric line because of its name and actually love its colors and prints and everything, but Strawberry Fields has it all. It's special.


Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of year. This quilt will always hold a special place in my heart as it reminds me of sun-warmed strawberries, green grass, juice stained fingers, early summer breezes, and best of all - good times with my family.



Who can resist a cute rolled quilt : )

or a quilt blowing in the breeze?

Quilt stats:
Fabric:  Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda
Batting:  Quilters Dream wool
Backing:  Strawberry Fields Revisited
Binding:  Solid from Strawberry Fields
Pattern:  Prairie Blooms by Coriander Quilts

Size:  Approximately 60"x72"

Joyful day, everyone!!!